The art of Entertaining

Saturday night I had the privilege of hosting The Greensboro Community Yoga teachers at my home for dinner.  I'd wanted to do a year-end "Thank you Dinner" to celebrate the studio, and the work these yoga teachers do at GCY each and every week.  The studio would not run without their dedication and flexibility in teaching and subbing when needed.  I'm lucky to have a very talented bunch of ladies!

I spent a lot of time Saturday preparing for them.  I wanted everything to look inviting.  I took extra care in setting a table, I've always believed that a well set table convey's the message to your guest that you were thinking about them in every detail.  Maybe I read that in a "Miss Manner's Book" when I was little and it's always stuck with me.

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Because we are health and eco-conscious yogini's there were many dietary restrictions to account for.  Normally I would have felt more than comfortable cooking a large meal on my own, but I do best with meat dishes, not to mention I wanted to be able to enjoy the evening and the good company of the yogi's.  There is really only one catering company that I know that would tackle this dinner with efficiency, art and flavor.  That company being "The Next Super" of Course!  Kerri Thomas designed and cooked a menu that was Vegan, gluten-free and mostly soy free.  

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The food was beyond amazing.  We had a blast socializing and eating, laughing, and eating and then eating some more.  The only thing I regret is not getting a group photo before everyone left.  I had planned to do it and failed at the execution stage. 

At any rate it was a lovely evening and I'm lucky to work with such talented ladies! 

Happy Eating, 

-Alisha 

Tuesday Tidbits: Entertaining Guests 07.09.13

One of the biggest joys of having my own house is feeling like the kitchen is mine.  I'm a bit of a control freak and it's slightly all or nothing with me, so getting my own kitchen is a relief.  I love cooking for other people, I love making a satisfying meal and sharing it with loved ones, it completes a need to take care of others that is deep inside me. Having my parents here over the weekend I was able set a table, cook and provide for someone besides me.  Here are a few of the highlights from that part of their visit...

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Left over breakfast gave us the ability to make BLT's! Yummy!

Left over breakfast gave us the ability to make BLT's! Yummy!
Left over breakfast gave us the ability to make BLT's! Yummy!

BLT's! Yummy!

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Water with a special touch
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New Table set special for my guests
New Table set special for my guests
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Simple Breakfast

What is your favorite way to entertain?

-Lish

Back to work tomorrow

I've only had three days off of work, but it seemed like an age.  I got so much done in such a short amount of time and I traveled a total of 1200 miles.  I'm thankful to have had the time off, thankful to have seen most of my family, but now it's back to the daily grind.  Tomorrow, I'll be at the office learning all I can, but my mind will be else where.  For instance, maybe I'll be thinking about the awesome fathers day brunch I made for my spectacular Papa, and how much I enjoyed hanging out with my family this weekend?

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Can you be paid to set tables?  Cause if so, maybe I'm in the wrong business?

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What can I say, I love to nourish the people I love.  I know you wish you had an invitation to this sunday brunch, don't you?

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Yes, I also made banana pancakes and scrambled eggs.  There was more food than we knew what to do with.  Good thing banana pancakes make good left overs!  So yes, tomorrow while I'm at work, I'll be dreaming about this table and how I can top it next year.  If you're lucky maybe you can come with me :)

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Dinner Party Prep

Did you know that cooking a sit down dinner for 16 people is ridiculously difficult?

I sure didn't.

Let's just say I love, love, love, to cook and nourish friends and family.  I cook all the time, I've even been known to cook Thanksgiving dinner just for myself specifically because I love cooking so much.  But, I've never in my life done a sit down dinner for 16 people.

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Luckily my awesome, awesome sister was in from CA to help with the party.  I think she thought she was there for my mom.  I don't think she realized she was there to be my sou chef/ minion (really it was more like minion, but she didn't like me calling her that).

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Let me tell you, this was a busy day!  My mother, sister and I were all at the farmers market by 7:45 getting ingredients for the rest of the day while my dad was at home getting tables and chairs out for us.

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