The end of summer is my favorite time to entertain. The days are warm but the nights have a cool, crip feel to them. Produce and flowers are straddling the seasons and guests are getting back into the swing of things after the summer season of vacations, weekends away, camping adventures and days by the pool. The end of summer produce and farmers markets make it easy to create a fresh and light menus that feel like summer but have a comfort food quality to them, like fresh baked pies, herbed goat cheese and heirloom tomatoes crostatas and rustic bean soups loaded with farmers market produce.
My personal favorite time of the evening is when guests linger at the table under white cafe lights and lighted votives while finishing dessert and sipping their last few sips of wine. It makes me the happiest when my guests are full, happy and are having a great time connecting with others at the table. It’s my favorite moment and the moment I live for.