So, after all the prep I did to get ready for the second Mi Casa-Su Casa preview dinner with the group of bloggers… it was game time! At promptly 6.3opm on Saturday there was a knock on the door! The bloggers were here! The bloggers were here!
We enjoyed a lovely little half hour of cocktails and chatter and travel stories and the occasional flash from a camera. Then it was time to eat.
I’ll tell you right now, I’ve never fed a table full of more enthusiastic or complimentary eaters. It was a pleasure to bring each new course to the table. To share our inspiration and the history behind each dish. And to watch as our guests tucked into the food with gusto. Everyone should derive as much joy from eating as food bloggers do. The world would be a happier place.
Getting the main course ready was a bit of a drama as it took me far too long to get the vegetable oil properly hot for frying the chicken fried steaks. I spent a few minutes silently freaking out in the kitchen and tensely whispering to Andy that “This isn’t working. It’s not working. WHY won’t it work??” but then… it worked. And the oil got hot enough. And the steaks cooked quickly and well. And not one of our guests could tell that there had even been a slight hiccup. We just rolled right on.
At about 9.30pm, after the main courses went out, but before we began heating up the components of the dessert, I poured myself my first glass of wine of the evening and took a deep breath. Andy was right next to me in the kitchen and we were silent. All I could hear was the laughter and happy voices of our guests, the click of knives and forks on plates and the refilling of wine glasses. Forgive me for seeming melodramatic, but it was like a symphony to me. I looked up at Andy and I said, “That’s it. That sound, the happy sound of well-fed people, that’s why I want to do this. That’s what this is all about.” Having people over for dinner is a lot of work and we’re not making money doing this. For me, it’s all about the rush I get from feeding people.
After dinner Andy and I joined our guests at the table and chatted and laughed and told stories for over an hour. It was the perfect end to our evening. I think everyone should have a group of food bloggers over for dinner. It will give you a soaring sense of accomplishment.
I’m really looking forward to meeting lots of new and exciting people through this venture of ours. And, if you’ve already booked in for one of our meals… I can’t wait to meet YOU!