Summer Cooking 101 Event Featuring Nutritionist Be Well with Arielle

Kale Tomato and Feta Healthy Appetizer by Be WellwithArielle.comZucchini Bite Sized Appetizer

Two weeks ago I teamed up with Arielle Haspel of BeWellwithArielle.com to co-host a Summer Cooking 101 Event at Chateau FH.  The Event Details: Arielle is the new face of Glamour Magazine’s online video series called “Treat Yourself.” Each week this summer, Glamour featured Arielle in the kitchen showcasing a new healthy and fun cooking video – from Healthy Fish Tacos to a Post-Workout Cookies & Cream Smoothie. Excited to celebrate in her success, I wanted to host an event so she could show off her kitchen skills {plus, cooking in my kitchen meant I would be scoring the left-overs!!}. She arrived at my apartment with a slew of delicious organic ingredients and got right to work. I took the reigns as merchandiser {baby Brooks in tow!}.

Amanda Gluck of Fashionable Hostess sets the TableAppetizer served in Martini Glasses: Kale Tomato and Feta Healthy Appetizer by Be WellwithArielle.com Arielle Haspel of BeWellwithArielle.comZucchini Rounds with Homemade Pesto Sauce and Honey Drizzle by BewellwithArielleWatermelon, Feta, and Mint Skewers AppetizerWatermelon, Feta and Mint Summer SaladAmanda Gluck of Fashionable Hostess and Le Grand Courtage ChampagneLe Grand Courtage Champagne Mini Champagne BottlesAmanda Gluck of Fashionable Hostess and Santa Margherita WineSanta Margherita Pinot Grigio

On the invite list was a group of 10 top notch fashion, lifestyle, and beauty bloggers based in NYC who couldn’t wait to taste-test the dishes live. The Summer Seasonal Menu included: Zucchini Bites with Pistachio Pesto and Honey Drizzle {recipe}, Kale Caprese Pizzettes {recipe}, Watermelon Feta and Mint Skewer Appetizers {recipe}, and for party favors, cute mini mason jars packed with  Maple Sesame Cashews {recipe}. My contribution was finding the perfect beverages to pair with her spread, so I chose Le Grand Courtage mini Champagne bottles for guests to enjoy while we shmoozed, and then a light and crisp white wine to accompany her summer appetizers, Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio {which I also featured in my “How to Throw a Wine and Cheese Party” post}.

As the event went on, the bloggers tweeted and insta’d away as Arielle did a live cooking demonstration with health tips and knife skills to boot. It was a fabulous end of summer soiree!!

On the hunt for healthy recipes? Head to her site, BeWellwithArielle.com, and stay tuned because tomorrow I will be sharing her Kale and Tomato Pizzette Appetizer on Fashionable Hostess.

Katie Meyers of MeyersStyles.comI love me RingAmanda Teague of BehindtheMirrorBeauty.comKatie Manwaring of KatiesBliss.com and Julia Dzafic of Lemonstripes.comSummer Cooking 101 EventArielle Haspel of BeWellwithArielle.comKatie Manwaring of KatiesBliss.com and Arielle of BeWellwithArielle.comNew York Bloggers attend Summer Cooking 101 Event at Chateau FH

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Fall Wine Pairing Tips

Santa Margherita Chianti ClassicoSanta Margherita Chianti Classico, Fall Wine PairingsFall Cheddar Cheese Fall Wine PairingSleek glass wine glasses Cheddar Cheese makes a great fall wine pairing with Chianti Classico

While I love a cold glass of white wine pretty much year round, as a hostess it is important to have seasonal beverages available for guests. So come Fall as it cools down and we rotate our menus to include heartier foods like meats and heavy sauces, the appropriate fall wine pairing option should be a room temperature red wine to compliment. Personally I find Merlots to be very heavy, so I like serving Santa Margherita Chianti Classico as a happy middle ground.

If you are hosting guests but not planning to serve a full sit down dinner, a recommended fall wine pairing for this wine is with a sharp cheddar, dark chocolate {the Cherry Roibos Bar by Vosges is a fab choice!}, and a bowl of blackberries. To merchandise, a cool wooden cheese board is the perfect finishing touch! Happy Fall!

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Fall Mod Gold Table Setting

Fall Gold Mod Table with Chilewich PlacematsGold Table Accents on a Fall Mod Gold TableHomemade Menu Cards DIY idea Riedel Glassware and Wheatgrass Centerpieces compliment the Fall Gold Mod Table designFashionable Hostess Gold Table setting for a Fall Gold Mod Table lookWheat Grass Centerpieces create a nice low look for a bright Fall Mod Gold Table setting lookLapinu Tribal Necklace by Dakorum.com is the pefect focal point for a Fall Mod Gold TableAt each place setting I put a Chilewich Mod Placemat, Kim Seybert Napkin, and L'Objet Napkin Ring

Fall fashion is all about rich golds, so what better way to transition into the season than to create a table that is just that. I absolutely love how these gold Chilewich placemats set the tone and give a retro-feel to this fall mod gold table setting. To keep the look cool not tacky, it was important to keep the number of colors to a minimum {ie. stick with primarily gold and neutrals}. I paired back to simple white dinner plates and napkins and used my L’Objet Gold Triple Napkin Rings. As for my ‘flowers’, how great are these rectangular vases filled with wheatgrass? Minimal and sleek, not to mention, idiot-proof when it comes to arranging.

Since the wheatgrass centerpiece arrangements were so low, I wanted to bring in one more element to be the focal point when guests arrived. I decided on my Lapinu Tribal Necklace from Dakorum.com and placed it at the head of the table on the back end so it would catch everyone’s eye but wouldn’t obstruct eye contact across the table when eating. Lastly, I added two more details worth noting that I love for Fall. 1. Cute bread plates with mini butter knives at each place setting which are perfect for hot dinner rolls. And, 2. DIY menu cards which I printed at home on card stock so guests felt like dinner was a real treat! Loving these bold hues? Stay tuned for Friday’s post where I share the perfect wine compliment for your Fall meal!

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