Monday, February 1, 2010

Julie & Julia themed Dinner Party

Pin It Thank you so much to Chef Charmaigne, Simon Lee Bakery, and Brad Lemon of Hyde Park Photography for making the evening very memorable! Chef Charmaigne taught a lesson on sauces, and I can't wait to book her for another party! Simon Lee made the French pastry desserts. Brad took all of the amazing pictures that you will see below.

Each guest was asked to "don pearls" as Julia Child did.

Dinner was prepared directly from the recipes of Julia Child in Mastering the Art of French Cooking. A copy of this cookbook was given away to one of the guests. (A copy of My Life in France and some kitchen gadgets were given to the other guests.)

At each place setting at the countertop table for the cooking class was a handmade reversible apron with a matching tea towel for the guests to keep.
Each guest had a personalized chef's hat from Oriental Trading Company.
The formal dinner table was set with simplicity. Noritake china, candles, and simple linens.

The menu included assorted cheeses, gourmet crackers, fruit, sundried tomato and parmesan twists, potato & leek soup, fresh bread, Boef Bourguignon, ratatouille, and assorted French pastries.
I am modeling the chef's hat and apron for the camera.
The following pictures are all from the cooking class portion of the evening. Dinner was served after the class, and then we retired to the media room to watch Julie & Julia.
One sauce needed to be heated, so this is an "action" shot.
This wine was perfect! The hostess and five of her friends...At the end of the party, everyone signed the wine label.

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