Last March an email from a dear friend, blogger Amy Wilson, landed in my inbox. The title read: “I have a puzzle for you”…. Intrigued, I read on excitedly.
It was all about an upcoming dinner party. But it wasn’t your run-of-the-mill dinner party. The menu for this special celebration of her husband’s birthday had some “serious limitations.”
“Here’s the rub” Amy wrote. Three couples were coming over and all four men (her husband included) had just declared they all wanted to be vegetarians. As if this wasn’t enough of a challenge, the menu also had to be vegan and gluten-free — and no spinach, mushrooms, celery or rice could make an appearance.
“Is there a menu for an elegant dinner party that can accommodate these restrictions?” Amy asked tentatively. The answer, of course, was a resounding yes.
In fact, it wasn’t hard for me to come up with a menu for Amy’s party. All I had to do was to focus on the fresh vegetables and fruits that are in season in the spring and the menu came together on its own.
I was able to send her links from this blog for several options for each course, so she could look at them and choose her menu. Before long, Amy was at her farmers’ market, stocking up on asparagus, peas, cucumbers, carrots, strawberries… all the fresh ingredients she needed for her dinner.
And Amy did a superb job. She recounted every step of her journey in her wonderful blog. To read about it, click on each title below. Amy’s enthusiasm is contagious and I love the way she made the recipes her own.
“It was a smashing success! Your recipes were perfect and actually really easy. That was the revelation,” she wrote to me the week after the party. “I’m going to roast asparagus every day now. It’s like fast food it’s so easy.”
Music to my ears!
I want to thank Amy for giving me the opportunity to work on this menu for her party. And I am very excited to see how this new way of eating will evolve for her and her family. Her words: “It’s a new adventure.”
Amy is also the host of Streaming Gourmet, the most comprehensive cooking video site on the internet. You’ll love every minute of your visit.
Disclaimer: As always, my point of view is my own. I do not accept samples, and have no commercial relationship with any product, food or wine company.