Informal. Outdoors if weather permits (which I think it will). About 12-ish people, depending on who reads their email (grrrr). All good friends, so no futziness.
The main course will be beef tenderloin, done whole on a gas grill, sliced and served with Italian salsa verde. Also POSSIBLY a smoked chicken, if I get ambitious. Baby potatoes from the farmers market. Big green salad from my garden. Maybe a plate of grilled vegetables, depending on what's ready in my garden and at the farmers market. Oh and I have a bag of cipollini onions - maybe grill them? And no end of fresh basil, parsley, Swiss chard, nice cheeses...etc.
Dessert will be the Creme Fraiche Cheesecake with Sour Cherries which was in the NY Times this week.
I need an appetizer or 3. Not too last minute preppy, but summery. Any other suggestions to fill the gaps?
Thanks all - I'm drawing a blank here.