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Hello fellow DR'ers, My BIL is getting married, and my MIL is having an engagement party for him and his bride-to-be in Charlottesville on Labor Day weekend. There are going to be about 40 people. She has asked me to help with all the food, which I think I an perfectly capable of doing. I will have a few days to prep and make food with some help from my MIL and I can also make my hubby and SIL help too. I kind of/sort of have a menu that my MIL and I are conceptualizing. I need some help on quantities, other menu ideas, and if there are better places to source certain things, tips on making some of this ahead. The menu we were thinking about is quasi Italian so: Meatballs (thinking need about 80-100?) in marinara (was thinking 1 oz size that they have at restaurant depo all beef, I could make from scratch, but I just don't think it's necessary when I am going to have to prep so much), cheese platter (can likely make this myself with maybe some olives, etc, I could make one large one or two medium size ones), caprese skewers with seasoned mozz balls, melon and proscuito skewers (this is one I am worried about have never balled melon before, may have to practice, I wish I could buy melon balls, I could always cube it, but the melon balls look so precise), antipasto platter, some sort of tortellini likely cheese so it is veg friendly with a sauce? (was kind of thinking a non-nut pesto??), grilled veggies, garlic bread (is there any good recipe for like a rolled bread, garlic bread, instead of the big loaf that you slice variety?), tiramisu or tiramisu cups (I will buy this pre-made), and then another type of dessert (maybe a cake? That we can also buy from somewhere). I also thought about making pepperoni rolls with this too. I think I might need another pasta??? maybe a baked penne one with meat, one not with meat? For beverages, I was thinking a punch of some sort would help so that we don't have to have so much poured. We will also have wine and beer. Will have to figure out beverage amounts as they are not very good at that sort of thing. I guess we might need sparkling wine for a toast. Is Total wine the best place to go for this sort of thing, price-wise? Thanks for any tips and suggestions.
Hi folks! Just wanted to make sure you knew about this super funky event on April 3. This is for both food professionals and cheese and beer lovers. This is a great opportunity to taste new cheeses and meet the producers directly! Industry folks: please contact me, Katie Carter, for more information or for VIP tickets to the "Trade Only Hour'. Hope to see you all there! Ripe The DC Artisanal Cheese and Craft Beer Party at Right Proper Brewing Company in Shaw Sunday, April 3 11:30-1pm (Trade Hour) 1-3pm (General Admission) Tickets on sale at DCCheeseParty.com! Presented by Kennedy MTI and Right Proper Brewing Company A fun and rustic gathering of cheesemakers, cheesemongers, importers, chefs, and cheese lovers! Proud to Host: P.A. BOWEN FARMSTEAD - MD CAROMONT FARM - VA CROWN FINISH CAVES - NY VULTO CREAMERY - NY NETTLE MEADOW - NY BONNIEVIEW FARM - VT ESSEX ST CHEESE COLUMBIA CHEESE GOURMINO ROOTS AND BRANCHES CRACKERS - NC DOLCEZZA GELATO - DC Join us for the best cheese event in Washington, DC featuring today's finest cheesemakers, affineurs, and importers! Taste and discover new cheeses Meet cheesemakers, importers, and affineurs Mingle with other local cheese professionals and chefs Drink craft beer made by Right Proper Brewing Company Join the Mid Atlantic Cheese Coalition Chefs, cheesemongers, and retailers: Please contact Katie Carter for complimentary VIP tickets. VIP tickets include one and half hours of "Trade Only" time to meet and taste directly with the cheesemakers and importers before the public arrives. VIP Tickets are limited and will be available upon request via special link. Get your tickets today, they will sell out! DCCheeseParty.com
Hey Folks! Just want to take a moment to invite you all to Ripe. A DC Artisanal Cheese Party on March 22, 2015 from 1-3pm at Right Proper Brewing Company! Ripe is a fun and rustic gathering of cheesemakers, cheesemongers, chefs, and cheese lovers at Right Proper Brewing Company in DC's historic Shaw neighborhood. Join us in celebrating talented artisanal cheesemakers and the delicious products they craft by hand. Learn more about the cheeses you love and discover new favorites while mingling with the who's who of local cheese and enjoying craft beer by Right Proper Brewing Company. Five local cheesemakers and importers will walk you through their very special, handcrafted products. Right Proper Chef Sarah Biglan will be creating delicious grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesy bites. Right Proper Cheesemongers Tim Lake and Caleb Shoenhard will man fondue and raclette stations. A beer and cheese education station will offer guides to the perfect pairing. Plus! Taste the first ever cheese washed in a Right Proper beer by Crown Finish Caves. This is a great opportunity for any food professional or cheese lover to taste and learn a ton about cheese from the producers and importers themselves! Chefs and retailers will receive special discounts on cheese orders placed at Ripe! Here are the cheesemakers/affineurs/importers attending the event so far: Caromont Farm (VA) PA Bowen Farmstead (MD) Vulto Creamery (NY) Crown Finish Caves (NY) Essex St Cheese Company (importers of L'Amuse Signature Gouda, Marcel Petite Comte, Cravero Parmigiano, and many more) Columbia Cheese (importers of Challerhocker, Mycella Blue, Der Scharfe Maxx, and many more) Ticket price is $25 per person, including all you can eat cheese, 3 beer samples, tax and gratuity. Space is limited, so sign up soon! To learn more about Ripe, click here! Thanks folks! Hope to see you there! Katie Carter
Celebrating its 10th year, Danny Meyer's BABBP is loads of fun. Free music and cooking seminars, along with some famous pitmasters and the 'cue we all love, takes place June 9th and 10th this year. It's a bit of a zoo, but I've had a good time and eaten some pretty damn good BBQ over the last decade.