Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Patio is Open

Patio Party! Thrown by none other than the gal who hosts all our traditional Sunday cocktails. My favorite home cook went all out with food and drink per usual. Over the years Gretchen and Derek have thrown cocktails with themes including: Chinese New Year, Cinco de Mayo, Hawaiian Luau, and Valentines Day. They hosted the V-day cocktail earlier this year to celebrate love after they got married in New Zealand.
The patio opening began with Vodka Raspberry Lime Rickeys. 
Then we munched on a fresh vegetable plate including carrots, pea pods and lettuce with a side of homemade hummus for dipping.
And then they fired up the grill. 
Asparagus wrapped in Prosciutto to kick it up a notch.
Grilled Shrimp with a homemade cocktail sauce.
Derek made a round of Sweet Tea Bourbon Vodkas with fresh squeezed lemonade. Then he delivered a round of Coors Light to the shotgun contestants.

Good times. Then Gretchen grilled some more.
Red and orange peppers, summer squash, zucchini and onions.
Everyone took a turn relaxing in the Ivy garden
At some point I switched to beer. If you're looking for a tasty warm weather brew, Brooklyn Summer Ale. 
And then we had our main course.
Not just any pizza,
but pizza off the grill!We had pear and gorgonzola pizza, we had mushroom and pesto vegan pizza, we had red sauce and mozzarella pizza topped with arugula, and last but not least we had unpictured duck pizza. That's right. Duck Pizza. And a red cabbage and corn slaw.

Next we played some games.
This is called the "CB Radio Game". Use your imagination!

Soon it was time for dessert. Gretchen outdid herself with chocolate chip cookie vanilla ice cream sandwiches. I contributed to dessert too. Behold my Berry Pound Cake Trifle.

Super easy and no baking required!

Thank you so much to the Oldies for hosting and all of the One More Hat Crew for a memorable summer kick off!


  1. very jealous of the patio space. are you guys in brooklyn?

  2. That is so much food! Where are the photos of the digestif?!

  3. Oh my gosh! I want to go there. They should open up for business because all that food and drink looks amazing. I'd happily pay a covercharge!

  4. Wow - how fun! The food looks delicious and it's always better when enjoyed outside and with good company!

  5. very married - we're in Boston!

  6. Fun party! The pizza on the grill sounds so good!

  7. Thanks for the wonderful post, Flower! Maybe someday i'll get around to blogging about it myself. And thanks for your delicious contributions to the party. It was a great way to kick off summer with the gang!

  8. what a memorable memorial day! dude i cannot shot gun for the life of me either. love how you refered to it as a mid evening beer bath! go adam for the big W!

  9. Wow I am beyond jealous of all this delicious food you had! Great little patio space too. PS: Going to add you to my Boston blogroll :)

  10. What a great day of eats!!! Super jealous of the pizza...yum!!

  11. Wow, what a fun day of partying! I'm jealous of that asparagus. I'd love to try making some wrapped with proscuitto. Mmm!

  12. Just catching up on your blog- this party looks AMAZING!!!