Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Ballet-themed dinner party

With the holidays just behind us, probably the last thing on your mind is eating some more. But for the new year, I thought I'd share with you the menu I devised for a dinner party I threw for some ballet-loving friends and fellow ballet students, complete with a few groaner puns. Recipe notes at the end.

Ballet Bistro

The restaurant that guarantees you
a great attitude and no contretemps
so there's always a good turnout


1st position
Ruby Red grapefruit and Martini rosato frappé

2nd position
Swiss fondue
(make sure to repeat many many times for optimum effect)

3rd position
Buns for bunheads

4th position
Vegetable sauté

5th position
Pavlova with crème fouettée

Pas de chat
(the cat is not allowed on the dining room table)

Pas de cheval
(no horsemeat will be served)

Pas de bisque
(no lobster soup)

After dinner:
Pas d'action
(I'm so full I can't move) 

1) Grapefruit frappé: buy ruby red grapefruit juice. Freeze in ice-cube trays. Whirl frozen grapefruit juice in a food processor with a little Martini rosato (if not available, use red vermouth or some other fortified wine, or leave out for a non-alcoholic version). 

2) For fondue recipe click here.  Cut the buns in bite-sized pieces and dip them and vegetables into the cheese sauce.

3) Vegetable sauté: I stir-fried broccoli and cauliflower florets until still crunchy.  

4) For pavlova recipe click here

Bon appétit! Do you have other ideas for what could be served at a ballet-themed party? I'd love to hear about them in the comments. 

May your 2013 be full to the brim with ballet!  

If you love ballet, please check out my season of outstanding ballet trips by clicking here.


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  1. Just love your very original take on food and will definitely serve this when next entertaining dancers or balletomanes.
    Thank you,