Tamara Beckwith, Christina Estrada, Tania Bryer, Normandie Keith, Jewels

OMG, they were all so yummy! It was extremely difficult for us to narrow it down to four. The finalists are listed here with corresponding menu number (in no particular order), so you can vote in the poll on the right hand side of the blog. I have taken the liberty of editing the entries to the actual menu only for easier decision making. It is worth reading the original entries, because some of you really got creative with the background of the party, how it should be served, as well as the recipes. If you want to see more, please go to the original post Happy Birthday to Her Royal Hotness, and click on “comments.”

The poll opens today, May 3oth, and the winner will be announced on Sunday June 6th. If you are the lucky winner, please email your street address to jewels@therovingstove.com to receive your copy of Cloak & Dagger Butterfly. Don’t forget to tell your friends and family to sign up to follow the blog so they can vote too! It is simple to do- just click “Follow” on the right hand side of the blog; you will be prompted to use your Google, Twitter, Yahoo, AIM, Netlog or Open ID account. If you do not have one of these, they are free to join – so be sure to sign up with one first. Rest assured, we respect your privacy, we will not share your information, nor will we bombard you with junk mail!

And the finalists are…


Jewels, Amanda Kyme, Yasmin Le Bon, Marlene Stewart, Koo Stark, and Jerry Hall
Menu #1 – JT Moomin

Peat Smoked Salmon with Irish Brown Soda Bread and Lemon Wedges Platter of Buffalo Mozzarella, Selection of Salami, Mortadella and Prosciutto, Green Beans, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Sweet and Sour Eggplant and Mixed Leaves with Focaccia

Rice Pudding with Citrus Syrup and Lemon & Bergamot Ice Cream

Menu#2 – Kim Cuccia

Goats Cheese Stuffed Dates Rolled in Bacon, Grilled Crisp, and Drizzled with Honey
Warm Artichoke Dip with Apple Slices. Grilled Chicken, Veggie & Pineapple Kabobs

Grilled Veggie & Pineapple Kabobs
Penne Pesto Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Coconut Cupcakes

Menu# 3 – Suzanne Schroeder

Fontina Melted on Mini-Toasts and Drizzled with Honey Rocket (Arugula) Salad with Beets and Goat Cheese, and Lemon-Olive Oil Dressing

Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Browned Butter-Sage Sauce & Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Sliced Fuji Apple served with Individual Ramekins of Pumpkin Dip

Almond Champagne
(with splash of chocolate port during the dessert course to make an “Almond Joy” cocktail!)

Menu #4 – Kris Hawkins

Grape Leaves Stuffed with Basmati Rice, Currants and Pine Nuts
Smoky Roasted Eggplant Dip with Ground Sesame
Crisp Pita Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Parsley and Lemon 
Summer Vegetable Tagine
Couscous with Almonds, Dried Apricots and Sultanas
Butterflied Quail Grilled with Pomegranate Molasses
Spiced Chicken Pie in Phyllo
Warm Naan & Parathas

Tangy Greek Yogurt with Wild Honey and Berries
Turkish Delight
Pistachio Baklava
Rice Pudding Scented with Cardamom and Rosewater

Chai, Sweet Turkish Coffee, and Moroccan Mint Tea

Amanda Eliasch, Normandie Keith, and Julie Anne Rhodes

Which menu would you like most for your next Ladies that Lunch Party? Cast your vote in the poll posted to the right of the blog entry.

Congratulations to the Finalists & Good luck!
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