Spring is here and it’s finally time to entertain again! I’m definitely a hermit in the winter but once spring comes and I feel the hints of warm air and smell the budding flora around outside, I always feel a huge wave of rejuvenation and nostalgia of good times had with friends. To celebrate this year, I hosted a small brunch and wanted it to be colorful & happy and delicious & light. I initially wanted the setting to be outside, but get this, it SNOWED the night before and left us with two inches on the ground (not happy), SO we regrouped. I set my dining room table with my favorite place settings from Juliska and the most vibrant, spring-like tablecloth I could find.
I made all of the dishes that morning and they were so simple to prepare, they took me all of 45 minutes combined. I served an asparagus-gruyere frittata with an arugula-grapefruit-goat cheese salad and fresh berries. To drink, I served three different wines by Kendall Jackson, the Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Rose, the K-J AVANT Chardonnay, and the 2013 K-J AVANT Sauvignon Blanc. The food and wine paired so nicely together as did the company and good vibes. Take a peek at the brunch and all of the details including the recipes, wine, and table decor are below!
The Wine: I’m a huge fan of Kendall Jackson and was thrilled to partner with them for this brunch. They are a family-owned American winery trusted by generations of wine enthusiasts for crafting a wide variety of consistent, high-quality wines from the best vineyards in California. I used their Grand Reserve Rose and it was DELICIOUS. Crisp and dry on the palate, the wine was stainless steel cold fermented and bottled early to capture the fruit. 77% Grenache and 23% Pinot Noir. I also served two wines (the chardonnay and sauvignon blanc0 from the Kendall-Jackson AVANT collection: A new style of wines. This collection takes its name from the French word “AVANT,” meaning before – before the barrel wood imparts flavor. Fruit forward and expressive, K-J AVANT wines are made for those who prefer expressive, vibrant wines. The wines retail from $14-$22 and are such a great value.
The Food: The frittata is SO simple and light, perfect to serve at a brunch or even as a light dinner.
The salad is so simple, it’s just arugula, grapefruit chunks, goat cheese, olive oil, salt & pepper! I actually squeezed a little of the grapefruit juice in the salad to give it a little extra oomph.
And then mixed berries of your choice with a squeeze of lemon.
The Table: Oh, Juliska how I love thee. The place settings are all Juliska. The plates are from their Country Estate collection, the flatware is from their Bamboo line (real bamboo on stainless steel), I used the blue heirloom napkin for a vintage feel, the chargers are from the Waveny Wicker collection and are on sale, and the glassware. I used the Graham Small Goblets which are quite possibly the prettiest and most elegant wine glasses I’ve ever held <insert heart bbursting emoji> and the pink Arabella Petal Pink Tumblers. I think it all looked so beautiful and springy together ESPECIALLY over the brightly colored tablecloth. I found that at Homegoods and it’s buy April Cornell, you can find similar ones here.