White as the Snow

White Cloud Nine

Photo Courtesy of Cornelia Stiles

Creating an elegant black tie event may be as easy as keeping everything clean and white. The key is to keep an all white affair from being boring. These fluffy clouds draw the eye up and create an interesting top drop for guests. Use clear items so you don’t overdo the white either, allowing items to blend together. Add pops of color where appropriate, but keep the white theme your primary focus.

White Bread in a White Sauce

 

Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Ruperti

While not white as snow white, combining a satisfying french loaf with white chocolate sounds pretty heavenly to us.

INGREDIENTS

  • For the Bread Pudding:
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (for greasing pan)
  • 9 ounces bread (croissant or French bread), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup (about 2 1/3 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 6 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 large yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • For the Sauce
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Grease 8-inch square pan with butter; set aside. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Spread bread cubes onto rimmed baking sheet and bake until edges of bread feels dry, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let pan cool on wire rack.

 

2. In medium saucepan whisk milk, cream, and sugar to combine. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until scalding. Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate until melted and smooth. Let sit to cool slightly, about 10 minutes.

 

3. In large bowl, whisk egg yolks and egg to combine. Slowly whisk in warm milk mixture to combine. Whisk in vanilla. Add bread cubes and let soak, about 30 minutes, gently stirring occasionally.

 

4. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake until just set, about 25 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving, about 15 minutes.

 

5. To make the sauce: In small saucepan over medium heat, heat cream to just simmering. Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate until melted and smooth. Serve immediately.

White Negroni

 Photo Courtesy of Vicky Wasik

A classic drink gets a clean update by using vermouth instead of traditional red campari.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 ounce gin (recommended: a London dry like Beefeater)
  • 1 ounce Dolin Blanc vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce Cocchi Americano (sub Bonal or Suze if desired)
  • lemon twist, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine gin, Dolin, and Cocchi Americano in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until well chilled. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Add garnish and serve.

Filling in White Space

Video Courtesy of Sponseasy

Sponsoring an event is a fantastic way to fill in osme of the white space in your bottom line. Apps such as Sponseasy allows event organizers to seek sponsorships and vice versa. Coinciding with EventBrite makes Sponseasy easy to find.

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