In preparation, I have invited three friends, purchased a plain white tablecloth for my dining room table, and designated my last $20 grocery store gift card (that I received at Christmas) to shopping for the event.
I have also created the following menu with assistance of my Italian penpal B:
an Italian cheese (yet to be determined. Any suggestions?)
olive oil (the flavorful kind for dipping)
Primo Piatto (First Course)
Penne Pasta Primavera (Penne pasta with vegetables in tomato sauce, likely zucchini and red pepper.)
Secondo Piatto (Second Course)
roasted chicken with grape tomatoes and rosemary
olive-oil roasted gold potatoes
sauteed spinach with garlic
My Penne Pasta Primavera
Two of my guests are bringing a dessert, keeping with the Italian theme. And the other will be contributing a couple bottles of wine.
I'm looking forward to it.