With longing for next year,
With longing for next year,
One of our beloved chefs is leaving the kitchen to go back to grad school full time to become a registered dietician. We had a little goodbye dinner at Gjelina to celebrate Anjali’s next adventure.
Brunette power in our kitchen.
Anjali’s dessert menu had some edits from a previous diner, we happen to agree that the strawberry & rhubarb crisp was not warm enough nor was the chocolate crust on the banana cream pie chocolaty enough. Have you ever gone to dinner with chefs? It’s like being in art school and having your work critiqued. Or maybe it’s like shoving a fork in your eye, it’s just what we do.
Another thing chefs do at an inspiring dinner, take pictures of what they ate and share it on social media.
Some highlights of our amazing meal: this Croatian wine (we mob with a wine expert)
Young Garbanzo beans with goat cheese
Caponata crostini with burrata (sadly not pictured are the orange glazed carrots and squash blossom pizza winners.)
And the desserts!! The banana-chocolate bread pudding and butterscotch pot de creme were outstanding.
Hope you all enjoy this visual tour of the bridal shower I mentioned on Monday via Sarah’s pretty pretty pictures. The other hostesses and I wanted to honor our friend Anjali’s quirky-retro style and commitment to excellence in all things crafts, food and games. Oh, and make sure the shower felt hip and theme free.
A big bar spread laid out on a Deck Towel draped table. You can’t ask guests to arrive at 11am on a Sunday morning and not offer a nice assortment of cocktails, right?
The Blood Mary Bar offered lots of mixers and vegetables to garnish, like spicy green beans, good pickles and sriracha to mix in for an extra kick.
On the sweeter side there was Prosecco and fresh orange juice for mimosas.
Creative gifts were tucked into craft paper and bright ribbons. The bride received vintage plates in her wedding colors, a coffee set from the 60’s and a stunning crystal punch bowl with many mini glasses for her holiday fetes.
A long table with a craft paper runner was studded with bright linen napkins. The built in stone bench was covered with cushions and draped with saffron and magenta colored fabric from the balcony above.
Beth artfully arranged multi-colored blooms from the farmer’s market in tiny tea tins. Each place setting on the table was marked by Scrabble letters of the guests initials.
Orange juice in the mid-day light.
Each guest assembled their own Banh Mi sandwich from a buffet of items and served themselves cabbage salad on Bambu plates.
I struggled to get a good shot of my plate with editorial help from hostesses Niki and Sandra.
Elan made this incredible almond cake topped with fresh peaches, raspberries and blackberries and lemon whipped cream. We enjoyed it over the ohhs and ahhs of gift opening.
SO many other crafts and details went into this event, I will share those in a post next week.
By Sarah Lagrotteria
Friends, what are you up to this weekend?
Lydia is heading to Napa so her hometown friends and family can shower our bride-to-be with love, attention and good wine.
The literary ladies are coming to my place Sunday morning to discuss Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. We’ll drink sweet mint tea and iced coffee and snack on summer berries and whole-grain zucchini bread with mint and basil from Kim Boyce‘s Good to the Grain.
I hope to take my new deck towel to the beach. The man behind these eco-chic throwbacks to a happier, more effortlessly elegant time is none other than Lydia’s baby brother Buck! Talent runs deep in the Ellison clan.
Here are a few more great posts-new and old-for your reading pleasure.
Here’s where I want to linger over breakfast.
Molly’s Chinese noodles make for happy slurping on a hot day.
Will we ever tire of these latté bowls? Not likely.
My summer napkins of choice.
For laughs-The Unbearable Sadness of Vegetables.
Enjoy the beautiful weather!