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Alicia is a great cook!
Alicia's passion is cooking. She loves to cook and to entertain and to have people in our home enjoying themselves. Alicia has been preparing gourmet feasts for as long as we've been married. She has prepared anything from dinners for two to an elegant, sit-down dinner for thirty to a wedding reception for eighty. She is an accomplished cook and her organizational and logistical skills are exceptional.
For 25 years, she hosted an annual New Year's Eve event in our home for up to thirty of our closest friends. This event was a black-tie affair with a five course dinner designed, prepared and served by Alicia even as she took part as the hostess and dined with her guests. There would be hot hors d'oeuvres as soon as guests arrived, followed by a soup course, a first course, the main course and dessert. The evening would culminate exactly at midnight with champagne and chocolates.
Alicia planned and cooked the menu for a niece's wedding a few years ago. The event was held at our home, with both the ceremony and the reception taking place in our back yard among Kevin's beautiful gardens. About 80 guests attended. The afternoon affair was a wine and hors d'oeuvres party, with a variety of fancy hot treats (all prepared from scratch by Alicia) served on sterling silver and crystal adorned with fresh flowers. The items included Smoked Duck, Fontina & Caramelized Onion Packages, Wild Mushroom Goat Cheese Triangles, and Hundred Corner Shrimp Balls. Friends were recruited to help with the serving. It was all so professional that guests asked one of our "servers" ... "Who do you work for?". The reply was "That would be the company of friends!". A student at the Culinary Institute of America asked for all of the recipes. Many of the guests remarked that it was the best wedding they'd ever been to.
If we are taking care of your home for you, and you occasionally return for weekend (or longer) visits, Alicia will be happy to prepare delicious gourmet meals (breakfast, lunch and/or dinner) for you and your guests. Alicia has lots of menus from which you can choose or just tell her what you'd like to have. Pictured here are her Prosciutto-Wrapped Salmon with Herbed Bean Ragout and Strawberry & White Chocolate Mousse Tart. To see more of what Alicia can cook, check out the book version of her popular website cookingwithalicia.com (which has been taken down) on blurb.com.
If we are caring for your home while you are on vacation, Alicia can stock your fridge or freezer with a meal for you to enjoy upon your return, complete with reheating instructions. That way you don't have to rush out to the grocery store right away, and you can calmly return home, knowing that a good meal awaits you.