Truth be told, Martha has a few lessons to teach beyond flaky pastry and hand embroidered napkins. She is just as much about magic as material. With a small army of staff lined up quietly behind her, she is the master of the mirage.
Savvymoms have found a few magic short cuts ourselves (in the absence of our own domestic staff) to help get that Friday night dinner party off the ground (or the counter in this case) and we’re not talking about deep-dish pizza. Rather, we were thinking more along the lines of Nicole Gourmet or Forage Foods.
Nicole Gourmet is owned and run by Chef Nicole Kammerer of Mercato Foods fame. For Friday night dinner, Nicole Gourmet offers a few delectable solutions. First, the huge splurge: full catering with staff for $80 per person for very special occasions. More moderately, Nicole can create custom dinner parties for 10 with sufficient notice in the $30 per person range as long as you pick up and prepare. Nicole is a delight to work with. Her friendly, approachable manner coupled with delicious dinners like Maple Sake Salmon will keep you coming back for more.