From Our Table To Yours, Sending Wonderful Thanksgiving Wishes!

From Our Table To Yours, Sending Wonderful Thanksgiving Wishes!
Root Cellar Designs Lemon Blue pattern tablecloth and napkins


my French Seaside dining room for Design On A Dime

Let Me Show You How To Enjoy the Experience of 
Hosting a Dinner Party, 
Luncheon or Cocktail Soiree
from sourcing locally to putting creativity to use, 
entertaining can be fun and quite easy!

shopping Arthur Avenue with cooking friends
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 often entertain 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 tabletop ideas, 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, put guests at ease and have fun.  I encourage everyone to enjoy the process of entertaining because it can be an incredibly rich experience.  Please see below some of the columns on Nest by Tamara including 
Under The Pergola, 
Weekday Supper & 
Culinary Dinner Column.  
 New Canaan Historic Ladies Luncheon


150-guest dinner at the historic Burden Mansion
My kitchen design for ART OF THE TABLE
sponsored by Traditional Home magazine  October, 2014
Along with stylizing this table and kitchen, 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 while utilizing Lenox's DKNY dishes, Rab lab, Jerry Teters, Michele Varian, Kim Seybert, Viyet & more products in the design! Traditional Home magazine and The Editor At Large interviewed us and showcased our designs on their sites.  Art of the Table story
Under The Pergola column Summer
In these stories 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.  
Under The Pergola stories:

Atlanta, GA
Tamara's Mandarin Mojito Cocktail for the Marriott
a  column offering quick, easy yet delicious meals and recipes.
Weekday Supper Column:
apple pie and Chinese take out 
French dinner we cooked 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 many dinner parties together, and we decided to make it a regular event as a way to share with others our recipes plus broaden our culinary skills.  We usually shop the surrounding appropriate neighborhood for fresh indigenous ingredients, then collaborate on a menu.  The Supper Club has evolved with each of us stretching our culinary tastes and exploring new dishes. Take a look at some of these wonderful evenings we have shared. 
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 

stop back for more entertaining posts soon!