Super Fun Nibbles & Sips Pictorial

Well, that was fun! We had our semi-annual Nibbles & Sips last week and it sure makes for an entertaining evening! I changed up the routine, with the plant based buffet outside, all tray passed appetizers and a separate table for fruit desserts and one for chocolate desserts. It was an excellent call, and the flow was on point. Of course, we started with our signature cocktail, the Chilmark!

I always push a plant-based menu, any chance I get.  No one ever misses what they don’t have, if  the offerings are delicious and intriguing, and, of course, we do that. The crowd, always a full house, with a few hard core vegans and omnivores,  who get their mind blown by a full on vegan buffet that satisfies and inspires.

But seriously, the highlight was the face painting from “We Adorn You.” I’m not sure if I mentioned that BOTH my daughters are engaged! Allison’s  number one request is a face painter…  we got that hook up!

 

My friend Chef Jo brought her friends from the East Coast and they got bedazzled together. There’s another teenager who was working hard on looking bored… until Elise showed up!

Sending some love over to Lee Dyson over @heymisterdj for  providing the music for the evening. No party is a party without some good tunes! P.S. If you’re looking for a DJ for your next event, ask for Lee Dyson because he’s fabulous!

Of course, the food was flowing all night, as well as the cocktails (six offerings!)

I should probably mention all the boozy deliciousness, or you can just have a look. Oh, the yummy buzz!

But really, like I said, it was all about the face painting. I slept in mine and kept it on the entire next day. It’s like nobody noticed. I guess I always have a rainbow shooting out from my third eye. It’s true. The team went out after, but DJ was denied entrance to the local bar… no tigers allowed. Only in Echo Park!

Did I mention, there was pie. A classic crostata with apriums that was epic in the delicious department. Thanks Jessica!  It was worth every calorie! Nothing better than ending the night on a sweet note!  (oh, and folks are still raving about your vegan whipped cream!)

Raspberry Salmon Recipe

Many moons ago, when my big brother was my head chef, he created a recipe. Not because he was infinitely clever, but because he was under the guidance of his superior little sister chef, who really crafted this sweet salmon masterpiece. I’ll spare you the whole process, but when you read the recipe you’ll think it’s a rather weird combination of things, not unlike my brother. (That’s him in the goofy t-shirt getting his hair pulled.)

I know it seems weird putting jam on salmon. Just go with it, it works out. It’s a great dish for a crowd and it looks great on the plate and…
it’s raspberry season people!

In the summer, nothing makes a better side dish for salmon than corn pudding…This recipe is also in my cookbook, and to make it easy, I updated the Amazing Corn Sensation recipe so it’s easy to find (first published in 2009!)

Happy eating everyone!