A few years ago, my good friends and I started a dinner club in our neighborhood. The same six couples still belong. We meet roughly every 2 months. The host couple plans the menu, cooks the main course and provides the beverages. The other couples are assigned a recipe to prepare. We usually try to aim for unusual dishes or ones that might take more time than we usually are willing to spend to prepare. As a result, we usually end up with a fabulous menu but each of us doesn't have to spend an entire day cooking the whole meal.
For tonight's dinner club, I was assigned a salad of my choice. I wanted to do something a little different and remembered a delicious salad I had last year in Montreal at a restaurant called Au Pied de Cochon. I remember it had beets and goat cheese and was stacked. Don't recall whether there was anything else to it or not but it was fabulous. So I looked on epicurious.com and found inspiration for my salad. I'm using roasted red and gold beets, goat cheese, sugared walnuts and mesclun greens drizzled with just a touch of shallot-lemon vinaigrette. Hope it's a hit!
Sewing update: I started this top last weekend and all I had left was the hem and final stitching on the tie. I finished it this morning and will wear it to dinner club tonight. It's a New Look pattern, #6658 view A; the fabric is a silky polyester print I purchased at JoAnn's a month or two ago.