Last weekend just kicked my butt. You can plan for everything but Mother Nature. And when it gets above 90 degrees the heat just kicks in.
We had a lovely wedding a Kunde Estate Winery. We love them (Hi Naomi and Stephanie!) Boothill is their wedding location on a hill top overlooking the vineyard and Kenwood Valley and surrounded by oak trees. Thank heaven for the trees, the shade was a life saver. Setting up all the tables and chairs in the beating down sun is a tough job; Jim recently told me that we’ve rented about 5,000 chairs over the past year, well it feels like I moved everyone of them just this last weekend. Plus we had to put the extra hustle on, with the heat we had to choose to not set tables till the last minute; champagne glasses in hot sun is not the best idea.
The menu was a lot of fun. It was a Sonoma/Indian (Indian not Native American) menu, and I always love to do something new. The groom’s family taught me how to make two Indian dishes - Mattar Pilau (in basic words a curried Indian fried rice) and Raitia (the cool yogurt sauce). From there we had local classics like Grilled Vegetables, Roasted Pepper Chicken, and Spinach Artichoke Raviolis. It was a wow menu- after the heat the Raitia on the spicy matter pilau was fabulous. I was afraid that with the heat no one would eat much, but the food combination was awesome for the hot day.
Also, kudos to all my crews that day. They all did great jobs and had wonderful events despite the heat.