Dinner 6: Thanksgiving

The Perfectly Delicious Dinner

No Comments 01 December 2010

Contributed by Hairee Lee

table with simon pearce cavendish dinnerware, corinth wine glasses, chilewich mats, match pewter, and libeco home linen

Our Table: Simon Pearce Cavendish dinnerware and Corinth wine glasses, Libeco Home Vence tablecloth and Fjord tablerunner, and David Mellor Classic flatware

This November, in observation of the holiday, we decided to put together a pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving for some friends, before the in-laws show up. View more photos on our Flickr, read the recipes, or read more about the table setting.

Thanksgiving: the most American of holidays. More than the Fourth of July even, because it’s more personally ritualized, rooted in familial tradition. It’s a conspicuous marker for many American’s individual histories and their annual schedules—the temporal and spatial orientation of their lives, and a reminder of their mortality. And what better way to celebrate these bonds of love and the past and our hopes for the future than to sit and eat together, almost as if you’re taking into your belly love and past and hope to digest and make into a part of your material self? But I digress.

This Thanksgiving dinner takes place at Andrea’s beautiful home. Andrea, a writing instructor at Harvard University, completely renovated the previous “crap hole” of a house. Where there used to be black encrusted floors, now lie gorgeous wooden floors the color of a fine cognac. Where the ceilings were lowered, the original vault ceilings have been restored. The rooms are sparingly furnished with pieces carefully chosen and deeply personal. Like her dining table from William Henry Furniture, Andrea’s first piece of furniture that is entirely her own, not something passed down by relatives or picked up second hand. But rather something she found, chose, and brought into her home. It means, for Andrea, a declaration of independence. Her home. The size and its central location in her house gives it a symbolic resonance that is the perfect (secular) alter for giving thanks.

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Dinner 6: Thanksgiving

So many choices: Wines by an Oenophile

No Comments 24 November 2010

Lower Falls Wine Company Thanksgiving wine selections

We're connoisseurs of variety

For this Thanksgiving dinner, we benefited from the oenophillic expertise of Phil Minervino, of the Lower Falls Wine Company in Newton Lower Falls. Here are his selections.

Left to Right:

  1. 2009 Clos de la Roilette Red Beaujolais
  2. Argyle Brut
  3. 2007 Bedell Chardonnay
  4. 2009 Fürst Müller-Thurgau
  5. 2004 R. López de Heredia Viña Cubillo
  6. 2008 Grand Vin de Bourgogne Rully
  7. 2006 Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti

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Dinner 6: Thanksgiving

The Table

2 Comments 23 November 2010

Contributed by Melissa Ragonese

The Setting: Chilewich mat, Libeco Vence gold linen napkin, David Mellor Classic flatware, and Simon Pearce Cavendish dinnerware

The Setting: Chilewich mat, Libeco Vence gold linen napkin, David Mellor Classic flatware, and Simon Pearce Cavendish dinnerware

This November, in observation of the holiday, we decided to put together a pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving for some friends, before the in-laws showed up. The architect of this dinner’s tablescape, Melissa Ragonese, offers her comments below on assembling a simple and modern table setting that maintains touches of the traditional colors and textures of Thanksgiving. Read the recipes in Part 1 and view more photos on our Flickr.

I started with the Libeco Home Vence linen napkins, using them like color swatches to begin a color scheme for our table. picked gold, because I thought the color had a touch mustard-orange and was the start to a subtle, earthy twist on the conventional Thanksgiving color palette. From the napkins, I moved onto the tablecloth, selecting the Libeco Vence tablecloth in café noir, as a dark, simple, backdrop for our table. Linen offers so much more texture and character than your usual cotton tablecloth. I felt the Libeco Fjord celadon tablerunner‘s earthy green color contrasts well with the café noir tablecloth and make the table linen pop a bit. Libeco Home collections always mix together well and allow for more combinations of textures and colors than we can count. When choosing a placemat, I always default to Chilewich, for their robustness and the assortment of colors and textures they come in. The mica Chilewich lattice tablemat, along with the eggplant-colored candles I chose, brings out the tablecloth’s dark brown coloring.

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Dinner 6: Thanksgiving

Laura’s Thanksgiving Menu

No Comments 23 November 2010

Brined Roasted Turkey
Brined Roasted Turkey

This November, in observation of the holiday, we decided to put together a pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving for some friends, before the in-laws show up. Our friend Laura, who put together the menu said “I’m kind of a purist when it comes to Thanksgiving. I’ve seen so many recipes and menus that try to re-invent Thanksgiving dinner, but I think they over do it and you just end up missing the traditional and real flavors of the season.” Perhaps we’ll try a turducken next year, but this year, we were happy to have enjoyed Laura’s delicious sense of tradition. View more photos on our Flickr.

Apple and Onion Stuffing Muffins
Apple and Onion Stuffing Muffins
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