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Exciting Entertaining Endeavors: By Anne Valgoi

Exciting Entertaining Endeavors:  By Anne Valgoi

For Those Who were not able to read Anne’s post last month, we are carrying it over since it has so many fabulous entertaining tips and ideas.  Here’s to a Happy Passover and Easter as well.   Anne will be back next month with her Famous Floral Tips and Ideas from your garden to your table.

Everybody loves a bit of green whether it is with your florals or entertaining.  Last month our neighborhood supper club celebrated St. Patrick’s Day to the fullest.  Our supper club gathers regularly as we take turns hosting our friends.  The organizer provides/prepares the main dish and then the obliging guests bring a side dish or dessert to compliment the delicious entrée.  The menu is carefully selected in advance and often centers around a chosen theme or a certain cuisine.  In fact, many of us dare to try something new during these gatherings. 

To give you an idea of what you can expect at a supper club, our St. Patrick’s extravaganza began with an array of flavorful appetizers ranging from corned beef and cabbage sliders with Guinness mustard to Irish cheddar bacon jalapeno potato skins.  Our host served Guinness beer, several wine varietals and even a special craft cocktail, “the Savory Shamrock”, which featured Tequila, kale, cucumber juice, fresh lemon juice, and ginger beer.

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We all savored the hearty appetizers while mingling in our hosts lovely backyard enjoying the spring-like weather.  In good fun, my husband and I wore our “famous” green wigs to the party!  Please tell me who wore it better.

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To complete the meal an authentic Irish stew was served pipping hot along with a classic Colcannon dish, side salad offerings and of course, Irish soda bread!  I volunteered to prepare the dessert, an Irish apple cake with a lovely light custard sauce.  “The cake is excellent all on its own, but what really turns it into a decadent dessert is the custard sauce”.  I will surely be making this every St. Patrick’s Day and many times in between.  (The recipe can be found at www.thekitchenmccabe.com)

 

After hearing about our experience, you may want to consider organizing or participating in a social supper club.  The food is always amazing but more important are the friendships that we have established and the sincere connection that exists with our special group.

Since most of us are still catching up on entertaining (after the pandemic postponed such fun), many are focusing on an “experience”.  My sweet son recently gifted me an upscale sushi rolls cooking class.  

 

Chef Ben came to my kitchen and provided all the ingredients as well as expert (and sometimes patient) instructions on the art of preparing sushi rolls.  My entire family enjoyed this creative experience of the hands-on class that began with preparing the perfect sushi rice and some basic rolls.  

     

We crafted many sauces and components from scratch and learned unique tricks for creating unforgettable sushi dishes such as crunchy avocado balls, spicy shrimp rolls, delicious dragon rolls and ending with an exquisite volcano roll (flames and all).  Our palates were treated to smooth mochi ice cream for the finale. 

 

Fond memories were made that evening and if you are interested in contacting Chef Ben (Atlanta based) his email is as follows:  [email protected]

As Spring approaches, continue to be creative with your entertaining goals whether it be participating in a ‘tight-knit’ supper club or partaking in a unique experience such as exotic cooking lessons in the privacy of your home with friends and family.  I encourage you also to take advantage of the beautiful upcoming weather.  More to follow in future editions regarding gardening and florals…

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