Let’s play a game. Imagine if you were hosting a bachelorette party and wanted to have a fun ladies’ night in, with a personal chef (or two) to guide your guests through making a multi-course dinner paired with wines. Imagine that chef is me, and my friend Vanessa.
I don’t often mention this on the blog, but Vanessa and I have a little catering biz on the side. It’s not much for now, since we both maintain full time jobs, and we mostly do smaller in-home gatherings like bridal showers and holiday cocktail parties. It’s a lot of fun and really gives us a chance to be creative and do what we love. We’re a great team because we’re usually on the same page about food and yet we each manage to bring new flavors and ideas to the table.
Recently one of our past clients asked if we would be able to run an interactive dinner party for a friend’s bachelorette. But of course! We live for this stuff. The party is next month and planning is still in the works. The concept here (as requested by the hostesses) is that we’ll plan the menu and bring all the ingredients, and guide the guests in preparing the meal themselves. After all, everything tastes better when you’ve put your own love and effort into it! They also requested simple, yet elegant and tasty dishes that the guests would be likely to make again at home.
We’ve come up with two menu options that we’re really excited about. I really loved the experience we had dreaming up these menus. Neither of us had very concrete ideas prior to our planning session, but once we decided on a direction, the ideas kept coming and bouncing off on another. By the end, I really felt like my brain really benefited from all those creative juices flowing! (This is the same reason I blog about food, it’s totally my creative outlet.)
Our menus are inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean but are by no means limited to one country. We also tried to draw upon seasonal and symbolic Spring ingredients to create menus that are well-balanced and flow nicely. Anyway, we’re totally anxious to hear what our clients pick, so in the meantime, I’m putting it out for you! I have a feeling that neither of these will end up being the exact final version as I anticipate little changes might occur, but for now, tell me this:
What do you think of hosting this kind of dinner party for your friends, where a personal chef or caterer would guide you as you prepare a meal, learn how the ingredients come together, and finally, how each dish pairs with a wine? And, if this were your party, which menu would you pick?
Sizzling haloumi cheese with roasted asparagus and tomatoes in lemon-caper vinaigrette
Israeli Shakshuka: Soft-baked eggs in a spicy vegetable ragu accompanied by pita and hummus
Roasted chicken thighs with fennel, orange, rosemary and olives; spiced raisin quinoa cake
Savory herbed crepes; citrus, fennel and shaved parmesan; prosecco vinaigrette
Roasted beet risotto with crispy prosciutto and fontina
Herb-crusted rack of lamb with warm lentil-apple salad
Each course would be paired with an appropriate Mediterranean red or white wine, but we’ll narrow those down once we finalize the menu. And there will be a 4th course for each menu: Dessert! Still working on that as well, but we’re thinking about a delish little trio that would include vanilla panna cotta, some indulgent chocolate, and cheese.
Can’t wait to hear what you think!