After months of hibernation, it finally feels like spring is breaking through! Last weekend, we gathered up a gaggle of friends for an ‘end-of-winter-hello-spring’ (and secret birthday) dinner party! Knowing our guests were coming from as far away as Brooklyn and the Upper West Side, we made sure they were immediately greeted with chilled champagne and a selection of our fabulously homemade canapés.
To ensure that we-the-dinegirls were part of the over-the-top festivities, we planned planned planned military style in advance. 99% of our menu was prepped beforehand so all that remained before serving were the finishing touches, drizzles and sprinkles. To quote Martha, “if you need more than 15 minutes to assemble and plate each dish, it’s the wrong menu.”
Instead of complicated items (note our previous dinner party), we opted for fabulously simple and delicious dishes like tomato fennel soup and beef bourguignon. The key to elevating seemingly every day foods is to use the best best ingredients (san marzano tomatoes, Joseph Faiveley burgundy for the beef bourguignon etc..) and also present each course on your finest china. Our soups were served in vintage tea cups, drizzled with the very best French olive oil and were immediately met with “ooohs and ahhs!” when presented to our guests. Even the humble tomato soup gets the star treatment in dinegirl world!
To pair with our desserts–a spread overflowing with decadence that Marie Antoinette would most definitely approve–we figured this was the perfect night to share a few bottles of that most special honey elixir….. Château d’Yquem. Liquid gold!