"Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world." John Evelyn
The first weekend of November came roaring in, with trees bending to the wind and the leaves swirling in a frantic ballet, skittering across the pavement. The storm outside made it a perfect night to savor the comforts of home and stay warm in the glow of friendship.
The gilded pumpkins I mentioned last week turned out to be the perfect way to reflect that glow. With the addition of a hand-painted place tag, they helped welcome our guests to the table.
And what are sure to be the last dahlias of the season, found by chance at the corner grocery, added their own golden grace note. Paired with orange spray roses they matched the flame of the candlelight.
On the menu? The citrusy zing from seared scallops in a orange tarragon butter balanced by a celery root purée made slightly sweet withe the addition of golden apples, and the earthy flavor of wild chanterelles. My friend Laura brought a pair of perfect fall appetizers - butternut squash and ricotta bruchetta and endive leaves with gorgonzola and spiced pecans. A lighter-than-air cake from friends Katherine and Alessio finished off the evening on just the right note. Lots of wine, lots of laughs. A perfect night and fall feast to remember.
November might not be such a cold and dreary month after all!
Happy Monday, friends. Hope your November is off to a golden start. XO