Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Stonington Vineyards has always been a popular location for hosting high- profile events. After focusing on the vineyard and producing wine for the past five years; owners, Happy & Nick Smith took a hiatus from offering the Vineyard for event space. Now, Stonington Vineyards looks forward to offering the premier spot for your next wedding or event again.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Every year, we host a Super Bowl Bash at my house. Our menu usually consists of the “guilty pleasure” kind of pub-style treats: nachos, chicken wings, chips and dips, potato skins and anything that falls into the category of excessive, unhealthy, spicy or cheesy! For as long as I can remember, the day after Super Bowl Sunday marks the start of my diet, so I take the time at our party to devour as much deliciously guilty food and beer as possible before abstaining for the next few months
In addition to the excess of greasy finger foods, we have a Chili Challenge and encourage our guests to bring along their own creation. I have failed to keep a recipe from the past, but have accidently created some amazing combinations because of this! No recipe is by design, as I enjoy the unbanned approach of simply cooking to taste; the fun in this kind of preparation is the mystery. The dish allows for exploration of ingredients and spice that have little boundaries and is a blast to prepare!
Beyond the tailgate-inspired cuisine, because I am a “foodie”, I am expected to serve up something a little more gourmet as well. I always enjoy putting out a new creation as an opportunity to experiment and to surprise my guests. Last year’s trial was seasoned tenderloin stuffed with cream cheese and jalapenos and wrapped in bacon – a delicious appetizer exploding with flavor. I found the recipe online and it was a huge success. I have prepared several other well-received appetizers over the years, but the fan-favorite has been my Gourmet Flat Bread Pizzas. I have prepared a variety of toppings including clams sautéed in white wine and garlic, shrimp with pesto, bacon and broccoli, and the traditional BBQ chicken. The pizzas are easy to make, but a word to the wise: if you are a Football Fanatic like me and don’t want to spend the entirety of the game in the kitchen, do all of this prep work before your guests arrive. Lay all of the flat breads out on sheet pans, and prepare your toppings, then all you need to do is heat them when your guests arrive, and serve straight from the oven!
With food and libations flowing, we try to make the action on the field the focus by creating fun entertaining games that center on THE GAME. We participate in the traditional squares pool – if you are not familiar with this game, here’s what it is all about: Super Bowl Party Game. We also play a game that forces everyone at the party to focus on the specific events of the game, whether they are interested in football or not! As my guests arrive to the party, each chooses a few pieces of paper out of a hat that include specific game scenarios. For example, Team A wins coin flip, Team B receives to start the game, Team A scores first, etc. As events unfold, my guests start to rack up points if the scenario they have in hand plays out. The winner receives a gag gift or lottery scratch ticket!
I am once again looking forward to this year’s party, an explosion of cheese and salt and gut busting pleasure, a great time with friends and family, fantastic commercials and half time shows, and of course THE FOOTBALL GAME! Enjoy your Super Bowl. I know we will.
Don’t feel like cooking at all this year? Let us do the work while you sit back and enjoy the game! Call us and ask about our Super Bowl Menu! 860-572-1111