I just read the nicest blog post by designer Andrea Veron who attended a birthday bash several friends and I hosted for Hunt Slonem last Sunday at Hemingbough in St. Francisville. I have mentioned Hemingbough more than once because it is one of my favorite spots in St. Francisville–238 acres of gardens and rolling hills where owner Arlin Dease hosts many major events including weddings, the annual Garden Symposium and concerts with the Baton Rouge Symphony (imagine enjoying entertainers like the Temptations and Dionne Warwick under the stars on those grounds!). The photos Andrea took of both Hemingbough and Nottoway Plantation, another Arlin creation (he’s quite the visionary!), are spectacular! To read all about it:
Here’s a party pic from Frances Cranford who drove down from Little Rock with Buff Blass who had the pastrami flown in from Katz’s Deli in NYC. The cake, by Michelle Weller, has a copy of the toucan Hunt often draws as part of the autographing of his latest book, Pleasure Palaces.
Beth and Duane Ulkins (you can see his head peeking out from behind Hunt) decorated, made most of the food and dare I say “worked like dogs for days” to put on a wonderful party. Judging from the food tables, it was a smash hit!
What did I bring in the way of food? Well, I made a shrimp cheesecake using the recipe I shared in my March 7, 2009 blog post “Best Birthday Cake Ever” and attempted to re-create a Chicken Salad that Gaye Landry made for a party thown for me last year that everyone raved about (roasted chickens cut up, Craisins, red seedless grapes, chopped green onions, toasted almond slices & cracked black pepper tossed in a 50-50 mix of Helman’s mayo and Miracle Whip) and my old standby “Chutney Cheese” from River Roads Recipes which I never tire of: Mix two 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese with 8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar, 8 Tbls. sherry, 1.5 teas. curry powder & 1/2 teas. salt. Mold into a disc and top with Major Grey’s Chutney & chopped green onions & serve on crackers).
I’m determined to get Beth’s recipe for her Whiskey Sour Punch that Andrea and everyone was raving about and when I do, I’ll share that, too!