Every couple of months, when we all have a day or night free, a small group of our friends take turns hosting everyone for lunch or dinner at their homes. This past weekend was our turn, we opted for a Sunday lunch up on the roof of our building and kept our fingers crossed for a beautiful day. Of course it was the only cloudy/rainy/windy day we’ve had in weeks, but we still made the most of it. Hayden and I did most of our prep and shopping on Saturday, which included going to Carriage Works Farmers Market, The Artisan Cheese Room, and Vic’s Meats.
The theme for our lunch was Florence, Italy, most of the recipes were adapted from one of our favorite cookbooks, Florentine. I would highly recommend buying it, making every single recipe in it, and repeating multiple times. It. Is. That. Good.
*I also would like to quickly mention that if anyone is looking to buy those weights that you clip onto table cloths so they don’t blow away in the wind, THEY ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND. I spent a solid 12 hours of my life searching for them, and finally found them in a small party store. I was so happy I could have kissed the poor Chinese man directly on the lips…I restrained myself.
- Meats & cheeses, all cheeses, olives and small sausages from The Artisan Cheese Room
- Cold salad of fresh pea’s with thick cut bacon and parsley, all from Carriage Works Farmers Market
- Mixed greens salad with parmesan, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, greens from Carriage Works Farmers Market
- Tomato & fresh mozzarella salad with diced red onion, basil, red wine vinegar and olive oil, tomatoes from Harris Farm, mozzarella from The Artisan Cheese Room
- 1.5 inch cut t-bone steaks, from Vic’s Meats
- Fresh tagliatelle with homemade pesto and parmesan, pasta from Carriage Works Farmers Market, basil from Harris Farm and parmesan from The Artisan Cheese Room
- Sourdough from our friends at Sonoma
- Classic florentines with almonds, hazelnuts and dark chocolate
- Ricotta cake with raspberries, blackberries and lemon zest
- Sparkling, Chardonnay and Shiraz from Philip Shaw. (We actually didn’t end up opening the Chardonnay, but the Sparkling was better than most fancy Champagnes and the Shiraz was insane-Hayden if you’re reading this please order us some more…)
- Beers from Balter