ll Cibo é L'essenza Della Vita....

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"If you want to live forever and ever, drink wine and eat maccheroni." ~~~Sicilian Proverb

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Zuppa di Frutti on Tablescape Thursday

I can't believe it's already Thursday! This week is flying by and I'm desperately running behind trying to catch up. It's also been an exciting week for Allie and me. 

We just found out we will be featured in next month's issue of Chapel Hill Magazine- we're so thrilled!

What's the best thing about Thursdays?? 

It's tablescape time! We're linking up to Between Naps on the Porch and are SO looking forward to seeing what our hostess Susan, has cooked up this week.

Since it's been so crazy busy around here, I thought I'd show y'all a little bit of what I did this week. One of my design clients asked if I would arrange a small luncheon for her- an old college friend was in town and a few sorority sisters would be coming to see her.

Now, keep in mind that this looked MUCH better at her house. For one thing, the table was set on her beautiful porch overlooking her fabulous gardens. The sun was shining and the lighting was glorious.

Unfortunately, it's been gray and rainy all day and I had to set this on my kitchen table as there are currently 2 different school projects spread on my dining room table.

Hmmm.... that glare has got to go....

What could be more girly for a group of sorority sisters than pink pansies?

a crystal basket waits for ......

warm individual brioches....mmmmm.......

even the butter has to be pretty for a girl's lunch

It's hard to see the cloche that covered the butter, but it's there!

No matter how casual the table, I always seem to find a reason for Waterford. And why not??

It goes with everything. Like pearls. :)

Vintage English ironstone teacups and saucers....

more ironstone cups on a crystal cake stand hold berries, mint and coconut to garnish our soup with

just a peek of sun for a tiny minute....

a vintage French Pillivuyt gravy strainer will be used to serve the sauce for the grilled Asian salmon

I love the "Twist" coffee and dessert service

Brioches and butter... we'll hit the treadmill later

Are you hungry yet??

We'll start with a cold fruit soup (with a little kick) garnished with a raspberry coulis

Three slim vases tied with raffia and silk ribbon hold flowers from the garden- how lovely!

Zuppa di Frutti

6 cups of chopped fruit- I used 4 cups of melon and 2 cups of assorted mango, pineapple, peeled green grapes, and papaya
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup Grande Marnier
good pinch each of salt, cinnamon and cayenne

Put in food processor and puree. Serve very cold with a garnish of raspberry coulis or heavy cream if desired

Hoping you have a wonderful evening. Come back and join us tomorrow for Foodie Friday at Gollum's. 

We'll be taking a little trip South...

to the beautiful villages of southern Italy

Also, just a quick reminder to become a Fan of Bramasole's Facebook page- the link is on our sidebar. We post extra bonus recipes and tips there and we've made some wonderful friends!

As Always,

Buon Cibo, Buon Amici,

Pattie and Allie


  1. That is a gorgeous table. Heck, I would have been happy with the brioche and butter!

    The presentation of the soup is beautiful as is the table setting.

    Congrats to you and Allie on your upcoming feature!!! Please share once it's published.

  2. A beautifully set table, good friends and good food, what more do you need. "Paese che vai, usanza che trovi".

  3. Bonjour Pattie and Allie,
    What a lovely table you created. The pansie plates were perfect for the ladies. COngratulations on the feature, is that Chapel Hill, NC?
    Happy Thrusday,

  4. What a perfect thing for a hot day! It sounds so yummy and looks just as good. The table is gorgeous...whether at your clients home or yours! The butter is just too pretty!

  5. Congratulations Pattie and Allie on being in an upcoming Chapel Hill Magazine article!

    This is such a pretty tablescape. I love the pink pansy bowls and the twisted handle spoons.

    Delicious soup recipe! Add vodka and it would also make a wonderful punch.

    xxoo Pat

  6. How lovely your table is -- those pansey bowls are as pretty with that gorgeous soup as they are without! Very elegant.

  7. this is very pretty! Love the pansie bowls with the soup!

  8. Congratulations Allie & Pattie on your magazine feature! Love your tablescape this week - the flower bowls are lovely and the fruit soup sounds so refreshing.

  9. Oh congratulations on being featured in the Chapel Hill Magazine. What a great honor and you so deserve it.

    Your table setting is just stunning. All of the china, accessories and crystal are gorgeous. The menu sounds fabulous. You are such a fabulous cook. Really puts me to shame. Hugs, Marty

  10. love your table and congrats on the magazine...I've never seen fruit soup before...interesting!

    happy Tablescape Thursday...enjoy

  11. Everything looks wonderful! And that soup looks delish! So, if I have a party will you come and whip up a fabulous table and wonderful meal for me? :)And congrats on being featured!! that is wonderful!

  12. Pattie and Allie -- the pink is so pretty. I really love the molded butter and need to get some molds. The soup looks lovely! I love fruit soups. Joni

  13. I forgot to write and congratulate you for being featured in the magazine! I hope you will share the article with us! Joni

  14. Love the pansy bowls and that soup looks delish in them - a cold fruit soup sounds perfect for a hot day - must try your recipe!
    Your pink glassware is lovely as is the beautiful tablecloth!


  15. Congrats on your feature! That is a wonderful accomplishment! Your table is lovely. The food looks amazing. It is all so pretty. Win $50 CSN gift certificate at my blog.

  16. A beautiful table and oh my what an elegant lunch.

  17. What a gorgeous tablescape! I especially love those pink pansy dishes.


  18. Very pretty and feminine. I love the beautiful pink bowls and the pretty tablecloth Even the butter is beautiful.

  19. Your pansy bowls are terrific! I love them. And your food all looks so delicious. Those were very lucky ladies to be guests at this party! (And I love the list on the right, too)

  20. This is a lovely table setting. I hope it inspires people to get out their wedding gifts and inherited dishes and use them!

  21. How exciting to be featured in the Chapel Hill Magazine, congrats!
    Your table is lovely with all the little special touches.
    The zuppa di frutti sounds wonderful, thanks for posting it!

  22. Really lovely, so feminine and pretty! The zuppa di frutti sound delicious, I'll try the recipe soon! Thank you for sharing it with us.
    Heidi - Heart and Home

  23. Pattie and Allie,
    Congrats on your feature in Chapel Hill Magazine! Please share with us when the issue is published! Can we view it online?
    How exciting!!
    Your tablescape is beautiful and I wrote your recipe down. It sounds delicious!
    Smiles :)

  24. Hi,
    Congrats on being featured in Chapel Hill Magazine, how fun is that? Your table is lovely, your bowls were darling and the
    presentation of your cold soup looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Congrats on the Feature! What a beautiful Table.

  26. Pattie and Allie, Congratulations for beeing featured in Chapel Hill magazins. I hope you will present us this feature because I cant get this Magazine here. Your table is really darling. I love the pansy bowls and the tablecloth. And brioche and butter, thats not fair to me. Surely it makes me drooling for that. Great tablescape as always.
    Greetings, Johanna

  27. What a beautiful tablescape and I just love the butter shapes!!


  28. I'm charmed by the butter! It's all beautiful.

  29. I love the pansy girlie and sweet. The brioche look so buttery and good, mmmmm!

    Congratulations on being featured in a magazine; how exciting is that?! You entirely deserve it.

  30. Looks gorgeous right where it is!! Congratulations on the magazine too, that is great!!

  31. OH WOW - How exciting! Is the magazine available online? If so, you'll have to post a link when your story is published.

    Fabulous table, as usual!


  32. Pattie, it's so nice to hear that you'll be featured in the Chapel Hill Magazine. That's a real and well-deserved accomplishment. Today's table and food are very welcoming and any invited to the table could not help but be pleased. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  33. A big congrats for your feature in the magazine! The table looks beautiful, the sweet soup delicious. I left you a little thank you over at my blog.

  34. So pretty! Everything looks so festive, colorful, and (casually) elegant! I love that you used the Waterford. Those pretty pats of butter might just be my favorite element you've incorporated today -- perfect!

    Congrats on the upcoming article! I hope we'll be able to access it online.

    Thank you for stopping by yesterday. I always appreciate your visits and the lovely comments you leave.

    Warmest regards,

  35. Stunning tablescape! It's so pretty and I love that you are being featured in Chapel Hill magazine, how neat is that! Congratulations!


  36. absolutely lovely. you had me at the flower bowls..

  37. Am dying to try this fruit soup. I copied your recipe, however, what is the procedure to the raspbery coulís?

    I have raspbery hedge that in bloom now, can't w8 to get your recipe.

    Gorgeous girlicious lunch.

    TY for sharing your gr8 ideas.

  38. How beautiful your table is. I have couple of those pink bowls with the purple in them and one salad plate and I love what you've done with them.

  39. Pattie, I love that table, but your soup in those flower bowls is a MASTERPIECE!

    And were those ladies Tri Deltas??? The pansy is our sorority flower, but I think it's also the flower of Kappa Alpha Theta, too. I would love to know where she (or you) found those CUTE bowls.



  40. wow what a feast and I wish she was my grandmother too. I love the butter. and all the food esp dessert of course. and you did a beautiful table setting!! m loving the colours. happy birthday to ur grandma :))


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