Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

September 25th, 2009 browsing by day


The Sheer Joy of Being A Guest

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Last night, Eric and I were the happy recipients of a dinner invitation from our new friends Chris and Erin. What a wonderful night.

I’m telling you, my darlings, this was perfect textbook entertaining. These two did not miss a beat. Everything was amazing. We were joined by my adorable friends, Clint and Matt, who are so awesome that any time you get to spend time with them is an immense treat.

First, the table was beautiful. Take a look at how pretty Erin made everything for us.

We started out with two delicious cheese and proscuitto rolls, one which was kidnapped by their cuddly soft labradoodle, Charlotte. You know this makes for a great story later!

Next, we were treated to a luscious caesar salad. So good. Not a drop left. Chris did all the cooking, and boy can he cook! The entree was linguine with clam sauce with steamed mussels atop. The sauce was so terrific and Chris shared that he used anchovies in the sauce. It was to die for. Here’s a photo of our charming host at work.

We also ate our share of garlic bread (is there anyone who can resist garlic bread?) and then the next show stopper – german chocolate cake for dessert. Here’s a pic of the cake (beautifully staged and shot by artist extraodinaire, Matt Belfi).

Matt also captured yours truly licking the plate (such a no no! lol)

Not only did the meal totally impress, but the company surpassed the food, if that can even be possible. Stories were told and the entire evening was filled with quippy, pithy repartee. I can’t remember ever laughing this hard at a dinner party.

Thanks a million, Chris and Erin, we love you!!

xoxo, Patti