I recently invited two other couples, who also love cooking and entertaining, to start a gourmet group. My mom has been in a gourmet group for years, and I loved the idea! Here’s the concept: every few months, one couple hosts a dinner party. The host is in charge of creating a menu, and dividing up the cooking responsibilities between couples. It’s a great way to try new recipes and get together with good friends. I hosted our first gourmet group this past Friday…it was a success!
My menu packet:
John served refreshing and delicious (and strong!) French 75’s to start the evening.
I wanted to incorporate fresh and in-season fruits and vegetables into the menu, like the mango and zucchini. The zucchini tart was a favorite, and the light and fruity kale and mango salad was the perfect complement to the rich angel hair flan.
(This tart, prepared by a friend, makes such a statement)
Both the mango salad and the flank steak (marinated in soy sauce, sesame seeds, ginger, and scallions) have Asian elements. I continued this theme to the table setting with a vibrant blue Asian toile tablecloth and some tall green grass centerpieces, which I secured with raffia. I also wanted lots of color to keep things “springy.” The bright coral pillar candles placed down the center of the table worked with the blue and green. I arranged tulips and other bright flowers around the house.