Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Beautiful Evening in West Hartford

What a fabulous evening last Saturday was.  The room was dazzling, resplendent with giant white Calla Lilies, white Phalaenopsis Orchids kissed with the barest bit of yellow in their throats, bronze Cymbidium Orchids, white Roses with the slightest hint of pink through them.  Candles, mirrors,” floating” centerpieces, “ghost” chairs on tables clothed in brown faux suede for the adults and a sophisticated lounge for the children and the well heeled guests in blinding jewels and shoes to die for.  This hostess and her mother put their stamp on every aspect of this evening.  I think the menu and the photos speak for themselves.
                                               Adult Stationary Display
Vegetable Satays with Thai Peanut Pesto
Chimichurri Beef Skewers with Chimi Dip
Japanese Sirloin & Scallion Rolls
Portobello Satay with a Rosemary Ginger Dipping Sauce
Skewered Tandoori Chicken with a Cucumber Raita
Carrot Flowers, Radish Roses, Celery Curls and Green Bean Wands

Passed Adult Hors D'oeuvre

                            Watermelon Gazpacho Shots with Minted "Pearls"
Smoked Duck in Chinese Pancakes with Hoisen Sauce
Mini Kugel Bites
Fresh Mozzarella & Grape Tomato Bites with Aged Balsamic
Sushi Skewers

Plated First Course
Salmon Roulade with Gazpacho Cream and Paddlefish Caviar garnish

White Corn Agnolotti with White Truffle Oil and Frizzled Sweet Potato
Baby Greens, Shaved Fennel, Grapes & Dill in Sherry Vinaigrette
Asiago Crouton
A thin slice of Sourdough Ficelle toasted with Asiago Cheese

Plated Main Course
Bistro Steak Goan Style served on full bodied greens with Black Mustard Seed and Tamarind Sauce
Roasted Branzini with Orange Beurre Blanc and garnished with Mango & Hazelnuts
Sautéed Julienne Carrots, Yellow Squash & Haricot Verte
Sweet Green Pea Risotto with Pea Shoots & Mascarpone
Whole Grain Parmesan Crouton
Thinly sliced whole grain Ficelle, toasted with Parmesan Cheese
Bistro Tables for Cocktails
For the tiny tots....
Before the lights went low...


Room design was Brenda LaManna from Damselfly Designs, photography was by Geoffrey Tischman and of course food service and event planning by Charlotte Berwind Fine Foods, Inc.

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