To start the evening, we had bruschetta made with peaches, honey, and mint over goat cheese crostini's.
Victor pointing to the birthday girl, and having a good time.
Leah grew up facing the Atlantic Ocean in Massachusetts, and has an affinity for shades of blue. She also likes simple patterns, and has a casual sensibility to her. So in setting the table, I tried to reflect her style. I wanted the birthday girl to feel relaxed and special on her day.
While planning the menu for the evening, I asked Leah what she would prefer to eat. She has had many a meal at our house, and specifically requested my roasted lemon herb chicken with yogurt dill sauce, and "something" with tomatoes and mozzarella.
For the first course, we had a chunky heirloom tomato salad with fresh mozzarella, and basil. The tomatoes were so deliciously sweet that the salad only needed a few dashes of balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
As opposed to a heavy pasta dish on such a hot summer night, I opted for a side of summer squash ribbons with herbs, pine nuts and goat cheese.
The three of them look like they are having fun, right?!
I adore this picture of Leah, she is beaming!!
As a grand finale, we had a triple layer chocolate birthday cake with chocolate ganache, and salted caramel ice cream. I wish I could take credit for the cake - it was so decadently delish!
Happy Birthday to my dear friend, Leah! Hope your wish comes true!