To release their pretty summer tableware line, Pottery Barn teamed up with Big Daddy’s Antiques to host a dinner party with a bunch of trendy interior designers as their guests. We all know Pottery Barn, but have you heard of Big Daddy’s Antiques? It’s a store and a venue. We’ve worked here a lot, even doing a wedding reception which I think is such a unique environment for a formal event with all of it’s eclectic furnishings from days gone by.
I associate Pottery Barn typically with clean designs but their new line featured at this dinner gets really decorative and fun. We paired the design with items from our Seasonal Menu for March as described below.
Garden Party Cocktail (see recipe here)
Vodka, House Made Basil Syrup, Fresh Squeezed Celery, Cucumber, Lime, and Rhubarb Bitters
Light Rum, Maraschino, Grapefruit, and Lime
Rhubarb & Brie en Coute
With Fresh Basil, Reduced Balsamic, Almonds, and Sea Salt
Peeky Toe Crab Cake
With Scallions, Brioche Bread Crumbs, Tomato Relish, and Old Bay Aioli
Murray Farm Blood Orange & Mc Grath Farm Beet Salad
With Shaved Radish, Little Gem Lettuce, Shaved Pecorino, White Balsamic Vinaigrette, Sorrel, and Avocado
Hand-Rolled Buratta Ravioli
With Lemon Créme Fraiche Buerre Blanc, Baby Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes, and Braised Radishes
Typically I am completely struck by the natural beauty of our kitchen’s mise en place. Chef Matt insists on edible flowers as garnish for every event we do so that’s what you see on the right there.
Weiser Farm Turnip & Rutabaga Farro Salad
With Spring Garlic, Blanched English Peas and Arugula Pesto
Oven Roasted Jimenez Farm Brussel Sprouts
With Granny Smith Apples, Sweet & Sour Onions, and Sherry Thyme Vinaigrette
Mary’s Farm Country Chicken
With Nappa Cabbage, Baby Carrots, and Fingerling Potatoes
Pan Roasted Wild Sea Bass
With Baby Squashes, Taggiasche Olives, Sautéed Rapini, and Flowering Broccoli
Each guest took home lovely bouquets made by our friend Kristen, of Moon Canyon. I always am touched when hosts send their guests home with a gift which is not only thoughtful but helps them to remember what a nice evening they had.
Photos: Daniel Batellas