Escape to the Countryside
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Carrot & apple soup with warm mushroom salad
Gorgonzola, fig & walnut salad with grilled baguette
Cornish hen with butternut squash, maple-roasted Brussels sprouts & cranberries
Stone fruit with olive oil cake & cinnamon zabaglione
Think Farm Fresh and Home Grown
When it comes to entertaining, I believe in taking full advantage of the seasons, fall themes and finding ways to be outdoors for as long as possible. But, a word to the wise hosting guests outside takes its fair share of extra pre-planning so I’ve developed my own reliable checklist…
Firstly, if you don’t have a custom-built outdoor kitchen, consider obtaining a few large baskets. One can be used to move all of the plateware, glassware, cutlery, etc, from inside to out. Always bring a few extras just in case of spills. A second makes ideal storage for items such as red wine, salt and pepper, extra napkins, paper towels and the like. You might also want another closed basket with a liner for the dirty dishes. After all, fewer trips back and forth means more time with your guests.
The essentials: Bug spray of course, comfy cushions, wind-protected candles for lighting at night, and rolled blankets or pashminas for chilly evenings.
A huge thanks to Laurie and Tim Foote for allowingus to host our luncheon shoot at their beautiful propertyin Creemore. Windswept Farm is my new fave place!
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Sebastien Centner is the Director of Eatertainment Special Events & Catering, one of Canada’s leading event and catering companies. A regular contributor to Homefront, Sebastien can also be seen on The Marilyn Denis Show, The Morning Show and in Catersource Magazine offering entertaining ideas and inspiration to Canadians across the country. www.eatertainment.com.
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Follow Eatertainment on twitter @eatertainment and instagram@eatertainment. Food menu courtesy of Executive Chef Christopher Matthews. Table styling courtesy Suzanne Dunbar-Saunders. Dinnerware courtesy of William Ashley China. Bonterra organic wines featured. Shot on location at the home of Laurie and Tim Foote in Creemore, Ontario, at Windswept Farm.