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Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Fabulous Celebration!

Nothing EVER goes according to plan, but somehow it all works out in the end.  I got off to a slow start on Friday and by the time I got home from the markets I had developed a terrible headache and had to get in bed.  I finally got back up and going around 5:30pm and managed to pump out my pearl barley risotto (for risotto balls), chocolate cake, my petite citrus cakes, the mocha mousse, passionfruit custard cream and do a few other things.  But nonetheless I knew Saturday was going to be busy and I was NOT going to feel very organized.

I was up and going by 8am and feeling like there was a billion things to do!  The house needed to get organized to fit at least twenty people in the living room as it was still raining and did not look like it was going to stop.  I could rant on and on about the day but how about I jump ahead and just say, it all came together, thanks to my fabulous help team (Chelsea, Nikki, Pete and Liz).  Definitely needed all hands on deck as we pumped out the cocktails and canapés.
My side-kicks for the evening!
The menu consisted of Raspberry-lime mojito's, Apple-Guava Martini's and a mocktail option.  As for the food there was, sundried-tomato & goats cheese crostini, corn & zucchini fritters w/avocado salsa, prosciutto wrapped dates, roasted pumpkin, pesto & parmesan foccacia, truffled pearl-barley risotto balls w/tomato jam, chicken, mushroom & capsicum empanadas, sweet potato, chorizo & haloumi spoons and coconut & macadamia nut crusted shrimp w/lime-garlic aioli.  Needless to say we were working hard and the guests were happily noshing!
Chorizo, Haloumi and Roast Sweet Potato 

At about 9:15 I gave a celebration speech...thank you EVERYONE for your support, I can hardly believe it has been a year and one month since I launched tablenosh.  I have since then done over 20 tablenosh events and had at least 150 different people dining together around my table this past year!  I have learned so many new things in cooking and it has been a wonderful adventure.  This year my goal is to shoot a Pilot for a Reality TV/Cooking/Hospitality show based on tablenosh!!!  I am so thankful to those special friends who have really encouraged and pushed me along the way.  I look forward to what the future holds for tablenosh and will keep ya'll posted!

After the speec I brought out CAKE, three different kinds...
Petite Citrus Cake w/Passionfruit Custard Filling and Lemon Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate Bundt Cake w/Mocha Mouse filling and a Dark Chocolate Ganache

Carrot Cake w/Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting & Almond Flakes
I think everyone went home full of cake and hopefully as happy as I was!  It was indeed a wonderful celebration and I am looking forward to what this year holds!  Thank you all so much and here's to underground dining...tablenosh style.


Dawn Merz said...

Gorgeous!! And congratulations!!!

Courtney said...

You are amazing!!!!!! Please mail me a piece of cake. :<}


Jen said...

Wow Leila. What an amazing effort! Any chance of the recipes for the filled choc bundt cake or the petite citrus???

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