Traveling Dinner Party – Part 10 – Conclusion

Bet you thought Part 9 was it – the end of our traveling dinner party. After all; Part 9 was all about desserts. Aren’t desserts the end of any meal? Yes – most of the time. However; lavish affairs generally end as they began.  Friends gather, raise a glass and toast the success of an evening well-spent.

An assortment of after dinner drinks and coffees are served. Small platters of cheese and fresh fruits are offered in the relaxed atmosphere of a drawing-room or parlor. In another place in time, this would be the point of the evening when men withdrew with drink in hand to smoke fat cigars, argue politics and tell tall tales, leaving the women to speak freely of the issues of the day.

product_sambucaMy favorite after-dinner liqueur is a shot of Sambuca, served with three coffee beans at the bottom of the glass. The beans are said to represent health, happiness and prosperity. As for after-dinner coffees, a well-drawn shot of espresso is sinfully irresistible. As for the wine selection at the end of a perfect evening, I love a late harvest wine or sweet dessert wine. Naturally, these are my personal favorites. What you select is entirely up to you, your guests and your entertaining style.

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Why is there more after dessert? The conclusion of the evening is what memories are made of. It is the laughter of friends breaking bread together, catching up with one another, taking that well-deserved time-out from our otherwise hectic lives.

It is my sincere hope that you found some inspiration along the way. If I have done my duty to you, the reader, it is my hope that you have found some inspiration along the way. Let us raise our glass and toast the things that make life worthwhile. Here’s to friendships forged to last the test of time, to bonds that go beyond life itself that tie us to those we treasure most.


Recap of Installments and their recipes

Traveling Dinner Party – Part 1 – Introduction 

  • Course Outline
  • Party Suggestions and Ideas

Traveling Dinner Party – Part 2 – Cocktails and Appetizers

  • Cold Appetizers
  • Gazpacho Shooters
  • Deviled Cucumber Cups with Green Chili Mayonnaise
  • Cucumber Rounds with Smoked Salmon & Lime Aioli
  • Canapés à l’Amiral
  • Warm Appetizers
  • Bourbon Cocktail Meatballs
  • Crab Napoleons
  • Scallop Amuse with Mango & Blood Orange Vinaigrette
  • Tomato Jewels

Traveling Dinner Party – Part 3 – Soup Course

  • Cream Based Soups
  • French Onion Soup served in Onion Bowls
  • Pumpkin Soup Cordials
  • Gazpacho
  • Gazpacho with Serrano Chilies
  • Yellow Tomato Gazpacho
  • Consommés
  • Chicken Consommé with Snipped Herbs
  • Chilled Tomato Consommé
  • Consommé Célestine

Traveling Dinner Party – Part 4 – Fish Course

  • African Pan-Roasted Halibut with Chermoula
  • Baked/Steamed Chilean Sea Bass with Cilantro, Lime and Jalapenos
  • Grilled Swordfish with Mango Salsa
  • Spicy Grilled Shrimp
  • Pan-Seared Scallops with Herb Butter Sauce

Traveling Dinner Party – Part 5 – Between Courses – Sorbets

  • Fresh Peach Bellini Sorbet
  • Fresh Orange Sorbet
  • Limoncello-Mint Sorbet with Fresh Blackberries
  • Mango Sorbet

Traveling Dinner Party – Part 6 – Meat Selection

  • Balsamic Roast Beef
  • Lavender Marinated Grilled Rib-Eye with Tarragon Butter
  • Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
  • Steak Oscar

Traveling Dinner Party – Part 7 – Poultry and Vegetable Course

  • Fowl
  • Classic Coq Au Vin
  • Chicken with Lemon, Garlic & Parsley
  • Chicken Provencal
  • Vegetables
  • Burst Tomato Galette with Corn & Zucchini
  • Lemon-Pepper Rustic Farm Vegetables
  • Vegetable Stuffed Zucchini

Traveling Dinner Party – Part 8 – The Salad

  • Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Caesar Salad with Herbal Croutons
  • Caprese Salad
  • Feta Greek Salad
  • Winter Salad with Walnuts & Pears

Traveling Dinner Party – Part 9 – Desserts and Sweets

  • White Chocolate Mousse Pastries
  • Baker’s Famous Molten Chocolate Cake
  • Mousse au Chocolat
  • Whipped Cream Zabaglione with Berries
  • Lemon Tartlets
  • Petite Apple Pies

Author: Rosemarie's Kitchen

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and avid home cook.I believe in eating healthy whenever possible, while still managing to indulge in life's pleasures.