My first point of call, as always these days, was Pinterest.
I set up a new board and searched for ideas,and inspiration, for food, drink and decorations for the event.
If you want to see my board, and things I found, follow this link
Next thing was to put together a menu. It needed to be simple as the kitchen is small, preparation time short and only me in the kitchen!
An Italian Evening At
The Nook On The Square
Bread, Olives and Oil On The Table
Lemon Basil Water on Table
Primo Piatto - (Starters)
Secondo Piatto - (Main Course)
Italian Lamb Stew & Potato Gnocchi
Chicken Marsala with Pasta or Mixed, Roasted Vegetables
Mushroom & Spinach Lasagne
Dolci - (Desserts)
(Served with LEMONCELLO - an alcoholic Italian dessert drink)
Lemon & Lime Panna Cotta served with Berry Compote
Coffee served with Lemon & Almond Biscotti
Bevanda - (Drinks)
Italian Red or White Wine
The menu was approved by my boss and the date set for October 3rd.
Next thing was to announce on social media and put flyers around the café.
Lists for how many plates, glasses, cups, saucers and water jugs we need. Shopping lists, vegetable lists, recipe lists!
At this point I realised I had made a bit of a mistake with the minestrone soup and lamb stew as the ingredient list for both recipes was more or less the same. Good job it was noticed at this point!
Decision was made to add another starter for more choice. So now we also have meatballs!
Five days to go!
Follow my journey each day in my blog diary. Feel free to put forward any ideas in the comments box.
Thanks for popping by.