The formal dining room was Natalie’s to command. Jes had a hard time pinning down Natalie’s ideas, but in the end, the room was transformed into something (I’m not sure what) out of Paris in the Twenties. Right?
Under the right circumstances, a dinner party is not just a dinner party, but an experience that makes life better. A great dinner party also helps you enjoy others’ company, nurtures relationships with friends and family, and helps you experience different cultures. Which is why I wanted to invite several people with a true “French connection.” My guests were:
Julie Powell – author of the runaway best seller (and movie of the same name): Julie and Julia. (Julie cooked her way through all of Julia Child’s 500+ recipes in The Art of French Cooking, so I knew she’d have a unique perspective on what the two caterers served up.)
Leah DeWavrin – the beautiful French high fashion model
E. Epatha Merkeson – one of the stars on the long-running crime drama, Law & Order
Alain Sailac, Executive Vice President and Dean Emeritus of the French Culinary Institute
Michael Ian Black – comedian and podcast co-host for the show “Mike and Bob Eat Snacks”
Marcy Blum – celebrity event planner
OK, party time. While I was sipping champagne with my guests, I found out that Marcy is a vegetarian – which meant that Natalie and Vanessa would have to do some quick-thinking in the kitchen to accommodate her.
OMG-I almost turned the show off when Natalie mispronounced biscotti! She claims to be Sicilian (as am I) and I understand she wants to appeal to a wide audience with her cookies, however, if you're going to sell them; educate people on the correct pronunciation, please!
Rocco, This is the 2nd show that I watched. I love the fact that you have the celebrity guest for your dinner parties. So far I have picked the same winner that you dind...love that! As a child I watched a lot of PBS television and Julia Childs was one of my favorite shows; so I really enjoyed the show last night. Great format...love the content! Keep up the good work Rocco...see you next week!
Your show is the best on Bravo, at this time. I love the concept and you have selected my choice as the winner, each week.
I have to say that this is BY FAR my favorite new Bravo show. I love the decor aspect. It gives me a lot of party theme ideas. I am not a chef, so I was wondering if French cuisine is what chefs have to learn first. You're doing a great job. Love your friends. Love the food.
This was a great episode. I loved Natalie's energy and enthusiasm and I thought it was great to see that she held her own against formally trained Chefs. I have many great cooks in my family. My brother is also a trained chef from the CIA. Truth is you don't need a degree to cook fantastic amazing food. You just need to have a passion for it and Natalie definitely had passion......without the pretention.
To the Sicialian Princess,get over yourself.
I agree, this is the best show on Bravo. It is inspiring me to get a dinner party movement started in our area.
SO want to try vanessa's Banana Tart, Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream and Rum Caramel Sauce! my mouth watered when i saw it! I need a recipe!
I was pleasantly impress with Vannessa's calm, cool, and collective demeaner.A great chef has no need to flap their wings.I was proud that she cooked two Haitian dish the Haitian legume along with the braise rib and the plaintain soup. Thank you for representing Vannessa!!! May God bless you.We love you!!!