Celebrate summer vegetables at their peak of perfection
On Martha’s Vineyard, where I live, late-summer entertaining is all about eating outdoors, making the most of everyone’s over-flowing vegetable gardens, and having a relaxed evening under the incredible light show that is the Vineyard’s starry sky.
It’s the perfect time of year to prepare a vegetarian menu. With the garden’s beautiful bounty, no one even notices that there’s no meat. If your menu offers interesting textures and vibrant flavors, and you
create a lovely presentation of several different kinds of dishes, then everyone is satisfied. Add a crisp summer cocktail, such as an Aperol spritz, and jugs of minted lemon water, and the evening will be set.
There’s no need to serve the menu in formal courses, but I think it’s nice to begin the meal with a “make-your-own” element that gets everyone involved in the party.