Friday, July 8, 2011

Awaiting the Arrival of the Duke and Duchess

Prince William and Katherine Middleton headed out on their first royal tour as a married couple June 30. After spending one week in Canada they are jetting off to California. This will be the Duchess’ first visit to the States.

After they arrive at LAX this afternoon, they will be greeted by California’s governor and head straight to Beverly Hills for the beginning of many charity events, including a polo match in Santa Barbara on July 9 to benefit the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry.

Celebrity chef, Giada De Laurentiis, has been selected to whip up the royal dinner for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the polo match. Her menu consists of four dishes for a modest group of 3,600. A VIP lunch is planned for 600 followed by a general public dinner for 3,000 that evening.

Her theme is a California feel while sticking with her Italian roots. Tiffany & Co. is the main sponsor, so I’m sure much of the décor will consist of their iconic robin’s egg blue and beautiful white flowers.

I am a huge fan of De Laurentiis, but have always been a bit intimidated to attempt recreating her amazing Italian cuisines. I figure this is the perfect time to try my hand at her perfectly planned menu fit for the Duke and Duchess.

First up: Pea pesto crostini
Second course: Beef tenderloin crostini with basil curry
Entrée: Mini lasagna with blistered tomatoes and pencil asparagus.
Dessert!: Tarragon Merlot truffles

Stay tuned for Monday’s post to see how I do. I'll also include the recipes for you to try!


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