Sunday, May 15, 2011

Ladies Who Lunch...On The Weekend

The 2011 wedding season is well underway. Of all the wedding related activities (engagement soirees, bachelorette parties, etc.), bridal showers (as long as it's not my own) have always been my favorite. I look at the midday event as a less pretentious, weekend version of ladies who lunch. A group of women gather together to celebrate the bride-to-be's impending marriage with champagne and hors d'oeuvres, a multi-course boozy meal, and finally, tea accompanied by a plate of sweet desserts.

This past Saturday, I spent the afternoon on the top floor of Tempo Restaurant in Buffalo, at the bridal shower of one of my oldest friends. Housed in an old Tuscan villa in the heart of the city's historic Allentown District, Tempo's Italian-inspired fare and extensive wine list are consistently praised as Buffalo's best. The praise is well deserved. Shower-goers were never hungry with baskets of freshly baked Italian bread and focaccia squares, endless plates of antipasto, piping-hot creamy bisque, a simple salad dressed with complex flavors, pasta with grilled chicken and a pomodoro sauce that is so exceptional it should be jarred and sold to the masses, and pan seared salmon on a bed of tangy greens. To end the afternoon, cannoli stuffed with a chocolate chip studded ricotta filling, a plate of assorted cookies (including the best flourless peanut butter I've ever tasted), and red velvet cake and cupcakes were never far from reach.

The ladies I love to lunch with- any day of the week
Hors d'oeuvres included squares of focaccia and slices of bread with marinated olives, cubes of feta and thinly sliced pepperoni
A terrible picture of a superb bowl of soup- Maine Lobster Bisque- with chunks of shrimp, chives and sherry
Insalata Mista- salad greens with spiced almonds, sweet onions, balsamic vinaigrette and shaved feta
The most delicious plate of Mezze Penne alla Vodka with Grilled Chicken- pomodoro sauce, sweet basil, cream, shaved parmigiano reggiano
Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon- arugula, tomato, fennel, lemon and extra virgin olive oil
Cannoli stuffed with a sweet chocolate chip studded ricotta filling and decorated with rainbow sprinkles and powdered sugar
Assorted cookies- biscotti, almond, an addictive flourless peanut butter (I wanted to stuff my purse full of these little treats), and iced lemon
An extravagance of red velvet- cake surrounded by cupcakes
A slice of moist red velvet cake with sweet frosting and berries


  1. Tempo's my FAAAVORITE!

    btw...can't believe you were in town and didn't say hi

  2. ..... the ladies of buffalo have such Beeeautiful foreheads.... sigh.

  3. Someone stole my delicious truffles.

  4. Check Peggy's house- I hear she walked out with truffles for everyone.