One of my favorite chapters in Palm Beach Entertaining is "A Royal Evening," featuring a dinner party given for the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, by Hilary Geary Ross, one of the most glamorous hostesses in Palm Beach and New York, and her husband Wilbur L. Ross Jr.
Look familiar? This is the party pavilion/guest house (aka "Windsong Too") that was added to the Ross's 1939 Palm Beach Georgian Revival "Windsong." Architect Thomas Kirchhoff and decorator Mario Buatta, received the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation's Schuler Award for their design of Windsong Too, which was created for visitors as well as for entertaining. Images below are from the the July issue of Architectural Digest and Thomas M. Kirchhoff Architect.
Pistachio-Crusted Chilean Sea Bass
This is a perfect choice for entertaining, as the fish is cooked in the oven, not on the stove top, thus avoiding any unpleasant odors.
1 1/2 cups shelled pistachios
3 cups multigrain flakes or whole-wheat bread crumbs
4 (6- to 7-ounce) Chilean sea bass fillets
2/3 cup Dijon-style mustard
Preheat the oven to 350° F.
In a food processor, pulse the pistachios and multigrain flakes until fine. Transfer info a shallow bowl.
Coat each piece of bass with mustard on both sides. Dredge the mustard-coated fish in the cereal mixture and place on a baking sheet.
Place in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until the fish is opaque and cooked through.
The combination of flavors in this desert is elegant and delightful. On another occasion try vanilla, chocolate, or caramel ice cream. It is also fabulous to combine flavors, serving a few balls of coconut ice cream with one ball to surprise the palate.
3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
2 cups roasted macadamia nuts
2 pints coconut ice cream
2 cups raspberries
1/2 cup sugar
Juice of 1 lime
Preheat the oven to 350° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the coconut and macadamia nuts on the prepared baking sheet, place in oven, and toast until lightly golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.
Using an ice cream scoop or large melon baller, make 8 balls with the ice cream. Coat with coconut-macadamia mixture and return to the freezer until ready to serve.
In a blender, puree the raspberries, sugar, and lime juice until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serve the ice cream balls in a decorative glass bowl, passing the raspberry sauce on the side.
Asparagus Charlotte with Beluga Caviar, Palm Beach Entertaining © Jerry Rabinowitz
Now you may recall this feature from the July issue of Architectural Digest also included The Ross's Southampton, New York summer house. The early 1900's Colonial Revival is just as magnificent as their winter Palm Beach retreat...
I have probably ogled these pictures a million times since I received this delicious copy of Architectural Digest over the summer, but I had never noticed the pagoda pool house in the last picture, above... Do you see it? Well, my friend Linda at Calling it Home did! She featured this pool house in all of its pagoda perfection on Monday, and my heart skipped a beat. Here is a closer look!
The newly constructed "Chinese Regency" style pool house and swimming pool were added to balance the existing tennis court during a renovation by Muse Architecture & Design. The garage, which was formerly functioning as the pool house, was renovated back into a garage and guest house. You can read more about the incredible renovation and new construction of the Ross's historic Southampton estate here. A few of my favorite images are below...
I am wild for white Colonial homes with black shutters!
And who wouldn't like to be greeted by blue and white planters flanking the front door?
The black and white Greek key stair runner coordinates beautifully with the flooring.
A pagoda mini bar/kitchenette in the playroom? Yes, please!
Chevron is a trend!
I'm dying for a close-up of those frog benches... how cute are they??
Picture-perfect, parklike grounds...
So now that you have seen the Ross's Palm Beach winter retreat and their Southampton summer home, you may be wondering about their primary residence... their Manhattan apartment. It was also decorated by Mario Buatta, and it too is positively magnificent. Stay tuned for more!