How to Host: A Hassle-Free, Yet Impressive, Holiday Dinner at Home
And here we are. In this most stressful of years, holiday season is upon us. Whatever your family’s holiday traditions may be, perhaps this is the year
to really treat yourself, take it easy and hire a private chef from a noteworthy restaurant to come to your home and pamper you and your guests at a time when we could all use some extra TLC.
The Table Setting
The tranquil oasis that is Dunn & Sonnier Antiques, Florals & Gifts is generously stocked with carefully chosen selections for setting a beautiful, eclectic table for a memorable occasion. Stephen Sonnier recommends starting with Casa Nuno dinnerware, available in both pink and green on white, made in Portugal for Abigail’s of Alexandria.
Executive Chef Michael Gottlieb of Tchefuncte’s Restaurant is the son of a Jewish baker. His childhood home life was rich in the Jewish culinary traditions he now works into the menu at his stunning Madisonville waterfront restaurant.
What follows is the chef’s Dream Menu for a private dinner. It can be altered to suit different culinary and cultural traditions.
House Cured Ora King Salmon & Osetra Caviar is a sophisticated take on traditional Jewish flavors representing his childhood food memories with an elevated approach, the silky Ora King salmon and caviar sit atop of horseradish and crème fraiche on a crispy potato latke. His blackened prime tenderloin of beef is served with caramelized onion and duck fat-fried potatoes. And his house cured duck prosciutto muffuletta is completed with pickled vegetables and aged provolone cream.
A Sophisticated Sommelier’s Suggestions
As Advanced Sommelier for Vineyard Brands and the company’s extremely exclusive, members only/invitation only
Wine Club as well as their resource for private events, private cellars and collectors, Jessica Norris is an internationally nationwide trusted authority on top-tier wines. She recommends the following wines for holiday
dinner party entertaining:
The Chocolate Block (available at Whole Foods, Total Wine and Brady’s)
Champagne Delamotte Brut (available at The Wine Seller)
Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs N/V (available at NOLA Wine Merchant)
Warre’s Vintage Port (available at Acquistapace in Mandeville and Covington, Total Wine and The Wine Seller)
Famille Perrin Les Sinards Blanc (available at Rouses on Baronne Street, and Zuppardo’s Economical)