Perfect Pairs – April/May 2018

perfect pairs spring

Intimate dinner parties by the fireplace are fun all winter long, but spring entertaining can go big. Have a crowd over for that first outdoor barbecue—even if guests eventually wrap up in blankets and cozy up to the fire pit—or host a buffet-style weekend brunch for Mother’s Day (and skip the lines at the restaurants) or over the long Memorial Day weekend.

Intimate dinner parties by the fireplace are fun all winter long, but spring entertaining can go big. Have a crowd over for that first outdoor barbecue—even if guests eventually wrap up in blankets and cozy up to the fire pit—or host a buffet-style weekend brunch for Mother’s Day (and skip the lines at the restaurants) or over the long Memorial Day weekend.

Chef Mike Trombetta, co-owner with new partner Sean Conry of Farm to Belly, a personal chef and catering service in Plumas County, weighs in with a menu—paired with drinks—that will please a houseful.

By Thea Marie Rood

Brunch Menu
Set up this variety of dishes on the deck or the kitchen island and let guests help themselves and mingle on a lazy Sunday morning. Don’t forget to set out The New York Times, a regional magazine (if only we knew of one to recommend) and some board games.

Food Suggestions
• Carrot brown sugar muffins
• Apple-smoked bacon
• Roasted red pepper and broccoli quiche (with goat cheese and fines herbes)
• Locally produced salamis and cheese, olives and pepperoncinis
• Line-caught wild Pacific salmon with red onion, olives and citrus vinaigrette
• Mary’s lemon/herb/garlic chicken
• Chocolate covered strawberries
• Mixed chocolate truffles

Serve with Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs or grapefruit mint bellinis.

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