Sunday, November 8, 2009

Last Minute Dinner Party

Yesterday around 4 PM, my husband and I decided to host a couples dinner at our house at 8:30 PM... Luckily with the help of good groceries and Chelsea Market, we were able to pull it off with flying colors and had a perfect night with our friends.
Cheese Plate (served on a lazy susan) with Manchego, White Cheddar, Brie, and Parmesan with fresh green grapes and fig jam
Accompaniments: sliced baguette, Carr's crackers, Italian breadsticks, and Rice crackers
Meat plate: Sweet and hot soppressata, proscuitto and pepperoni
Other: Trail mix by the new nut place at Chelsea Market
Drink: Red Wine (few different kinds of Cabernet)

The decor:
Fresh flowers from Gramercy Flowers at Chelsea Market. I made a bouquet (and wrapped two leaves around the inside of the vase) for the appetizer table and purchased some extra roses to make mini bouquets for each place setting.  I also purchased the most adorable lotus votive candles that I lined down the table.

Notice the mini bouquets-they add the perfect splash of color to the table and allow
everyone to see each other easily-unlike large flower arrangements.

Le Menu:
Iceberg Wedge: with chopped onion, tomato, blue cheese and low fat bacon. My husband prepared the bacon per my blog (with a dash of brown sugar thrown into the oven for 15-20) and we threw it together with a wedge of iceberg lettuce, fresh blue cheese, tomatoes, onion and a balsamic vinegar (next time I plan to make blue cheese dressing from scratch)

Filet Mignon with Potato Kugel, and Roasted Asaparus

Brownies (from the box) served in ramekins with low fat vanilla ice cream

My favorite steak knives: Wusthof Steak Knives. I registered for the Ikon Blackwood, but I'm sure the other varieties are just as good. (They're just more expensive because of the handle).

Food images: Food & Wine, Whole Foods, PMSMeatsRI, Williams-Sonoma,

1 comment:

  1. You threw this together in only 4 hours? It looks amazing! Great job.