Staff meetings are one of my favorite traditions here at Tailored Engagements.  I love to cook, entertain, bake and socialize so naturally I decided to incorporate all of these things into our monthly meetings.  We get together to chat about weddings, upcoming projects, things that have inspired us and life in general.  I plan the menu, everyone helps cook (while testing the wine we will have with dinner) and the conversation flows.

I cherish this time with my team.  Not only do we get a lot accomplished (no really, we actually do!) but we also get to relax and just enjoy each others’ company.  We spend a lot of time together so we might as well enjoy each other, right?

This month’s meeting was Barefoot Contessa inspired and since I could feel the craziness of the Holidays bearing down on me, I wanted to do something easy.  All of the recipes came right from one of my favorite cook books: Barefoot Contessa.  How easy is that?  As usual, Ina pulled through for me in a pinch and everything was delicious.  Our staff meeting menu included …

Starters:
Chunky Blue Cheese and Yogurt Dip with veggies
TruffledPopcorn (which we discovered would make a great late night wedding snack)
Chipotle and Rosemary Roasted Nuts

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Main Course:
Greek Panzanella (light on the bread, heavy on the tomatoes … gotta watch those carbs)
The Ultimate Grilled Cheese (… who am I kidding I love carbs!!)
Roasted Pear and Apple Sauce

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Dessert:
Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

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We worked, laughed, sipped wine without discriminating against red or white and we also came up with some great new ideas.   Like turning my shoe obsession into a weekly post on Facebook.  I can’t wait for January and the next Staff Meeting!