My Entertaining on Pinterest
"I believe entertaining should be fun and certainly stress-free.  The most important secret weapon for successfully hosting a fete is to bring creativity to your home, table and cooking. This puts your guests at ease no matter how formal the event, and makes for a festive and fun time for all! "

Let Me Show You How To Enjoy the Experience of 
Hosting a Dinner Party, Luncheon or Cocktail Soiree

From sourcing locally to utilizing quick and simple shortcuts, entertaining can be fun and relatively easy!  For more than a decade my friends have referred to me affectionately as the Tabletop Queen because I have honed my skills as a host and cook. I entertain frequently for my friends and family, brands, non-profit organizations and companies. 

 Here on Nest by Tamara, I offer up unique and creative tips and ideas while demonstrating table decorating, sources, menus, recipes and venues.  With these stories I hope to inspire my readers to enjoy the process, keep it elegant, yet comfortable and, at times, wildly creative in order to create a warm, convivial environment while putting guests at ease.  Additionally, this year I launched a new home fabric collection with my long-time friend and fashion designer Susan Young.  We create beautiful and quality fabrics to bring to your home and table, and we are now regularly invited to speak at events where we offer tips and advice about entertaining in a series we call Table Talk.  Follow these hashtags on social media to find our recipes, table and home decorating tips and entertaining ideas.  

please reach out to schedule us for a TableTalk engagement at RootCellarDesigns@gmail.com
TableTalk tips post
 My feature in Traditional Home magazine's Great Kitchens, 
Greek-inspired dinner, Fourth of July

under my pergola in East Hampton, summer lunch

Tamara's Mandarin Mojito Cocktail 
Summer Watermelon Mojito's with Jonathan and Toma
Rohl blog: a bespoke cocktail made in a Paris Hotel bar

table and party decorating:
set a gorgeous summer table
setting a Thanksgiving Table  
easy, stylish dinner party ideas
Dan's Papers magazine, setting a Holiday table with gold
Art of the Table, with Traditional Home
tabletop and decorating tips, a ladies' lunch under the pergola
Beautiful Table Decorating at the Hampton Classic Horse Show
Tabletop ideas inspired by the Hampton Classic Horse Show
Donna Karan's Urban Zen
Dan's Papers magazine, Fall Decorating & Entertaining
Dan's Papers magazine, Finding antique Majolica for your table

Pistachio Lemon Basil Pesto 
French Onion Soup and other holiday recipes
Braised Short Ribs inspired by a trip to Atlanta
apple pie and Chinese take out   
 Beach Picnic recipes 
blueberry crumble
tomato bread soup
chicken souvlaki
our supper club:
Rob and Irene's Vodka, Pierogy and Lamb
Enrique and Diana's  Mexican Dinner Party
Melissa and Barry's  A Greek dinner
Brian and Gail's A Mad Men-inspired evening
Randal and Tamara' Italian Holiday dinner party
French Country dinner at Poggenpohl's Eric Ripert's kitchen
Barry and Melissa's Spanish Dinner Tapas
 Rob and Irene (and daughter Libby)  Indian dinner    
Happy Entertaining
Happy Nesting
XO Tamara

shopping Arthur Avenue with friends
galas we've hosted:
 a series of "Under The Pergola" Dinner Parties in East Hampton

 Dinner at Poggenphol with our Supper Club
 TableTalk Demonstration at the Westport Historical Society
 Hope Lodge Holiday Bash Harmonie Club with our Root Cellar Designs fabrics
Hope Lodge Holiday Bash, Harmonie Club
my French dining room at Design On A Dime
 New Canaan Historic Luncheon
The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House gala 
at the historic Cipriani ballroom in 
Grand Central Station, New York City
black tie dinner gala Flawless Foundation at the
Historic Burden Mansion in New York City

My kitchen design for Art of the Table 
sponsored by Traditional Home magazine 
I stylized this table and kitchen for a celebration of the the bounty of the Autumn season. I baked homemade banana bread, offered it up with recipe cards to take home, brought in farm-fresh produce, charcuterie, cheese & wine and invited guests to celebrate in my Bounty Of Fall kitchen at Bilotta in New York City

Under The Pergola column 
In Summer, I show easy and creative ideas for hosting events, either under a pergola or anywhere you channel the sunny season.  These stories help the host think of the entire event as a whole.  We all know there are a wealth of recipes out there now online to tap into, but it's bringing the entire luncheon or evening together with a smile on our face that can be the challenge, and all the while juggling a full life.  

gala for Marriott's Travel Brilliantly program
My gala for the Marriott Travel Program in Atlanta
Weekday and Sunday Supper Columns
offering quick, easy yet delicious meals and recipes.
we cooked a French Dinner in Eric Ripert's kitchen Poggenpohl 
Together with a group of my talented friends, I created a Supper Club here in New York City.  We meet often to collaborate on a culturally inspired dinner.  Over the years we have hosted dinner parties together.  We shop the surrounding appropriate neighborhood for fresh indigenous ingredients, then collaborate on a menu.  
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