I recently had the pleasure of catering a beautiful garden luncheon and shopping event in the Hamptons. The luncheon was a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Alber Elbaz designing for the French fashion label Lanvin. It took place at a lovely private residence in the Hamptons, and proceeds from the shopping benefitted the non-profit Save Venice.
As it was a hot summer day, I designed the menu to be light and refreshing, taking advantage of the vibrant seasonal produce available in late summer months. Inspired by my favorite farm market stands in the Hamptons, like Jim Pike’s Farm Stand in Sagaponnack, the luncheon menu included: Grilled Lemon Chicken, Tomato-Watermelon Salad, Buttered Corn & Basil and an Arugula Salad with white peaches and shaved parmesan.
All of the delicious buffet items were presented in our custom-made wooden bowls, boxes and trays on a large wooden table on the terrace.
Sometimes, you can over think a menu and make the food over complicated. My goal here was to design a menu that reflected the aesthetic of the event and was in tune with the season, so I kept things simple, clean, and organic. We heard nothing but raves from the client, so it worked!