Click on the video screen above to watch the final webisode in a series documenting The Dinner Belle's A Feast Fit for a Queen soiree. Watch as we take you behind the scenes of Queen Latifah's lavish fragrance launch, while giving you a sneak peek of life in our catering kitchen. If you missed our earlier video installments, click here to watch The Dinner Belles shop for the freshest ingredients in the Union Square Farmers' Market, or here to get a glimpse of us hard at work in the prep kitchen! Eat it up!
Salmon Bagel Bites
An assortment of fresh-baked mini bagels dressed with cream cheese and
smoked Scottish salmon, garnished with a sprinkling of sea capers and sliced red onions.
Buttered hot cross buns stuffed with crisped Irish bacon,
served with a selection of English ketchup or brown sauce.
Topshop customers delighted in a quick-fix caffeine jolt from a
traditional English Breakfast tea service
Hot Cadbury Drinking Chocolate made from organic whole milk
and topped with mini marshmallows.
We're pleased to present the second video installment documenting The Dinner Belle's annual Macy's event, this year celebrating the launch of Queen Latifah's new fragrance "Queen." Watch the Belle's hard at work in the prep kitchen as they chop, dice and sautee their way through the four course menu, and be sure to stay tuned for the conclusion where you'll get a behind the scenes look at the spectacular dinner party! If you missed our earlier footage of the Belle's shopping at the greenmarket just click here to visit Kimberly's blog and Eat it up!
Beef Carpaccio Bundles
Wraps of filet mignon stuffed with baby arugula dressed in an Arrope sherry
glaze with shredded manchego cheese, tied together with a chive bow.
Truffled Mushroom Tartlets
Clouds of black and white truffle mousse fill crispy pastry shells, finished with sauteed enoki mushrooms, harvest orange mimolette crisps, fleur de sel and fresh thyme.
Assorted Chocolate Truffles
A medley of The Dinner Belle's signature chocolate truffles including: Pedro Ziemenz
sherry-spiked bonbons, Andy Warhol's bananas foster, dark chocolate pistachio
mendiants, and chocolate-hazelnut heaven melts.
A medley of neon colored bite-sized mocha mallowmars made
with homemade marshmallows piled atop a graham cracker crust
covered in a vivid rainbow hues of white chocolate.
Fino - Gonzales Byass "Tio Pepe" and Sandeman
Seville marinated Anvhovy spiked olives
Manzanilla - Hidalgo "La Gitana"
Cumin spiced Marcona Almonds
Amontillado - Williams & Humbert "Dry Sack"
Zamrona Cheese & Apple Marmalade
Spicy Moroccan Seed & Nut Crackers
Oloroso - Williams & Humbert "Dry Sack 15"
Sweet Old Oloroso
Jamon Serrano Cigars
Cream - Harveys Reserve
Cabreles Bleu Cheese & Spanish Honey on Homemade Honey Nut Cookies
Pedro Ximenez - Osborne & Sandeman Pedro
Orangettes & Spanish Figs
Tomato Soup Shots
Miniature soup cans bearing the iconic Campbell’s
soup label will be serve as vessels for an autumnal tomato soup made of
imported Italian Roma tomatoes and fresh-picked basil, spiked with
lemon zest and served with edible parmesan soup spoons.
Balsamic Bacon Deviled Eggs
Halved organic eggs are filled with a bright
mixture of crumbled center-cut bacon, red onion and
chives, married together in a tangy balsamic-dijon aioli.
Crab Dip Cups
Individual pastry cups are filled with warm crab dip
made from jump lump crabmeat, crème fraîche, dry vermouth
and tarragon, before being topped with homemade garlic bread crumbs.
A medley of neon colored bite-sized mocha mallowmars made
with homemade marshmallows piled atop a graham cracker crust
covered in a vivid rainbow hues of white chocolate.
"Signature" Banana Bonbons
Andy Warhol’s iconic banana painting will be individually
transferred in sunshine yellow cocoa butter onto dark
chocolate-banana ganache minis melts.
Click on the video screen above to watch the first webisode in a series documenting The Dinner Belle's Fit for a Queen soiree, celebrating the launch of Queen Latifah's new fragrance "Queen" at Macy's, or click here to get Chef Belle's recipe for the featured Brown Butter Sage Pumpkin Ravioli at www.kimberlybelle.com. Shopping at the Union Square Farmers' Market, in this first video installment, Erin and Chef Belle load up on seasonal produce, flowers and even our secret stock of black market ravioli. Eat it up!
The final chapter of our Mexican Fiesta has been written, or better yet, caught on tape for your viewing pleasure! Watch The Dinner Belles as we finish off our Mexican menu and assemble a feast for The Supper Club's Cinco de Mayo dinner party we hosted back in May. To view more video webisodes, visit Kimberly's blog, where you can also find the recipes for our favorite Mexican taste sensations. Eat it Up!
The Dinner Belle was recently invited back to prepare an encore meal for The Society's "Supper Salon Series." Against the backdrop of the beautiful and historic Lower East Side Tenement Museum, we created a six course feast that perfectly complimented the unique surroundings and seasonal late summer harvest. While our last Society event, the V33 Supper Salon, was modern and sleek, this event basked in old New York nostalgia, complimenting the cuisine of early American immigrants, whose preserved kitchens and living quarters were impressively on display throughout this historic site. The Dinner Belle presented an old world Charcuterie Spread to start the evening, and then moved on to serve a bountiful family style menu atop antique china, including: Watermelon & Feta Mojito Salad, Heirloom Tomato Stacks (as seen above), Chicken Cushions delicately wrapped in Proscuitto di Parma (fresh off the boat from Italy), and a Duet of Handmade Ravioli topped with mozzarella balls and a farm fresh cherry tomato glaze. For dessert, Chef Belle's take on the classic Milk & Cookies combo offered an ode to her American childhood: just out of the oven jumbo chocolate chip cookies (topped with fleur de sel, of course!) were paired with Zacapa Rum spiked chocolate-chipotle milk shots. The evening succeeded in taking us all back to a simpler time and celebrated NYC's rich tenement history, while all the while reminding us that great food and friends are timeless!
When the Dinner Belle last catered for our favorite Upper East Side client, we created a magnificent brunch to mark her baptism. A few years later, and quite the little lady, we were thrilled at the chance to come back and create another spread, this time to ring in her 3rd Birthday! Thinking in pink, the Birthday Girl's favorite color, we created a playful spread for the children. From fun-shaped PB&J cut-outs, to honey-nut chicken fingers and fresh fruit with a sweet cherry yogurt dipping sauce (pink of course!) the kids were delighted, while the adults feasted on more seasonal fare, including our signature Caprese Stacks, home-made Buffalo Basil Ravioli, and New Potato Salad. But no child's birthday party would be complete without cake, and since two is always better than one, we provided a duo of cakes: one vanilla, one chocolate, both topped with luscious butter cream and a myriad of decorative flowers (as seen above). To add a touch more icing to the cake, the children each went home with an overflowing goodie bag filled with lollipops galore, the perfect sweet ending to an even sweeter birthday party.
The Dinner Belles are at it again! This time we've whipped up a pot of Queso Fundido, spicy cheese fondue, as part of The Supper Club Chef's Night In event we hosted back in May for Cinco de Mayo. To view this or other video recipes, just click on the link above or visit Kimberly's blog to get the full scoop on what the Belles are up to both inside and out of the kitchen. Eat it Up!
Despite their best attempt, the "Rain Gods" that have been plaguing NYC this season were no match for The Dinner Belle last Tuesday. Amidst a downpour that would have dampened the spirits of most, the enthusiastic agents from this renown company, braved the elements and enjoyed the delicious BBQ spread we prepared atop a glorious (yet damp) Union Square rooftop. Sans umbrella, Chef Belle manned the grilling station, preparing delectable Steak House burgers (as seen above) made to order and topped with aged cheddar, pepper jack or bleu cheese, as well as BBQ Marinated Chicken Breasts. Guest then topped their grilled offerings with their choice of over a dozen fixin's along with several side dishes, including: Chef Belle's signature New Potato Salad (get the recipe here), Grand Marnier Spiked Fruit Salad, Caprese Skewers and Assorted Cookie and Brownie Platters. To top it all off, The Dinner Belle served pitchers of specialty cocktails, The Spicy Pepino and Sangria Blanco, which kept guests happy and warm (on the inside anyway)!
The Dinner Belles were heating up the kitchen a few weeks back when we taught a collection of Supper Club members how to make our very own recipe for Tequila Spiked Mango Guacamole. You can watch us in action by clicking on the video screen above or visit Kimberly's blog where she has posted the recipe.
The Dinner Belle was thrilled to pair up with Journelle for a second round of lingerie, libations and luscious food as we catered a private seasonal sale in the showroom of our favorite Union Square boutique. As Journelle promoted their "7 Summer Essentials Sale," we also celebrated and showcased the finest food this season has to offer. In honor of Summer, and in the spirit of preserving those bikini waist lines, we created a healthy yet indulgent spread of fresh assorted crudite and savory dips, such as Green Goddess and Red Pepper Puree. As the ladies browsed the store and debated whether or not to purchase that black lacy neglige, we also encouraged an air of indulgence as we tempted our guests with our signatnature Charcutierie Board (as seen above), complete with the finest spiced meats and triple creme cheese to boot. With a scent of lavendar in the air, and free flowing sparkling Rose, the evening was quite simply, a lovely one.
complete with an array of Continental meats, cheeses and fruit.
Both the food and the cocktail party were a beautiful celebration of
a healthy yet decadent lifestyle, one that is a true reflection of the Belles!
our cookies and treats stole the show.
The Dinner Belles celebrated Valentine's Day in the kitchen, whipping together a private dinner for two in a cozy Manhattan apartment. Our client asked us if we could bring all the romance of the holiday into his home to treat his wife to a 4 star, 3 course meal in the comforts of their own dining room. Happy to oblige, we uncovered his love's penchant for Spanish cuisine and prepared a meal of all her favorites: lavender crusted lamb ribs a la plancha (as seen above), shrimp and chorizo stew over a bed of pureed celeriac root with a side of winter dinosaur greens, and molten chocolate sangria cake. ¡Buen provecho!
The Dinner Belles got warmed up this Winter, flexing their culinary muscles in preparation for the mother of all sporting events: The Super Bowl! That's right, your favorite Belles donned baseball caps and team jerseys as they cooked a sporty feast for a flock of east coast football enthusiasts hosting their own game day party in Connecticut. From spicy, hearty black sausage chili, to our signature seven layer bean dip, suicidal homemade Buffalo chicken wings (as seen above), and foaming brewmaster speciality beer cocktails, these players most definitely scored a touchdown!
A true feather in The Dinner Belle's cap this year was our “Fancy” event. We presented a high-end, seated dinner for 30 executives, complete with a champagne reception on the private roof terrace of a gorgeous, rented penthouse. The executives were from Macy’s, clients of Parlux, a top-notch perfume company, and the celebration was for Jessica Simpson’s new fragrance, called “Fancy.” At our event, guests feasted on canapés such as our signature, truffle mousse mushroom tarts and grilled scallop burgers, before sitting down to Kimberly’s decadent, “fancy” tasting menu. They toasted partnerships and bottom lines with wines paired with plates like Burgundy braised octopus salad and black coffee chocolate-spiked beef short ribs accompanied by pumpkin risotto. After individual apple tartlets a la mode and heavenly White Chocolate Coconut Cake (as seen above), Kimberly and I were urged to come out and say “hello.” So we smiled big, headed out in our matching aprons and received a standing ovation!
The Dinner Belle was thrilled to partner up with their favorite lingerie boutique for this sexy cocktail reception. Journelle, located in Union Square, is a budding new company, with a stunning collection of delicate and classic women's lingerie. To help them wow the crowds flocking to their latest trunk show, The Dinner Belle provided one of a kind canapes that were hand passed on the floor of the store. As guests (95% women and about 5% doting husbands/boyfriends) browsed the hottest corsets and nighties, they feasted on Strawberry Shrimp Ceviche (as seen above), Heirloom Tomato and Buffalo Mozzarella Crostini, Proscuitto wrapped Figs atop a cloud of Ricotta on Raisin Walnut Bread, as well as decadent Three Bean Toasts. Complimented by cocktails from Camitz, guests went home with both their taste buds and their taste for sexy couture...more than satisfied.
The Dinner Belle was proud to team up with The Asia Society and world renowned fashion boutique, Shanghai Tang, to create the perfect taste to help launch the book, "Planet Shanghai." Guests perused the stores eclectic offerings while feasting on a beautiful and globally inspired array of canapes, including Cajun dusted shrimp atop a bed of seasonal salsa and tequila-spiked guacamole, Truffle Mousse Parmesan Tuiles (as seen above), Buckwheat Blinis with a dollop of salmon and dill infused creme fraiche and Caviar, as well as skewers of summer's juiciest watermelon squares layered between cubes of Greek Feta and finished with Fig Vin Cotto. The Dinner Belle also lavished guests and kept them cool with rounds of seasonal Blueberry, Goji Berry, and muddled Kiwi Martinis with the help of collaborator, Ciroc Vodka.
Held on the beautiful and timeless grounds of the Morris Jumel Mansion, deemed the "oldest" house in all of Manhattan, built atop the scenic hillside in 1754, guests spent the night sprawled out on decorative blankets, listening to stylized jazz, and dining on exquisite picnic fare, catered by yours truly. Partnering with Tanqueray Ten, Supper Club members, dressed to impress, enjoyed summery cocktails, and a sprawling buffet including a multitude of specialty items. The BBQ Beef Pinwheels, tender short ribs braised in an ancho chili, coffee and maple syrup glaze mixed with fresh corn summer salsa and avocado crema were the hit of the night, along with a quartet of summer salads: Juicy Watermelon and Feta (as seen above), Orzo Pesto Chicken, Buccatini & Zucchini Ribbons garnished with edible flowers, and Shrimp Ratatouille atop a bed of roasted vegetables. For dessert, the Dinner Belle delighted the sweet tooths of guests such as fashion designer, Richie Rich, whose favorite pick of the night was our signature strawberry shortcakes. All in all, the weather delighted, and the food highlighted this beautiful House on Sugar Hill.
delighted their sweeter sides.
Black Mask Event
Amidst the sexy outfits and live burlesque entertainment at Kiki De Montparnasse, a high end Soho lingerie boutique, The Dinner Belle pulled out all the stops in creating an entirely "black" themed menu for top client, The Supper Club's most sexy and secretive event to date. 50 guests donned decorative and seductive black masks and dined on a delicate and daring 4 course passed canape dinner; each course beautifully introduced by our very own chef, Kimberly Belle. Masked dwellers feasted on everything from Cracked Pepper Goat Cheese Crostini (as seen above), to Buckwheat Blinis with Salmon Dill Creme Fraiche topped with jet black Caviar, to piping hot Blackened Saffron Arancini, to Black Coffee BBQ Braised Short Ribs, and Miniature Midnight Crackles and Earl Gray Madeleines with Blackberry Sauce
for a sweet finish.
The Dinner Belle recently took over the kitchen of an Upper East Side client, to create a delicate and delish feast to entertain the mouths of a dozen close friends and family members gathered to celebrate a Baptism. Chef Belle's menu reflected the warmth of winter, the comfort of Sunday, as well as a few items aimed to please tinier guests. From a decadent Truffle Quiche and an array of Winter Salads and Fresh Baked Goods for the adults, to delicate and playful finger sandwiches for the children (as seen above),
this brunch was one for the books!
these guests were beyond impressed.
Inspired by the old world NYC feel of the gallery space of The National Arts Club on Grammercy Park, The Dinner Belle prepared an autumnal feast, feeding over 600 fabulous mouths at the launch of The Supper Club NY. Thousands of seasonal, innovative canapes were passed, from Serrano Wrapped Figs to Heirloom Tomato Tartlets, and Parmesan Stuffed Beef Carpaccio Bundles, not to mention a decedent buffet, serving as centerpiece for the main parlor.