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Menu

Appetizer

Oysters
NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve, Champagne 750 mL Wine

Main Course

Wine-braised sausage sugo gourmet pizza
2012 Janzen Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750 mL

Dessert

Warm chocolate chip cookies and ice cream
NV Quady Vya Sweet Vermouth blend – Red 375ML

Shopping List

Vegetables
  • 2 very large red or yellow peppers
  • 1 pound of fresh tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • 1 shallot
Fish and Meat
  • 2 Italian sausages
  • 12 oysters
Eggs & Cheese
  • 1 ball of mozzarella
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • 2 small balls of pizza dough (fresh pizza dough is usually refrigerated in most stores around the cheese or deli sections) – if the pizza dough is large, such as ½ pound, get one and split it into 2 pizzas
Staples
  • Unbleached flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Dried basil
  • Dried oregano
  • Peperoncino (red pepper flakes)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Champagne vinegar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • 1 package Guittard dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • Champagne ( you will have some that you are serving with the oysters )
  • Ice cream of your choosing

Schedule

Two to Four Weeks PriorOne to Two Weeks PriorParty Day
Date in advance from partyStepNotes
2 weeksInvite the object of your desire to your home for a 'nice home-cooked meal.'If you need to purchase any new kitchen items for your dinner, do this now.
2 weeksYour attirePlan this now! If you want to buy a new dress or shoes, get this shopping trip out of the way. Plan for lingerie, too!
2 weeksWineObtain your wine from my recommendations and have it delivered. Chill champagne now. Red wine can be slightly chilled the day of the party.
Date in advance from partyStepNotes
1-2 weeksPrep table settingPlan what linens you intend to use. Wash them if needed and iron. Set aside.
1 weekGrocery storeObtain all ingredients that you can purchase now. Leave as little as possible until the last moment, but a big shopping trip a week before will help you get a lot out of the way.
1 weekTimelineUsually, I provide a detailed timeline for the dinner. But in this case, you want your man/woman to feel comfortable and at ease. I recommend a very flexible timeline that you can change as needed.
During weekSleuthingIf you don't know your man/woman's favorite nut, pizza topping or ice cream, you should find out by doing some sleuthing!
Party DayStepNotes
MorningOystersMake a trip to the fish monger to pick up the oysters. They need to be super fresh.
MorningBedroom prepChange the sheets on your bed and, if you think your man/woman is staying over, have nice things for them in your bathroom (extra toothbrush, etc.)
12:30-2:30Mise en PlaceDo ALL of your chopping and organize your ingredients according to courses. As mentioned earlier, don’t plan to do more than 1 part of the meal at the very last moment. Make your mignonette for the oysters. Make the sugo. You can make the cookie dough or do it together later - whichever you think suits you better. But don't bake the cookies until later together.
2:30-3:30Set serving plattersSet up your serving platter for the crostini and line up all cups or bowls and plates you will be using in the area that you plan to serve and arrange the look the way you like. Have champagne and wine glasses ready.
3:30-5:00Get yourself readySpend extra time on your appearance today! Paint your nails and wear nice lingerie.
6:25MusicTurn on playlist - make sure your man/woman's favorites are on it!
6:30AppetizerSet out oysters on ice; place champagne in bucket.
7:30PizzaAssemble pizza and bake; open red wine.
8:30CookiesBake cookies and serve with ice cream. Nothing promotes love more than warm chocolate chip cookies!
9:30Enjoy!I won't get involved in how, but enjoy your man/woman and the evening!