Dinner with Friends

Wayne Brady and Tori Avey

Can I just say TGIF?? Shabbat is here after a long, exciting, exhausting week! I am really looking forward to a full day of rest and reflection, starting when we light the Shabbat candles this evening.

On Wednesday, we had a small dinner party at my home. I thought it would be fun to share the menu with you here on the blog. A few friends stopped by, including the uber-talented and amazing Wayne Brady. Yup! THAT Wayne Brady. Never a dull moment in my kitchen!

This is what I served at our gathering. Some of the dishes appear here on my blog, click the links for recipes.


Organic green salad with grilled artichoke hearts, heirloom tomatoes, and sunflower oil dressing

Avocado salad with hearts of palm

Classic Hummus with warm fresh pita bread

Persian Lamb Stew over fluffy white basmati rice

Farah’s Roasted Chicken

Sliced Heirloom Tomatoes

Tricolore Broccoli Pasta Salad

After dinner, we were serenaded in the living room by our new friend Laurenzo Davids, a gifted inspirational vocalist and piano player from South Africa. He is super talented… what a voice! I’m guessing you’re going to hear a lot more from Laurenzo very, very soon.

After enjoying Laurenzo’s singing, I treated our guests to my Challah Bread Pudding. Wayne is eating some in the picture above. After two helpings, we both agreed we’ll need to hit the gym this weekend… but it was so worth it!

Shabbat Shalom everybody! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  1. Tori, honey, I kvell to read your website and blog. You beautifully express the thoughts and feelings of many fellow shiksas I have known over the years. And what recipes and photos! A true maven you are! As we shiksas in Georgia say, “Shalom, Y’all!”

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