10 Karat Decadent Dinner Party Sets the Stage for Perfect Summer Soirées Providing Everything…and No Need for the Kitchen Sink

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$10,000 Meal Includes Private Chef, Servers, Fine Wines, Elegant Centerpieces and Italian Handmade, Hand-painted Table Settings

An authentic Italian food experience is as much about the flavors as it about the conversations surrounding the meal!

Frugality may have been the consumer confidence phrase du jour in 2009, but two merchants in The Shops at Legacy believe that as 2010 unfolds, customers will begin to bring a little luxury back into their lives. With this in mind, Nicola’s Ristorante Italiano and Culinary Connection have come together to create the 10 Karat Decadent Dinner Party just in time for the first day of summer, June 21. Ringing up at $10,000, this meal comes complete with a gourmet four-course meal prepared on-site by Nicola’s Chef Sascia Marchesi, wine pairings, servers and table settings for 12. After finishing off the delicious meal, the hosts keep the place settings, which include beautiful tableware made in Tuscany by VEITRI and accent pieces by Dallas designer Jan Barboglio. The staff will even load the dishwasher before they leave making this an effortless affair and a perfect gift for the person who has everything.

“There’s been too much doom and gloom, it’s time to get back to enjoying life. We wanted to create something that brought people together to have fun without having to worry about the details,” said Marchesi.
“An authentic Italian food experience is as much about the flavors as it about the conversations surrounding the meal!”

Added Pam Vincent, owner of Culinary Connection, “Dining out is great, but there’s something magical about throwing a dinner party in your own home, especially with a private chef. We want to encourage people to
kick-start summer, and the economy, while creating a special Italian-style evening with friends, family and shared dishes. Not only is the meal delicious, but the dinnerware is sure to elicit lasting memories every time it’s used.”

At $10,000 for 12 people, the 10 Karat Decadent Dinner Party is certainly a special gift for the hard to buy for or a standout way for businesses to entertain their best clients. And the timing might be just right for such an opulent affair, recent economic indicators show that customer confidence is on the upswing. According to a May 2010 report from Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, "Consumer confidence posted its third consecutive monthly gain, and although still weak by historical levels, appears to be gaining some traction…Consumers’ expectations, on the other hand, have increased sharply over the past three months, propelling the Expectations Index to pre-recession levels (August 2007, 89.2).”

The 10 Karat Decadent Dinner Party’s menu begins with Chef Marchesi in the hosts kitchen creating an Antipasto of Carpaccio di Mare, fresh Atlantic salmon with Chilean sea bass Carpaccio served with watercress, mango salad and a citrus-honey dressing. It’s paired with a St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc. The Primi (First Course) is Ravioli D’Aragosta, handmade lobster ravioli served in its own bisque with Paddle Fish caviar. The wine is Tiefenbrunner, Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige. For Secondo (“Seconds” in English) it’s Sella D’Agnello In Crosta di Pistacchio, pistachio crusted lamb loin served with blueberry sauce, porcini mushroom potato mini cake and minted baby carrots, and paired with Il Bruciato “Tunuta Guado al Tasso,” Bohlgeri. The meal wraps up with a Dolce (Dessert) of Crema di Gelato al Mango, cream of caramelized mango gelato served with a fruit medley and raspberry puree alongside Nicola’s homemade coffee liquor. Chef Marchesi will prepare these dishes on site, and dinner guests will be waited on by Nicola’s servers.

The 10 Karat Decadent Dinner Party’s tableware consists of service for 12 including VIETRI oversized dinner plates, salad plates and pasta bowls. This elegant, yet microwave and dishwasher-safe, dinnerware is handmade and hand-painted with distinctive shapes, glazes and rustic edges and is available in 17 color choices to match any home. Hosts will also receive VIETRI serving pieces, flatware, linens and water glasses. The breathtaking table setting will be accented with chargers, napkin rings and centerpieces by Jan Barboglio. Pam Vincent, owner of Culinary Connection has hand selected the most beautiful items – made by many hands and hearts – to create a table setting and evening to remember.

For more details, or to book a 10 Karat Decadent Dinner Party, please call Nicola’s Ristorante Italiano at
(972) 608-4455 or the Culinary Connection at (972) 398-9009.

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