As a child, visiting my Mother's family in New Orleans (NOLA) was where I learned a thing or two about how to live and to live large and celebrate the life you love.
My Grandmother Saffold was a New Orleans socialite who loved to party and entertain. She would have the finest caterers in NOLA to her home and I would find myself in the kitchen…observing and sampling the hors-d'oeuvres and hamming it up with the staff. I was mesmerized by how beautiful and delicious a one-bite appetizer could be. I specifically remember the smoked salmon canapes that were artfully displayed on her gorgeous silver trays and carried throughout her home to her guests.
You could say that's where I was bitten by the 'entertaining bug'.