My signature entertaining dish:
I’m still new to entertaining. My husband and I just got married, and are just starting to really entertain guests. We live in a tiny cottage and it can be a challenge, but we’re finding our way. I love to make hearty soups, but for now my signature dish is a mean cheese plate!
My must-have entertaining tool:
A big wood cutting board. Great for food prep and doubles as a cheese platter!
The restaurant meal I’ll never forget:
That’s tough. I would have to pick a dinner at Dio Deka right after my husband proposed to me. It’s our favorite restaurant, and he even had menus print “Taylor & Joey Forever!” The food is always good, but that night will always have a special place in my heart.
Always in my kitchen:
I always have lemons on hand. A little lemon adds so much to a dish or drink, and they look so pretty on display.
The taste I’m always craving:
Chocolate. I always finish a meal with a piece. I also love pretty much any dish that includes chocolate. I’m pretty addicted.
The perfect dinner party playlist includes:
Soulful indie artists, Frank Sinatra, and Adele. I like to have a playful mix of music.
My dream dinner guests:
All my friends who live far away. I would love a big party with the people we rarely get to see but love so very much!
My standard hostess outfit:
I love being comfortable (it’s the California girl in me), so I typically wear a chambray shirt, skinny jeans, and fun jewelry. However, I also love a fancy fete and I own lots of pretty cocktail dresses for those special occasions.
My entertaining style in 5 words or less:
Easy, fun, simple, with a hint of sparkle.
photography by Delbarr Moradi