First off, let me give a big congrats to all those who received proposals during the recent religious holidays we’ve only just survived. I can only hope that there will be wonderful proposals to come in the days preceding New Year’s Eve. While I don’t know anyone so recently engaged personally, I know ya’ll are out there! Don’t forget to start your engagement photo album–if you’re into that sort of thing, of course.
Now…as we’re this close to making the transition into 2007, I’ve decided I really need to get on the ball where reader recommendations are concerned. Consequently, for the next week, I’m going to roll through the e-mails that have lingered long in my inbox so I can share with you all of the great stuff my readers (and a handful of other folks) have shared with me!
The first of these comes from personal chef Jennifer Lynn Pelka, who suggests that B2B (and their grooms) consider hiring a professional chef to take care of the rehearsal dinner details. While Jennifer Lynn obviously has some professional interest in this topic, you have to admit the idea is intriguing. Restaurants can be so impersonal and renting a space for a smaller party like a rehearsal dinner can be a real pain in the butt. Here’s the skinny:
Jennifer Lynn will create a unique menu for you and your guests. Imagine a rehearsal dinner that is so personalized that it features a redux of the tuna tartare you ordered on your first date; hazelnut crêpes with gruyère, thyme, and caramelized chanterelle mushrooms that recall your romantic walks along the Seine; and a minted strawberry soup with vanilla meringue hearts reminiscent of the fruit you picked with your parents every summer.
Everything will be entirely taken care of for you, a godsend for a busy bride-to-be. Because Jennifer Lynn specializes in extravagant events for two to twelve guests, she gives great attention to every detail. She works with the graphic designer Emily Arden Wells to create beautiful menus, and thoughtfully organizes floral arrangements, table settings, lighting, and clean-up in the place that feels the most familiar and familial to you – your own home.
If your mental list of wedding details that are important to you has food somewhere in the first few slots, take a few minutes to check out the personal chefs in your area. You may just find a chef you adore!