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Why fight the crowds on amateur night? Some restaurants charge inflated prices for a meal that feels rushed while you’re squeezed between multiple seatings. Not worth it!
Opt for a relaxed, delicious dinner at home with one special person, or a great group of friends. Even if you stay in, make it anything but ordinary. Theme it up, throw logs on the fireplace, create your playlist, light the candles and have fun!
I’m planning one such event for a client as we speak. Here’s a sampling of my favorites from the kitchen and bar for this special occasion.
Pom Pop: Champagne, Pomegranate Juice and raspberry garnish - easy and elegant!
Elderflower & Champagne Cocktail: St. Germain, Champagne and sliced strawberry
Cranberry Gimlet: Citrus vodka, fresh lime juice, cranberry juice, agave nectar, lemon twist
Pink Kiss: Vanilla vodka, creme de cacao, amaretto, grenadine, Cool Whip
Sweetheart: Vodka, peach Schnapps, orange juice, strawberry puree
Raspberry Rose: Nolet’s Silver dry gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, raspberry garnish
Tomato-Basil Soup Shooters - gluten and dairy free, AND vegan
Individual Shrimp Cocktail in martini glasses; feeling creative? Shape two shrimp as a heart
Raspberry-Walnut Baked Brie
Baked Wild Halibut with a Pomegranate Reduction
Lavender-Crusted Beef Tenderloin
Chicken Marabella - this rustic dish is perfect for a group
Cioppino- famous for it’s San Francisco roots, pair this with crusty Italian bread
Creme Brûlée - make ahead in any flavor, then brown with a chef’s torch table side - impressive!
Homemade Chocolate Truffles - don’t be fooled, much easier than it sounds
Stuffed Strawberries - delicious lower calorie option
Need more ideas, recipes or help with your gathering? The team is here for you with party helpers, servers, bartenders and creative foodies — all you have to do is call!