I am catering a party for some friends on Saturday night and have been working on shopping, food prep, tablescape (you know how this word makes me nervous), etc. And I’ve had some great help!
I finished all the grocery shopping I could do in advance on Tuesday. And if you’ve been reading you know I set up a schedule for myself working backwards from Saturday. I am happy to say we (my mom and I – she is fantastic help with catering jobs) are ahead of schedule – but I try not to jinx myself with that kind of thinking!
Yesterday we baked mini cupcakes, worked on several of the appetizers, did a run through of table decorations, and did some other odds and ends. Today we finished all the appetizers except one, which will be made at the last-minute. My mom ironed all the tablecloths (several because there will be a bar, a dessert table and an appetizer area to decorate) – THANKS MOM, YOU’RE THE BEST! After we got all the appetizers finished, I made us each a yummy salad so that we could refuel for the afternoon.
The salad had mixed greens with a simple vinaigrette – olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. I topped the greens with chicken breast, black beans, red peppers, clementines and rosemary cashews. Mmm mmm mmm!
After lunch we ran miscellaneous errands – we were everywhere from the Kitchen Shoppe in Carlisle to crafts stores and the party store.
During our journey we just had to stop at the grand opening of the Di Bruno Brothers in the Camp Hill Giant. It looks TERRIFIC! It’s nice to see Hunter behind the counter handing out samples and not have to drive 2 hours to see it! It was also nice to talk with another associate from the Ardmore Farmers Market location who is temporarily helping out at the new location. These are folks I’ve driven long distance to buy from and now they’re in my backyard. I’d call that great news!
I hope central Pennsylvanians make the new location of Di Bruno Brothers a success. They sell amazing cheeses, charcuterie, gourmet foods, olive oils, etc. If you’re a foodie, you’ll love it. If you’re not, I encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and try a cheese other than Velveeta!