Holiday Entertaining

I have been looking forward to decorating for Christmas in our new space since we moved in.  We were able to uncrate all the leaves of our dining table, which was Hubby’s grandmother’s, as well as unpack all of the nutcrackers that I chose from my mother’s collection.  With the help of my friend, florist/decorator/planner Steve Bader, we incorporated some of the nutcrackers into the tablescape.  

The Chinese screen was from my mother’s collection of antiques

Yikes…forgot the knife…Martha Stewart, I am not

In lieu of hosting our annual Christmas open house, we held a small dinner party for 7 couples.  I asked Todd Sawyer, owner of Atlas Bistro, to design a 4 course menu that I paired with wines.  Coincidentally, the same day of our party, Atlas Bistro was named Best New Restaurant in Phoenix by Arizona Republic’s Howard Seftel.  Todd has actually had Atlas for 14 years, but closes every year for the summer.  This fall, he hired Cory Oppold as executive chef, who has cut his teeth at many well-known restaurants in the valley, such as Binkley’s and Tarbell’s.  Todd and Cory did not disappoint with a menu tailored for cold weather.  We poured the wine, opened the party crackers (crowns included!) and had a wonderful, laugh-filled evening.  Here’s to wishing you much of the same this holiday season.  xo M


The camera gets a bit wobbly halfway into the dinner


Le Menu
First Course
Roasted Winter Squash Soup
Crispy Quinoa, Housemade Lemon Ricotta
Piquillo Peppers and Squash Confetti 

2012 Cristom Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)

Second Course
Thyme Brown Butter Sauteed Chanterelle Mushrooms
Poached Farm Egg, Shaved Toast, Chervil
Shaved Burgundy Fall Black Truffles

2009 Rully 1er Cru (Vauvry), Vincent Dureuil 

Third Course
Roasted Breast of Goose and Confit of Leg &
Spanish Saffron Polenta Cake
Heirloom Carrots and Carrot Nage
Cranberry & Golden Raisin Mostarda
2005 Opus One Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
Fourth Course
Dark Chocolate Ganache Torte
Dulce De Leche
Pickled Pomegranate Seeds
1994 Dow’s Vintage Port (Duoro Valley) 


 Atlas Bistro

Wiltshire Plaza, 2525 North Scottsdale Rd. 480-990-2433

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