One couple, Jody and Kerry, are former neighbors. She is a renowned wine steward and he is a chef by training, now running the Food Services department for the most chic of our retirement communities. VERY chic.
Gary and Mary Beth are new friends. She manages the local amusement park ... for the past 30+ years. Because she is still just a kid at heart!! Gary is her beau who loves to cook and pair with good wine ... so I'm a little under the gun here.
Mary Beth's Mom lives at Mary's Woods where Kerry develops the menu. The wine steward and the wine aficionado should have a lot to discuss. Her customers all followed her when she was approached to leave the chain she had worked with (unappreciatedly so) for the past ten years.
I took the easy way out and asked Jody/Kerry to bring soup or salad. Gary/Mary Beth are bringing dessert (interesting how both of the MEN in these couples are the cooks?).
Marcona almonds, Kalamata olives and toothpick Caprese salad bites. With Prosecco!
Salmon with walnut vinaigrette
Oven roasted butternut squash, green beans and red bell peppers (COLOR!)
Crispy Smashed Roasted ... boiled red potatoes that are then smashed and broiled and topped with cheddar, bacon bits and a dollop of sour cream.