You know when you do stuff and it seems like a great idea at the time? Well, when I entered the competition to be chosen to throw a POM party I was high on painkillers from some complicated dental surgery. There I was, propped up in bed with my laptop high as a kite, unable to even chew solid food, yet fantasizing about pomegranates! So when I got the email from the POM Wonderful people telling me about the wonderful POM Wonderful dinner party contest, I did what any other toothless drug-addled wonder would do. I thought about the wonderful dinner party I could throw with unlimited pomegranates and I entered. A few weeks later my stitches were out, I was pain free and I could chew again. I got an email informing me that I'd been one of the lucky 100 chosen to host this party. "What party?" I thought. What the hell had I done!??? And what did I say I was going to cook???
I've always loved pomegranates. I used to think of them as the forbidden fruit. Forbidden because around our house when I was growing up, I wasn't allowed to eat them. My mom was afraid of the mess they'd make on her carpets and furniture (I'll get to the answer to that little problem later.) It was the squirt factor. My mom has a thing about her furniture and plastic drop clothes. She actually makes Dexter on a killing spree look like a slob. As soon as I was out on my own, I was able to go out and score some pomegranates. I even ate them in my own living room, no slip covers, no drop clothes, with the blinds up!! I was POM free and I never looked back.
So I was practically jumping up and down when I got my two big boxes of pomegranates and my whole POM Wonderful Party Kit with everything I needed to toss the perfect POM-centric party. I couldn't wait to get started.
Since I'm a writer my first thought was what was this POM Party about? I needed a theme. Pomegranates are one of the healthiest fruits out there, rich in antioxidants and all sorts of good stuff, and it turned out that one of our guests, Terri, was going to be celebrating her birthday in a couple of days, so what better way to send her off into a new year than with a dinner loaded with all sorts of POM goodness.
I knew that my dinner would be judged on decor and since we are definitely in POM season here in Sonoma, I knew I wanted to bring a taste of what was outside my door, inside and onto the table.
My dining room table is custom made from 100 year old Sonoma barn wood, so I used basket weave place mats to echo the basket weave pattern on my white dishes and let the soft burnished wood show through.
|Crow-cam view of the Dining Room Table|
I would incorporate pomegranates into everything I served which is pretty easy considering there are a million ways to use this amazingly versatile fruit. The Pomegranate is renowned throughout history, and a friend was even telling me yesterday that it was the fruit that lured Eve in the Garden of Eden... How do you like them apples? In honor of this mysterious and mystical fruit I got my inner pomegranate on, so to speak.
As an Amuse Bouche I decided to serve a Walnut and Pomegranate Muhammara (a sort of Syrian hummus made of roasted red peppers and walnuts) with Flatbread.
Robledo Family Vineyards Los Braceros 2005
Gary Farrell Russian River Valley 2006 Pinot Noir
Pride Mountain Vineyards 2008 Syrah
DuMol 2007 Russian River Valley 2007 Pinot Noir
Saint- Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux 2007
And for those who don't drink, (see Me!) there were Pomegranate and sparkling water spritzers...
Big River Coffee and Syrah.
Finally, came a demo of the appropriate mess free way to open the delicious pomegranate.