Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Elegant Easter Entertaining...

After a brief hiatus (and a well-deserved vacation!), we have returned to the orenji kitchens (and the computer, as well), to detail our busy Easter season!
During the Easter season, we had the privilege and pleasure to provide some elegant dining experiences, like the one pictured here.

The tablescape was set with classic white linens, with centerpieces and place-settings adorned with fresh wheat grass, festive satin ribbons, and hand-modeled Easter chocolates. Butter roses and fresh lemon leaves completed the spring look of the table.

The menu served (pictured above) consisted of the following:

“deconstructed” edible flower salad
maché , shiso & champagne vinaigrette
toasted pistachios, sea salt, cracked Indian pepper
white stilton with dried apricots
roasted golden beets, hazelnut oil
Japanese “pickled” carrot
frizzled sugared leeks

trio of sorbets
lavender &vanilla bean
blood orange & juniper berry
pepito melon & rosemary
hibiscus flower soup

braised lamb breast, pan reduction

creamy polenta, mascarpone, sweet garlic, chives

fricassee of glazed root vegetables, beurre monté

Israeli pearl couscous “risotto,” pea shoots,
cranberry beans, chanterelle mushrooms

grilled asparagus, saffron oil, grapefruit, bacon

fresh fruit medley, balsamic-mint syrup

warm bittersweet chocolate carrot cake
Verjus poached white peaches
malt ice cream
vanilla-saffron crème anglaise
candied fennel, carrots

Other easy festive decorations included fresh tulips in bright spring colors with accompanying jelly beans!

Handmade goat cheese and cracked black pepper biscuits filled with smoked salmon and dill butter were the perfect hors d'eouvre.

Rye crisps with camembert, apricot roasted garlic marmalade, roasted apricots, and toasted black walnuts also got our guests' taste buds ready for the main event!

The deconstructed edible flower salad was beautifully composed, the fresh spring flavors of each component able to be enjoyed separately, or mixed together by the diner if desired.

In a future post we will highlight the dessert served at this elegant Easter dining event. Be sure to check back!

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