Thursday, December 15, 2011

Very Entertaining 2

The best part of the holidays is spending time with friends and family. I can't think of a better way to celebrate that by gathering around the table with dear ones.


So Mr. H. and I were thrilled to be able to host our wine club holiday dinner last weekend. It was the perfect opportunity to eat, drink and be merry.


We've been sharing wine with this group of friends for six years now, sometimes getting together at each others' homes, occasionally trying a new restaurant. It's always delicious, always full of laughs, and there is always plenty of wine.


For a special holiday meal this year, Mr. H. and I decided to enlist help from Crush, a wonderful restaurant up the hill from us, where Chef Jason Wilson creates amazing Modern American cuisine from the freshest Northwest ingredients. I put my kitchen into the Crush team's very capable hands, sat back and enjoyed sharing an incredible meal with our friends.


Chef Jason designed an outstanding menu, and truly the meal was one to remember:


~APPETIZERS~
Fresh baked Gougeres with Truffled Chevre
Spot Prawn Ceviche with Cucumber Green Apple & Chicarone
Beef Tartar with Potato Cake, Horseradish & Parsley


~FIRST COURSE~
Roasted Roots, & Pickled Tree Fruits with Baby Lettuce Salad
Fresh Mt. Townsend Truffled Tremor Cheese, Watercress, Balsamic, Prosciutto


~SECOND COURSE~
Roasted Pacific Turbot Filet with Preserved Lemon
Vadouvan Thumbelina Carrots, Celery Root & Lacinatio Kale


~THIRD COURSE~
McFarlane Farms Pheasant Breast with Burgundy Truffle Gnocchi
Roasted Chanterelles, Leg Confit, Pinot Noir Sauce & Sage

  
~ DESSERT~
Chocolate Coulant with Praline Ice Cream & Huckleberries

With the menu and the cooking taken care of, I got to focus all the little touches that would hopefully make our guests feel welcome the minute they stepped through our door.





For the table, out came the best china, the blue and white (of course), accented with hits of red.


 


The place cards were dashed off just in the nick of time and tied to champagne corks with a bit of red ribbon.


All too soon, the bottles were emptied and it was time to say goodnight.


Mr. H. and I kicked off our shoes, rehashed the evening and how lucky we are to have such fantastic friends.



What's your favorite kind of holiday celebration? An intimate dinner with dear friends? A magical holiday ball? A cozy night with family? Or all of the above?


11 comments:

  1. YOur party looks amazing! Although I am loving experiencing European foods and traditions, I really miss the west coast approach to using local, fresh ingredients, etc.! I love the wine corks at each place - nice touch. I enjoy all those ways of celebrating but at this point in my life - while my kids are little - cozy family time and then elegant nights out (with a babysitter) are my ideal ways to celebrate...:)

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  2. I'm changing my book club into a wine club! Love your holiday touches around the house... We don't have a yearly event but do look forward to Christmas Eve as a family.
    xxoo

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  3. Sounds like a simply marvelous evening!! The menu was fabulous and your house looks beautiful decked out for the holidays. If I lived closer I'd be wrangling out an invite!!

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  4. A dinner party catered by Crush, eh? You splurged... ;-) If i had known, I would have crossed Lake Washington and left suburbia behind to "pretend" I happened to be in your street that night ;-) Love your red shoes, by the way. Très chi-chi. I, too, have been enjoying friends in the pre-Holiday weeks. On Christmas eve, though, I choose to hang out with our relatives, and fortunately, my mother-in-law is visiting this year. Joyeux Noël! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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  5. Beautiful! Everything here looks and sounds amazing!
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  6. Another beautiful post here! AND... I just nominated you for a Liebster Award! My post today has all the details... Congratulations!! and by the way...looks like you had a beautiful party-.

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  7. This is fabulous!!! Love the champagne corks, love the table decor, the paperwhites and that you enlisted a great chef, so you could enjoy the party, too.

    And, those red shoes!! WOW!

    I think my favorite gatherings are intimate and small. Though tomorrow I host a Mad for Plaid luncheon for 40! Crazy!!

    xoxo Elizabeth

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  8. Wow! What a great idea! The house looks great and that menu just made me really hungry! Sounds like an amazing time! Have a wonderful Christmas!

    Barbara

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  9. What a wonderful feast Jeanne ~ I was full after the appetizer course. A really wonderful menu.

    Jeanne, your house looks amazing, so simple, so elegant. The placecards with the corks? Very special.

    Oh, and may I borrow those red shoes someday??

    Thank you for sharing! xxo ebh

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  10. wow! that is fancy :) if any one moves out of your wine club, i'll take their spot! xo

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  11. Looks like you had a great party. Engaging the professional chef is a way to go. Your house looks fabulous and I am going to steal some of your ideas next time i am hosging a party. Especially loved the label tied around the corks.

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