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If you know me, you know how much I LOVE our end of the season Fishy Feast party! It really is the perfect way to say goodbye to summer  and say hello to fall and all of the festivities that come with it.

Every year, my husband Michael goes on a summer fishing trip off the coast of Vancouver, BC. We figured, there’s no better way to showcase all of the amazing fresh fish he caught than with a dinner party. After all, it’s what I do best! I love any excuse to create a themed party,  get dressed up, eat good food and spend time with my favorite people.

We held the party at our home in Water Mill, New York. This year, we went full-on oceanic with blue hues everywhere and all kinds of under-the-sea themed party decor. I asked my guests to dress in blue too. And as you all know, it’s always best to do what the hostess asks of you!

Maryann Portello, Pamela Morgan, Elyse Slaine, Christina DeSimeone, Jane Pontarelli
photo by Rob Rich/ ©2019 516-676-3939

For dinner, I brought in talented Executive Chef Kerry Heffernan of Grand Banks, a seasonal oyster bar right on the deck of a historic fishing boat on the Hudson River. Kerry is known for his focus on sustainable and wild-caught fish. As a chef, fisherman and conservationist, he was the perfect chef for our Fishy Feast!

Chef Kerry Heffernan

The menu featured a signature cocktail called the Deep Blue Sea with vodka, blue curaçao, white cranberry juice and lime.

Photo by Rob Rich/ ©2019 516-676-3939

For appetizers, we had salmon tartare tacos, “Dilled Salmon Mousse” on cucumber rounds, lamb meatballs, jumbo shrimp, crudites with dips and chilled creamless corn soup.

Photo by Rob Rich/ ©2019 516-676-3939

Photo by Rob Rich/ ©2019 516-676-3939

For the main course, we had dishes like grilled cedar plank salmon, halibut with tomato concasse and herbs and grilled marinated steak with chimichurri. We finished the evening off with desserts like salted tahini brownies, key lime pie, apple crisp from our own apple trees and biscuit au chocolate.

Chef Kerry Heffernan – Photo by Rob Rich/ ©2019 516-676-3939

Summer Squash, Arugula and Parmesan Salad with Toasted Pistachios

Our guests enjoyed music by DJ Coleman of Coleman Music all night long. Our Wild Fishy Feast was a big hit and it was the ultimate sendoff to a fantastic summer. If you’re interested in checking out coverage of the event, check out these features in Influencer Magazine and Times Square Gossip!

Follow along to see what I’m up to this fall! I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on themed dinner parties for the holiday season.

And don’t forget my next cabaret show on November 7th at 7PM at the Laurie Beechman Theatre.  Click below for tickets.