I am running through my memory banks trying to figure out when I had to host somewhat elaborate dinner parties. Ever since the day I bought a plywood round to go on a tiny three legged table in my NYC studio, I think it’s always been onwards and upwards. This weekend I am delighted to hostess a dinner party in honor of three of my favorite Blogger/IG friends coming to visit. What am I going to do?? Put on the dog, so to speak, and roll out some awesome food, gather some wonderful people and have a party! Tomorrow in the wee hours I am going to the flower mart to get greens to supplement the garden cuttings and flowers for the table. And I had a nice arch of cornstalk with fairylights at night but the Canadian Farm Girl Boss doesn’t like it, so tomorrow we go for olivier or something green.
I love to create a menu around what is seasonal and best and what new foods my guests would like to try. Sunchoke aka Jerusalem Artichoke is on that list, and today at the Santa Monica Farmers market I bought two kinds. They look gnarly but they have a great taste, raw~
Awesome figs, yes, came home with me. Fall compote for the dessert table….
Great fall colors, though I did not buy….
I love to introduce American shoppers to celery root or celeri rave or celeriac. Whatever you call it, it’s a versatile staple you should know how to use….
No pomegranates for this party, but the display was nice….
A thoroughly French Portrait: Potimarron and Celeri-rave~
Posies were pretty, but I bought their Herbes de Provence goat cheese, which I will use for an appie~
And organic fresh dates….calling for bacon and bleu~
Back in Laguna, I loved what I had found. Quince to go in a compote, grey shallots, dried and fresh strawberries…it was all good~
Soon everyone was tucked in~ YUM. These will be topped with cream and berries and then lidded. Personal desserts, French Style. Oui.
Mendiants made with organic pecan and candied orange zest and dried strawberry that packs a punch~
But no worries, I gave them the Jackson Pollock treatment and they taste great~~~
Tomorrow we have another day of work, more cooking and baking and shopping…starting with the flower mart. It will all be worth it…can’t wait to welcome our guests on Friday~