What's a girl to do? Cram. Just last night I was thinking, I can finish at least six of "the big 25" THIS WEEKEND. Next thought: but do I really want to? Have I lost the point of it all? This list isn't a "to do list." It's a "live life list" and if I don't want to do the things on the list, well, I don't have to.
Yeah! Screw you, list-I-didn't-finish.
Here's the thing: I still like the idea of having a list. And who knows, maybe someday I'll actually finish one. So here goes; my culinary resolutions for 2012. Basically a list of things that I like to imagine myself doing, but probably won't do.
Since I knew I would spend a lot of time in Josie's nursery --sitting, singing, soothing--I required a comfortable chair. The problem with nursery gliders are that most of them are dumpy and unattractive. I wanted a pretty chair that could serve as starship baby, a command center I could sit in comfortably for hours. After what seemed like an eternity shopping around, I finally found one I liked at Pink and Brown, "an organic trendy children's boutique" in Old Town Alexandria. Those are not fake quotes. As in, their words, not mine. The store is absurd. I say absurd, not because of their tagline (which is absurd), but because the store is absurdly expensive. But also, they sell absurdly cute things, like onsies so tiny a medium sized pear would complain it was too tight.
Wait, why am I talking about baby stuff again? I'm getting to the food part, soon, I swear.
Marcus and I got married in June. It's taken me a while to go through the photos, and I wanted to do that before I told you about our catering company. Everyone says that no one remembers food at weddings, except to say that most of it is bad and some of it is inedible. I didn't want that to be the case for our wedding. Um, I'm a food blogger. That would be a crisis.
We wanted delicious, seasonal food that would be a treat for our friends and family. We tested quite a few catering companies. Most fell in the bad wedding food category: gluey potatoes, rubber chicken, sickly sweet salmon, and gray tuna that would make the likes of Eric Ripert gasp.
We finally found Star Catering through the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, owners of some of our favorite restaurants: Birch and Barley, Churchkey, Rustico, the Evening Star, and Planet Wine. We decided on Star Catering because of our tasting. We went on a Friday night. It was just the two of us, a chef, a manager, and a hostess. They served us an amazing dinner with wine, and instead of telling us about them, they asked lots of questions about us. And previous to meeting us, they did their homework and checked out our venue, Cabell's Mill in Centreville, Virginia. I'm surprised they didn't offer to rub my back, the service was that good. Based on the deliciousness of the food and the level of service, we were sold.