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Elevate Your New Year’s Party with a Crowd-Pleasing Grazing Table

Elevate Your New Year’s Party with a Crowd-Pleasing Grazing Table

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and the last holiday party. What a great time of the year. The best New Year’s Eve celebration is perfect for a grazing table with little work. This will be a great way to let the chef enjoy the evening events too. Kristen Seymour presents a step-by-step guide to the perfect party.

If you want the food at your holiday party or corporate event to be opulent and impressive—but still inviting—a grazing table just might be the answer to your culinary conundrum. And as a bonus, you probably won’t even have to cook.

This hot trend in entertaining isn’t exactly new. In medieval times, palace feasts often featured tables piled high with layers of food for guests to sample at their leisure. These days, grazing tables are more likely to feature local cheeses than, say, roasted peacock. But a year or two ago, a modern take on the grazing table began to take hold in Australia and New Zealand. Now it’s taking the U.S. by storm.

What, exactly, is a grazing table?

Typically, it’s a table (although it can also be a platter, a counter, a board, or any large, flat surface) with lots of visually appealing and accessible food. Most items aren’t contained within bowls or baskets but are instead arranged in piles that lavishly spill into each other. It’s artfully disheveled. Decadent, but relaxed. It’s a really flexible concept that can work for a wide variety of events, numbers of guests, locations, themes, and budgets. In a work setting, for instance, a grazing table is a great way to incorporate office snacks you already have on hand without the need to bring in or buy a ton of serveware and utensils.

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New Year’s Grazing Table Menu

And if all that isn’t enough, one of the best aspects of a grazing table is the low maintenance set up, which allows the host to spend time with their guests. After all, parties are much more fun to throw when you actually get to join them. Interested in giving a grazing table a go? Here’s how to build your own for your next office party or gathering at home.

Planning for Your Party

The first decision to make is the shape and size of the table. Will it be large enough to hold everything you want to include? According to New Zealand caterer Sarah Jones, who was at the forefront of this trend, you can expect a table that’s one square meter (which is about three feet by three feet) to fully feed around 15 people and allow around 30 to graze. However, you can use layers to fit more food or add decorative elements to take up more surface area if the table you have is too large.

And don’t forget about location. Your grazing table should be situated in a way that makes it easy for multiple guests to access it at once, encouraging mingling while snacking. But you don’t want it to be in the way of traffic (or dancing!). If you’ll have small children or pets at the party, you might also want to use an elevated surface to keep snacks away from little hands and curious noses.

Now, onto the food!

With a grazing table, you don’t want to choose food only for its tastiness, although, that’s an important factor. You should also think about the aesthetics. Brightly colored fruit and veggies, breads and crackers with different textures and shapes, meat slices that can be folded artfully, and vibrant dips and sauces all add to the visual appeal of the table.

Be sure to pick up a variety of each type of food. For instance, when it comes to cheese, consider a soft Brie, a hard and nutty Manchego, and a sharp Cheddar—and then think about what would pair well with each type. This planning isn’t just for your shopping list, but also for your layout because you will want to make it easy for your guests to distinguish which cracker and spread complements the cheese they just sliced.

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New Year’s Grazing Table Creation

And remember, this can be whatever you want it to be, so although the cheese, charcuterie, and crudités route is a common one, you can branch out in any way you’d like. Make big, brightly hued exotic fruits the main feature, layer your table with cakes and candies, or pick a sampling of easy-to-eat snacks from your favorite tapas restaurant. Living a healthy life? You can keep it vegan, paleo, or sugar-free, no problem. As long as you fill the space with food your guests can easily enjoy, the sky is the limit.

Creating Your Grazing Table

While it may look haphazard, a well-curated grazing table is anything but. It’s vital that you leave yourself plenty of time for the set-up process alone. Rushing to add the finishing touches as your guests arrive is no way to enhance that effortlessly chic atmosphere that a grazing table provides.

Step 1: Write out a list of all the foods you want to put out

You’d be surprised at how easy it is to forget what you’ve purchased until the party is over. A list will help you in step two. Consider whether you’ll be buying and preparing each item, or if you’ll go the corporate catering route instead.

Step 2: Plot your table

Time to decide what platters and other surfaces to put your food on. In keeping with the casually decadent feel, leave your linen tablecloth in the closet and, instead, stick with the surface of a nice, clean table, or cover it with kraft or butcher-block paper.

You can use baskets and cutting boards to organize more unruly foods, and of course, you’ll need bowls for dips or spreads. Adding a big, beautiful bowl of punch is a great way to take up space and add a pop of color, and now is the time to decide where any larger containers will go. That said, resist the urge to separate everything too precisely. You’re going for organized chaos, so just this once go ahead and let the grapes mingle with the prosciutto.

If you opt to decorate with non-food items, this is also a good opportunity to set out larger embellishments. Get creative with greenery and flowers, fresh herbs, whole fruits and veggies, unscented candles, framed art or signs, vases—anything that works with your theme and adds a bit of visual interest will increase the appeal of your grazing table.

Step 3: Use layers to create height

You can use cake stands, wine boxes, or just about anything else you have handy to add dimension to your table, but don’t use everything you have. Just a couple elements should do the trick. Place larger, more eye-catching foods—such as large cheese wheels or a pile of big brownies—on raised surfaces, and spread them out around your table. If you have large amounts of one item, such as salami slices, arrange them in two or three places around the table to break things up.

Step 4: Fill it in

Add your remaining foods to the empty spaces, making a point to separate similar items from one another. Place foods people may want to pair in close proximity (you could surround a wheel of Brie with pear slices, a crusty baguette, and a jar of fig jam, for example). The ideal grazing table will encourage people to move from one end to the other, sampling bits and bites from all areas.

Once you add your main foods, fill in the remaining spaces with handfuls of nuts, dried fruit, berries, pieces of dark chocolate, or any other small foods you’d like to sprinkle throughout. You can also scatter flowers or other decorations if you have room. Though the design is completely up to you, a traditional grazing table leaves very little bare space, so don’t be shy about adding more. Abundance is a theme that’s hard to overdo.

Step 5: Take a tour

Approach the table as if you were a guest and make sure everything is accessible (can you reach for that biscuit behind the candle without burning your hand?) and inviting. Slice a corner of each block of cheese and tear off a few chunks of the baguette to encourage guests to dig right in.

Step 6: Snap a picture before your guests dig in!

The photogenic nature of the grazing table is inversely proportional to the amount of noshing that’s been done, so ‘gram it for posterity’s sake right away.

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New Year’s Grazing Table Savings

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The Academy Awards® Celebrates 90 years ~ Governors Ball

The Academy Awards® Celebrates 90 years ~ Governors Ball

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Governors Ball 2018 Oscars®

This year The Academy Awards® is celebrating 90 years. The Governors Ball is pulling out the very best for the years celebrity party. Wolfgang Puck, his 24th year catering this party, and his catering company will bring the best in food, entertainment, and ascetics for the best in the film industry. His goal with each event he caters is, “revolutionized the dining landscape with a singular focus: to exceed expectations whenever our guests gather for a meal.”

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This year’s menu brings some favorites back and new experiences. His menu is set to meet everyone’s pallet and needs. You can recreate some of the items for your own party click here and here. The menu includes:

Amuse Bouche

  • Parmesan Bread Sticks
  • Everything Bagel Pretzel Bite, Scamorza Cream Cheese, Tomato Confit
  • Aged Vermont Cheddar Cheese
  • Aged Parmesan Cheese
  • Candied Spiced Mixed Nuts, Pineapple
  • Dried Fruit
  • Apricot Macadamia Nut Lavosh

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The Academy’s® Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom

Passed Hors d’Oeuvre

  • Edamame and Black Truffle Pot Stickers (V)
  • Miyazaki Wagyu Beef Tartare, Puffed Black Rice, Togarashi
  • * Of the 28,000 Japanese Black cattle handled by JA Miyazaki, only 18,000 meet the criteria to become Miyazaki Wagyu.
  • Tiny Taro Taco, Spiced Eggplant, Lime Pickle (V)
  • Smoked Salmon Oscars
  • Miniature Wagyu Burger with Sharp Cheddar and Remoulade
  • Signature Pizzas
  • Spicy Tuna Tartare in Sesame Miso Cones
  • Crab Stuffed Hibiscus, Lemon, Pomegranate
  • Explosion of Rhubarb, Thai Flavors (V)

Small Plates

  • Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Pea Shoots, Mezze Flavors (V)
  • Frozen Beets, Ginger Milk Curd, Yuzu, Ice Lettuce
  • Asparagus, Shiro Miso, Watercress, Cherry Tomatoes, Sancho Pepper (V)
  • White Asparagus Soup, Caviar, Yukon Potato Croutons
  • Potato Caviar 2.0
  • Black Truffle Chicken Pot Pie
  • Winter Truffle Baked Cavatappi and Cheese
  • Mini Pea and Carrot Ravioli, Black Truffle, Cipollini Onions
  • Miyazaki Wagyu Beef, Forbidden Black Rice, Crunchy Red Beets, Char Siu Cabbage
  • Black Bass, Eggplant, Salsa Verde, Teardrop Peppers
  • Housemade Spinach Campanelle, English Peas, Cipollini Onions, Roasted Tomatoes (V) (V) – Vegan

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The Academy’s® Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom

Raw Bar

  • Spicy Tuna, California, and Vegetable Rolls
  • Made-to-Order Nigiri
  • Scallop Crudo, Blood Orange, Finger Lime, Lovage
  • Sea Urchin, Egg, Dashi Ikura
  • Caviar Parfait with 24k Gold
  • Oysters on the Half Shell
  • Snow Crab Claws
  • King Crab Legs
  • Lobster
  • Mussels
  • Clams
  • Shrimp

Pastries & Chocolate

  • Caramel-Passion Fruit Oscars Lollipops
  • Mango-Lime Pate a Fruit with Tajin Pop
  • Marjolaine Cake Pop
  • Passion Fruit Meringue Lollipop
  • Pistachio Raspberry Cookies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Dark Chocolate Brownies
  • Coconut Macaroons
  • Cocktail Inspired Macarons
  • Negroni-Orange, Campari, Vermouth,
  • Gin Mojito-Lime, White Rum
  • Piña Colada-Pineapple, Malibu Rum
  • Individual Blueberry-Violet Entremets Cake
  • Vegan Carrot Cupcake with Vegan Cream Cheese
  • Gianduja Cupcake
  • Lychee-Rose-Raspberry Tart
  • Pineapple Upside-Down Verrine
  • Housemade Chocolate Bonbons
  • Lemon Cheesecake
  • Pecan Pie
  • Raspberry Pate a Fruit, Vanilla Ganache
  • York Peppermint
  • Kumquat Pimm’s

Vegan Items (without Gluten)

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich
  • Coconut Vegan Cupcake
  • Walnut Chocolate Cookies

Passed Small Desserts

  • Ruby Chocolate Strawberry and Cream
  • strawberry-hibiscus mousse, strawberry compote, vanilla sponge,
  • mascarpone cream, Callebaut Ruby chocolate
  • *Wolfgang Puck Catering is the first company in the U.S. to utilize and serve this new, fully sustainable, naturally colored, varietal of chocolate
  • Key Lime Meringue Cheesecake Taco
  • key lime cheesecake, graham cracker, white chocolate shell, toasted meringue
  • Mocha Beehive
  • salted sable Breton, dark chocolate Rocher shell, liquid honey ganache, mocha mascarpone mousse
  • Tropical Halo-Halo
  • coconut tapioca pudding, exotic fresh fruits, acai granita

Made to Order

  • Mille Crepe Cake, Caramel, Chocolate, Raspberry Filling
  • Cinnamon Sugar Beignets Topped with Caramel
  • Hibiscus Kombucha Carbonated to Order

The menu is taking a close look at keeping seafood that Seafood Watch compliant and locally sourced ingredients from:

The staff of 300 hundred begins preparing days in advance to serve the large crowd with the best food that remains the same from guest to guest. Just a few of the items used to create this massive menu includes:

  •  1,000 hibiscus flowers
  • 2,600-pound sculpted ice bar
  •  100 pounds Snake River Farms 0/0 Gold Grade New York steak
  • 125 pounds aged Vermont Cheddar cheese
  • 250 pounds Parmesan Reggiano
  • 100 pounds five-year aged white Cheddar
  • 1,500 Yukon gold potatoes
  • 35 pounds winter black truffles from Burgundy
  • 1,000 pounds Pasturebird chicken
  • 3,500 pieces housemade seeded lavash
  • 5 gallons homemade pimento cheese
  • 2,375 housemade pretzel bites
  • 3,500 Fleur de Sel breadsticks
  • 6,000 pieces mini brioche buns
  • 4,500 pieces handmade “agnolotti” ravioli
  • 3,000 pounds of hand-carved ice cubes
  • 2,000 edible flowers

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The Academy’s® Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom

Mark Held, of MARK’S GARDEN®, is the exclusive florist for the 2018 Governors Ball. MARK’S GARDEN® is celebrated for innovative floral designs for large-scale events He will be preparing 5000 succulents with thousands of roses and ranunculus a week in advance. These flowers are from California, Holland, and South America. Keeping with the concept of reduce, reuse, and recycle the succulents and floral arrangements are going to be planted at the Motion Picture Television Fund following the event.

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Governors Ball 2018 Oscars®

Sequoia Production is overseeing all the details. This company has produced 29 consecutive Governors Balls. The philosophy according to Cheryl Cecchetto is, “People celebrating life, that’s what it’s all about.” 

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The Academy’s Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom

The evening is a celebration that includes extensive cocktails, wine, and champagne. Francis Ford Coppola wine has produced an exclusive wine for the 90th Oscars® celebration. The red wine is a classic Alexander Valley Cabernet with black fruit berries. The white wine is a Chardonnay with aromatic notes of spiced pears, tangerine, honey, and hazelnut brioche. Each label is specific to this celebratory time.  You can recreate the cocktails and non-alcoholic with the recipes by clicking the recipes links above and one is at the end of this article. The wine list includes 2014 Archimedes Cabernet Sauvignon.  If you are serving this remember to start decanting several hours prior to serving.

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The Academy’s® Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom

There is not a celebration without champagne. This year as in years past it is Piper-Heidsieck that will be flowing throughout the evening. This limited edition is 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier and 15% Chardonnay. It has notes of almond and fresh hazelnut accompany the precise ascent of bubbles. They will be pouring this at the ceremony as well as the Governors Ball.

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The Academy’s® Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom

The Governors Ball is committed to making sure that is they do not go to waste on memories, celebration, and trash. They are ensuring the following:

  • Unused prepared food will be recovered to support our local community by Chefs to End Hunger, an organization established to create awareness, educate and offer ways to contribute to end hunger.
  • Recycle plastics, metals, glass, paper and cardboard.
  • Floral arrangements will be delivered to and planted at the Motion Picture & Television Fund residential community for the aging.
  • Use energy efficient LEDs for event lighting.
  • The plywood used in the design has been and will be repurposed.
  • Carpet will be recycled into carpet padding.
  • Service ware is reusable.
  • All lighting, audio, rigging equipment and furniture are rentals and will be repurposed for future events.
  • The event production office employs energy-saving practices.

The night is filled with exceptional food, decor, and memories. A few of the stats for the night include:

  • 1,500 guests
  • Team of 10 maitre d’ staff
  • 850 service and support staff
  • 13,000 glasses for beverages
  • More than 4 miles of cabling to support
  • 6,000 cocktail forks
  • Lighting and video prep in ShowPro’s 100% solar powered, carbon-neutral facility.

The night includes The Protagonist, starring Tequila Don Julio Blanco, is the hero of the evening. The inspiration for the cocktail is a refreshing, complex, elegant and celebratory all wrapped up in one beautiful cocktail. The pure essence of the tequila lays the foundation for bright citrus, herbal botanicals and subtle floral notes. Each ingredient plays a special role, painting a complete and balanced picture to be enjoyed responsibly throughout the night.

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The Trilogy

Here is one last recipe that the celebrities will enjoy this evening:

THE PROTAGONIST

Ingredients:

1 1/2 ounces Tequila Don Julio Blanco

1/2 ounce Pimm’s The Original No. 1 Cup

3/4 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

1/4 ounce Simple Syrup

2 ounces Tonic Water

Sliced Cucumber and Borage Flowers for Garnish

Preparation:

1. Combine Don Julio Blanco, Pimm’s, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Gently shake and roll in tonic water.

2. Pour over fresh ice in a Collins glass.

3. Garnish: Wrap thin cucumber slice around inside of glass and top with borage flowers.

This evening is one of the most watched and celebrated in the world. Entertaining your own guest is a thrill. We would love to hear about your evening photos from the menu, planning tips, food, decor, and selfies. Please post your Oscar® party photos here using #OscarParty #4ChionStyle. Have a wonderful Oscar® evening!

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Jimmy Kimmel 90th Oscars’® Host

The 90th Oscars®, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

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Top Gifts and Lifestyle Needs

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Here are a few top shopping items that will help with gift giving, beauty products for your celebrations, and extra company in your home. You can find ingredients for recipes and beauty items included in our blogs. This is a fun way to get exactly what you need. Delivery to your door, wrapping is an option at the time of your order, and no hassle. Click here to start shopping. The very best for your lifestyle.

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Sandwich Creation

Sandwich Creation

Sandwich creation is a personal adventure. John Montagu, Earl of Sandwich, is the creator. He creates it to solve the problem of being able to continuously gamble instead of stopping for supper. Today it is the most popular lunchtime meal.

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  • Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop: free upgrade from a small 9-inch to ma medium size 12-inch
  • Firehouse Subs: Coupons for free chips and drink on your next visit
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs: Monday – Thursday throughout November for your chance to win prizes of all kinds!
  • Schlotzsky’s: one free medium  with the purchase of one at equal or greater value
  • Subway: buy a sub and a 30-oz drink, they will get a free will give a meal to Feeding America

You can celebrate by creating your own sandwich bar for work on #NationalSandwichDay.

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Other great ideas to celebrate each meal with a sandwich. You can start with an egg, meat of your choice, cheese, and use toast, English muffins, bagels, or croissants. Lunchtime enjoys a favorite from peanut butter and jam to turkey ham sandwich. Dinner there is always hot ones like French dip, pulled BBQ pork, hamburger, or Monte Cristo.

Popular sandwiches include:

  • BLT
  • Philadelphia Cheesesteak
  • Club
  • Dagwood
  • French Dip
  • Hamburger
  • Monte Cristo
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Po’boy
  • Submarine
  • Tuna Fish

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Happy Birthday Freebie Hauls

Happy Birthday Freebie Hauls

Birthdays are a wonderful time in life. Getting dressed up, sharing the day with friends, and loved ones. Freebies for your birthday are a lot of fun. You will gain all year access to great deals, reward programs, and freebies for your birthday for food and beauty.

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Celebration Food & Wine Oscars® 2017 Governors Ball

Celebration Food & Wine Oscars® 2017 Governors Ball

Following the Oscars® celebrities like Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Viola Davis, and Casey Affleck will gather at the Governors Ball. This year the top in the food, pastry, and design gather to showcase their talents. This year is a “Magical Transformation.”

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Wolfgang Puck Oscars® Governors Ball

Chef Wolfgang Puck (23rd consecutive year), chef to the celebrities, will continue this year with whimsy and Hollywood glamour. He has a few traditions coming back with new additions. His executive chef works side-by-side with 300 chefs and 600 waiters to make sure that this evening goes off without a hitch. 

New menu items will include Moroccan spiced Wagyu short rib topped with a parmesan funnel cake; taro root tacos with shrimp, mango, avocado and chipotle aioli; gnocchetti with braised mushrooms and cashew cream; lobster corn dogs; made-to-order sushi, custom poke bowls and an array of shellfish; plus selections of Puck’s signature dishes such as smoked salmon Oscars®, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, 2,600 lb. ice raw bar with poke, sushi and shellfish, truffle popcorn, and baked macaroni and cheese. The bite-sized hors d’oeuvres and small plate entrées will pass throughout the evening. 

The cocktails and spirits the Oscar® winners and the guests will enjoy the evening theme. Piper Heidsieck champagne poured from Oscar® themed Magnum and filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola wine. There will be three cocktails designed for Oscar® Gold that includes Hillhaven Lodge (director Brett Ratner’s Beverly Hills mansion’s name) Whiskey. The perfect combination for dinner and celebration.

What is dinner without dessert? Pastries prepared by the pastry team of Kamel Guechida, Monica Ng and Jason Lemmonier will make sure plenty playful innovative desserts for the evening celebration. This will include the much sought after 24 karat gold chocolate Oscar® statues, macaroons, lava cakes, seven flavors of gelato and sorbet, vanilla and red velvet waffles and Takoyaki cake balls. The chocolate buffet includes; caramel cappuccino Oscar® lollipops, Oreo cookie s’more domes and chocolate bonbons in “movie theater flavors” like Sour Patch Kids, Red Hots, and Goobers. A perfect ending to a night celebrating. 

The Academy’s Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the top-level of the Hollywood & Highland Center. Event producer Cheryl Cecchetto (her 28th year producing the Ball) along with her Sequoia Productions team will create a place to accommodate the expected 1500 guests from Oscar® recipients, nominees, and show presenters. The guest will enter the Ball, and “will transition from a dazzling sea of red to a tricolor motif of eye-popping gold and red on an infinite blanket of white. The unique design of the space has been meticulously created to celebrate Oscar® gold,” said Jeffrey Kurland.

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Academy Awards Governors Ball floral arrangements by Mark Held of Mark’s Garden. He has provided beauty for the Governors Ball for the past 22 years. The room and tables filled with beautiful white and red roses and magnolias. This will bring the final touch of glamor in the decor.

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Cynthia Erivo Oscars® Governors Ball

The Governor, Kurland, works closely to oversee the menu, décor, and entertainment. This is Kurland’s eight year as the Governor. He is a costume designer and Oscar® nominee. Award-winning singer-songwriter Cynthia Erivo is performing at the Governors Ball.

This year’s party is the celebration that is a Magical Transformation for Oscar Gold winners and guests. The 89th Oscars® will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre, and televised live by the ABC Television Network.

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Setting a Beautiful Table

Setting a Beautiful Table

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Food is a sensory experience that should carry to the table setting. The menu, setting, and food should coordinate together to say exactly what you are serving. You want the food to present in an atmosphere that tells the same story.

Presenting your food is achieved by setting the proper tableware in the correct location for the meal experience. This provides for efficiency, geometrically pleasing, and effectiveness. Your simple table setting should be as follows:

  • Spoons and knife placed right of the plate 1″ from the edge of the table.
    • Soup spoon furthest from the plate
    • Teaspoon in the middle from the plate
    • Dinner knife to closest to the plate
  • Forks placed left of the plate 1′ from the edge of the table.
    • Salad fork furthest from the plate
    • Dinner fork closet to the plate
  • Napkins placement
    • Under the forks folder
    • Folded on top of the plate
    • Set to the far left side of the place
  • Glass placement
    • Place to the right of the plate
    • Glasses should be set according to the height
    • Cups and saucers place to the right of the spoons
  • Plates
    • Placed in the center of the place setting
    • Remember that food should be served on plates that enhance the food
    • Stack the dinner plate, bread plate, and soup bowl according to diameters
    • Plates can be plain with textures to add dimension

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Table Setting

Geometrics placing provides a balance to the visual ascetics as well as ease of use during the meal.

Table decor should flow with the meal served. This will provide a connection to the mood, food, and time of the year. Examples are:

  • Romance lace lines, soft candlelight
  • Holidays
  • Seasons
    • Adding subtle seasonal colors keep the focus on the food
    • Natural items can bring a real seasonal feel
  • Keep table clothes white or pale neutrals
    • Keep the focus on the food
    • Do not distract from the visual appeal of the food
    • Textures can help with the sensory dining experience

When serving your dinner remember that it is a sensory experience from start to finish. The setting prepares the diners for a sensory dining experience.

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Summertime is Here ~ Happy Memorial Day

Summertime is Here ~ Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the first celebration of the summer holiday. Many spend their time at the poolside, beach, or picnicking. Food, family, and fun are key to this holiday.

This holiday  celebration to honor those who have served and lost their lives protecting America. This holiday started shortly after the Civil War. We deeply appreciate the sacrifice of many and their families. This traditionally was known as decoration day. As a child I remember going to Almo, Idaho (a small town near the City of Rocks & Burly Idaho) to clean up the family cemetery and decorating the graves for Memorial Day.

Enjoying family traditions and recipes during Memorial Day weekend creates a connection between ourselves and those who went on before us.  We all have those tried and true recipes that come with no recipe card. It is fun to create your own traditions and recipes for the holidays.

This Memorial Day our menu will include Ciabatta and Cherry Almond Bundt Cake. It is one last time before the summer heat to get a few great bakes created. Ciabatta is a great, simple bread to start learning to create your own loaves of bread. The bread created by Arnaldo Cavallari, a miller, in Verona, Veneto, Italy in 1982 as a response to the popular French baguettes. This is a perfect bread for transportation.

Cibatta Bread 4Chion LIfestyle
Cibatta Bread

Ciabatta

3 3/4 cups of White whole wheat flour 

2 1/4 Tsp. Dry Active Yeast (1 package)

2 1/4 Tsp. Salt

1 1/2 cups cold water

1/2 cups cold water

Olive oil for pans and the rising bowl

Bosch Mixer (I used the hand mixer) with dough hook(s)

Place flour, yeast (on the right side of the flour), and salt (on the left side of flour) 1 1/2 cup water in mixer bowl. Begin mixing on low. When the dough begins to form drizzle remaining 1/2 cup into the bowl and raise mixer to the next level up. Mix the dough for 5-8 minutes. You will know it is ready when it is stretchy and smooth.

Place dough in a square plastic container (enough room for bread to rise) with side oiled with olive oil. The square container assists with keeping the bread the proper shape for baking. Place lid on top. The lid keeps the dry skin from forming while bread rises. Raise dough until double in size about 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 hours at room temperature.

Dust a workspace well with flour (the dough will be sticky). Allow for it to naturally fall out of the container onto a floured surface. Coat the top of the dough with more flour. Handle the dough very carefully, don’t pat back down. You want to keep as much air as possible in the dough. Cut the dough lengthways into 4 equal sized loaves. Slightly stretch each piece lengthways and place on oiled baking trays. Let rest 30-45 min on a baking sheet. 

Pre-heat oven 425 degrees. Baked bread 25 min. until golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped. Cool completely on wire racks.

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Cherry Bundt Cake

Cherry Almond Bundt Cake 

3/4 cup quartered Natural Bordeaux Maraschino Cherries

  • rinse cherries
  • dry well with paper towels
  • toss with 2 tablespoons flour
  • set aside

You can make your own maraschino cherries (make two days in advance)

  • 1 pint of sour cherries
  • 1 cup maraschino liqueur (possible substitutes are Amaretto, Grand Marnier, or contact your local store for assistance)
  • Bring liqueur to a simmer. Turn off the heat, and add the cherries, stir, let cool, and pour into jars. Refrigerate. Make these a day or two before using. Cherries last for months.

1 Cup all-purpose white flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 cup unsalted softened butter (do not microwave)

3/4 white sugar (pulse slightly in the food processor before measuring)

Zest of 1 lemon

1/8 cup plus 2 tsp. finely ground almonds

3 large eggs

Pre-heat oven 350 degrees. Fluff flour and baking powder until well mixed in a bowl. Add all ingredients except the cherries to the mixer bowl,  mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Lightly fold cherries into batter. Place in a well butter bundt pan. Bake 25-45 min. When cooled and cake starts to pull from sides of pan remove from pan to cooling rack. Finish with Ganache and toasted almonds (place sliced almonds in a warmed pan and toss lightly until golden brown) on top.

Ganache 

1 1/2 cups of heavy cream

1 lb. semi-chocolate or bittersweet chocolate chopped (we recommend 61% cacao)

In a heavy saucepan, bring heavy cream to boil. Turn off the heat. Add chopped chocolate pieces and let it rest until melted (this is key). Use a rubber spatula to stir the mixture until all the pieces are melted. Pour it into a room-temperature bowl, cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate ganache until it is firm.

The weekend meal included trout almondine, roasted garlic green beans, ciabatta bread, and cherry almond cake. A nice pinot noir is served with the meal.

May your holiday be filled with great memories and remember your lifestyle is worth the best.

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1 lb. Land O’ Lakes butter

Natural Bordeaux Maraschino Cherries

1 lb. natural almonds

1/2 lb. sliced almonds

All-purpose white flour

1 quart Heavy Cream

1 lb. 61% cacao semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate

1 dozen eggs

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C&H Sugar

C&H White Sugar

1 small can Baking Powder 

5 lbs. White whole wheat flour 

Dry Active Yeast

Silicone Kitchen Set

Bundt Pan

Bosch Mixer

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