Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Gathering of Friends

A couple of years ago we discovered an absolutely beautiful cookbook called The Gathering of Friends. A few months after the first edition, the editors came out with an equally well-done Volume II. They were our best-selling cookbooks ever! Then sadly it disappeared from the market for about a year, while the editors tried marketing it through home-shopping parties. So we were absolutely thrilled this past month when we were in Atlanta, and found that they were once again available for us to carry. The recipes in both books are simple and delicious, and each chapter includes tablescape ideas, menu plans, shopping lists, and inspirations to create your own "gathering of friends". It makes entertaining and giving dinner parties totally foolproof! I love their basic philosophy that "when someone comes to your home and sits at your table and breaks bread with you, your relationship is forever changed." This is so very true! You get to know new friends better and you learn new things about old friends while lingering over dessert in the warmth of your candlelit dining room. So why not pick up a copy of one of these books soon, and start planning your own garden brunch or springtime luncheon. It will make it fun and easy to host your very own "gathering of friends"!

Each book is beautifully photographed...and could double as a coffee table book.

The recipes are simple and delicious!

Both volumes also contains some great gift-giving recipes.

As well as recipes, the authors give tablesetting and centerpiece ideas.

And now, some pictures from our own "gathering of friends" last Thursday evening at our Girls' Night Out.....

Some came from Michigan City---

Others, some really good friends, were from closer to home.

One was a great neighbor----

And several pairs of sisters attended.

Diane came from Bremen for GNO.

Ruth Ann and Joann happily await the next customer.

And Tina, behind the front counter, looks pretty in pink.

Gwen, always a good hostess, mans the wine table!

If you weren't able to make it to this Girls' Night Out, we hope you'll try to come next time (May 12). And in the meantime, enjoy your very own special "gathering of friends"!


  1. Hmmmmmmmm....I really really really need a GNO - and my birthday is close to your next party...what a great present that would be for me to get to visit you and your beautiful store!!!

  2. OHHH, Judy, how fun that would be!! Let me know, and I'll be your personal tour guide.