Julie Anne Rhodes and Amanda Eliasch
I’m missing a glorious birthday bash for Her Royal Hotness, Amanda Eliasch, in London by just a couple days… so frustrating, but the airlines are not terribly flexible these days with the volcanic Gods reeking havoc. So I planned a surprise birthday lunch for Amanda before she left LA instead. It was not without drama when the guest of honor (not knowing the party was for her), booked a flight back to London early, then thankfully stayed.
Her Royal Hotness at work
Amanda and I first met a little over year ago. I tagged along with friends to a party at her exquisite, Hal Levitt designed house, for the launch of her book Cloak, Dagger and Butterfly. I was too transfixed on watching the amazing Dita Von Teese perform in a huge martini glass to make conversation, so Amanda and I really met through our blogs, became friends on facebook, and eventually “ladies that lunch” with fellow blogger A Bloomsbury Life‘sLisa Borgnes Giramonti, and film producer Julia Verdin.
Amanda Eliasch, Lisa Borgnes, Jewels, and Julia Verdin
Amanda is a renaissance woman who writes her own blog,RATS’ TALES BY AMANDA ELIASCH, one forThe Collective Review, and indeed entire books of poetry from her Blackberry. She’s been known to play fashion editor at large for Genlux magazine, is an accomplished photographer, currently busy immortalizing her clever poetry in neon for an art exhibition, and writing a play for her friend Katy. Is there is nothing this woman is not capable of? She does all this while splitting time between her homes in Paris, London, and LA. I should be insanely jealous, but she is far too amusing not to adore her.
I once suggested she would make the perfect partner for my ex (she already knows Nick socially). She is tall, drop dead gorgeous, always dressed to the nines, age appropriate, and they have so many interests in common. Alas, she was worried they might fight over the bathroom mirror and face powder.
Goats Cheese & Herb Dip, Crudite, Cloak, Dagger, & Butterfly
While I’m sure the London gala will have a menu much more OTT, here is what I served last week to give you some ideas for your own “ladies that lunch” birthday luncheon. I tried to keep it low in calories, yet high in flavor. I also chose a menu I could do in advance so that, I too, could enjoy the party. Some of the recipes can be found on my website The Roving Stove.
Birthday Lunch Menu
Goats Cheese & Herb Dip with Crispy Shallots with Crudite (above)
Arugala Salad with Roasted Cherry Tomato & Shaved Parmesan
Chicken Pesto Salad
Santa Maria Tri-Tip
Grilled Mixed Vegetables
Warm Artisan Cheese Rolls
Chilled Poached Salmon with Tzaziki Sauce
Honey-Lime Infused Fruit Salad
Edible Flowers atop Lemon-Lavender Angel Food Cupcakes
Mini Rose Scented Pink Grapefruit Angel Food Cupcakes
COMPETITION: Amanda is generously sharing a birthday gift with you! Click on “comments” below to share your ladies that lunch menu ideas…
Happy birthday Amanda!!! Miss you.
The competition closes May 30th. Our top four favorite menus will be posted in a pole on the blog, and YOU will choose the lucky winner of Amanda’s beautiful book of poetry , Cloak & Dagger Butterfly (pictured on the coffee table with the dip and crudite above)!