When you entertain at home, what are your go-to foods, drinks, and special touches?
Paella...it takes a bit of prep, but the actual cooking is fairly quick and can be done while everyone is hanging out. It’s a showstopper of a presentation and is the kind of meal that brings people together. I’m a big fan of formal-but-informal and paella always works. As for drinks, plenty of wine (rose is always part of the mix). Special touches….I get to cheat because we’ll use my work to decorate the table. Simple flowers, a mix of vases and random little pieces to bring it all together. Side-note…it’s only seconds at our house…sometimes thirds…we only let the best of what we create out into the world so I’m stuck with the leftovers at home.
What advice to you have for anyone starting out in a creative enterprise?
Don’t wait to do it. My mentor pushed me to start things before I was ready. You’ll figure it out along the way. That said…don’t cut any corners and only present work that is ready to see the real world. You can’t take back a first impression so make sure you’re only putting out your best. Your friends will tell you that everything you make is great. Appreciate them for that, but trust your own critical voice.