1. Dinner Party Spotlight Series: Lindsey Schwartz of CURATED

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    A gal who designs gorgeous kitchens and then selects the perfect glassware to compliment them… now that’s seeing eye to eye with the FH. Meet this week’s Dinner Party Spotlight, Lindsey Schwartz. Lindsey’s career includes working for St. Charles of New York an award-winning design firm specializing in state of the art kitchens. But what really caught my eye was Lindsey’s newest venture, CURATED, a personal shopping service to compliment your pristine kitchen where Lindsey works with clients to decorate their kitchen space with art, glassware that suits their lifestyle, and culinary accessories. From styling photo shoots to most recently, helping brides construct their wedding registries, CURATED is growing quickly in the New York scene.

    When I headed to Lindsey’s apartment located in the Financial District I knew I’d find beautiful glassware, but I was equally as excited to see she entertains for guests at a bar top, something totally fun and new to the FH. Intrigued? Read on to learn more about her tablescape style.

    FH: What is your entertaining style? Traditional, Contemporary, Seasonal?

    Lindsey: Being in the tabletop industry, I am a big advocate of formal dining. Even during those college “ grunge” years, I was always playing hostess at my apartment. So when I first moved in to my fiance’s downtown apartment (read “bachelor pad”) with no dining table, I was enticed by the challenge of formalizing the concept of bar entertaining. Because my apartment layout is so contemporary, I have to overcompensate for it’s structure in the details of the tablescape. There is no room for frivolous items, so I pull in the decorative elements from the essentials; plates, glasses, and cutlery.

    FH: How often do you entertain and for how many guests?

    Lindsey: I would say we have people over at least three times a month. We New Yorker’s dine out so often- too often- so anytime we schedule a dinner with friends I offer to host it.

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    FH: Do you have a go-to recipe or dish?

    Lindsey: MEAT FONDUE! I know what you’re thinking. Fondue-themed dinner parties should have died with the seventies, and I hear you! I’ve had plenty of people come into my house with their noses turned at the idea. But my fiance is Swiss and swears by his childhood favorite (with a twist). I’ll serve a variety of hot and cold appetizers beforehand, and then bring out the pot filled with mildly seasoned vegetable oil for the entree portion of the evening. I prep a platter of 1 inch cubed chateaubriand as well as a raw seafood plate with prawns, sliced calamari, and whatever else looks fresh. The labor of love goes into making a myriad of dipping sauces that are served alongside the fondue.

    FH: Did something inspire you for today’s table? A certain color, flower, plate?

    Lindsey: I’ve recently decided to work with the stainless steel instead of apologizing for it. In the past, I’ve draped the bar in tablecloths and runners, but now I’m highlighting the metal. This particular tablescape is an ode to the greyish color scheme.. I pulled in the green from the champagne flutes with the napkin ring. If I have to incorporate one color, it’s usually green. A small nod to nature in this urban dwelling, I suppose.

    FH: Tell me about today’s table

    Plates – Michael Wainwright Tempio Luna Dinnerware

    Napkins – Sferra Table Linens

    Napkin rings – Deborah Rhodes

    Water glasses – Riedel Stemless Glassware

    Wine glasses – Antique

    Champagne Flutes – Baccarat Mille Nuits Flutissimo

    Silverware – Wedgewood

    Knives – Laguoile Steak Knives 

    Pieces of art behind table – ­Antique Map shop in Fulham, London. It’s a map of Scotland, created in Edinburgh in the 1800s. I studied at the University of St. andrews in Scotland, so the country has a special place in my heart. ­ On the opposite end is the ‘Art worker’s wont kiss ass’ piece, I found years ago in a random Chelsea gallery and had to had to have.

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    Follow Lindsey and CURATED on her Instagram @CuratedbyStCharles or see her work live as she will be the youngest participant in the 2015 Sothebys Designer Showhouse. It debuts April 11th-19th at Sotheby’s on the Upper East Side. Thanks Lindsey for sharing your gorgeous tabletop!

    Shoot Location: Financial District, New York

    Photographer: Alexandra Wolf

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  2. Host a ‘non-cheesy’ St. Patrick’s Day Brunch

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    After a few too many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations spent at dirty bars drinking nasty Irish beers, I decided it was high time I host a classy version of the holiday at Chateau FH for friends to enjoy. I love a good day drinking session so I decided to call this for brunch time with green themed cocktails and breakfast-friendly snacks.

    I was beyond thrilled to debut my new Target bar cart {only $130!!} for the occasion. I displayed my drinks and festive straws on the top tier of the cart and then food and flowers on the bottom level. For cocktails I created my own variation of ‘Green Leprechaun Punch,’ which I love since it’s perfect for serving in a punch bowl or large pitcher.

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    To make this festive St. Patricks’s Day cocktail, follow my recipe…

    FH Green Leprechaun Punch {serves 10 guests}

    • 1/2 liter Belvedere Vodka
    • 1/2 liter Green Tea
    • 2 bottles or 24 oz of Sipp Sparkling Pear Drink
    • Full bunch of fresh mint
    • Mint and clover straws to garnish

    For brunch foods I made mini vanilla yogurt parfaits topped with fresh Kiwi {for just the right hint of healthy green!}. Not shown but highly recommended are spinach scrambled eggs, home-made guacamole, and kale chips. Served alongside fresh white flowers, the display is about as classy as St. Patrick’s Day can get! Cheers!

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  3. Host a Macaron & Rosé Party

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    When my girlfriend turned 30 she asked if I could throw a low key celebration with a few of our closest friends. So what does every girl want for their birthday? Sweets and bottomless bottles of wine {especially when turning 30!}, so I was happy to oblige and host the dinner at my apartment where we would have my entire wine fridge easily accessible.

    Because this was a birthday celebration, the dessert needed to be at the forefront. To do so, I gave each guest their own mini cake stand of macarons at their assigned seat. {FYI, macarons are the hip new version of birthday cake.} Then, for the other details on this table, I really loved a rich gold vibe complimented by delicate white ranunculus flowers. I chose Chilewich Dahlia placemats complimented by West Elm gold flatware {currently on sale!}, Kim Seybert napkins with a gold-hued boarder and Mikasa white dinner plates with a simple gold rim. For glassware, I chose Villeroy & Boch Boston goblets for water and Reidel wine glasses to serve Whispering Angel Rosé {just the right touch of pink!}. The finishing touch were the mini cake stands {similar} topped with a heaping stack of vanilla macarons.

    The party was a hit. I served dinner buffet-style, with a shredded kale, goat cheese and beet salad to start followed by Asian glazed salmon. Hooray for the perfectly sweet dinner party!

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