About Sarah: Sarah has been entertaining viewers worldwide for over eight years on HGTV Canada & HGTV US. She first joined her husband, Bryan, on air in 2009 as they rebuilt and redesigned their family home on the hit television series, House of Bryan. 2017 saw the launch of her new magazine, CURATED, and her interior design service, refined living. sarahbaeumler.com
I love hosting dinner parties. Yet, no matter how often I entertain, the amount of preparation always catches me by surprise. From menu design to decorations, there are so many details that contribute into each guest having a great time.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn Pusateri’s Catering offered a start to finish in-home service. At my first Pusateri’s dinner party, a seasonal À La Carte menu was prepared in my own kitchen by Chef Sebastian for an intimate gathering of eight close friends. When Chef arrived the evening of, I knew we’d made the right choice and we settled in for a fine dining experience in the comfort of our own home.
As I sipped an aperitif and caught up with my guests, Chef was busy preparing and describing the meal ahead — a wonderful conversation piece. Meanwhile, the Pusateri’s team dressed the table with beautiful floral centerpieces and readied the space for our dinner. After we were seated by a courteous server, Chef joined us at the start of each course, explaining each dish. We felt as though we were in a five star restaurant in our own dining room. The dinner was a smashing success; to this day we all fondly look back at the quality of food and level of service.
Hard to say which was the star dish, however, the Coconut banana chocolate mousse comes to mind… the tart berries combined with the richness of the chocolate worked in perfect dessert harmony!
The best part? Our guests and I enjoyed an evening of conversation and connection over exceptional food. And I finally enjoyed my own dinner party — minus the stress before and the dirty kitchen after, what a treat! I’m looking forward to more parties to come, and my friends are hoping for their next invitation.
Mixed Greens, Green apple, Quinoa, Radish, Walnuts, Red Wine Vinaigrette
Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Ontario Asparagus, Charred Ramps, Butternut Squash Purée
Coconut Banana Chocolate Mousse, Pineapple Lime Compote