Time to bid my old kitchen adieu. It performed its duties to the utmost of its ability, but it's time for retirement. Renovation will soon be underway.
But before the jackhammers come out to play, I thought I'd give the old kitchen one more go around. A multi-course fête was planned. A handful of dear friends were invited. I put together a menu that was simple, but satisfying:
*Cheese, olives & other sundry nibbles served with cocktails
*Endive salad with roquefort cheese & toasted walnuts
*Shrimp and cherry tomatoes in a buttery sauce with lemon, fresh basil & Pastis
*Slices of crisp baguette (for sopping up the sauce from the aforementioned entree)
*Chocolate Pots de Creme with whipped cream & cocoa nibs
The sinfully rich Pots de Creme were served with glasses of bright cherry red Brachetto d'Acqui. The bubbles gave the meal just the right finish.
Then, just as I thought the evening was winding down, one of my guests was hit with a sudden burst of inspiration.
If my kitchen was going to be demolished, couldn't we all take part in the destruction? Tonight!?!
I had never had a party where my guests literally trashed the place, but the idea didn't seem half bad (especially after a few cocktails and a glass or two of Brachetto to boot).
A Sharpie was requisitioned.
More wine was poured as everyone got in touch with their inner New Yorker cartoonist. Soon my linoleum and particle board breakfast bar was home to a series of artistic scribblings, scrawlings and doodles.
Almost made me want to keep the breakfast bar countertop as a keepsake -- almost.
Instead, after "last call," I walked my pals to the door and tossed the Sharpie. Better the instrument of destruction be ferried away before the new kitchen arrives. I really don't want the same sort of artistic inspiration to strike at future dinner parties. On napkins, yes. On countertops, no.
That said, I don't think anyone has thrown a dinner quite like this "last supper." It was a memorable evening to say the least. And with that memory stored away, I'm ready to make new ones in my brand new kitchen.
Bring on the jackhammers!