For Valentines we decided that we would do something a little unique and special. So we thought about doing a private Valentines dinner for us and 2 other couples we are close with here at home, but what is so great and romantic about cooking a huge meal, hosting and cleaning for 6 people, well its not. So we started to look at some other options. My husband is work acquaintances with the wonderful Adrien Sharp, Adrien was on The Next Food Network Star show, hosts a T.V. show called Food Circus, plans out meals and is head chef at our local hospital, as well as host Kraft online commercials.
very busy man but thought that we would still ask him if he would be interested in gracing out kitchen with his mad skills. He accepted and I was giddy with excitement to have a fabulous meal cooked just for us and friends and not have to prep one thing or clean a dish afterward. Giving over reign of my kitchen was something I was slightly nervous about, I mean what if they didn't put my scrubby thing back in the right spot under the sink. So anyways I let go and I loved it. He was great to watch in the kitchen although how hard is it to watch an attractive, genuine, family man who loves to create great food in my kitchen, well...it wasn't too hard at all. Dinner blew us all away.
Classic Italian Bruschetta on Whole Grain Baguette with Buffalo Mozz, Fresh Basil, Heirloom Tomatoes with balsamic reduction and pine nuts
Arugula and Spinach salad with Candied Pecans, Dried Cherries, Feta Cheese, and Home Made Honey Dijon White Wine Vinigrette
Beef Tenderloin with Herbed Goat Cheese Tomato Shoe String Onions, Balsmaic Reduction and Truffle Oil
Dark Chocolate Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis
I honestly meant to take pictures of all these dishes and post them but I had a few glasses of Moscato to start with and by appetizers I forgot I had a camera. Oh well just trust me it was unbelievable and if I could afford it I would do this all the time. So to Adrien, thank you so very much for creating a magical night and being so gracious to us and our friends. Cheers!
Host of JTV-"Food Circus" watch it online @
Howdini Productions- Kraft Picnic Video
Meredith Productions- Kraft Video
"The Next Food Network Star" Highlights - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p55nWb6GRw4