Michael Saxer, author of a new book, Cooking with a Private Chef: New Orleans to Newport, has been the private chef for Mr. and Mrs. James J. Coleman Jr. for almost 10 years. The following pages are a “sneak peek” into a dinner party they had recently for the great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, Jonathan Sandys.
Jimmy Coleman Jr. has been the Honorary Consul for Great Britain from Louisiana since 1975, and he and his fabulous wife Minnie entertain many diplomats and distinguished visitors from all over the world! Both play an integral part in the planning of the events they host, overseeing the flowers, music, candles, namecards, silver, china, crystal… and then planning the exquisite menu with Saxer. They even print menus for each event for their guests to take home.
For this party, the Colemans decided to use recipes from Saxer’s new book, even gifting their guests with a copy at the end of the evening. Saxer personally paired wines with each of his dishes to create a magical evening that the great-grandson of Winston Churchill will never forget!
- Shrimp and Boursin Mousse Canapés with Fresh Thyme
- Louisiana Jumbo Lump Crabcakes with Baby Bok Choy, Parsnips and Grilled Tomato Vinaigrette
- Lemoncello Panna Cotta with Blueberry Gelee