Tuesday, February 15, 2011

bubbling rosé & valentine's day

Valentine's weekend was a wonderful
one for Linguine and Dirty Martinis!

Thursday evening, I represented Linguine and Dirty Martinis at a delightful open house held at Melanie Jones' Prim & Proper boutique.

Lauren Essl of Blue Eye Brown Eye (who crafted my precious holiday tags), displayed a trunk show with her gorgeous letterpress and calligraphy creations.

A few shots from the evening:

Prim & Proper-- truly a unique boutique!

L&DM spread complete with romantic menu options

bright scarves & luxe gift wrap

L&DM coconut cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

Blue Eye Brown Eye trunk show

complimentary gift wrapping table for guests

calligraphy tags and cherry-red
paper at the wrapping station
(photo courtesy of Lauren Essl)

L&DM strawberry thumbprint cookies
(photo courtesy of Lauren Essl)

Blue Eye Brown Eye letterpress & hand-stitched cards

a plethora of bubbly including sparkling
red wine, rosé and champagne!
(photo courtesy of Lauren Essl)

take-away favors from Blue Eye Brown Eye
(photo courtesy of Lauren Essl)

After a fun evening of sweets, bubbly and shopping, I spent the following evening equally content at a Tuscan Valentine's event hosted by Mike Bloomberg, aka "The Romance CEO," and A Piece of Work painting studio.

Twenty couples sipped vino, snacked on Italian
appetizers, painted a beautiful Tuscan landscape and

What a fun event!

After sugar-saturated events, I was looking forward to buckling down and preparing a 5-course Valentine's Day dinner for clients Monday evening.

My menu included:

Sweet Potato, Caramelized Shallots, Crispy Sage Pizette with a Brown Sugar Balsamic Reduction

Carrot Ginger Soup with Curried Crostini

Wedge Salad with Creamy Gorgonzola Dressing, Candied Pecans & Pomegranate

Rustic Chicken Pies with Herb Cream, Fennel, Butternut Squash & Heart-Shaped Pastry

Filling included sautéed celery, fennel, carrots, butternut squash and tons o' fresh herbs folded with chunks of roasted lemon chicken, pearl onions, peas and a creamy herb cream sauce.

Individual pies just about to hit the oven!
Pastry was a scratch-made pie dough of flour, cold butter, kosher salt and ice water.

Bosc Pear & Candied Ginger Tartlets with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

When I arrived home after a long day, I was greeted with my favorite flowers in shades of white and pale yellow from my valentine.

What beauties!



Ashley said...

The menu looks absolutely delicious!

Unknown said...

Very beautiful photos and such a well written blog, Callie. One day I'll be able to say I knew you before you were famous. I'm so proud of you and all your success.

Weekend Cowgirl said...

Beautiful food! Making me very hungry...beautiful photos also.