Hostess With the Mostess ~ LOVE-ly Tea Party

Being featured in the well read event blog Hostess with the Mostess is a great honor, most especially as a result of partnering with the mother of the bride & trio of designers at Events in the City for the “Love-ly tea party”.  From the lacy umbrellas swaying above the brunch table and teapot with pearls centerpieces, to the continuity of color scheme and incorporation of vintage furniture, Lyn Ferrerio’s love and support for her daughter showed in every personal touch, and proved a great lesson in how to artfully, and tastefully DIY.

Design Cuisine was tapped to style a seasonally driven menu, linens, chairs & china.  Fresh fruit parfaits, petite quiche Loraine, mandarin salad and fluffy mini chocolate chip pancakes made for a satisfying balance of sweet and savory, much like love itself.  Continuing the theme, the host provided teapot cake pops, candy stations, and various other treats for the future brides guests to enjoy.

For more pictures & details of this event, or for help inspiring ideas for your own special event, skip the endless hours of Pinterest searching, and head directly to HWTM.

Photos by Genevieve Lelper Photography.


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13th Annual Spirit of Mount Vernon Heritage Gala

At what may be the most buzz worthy fundraiser to date, rare spirits brought in top donations for the 13th annual Spirit of Mount Vernon Heritage gala sponsored by the Distilled Spirits Council.

Inspired by a historic recipe found in George Washington’s mansion records and crafted by a team of master distillers from the nation’s top whiskey brands, bottle #11 of 24 from the first batch of rye whiskey distilled at Mount Vernon in 200 years bearing the signature of former President Bill Clinton, sold for an impressive $32,000 contributing to the overall $400,000 purse.  Since inception, the gala has raised over $3.25 million dollars toward the mission “to preserve, restore, and manage the estate of George Washington to the highest standards and to educate visitors and people throughout the world about the life and legacies of George Washington, so that his example of character and leadership will continue to inform and inspire future generations”.

To compliment the spirits, Design Cuisine Account Executive Christine Cadima and our team forged a menu fit for the first President, and all his present day supporters.  The first course was comprised of an earthy duo of colored beets, spring pea shoots, and goat cheese quenelles picking up notes of oak and toffee most notably present in locally distilled rye.  Herbed toasts and asparagus drizzled with champagne vinaigrette cut through those caramel tannins with a crisp and welcome acidity.

The entrée, Roasted Colorado Lamb, was served alongside a starchy French gratin, heirloom carrots, charred broccolini and pistachio chutney.  A rustic mouthful that complimented not only the atmosphere of Historic Mount Vernon, but warmed up the chilly night when coupled with the Honey Thyme Sour crafted with Knob Creek Bourbon, Chef Shannon’s drink of choice.

Right when we thought we’d climbed the proverbial peak of flavor, Sticky Toffee Pudding, caramel sauce and housemade vanilla bean ice cream made its way to the table.

Calories don’t count when you’re honoring the forefather of this great country right?

Photos by ImageLink Moving Pictures.

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National Chocolate Day at Design Cuisine

For #TuesdayTreat day at Design Cuisine we celebrated National Chocolate Day. At a recent event we paired our warm Pumpkin Cupcakes with none other than our childhood favorite – Chocolate Dipped S’mores. And because more is more, both of these delicious treats are presented on a bed of Chocolate Bark with dried cranberries, walnuts and drizzled in white chocolate. It’s a tough job but someones gotta do it!!

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Indisputably Delicious ~ Lobster Grapefruit Spoons

Look who just showed up to the party. Lobster Grapefruit Spoons, featuring juicy fresh caught Maine lobster poached in court bouillon and served warm napped with a grapefruit beurre blanc. Pair with a frosty Sam Adams Oktoberfest for a duo that is sure to brighten up this rainy Monday.

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#wcw – Accounting Gals, Sussy and Amarlyn

It’s a double dose of love for this week’s #wcw. We’d like to introduce you to two ladies from our account department, Sussy and Amarlyn. Working behind the scenes with astounding dedication, they are the glue that holds us together at Design Cuisine.



Sussy Garay has been with Design Cuisine for over four years serving as our accounts payable manager. She was born and raised in Honduras. After falling in love with her now-husband Enrique, she fell in love again, this time with city life. First in New York City then settling and making a home in Washington D.C. almost a decade ago. When she’s not perusing the city, Sussy is a avid cook, wine connoisseur and keeps busy with her boys – hubby Enrique and her mischievous and always entertaining mini-Schnauzer Chester.



Amarlyn Diaz started her journey with Design Cuisine in 2007 as the Account Billing Specialist. It’s a job that might just be a match-made-in-heaven because it combines her passions of accounting, food and entertaining. As the work week comes to a close, Amarlyn unwinds in the kitchen with a glass of wine and a bit of cooking often trying a new recipe for her husband.

For their phenomenal talent, hard work and commitment these remarkable ladies have been named this weeks #wcw.