Dinner, Theater and a Cause

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My friend Karla invited me up to Topanga Canyon, CA where
she is a resident, for dinner and local outdoor theater one recent Friday
evening.  It was a perfect night to be
outside as the days had been hot, hot, hot.
Usually in the Los Angeles area after sundown you need to put on a jacket
and long pants as it cools down very quickly, unlike those great summer nights
in the Midwest that I remember as a child.
So the jacket I wrapped around my waist stayed there all night long
under a beautiful and warm summer sky.

Karla, her daughter Kayla, a really cool K I D getting
ready to go off to college in a couple of weeks, and I drove the short way from
their home to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, www.theatricum.com/ to have a pre theater picnic and then see the play, Rose Cottages, written by Bill Bozzone.  One of the young actors in the play, Graco Hernandez,
is a product of the organization City Hearts, www.cityhearts.org/, a wonderful
organization my friends support.  He and
all of the actors were fantastic!   It was a wonderful night.

Here’s what Karla prepared for our picnic:

Tuna and Vegetable Platter phot

Tuna and Veggie Platter:

Tuna steak seasoned with salt and pepper, seared 2
minutes on each side.  Roll in black and
white sesame seeds.

Green Beans

Yellow and Green Summer Squash

Baby Carrots

Orange Tomatoes


all on a bed of Baby Greens

Ginger Soy Dressing:

3 cloves of minced garlic

3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

¾ cup olive oil

1/3 cup rice vinegar

½ cup soy sauce

3 tablespoons honey

¼ cup water

Mix well in jar with lid


Author: hrh_thechef


  1. Holy hanna! this is pretty much my dream dinner!And what a great way to utilize the last of the summer veg! it’s absolutely gorgeous!

    you can tell i’m excited by all the exclamation marks! 😉