Formal Dinner for Twelve

It was such a beautiful night.  We set up tables outside for the guests to sit with flower votives and candles.  We had a small bar set up outside and brought the food out to the guests.  I am kicking myself because I didn’t get a photo, but I was a little busy with the preparations of the food.  I’ll forgive myself this time.

We started out with cheese boards, dates and sliced peaches.  I got the peaches on a whim.  They are very much in season right now and they are delicious.  It is always good to give yourself that flexibility.  If something is in season, looks yummy, and is reasonably priced- go for it.  Be creative.  That really is the fun of it all.  We also had Beggar’s Purses which were the first to go.

For the main course we made a large Beef Tenderloin on the grill, Roasted Potatoes with Fresh Rosemary and Olive oil, and Heirloom Tomatoes with Mozzarella and Basil.  The tomatoes were beautiful to the eye and to the tummy.  I found yellow, red, and pink tomatoes and stacked those colors on the plate with the basil and cheese.  It is simple, fresh, gorgeous and screams summertime.  I just love it.

We finished the evening with Cupcakes, Vanilla Ice Cream with a Fresh Raspberry Syrup and Mint.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Raspberry Mint

Vanilla Ice Cream with Raspberry Mint


Everyone left very happy with the evening.  My client was having a business dinner.  She didn’t have to leave her clients for one moment.  I was there to make her evening enjoyable and simple.  With the stress of having guests, she didn’t want to expend the energy on cooking, serving and cleaning.  She was able to focus solely on her company and today when she wakes up, the house is clean.  Now, that is Grits and Honey!


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