Farmhouse at Bedford Post

If you ever happen to be up in Westchester, or you just want to get out of the city, you should visit the Farmhouse at Bedford Post.  The drive is one hour from Manhattan, but the trip is totally worth it.  The food at the Farmhouse is so delicious!  My friends who love food as much as I do have been telling me to go for some time, and I was not disappointed.  The five course tasting menu actually turns out to be eight, as they bring out three amuse bouches before you even start.  The seafood broth in the second course and the suckling pig in the fourth were probably some of the tastiest things I have had in a while.  The fontina pasta with black truffles was also incredible.If you can make a weekend of it, stay at their 8 room inn, so you can really enjoy that wine list and not have to worry about driving home. I took a stroll around the place before dinner and it was so peaceful and pretty at dusk.

They have a yoga loft which they also use as an event space.  If you are having a smaller wedding and good food is really important to you, you should take a look into this intimate venue in an extraordinary setting.  I am definitely going back there for dinner again soon.  (Fun fact - Richard Gere is one of the owners).

Photography by Ang Weddings and Events

Per Se Weddings

I can't believe that I am planning not one but two weddings at Per Se!  Anyone who knows me knows how much I like talking about food, cooking food, planning restaurant visits, watching the cooking channel and enjoying a meal with good company.  I'm one of those people that plans what they are going to eat for dinner when they are still eating lunch.  I have been lucky enough to dine at Bouchon and Ad Hoc in California (both excellent), but I have never had the pleasure of dining at Per Se.  I am so excited to be planning two weddings there and working with clients that love good food.  It has incredible views of Central Park and I know the food will be an amazing exploration for the senses.  Those are going to be very lucky wedding guests.  

P.S. I can't help thinking about the vendor meal.

Our First Wedding Anniversary

It was our first wedding anniversary yesterday, and my husband and I went back to Wave Hill for a walk around the grounds.  When you have your wedding there, you become a member for a year, so we have been back a number of times to enjoy the gardens.  It was still as beautiful as I remembered it, with all the summer flowers out in bloom.  Wave Hill House is under restoration during 2011, but they are still accepting a limited number of tented weddings on the grounds. 

We decided to follow the tradition of a paper gift for the first anniversary.  My husband designed and printed a personalised stationary set for me.   It is so easy to send an email, text, facebook update or tweet.  Sometimes I think it is really nice to send someone a hand-written note.  I really love my present!  For his gift, I gave him Sports Illustrated's: The Golf Book.  We are both avid golfers, and it was the best book I found for spectacular pictures, history of the game and commentary on current golfers.  I have to admit, I think I read three quarters of the book before I gift wrapped it for him. 

To top off our day, we had a delicious meal at Anita Lo's Annisa, making our way through the gay pride parade in the West Village.  Congrats again to New York for being the latest state to legalize gay marriage! 

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Photo by Susan Stripling.

Private Dining

Looking for a private room in a New York restaurant for a rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, anniversary or birthday celebration?  Instead of searching through individual restaurants' websites for their private event offerings, check out Dine Private.  A free website that enables you to search for private rooms by party size, cuisine and neighbourhood.  It will save you lots of time!  Dine Private lists details of each restaurant and includes pictures of the rooms.  If you see something interesting, do also check the linked restaurant's website.  I noticed some of the room capacities listed on Dine Private show capacity for a cocktail party instead of a sit down meal.  

One of my favourites is The Harrison, which seats up to 22 guests in their beautiful wine cellar below the main restaurant.  

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Tasty Tapas

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At Tia Pol (205 10th ave between 22nd st and 23rd st). They have a cozy private room in the back with two rectangular tables that can be booked for parties of up to 18 people. Great spot for a casual party and a good way to avoid the long lines to get a table at Tia Pol. They do not take reservations, except for large parties. The food there is great, my taste buds just confirmed it (again). Some of my favourites: squid in ink with rice, pimientos, croquettes and fried chickpeas. The winner though is their special, suckling pig. If you go there, you have to try it!