My Bite by Bite Book Launch Party at Darcy Miller’s Sensational Apartment in the Big City

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    Years in the making and a true labor of love, my first book is FINALLY on bookshelves!

    The book is called Bite by Bite: 100 Stylish Plates You Can Make for Any Party by Clarkson Potter and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with all of you!  My dear friend, Darcy Miller, the Editor of Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, honored me by hosting a book launch party in her New York apartment.  Who else would I invite to this celebration?  All my event industry colleagues and friends who I’ve enjoyed working with over the years, as well as gourmands who appreciate the finer details of food design. (like me, they’re obsessed!)

    Peter Callahan Darcy Miller Preston Bailey Bite by Bite Book Launch Party

    I love this photo of Preston Bailey and I proudly holding our new books!  Preston’s new book “Flowers” is as usual, insanely gorgeous with floral artistry that no one else on the planet can conceptualize or produce.  He’s a genius!  And that lovely lady between us may be petite but she’s a powerhouse of energy!  Thank you Darcy for opening your home and heart.

    Peter Callahan Fish Tacos Mini Patron Margaritas Bite by Bite

    Clearly, one the most popular hors d’oeuvres pairings I’ve created.  The Mini Fish Taco paired with Margaritas in mini Patron bottles.  Stylish conversation starters…

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    Another talented event designer and friend, Matthew Robbins, of Matthew Robbins Design who also has a book coming out soon.  Cannot wait to pour over Matthew Robbins Inspired Weddings!

    peter callahan catering behind the scenes book launch party

    Working in Darcy’s gorgeous kitchen was a pleasure! There was plenty of space for the kitchen crew to plate up all the hors d’oeuvres!

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    Another extremely popular food and drink pairing has been our mini coke bottle sippers (sometimes, those are rum and cokes!) and fried chicken hors d’oeuvres.  Guests LOVE these little whimsical presentations but are equally delighted at how delicious they are! {below, my Pheasant Under Glass}

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    {Below, left to right} Making these little pale pink cotton candy lollipops are much harder than you know, it takes patience and perseverance! (not to mention, self-control!) Our nori cigarettes are elegantly served in sterling silver boxes we had made at the exact measurement.  My version of “Milk + Cookies” are milkshakes with cookie garnishes.  Our mango shrimp lollipops are not only flavorful but easy to enjoy while standing at a cocktail party.

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    sweet desserts callahan catering bite by bite book launch

    Before guests returned to their busy work day schedules, they were invited to sample some of my sweet treats:  caramel lady apples with chocolate ganache centers, cotton candy, mini sugar donuts, tiny s’mores, cherry pies and milkshakes and cookies.

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    Taking my cue from the master of all things sugar, the iconic Sylvia Weinstock, has certainly taught me about ending celebrations on a sweet note. {Sylvia is photographed here with me and my wife, Josephine Sasso.}  Thank you AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN Darcy for hosting this event!

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    October 12th, 2011

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