In June 2010, I launched The Home Chef private dinners in my home. Having participated in two of the food blogger, Anton Diaz's Ultimate Taste Test events where I got the public's approval and had therefore earned the honor of being featured in his blog, I invited him to be the first to try it. Little did I know that he would ask Nancy Reyes Lumen to join his group. I welcomed my first guest into my home and after the introductions and a little conversation, I could feel the butterflies in my stomach and tried not to dash off to my kitchen. Trying to quell my excitement I slid beside my daughter who was taking photographs in the kitchen and let go of a muffled scream in her ear.
"Guess who's here for dinner?!?"
"Oh, just the editor of Cook magazine!"
Sensing both my apprehension and excitement she went on to assure me. "Oh mommy, you can do it!"
I gave her a smile and just like that, I went back inside wanting to make sure the other guests had arrived. Then I returned to the kitchen and went head on with the cooking, praying to God that all turns out well.
I cooked, plated and, after the last course was served, joined my guests, relaxed and just enjoyed the evening. Nancy excused herself as she had to leave early but not without first asking me if I would agree to be featured in her magazine. Of course, I was enveloped with a sense of pride and thanked her for gracing my first private dinner.
Not only did I get featured in the Cook magazine, I too was again featured in Anton's blog. Later on, I was again honored to be included in "Private Kitchens" in Lifestyle Asia magazine and "10 Private Dining Spots in Manila" in www.spot.ph. Thank you for the features. It was indeed a pleasure having you as my first guests.
It all starts with the menu, all personally hand crafted for that elegant look...
then the table is set
back in the kitchen, the food preparation starts, fresh tomatoes are ready to be chopped
and while it's roasting in the oven
cocktails are prepared, Orange Pineapple Spritzer with Apples and fresh Mint
and Crostini with Roasted Vegetables and Sardines in Olive Oil
preparing the salad now for service
Arugula Roasted Pepper Salad with Seared Rib-eye Steak
then the rest follow, Pasta with Seafood and Anchovies
Pollo al' Aretina
and to cap the dinner, Bailey's Chocolate Mousse on Graham Cookie Crust