Sharona the shutterbug and Mr. Manhattan come to dinner

Mr. Manhattan (Michael) and the Shutterbug (Sharona)

Tap, tap, tap. Is this thing on? It is? Ahem. I think I officially forfeited my right to a blogging merit badge when September rolled around and I still hadn’t written about a party that I threw in August. By the time October rolled around, it was positively embarrassing. And now that it’s November, it’s time to post the beautiful pictures that Sharona took of that dinner in August and get back on the blogging bandwagon.

So at that party in a galaxy far, far away (i.e., late last August) Sharona the Shutterbug (a recent FIDM student, fabulous photographer, and frequent guest at our house) brought her camera and mad skills to the dinner party, agreeing to snap a few photos of the party while Mr. Manhattan and I plied everyone with cocktails. Then I cooked up a few courses and we had a merry old time late into the evening.

Process shots of the dinner prep, like composing the summer berry trifle, will follow in a post shortly. For now, a brief recap of the menu. All pictures are Sharona’s.

We started with one of my favorite cocktails, the Madagascar orchid:

Sharron making a Madagascar Orchid. Photo by Sharona Gottlieb.

Madagascar Orchid. Photo by Sharona Gottlieb.

Then Michael arrived with his magical bag of cocktail paraphenalia.

Mr. Manhattan's magical bag of cocktail tricks. Photo by Sharona Gottlieb.

He proceeded to make his outrageously delightful pisco sours concocted with his homemade calamondin marmalade.

Photo by Sharona Gottlieb

Mr. Manhattan at work. Photo by Sharona Gottlieb.

The best pisco sour. Ever. Photo by Sharona Gottlieb.

For dinner, we started with a tuna tartare garnished with black sesame seeds. It’s the most beautiful and dramatic starter you can get for about 10 minutes of work … and an arm and a leg handed over at the fishmonger for sushi-grade ahi tuna.

Tuna tartare with chives and sesame seeds. Photo by Sharona Gottlieb.

For the main course, linguine with orange zest, vermouth, and shrimp. Easy as pie.

Shrimp with vermouth and shrimp. Photo by Sharona Gottlieb.

As a side dish, sugar snap peas tossed in a wok with garlic, sesame oil, and soy.

Sugar snap peas. Photo by Sharona Gottlieb.

And, for the finale, a trifle of summer fruits, which we had great fun defiling until we actually ate it. (More in the recipe for the trifle, and shots of its construction and demise, coming up soon.)

Summer berry trifle. Photo by Sharona Gottlieb.

About to dig in. Photo by Sharona Gottlieb.

Kirsten is going in for the kill. Photo by Sharona Gottlieb.

Kirsten is adorable. Photo by Sharona Gottleib.

Photo by Sharona Gottlieb.

I have many more pix and thoughts about the recipes, so look for future posts. Hopefully it wont’ take me three months to get tot them next time!

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2 thoughts on “Sharona the shutterbug and Mr. Manhattan come to dinner

  1. Stephanie Moore says:

    So inspiring all your ideas…now if I can just invite guests over instead of just thinking about it!

    • Do invite some guests over! Don’t try to make it fancy if you find it intimidating. Maybe you can choose just one interesting cocktail to serve and put out some cheese and crackers. If you invite a few of your favorite people over, I’m sure you’ll have a fantabulous time.

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