Mad Men 40th Birthday Party

A classic, manly, red meat and martini vibe felt like the right backdrop for our friend Richard’s 40th birthday party. For the cigar aficionado, Amy customized match books and made all of her arrangements in an array of wooden cigar boxes. Keeping in theme, we did a martini bar, all shaken, not stirred (I’m suddenly a big fan of ‘signature names’ for ‘signature cocktails’). I went traditional steak house with the menu, loving an excuse to serve iceberg wedges with buttermilk blue cheese dressing. And, instead of bananas foster or cherries jubilee, we did our own version of a theatrical dessert: individual tabletop roasted s’mores. We simply lined terra cotta pots with tin foil and filled them with hot charcoals. Seeing as how s’mores are my all-time favorite dessert, I’d call this a home run. And while I considered using fancy chocolate and homemade marshmallows, some things are best left in their original form, as a classic is a classic for good reason.

The Menu
martini bar
“the richard”
vodka, dirty sue premium olive juice, olive
“40/40”
vodka, apple liqueur, house sour
“XL”
vodka, lemon twist
passed
caprese crostini
artichoke, green olive, arugula, lemon crostini
lamb meatballs with minted yogurt dip
plated
iceberg wedge with buttermilk blue cheese dressing & chives
family style
grilled flank steak
horseradish cream & chimichurri sauce
wilted spinach, wild mushrooms & green garlic
roasted truffled fingerling potatoes
grilled asparagus, lemon, parmigiano reggiano
dessert
roasted s’mores