Month: March 2014

Bon Appétit

I get so tickled when people say things to me like “your husband must eat GOOD at home!” or “I bet you have the best dinners at your house!” I think people assume that since I’m a caterer, I must whip up all these lavish meals for dinner every night.

The truth of the matter is that I’m usually so busy cooking for other people, that I rarely get the chance to cook for fun. It’s kinda like how the shoe maker’s kids never have shoes, I guess. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I can’t whip up lavish meals at home, I just don’t get the opportunity to do so often.

In an effort to stop eating out so much, my husband and I made a commitment to start trying to cook more at home. I couldn’t commit whole hog unless we did something to make it more fun, so we came up with this idea to have monthly date nights where we would pick a country and plan a menu based on that region’s cuisine. We call them our “Cultural Date Nights.”

I look forward to them each month, but our most recent was my favorite so far! We decided to reminisce about our trips to France and prepared a few French inspired dishes.

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Amazingly yummy fruit and cheese that we snacked on while we cooked.

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Garlic and Herb Crusted Lamb with a Balsamic Red Wine Reduction and Sautéed Vegetables

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Hubby took over the crepe making and made up his own dessert with Nutella, Whipped Cream and Strawberry Syrup.

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Since I don’t love crepes, I just couldn’t miss an opportunity to make my favorite White Chocolate Creme Brûlées.

With my sweet hubby by my side in our kitchen at home, we whipped up a French meal that was almost as good as some we’ve had in Paris…almost. 😉 But we’ve decided that good meals or bad, we don’t care as long as we’re spending time together. We’re just having fun making memories together and memories with food are always my favorite.

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Messy hair, post workout clothes, and creme brûlée, oh my! 😉

Viva Las Vegas!

Time really does fly when you’re having fun, I guess. I find it hard to believe that this super amazing Las Vegas themed, double birthday party for one of my favorite clients was this time last year. Brothers, Bill and Mark, celebrate birthdays around the same time, and last year were milestone birthdays for both of them. We celebrated in style on the 8th floor at The Summit at Big Spring for Bill’s 50th and Mark’s 40th birthdays.

As the guests stepped off the elevators they were welcomed by a variety of passed hors d’oeuvres and some martinis while they waited for the guests of honor to arrive.

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Once we got the guests of honor there, we opened the gaming tables provided by GoodFellas Gaming so the guests could get the full Vegas experience with Black Jack, Craps, Roulette and more.

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And of course my favorite part of the entire evening was opening the dinner stations that I had planned with my client. The idea was that the room would be transformed into the Las Vegas strip and Metropolitan Disk Jockey Service did an amazing job bringing my vision to life. When I told him that I wanted the guests to feel like they were on the Vegas Strip, he suggested some lighting ideas that were so perfect and it turned out even better than I had imagined it to be!

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Paris Station complete with cheeses, crepes, chocolate fondue and macarons. Oh my stars! 🙂

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New York, New York Station with Mini Hot Dogs, Soft Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese Sauce

Last, we ended the night with some delicious cakes from Old Vienna Bakery and guests went home with dice boxes full of candy and hand decorated cookies from Sweet Art Sweets.

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Oreos by Sweeties by Kim

I know Bill and Mark had a very happy birthday last year, and I hope this year is just as awesome. Thank you for letting our crew celebrate with you!

Venue: The Summit at Big Spring

Photographer: Housley Photography

Gaming Tables: GoodFellas Gaming

DJ and Lighting: Metropolitan Disk Jockey Service

Cakes: Old Vienna Bakery