Archive for May, 2012

April Supper Club!

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On April 24th, we had the complete pleasure of joining a group of close friends and even a few adventurous family members (go A. Wright & Patsy!) along with our dear new friends at Haven’s Kitchen for their second ever Supper Club event. With food imagined and prepared by husband and wife chef team Andrew Lentz of Lincoln and Shaunna Sargent of Indie Food and Wine and Betto – we knew the evening was going to be something special. And it was that and so much more. The festivities began with a signature negroni cocktail downstairs in the cooking school kitchen with passed hors d’oeuvres, including miniature lobster sandwiches, chicken liver mousse on crisped toasts and fried fresh pea risotto balls – yum!  Then the forty of us headed upstairs for a rustic Italian meal prepared with organic and locally sourced sustainable fare and wine parings that had our mouths watering from the instant we sat down. The Antipasti was a fantastic panzanella of young beets, celery, charred onion petals, tender herbs fresh as fresh can be, house made mozzarella and Barolo vinegar with an Anselmi II Ceppo Prosecco NV. The Primi consisted of one the best raviolis we’ve ever tasted – blushed with fresh beet juice, these delicate pillows were stuffed with silky potato, pecorino romano and spicy black pepper, dressed with a lovely charred asparagus and paired with a 2010 Ocone “Flora” Falanghina. Secondi was a particularly well cooked pollo fra diavolo with braised radiccio and escarole salad and a 2008 Occhipinti “Siccagno” Nero D’Avola. And, finally, we stuffed our last bit of room with a lovely Dolci – rhubarb torta with ricotta gelato – wow! Another stellar evening burned into our tastebuds and our memories – which would be a bit nostalgic and bittersweet to look back on now if we weren’t already gearing up for the next Supper Club on May 17th (with chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern fame – can this honored new tradition possibly get any better?) … keep you posted!

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Ngoc Minh Ngo’s book party

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We were invited to a lovely event at the upper west side West Elm store to celebrate the publication of the super-talented Ngoc Minh Ngo’s gorgeous book, Bringing Nature Home (floral arrangements inspired by nature). And with arrangements by collaborator, Nicolette Owen of awe-inspiring Little Flower School fame abounding, it was a true feast for the eyes – thank you for the invite and for the wonderful inspiration, ladies – and what a glorious way to ring in the season!

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micro arugula in micro pots

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Taking advantage of this warm weather, we started growing our own favorite salad green – micro arugula – in some tiny pots we’ve been saving for just the right tiny crop. Already quite peppery and delicious – the trick will be will be actually keeping them around to enjoy a bit visually (perhaps on a lunch or – even better breakfast table as an edible centerpiece to enjoy with one’s soft boiled egg!) before harvest time.

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Birdsong

© BBC Original Drama, 2012

Did we say we were missing Downton Abbey? Well, this two-part Masterpiece Classic adapted from the modern classic, epic novel by Sebastian Faulk is just what we needed to get our fix of GORGEOUSLY filmed (touché, Director, Philip Martin & Cinematographer, Julian Court – this is absolutely STUNNING film, indeed!) period drama with the backdrop of World War One. The Trenches are shot with amazing finesse and a gritty, dark reality, while the flashbacks of forbidden love in the French countryside (Manor house – with ALL the fantastic details) between Eddie Redmayne and Clémence Poésy just absolutely took our breath away. Though thoroughly cinematic in every way, we feel quite lucky that this is actually a TV series (BBC, of course) – as we get feast our eyes on a full three hours of it and recommend you do the same!

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purple party!

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When a taste-making two-and-three-quarters-year-old requests that her third birthday party have a particular color scheme, there’s only one thing to do: start making purple food and purchasing all things lilac through violet for the occasion. And with a house full of twirling, pointing and donkey-tail-pinning lavender ballerinas – what an auspicious occasion it was! Happy birthday, beautiful CeCe – we love you!!

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Japanese tree peonies and lilacs

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Can lilac season actually be upon us already? And can anything look prettier than a bouquet of these deeply scented beauties with our favorite sea anemone-like Japanese tree peonies? So gorgeous and so fleeting – gather all ye lovely buds while ye may!

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