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Apertivo alla Milanese: Shoe cookies.

I hope you enjoyed all the pretty food shots yesterday… thanks so much for the kind words about the visible bump, too! Today I wanted to show you my Louboutin shoe favor cookies, which I think tied in really well with the shoe tabletop.

I am getting better at this whole frosting thing, but it takes a steady, Eddy hand… and I don’t really have one!

But they were a lot of fun and I think everyone liked them… which is why I love favors. Everyone leaves so happy and feeling so loved. 

Shoe cookies were EVERYWHERE! 

Here they are all packaged up.

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Apertivo alla Milanese: Food.

I promised to show some food photos from the Once Upon A Table Apertivo alla Milanese event last weekend. 22 bites were served up… and even though they were bites, not courses, it was still really impressive!

Homemade rosemary and sea salt focaccia.

Guests enjoying the harbor view! A very tasty take on bruschetta.

The cooking crew in front of a pretty view of IFC!

Mushroom cappuccinos served with breadstick cigarettes–the tip is poppyseeds. How clever is that? 

Since three of us hosts are preggers, we decided to take a funny smoking / drinking shot together!

Crostinis with lardo crudo and truffle honey. So basically the most delicious pure fat you’ve ever eaten.

Melon shots with a little proscuitto and mint!

And last but not least meatballs and meats from Linguini Fini! Next up: dessert!!

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Apertivo alla Milanese: Tabletop.

Remember when I did the ‘Enter the Dragon‘ dinner with secret supper club Once Upon a Table? Well they asked me to help out with a Milan inspired dinner on Saturday. I was happy to accept and excited to get into the theme!

Knowing that the Milanese are very discerning and fashion-forward (Prada, Valentino and Versace are all head-quartered there), I decided to go with a chic, black and white theme accented by shoes!

Luckily, my friend Kim has the most incredible closet and she lent me some beauties (and I mean BEAUTIES) from her collection.

Feathers and the bird cage were sort of a sub-theme.

I bought a bunch of fabric and lace at the Western Markets and then I used my hot glue gun to glue the ribbon to vases bought at the Japanese Home Store.

Over on the bar, I moved away from silver and did a little gold montage with my friend Kirsten’s wedding shoes.

Andrea, who works for Bastianich Winery and Ambroso Wines, nicely donated all of the wines and led us in a little education about each bottle he opened.

More pretty black shoes inside! I really loved how the shoes brought out the anemones’ black center.

I also made a circle banner with Fornasetti images, thanks to a great suggestion from Kim. I printed out plates from various sites, punched holes and strung them up. I thought the ladies faces went well with the shoes and the designer Piero Fornasetti lived most of his life in Milan.

Unfortunately, we got a bit of rain five minutes before the guests arrived so I had to move the table under the eaves… but it wasn’t too big of a deal and a good reminder to be flexible always and to have a back-up plan.

Don’t Angie’s pork meatballs look deelish?

And here everyone is posing with the shoes!

Tomorrow I’ll share the menu and the food prepared by the Once Upon A Table team, above.

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Enter the Dragon: Dragon cut-out cookies.

I was tasked with favors for our event with Once Upon A Table… such a fun job! I was able to find some dragon cutters on CopperGifts.com.

I had a lot of fun working on my decorating skills. This was my first time using meringue powder for icing and it does give you a lot more control.

I packaged the cookies with some dragon eggs (that yes look a lot like Easter eggs!) and thought they turned out pretty cute!

Now I’m hoping the little kiddo-on-the-way wants a dragon birthday party… or maybe dragon and princesses if it’s a girl… because I’m not sure when else I’ll use these cute cutters! By the way, copper cutters are so much sturdier! Worth the investment if you think you’ll use them a lot.

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Enter the Dragon: Delectable food + drink.

The food and drink at Once Upon A Table‘s Enter the Dragon was unbelievable.

The night kicked off with an absinthe cocktail.

They even did the traditional pour absinthe over a sugar cube and light it on fire!

The final cocktail, entitled “Smoking Dragon Cocktail”, had the coolest colors. This would also work well for a holiday party!

Here the guests are enjoying cocktail hour.

The first course (my personal favorite) was ‘Kiss The Dragon Buns.’ Angie made the buns from scratch… fatty pork with a little hoisin and cucumbers = divine!

Here Angie is about to roll out the buns. It made me happy to see someone else enjoying my baking room!

Here the buns are resting before steaming.

The next course was so clever: ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.’ We were all debating whether the sweet, honey chicken or the pickled lamb was the tiger or the dragon, but either way, this dish just really worked together. Shreya, who hails from India, really nailed the Indian-inspired flavor profiles.

The next dish involved dragon fruit… here Argha is cutting some up. Now the Mr. loves dragon fruit… personally I’ve always found it to be a bit blah.

But I just loved the dish they came up with: ‘Salsa On A Dragon Boat.’ By mixing the dragon fruit with sauteed shrimp, chili peppers, fish sauce, pineapple and mint, they made dragon fruit into one of my favorite fruits!

Now as if we weren’t stuffed already… the final main was tender beef in hot chili oil. 

They also used Sichuan peppers, which literally make your whole mouth go numb. So even though the chili was quite hot, the numbing sensation enabled me to take down my entire plate!

The peppers are really pretty cool. From just one solo, I couldn’t feel my mouth for about 30 minutes… and actually the slight tingling is really quite enjoyable. This is a hot I actually really like.

Here my kitchen is being put to good use!! I have to admit… I worried I might feel a little territorial over my kitchen as it really is ‘my sacred space.’ But I actually loved seeing other people at work and noting how they arranged their work spaces. And not to mention how nice it is to enjoy a fine dinner party in your own home without having to do the cooking. I guess this is why people hire caterers…

And here are all the chefs (+ Jeff, the beer pairing guru) having a good time together. Such a fun and talented group!! Tomorrow I will show you dessert and my dragon favors!! I do hope I have the pleasure of working with them again soon.

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