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

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Getting this etiquette business off the ground is exciting and exhausting all at the same time.

Whatever shall I make for dinner?

I found some good ideas!

Allen’s Chicken Pot Pie

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Remember on my birthday, my sweet friend Allen gifted me with a homemade chicken pot pie? Goodness gracious, it was delicious. And, as expected, gobbled up like hungry badgers by E and me.

It looks so delicious!

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Yesterday had me gushing over blogger Beth at Budget Bytes (have you checked her out yet? doesn’t she look like Mena Suvari?)

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Anyhoo, I made Beth’s stuffed poblano peppers last night for Eric and he loved them. We had a big lunch of chinese takeout leftovers so I only made two stuffed peppers, which was perfect for us. I didn’t photograph my peppers because they weren’t very pretty. Here are Beth’s stuffed peppers. Just pretend mine looked like this.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Photo courtesy of Budget Bytes

Come on in to cook with me!

Super Luxe Thanksgiving in New Orleans

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Good Morning Darlings!

Yesterday we talked about running away to Palm Beach for Thanksgiving. Today, let me tell you what my special buddy Chef Matt Murphy and our dear friend Char Thian have planned for you in New Orleans.

1. Champagne – check
2. Live music – check
3. Luscious Brunch & Delectable Dinner – check
4. Petting Zoo – wait, what?

Yup, a petting zoo. Beat that. All at The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans.

The gorgeous lobby. Say hi to Concierge Rudy for me!

Your children will be thrilled. You can sip bubbly and they can pet a goat in the glamorous courtyard. Afterwards, savor gourmet specialties handcrafted by Chef Matt, Chef Bradley and Chef Johnny. Save room, because Chef Thomas is creating some amazing delicious desserts that you just cannot refuse. These guys are the best at what they do. When you are finished with your meal, take a walk down to the river to work off some of those calories, because at dinner you can return for more!

Chef Matt and me, during his Atlanta visit.

At 6 p.m., let M Bistro treat you to a five course meal executed in perfect style by Chef Matt. You won’t even have to leave to work off that extra piece of pie. Jeremy Davenport is in the house for your dancing and listening pleasure. If you book soon enough, you might be able to snag one of the plush cheater’s booths for you and your loved ones. I am not kidding when I say that my meal this past summer in the hands of Chef Matt was one of the very best of my life. He and his staff are incredible and you will be wowed, without a doubt. Pinky swear.

Done dining and dancing? Just stroll out to the lobby, push the elevator button and retire to your oh-so-comfy room for the night.

Mmmmm, just thinking of the meals at M Bistro makes me want to jump in the car and drive the 6 hours it takes from Atlanta, just to eat their cooking.

Go. Don’t hesitate. Make your reservations now.

(504) 670-2828 or

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Harry Connick Jr. – Recipe for Love