I've done it now. A friend that has tried my cooking on a few occasions informed some mutual friends that I am a great cook and now, after much harassment, I've agreed to host a dinner party at my place in early March. Here's my menu:
Fresh Tortilla Chips w/homemade guacomole, green and red salsa
N.O. Style Barbeque Shrimp
Wedge Salad w/homemade blue cheese dressing
Beef Tenderloin Sandwiches on Frend Bread w/fresh horseradish dressing, arugula and parmesan reggiano cheese
Various Wines & Desserts
I've done all of these before, but I have some concern about the best way to prepare the vegetable lasagna and to marinade the beef tenderloin. I recently prepared a vegetable lasagna with the vegetables being portobello mushrooms and eggplant. The result was good, but didn't have the punch I was looking for. I have at least one vegetarian in the group and I would like to serve a very memorable lasagna that all will appreciate.
I've also found an excellent marinade for the beef tenderloin from one of my Emeril cookbooks which I used about a year ago, but like to hear about any knockout marinades for beef that will kick up my sandwiches "another notch". Also, curious about marinade times that are sure to produce a very tender beef tenderloin. All suggestions are greatly appreciated.