Chefanie loves cakes & clothes, so naturally she also loves to match her cakes with her outfits. With Chefanie Sheets, this is easy! Anyone can do it... You can design custom Chefanie Sheets to match any outfit or occasion. Check out a couple times Chefanie has matched her outfit with her cakes and made cake a veritable fashion accessory. Click here to order Chefanie Sheets to match your outfit. After all...
With the Fourth of July right around the corner (achem, tomorrow), here are 3 of Chefanie's favorite patriotic cakes that'll really show off America's red, white, and blue colors. Make sure to top your cakes with an American Flag Chefanie Sheet to give them that extra wow factor!
If you want a patriotic cake, but don't want to mess with all of the messy food coloring, this cake will do the trick. Here is a simple cranberry cake topped with an American Flag Chefanie Sheet. It's delicious and patriotic. You can substitute any cake recipe on our dessert page...
It's wedding season, and with weddings come many "do's" and "don'ts." Follow these tips for a seamless wedding. You don't want to commit any of these wedding faux pas! Via InStyle.
- DO: Customize desserts
- As stated in the video, "I think customization is a really important dessert trend. I've seen people monogram and customize with their pets, with their favorite Drake lyrics..."
- Make your desserts your own, something that your guests will remember until the end of time.
- DON'T: Choose an obscure cake flavor
- As stated in the video, "I had a friend who used a poppyseed flavor and I think now she wishes she had done something vanilla, something that was more appealing to everyone and wouldn't get stuck in everyone's teeth."
Via Guest of a Guest
For Victory Club's art filled bash with Paper Fashion over at one of Tribeca's newest luxury buildings, One Hundred Barclay, Stephanie Nass wanted to create a cake that rivaled the height of the skyscraper itself. We know nothing says party like cake. And the bigger the cake? Well, the better the party...
For you adventurous hosts and overly zealous guests aiming to make a cake that's taller than you are, take a look at Stephanie's five key tips to keep in mind for a towering success.
Rule #1: The bottom tier should be as tall as your legs.
I love New York Cake for all my baking needs like ginormous cake pans. Our bottom tier was 2 feet wide and 9 inches tall.
RULE #2: Each tier should be two inches smaller in diameter than the one below it.
This will make for an even, gradual ascendance to the top.
RULE #4: Each tier should be equal in height.
So it looks consistent, neat, and professional.
RULE #4: Make each tier a different flavor.
Need some flavor inspiration? I've got plenty.
RULE #5: Cover with Chefanie Sheets!!!
How much easier is this than making, rolling, and draping fondant? Oh, you know, and then painting it by hand!
MARGARITAS! Of all shapes and sizes. You can make them flavored with fruits, such as passion fruit, salt encrusted, frozen or classic. The possibilities truly are endless. Take a peek for some perfect recipe ideas.
What To Serve
Classic, but with a twist is the way to go when it comes to the menu. Chips and guac are an obvious must. But with a little lobster meat for added for good form - even better.
What To Wear
If you haven't gotten it already - color is the name of the game! Yellow, green, blue and orange will brighten up the room and lift the party spirit.
But don't go running to Party City in some sad last minute appeal to the party planning gods. Go to Etsy! Banners, pinatas - a knitted sombrero hat for your cat!
When people aren't drinking or laughing, they should be dancing. These tunes on repeat should do the trick.
Nothing like a goodie bag of spicy chocolate, a mini bottle of Patron, and a cute Polaroid snap from the evening to send guests off into the night.
Chef Stephanie Nass, a.k.a. Chefanie, is the ultimate entertaining doyenne - a girl about town who's forever on the guest list, and forever making a guest list. Of course, nothing passes the eye of this professional hostess, no detail too small to be left unturned.
The regular events she cooks up for Victory Club, the arts and dining club she founded in 2014, can be spotted from miles away, leaving trails of her signature touches, from painted menus, hand-embroidered napkins, even cakes dressed with her custom Chefanie Sheets.
Take note of her five simple steps to personalizing any party, and prepare to be the belle of your own ball!
The Oscars are a fun Sunday night tradition and a perfect excuse to get people together! Here are some of Chefanie's tips for throwing a fabulous Oscars party...
ON THE MENU
Get in the festive spirit! Include some black tie options on your menu:
SET UP A POPCORN BAR
with different topping options, including but not limited to:
AT THE COCKTAIL BAR
Cocktails named after nominated films
Hell or High Water, Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, etc.
& of course Prosecco
Photobooth with cutouts of Oscars, black ties, popcorn, and.... an Admit-one netflix and chill coupon :
Nothing gets people in the holiday spirit like a little bubbly. We served Prosecco from the Conegliano Valdobbiadene region of Italy, the birthplace of Prosecco.
2. Keep the food options simple.
Only the very best. For us, that meant a lifesize gingerbread house, pigs in a blanket, and cakes with Chefanie Sheets.
What turns your party from fleeting to famous is the introduction of 2 people who end up dating. Maximize your chances of this happening by maximizing the mistletoe. A Christmas miracle never hurt anyone...
4. Send everyone home with a souvenir.
For all 80 guests, Chefanie prepared giftbags of her favorite things: truffle oil from Urbani, gingerbread chocolates from Chuao, Green Hot Cinnamon tea from Harney & Sons, Jacques Pepin spatulas from Sur La Table, cocktail napkins by Baron von Fancy from The Prospect NY, and adorable bottles of Hottie Tottie.
5. Make a snapchat filter
Because the only thing better than your guests having fun is letting everyone else know.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Chefanie has your plating, decorating, cooking, and baking needs covered. Embrace the season by designing your tablescape with autumnal colors.
Last year, Chefanie set the table for her family dinner with cornucopias of assorted flowers in orange and yellow fall hues. To make the table even more festive, she added various pumpkins as centerpieces and placed a little pumpkin soup bowls at everyone's place setting - functional and festive!
Chefanie adds napkin rings wrapped with artificial berries and vines. And who could forget Chefanie's signature hand-painted menus. She painted Thanksgiving dishes as well as a Ralph Waldo Emerson quotation around the border pertaining to gratitude:
“For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.”
The metallic accents of her antique dishes are also a beautiful touch.
One thing Chefanie says to not shy away from is going out for Thanksgiving Dinner - sometimes it's better to just relax and enjoy your family without the stress of cooking. Her favorite restaurants - Redeye Grill and Brooklyn Diner - serve all of your traditional Thanksgiving foods and desserts and do not disappoint.
Chefanie consulted some tastemakers to share with you their favorite Thanksgiving tips and traditions.
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is preparing the meal, starting the day before, with my mother and sister and grandmother. I could try to be original, but there's really nothing better than the emulsion of custom and cooking over strong bonds and good smells. My mother makes a brilliant stuffing, and my grandmother's gravy is to die for - my sister and I are still sorting out our gifts :-) My tip would be for everyone to have a part of the meal they're responsible for to help the cooking go faster and so everyone can be a part of the experience.
I have to say, I love Christmas. Since we're lucky enough to travel a lot, there's a narrow window for decorations; I try to get the tree up straight away upon returning from Thanksgiving. It blends one holiday right into the next!
Some of my Thanksgiving traditions include making my infamous “turkey” cookies for family and friends. They are simple, delicious, plain cookies in the shape of turkeys, which I top with cinnamon and sugar. Going to a family brunch overlooking the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, then spending the rest of the day with my husband’s family in Connecticut. They have a tradition of having Chinese food as part of their Thanksgiving dinner, which is a lot of fun! Watching football with my boys while feeling very stuffed :)
Some of my entertaining tips: mini pumpkins and gourds are a fabulous way to decorate your fall table. I like to use place cards to strategically seat my guests. You can put the place cards in small frames which make a great take home gift. Serve each guest a mini scoop of sorbet (mix up the flavors) in between courses to cleanse the palate.
Chefanie is excited to introduce new Chefanie Sheets designs for the festive season! Chefanie has translated her signature watercolors into edible cake paper, and we are pleased to share them with you in time for your upcoming holiday parties.
Tartan #ChefanieSheet is a classic take on your seasonal plaid print. Chefanie loves matching her clothing to her cakes, and Tartan does the job perfectly. Show up at your next party with your favorite plaid skirt, tie, or scarf -- and a cake wrapped in our Tartan Sheet to match! We paired our Matcha Cake with Tartan Chefanie Sheets to pick up on the sheet’s holiday color scheme; recipe here.
Harrison Tile #ChefanieSheet was inspired by Chefanie’s favorite tile table in her family home in Harrison, New York. This sheet is simple and elegant. The icy blues compliment the feeling of the season and look perfect on your chinoiserie tableware. We dressed our Chestnut Maple Cake in Harrison Tile; recipe here.
Beijing #ChefanieSheet is one of our boldest designs yet! We love the graphic punch it brings to your cake and the colors perfectly pair with your traditional holiday scheme. This sheet is definitely for our more eclectic, risk-taking entertainer and is sure to catch everyone’s attention. Our Zucchini Cake looks great in Beijing; recipe here.
With Halloween right around the corner, here are 5 menu ideas to make your festivities a success! Whether it's for your own Halloween party or a friend's, these snacks are sure to be the center of the event and satisfy everyone's sweet treat cravings!
4. PASTA LEAVES
With your Kitchenaid pasta machine, take your dough and use a cookie cutter to make these leaves. Such an easy way to make your pasta more autumnal!
5. BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
This Smokey Butternut Squash Soup will leave you feeling like fall inside and out. This soup is so easy for a party - and will let the host enjoy the party! It's elegant but doesn't require too much plating effort. Just sprinkle on some pumpkin seeds as a garnish et voilà!
Chefanie's passion for food has taken her all over the world. From Austin to Berlin, San Francisco to Jerusalem, it seems that Chefanie is always on a mission to find the best ingredients for Victory Club events & casual dinner parties. We've compiled a list of the best food stores around the world to reference along your own travels. Bon voyage & bon appétit!
Last week, we let you in on a little secret: we at Chefanie HQ are addicted to pasta. Of course we realize that not everyone shares our same pasta cravings nor wants to indulge in pasta constantly. (GASP!) In the event that one of your dinner guests has an aversion to pasta or is on a protein-heavy diet, try one of our easy and elegant 5-star entrée recipes that will be sure to please everyone at the table.
Addicted to pasta? So are we. Here are 5 pasta recipes that will satisfy even the most crazed addict.
Every home cook must learn how to make homemade pasta. After all, it requires very few ingredients, very little time (and effort), and can be kept in the freezer for months. Roll it out to make spaghetti, fettuccine, pappardelle, farfalle or ravioli--literally any type of pasta that you can dream of, it can be made with our basic homemade pasta recipe.
2. Cacio e Pepe
Although Cacio e Pepe calls for very few ingredients, the process of combining the ingredients makes this Roman staple somewhat of a challenge. Have no fear. With our fool-proof method, you’ll be mastering Cacio e pepe in no time.
3. Ramp Pesto
With the resemblance of a scallion and the bite of garlic, ramps are the more adventurous older brother of the spring onion. They’re only in season for a couple months, so when you see them, be sure to grab them because these guys make THE BEST PESTO EVER.
This next recipe is a perfect example of how you can balance an otherwise carb-heavy dish, like ravioli, with some nutrients! The not-so-secret formula? Ravioli + spinach + garlic = a seamlessly delicious (and healthy) dish.
Craving pasta and not the calories? We’ve got a recipe just for you: spaghetti squash with brussel sprout petals. Spaghetti squash has become the all-star of healthy, clean eating. It’s jam-packed with a ton of nutrients, like fiber and vitamin C, tastes pretty darn good, and easy to transform into noodles of spaghetti without any culinary expertise. With the addition of the perfectly crisp brussel sprout, this superfood dish is a crowd pleaser.
Planning your 4th of July party? Here’s how to have a fire-cracking Fourth of July party wherever you are...
- The Colors: On Fourth of July, throw yourself into a classic red, white & blue color scheme. Let the table sing the national anthem and recite the declaration of independence. It should be patriotic.
- The Plates: Mix & match blue plates that you find at a thrift store. Chips have charm :)
- The Tablecloths: Can be a long piece of denim fabric found at a fabric store or your grandma's white tablecloth folded in half.
- The Centerpiece: This is literally the center of conversation. It does not have to be flowers; it can be an artwork, a newspaper article, a vase with goldfish (lol), book, candles, or gasp -- a cake! Get creative! Think about where it will take the conversation, and how it can enrich the conversation.
- The Flowers (if you choose to do flowers): Pick something seasonal, either from your garden or from the florist. Seasonal flowers are always less expensive because they are grown in abundance! Here Chefanie used white hydrangeas from her garden.
- The Napkins: Chefanie embroiders napkins, and she can do them for you too! Here.
- Printed menus double as place cards. Download Chefanie's 4th of July menu template here & scribble in what you serve and the names of your guests.
- Food-wise, fire up the grill! Nothing is off limits: you can do veggies (anything seasonal), pizzas, and (cheese, salmon, turkey, chicken, veggie) burgers!
- Chefanie's favorite summer salad is Zucchini Carpaccio.
- This cacio e pepe with pink peppercorns on a blue plate totally fits in the color scheme!
- For dessert we recommend a red, white, and blue cake! Here's our recipe. And of course, a corresponding Chefanie Sheet. This year, we are donating a percentage of all American Flag Chefanie Sheets sales to the families of Orlando victims. Order a Caprices Sheet and note that you want it to be a flag here.
- Red, white, and blue sangria with white wine, strawberries, and blueberries is a low maintenance drink that is absolutely delicious. Plus, it can (and should) be made in advance to minimize your work on the day of the event.
- Make sure to always have water on the table in a pitcher or pretty glass bottle.
We love any Spotify playlist that starts with Don McLean's "American Pie," but especially this one...
You’re having people over, and you want everything to be perfect. No. Not perfect. Better than perfect. This isn’t keeping up with the Jones’s--this is setting the standard. And that standard is about to reach a whole new level. Here's how to raise the bar with Chefanie's 5 favorite plating tricks:
1. Use a ring mold. It makes anything and everything look restaurant ready.
2. Always place the protein at six o’clock.
3. Food should never touch the rim of the plate. Under any circumstances.
4. You don’t need to fill all the space on the plate. Negative space or, as Taylor Swift would say, blank space, is good; it allows the main attraction--the food--to shine.
5. Garnishing in general takes a dish from plain to insane. (Be sure to check out our 5 Ways to Garnish a Soup.)
If you follow these tricks, your guests will be ooh-ing and ahh-ing at your beautiful creations. We guarantee it.
We love soup. In fact, we love soup so much that we actually slurp it all-year-round. Especially during the summertime. But, as soup connoisseurs, we understand that soups--hot or cold, thick or thin--don’t always have the best sexy appeal. After all, they're no cheeseburger. So we've decided to compile a list of the 5 easiest ways to garnish a soup that will transform your soup from average to drop-dead gorgeous.
1. Zucchini soup garnished with woven pastry
2. Smoky butternut squash with toasted pumpkin seeds
3. Pumpkin soup garnished with cinnamon foam
4. Carrot soup garnished with puzzle piece-shaped crostini
5. Chilled asparagus soup garnished with artichoke heads and mascarpone
Very proud to announce the launch of #ChefanieSheets, a product that elevates an ordinary grocery-bought or home-made cake to a work of art in just a few moments. Each sheet is completely edible: vegan, gluten-free, and dairy free. Sheets come in two sizes (small & large) as part of a kit that also includes a ruler and instructions. Each design is part of a seasonal collection inspired by my travels.
The major ingredients are tapioca starch, corn syrup solids, sugar, water, and food coloring. The sheets are shelf stable, lasting up to 1 year when kept in the correct conditions. Sheets should be kept in a cool, dry, dark place.
As I always say, "no pattern, no party!" So, starting patterning up your cakes for all your parties!