New Relais & Châteaux book: The Art of Entertaining!
This highly-anticipated book from famed publisher Rizzoli goes behind-the-scenes at 17 sensational soirees including a Night of 1,000 Lights dinner party hosted by Planters Inn, Charleston’s iconic grande dame hotel, as well as an extravagant All-Hallows’ Eve costume party hosted by Chef Patrick O’Connell, proprietor extraordinaire of The Inn at Little Washington.
INTRODUCING THE ART OF ENTERTAINING
The pantheon of gorgeous, highly-coveted coffee table tomes produced by Rizzoli, the famed publisher of beautifully illustrated books, now includes a behind-the-scenes hardcover look at how consummate Relais & Châteaux hosts transform their properties into perfect settings for spectacular soirees.
The recently released Art of Entertaining Relais & Châteaux: Menus, Flowers, Table Settings, and More for Memorable Celebrations chronicles seventeen seasonal parties, both intimate and grand, hosted by award-winning venues located across North America. Filled with recipes and decorating tips for creating exquisite affairs, The Art of Entertaining is ideal reading for hosts and hostesses seeking party-planning inspiration from some of the nation’s most admired hoteliers and chefs.
INSIDE THE BOOK
Secrets for hosting an epic Night of 1,000 Lights dinner party—complete with décor tips and recipes—are shared by Planters Inn, the luxury boutique hotel located right in the heart of Charleston’s famed Historic District.
Other chapters include a Summer Sunset Celebration at Auberge du Soleil (Napa Valley, CA), a Fourth of July Beach Ball at Ocean House (Watch Hill, R.I.), a Halloween Costume Party at The Inn at Little Washington (Washington, VA), a Wilderness Adventure Celebration at The Ranch at Rock Creek, and a Smokey Mountains Dinner at Blackberry Farm (Walland, TN), among others.
Throughout the book, author Jessica Kerwin Jenkins provides a fascinating peek into the rich history of the distinguished Relais and Châteaux collection of beautiful independent hotels and restaurants.
A contributing writer for Vogue and The New York Times, Kerwin Jenkins is no stranger to excellent food and legendary entertaining. Her first book, Encyclopedia of the Exquisite, is a compendium of essays on quixotic and whimsical topics, from Julia Child’s tip for cooking the perfect omelet to Louis XIV’s fondness for the luscious Bartlett pear to the thrill of dining alfresco.
EPIC NIGHT OF 1,000 LIGHTS DINNER PARTY IN CHARLESTON
“Hidden at the end of an antiquated brick alleyway and through a wrought-iron gate lies Charleston’s most picturesque dining spot, a courtyard lit with carriage lanterns, palmettos rustling overhead. Planters Inn, at the corner of Market Street and Meeting Street, provides a decadently soulful oasis in the very epicenter of the great city’s historic district.”
— From The Art of Entertaining Relais & Châteaux: Menus, Flowers, Table Settings, and More for Memorable Celebrations
“With a nod to Charleston’s legacy of inimitable seafood, he serves roasted wreckfish on a bed of nouveau succotash, made with baby leeks, sweet corn, and succulent crab, topped with roasted tomato vinaigrette.” – The Art of Entertaining
The following recipe is included in the book.
PLANTERS PUNCH RECIPE
Although it originated in the rum-rich West Indies long ago, this fresh, fruity cocktail has been a favorite libation in Charleston for more than a century. This version pays homage to Charleston’s original Planters Inn (circa 1809), the grande dame hotel forerunner to today’s award-winning Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel.
1¼ ounces dark rum
1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
1-ounce pineapple juice
1 teaspoon grenadine
Orange slice, for garnish
1 maraschino cherry, for garnish
Fill a highball glass with ice, and pour in all of the ingredients. Stir to combine. Garnish with the orange slice and cherry. Cheers!
KEEP THE PARTY GOING
To own a copy of The Art of Entertaining Relais & Châteaux and recreate memorable celebrations at home, visit the Rizzoli website.
To host a Night of 1,000 Lights dinner party without doing any of the work, contact the Planters Inn private events team via email or phone (843) 722-2345.