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The First Holiday Party

It’s December so I’ll probably spend the month talking about gifts and parties and I want to be sure to begin with a party I co-hosted with my dear friend Christina Simon.¬†About six months ago Christina starting mentioning to me that she wanted to hostess a party for our friend Vanessa. You see Vanessa is a celebrity chef here in Los Angeles who we both really enjoy on a personal level and whose food I’ve enjoyed over the years. She has a catering company called Mothers Helping Hand and it does exactly what you think it would. She delivers dinners for 4 that are ready to heat and serve. You can just give her a call and she’ll deliver three days worth of dinners for significantly less than a restaurant would charge and only a tiny bit more than it would cost for you to prepare it yourself.

In any event, Christina wanted to introduce our friends to Mother’s Helping Hand and she and I both love a party. So we decided to kick off the holidays with an introduction to Vanessa’s talents. We invited friends, Christina opened up her home and then we called in a few favors. Coca Cola stocked our bar with soft drinks, waters and juices and a friend of mine sent over some Macallan & Famous Grouse because I think we all know that I enjoy sipping Scotch.

We played demo model with the new Coke Life.

Hillcrest Party Rentals delivered some tables and tablecloths.

And Joe Sherrod Bartender & Martini Master delighted everyone with his mixed drinks and party personality. If you want to hire Joe send him an email at [email protected] or call 818-256-5503. We cannot recommend him enough.

We did a terrible job of photographing the passed appetizers because we were too busy enjoying our friends and the food and drink but we were able to snap a few photos of the plates that were set out early.


Vanessa Event Food 2

Christina and I were a little matchy matchy with a metallic and black clothing theme. Great minds think alike?

C&J Vanessa Event


Christina sets the perfect mood with the details and is all grace, remembering to thank everyone.



And she even let me do the talking. We all know I can talk…
It was my pleasure this weekend to introduce Vanessa to our friends in Los Angeles and it’s my pleasure again today to introduce her to my Los Angeles friends online. I hope some of you have the chance to have her food in 2015.

Vanessa and Jessica