Wine Snob Dinner Celebrating Bastille Day

To set the mood for our Bastille Day dinner we decorated our home with bleu-blanc-rouge flags and relied on Elizabeth David’s French Provincial Cooking for recipe inspiration. Continue reading Wine Snob Dinner Celebrating Bastille Day

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Cool Cucumber Canapés

Hot meats, burgers and hot dogs from the grill and heavy, carbohydrate-rich side dishes tend to dominate outdoor barbecues in the summer. This fresh vegetable treat can bring some balance to your next barbecue. Continue reading Cool Cucumber Canapés

New Orleans inspired dinner with wine pairings for a cause

The uniquely American cuisine of Creole and Cajun food in Louisiana influenced by French, Spanish, West African, Amerindian, Haitian, German, Italian, British and Irish influences made sense for this year’s dinner. Continue reading New Orleans inspired dinner with wine pairings for a cause

Creative Fine Dining at Chef Lorenzo Loseto’s George Restaurant

To our surprise, servers brought totally different plates and wine pairings to us for each course. This prix fixe twist maximized the variety of creations we could sample, so we exchanged plates and glasses halfway through each course. Continue reading Creative Fine Dining at Chef Lorenzo Loseto’s George Restaurant

Deep-Fried Buddhist Goodness in the South

For a deeper and more disciplined experience, use a pestle and mortar with fresh ingredients when you have the time. For a faster and easier experience, use the garlic and onion powder – particularly on a weeknight – when you need a quick and tasty dinner treat. Continue reading Deep-Fried Buddhist Goodness in the South

Longest Night Party

We invited friends to our Longest Night party to celebrate the Winter Solstice on December 21, 2016 which began at sunset at 4:52 PM, Central Time, in Memphis. To mark the solstice, we turned off all electric ceiling, table and floor lamps in the house and decorated the inside of the house with white votive candles, strings of white electric lights, and white Poinsettias. We placed white candlelit … Continue reading Longest Night Party