Building a Brunch Nook part 3: Brunch!
California Wine Country Brunch
If you tell someone you’re drinking an American wine, their first guess as to what state it’s from will be California. This isn’t to say that there aren’t amazing wines from other states. It simply shows that California has built a culture synonymous with wine. California is also known for fresh, light foods. Here are some ideas for a California-inspired brunch in your new brunch nook:
- Open up windows and bring in as much natural outdoor lighting as possible
- Serve fresh grapes and other fruits as a snack while the main course cooks
- Try an Avocado Eggs Benedict with some fresh goat cheese as a light, healthy meal
- When it comes to the wine, choose from the 7 varieties that grow best in California: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Zinfandel.
If you want your brunch nook to have a permanent California theme, consider adding some mosaic wall art. This style is very popular in parts of California and will add a nice ambiance to your space
New Orleans Brunch
Where images of California Wine Country center around wide open spaces and serene vineyards, the image of a New Orleans brunch is very different. New Orleans food is all about indulgence, which makes brunch, typically a luxury meal, the perfect foil for a New Orleans theme. Here are some tips for your New Orleans-style brunch:
- Throw some Mardi-Gras beads on the table and counter surfaces for an affordable decoration that will quickly communicate your theme.
- Play some jazz music in the background to really set the tone
- New Orleans is known for their great seafood. Impress your guests with crawfish bisque paired with an acidic, fruity wine to cut the rich creaminess of the soup.
- Many iconic New Orleans dishes are heavy and rich. Make several entree dishes, and then serve small portions so your guests can try everything! Braised Short ribs, meat ragu, seared scallops, and shrimp and grits are some great options.
If California has the corner on the American wine market, Italy has its thumb on the world’s. For an authentic Italian brunch, here are some classic Italian recipes:
- Bruschetta: You can put anything on bruschetta. Simply cut a firm loaf of bread into slice, top, and roast in the oven. A simple garlic and olive oil rub makes a great spread. Top it with prosciutto, tomatoes, basil, or any number of toppings. Make 3 varieties and let guests choose their favorite!
- Frittata: Frittatas are not only delicious, but they’re super easy to make. Saute all your leftover vegetables in a skillet, throw some eggs and cheese on top, then finish in the oven. Great frittata vegetables include asparagus, onions, zucchini, and mushrooms.
- Caprese Salad: A Caprese salad is simple tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. You don’t get more Italian than that! Plate in cute individual glasses or dishes, or you can even make a caprese bruschetta!
- For dessert, try a ricotta cheesecake or some honey and fruit with ricotta instead of yogurt.
There are no shortage of inspirations and recipes for brunch. Do you have a brunch nook? Share your favorite brunch themes in the comments!
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