Sis & Hubs had their party last weekend, I mentioned. It was at their home, they ran the show, and I just helped with some tabletop styling and flowers and greeted guests. It’s interesting to me, we spent the first dozen years of our lives together, eating mac & cheese, spaghetti casserole, meatloaf and tuna casserole together. Our early food years resembled many other families in the US, I think….I was not at all into food as a child; this is me at right and my baby Sis Jacquie at right; Cap’n Crunch or Wheat Chex made made me happy back then….
At some point, everyone comes into their own and creates their own experiences. I spent 14 years in New York City and have eaten high and low, eating NYC restaurant food for breakfast lunch and dinner….exclusively. I said that if I never ate out again in my lifetime, I would be happy. Except La Grenouille….please let me eat here again…..
Add in Paris and Tokyo and London and Beaune and rural France….yeah…I am a rather unapologetic foodie. I like good food. Why eat bad food? I am conditioned…..but I am also tolerant….
I suggested a few alternatives to Sis’ favorite caterer, but in the end she went with what she knows, and I totally get that. She loves the idea of food “stations”…the first, braised beef and onions on mashed potatoes, in a (plastic) martini glass~
Curry chicken and noodles (left) and pork stir fry (right) served in Chinese take-out boxes with chopsticks~
Two salads at the next station~
I could not tell the two salads apart, and they had no salt…no taste….
The dessert station was a scoop of vanilla ice cream, two donut holes, whipped cream from the can and a generous dollop of chocolate sauce~ I hope the latex gloves are a catering requirement….they sort of spoil it for me…
It was a very hot day, and the food stations and bar let everyone mingle, wander around the yard and eat at their own pace. Beer and ice cream sundaes? I guess they go together. I enjoyed greeting guests in the kitchen while watching everyone make their way around the food & drink.
This is perhaps a case of Know Thy Audience. Everyone LOVED the food and ate it up! Sis was SO happy!! On the other hand, Dad had a taste of it all and refused to eat any more; worse, said he would not even feed the leftovers to Biscuit. Right to the garbage, he said….We have a debate underway…Other party ideas to follow this week….