Sunday, November 4, 2018

Make it Personal

Having such fun creating & making it personal with the push of a button.....

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Dinner is Served 2018

Dinner is Served

In what has become an annual event our Garden Club Auction Winners gathered for a festive dinner served by Chef Paris Mishoe. This year two groups won the night which allowed for double the fun! In order to make each group feel extra special we set a different place settings each night. Their generous contributions will enable our club's projects to blossom! With gratitude & thanks to both groups.

I had such fun putting my new toy (Janome Embroidery Machine) to work embroidering festive monogrammed napkins for each group.

Our Sommelier; Mic, welcomed the two groups with our wonderful gathering wine, a crisp
Cava by Mas Condina from Wine Authority.

A toast of appreciation made to our guest from our Garden Club!

Chef Paris' signature introduction of his grilled thyme infused margarita paired with a grilled tuna taco got the dinner off to a quick start with Jose Cuervo a welcome sidekick!

Paris charmed the guest with his introduction of each course. His attention to detail is evident as he prepares each plate with a deft precision.

The Colossal Crab Verrine & The Baked Alaska were both stars!

And let's talk about those flowers! Our guests were dazzled with the bewitching floral display.

Petals by Powell had the guest captivated with her delightful table scape of hydrangeas, garden & sweetheart roses complimented with miniature dianthus & stock perfected with eucalyptus.

White Roses, Hydrangea & Flowering Almond adorned the silver chest; Lovely!

                   With Easter right around the corner the mantle featured palms & hydrangeas                         in brass pineapple stands; Welcome!

Daylight savings time & temperatures over 80 degrees allowed for a summery atmosphere!

Each guest left with a sweetheart rose nosegay in a keepsake vintage miniature tea cup.

Heartfelt thankfulness to our Guests, Paris, Ginger, Robin, Mic & Lisa of Petals by Powell. 

Chef Paris Knocked a Home Run with his 5 star menu!
Poor Guy.... felt bad for him, had to leave town after our parties & head to The Masters....
Go Bubba!!!

Bon Appetit
Dinner is Served

Chef Paris menu March 28/29, 2018


          Tuna Taco and Grilled Thyme Infused Margarita
                    romaine, sonoran grilled tuna, tomato salsa, smoked gouda, cilantro green goddess drizzle


heart of palm & Leek Bis

 Chives & shaved truffle

Colossal Crab Verrine

      with jasmine rice, cucumber salsa, p-nut sauce, benne seeds

Mini-Buttermilk Rolls     whipped butter

Blueberry Sangranita

Main Course
                                                    Veal medallion ala Paris                                                       
mac n cheese, shiitakes, asparagus
Baked Alaska

Paris' Signature espresso Brownies, Salted Caramel Ice Cream & chocolate sauce

Chef Paris Wine & liqueur Pairings

MAS condina Cava brut

Chateau cabannieux graves Blanc

Main Course
Bodega arrocal tinto ribera

Aperetif Green chartreuse

Mic Finger Wine Authority

Petals by powell

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

88, Craig Woolard & Wonderful Family & Friends

Star of Wonder,
Star of Night,
Star with Royal Beauty Bright!
Many thanks to Kaye for the Moravian Star

2017 Birthday Celebration for "Lovie." 
The "Star" herself frolicking & adored in a fun video;

So what better way to celebrate your 88th birthday then a serenade & shagging with Mr. Craig Woolard of The Embers??? What a day our birthday gal had! All that & surrounded with loved ones & close friends. Daughters, her favorite Son in law, Grandsons, her niece, great niece & great, great nephew braved the snow to come down from Virginia, cousins & many more relatives & dear friends. Special shout out to Christi, Nancy & Vanna!

With a nod toward beach music & the tropics Petals by Powell knocked a home run with the luscious palms & the utterly gorgeous orchids. They tied in oh so lovely with the collection of vintage mid century brass pineapples and the blue & white jardinieres. The pineapple represents the sign of hospitality; how perfect for a jubilant Christmas soiree. Lisa & her sidekick, Steve did an amazing job with the over the top floral assortment!!!

The traditional dessert table was in full blown sugar overload. Many thanks to all the guest who contributed; there was Paulette's famous coconut cake, Carl & family bring the strawberry shortcake, always a hit, why even John brought his (Anne's) soon to be famous coconut pie...... Many thanks to Blair for the fruit tree.  We had Claudia's Caribbean rum cake, red velvet cheesecake, english boiled custard, wine jelly shots, fruit cake & more!

With gratitude to Chef Paris for a smorgasbord of his Myrtle Vegas & Caribbean fusion. Where to start.... the Carribean jerk pulled pork pretzel sliders with jicama slaw or would it be the mini crab cakes with mango salsa??? Oh wait what about the "to die for" bacon, corn & scallion fritter with the nod to old school green goddess smear..... And yet there was more... blackened grilled shrimp with tomato salsa shots & one more old school nod; bacon wrapped pineapple that Chef brought to the 21st century with a honey sriracha glaze... seriously DEVINE!!!

The signature drinks had the guest returning for more!
Great job Rob & Beth!!!
Santa’s Squeeze
(that would be the Mrs….. Ho Ho Ho…..)

Cranberry Juice
Lemon Simple Syrup
Orange Patron
Maraschino & Orange Twist

Rudy’s Christmas Morning Remedy

Cold Brew
Bourbon Whip Cream
Dusting of Nutmeg

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Dinner is Served

Hosted a soiree for my garden club fundraiser auction winners. 
Lovely group purchased the dinner.
Fun was had by all! 

Aren't the rosette napkins about the cutest thing you have ever seen??? Go Christi! How to here.
Vintage valentines were the centerpiece for the placecards. Again, Christi.
China is courtesy of my relative, Laura.

The house was glowing with the homefires burning.

The ladies regaled in our "Paris at Night" theme! Many thanks to this lovely group for generously supporting our garden club efforts & helping our projects to bloom.

Robbie, Mic & Betsy Tom showing off their festive Parisienne garb.

 Chef Paris Mishoe knocked a home run with his "over the top" menu. The guest were "gaga" over the delicious courses.  The meal was truly supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!! Wine pairings were exceptional from Wine Authority. Our sommelier Mic did a wonderful job choosing the pairings  & entertaining the ladies with information on each wine.

Let's get this party started! Southern Baby BLT's kicked things off.

Tuna Tini's were the bomb!

Flowers were ridiculously awesome. As always Flowers by Lisa with her side kick Betsy Tom. They were positively breathtaking.

My "flying nun" light fixture always gets the conversation going....

Guest went home with a sweetheart rose nosegay & their vintage valentine placecard.

With heartfelt thanks to Paris, Robbie, Mic, Betsy Tom, Lisa, Robin & Christi.