Ain’t No Party Like a Bread Party

All the deliciousness in the world, 08 February 2014.

All the deliciousness in the world, 08 February 2014.

I follow the blog Apartment Therapy and its sister site, The Kitchn, religiously. I’ll occasionally come across a post about an enviable and seemingly effortless party thrown together with flawless flower arrangements, custom cocktails in mason jars, and the exact right amount of twee, wondering how I can become part of the cool foodie crowd who gets invited to these shindigs. Wonder no more. A Fishtown friend rehabilitated a former garage into the perfect space for entertaining. Multiple sinks, a double oven and separate stove top, concrete counter tops and a bi-level kitchen create the ultimate space for a cooking party. Last Saturday, nine friends gathered for a little schooling on bread making from everyone’s favorite ginger baker (seconded only by the real Ginger Baker) followed by a multi-course family style, Italian dinner. After the bread demo and some slightly lewd gnocchi rolling, we partnered off to tackle individual dishes. There were some complications in following the recipe and the custard dessert required way more chilling time than we allowed it, but nine people whirled around each other to create a delicious (nearly effortless) eight-hour, seven course meal. The menu follows with more food and party pics.

The Menu

Zuppa di Calamari e Lenticchie (Calamari and Lentil Soup)

Pretzel Buns

Artichoke

Baguette

Insalata di Finocchi e Gorgonzola (Fennel and Gorgonzola Salad)

Broccoli Rabe con Aglio e Formaggio di Pecorino Romano (Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Pecorino Romano Cheese)

Crusty Bread

Chicken Cacciatore

Buttermilk Potato Bread

Rigatoni con Ragu di Agnello Brasati (Rigatoni with Braised Lamb Ragu)

Gnocchi con Formaggio (Mac and Cheese)

Chocolate Amaretto Custard Bonet

Chocolate Bourbon Tort

Friends and Chicken Cacciatore, 08 February 2014.

Friends and Chicken Cacciatore, 08 February 2014.

Pretzel Buns and Baguettes, 08 February 2014.

Pretzel Buns and Baguettes, 08 February 2014.

Chef Neil makes gnocchi, 08 February 2014.

Chef Neil makes gnocchi, 08 February 2014.

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