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The Dads’ Menu for an Intimate Dinner Party!

This week, we threw a dear friend’s very special birthday dinner!

The Dads' Party Table

Our friend, Xavier recently moved to the U.S. from Barcelona, Spain. So, this was his first birthday celebrated here in the U.S! We were delighted to be able to help make his night extra special!

Here was our menu plan for the evening:

5:00 PM

Guests arrive!

Happy Hour
· Bombay Sapphire Martinis
· Red Wine
· Antipasti Tray with Assorted Imported Meats, Cheeses, Olives, Peppers, etc.
(See The Dads’ Antipasti Picture below!)

The Dads' Antipasti Platter

6:00 PM

Dinner (Serving 6)

First course

Fois Gras pate’
– Wine pairing: Ice Wine

Second course

Poached Pears in Port Wine (See The Dads’ Recipe in our “Recipe” Section!)
– Served on a bed of salad with Gorgonzola Cheese, Spanish Candied Walnuts. Dressing: Homemade Balsamic Vinegar infused with Pear and Cinnamon Vinaigrette.

Third course

Rack of Lamb with Rosemary Parmesan Pesto
– Served with Pewee Potatoes roasted with Pearl Onions and French Green Beans. (See The Dads’ Recipe in the previous post below!)
Wine pairing: French Bordeaux

Fourth course

Harris’ Yellow Cake with Decadent Chocolate Frosting (See The Dads’ Recipe in the previous post below!)

The Dads' Yellow Layer Cake

Needless to say, the evening was a success!

Be sure to look under our “Recipes” and “Videos” tab to find our Rack of Lamb and Poached Pears recipe! Also, we will be posting Harris’ recipe for Yellow Layer Cake very soon! Stay Tuned!

The Perfect Rose Centerpiece Made Easy!

In the video below, Harris uses white roses to demonstrate how to make a beautiful centerpiece. It’s important to ensure that your arrangement isn’t too tall. Anyone who has been to a wedding knows how frustrating it can be to try to talk to the other people at your table when there is a towering massive centerpiece. We always keep our arrangements short to encourage conversation which is important at any dinner party.

Making your own floral centerpiece can seem daunting, but using a flower arranging frog makes it so easy! The holes in the base evenly space the flowers. Frogs can be hard to find since they are fairly old-fashioned, but try popping by your nearest antique store or search online to inquire. There are modern versions as well! Buying your own flowers is much less expensive than purchasing a flower arrangement from a florist. So why not have some fun and create your own impressive centerpiece with them? Send us a picture of your homemade arrangements, we’d love to see your creativity!

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Melissa’s Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner!

Dave’s daughter, Melissa & her husband hosted a Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner at their loft, last night with their 12 guests!

Their friend Joe who is a Sous Chef in NYC, played head chef for their dinner party! Melissa helped in the cooking & baking of course, but she says she was so busy keeping up with the cleaning, that she barely got a chance to watch his amazing techniques!

Joe selected 3 dishes from The Dads’ recipes that we posted here that he wanted to try. We felt so honored when we heard about this! We hope they saved us a plate to bring over for us to try!

What 3 dishes did he select and how did they turn out? Watch the video above to find out!

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