Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lunch like an Italian

Once in a while a brand comes along that you feel a real connection with. For me, Lucini Italia was one of those brands. Towards the end of last year their team reached out and asked me about cooking for them and a group of invited guests to shine a spotlight on their recently launched line of fresh tomato sauces and dressings. I was very familiar with Lucini olive oil and balsamic vinegar and leaped at the opportunity to work with their brand. 

I worked with my team over at Lady and Larder to create an Italian inspired cheese and charcuterie display featuring locally made Italian cheeses and cured meats, heads of roasted garlic, marinated peppers, olives, nuts, fresh and dried fruit and crusty grilled bread brushed with Lucini olive oil.  

Once the guests were seated, we served a farmers market salad with shaved fennel and warm brown butter croutons followed by family-style platters of slow braised heirloom beans and kale over spicy tomato sauce, chicken meatballs with fresh burrata and calabrian chili and grilled farmers market vegetables drizzled with balsamic and herbs. For dessert, we worked with Nancy's Fancy gelato and served a duo of butterscotch budino and chocolate fondente topped with olive oil and sea salt. 

Here are some of the beautiful images captured by Monica Wang showing the incredible details that went into creating this spring luncheon. The location was in an outdoor space at one of my favorite places in Los Angeles, Rolling Green Nursery. Huge thank you to the team over at Soda Pop PR, Sami at Rolling Greens and the ladies of Lucini for being so lovely to work with. 

























Serve ware was supplied by Dish Wish.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Lady & Larder



I am so proud to share our new venture with you today. We launched officially on May 1st and it has been a busy couple of weeks indeed. We have big dreams for this little company and I know this is the beginning of something with a great future. For the past couple of years I have been making hand-crafted cheese and cured meat boards for special events, parties, family bbqs, pop up dinners, client functions, you name it, and a couple of months ago we (my brother, Matthew, and my twin sister, Boo) decided to take things to the next level. Lady and Larder was born and we are thrilled with the feedback we have received over the past month since our launch. Currently, we are offering online ordering and delivery here in Los Angeles and the South Bay. We hope to be expanding soon to cover an even larger area. Additionally, we are booking weddings and parties (for groups of 75 or more) all over California and beyond. For more on how we got started and all of the other fun details, check out our website.








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Friday, April 8, 2016

Tiki Dinner Party

This year in honor of my brother's 27th birthday we hosted a Tiki Dinner Party complete with tiki torches, guava mai tais and coconut cake. We asked guests to dress in festive Hawaiian attire and filled our home with fresh orchids and palm leaves. 

The evening started with assorted Pu Pus:

Whole Fried Local Ridgeback Prawns from Santa Barbara dunked in Hot Chili Sauce

Coconut Chicken Satay and Farmers Market Vegetable Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce 

Grilled Kurabuta Sausages with Spicy Mustard

For cocktails, we served fresh Guava Mai Tais - all the way - complete with little umbrellas, fresh pineapple and stir sticks along with ice cold Tahitian beers. 

Sit-down Dinner followed with Bone-in Hawaiian Ribeye Steaks, Japanese Tomato Salad, Charred Broccolini and Six Layer Coconut Cake to finish. We ended the evening with full bellies and even fuller hearts. Our resident photographer, Wylie West Creative, was on hand to capture some of the magic. We are already counting down the days to Mateo's next birthday. xx