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October 2014, Los Angeles

BABY SHOWER

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Skewers
green goddess 

Andouille Meatballs
bravas sauce  

Hen of the Woods Mushroom Empanadas
fresno chile, gruyere, scallions, lime 

Sliced Radishes on Baguette
thyme butter, smoked sea salt 

Roasted Red Pepper & Black Walnut Spread
spanish olive oil tortas 

Earl Grey Panna Cotta
meyer lemon shortbread 

Pumpkin Madeleines
toasted pumpkin seeds 

July 2014, Los Angeles

BRIDAL TEA PARTY

Dungeness Crab and Avocado Tea Sandwiches

Serrano Ham, Manchego, and Quince Tea Sandwiches

Egg and Watercress Tea Sandwiches

Smoked Salmon Lollipops

Champagne Soup with Mara de Bois Strawberries

Rose Rhubarb Cakes

Lemon Poppy Seed Scones with Clotted Cream and Jam

June 2014, Philadelphia

BON VOYAGE PARTY

Radishes with Butter & Fleur de Sel

Olive Oil Tortas with Avocado, Manchego & Spiced Pepitas

Roasted Corn & Scallion Empanadas

Chilled Pea Soup with Ham Biscuits & Black Pepper Honey

Heirloom Tomatoes

Madras Curry Fried Chicken Skewers

Blueberry Ice Cream Cones

Lemon Madeleines

Local Strawberries

March 2014, Philadelphia

“PA DUTCH”-THEMED BIRTHDAY DINNER FOR A FRIEND

Birch Beer Cocktail
rye whiskey, lemon juice, chocolate bitters

Crispy Trotter Buns
parsley, radish, apple butter, potato roll

Pickles & Pretzels
string beans, cauliflower, chow-chow, mustard

Lancaster Chicken Corn Chowder
saffron cream, garlic chips

Standing Pork Rib Roast
bacon mashed potatoes, apples, sauerkraut

Reese’s Doughnuts
Hershey’s milk chocolate ice cream

February 2014, Philadelphia

DINNER WITH FRIENDS

Porcini Doughnuts
inspired by rich table, sf

Chicken Liver Mousse
port-poached cherries, grilled bread

Kale and Smoked Trout Salad
avocado, tangerine, pumpkin seeds, paprika croutons 

Crispy Lancaster Chicken
green goddess sauce, cumin-roasted carrots, charred scallions  

Kentucky Bourbon Cake
meyer lemon ice cream

December 2013, Los Angeles

NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER WITH FAMILY

Curly Endive & Tangerines
toasted pecans, bacon vinaigrette 

Steamed Dungeness Crabs
braised leeks, lemon zest, anchovy croutons

Lemon-Brined Fried Chicken
roasted potatoes with chimichurri

Meyer Lemon Tart
peace on earth

October 2013, Philadelphia

DINNER WITH FRIENDS

Onion Tart
anchovy, herbs

Roasted Fairytale Eggplant
fried paneer, butter lettuce, pine nuts

Braised Duck
orange, peppercorn, lavender

Wheatberry Salad
black cherries, arugula

Charred Broccoli
chili, lemon

Plum Semifreddo
toasted amaretti cookie crumbs

July 2013, Los Angeles

70th BIRTHDAY DINNER FOR MY DAD

Prosciutto
grilled asparagus, pecorino

Chicken Liver Royale
black truffle brioche, blackberries

Sweet Corn Soup
prawns, pancetta, peppers, scallion

Maine Lobster Salad
haricot verts, tomatoes, tarragon, vanilla

Duck Leg Confit
arugula, potatoes, mustard-maple sauce

Apricot Tart
vanilla ice cream

December 2012, Philadelphia

MY 30th BIRTHDAY DINNER

Chicken Liver Royale
black truffle brioche, blackberries

Maine Lobster Broth
vanilla butter poached lobster, tarragon oil

Tuscan Kale Salad
persimmon, anchovy croutons, pecorino

Short Rib & Stilton Pie
haricot verts, orange zest

Yukon Gold Potatoes
chimichurri

Pine Nut Tart
Amish milk gelato

February 2012, Princeton

BIRTHDAY DINNER FOR A FRIEND

Tomato Toast with Serrano Ham
pan tomate con jamon

White Gazpacho with Grapes
ajo blanco con uvas

Potato omelet and Garlic Sauce
tortilla y allioli

Crispy Noodles with Monkfish, Rock Shrimp, Chorizo, and Lobster Broth
fideua de mariscos

Steamed Razor Clams
navajas

Spinach with Raisins and Pine Nuts
espinicas de catalan

Manchego cheese, Membrillo, Marcona Almonds

Cava

April 2011, Princeton

DINNER WITH FRIENDS

Crostini
ramps, homemade ricotta

Sweet Corn Soup
sage croutons, bacon

Sugar Snap Peas
mint, sea salt

Ricotta Gnocchi
sausage, fennel

Rosemary Olive Oil Cake
fig ice cream

February 2011, Princeton

WHOLE FOODS LESSON: “TAPAS 101”

Tomato Toast with Ham
pan con tomate y jamon

Potato omelet and Garlic Sauce
tortilla y allioli

Spinach with Raisins and Pine Nuts
espinicas de catalan

Garlic Shrimp
gambas al ajillo

Fried Eggplant with Honey
berenjenas a la miel

December 2010, Princeton

HOLIDAY COCKTAIL PARTY

Winter Berry Punch — Old Fashioned — The Evergreen
a selection of cocktails

Buttermilk Fried Chicken
biscuits

Pumpkin Bread Pudding
vanilla ice cream

November 2009, Princeton

SOUTHERN THANKSGIVING POTLUCK

Smoked Turkey Turnovers
cranberries 

Roasted Chicken
sage brown butter

Bread Pudding
bacon, leeks, pecans  

Deep-Fried Oreos
bourbon caramel 

March 2009, Princeton

WHOLE FOODS LESSON: “COMFORT FOOD FOR MODEST TIMES”

Alsatian Egg Soufflé
mache, mustard vinaigrette

Braised Chicken Thighs
scallion and potato pancakes, roasted red pepper sauce

Olive Oil & Rosemary Cake
meyer lemon whipped cream

March 2008, Princeton

“INTO THE WILD”-THEMED DINNER

Boar Sausage Turnovers
chanterelle mushrooms

Atlantic Salmon
leeks, bacon, fingerlings, sage

Cinnamon Braised Rabbit
pappardelle, fried shallots, pine nuts

Blueberry Bread Pudding
crème fraîche

January 2008, Princeton

TASTING MENU FOR FRIENDS

Kiwi “Bellinis”

Sockeye Salmon Cigars
saffron aioli

Lobster Bisque
pea parfait

Avocado & Mache Salad
quail eggs, pine nuts, grapefruit vinaigrette

Gulf Shrimp and Garlic Chive Dumplings
vegetable consommé, watercress 

Fried Skate Wing
lightly pickled cucumbers

Tangerine juice

Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras
strawberries, dark beer foam, toasted brioche

Seared Diver Scallop
baby spinach, golden raisins

Brasied Oxtail
ratatouille 

Carbonated Red Grapes

Mascarpone Ice Cream
warm pistachio shortbread 

September 2007, Princeton

TASTING MENU FOR FRIENDS
(prepared with Kevin)

Figs
prosciutto, Manchego cheese

Caramelized Onion Tart
goat cheese, thyme, sherry vinegar

Seared Diver Scallop
heirloom tomatoes, “chlorophyll” sauce

Shrimp Skewer
chilled cucumber soup

Arugula & Bacon Salad
pickled radishes, parmesan crisp, red pepper vinaigrette

Wine-Braised Short Ribs
potato-leek galette, sauteed green beans

Red Grape Granita

Apple Tarte Tatin
vanilla ice cream

Rosemary Madeleines