I have recently become reacquainted with some old friends from high school. We have not seen each other in close to 30 years. We are all going to be in the same area and I have invited them for dinner. It will be in June so dining al fresco is an option. As is grilling, and other outside options.
There will be 6 of us. Arrival time will be close around 5 so cocktails and and apps a must.
No one has far to travel (3 will be staying with me) so wine with dinner is good too.
WHAT IS THE MENU? I want impressive without being showy. Yummy but easy to eat so we can keep talking… but enough attention in case the conversation lags..
couple of things if it helps: no food allergies or diet restrictions
South of boston so a little early for great local produce (ie corn and tomatoes) but lobster and seafood are easy. Also means weather could go either way…
I can cook pretty much anything but am not an accomplished baker. However key is conversation so make ahead, or guest involvement in the kitchen would be great. Don't want to be sweating a ton of last minute details.
Money is not a huge issue but needless to say this not a $500 bottle of wine, caviar, champagne kind of night. Lobsters for 6 could I can manage.
So what your dream menu (within reason) for catching up with old friends??