1 For the staff lunch, I decided to set the long nickle-topped table in the tenant house.
2 We used drabware and khaki and white striped napkins.
3 I roasted two 5-rib rib roasts. The meat came from Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors. http://lafrieda.com/
5 I also oven-roasted small white potatoes, which were tossed in olive oil, salt, and pepper.
6 Fresh radishes for garnish picked this week in the garden
7 And fresh parsnips also from the garden
8 A beautiful assortment of fancy pâtés
10 Delicious and velvety cream of celeriac soup, also from the garden
12 A giant bowl of beautiful greens picked from my cold house just before the party - truly farm to table!
13 A horseradish and sour cream garnish for the beef
15 Of course there was eggnog!
16 Sharkey dreaming of a rib bone
17 Ready to carve!
18 TV audience member, Anna Koonin's, crunchy and cheesey mac and cheese.
19 TV chef Sarah Mastracco's family recipe for mashed potato souffle
20 Roasted carrots and parsnips from the garden and roasted shallots
21 The roasted potatoes
22 There were even peppered mashed potatoes.
23 We set up the buffet on the long table in the kitchen.
24 Mike and I carved the roasts.
25 Ryan and Wilmer enjoying the eggnog
26 Sanu, Chhiring, and Phurba
27 Maria and Fernando
28 Alfredo and Alex
29 Wilmer, Pete, and Chhewang
30 Pete, Chhewang, and Laura
32 It was a lovely gathering.
33 The beef was cooked perfectly! I took it out of the oven when its internal temperature reached 115ºF.
34 Laura and the begging dogs
35 The group
36 Alex, who works at my East Hampton home, and Laura, with my French Bulldog, Francesca
37 Another group shot
38 G.K. and Sharkey licking their chops
40 Dominique Ansel rose to fame in New York City, where he was the Executive Pastry Chef for Restaurant Daniel under celebrity chef Daniel Boulud.
41 Dominique has been named one of the 'Top 10 Pastry Chefs in the United States.'
43 And this amazing buche de noel was a gift from my friend Sirio Maccioni of Le Cirque. Thank you so much! http://www.lecirque.com
44 I also passed around some amazing chocolates.
45 A really nice shot of me with my amazing staff