Inauguration Day Home Entertaining
Posted 15 January 2009 - 09:00 AM
Given all the craziness expected, Iíve decided to stay home and have a get together for the inaugural. I will probably have only few folks over, but Iím already stressing about the menu. Iíve considered all the usual suspects: fajitas, guacamole, salsa, varous dips and chips, etc., etc., etc. Iím asking for your help in this endeavor; not just food but liquid refreshments as well.
Metropolitan-DC locals are you staying home? If so, whatís on your inaugural table? And for everyone else, what are your plans? BTW, my entertainment parameters will be for a casual, help yourself type affair, easy to prepare and hold, not too expensive, but would like something different/unusual from standard party fare and must definitely maximize my time interacting with guests and watching the dayís unfolding events.
Any and all suggestions are welcome.
Posted 15 January 2009 - 11:46 AM
Posted 15 January 2009 - 01:35 PM
Maybe I'll go down for Bruce, though.
Thinking about the government.
Posted 15 January 2009 - 03:53 PM
I also live in Northern Virginia and decided not to put up with the mess that will be Inauguration Day - so, we are heading to and all inclusive in Punta Cana for the week - Someone else will be doing the cooking and I'll be holding a cold drink in hand while watching the surf ....
I have no idea where Punta Cana is but it sounds wonderful.......... and warm. Please take me with you!
Posted 15 January 2009 - 03:58 PM
We're hosting a pot-luck, the centerpiece of which will be an elitist cassoulet and maybe arugula. In fact, you can probably tell that my peer group is a bunch of leftists just by looking at the vegetarian-heavy menu that appears to appearing organically as the e-mails pass around. I could walk down to the parade if I was feeling masochistic (my wife would finish the beans) but I think I'd rather just sleep in and stay warm. A century or two ago I did the whole thing -- swearing in, "best Restaurant in town" (Jean-Louis), inaugural ball, drinking at a dive bar until 4AM in my tuxedo -- so I feel pretty good about sitting this one out.
Maybe I'll go down for Bruce, though.
Hi Charles. Can't wait to see the entire menu. Your plans sound a lot like most folks I've spoken to around here. I really believe it will be a madhouse in DC that day and unfortunately I've heard that a lot of businesses, in particular restaurants and bars, will be adversely affected with the authorities either telling them they have to be closed that day or that there will be limited foot traffic. Either way, a money losing proposition for them.
Enjoy your potluck. Gee cassoulet and arugula; I am such a peasant.
Posted 16 January 2009 - 04:35 PM
You could try doing some sort of theme foods. Someone upthread mentioned arugula, that's de rigeur. Another idea would be something very American (apple pie, barbecue, burgers, etc.) and then something very Kenyan. I have no idea what that would be but I'm sure Mr. Google could help you find something.
I'll be watching on TV from Brooklyn. A friend has some unopened Champagne left from New Year's so we'll eat something that goes with that. Hmm, maybe sushi? That goes well with Champagne and it's pretty "elitist" too
Have a great party.
"No verse can give pleasure for long, nor last, that is written by
water drinkers." --Cratinus, 5th Century BCE, Athens
Posted 17 January 2009 - 09:21 AM
Because they're local AND we know that the Obamas like them we'll be enjoying Fran's Salted Caramels (yumm)
Of course there will be arugula - if it's wrapped in prosciutto with some pomegranate glaze it should be elitist enough for anybody
Cribbed from a local bookstore there will also be "campaign trail mix".
Purplechick I like your suggestion of something Kenyan, I will look into that, and am considering Mr. Obama's chili recipe as an easy "leave the crock pot on low & people can serve themselves" dish.
I'm leaning towards Martha Washington's Rum Punch, and of course we'll be imbibing a lot of sparkling beverages!
I feel like we're neglecting Mr. Biden, but a Pot Pie is nust not a good party food...