Party Picks

Episode 5: Everyone should get to host Melissa Joan Hart at a dinner party.

Jul 13, 2011


I need you to create an extra dish, based on my hit show 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch.'

This week I finally caught up on the last couple episodes of Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes, and on one of them, she welcomed guests Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, promoting their new film, Larry Crowne. Oprah can't stop lauding Tom Hanks' dinner party-throwing abilities, and in doing so, asks her audience to shout out who they would want to sit next to at a dinner party. Obviously someone yells Oprah, and the interactivity stops, but i think after this week's episode of Rocco's Dinner Party, I'm ready to answer Oprah's question. The answer? Melissa Joan Hart and Deborah Cox. I mean obviously everyone else is welcome too, but seriously, these two ladies were just so amusing this week, I couldn't stand it. There were so many little moments with Melissa that I can't even point out, but… just watch again. Amazing. The only downside of this week's episode was that there was no dance party. I love watching Melissa Joan Hart dance. If you don't know what i'm talking about, watch Drive Me Crazy and the accompanying video for Britney's song by the same name. My last comment on "Melly J" as one of my editors called her while we were watching was her awesome comment about it being insulting to a chef to ask for salt. This is quite a debate we've had in the office, but I agree with Melissa. if you need salt, obviously go for it, but it does send a message to the kitchen that their seasoning wasn't quite right.

Anywaaay, in the Signature Dish Challenge, New York-based vegan chef Ayinde Howell got the boot for an over-seasoned seitan dish. Honestly, I was interested to see what Ayinde would have created for the dinner party. Fortunately for me, the other two chefs, Corey and Nicole, more tha made up for the curiosity. This week's theme? Town and Country. Corey had to create his idea of a country meal, while Nicole got 'Town." Rustic versus refined. Caviar vs. farm-fresh eggs. You get the picture.