When you buy me for charity dinner, what do you get for $2,400?

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Ok, here are some photos for the fabulous weekend up on Lopez Island. For those who missed my earlier post, me and the crew headed up to the island to do a cooking class and dinner party, a package that I donated to the Richard Hugo House for their charity auction.

The rustically ravishing home is nestled on the first homestead by a white person on the island. (Apparently, the natives weren’t happy neighbors; they burned down the first couple houses on the site.) We brought virtually everything with us — all the food, wine, loads of knives, cooking utensils and even aprons. My friend Jeff even made a batch of flatbreads the night prior for the appetizers, which we carefully tucked into tupperware. We started at 3 p.m. and left at nearly midnight.

I’m not sure who had more fun, the guests or the cooks. Ted, Mike, Maggie, Lisa and I all had a grand time hanging out in the kitchen, making it all happen overcoming the lack of a BBQ to cook the paella and a functional oven to bake the oven. (We ended up baking in a small stove tucked into a yurt on the property.) I put together a slide show on Flickr with more images, including the sea plane flight from Seattle’s Lake Union. Go here to see the full menu.

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Kathleen Flinn is the author of "The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry," "The Kitchen Counter Cooking School" and "Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good." All are published by Viking/Penguin.

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