Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Antipasti "Before the Meal"


We invited some dear friends over for Sunday dinner.


With our gorgeous Indian Summer weather we thought it would be lovely to serve antipasti  outdoors in our tented pavillion.


Antipasti, the foods offered before the meal itself begins, are a colorful, delicious way to set the stage for the coming feast and to invite friends and family to the table.


In Italian tradition, antipasti are selected for color, flavor, texture and how well they complement both each other and the meal to come.


We headed out early to the Temescal Farmers Market where we gathered the most gorgeous veggies we could find.


Red and yellow peppers, celery, carrots, radishes, fennel and cherry tomatoes and squash blossoms for garnish.



We prepared a bowl of Pinzimonio, which is simply olive oil and salt and pepper to serve as a dipping sauce with the vegetables.


We picked up a selection of cured meats at Genoa Delicatessen and arranged them on a slate platter.



And rounded it off with freshly baked foccacia bread from Feel Good Bakery, breadsticks, chunks of parmesan cheese, olives and artichoke hearts.

I must say it was a great way to kick off the evening!

There are so many ways to serve antipasti.
We took our cue from the lovely Giada here.

I think we will be serving variations of antipasti rather than the standard "Sunday football fare" from now on!






8 comments:

Leslie said...

Your antipasti looks so good that I think I might overindulge and not be able to finish my dinner;) All the colors make this spread not only tasty but also nutritious. I'm sure your guests had a wonderful time! We are about a month away from finishing our house construction. Mother Nature has been kind.. giving us some mild fall weather so we can continue to use the outdoor grill until the kitchen is finished:) xxL

Karena Albert said...

Beautifully done Terri! This could be the feast in of itself! The colors are so vibrant and enticing.

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

helen tilston said...

Hello Terri
What a delightful presentation. I love your use of slate for the meat dish. Looks like a fun event.
Helen xx.

La Dolfina said...

Thanks Leslie!!!
Wonderful to see you here!!
I have been to your blog and loved seeing your new interface and getting caught up on your world which is very exciting right now!!!
Just added you to my sidebar where I will be sure to stay abreast of all the goodness you post about!!!
XO

La Dolfina said...

Thanks Leslie!!!
Wonderful to see you here!!
I have been to your blog and loved seeing your new interface and getting caught up on your world which is very exciting right now!!!
Just added you to my sidebar where I will be sure to stay abreast of all the goodness you post about!!!
XO

La Dolfina said...

Oh Karena you are so right!!!
Definitely a fabulous meal on its own!
Not a lot of guilt about stuffing yourself either :)

La Dolfina said...

Thanks Helen
I will pass along the compliment about the meat presentation on the slate board to my hubby who did it!!!
I was his sous chef :)
XO

Cindy Hattersley said...

Oh my gosh how can you possibly go wrong with Italian cured meats and veggies fresh from the garden? Looks and sounds fantastic!!