magnums as tabletop centerpiece

Entertaining at home with Magnums

How to use Magnums as a centerpiece for your dinner table. Entertaining at home presents a fun challenge for me…

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What is “sophisticated living”?

Sophisticated Living: it’s not what you spend, but what you share. I’m a big advocate for enjoying life.  We only…

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al fresco dinner ware

The Right Way to Enjoy Al Fresco Dining

Dining outdoors - perfect for longer, warmer nights. Days are getting longer and the nights are warming up – a…

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The simplest Vodka cocktail that isn’t really a cocktail.

Another way to enjoy your favorite vodka: a Nikoli for your party. I love to host parties of all sizes. …

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Serving Caviar for a Tasting?

Handy tips for serving caviar at your next event.   When you own restaurants, as I did for more than…

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What is Caviar?

A little ‘what’ and ‘where’ about caviar, and how you can enjoy it.   In the twenty years that I…

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What kind of Champagne Glasses?

Easy hints and tips for the "right" champagne glass for your party. It's a little joke between wine drinkers that…

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Tabletop place setting

What bread plate is mine?

Easy tips for setting your table, for every day! When my kids were at home, we always ate our meals…

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wine glasses on a tabletop

Let’s talk about serving wine.

You’re hosting a party. How much wine do you serve? How much wine should you pour in a glass? It…

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Fran's Wine

Bring Napa Home and Let the Bottles Do the Talking

Bring stories home about the wine you love, #Napa #Winechat I love wine from all over the world, but Napa…

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Football and food

Perfect Chili or Stew, for your Super Bowl Party

Hot Recipe Ideas for your Super Bowl Party I can’t tell you how many Super Bowl Parties I have thrown…

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Champagne Is NOT Just for Holidays

Spread the cheer any day – Schramsberg Cremant Demi-Sec New Year’s has come and gone. Time to pack up the…

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