Travel, sharing – did I mention that I love to entertain? When I do, the décor and of course the food (of course!) are often driven by my travels, usually by whatever part of the globe I’ve prowled most recently. This way, I keep my parties fresh and interesting, and in truth I use the same influences to keep my Extraordinary Desserts restaurants always inviting and inspiring.
Luxury is important to me, and when I host Sunday brunch at home, I like to use fresh exotic flowers to create a mood of serenity and plenty. That Zen is a big part of my life becomes obvious when I give a brunch. For food, I avoid the ordinary and arrange a beautiful, European-style spread of artisan breads and cheeses, exotic spreads and chutneys, and a superb sampling of petit pastries and desserts. Varied and rich yet light, it’s an exquisite way to celebrate a perfect day, and has so delighted my guests that I’ve recreated it on Sundays at Extraordinary Desserts in Little Italy at our weekly European Brunch.
It’s not hard to create the perfect party, but I suggest tossing out the rigid rules that used to shape traditional home entertaining. Here are some tips:
Always tailor details to suit your guests. A good host is in tune with her guests and designs occasions that will please and delight. Creating a varied menu with options that appeal to the tastes and diets of your company is important.
Bubbly sets such a wonderful tone that I usually don’t offer hard alcohol, unless I’ve brought home a bottle of something new and unique from a trip. With the food, I serve both white and red wines and keep the bubbly flowing for those who prefer it.
Be creative with recipes and décor, but don’t experiment on the day of the party. Test and perfect your plans ahead of time so they’ll be ideal.
Given San Diego’s mostly perfect weather, I’ve designed my home and restaurants around indoor and outdoor spaces that flow together effortlessly and treat guests to several settings and experiences in one location. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of outdoor entertaining options year round or both indoor and outdoor spaces at your party to create different moods.
The only way to end a party on a high note is with dessert, so ensure a lasting impression with a decadently varied dessert table. Needless to say, Extraordinary Desserts is the perfect source for beautiful and delicious desserts, cakes, pastries and petit options.
With the holidays near, I’m turning my attention to Extraordinary Entertaining. We’re offering new “to go” Catering Platters and exclusive Private Event menus that, just like at my home, focus on the festive, delicate and delicious. As an added bonus to making the 2012 holiday season even more Extraordinary, from now through December 15, a dozen complimentary cookies will accompany all catering orders of $100 or more. In addition, we’ll be pouring a complimentary glass of champagne for each guest at all Extraordinary Luncheon private events that are booked by November 30 and held by December 15.
There will be festive fun, too, highlighted by our new limited time Bubbly Bar, which will feature a collection of fine champagnes offered in petit and regular pours starting November 10th. My wish to give guests a luxurious experience that is unique, decadent and affordable. The Bubbly Bar specializes in champagnes rarely offered by restaurants, and there are no better accompaniments to Extraordinary Desserts’ menu of lighter bites and desserts.