Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer Flowers

The colors in this centerpiece are soft and yet vibrant. The Hidden Garden added great texture to the flowers.
My client's two favorite colors are brown and pink and we incorporated those colors into all aspects of the decor.

While adding fresh fruit was popular a few years ago it's rarely seen anymore. I like that these flowers have just a small touch of green apples.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The BEST Breakfast in Town

French Toast with fresh fruit at The Griddle

This is the first Blog I have ever written on breakfast. The Griddle Cafe in Hollywood is truly deserving of praise. Imagine a restaurant that serves breakfast that's so amazing it's worth getting out of bed on a Sunday morning for. Even if that means waking up extra early to avoid the inevitable line. The Griddle is the type of place you would find while traveling and wish it was in L. A. They are open for breakfast and lunch and private parties in the evening. The Griddle is located on Sunset Boulevard, just West of Fairfax Avenue. Their extensive breakfast menu features many wonderful items. The gigantic, fluffy pancakes are legendary. A few of the mouth watering flavors include Banana with brown sugar baked bananas, bluberry-sourcream with powdered sugar, pumpkin pie filling with whipped cream, red velvet and honey-cinnamon rolled oats. Their ham steak is as big as the plate it's served on and very delicious. The Griddle's version of Eggs Benedict is a layer of seasoned potato skins with poached eggs, ham and housemade Hollandaise sauce. The Hoagie Omelette with sausage and the perfect amount of mozarella cheese is so delicious that you will eat it long after you are quite full. For lunch they offer tasty soft tacos , great sandwiches such as shrinmp b.l.t. and many kinds of burgers and salads. I like that you can order breakfast or lunch at any time. Alex, the host is absolutely delightful. Plan on your breakfast here lasting well past dinner.

Pryor Events are big fans of The Griddle Cafe!

The Griddle's Red Velvet Panckes

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Good Gracious!

Summer salads are always a treat. When they are made by Good Gracious Catering they are an extra special treat. They combine the freshest ingredients and wonderful seasoning to produce absolutely delicious food. Their motto is "We embrace the seasons and all of their offerings. We choose to provide menus filled with the freshest local produce, local sustainable seafood and organic meats and poultry. Our cuisine is all prepared in house from scratch using the finest ingredients".

Pauline Parry, the President and brain of the business was gracious enough (sorry, I couldn't resist) to provide us with two wonderful summer recipes. You will need to experiment a bit with quantities. Enjoy!

The salty and sweet combination of this Summer fruit Suprise is a winner!
The recipe is below

Watermelon and Strawberries with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Seedless watermelon, cut into chunks
Large and small strawberries, cut or whole - depending on size
Feta Cheese cut in small chunks
Fresh blueberries

Balsamic Vinaigrette - recipe follows

Mix fruit and feta together gently. Add a handful of blueberries and drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette.

Balsamic Vainagrette - 1 Tbl Dijon Mustard, 1 cup balsamic vinegar, half a cup lemon juice, 3 Tbl. garlic, 3 cups olive oil, salt & pepper to taste. Blend everything in a Cuisinart except the oil. Slowly add oil to emulsify.

Haricot Vert, Artichoke, Orange Pepper & Sweet Pea Sala

Fresh peas (or frozen if you must)
Hericot vert

Baby artichoke
Orange peppers
Champagne Dressing

1.Blanch Haricot Vert beans in boiling water for two minutes. They should cook but keep their color.

2. Drain hot water from beans and place in cold water with ice to stop the cooking.

3. Take fresh peas from their pods - cook in boiling water for one minute or defrost frozen peas

4. Roast baby artichokes that have been soaked in marinade (recipe follows). Roast until tender, about a half hour at 400 degrees. Cool and cut into quarters. You can cheat and buy marinated artichokes in a jar.

5. Cut tops off of the peppers, take out seeds and julienne.

6. Toss all vegetables with Champagne Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Vegetable Marinade

6 cups Chardonnay white wine
1 and a half cups red wine vinegar
one half cup cup Dijon Mustard
one half cup minced garlic
one eighth cup paprika
one half cup each of rosemary and thyme
12 cups olive oil & salt & pepper to taste

Measure all of the ingredients except oil into a large "sour cream" bucket. Whisk by hand. Slowly add oil, stirring to emulsify.

This recipe will yield one and a half gallons! Use it on chicken, fish and meat. Be creative.

Champagne Dressing

1 Tbl. minced garlic
4 Tbl Dijon Mustard
three quarters cup champagne vinegar
3 cups olive oil & salt & pepper to taste

Blend everything in Cuisinart except oil. Slowly add oil to ingredients to emulsify.

We at Pryor Events thank Good Gracious!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Great New Shop

On my way to meet clients at La Scala, I discovered a wonderful new boutique.
Pom Pom Interiors.

From wonderful silver frames to unique jewelry, everything is enticing

Pom Pom Interiors at 432 N Canon Drive in Beverly Hills is a warm and welcoming shop that features great items for the home

Pom Pom has a European feel but the beige and white palette makes you feel as if you are at a Malibu Beach-House. From chandeliers to pillows to wonderful furniture... Some of it has an antique feel and some pieces feel more modern. In my opinion, combining the two is so much fun! Pryor Events likes Pom Pom Interiors.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Dessert Heaven

Who can resist piping hot donuts? If those donuts were bite sized and contained only 26 calories - even better. If they came in flavors such as Vermont Maple Syrup, Cinnamon & Sugar, Lemon and Vanilla that would be almost too good to be true.
Pryor Events loves The Fry Girl.

These donuts are almost healthy - your guests will be able to eat donuts without the guilt.

The Fry Girls in action...

The Fry Girl's mini delicacies sizzling away.

The Fry Girl (aka Shelley Beals) has perfected the art of frying. They have portable fryers that they bring to events. From mini donuts sprinkled with wonderful flavors to mini funnel cakes your guests will think they are in Dessert Heaven. The Fry Girl also makes french fries with wonderful dipping sauces. Their mini candy bars are a hit with children of all ages. Picture deep fried Snickers, Milky Way and Oreao... Since guests eat these treats seconds after they come out of the fryer they are fresh, piping hot and unbelievably delicious! View their site at