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Hello Nashville!

Just returned from Nashville, where I kicked off my book tour.

There probably aren’t too many people that head to the grocery store as soon as they get off the plane, but in my case, that is exactly what I did in order to prepare for my cooking segments the following day.

Got started with a visit to Tennessee Mornings, followed by a spot on Talk of the Town, where I made a recipe from Friends at the Table: Quinoa Corn Salad with Mint Vinaigrette.

Had a fantastic week, exploring the shops and restaurants of nearby Franklin and Leiper’s Fork. I fell in love with the beautiful rolling hills, and charming tree lined streets. Though I didn’t spot any of the celebrity local residents  like Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, or the Judds, I did discover a few menu items that were new to me.


Have you ever heard of the Meat & 2? I enjoyed barbeque, sweet potato fries, and turnip greens~so good!

It turns out there are restaurants devoted to the concept…..where have I been?

And then there were the fried pickles, also new to me, and surprisingly delicious! We had them mixed together with fried jalapenos, which created an amazing  flavor contrast that had me reaching back into the basket for more.

And then there was the  chocolate chess pie…it’s a good thing I brought my running shoes with me!

I also had the chance to experience Music City at its finest, attending a music showcase at 12th & Porter.

I finished off the trip with a cooking demonstration and book signing at the Viking Culinary Center in Franklin. Thanks to the wonderful staff at Viking for spoiling me! Walking in with all of the prep done is something I am not used to…at all.

I was so excited to meet food blogging friends Beth,  of Eat. Drink. Smile and Leah, of SoHowsitTaste

Spending time with my awesome publicists, Lola Honeybone (on my left, and yes, that is her real name!) and Beth Hood (on my right) completed the trip. They are the best!

I will be headed to the Philadelphia area, teaching another class at the Bryn Mawr Viking Culinary Center on May 5th. If you are in the area, I would love to meet you! You can find out more about this Cinco de Mayo inspired menu/event by clicking here.

I will also be teaching a class at the Garden City, NY Viking on June 25th; details to follow~






Early Release Party and Book Signing

After a very long wait and a whole lot of work, my book is finally getting closer to release date!

Celebration started  a bit early with an event hosted by Kathy Corbet and Custom Kitchens here in Richmond.

Guests enjoyed samples of a few of the recipes from my book, like: Crab Cakes with Pacific Rim Sauces, Wonton Crisps with Smoked Salmon, and Slow Cooked Hoisin Pork (served slider style with Asian slaw).

The evening was a lot of fun, and a wonderful way to get excited about my upcoming book tour.

Are you in Nashville? I will be kicking off my tour in  Nashville at the Viking Culinary Center on April 14th for a cooking demonstration and book signing. You can learn more about the event and register here.

I’m so excited to to meet some of my food blogging/twitter friends in the next few months! Stay tuned in the next few days for the rest of my schedule. Hope to see you soon!

Here’s a look at the celebration, thanks to Beth Furgurson who  captured  some  of the moments on film.














































Entertaining in the Kitchen–The Portable Beverage Center

Effortless entertaining; isn’t that the goal we are all after when hosting friends for an evening in our home?

Who wants to be stuck in the kitchen cooking, tucked away from guests and all of the fun? Not me…and I feel the same way when it comes to mixing up cocktails.

What I like to do, is designate one special drink (like the grapefruit martini I will share with you on Friday) and get everything set up for a make-your-own cocktail station, complete with  an instructional step-by-step recipe card that gets my guests involved and frees up my time for visiting.   This mini-bar usually ends up on my kitchen counter, and can tend to become a congested area.

Today I’m excited to introduce you to  Richmond based interior designer Kathy Corbet, who knows a thing or two about design, and has some fantastic ideas for us when it comes to managing the  drink service dilemma.

Thanks for the help, Kathy!

Entertaining In the Kitchen–The Portable Beverage Center

Kathy Corbet

Pleasant conversation with friends, nibbling on tasty appetizers, sipping a refreshing beverage; these are the moments we crave most when we entertain in our homes.  More often than not these moments occur in the kitchen.   The host and hostess can enjoy their company and attend to food prep easily when a beverage center is provided for guests to help themselves.

This beverage center is not something you need every day, just when you entertain. Easy set up, easy storage and portability are key—I like to see that beverage center move to the dining room and even the living room as the evening progresses.  (A separate after dinner beverage center should be considered as well.)

Here are a few of my recent market favorites that will do the job handsomely:


These trays are from JM Piers and can be customized for your decor or interests.  They are a sturdy metal construction; the stand folds for easy storage.

“Leon” is natural iron and antique mirror, it is 37” high and skinny–just 18 x 12.  Think of all the places you could squeeze it in to.  The middle shelf allows for tall bottles, maybe even an ice bucket for beverages.  Extra glasses can go on the bottom shelf.  It is made by Arteriors.

This one is a classic: “Porto Tole Accent Table”.  It will fit many decor styles.  Note the tiny picture showing how it neatly folds for storage.  It is a brand new product by Chelsea House.

This “Oval Drink Table” by Woodbridge does not fold or roll. At 24” high and 14.25 x 25 in a light pine finish it will double as an end table.

The “Clover Mirrored Tray Table”  is just not Grandma’s style, your Mom’s either.  Put on your mini skirt and high heel boots, a sequin accented top and serve up something in a martini glass!  Another look from Chelsea House.


For more information or to purchase these products, contact Kathy@KathyCorbetInteriors.com

Kathy Corbet of Kathy Corbet Interiors in Richmond, Virginia creates beautiful, functional, and personal interiors that satisfy every aspect of her clients’ agenda and vision.  “We believe in the power of good design to transform the experience of daily life.”  Kathy blogs about design and can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.