….and Maaaaaany Moooooore….!!

A couple of months ago, I was sitting at the birthday brunch that Violet hosted for me at Dos Caminos SOHO, and our friend Paul was talking about a space that a friend had suggested he celebrate his upcoming 50th birthday celebration at. Violet immediately piped up to say that he should not worry about planning that. He had friends who would be happy to do that. So this month, on July 1, 2007, we helped Paul celebrate his semi-centennial celebration at a lovely recreation space in his ultra fabulous apartment building in the Financial District. I had the honor, with my kitchen ninjas at The Passionate Palate, of doing the food for Paul’s party, and since there was no working stove in the space, I developed a cold cocktail hour and buffet for his menu ( with the exception of the mini-Cubano sandwiches). Paul’s lovely wife, Paula is from Argentina, and she wanted to do little passed sandwiches like her family does in Buenos Aires. We served Shrimp Cocktail a la Daisy (with a dab of guacamole on a corn tostada and a cocktail sauce garnish), Gazpacho Shooters, Open Face Goat Cheese, Cucumber and Red Onion Tea Sandwiches, Fruit Tartar with Caviar Garnish, and Mini- Cubano Sandwiches (we had to go upstairs to Paul’s apartment for the final pressing).

Shrimp Cocktail a la Daisy

Gazpacho Shooters

Open Faced Goat Cheese Tea Sandwiches with Cucumbers and Pickled Red Onion

Mango and Strawberry Tartares with caviar Garnish

Mini- Cubano Sandwiches

I had promised myself (the Queen of Prep), that I would prep enough so that I would be able to set the ninjas up for the party, and then once the cocktail session was over, and the buffet table was set up, that I would join the festivities as a guest. Paul had opted for a Black and White theme, and all of his guests were happy to oblige. The room is very minimalist so the black and white thing worked very nicely, with splashes of color coming from beautiful flowers artistically arranged by Paula and Kerry Muldoon, Paul’s party planner.

The space also has a gorgeous outside veranda which overlooks the NY Stock Exchange…how’s that for a view!

The buffet table looked beautiful as well. We created a lovely Cold Poached Salmon served with Cream Dill Sauce, an Herb Roasted Loin of Beef served with a Horseradish Sauce, a Green and White Salad with green lettuce, fennel, Belgian endive asparagus, haricot verts, and scallions with a Champagne Vinagrette, and a Wheatberry Salad with Grilled Vegetables (eggplant, red peppers, portabello, green and yellow squash, onion) in a Balsamic Glaze.

The Cold Buffet Table

Cold Poached Salmon

Cold Herb Roasted Filet of Beef

We wrapped things up with a lovely birthday cake from Mother Mousse Bakery, filled with white chocolate mousse and raspberry filling, topped with chocolate covered strawberries…delicious!

Paul’s Birthday cake

It truly was a fabulous evening, full of family and friends who came to help Paul celebrate his life.

Here’s wishing you many, many years of health, wealth and happiness, and a life brimming with friends who cherish you, Paul. You deserve it! Feliz Cumpleanos….and many more!

Paul and Paula

*edit : most of the photos on this entry are compliments of Paul’s friend Maura who generously contributed her time and her artistic eye to document this fabulous party.


3 Responses to “….and Maaaaaany Moooooore….!!”

  1. 1 daisy August 17, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    Hola Judy and Juan,

    I totally do remember you, and thank you for dropping by! The Passionate Palate does not have a website because if I did, I’d never see my family! It is a very personalized business, so there is no set menu. Usually, if someone approaches me to do an event, I check to make sure I am available (my calender is insane!), and then personalize the menu.
    I am currently shopping the new show to various networks. Keep your eyes on BBlog to find out where we end up!
    Hasta pronto,

  2. 2 Bunny August 19, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    Once again the food looks amazing. More like pieces of art that actual food. 😀

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