Holiday Parties

One of the downsides of my job during December is that I have no work holiday parties to attend. Most people wouldn't call this a "downside," but trust me, come December I don't see my 9-to-5-ers. And no, despite my sisters' opinion that I'm the world's biggest dork, I promise, I have friends ... Truth be told, starting a small business can be lonely. There I said it. Despite the flexible hours, euphoric feelings of accomplishment, bills, travel, food, it's an uphill battle. Champagne, party of one? Doesn't sound as appealing does it ...

Luckily, being in the food service industry allows for me to attend other people's holiday parties. Well, kinda. I cater them, so in a sense, it's the best of both worlds.

In honor of that, I asked my favorite chefs, bartenders and freelance friends that have helped me in the past to work the Bollare Public Relations Holiday Party 2011 with me. Holiday season was about a month ago, but never too late to share some merriment. January doesn't have to be so depressing ... and even better I have my 9-to-5 friends back.

Menu Holiday Cocktail

Sparkling Pear and Cranberry Cocktail garnished with rosemary

Artisanal Cheese Board (3 passed cheese canapes)

Bosc Pears with creamy Camebert, Honey and Oregano * Prosciutto wrapped Aged Cheddar on Pumpkin Bread * Feta, Grape and Olive stack

Additional Canapes

Mango Crab Stacks lump crab atop toasted brioche Belgian Endive Cups goat cheese quenelles, fig, and caramelized pecans

Dessert

Speciality Monogrammed Bollare Petite Fours