Dessert Party

As the calendar leaps into the NYC fall season, there's the promise of crisp autumn weather, and holiday goodies right around the corner. It's party time, and that means getting the coffee maker into high gear for a Sunday afternoon dessert party. Whether you prefer a stove top espresso maker, French press, or a traditional drip, the point is stimulating the cortex of your brain for some energetic party banter!

Coffee making has become a scientific pursuit in our household, with Matt's quest for the perfect brew, so the first step in planning our sugar and caffeine infused bacchanalia is picking the beans. We're fans of the artisanal coffee roasters at Gimme! Coffee, whose pure, brilliant beans bring sensory pleasure, not to mention a real kick.

My favorite part is selecting an array of desserts for an afternoon as decadent as my favorite home shopping scene from Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette. I love the technicolor explosion of light and crispy, melt in your mouth French macarons handcrafted by Macaron Parlour, whose unexpected sweet and savory flavors, like Cinnamon Pistachio with Morello Cherries, Candied Maple Bacon and Caramel Fleur de Sel are beyond anything Ladurée, inventor of the double-decker macaron, and Marie Antoinette ever imagined.

We dig Baked By Melissa's groovy bite size cupcake morsels, and Momofuko Milk Bar cookies in trademarked flavors like Compost and Cornflake-Marshmallow-Chocolate Chip. To top it off, we'll definitely need some Doughnut Plant cake doughnuts, with a painterly glaze of seasonal fruit and fresh roasted nuts. Dinner that day would be optional.

Images and courtesy of cookware.com, Macaron Parlour, Nate Tharp, Almost Bourdain, SlashFood.

Post sponsored by cookware.com.

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