Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year's Eve

Wow! What a night!

Thank you Ana and Don for hosting another memorable occasion.... food, wine, music, family and friends, both new and old.

The house looked fantastic, with helium balloons and fresh flowers setting the mood for the festive celebration. We were in the lap of luxury with a long table set with white linen & china, and all the different stemware waiting for wine to match the different courses.

Everyone helped create the feast... Liz and Darcy, Joe and Dianne, Rob and I and of course, Ana and Don. Courses/wine pairings were

> appetizers including French cheeses (St Agur Blu, Basque Etorki, a gold medal winner from Chaource Hugerot of unpasteurized sheep's milk and some chevre)
> Cauliflower soup paired with Pinot Grigio
> Fresh greens with pomegranate & oranges, paired with Sauvignon Blanc
> Pasta, Roast Pork dressed with Rosemary, Sage & Thyme & pan-fried apples, paired with Alsace Riesling
> Prosecco at midnight
> Truffles and cupcakes for dessert

Our sons joined us at the table for the main course and to cheer in the New Year. Later in the evening Don and Joe treated everyone to some live music and song with their duelling guitars.

What a way to honour the passing of the old year and coming of the New, a very special occasion and one to remember for years to come.


Kathryn said...

Hi Diane, I saw your Google Books page and like your taste and books as well as your reviews so I went to your blog. I just thought you might want to know so I am leaving this message. If you would like to know something about me, you can go to my Google Books page (I am also Kathryn on there). I am currently reading "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"

Diane said...

hi - Thanks for taking the time to let me know! I'm trying to find you on Google Books, but no success.... I'll keep trying though, would like to check out your selections