Thursday, February 4, 2016
A Gatsby Theme: Aged to Perfection
Everyone loves to hear they get better with age. Certainly this is true in the case of fine wines and cognac. To celebrate Remy Martin’s Louis XIII, a 100-year-old cognac, we turned to something else that keeps getting better with age: “The Great Gatsby.” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel of love and loss set in the roaring ’20s gets better with each read. We are very partial to the 2013 film adaptation with Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan and found it to be the perfect inspiration in both style and era for this milestone celebration.
Brownstone Street worked perfectly for this event. Smaller and a bit more amorphous than New York or Hennesy Street, Brownstone lent itself well to the intimacy of this 60-person event and to the design we had in mind. The look began when we were able to pull both wardrobe and the yellow Duesenberg from the actual film, an exclusive benefit of throwing an event at Warner Bros. Studios.
You can see some more of our inspiration on this design board. It’s all about the design “spirit” rather than following it too technically. The romance of the era was captured with design elements such as the blue and yellow palette, the candelabra, gold accents, plate design, silverware and linen napkins, as well as the library furnishings that inspired our lounges.
The flowers and the colors were inspired both by the film and the sunshine yellow of the car we had chosen as our main décor element. Blue accents in the flowers and linen grounded the look. For the garden flowers and overflowing pots of live plants, we were again inspired by the film, specifically the cottage in which Nick Carraway (played by Tobey Maguire) lived.
A mixologist created three specialty drinks from the twenties. Guests enjoyed the Cointreau Ricky, Botanist Basil Gimlet, and Black and Stormy with Mount Gay Rum Black Barrel, along with champagne. Three food stations and a dessert buffet offered delicious and decadent fare to complement the occasion, the cognac, and the era.
While this party didn’t end with a lot of confetti, streamers, and flappers in the pool as those of Jay Gatsby so famously did, it certainly would have met his standards for entertaining guests with the best that life has to offer. After 100 years in a bottle, that is the least we could do for this special cognac!
Crispy Polenta with Braised Pulled Pork
Wild Mushroom Duxelle Tartlets
Blue Crab Cake served with Mango Relish
Served with Cavaillon Melon and Lemon Agrumato (lemon infused olive oil)
Ahi Tuna Tartar
Served with Seaweed Salad
Oysters on the Half Shell
Served with Mignonette Sauce and Fresh Horseradish
From the Land
Baby Gems and Kale Caesar Salad
Mini Romaine, Mini Kale, Shaved Parmesan, Fresh Baked Croutons
And a Classic Caesar Dressing with Anchovies on the side
Prime Rib Carving Station
Served with Rosemary Au Jus and Horseradish Cream
Roasted Garlic and Buttermilk Pommes Purée
From the Sea
Roasted Golden Beet Salad
Pomegranate, Wild Arugula, Parsley, Granny Smith Apple,
and a Champagne Vinaigrette
Herb Crusted Arctic Char
Green and White Asparagus
Roasted Baby Heirloom Carrots
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Orange Liqueur Tart
Wrapped in Chocolate
In Pastel Colors