I was a guest at a recent housewarming party celebrating renovations to a fabulous apartment. It is cliché to say the view of Manhattan and Brooklyn from the window was spectacular, but it was. The renovations included industrial and wood elements. I loved the very funky sconces and chairs made out of cardboard. My favorite piece of furniture was this phenomenal cork chaise by designer (and party guest/foodie) Daniel Michalik. While the view, design and decor were definitely something to see, the food was exciting and surprising. Props to the host for such thoughtful, creative and delicious choices. The hors d’oeuvres were catered by Cayenne Catering. They included panko crusted pumpkin ravioli with sage cream:
smoked salmon on potato pancakes with crème fraiche and dill:
Maryland crab cakes with lemon caper aioli and
cumin rolled lamb loin with harissa mayonnaise:
My favorite was the filet mignon with caramelized onions and blue cheese:
In addition to the caterer, the host got meatballs from The Meatball Shop: spicy pork–heritage pork shoulder and hot pickled cherry peppers with parmesan cream–and chicken–Bell and Evans chicken thighs, white wine, black pepper, fennel seed and herbs with tomato sauce. The pork with parmesan was my favorite (and the crowd’s), and I went back for seconds…and thirds…. I love looking at this picture. How cute are they? And the creamy parmesan sauce glistens!
For dessert, chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat:
and cakes from Lady M on the Upper East Side, chocolate raspberry:
and–the piece de resistance–Lady M’s signature cake, the Mille Crepes, layered crepes sandwiched with cream.
Here’s another photo to better see the layers of this light and fun dessert.