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A Night with Pineau des Charentes

July 30, 2018

In celebration of Bastille Day, I recently attended a dinner hosted by Pineau des Charentes. When invited, I truthfully had never even heard of Pineau, and I’m always keen to take in a new experience- especially one involving wine from France!

My dear friend Charlie and I showed up to a private dinner hosted in Hollywood and were introduced to Pineau des Charentes. Called “Spirited Wine”, Pineau is a fortified wine from fresh grape juice that has been blended with Cognac. It’s produced exclusively in the Cognac region of France, and you guys, it is DELIGHTFUL. When we showed up for dinner, we were greeted with a simple cocktail called the P+T. It’s a blend of white Pineau, Fevertree Tonic, grapefruit and thyme. In this overwhelming summer heat, the P+T was a refreshingly smooth way to begin the evening.

Throughout the night, we tried various Pineaus and learned the history of this unconventional wine. Legend has it that Pineau was discovered in France when a wine-grower carelessly threw grape must into a barrel containing Cognac eau-de-vie. Years later, the barrel was discovered and with it a unique drink! And that it is. Every cocktail throughout the night was surprising and inventive, and was perfectly paired with our endless course French cuisine from chef Igor Ladyjensky.

From Warm oysters with caviar and duck fat, to Veal tartare with truffle and a quail egg, the dinner was everything rich and ambient as one would expect from the French. We dined for hours, sipped endless amounts of Pineau, and learned both ways to cocktail it as well as drink it neat. With each course came a new perfectly matched tasting.

All of the cocktails from the evening were amazing, but the first won my heart. It’s an easy make! Check out the recipe below! And to learn more about Pineau or to give it a try, visit their Instagram which has amazing cocktail and pairing inspo!

The P&T
Ingredients:
– 1.5 oz White Pineau
– .75 oz Fever Tree Tonic

Directions:
– Build over ice in Rocks glass

Garnish: Sprig of Thyme, Grapefruit Twist

 

AN EVENING OF REFLECTING ON 2017 WITH FRIENDS (AND ALOE LIQUEUR COCKTAILS)
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AN EVENING OF REFLECTING ON 2017 WITH FRIENDS (AND ALOE LIQUEUR COCKTAILS)

December 26, 2017

Hi Friends! I hope you’ve had an incredible season celebrating the holidays filled with much warmth and lots of memories. As we draw close to the end of the year, I wanted to be sure to practice slowing down, being present in the midst of a busy season, and reflect on the year with loved ones. I invited over close friends for an intentional evening to celebrate 2017 with some delicious bites and cocktails made with Chareau’s Aloe Liqueur!

On the menu for the evening were a few of my favorite dishes, a light and refreshing Chareau cocktail (see the recipe below!), and a question for the whole table to reflect on:

What has been the most defining experience of 2017 for you?

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October 25, 2017

hi friends! Hope your week has been amazing so far. A few weeks back, I got to partner up with two AMAZING brands, Darling Magazine and Aerie and had the opportunity to host and cook for their retreat! We invited 20 women, and together spent a weekend in the Hamptons having some quality intentional rest time. We ate like queens, swam in the pool, I taught a personality workshop, and we explored the Ocean shore. The weekend was absolutely dreamy. Cooking for 20 women can be overwhelming, but with the help of my assistant and a few simple and beautiful recipes, the weekend was overwhelmingly enjoyable. I wanted to share a few of my favorite recipes with you that are some go-to’s for groups like this!

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September 15, 2016

Can we talk about my love of succulents and copper?? They’re two things I absolutely go nuts over when it comes to decor. When Herradura Tequila asked Caroline from Love & Loathing LA and I to co-host a dinner, we were immediately on the same page about decor. We’re both nerds for creating the perfect dinner aesthetic, and we spent the morning perusing the Downtown Los Angeles flower mart for delicious succulents and copper vases. Sadly, we didn’t find the kind of copper we were looking for, so we took matters into our own hands- and got crafty with spray paint. That is one of my favorite things whenever I’m designing a dinner party: I love dreaming up a vision, and then adding in elements of spontaneity whenever my original vision isn’t readily available.

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November 16, 2015

This weekend was filled to the brim with holiday festivities. I filmed Thursday and Friday with the TheKitchn, making some very exciting how-to videos for some delicious eats. Friday, I threw a dinner party for a lovely woman who brought all her girlfriends together for an evening of food, cocktails, and strengths finder analysis with ltd365. Saturday, I curated cocktails for the Rolling Greens holiday party, and Sunday I spent the morning crafting the most delightful friendsgiving with Anne Sage and Carley Rudd. I’m exhausted, but so thrilled with all the creativity that came from the weekend.

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