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book contest with Pauline

Win a Lunch with Me!

I LOVE entertaining and I LOVE meeting new friends! I thought, why not do both? FIVE lucky people will be chosen from a random drawing on November 1. * Simply order either of my books — My Culinary Love Story, or Food, Fun, Love: Party Styles (or both!) —  between now and October 30 and be entered to win lunch for you and a friend in my Los Angeles home and garden. Send a screen shot of the receipt to me at AND!! If your order more than one book, you will be entered for each purchase. Just be

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My Cullinary Love Story, Pauline Parry

A Lunch and a Launch

While I am relatively new to being an author, I am a seasoned pro when it comes to throwing a party! Usually, it’s someone else’s celebration for a milestone such as an anniversary, birthday or wedding. But this time, this time it was my own. After spending about two years starting during the pandemic sifting through memories and events that brought my family and myself to America 40 years ago, I held in my hands a beautiful book – My Culinary Love Story. What started out as a small story to tell my family who were always curious about how

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jp reynolds

A Conversation with JP Reynolds

While I was working on my memoir, My Culinary Love Story, I asked several friends to read the rough drafts. JP Reynolds was one of those friends and he asked great questions that helped me pinpoint some ideas. But there was a lot to our conversation that didn’t make it into the book. First, what you should know about JP — he is a wedding officiant who I have had the pleasure of hiring several times for our wedding clients at Good Gracious Events. But more than that, he is a great LISTENER!! I suppose that’s what makes him so

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Leaving the cork on the table

People ask me how I came by my passion for hospitality. It all began with my parents who gave me the guidelines I’d inherit of how to live life, and to entertain with ease and grace. There was this one phrase that my father used to say and I never understood it until later reflection. Whenever anyone would open a bottle of wine or spirits, they would usually put the cork back in. But he’d catch that, take the cork out and put it on the table, surprises the poor guest. “Leave the cork on the table!” he’s say with

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Culinary Profile: Pink Pig Tequila

  Lately, I’ve been enjoying a tequila called Pink Pig. It’s an odd name, I know, but the story behind it is great, trust me! Co-founders Marissa Gonzales and Autumn Chiklis have a very distinctive point of view when it comes to the spirit. I chatted with Marissa while I was doing some research for my tequila library blog. Q: Marissa, what made you take this approach with your Pink Pig tequila? A: We were tired of “tequila for her.” So, we crafted a tequila like her: bold, complex, and with exceptional taste. Despite the fast–growing number of female-founded and

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