My First Private Dinner!

About a month or so ago, someone recommended that I cook a private dinner for a financial company. It was for 20 people, 5 courses, and going to be held at Method, a hip, new coffee shop in Dallas. Of course I said I would gladly do it! So, I first came up with the menu…

Gazpacho

roasted tomatoes, red bell peppers, poblanos with smoked bacon

Brussels Sprout Salad

radicchio, green grapes, pecorino, pancetta, toasted walnuts, coffee & balsamic vinaigrette

Risotto

shiitake mushrooms and black truffle

*Slow Roasted Beef Tenderloin

espresso rub, root vegetable puree, bourbon BBQ sauce

Brownie & Ice Cream

guinness, kahlua, spicy caramel, warm coffee fudge sauce

*Vegetarian Options

Eggplant Parmesana

parmesan, goat cheese, fire roasted tomato sauce, red pepper

Ok, menu done….great! Oh wait…what about prep? This was definitely the biggest kitchen undertaking that I have had. Now, the dinner was taking place on a Friday night. So, I took a half day at work on Thursday and all of Friday to prep. NOTE: I live in an apartment…space is not on my side. Here was the result:

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And the kitchen pretty much looked like that all day.

On the actual day of the dinner, my mom came and to help :) she knew I would need it…plus, if things went south I could yell and she would still love me the next day.

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Needless to say, we had a BLAST! Everything went smoothly…better than smoothly! The guests LOVED everything and Method now wants to do this on a monthly basis! Excited does not even begin to cover it…check out the photos of my plated dishes and watch my short video!

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