November 11, 2019

An Autumn Dinner at Home

Fall is such a wonderful season for entertaining.

Last week, I hosted a special Moroccan-style dinner party for my friends, Robbie Antonio and his lovely wife, Daniella, who are visiting New York from the Philippines. While they were in the area, I thought it would be nice to invite more friends to join us for a delicious autumn meal. All 15 of my guests arrived right on time. Our evening began with cocktails in my kitchen, and then a sit-down dinner in my Brown Room. Every course was thoroughly enjoyed - the Bisteeya, the Couscous Royale and the homemade fruit sorbets and cookies for dessert.

Enjoy these photos.

November 9, 2019

Preparing for a Special Autumn Dinner at My Farm

I love entertaining at home, especially when I can incorporate my own garden-grown vegetables and fruits into the menu.  

Yesterday, I hosted a Moroccan-style dinner for 16. Chef Pierre Schaedelin, from PS Tailored Events, and I, planned the delicious dishes. The first course was Bisteeya, a traditional Moroccan dish, followed by Couscous Royale, made with chicken, lamb, sausage and a variety of fresh vegetables from my garden. Our dessert was homemade pomegranate and quince sorbet served with quince paste and brown butter shortbread cookies - the quince was picked from my trees just last week. Preparing for any party takes a lot of effort, a lot of time, and a lot of advanced planning - it was a busy day of cooking, cleaning, and table setting, but all worth the effort for a wonderful gathering of friends.

Here are some photos, enjoy.

November 8, 2019

An Autumn Harvest

Fall is such a wonderful season for entertaining.

I love hosting gatherings at my Bedford, New York farm. And whenever I plan a party I always think about what I have growing in the garden. Yesterday, I asked my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, to harvest a selection of vegetables for a special dinner. The garden continues to thrive with an abundance of root vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips and one of my favorites, radishes.

Enjoy these photos.