I've sharpened my knives and have amassed pages of plans. And now I'm ready to begin. For the next two weeks, I will be preparing and rehearsing for two dinners that I’ll be hosting on February 4th and 5th. They will be the first two nights of what I hope will become a dinner series, where guests are asked to pay for the cost of ingredients in a multi-course tasting menu. By charging $40 - $50 per person, I hope to be able to host fancy dinners more often (instead of only once a year), and to also cook and experiment with preparations I otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.
On February 4th, my friend Renée will help with service and will contribute a couple of her own dishes, and on the following night I’ll be on my own. We’ll be doing a plated service of small dishes, and tentatively, our menu will include canapés, three appetizers, two mains, three desserts, and mignardises to take home.