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I can’t complain when my week is bookended by celebrations for people I adore. My nephew Jonah’s 4th birthday party was on Sunday. Always a fun time at my sister and brother-in-law’s place..especially if Jonah is performing for everyone. He’s quite a character, that kid.


Seeing some very dear friends visiting from Boston was a treat followed by a girl’s night out with a few other dear friends. This group is a bunch of foodies who know a lot about food and wine..they are “in the business,” if you know what I mean.  So, to say that we were all thoroughly impressed with our experience at The Gander is no small feat. It’s not surprising as Recette, Chef Jesse Schenker’s other place, is one of my favorite restaurants. This place is a completely different, but an equally satisfying, experience. Dishes like sea trout tartare and halibut with morels, artichokes and caviar are not upstaged, but certainly share the stage with a killer dessert menu.  They had me at banana parfait with saffron, caramel and coconut. But why would we stop there? We went for the whole shebang.

trout tartare  gander dessert

A visit to the kitchen by Nate’s pre-k class got us over the midweek hump. Kids this age are just so curious and inquisitive. And cute too. This is Nate with a best buddy.

nate visit to ogc

In the world of plants and trees, there was a lot of change. Those cherry blossoms that we had been waiting so patiently for gave us only a brief rendezvous. And just to rub it in, they blanketed our sidewalks with about a kabillion petals. The natural pink shag carpet was so lovely (just ask one of the many people who stopped to take photos).

petals 1  petals 2

The “farm” has transformed into a whole new place. We even had our first harvest… baby mustard greens and spinach. Has me pretty excited for the bounty to come

mustard greens  greens  garden 1

And just when I thought my week couldn’t get any better, it ended with a surprise 45th Anniversary party for my parents. Attended by their nearest and dearest friends. We hosted it at our house and a great time was had by all. It was a celebratory night replete with fake mustache selfies and couples cake cutting!

party  party 3  party 2

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Dawn Casale

About Dawn Casale

Barneys New York was the place I called my second home for six years. It was the classroom in which I learned the importance of aesthetic, the power of creativity and the joy of indulgence. At a point in time which I cannot specifically put my finger on, I reflected on my career choices and decided to return to that which I really knew... food and humanity's love of it. I began to think about my childhood and how much of it had been happily spent in the kitchen. The memories of the aromas and flavors that came from my grandmother's kitchen were vivid and exhilarating. That is where I learned about the ritual and significance of food, the sense of happiness and comfort it brought, and the essential elements of quality and care that went into its preparation.

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