An Italian Feast for Our Gourmet Group

Some info about our Gourmet Group:  We are 4 couples who enjoy cooking, entertaining, and most of all, each other’s company. 
We take turns hosting in our homes.  The hosts decide on the menu (theme) from appetizers to dessert for the evening.  The hosts cook most of the meal, but give at least one course (along with all the recipes) to the other couples to prepare.  We love trying new recipes and ideas.  So most of the time the recipes are ones we haven’t cooked before, but they don’t have to be.

Italian tablescape ideas


~ Ciao ~

Another couple in our Gourmet Group hosted an “Festa Italiana” (Italian Feast) night back in January.  Here’s a look back at our evening.


Her table reflected the look of an Italiano Ristorante  – classic red & white check tablecloths (table runner), and Chianti bottles dripping with wax…

Italian theme table ideas

Cute place card holders, with wine bottles and wine glasses, set into bunches of grapes for each place setting

A red and green floral centerpiece…

Italian theme dinner party ideas


Italian dinner party menu ideas


Artichoke, Spinach, & Prosciutto Flatbread with Spicy Honey

Italian dinner party ideas

Pesto Cream Cheese Spread with Crackers

Pesto cream cheese spread

Italian dinner party ideas


Insalata Caesar (Caesar Salad)

We were in charge of preparing the salad.

Toasting the pine nuts…

toasted pine nuts

This tasty salad included sundried tomatoes, pecorino romano grated cheese, Caesar croutons, and toasted pine nuts…

not your typical Caesar salad

Italian dinner party menu ideas

Entrée Trio:

Braciole –  Cheese Ravioli – Eggplant Parmesan

with Marinara Sauce

Mangiare, mangiare … (Eat, eat!)

Italian dinner ideas



Italian Lemon Cake

This was so delicious & refreshing , and certainly appeased my sweet tooth:)

Italian Lemon cake (Italian dinner party menu ideas)

That’s Amore!!




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