A birthday celebration...

Tuesday was Martin Lanes 14th birthday.  Like usual it was a busy day for her–– school, ballet and in addition this week we have an exchange student from France staying with us and she has the ERB's (a standardized test).  When she came home from ballet at 9:00 we sat immediately sat down to dinner.  The plan was that everyone was going to leave by 10:00 but we were having so much fun it lasted quite a bit longer! IMG_4253







Hors d'Oeuvre and Canapes, James Beard inspired party











Last week we cooked for a party in honor of the actor Nick Olcott who is the star in the one man show about James Beard, I Love to Eat.

James Beards reverence for seasonal ingredient driven food and his first book, Hors d'Oeuvre and Canapes served as inspiration for the all passed dinner–

PASSED- Wood Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Sweet Potato and Mustard, Grilled Chicken with Chestnut and Shallot, Cod and Leek Salad on Cucumber, Seared Scallop with Bacon and Sorrel, Pickled English Breakfast Radish with Parsley, Grilled Shishito Peppers, California White Sturgeon Caviar on Potato with Chives, Lamb Sausage on Focaccia with Rhubarb Ketchup and Caramel Onion, Grilled Chanterelle, Stuffed Squash Blossom, Roasted Parsnip, Brussel Sprouts with Pickled Ginger and Sesame

Dining Room Table- Cabot Cheese, Walnut Crackers, Sunflower Buckwheat Bread, Gingersnaps, Pine Nut Macaroon, Chocolate Pistachio Chip, Salted Rosemary Walnut Biscotti, Oatmeal Sesame, Chocolate Cakes, Pumpkin Seed Brittle, Fresh Figs

Drink- Bay Leaf Vodka Martini, (Delaunay) VDP Jardins Touraine Sauv. Blanc TYDY 2011, (Domaine du Meix Foulot) Mercurey Rouge 1er Cru 2007

Birthday– Wednesday, February 1

-Salsify from Path Valley Cooperative, Pennsylvania

We were thrilled to host a birthday celebration for a friend of ours we met years ago at our former restaurant, Ruppert's. American wines were requested, not usually the origin of wines at our table. Tom, the wine importer who we count on to help us match food and wine did an outstanding job as always.  We enjoyed tasting wines that were all new to 1508.


Shiitake Soup, Kale with Sesame and Watermelon Radish, Parsnip, Celery Root and Shallot, Egg and Sorrel, Sweet Potato and Candy Onions, Guinea Hen and Parsley

(Illahe Vineyards) Pinot Gris Willamette 2010

Titos (Austin TX) Bay Leaf Vodka Cocktail


Wood Grilled Flat Iron Steak, Savoy Cabbage, Butternut Squash, Tiny Potato– Farm Bread

(Porter Creek) Zinfandel Sonoma 2009

Fennel, Black Walnut, White Lima Beans, Beets, Turnip, Carrot, Black Truffle– Rosemary Whole Grain Roll

(White Rock Vnyds) Chardonnay Napa 2009

Rockfish, Salsify, Saffron, Pea Shoots– Spelt Focaccia

(Porter Creek) Pinot Noir Russian River 2008

Harbison Cheese, Cracker

Carrot Cake, Coconut Sorbet, Toasted Coconut, Almonds, Pineapple

(Red Newt) Finger Lakes Riesling 'Circle' 2010

 Mini Chocolate Cakes, Tonka Bean Crisps, Chocolate Mint Drops

Take Home: Chocolate, Fig, Walnut Bread


Looking Back to a December Party...

Just before the holidays we co-hosted a party to celebrate a major accomplishment of a couple friends.  The whole event was very relaxed with food to graze on, bay leaf vodka cocktail and rose champagne to sip.  In the kitchen we had a big pot of white lima bean soup on the stove and guests filled themselves bowl and topped them with arugula, black walnuts and black truffles... Lucky for us Abby Jiu documented the event.