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Mid-Manhattan NAACP annual Luncheon Brings Together Civic Minded New Yorkers

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 10/12/2011, 2:16 p.m.
Mid-Manhattan NAACP annual Luncheon Brings Together Civic Minded New Yorkers

And what would a birthday party be for the birthday girl without a Princess Tiana birthday cake? It was not only beautiful but it tasted good too. Last year, her party was held in our apartment and orders from Charles were "Never again." So the playground was the perfect alternative-and free! Next year, we'll do something better, promise (I hope).

This just in from the Winery, located on 116th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues. Having a dinner party? Need stemware? The Winery is now renting stemware to help make your event complete. Please inquire within.

Speaking of events, I am hosting the Hillbillies' first meeting of the season this Saturday. Charles and I spent all last weekend cleaning, moving the furniture around and making everything look totally festive. I've found my favorite serving pieces, the music is all lined up (thank goodness we have a three-disc CD player that I can put on repeat) and it's all a go-except for the food preparation, cooking and serving.

I won't have any help on this one, as Charles is skipping town to attend, the New York State Bar Association's Labor and Employment Conference, to be held in Saratoga Springs. Not to worry though-as the daughter of a socialite, I've been through these hosting events plenty of times before. It's a lot of work, but what are you going to do?

For the menu, I'm going for an East Indian theme: curried chicken, yellow rice, mango chutney, olives and coleslaw (OK, so the coleslaw isn't East Indian, but it rounds the taste buds out). I'm also adding a slab of ribs with my special barbecue sauce on the side for those who indulge.

I have a great East Indian CD that I'll play during dinner and the only thing I can't decide on is whether to serve naan or cornbread. I'll let you know next week. For dessert, it's make-it-yourself strawberry shortcake, an idea I got from Bill Freeman. Wine and soda will be the beverages of choice. Wish me luck.

Until next week...kisses.