DD is back with a vengeance. After a long dry spell on the entertaining front, we held a fabulous (if i do say so myself) ‘diner en noir’, a riff on the Parisienne pop up picnic ‘diner en blanc’, in honor of my old college roomate and BFF’s new book: How to Disappear Completely: On Modern Anorexia. I love a theme party and the moody ambiance of the evening was the perfect compliment to the title of Kelsey’s book. From the inside cover:
“…Kelsey Osgood unpacks the modern myths of anorexia, examining the cult-like underbelly of eating disorders in the young as she chronicles her own rehabilitation.”
I’m almost done with the book and highly recommend it, particularly for women (or guys) who have gone through an eating disorder or any type of mental illness, and especially for their loved ones. Check out my cameo on page 141, holler! The book is very well researched, intellectually challenging, dark, funny and overall, uplifting as the author describes her path to recovery.
Diner en Noir was a fabulous ladies night with college friends, and fellow Brooklyn bloggers and artists. I couldn’t find a black table cloth so I hit up $0.99 Dreams and DIYed a black table runner with shelf lining material, added some velvety textured florals ( brain flowers according to the guests) in small vases, houseplants, and of course tons of candlelight!
As guests arrived, I tried to create a shadowy and hushed environment ( sleeping baby helped). We drank dark & stormy’s and nibbled on apps with Fiona on in the background. Dinner was lively, followed by a chills inducing reading by the author and a decadent (dark) chocolate dessert. The few remaining party girls and this hostess polished off the last bottle of red on the roof with the pitch dark sky above us and the ominous rumble of the train below.Appetizers Sauveur’s Black Olives with Rosemary and Orange Zest Sliced Black Radishes with Rose Salt Pumpernickel Toasts with Goat Cheese & Smoked Salmon Mains Black Kale Salad with Apples and Maple Mustard Vinaigrette ( inspired by Tiny’s NYC) Miso Eggplant (great two step technique of roasting and broiling here) Roasted purple Romanesco Califlower and Potatoes with Black Truffle & the piece de resistance: Deb’s Harvest Chicken with Black Olives and Black Grapes Dessert Dark Chocolate Tart Chocolate covered espresso beans, black licorice & grapes