A Winter Weekend Brunch

As a relaxed alternative to hosting a cocktail party or sit-down dinner, gather guests at a civilized time of day—late morning—and serve up this hearty yet elegant fare. It’s a lovely way to catch up with friends and family members after the frenzy of the holidays.

Start with a round of spicy Bloody Marys and a delectable and very stylish winter appetizer: an iced platter of oysters on the half shell served with a piquant mignonette sauce. Follow with our delicious take on eggs Benedict, made with filet mignon in place of the traditional ham, to provide sustenance for the day’s activities. A refreshing salad of thinly sliced fennel, radish and orange provides a delightful counterpoint of flavor and texture; serve it alongside or as a separate course. Finish by lingering over a slice of brightly flavored Meyer lemon quick bread served with ample quantities of freshly brewed hot coffee or tea.