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Today, we’re highlighting a pinktastic dinner party I threw for Valentine’s Day, but that happens to be perfect for spring and cherry blossom season here in Washington.
I love entertaining. The problem? I can’t cook. The solution? Kitchensurfing.
Kitchensurfing is an amazing brand that brings professional, certified chefs, into your home to cook for you at a set cost-per-head. You can use Kitchensurfing for a double dinner date, or for a larger dinner party of a dozen. You can hire a Kitchensurfing chef based on the price point, or the type of cuisine, or the chef’s background. There are cocktail parties, dinner parties, of family style parties.
I selected a French themed menu from Chef José Molina for a group of 16 couples, and chose to host the dinner as a pre-Valentine’s Day function.
As I live in a studio apartment that is far from conducive to hosting dinner parties, I needed to find another location. I co-hosted the dinner with my favorite duo, the gents behind Compass Coffee.
Compass Coffee is my favorite coffee shop and my office (start-up life). But the space is also perfect for after-hours events, with beautiful white oak furniture, high ceilings, flattering lighting, and great acoustics.
As my masculine men love pink and are super patient with me, I sort of went crazy with the pink, Valentine’s Day theme. I opted to serve Whispering Angel rosé for the beverage of choice. I ordered Urban Stems flowers in white and pink, and decorated with gold-and-white candles and table runners.
After deciding upon the menu, wine pairings, desserts, invite list, location and other logistics, I suddenly realized table settings are lacking.
Yes, Compass has tables and chairs—but china and flatware? Non-existent. Now, that’s a problem. I scoured the internet for a fun, affordable and fast provider of plates, napkins, serving dishes and more.
Does something like that even exist?
Thankfully, I stumbled upon Something Vintage, a rental boutique specializing in vintage china in addition to reclaimed barn wood farm tables, upholstered furniture, church pews, and other one-of-a-kind pieces for weddings and events. The company is women-led, and Dawn, the owner who also answers the emails, was incredibly easy to work with. I picked up the china at her H Street home and liked her so much I would have invited her to the dinner—but she was traveling. Dawn has curated a collection of vintage china enough for a 400 guests event, collecting pre-1950’s eclectic plates from around the country.
The evening of the party, the guests arrived early (dangit) and I was still in jeans (double dangit), but it all came together quickly thanks to the help of friends. The Chateau d’Esclans rosé was flowing and we all chatted awhile before sitting down to a delicious French feast.
Our chef, José Molina, was perhaps the kindest, friendliest chef I have encountered. He was kind, gracious, and easy to work with. Equally important, the food was amazing: great, fresh ingredients, with a clean, quality preparation and a beautiful presentation.
We began with beet salad, served family style with baby argula, candied pecans, Firefly Farms goat cheese, and a light honey dressing.
For the main course, Chef José served roasted chicken, which was the big hit for the evening. The chicken was brined with lemon, thyme, and garlic, oven roasted with rosemary and extra virgin olive oil, and glazed with a sun dried tomato-roasted garlic vinaigrette. It was moist, flavorful, and utterly delectable.
We also enjoyed the Haricots Verts, served with parsnips, carrots, shallots and roasted with olive oil and honey. And, the fingerling potatoes were out of this world.
For dessert, we enjoyed the chocolate terrine, a dense, moist, flourless chocolate cake, topped with creme anglaise and candied pistachios.
For a second dessert, I served macarons from Olivia Macaron, my favorite bakery for events, gifts, and unexpected surprises for the boyfriend, who happens to love macarons. In conjunction with the Valentine’s Day theme, Olivia Macaron whipped up gold-dusted caramel macarons as well as heart-shaped macarons in rosé and vanilla. They were perfect.
I plan to host another Kitchensurfing dinner soon—this time on a summer rooftop patio. Enjoy spring—and save yourself the time, hire a chef, Bitches.