There's no doubt about it - I love my job! Yes, it's a lot of hard work and manual labor - but at the end of each project or event I always feel extremely uplifted. It's pure joy to be involved in creating something special for someone else.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of putting together some simple arrangements for the 25th wedding anniversary of close family friends, Marisa and Choy Cojuanco. It was a spur-of-the-moment engagement but still truly special. I'm so honored they asked me to help create this casual yet chic evening to celebrate such a big milestone in their lives! They wanted an intimate and somewhat casual gathering. The location? Their FABULOUS family estate.
Coming here as a kid was always a treat. When they requested our kids join in on the fun, I knew they'd have a blast. They enjoyed the lush gardens and all the space to run free.
To cater the event, they hired my favorite Chef duo- Jen and Jeremy Slagle. Jen's one of my best friends so it's extremely fun when we get to work on the same projects. Here's a little peek on what went on in the kitchen:
The place settings for 12. For the flowers, I used antique champagne carnations and shades of cream hydrangea, roses, and lisianthus.
Seared Scallops with Salmon Roe, Shaved Fennel and Apricot Vinaigrette
Fried Risotto Nero Arancini with Bacalao and Spicy Aioli
House-Cured Lox on Toasted Pain au Levain with Creme Fraiche Capers, and Pickled Onion
Bouillabaisse with Seared Red Snapper, Sourdough-Crusted Halibut, Dungeness Crab and Shrimp; Garnished with Caremelized Fennel, Roasted Grape Tomatoes and Saffron Potatoes
Coriander and Whole Grain Mustard-Crusted Leg of Lamb
Lamb Shank Parmentier
Pan-Roasted Porcinis and King Trumpets with Glazed Cippolinis
Roasted Summer Squash and Tomatoes
Glazed Baby Rainbow Carrots
Cowgirl Creamery St. Pat Cheese with Mixed Greens and Fresh Apricot
Yogurt Panna Cotta with Ranier Cherries and Pluots
Dark Chocolate Ganache Tarte
And dinner is served......
Chef and Sommelier Jeremy Slagle introducing the vino.
Dinner was, simply put - amazing.
And here's the wonderful couple with Jen's chocolate masterpiece! It was truly a sweet and simple silver celebration.
For more information on hiring Jen and Jeremy Slagle for your private dining event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.