Tag Archive: Monochromatic

The White Party

There’s an annual party in the gay club scene in NYC (and probably in other cities as well), called The White Party. The idea being to dress all in white, sexy, clubby, etc., and dance the night away. There’s also The Black Party, which tends towards a lot of leather. This dinner had nothing to do with either, other than probably an inspiration for the name of the evening. It was a white, monochromatic dinner (ooh, yet another one, so long before the trend), in midwinter, so presumably a bit on the snowy side outside the walls of my 16th floor apartment.

Sunday, January 16, 2005
The White Party

Shichimi-seared Albacore Tuna, White Miso Sauce
Rihaku “Dreamy Clouds” Nigori Sake

Celeriac Soup, Sea Scallops, Gorgonzola Dolce
Taittinger “Comtes de Champagne” Blanc de Blancs, 1985

Slow-roasted Cauliflower, Walnut Puree, Dried Cherry Chutney
F. Chauvenet Meursault “Les Bouchères”, 1986

Blanquette de Veau
Touchais “Grande Année”, 1976

Blandy’s 5-year old Verdelho Madeira


Shades of Yellow

20000910Another color themed dinner I did a lot of those, and long before the modernist trend we’re seeing in 2015 for “monochrome” dinners. Prescient, that’s what I was, prescient.

Second Sunday Supper Circle
September 10, 2000

Cantaloupe and Yukon Gold Potato Soup
Chandon Reserve Cuvee 491

Peach & Yellow Tomato Salad with Pineapple Sage
Paul Blanck Riesling “Schlossberg” 1996

Grilled Mantis Shrimp with Carrot Fondue
Joseph Drouhin Volnay-Chevret 1993

Veal Cutlets in Bonito & Nori Flakes & Lotus Root
Ch. Balestard la Tonnelle St. Emilion 1990

Queso Azul Monje, Fresh Dates
Dragon’s Lair Farm Kona Coffee

Limoncello De Marco


August White Sale

I guess I was still in my colors phase, after January’s red dinner and March’s rainbow dinner. We went white for August.

August White Sale at the Second Sunday Supper Circle

White Gazpacho
 Codorníu Blanc de Blancs, N.V.

White Pizza with Garlic & Ricotta Salata
 Castel de Paolis “Selve Vecchie”, 1995

Flounder with Roasted Corn & Coconut-Lime Dressing
 Castel de Paolis “Vigna Adriana”, 1995

August 17, 1997

Breast of Chicken with Onion-Pear Relish
Mashed Potatoes
 Kristone Blanc de Blancs, 1992

Cheese Plate: Morbier, Humboldt Fog Coupe, Corsignano
 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, 1989

Drunken Figs in a Honeydew Nest with Pear Cream
 La Famiglia Malvasia Bianca, 1993


Eating Rainbow


Following on January’s successful red dinner, I guess I decided to go full rainbow! So not actually a monochromatic menu, but in a related spirit. [And a corrected first dish name, either my mind had simply slipped, or I let an auto-correct slip by me.]

The Second Sunday Supper
Public Broadcasting Service

Eating Rainbow

Cherry Blossom Rice with Shad Roe & Cherry Gastrique
1995 Millbrook Tocai Friulano

Salmon with Carrot-Orange Glaze
1975 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett

Spicy Yellow Split Pea Soup
191 Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir Reserve

Pecan-crusted Pork Loin with Green Peppercorn Sauce
1988 Château Cheval Blanc

A Selection of Blue Cheeses
Roquefort, Cabrales, Cambazola, Stlton, Blue Gouda
1976 Hungarovin Tokaji Aszu Essencia

Fresh Blackberries with Maple Cream

Sunday, March 9, 1997






The January Red Dinner


A study in red, long before “monochromatic” dinners became all the rage among chefs in the 2010s…. The photo forming the foundation of the menu, if it doesn’t immediately register is of a section of Jupiter (January, get it?) showing off it’s famed “red spot”.

The Second Sunday Supper Circle
The January Red Dinner

Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Prosciutto Bread
1994 Domaines Ott Château de Selle Rosé

Tomato Water & Lobster Risotto with Red Currants & Pistachios
N.V. Champagne de Venoge Princesse Rosé

Red Cooked Red Snapper, Jicama, Bamboo Shoots & Oyster Mushrooms
1993 Domaine Vacheron Sancerre Rouge

Braised Oxtail, Grilled Radicchio and Pickled Red Grapes
1975 Mastroberardino Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Rosso

St. Andre & Cheshire Cheeses
1961 Château Citran Haut-Médoc

Sweet Tomato & Black Walnut Tart
1976 Parcé & Fils Banyuls “Domaine du Mas Blanc”