I cannot believe there are just 27 more days left in 2013. How did it suddenly become December? Where has the time gone? I remember this time last year, talking to friends about what we wanted to do on New Year's Eve. All I wanted to do was to ring in the New Year surrounded by good friends, sitting around the yellow table. And that's exactly what we did. Along with my talented chef friends Lindsay and Sarah, we hosted a dinner party for 15 in my apartment (quite the feat considering my table only fits 12!). It was so much fun - we sat around the table until 2 a.m. eating and drinking (taking a break at midnight of course to ring in the New Year properly!), laughing and telling stories, and sharing what we were most excited about in the coming year.

So here's the good news: you can throw your own fabulous New Year's Eve party this year, and I'm going to help you make it happen! On Tuesday, December 17, I'm teaching a New Year's Eve class at the Chelsea West Elm and I'd love for you to come!


In the class, I'll teach you how to make some of my favorite sweet and savory appetizers – Endive Spears with Smoked Salmon, Lemon, & Dill, Mini Pizzettes with Ricotta, Olives & Roasted Tomato, Seared Ahi Tuna & Avocado Tartare, and my favorite Pistachio-Coated Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles – plus a festive Cranberry & Rosemary-Infused Sparkling Cocktail. We'll also go over the basics of bubbly: what makes Champagne different than Prosecco? Or cava from cremant? I'll share tastings from some of my favorite affordable bottles and let you decide which one you think is best. Lastly, we'll go over a plan for pre-party prep, and I'll answer questions on everything from cooking to decorations to music selections.

My last class at West Elm was an absolute blast, and I have high hopes that this one will be just as much fun. Come and bring a friend - and if you sign up today, you'll get a 25% discount!


(Food photos by Signe Birck)

Class Details:

Bubbly & Bites: How to Host a Fabulous New Year's Eve Party!

When: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Where: West Elm Chelsea

112 West 18th Street (b/t 6th and 7th Avenues)

New York, NY 10011

Cost: $20*

Click here to register!!

*Sign up today and get 25% off! Once you’ve signed up, email me at [email protected] and I’ll send you the special discount code. Offer expires after today (December 4, 2013).

What’s Included:

- Packet of simple, healthy New Year's Eve savory + sweet hors d'oeuvres recipes

- Detailed instructions on how get organized with pre-party prep

- Learn how to make 4 simple hors d’oeuvres (you’ll of course get to taste-test them as well!) + a sparkling cocktail

- Bubbly 101: Learn the difference between sparkling wines like cava, Prosecco, crémant, and Champagne, and try out some of my favorite bottles!

- Tips on music selection, party decor, etc.

Hope to see some of you at the class!!