Kirstyn, One Chic Chef, is a great friend who I met while managing the wine shop a few years back. We met by chance and she began to prepare food for a few wine tasting events at the store. Since then, she has visited my home and gave my girlfriends and I cooking lessons multiple times. The idea of hosting a dinner party with her just seemed perfect.
Throwing around ideas of what food to serve, we settled on a summertime salad, homemade lobster ravioli with vodka sauce and individual molten chocolate cakes for dessert. YUM!
As always, I started the evening with Champagne and an appetizer; baguette and bacon fig jam. Sparkling wine is a must at any event, IMO ;) I served Claude Baron Champagne, given to me by a dear friend. It was a great way to welcome everyone to the celebration and light enough for even the beer drinkers of the group.
I also opened up a bottle of Chrysalis Mariposa (Rosé). This was great for the first course which was a mixed greens salad served with a grilled peach, slice of prosciutto, goat cheese and balsamic reduction drizzle. Kirstyn explained that peaches are usually in season a little later in the summer but due to the warmer winter, they are perfect right now. She was right! What a great addition to the salad. Chrysalis Mariposa is always a crowd pleaser and perfect for a light salad and summertime evening. The bright color comes from the Norton grape and is a full-bodied rosé that can be paired with a variety of dishes.
|Grilled Peach and Prosciutto Salad. Photo courtesy of Nancy Hott|
|Lobster Ravioli with vodka sauce, basil and garlic bread. Photo courtesy of Nancy Hott|
|Molten Chocolate cake with fresh raspberries. Photo courtesy of Nancy Hott|
|The group! Photo courtesy of Nancy Hott|
If only my meals could turn out an A+ like this one was :)