Mike and I decided it was high time we had ourselves a dinner party! So, we rounded up a few friends and cooked up a storm. There was wine, champagne, delicious food and a lot of laughs, oohs and ahhs as the food was prepared and presented. One of the wines brought by a friend was a red called Balthazar which was sublime!
Mercedes, Andrew, Mike
Baguette before baking
All the friends!
Prep for main dishes and sides
The best way to eat potatoes
Chicken for days
Balthazar red wine!
The infamous brownie
Mike decided on a 5-course variable menu throughout the night.
First course: Appetizers
*Lightly seared tuna tacos with grated carrots, beet relish, basil and a mexican lime olive oil vinaigrette
*Caramelized onions on a homemade fresh baked baguette
*Panko breaded then deep-fried goat cheese and fig balls
Second course: Soup
*Roasted corn and bacon chowder
Third course: Salad
*House salad (mixed greens, grated carrot, sliced cherry tomatoes, candied almonds, applewood smoked cheddar)
*Butterleaf salad (avocado, cherry tomato)
Accompanying dressings were:
*Raspberry lime vinaigrette
*Honey-lemon basil vinaigrette
Fourth course: Mains & Sides
*Chili and herb marinated pork tenderloin
*Five-spice roasted whole chicken
*Green & Yellow beans, peas and carrots steamed with butter and brown sugar
*Potatoes au gratin (3-cheese Scalloped potatoes)
*Roasted garlic lemon and herb risotto
Fifth course: Dessert
*Warm chocolate chunk brownie with roasted pecans, drizzled with vanilla bean caramel sauce and finished off with a sprinkling of Himalayan pink sea salt