Coming home from the farmers market on Wednesday and getting ready to prepare my dinner for 12 friends. This is my second annual Anti-V Day gathering, an intimate night with singles, couples, and good friends. Last year involved chocolate, wine, fire and burning of past memories. This year, it's a celebration with good friends and an opportunity to cook for my favorite people. I think I'll keep this tradition going, since I hate all things Valentines. And since being single sucks on this day, I thought I would make the best of it! Plus, it's better to spend the evening with good friends, drinking and enjoying each others' company. I've learned that, often, the relationships that last the longest are the friendships...so it's a perfect time to say I love you to everyone that I cherish. And, being Italian, food is the best way to do this :)
I picked up bags and bags of veggies from the farmers market which made up the menu for the dinner. I love this picture because about 80% of the food was made using local, organic vegetables and food.
Having a dinner party is much more difficult than it seems. First, there is the menu. It took me a few days to come up with something delicious, but not too difficult. And all vegetarian. It turned out to be a 5-course meal! The trick is doing all the preparation a day ahead (with the help of a roomate and good friend who's willing to chop for hours).
Here is the menu breakdown:
Bruschetta with Olives, sundried tomatoes tapenade
Tomatoes with mozzarella and basil
Potato Leek soup with Kale
Mixed greens with spinach, snap peas, tomatoes
First Plate/ Primo piatti:
Cannelloni (crepes) - stuffed with ricotta and spinach over Tomato sauce
Second Plate/Secondo piatti:
Green beans with Zucchini and fresh sweet corn
Followed by decadent chocolate, berries, ice cream, and red wine...yummy!