Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
I wonder how that would look in the pages Bon Appetit?
With my latest dinner party, I decided to undergo the wildly cathartic experience of creating and cooking my most ambitious menu that I would serve if I opened my own restaurant. 16 people, all plated (no family style)
What do you think?
|the look on this m*fer says "eat this or get the f out."|
|plating these tiny f'ing spoons was no small feat for my giant paws|
|this is the dinner party version|
|this is the personal one I made.|
|you will eat this, you will love it, you will go home and make babies. (then nap)|
|yes, this dessert is flirting with you....|
|I'll take puns with my food any day of the week.|
|winter salads do not have to boring and punchless.|
|ok, so I threw a little shredded pork on this one (kill me)|
|saying "cauliflower" automatically gives you a Brooklyn accent. Who knew vegetables were so fun?|
|composing the dish. adding the spinach pasta to a bed of fresh corn soup|
I suppose vegetables aren't so bad after all...
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Family-wise, I took the reins in thanksgiving dinner and have watched my nieces grow into little pseudo adults (I will be registering for a gun license as my oldest niece will be assuredly be dating at any moment, see the clip below for reference.)
Mom retired from work and unsurprisingly is staying busier than ever as they prepare to move to Florida full time.
Personally in 2013, I made my last first guy friend, traveled to Europe to hang out with my best friends in life (#ninjasinspain), spent a long weekend in Seattle on a whim where I successfully ate and drank my way through that beautiful city. Add to that Vegas, Miami, Chicago and countless weekend in NYC....it's been a great travel year.
I've dated incredible women, auditioned for television shows and have expanded my joy and passion for cooking. Not sure what 2014 will bring, but if it's anything like 2013....I think we're all in for a tremendous year. If nothing else, we for damn sure won't go hungry.
With that I'd like to raise a glass to 2013 and share pictures from my last dinner party of 2013 that was "Best of..." themed. I was fortunate to eat in a number of incredible restaurants this year so I wanted to recreate the best dishes and cocktails to match for the evening. A thousand thanks to my guests who prepped, mixed, shook and poured the spirits.
|the menu. best things I ate and drank in 2013.|
|oh, it was a classy affair|
|octopus simmering away. my first octopus.|
|needless to say, John was skeptical at best.|
|out in front of of my cutting board, a usual spot for me.|
|would've been much more effective over an open flame, but was able to get the|
grill pan hot enough to get some color on the octopus
|finished first course with the octopus, farro and andouille sausage|
pickled red onions and homemade chili oil
|2nd course, arancini (fried risotto balls) with mozzarella. I made a risotto|
with pancetta and pink vodka sauce for this version. we paired this with a selection of rose wines
|course 3, roasted pork belly, tomato quiche and pepperoncini spread... delivious. |
bacon old fashioned to pair
|devon prepping the signature drink for the main course, champagne and hamburgers. |
finished product below
|i mean, how can you now love individual serving cans of bubbly.|
|rosemary french fries, with sea salt of course|
|signture course, champagne and hamburgers. These however were|
shortrib sliders, seared fois gras, red onion jam and truffle aoli.
|dessert time. 2 pies: key lime and salty honey, and homemade raspberry gelato|
|dessert plate with paired beverage, blackberry bourbon lemonade. F'ing delicious|
|ok, fine, I admit... I used a premade pie shell. A rarity, so sue me.|
|nothing beats a night of new friends, old friends, food and drink. |
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
|My menu for Diner en Blanc Philadelphia 2013|
Cavatelli Pasta with Duck Ragu
All in all it turned out to be a fantastic meal shared with incredible friends both old and new. To me, that's what makes this event so great. Here's a few more pictures from this year's event. Can't wait until Diner en Blanc 2014.
|Chris "garcon" DeAntonio pouring the finest prosecco for Aubrey. Mikey keeping watch in the background|
|I was a table leader for DeB this year. Though they didn't spell my name right for my sign, I was able to lead all 52 people in my group to the correct location.|
|Pam and Aubrey. Stunning.|
|I think Chris just said something hilarious, Aubrey however did not enjoy.|
|Lauren loving the sparkler action. At 9PM, all 2500 Diner en Blanc guests light their sparklers. Pretty cool moment.|
|Before we got going, I had to read a few rules. Rule 1, Be awesome.|
|A view of our table area courtesy of Chris.|
|Serving the main course, duck ragu. I of course made too much so got to take it on a road trip to share with hungry guests.|
|serving the cucumber avocado soup. Got this recipe from the folks at Vedge right here in philly. delicious.|
|Shawn and Mikey looking studly.|
|Me and Veronica. She totally makes this picture.|
|Somehow managed to find Rossi at the after party. I had to tuck in under her hat.|
|My beautiful cousin and I at the after party.|
|my incredible Group Leader Juli and fellow table lead.|
|Erin made for a great guest at DeB. Clearly we must have had fun.|
|me and the guys, classing it up. Chris whispering, "Atlantic City......."|
|and then Aubs anti-classing it up. Who needs glasses when you can take the Veuve straight to the face. Not sure what Christina is doing.|
|One of my favorite couples, in life, Shawn and LM|
|Ang and Irv made a strong appearance, and both incredibly dressed. well done you both.|
|Christina and Irv|
|Irv and Jen (who always manages to flash the perfect smile. Irv had to put on the stunner shades because Jen's smile was too bright.|
|Aubrey, Christina and Lindsay excited to get the night started|
|Here are the incredible ladies in my group. Shouts to everyone who made it the amazing night that it was.|