Ladies Who Launch: Toasting a New Business Venture Over Lunch (Recipes Included)

Sep 11 2017

by Cheri Leavy

One of my favorite outcomes of creating The Southern Coterie is spending time with the community and lending any support I can to facilitate personal and professional growth.  I recently gathered a few Summit alumnae for a luncheon to brainstorm the launch of their concept.  St. Simons style mavens Catherine Slade and Callie Milligan are joining forces to empower women (a TSC mission, too) through styling and organizing their wardrobes and closets with the launch of FORGE.

The Southern Coterie blog: "Ladies Who Launch: Toasting a New Business Venture Over Lunch (Recipes Included)" by Cheri Leavy (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography)
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Lauren Hopkins of LBH & Co PR joined us to lend her expertise.  Lauren and I both have benefited from Catherine’s talents as a style architect with her dressing us for special occasions and advising us on purchases to add to our wardrobes.  Lauren is a wordsmith and champion of small brands with big stories so her input was invaluable.

The Southern Coterie blog: "Ladies Who Launch: Toasting a New Business Venture Over Lunch (Recipes Included)" by Cheri Leavy (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography)

We kicked off the luncheon with Hogwash Rosé and Schermer’s roasted salted pecans.  One of my go-to shortcuts for entertaining is to use some small-batch store-bought items mixed in with homemade.  I love TSC Summit alum Big T’s Coastal Provisions crab and shrimp dips.  And there is no Southern gathering worth anything without pimento cheese – TSC Summit alum Proper Pepper makes a great one.

The Southern Coterie blog: "Ladies Who Launch: Toasting a New Business Venture Over Lunch (Recipes Included)" by Cheri Leavy (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography)
Callie Milligan, Lauren Hopkins, Catherine Slade and Cheri Leavy

The Southern Coterie blog: "Ladies Who Launch: Toasting a New Business Venture Over Lunch (Recipes Included)" by Cheri Leavy (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography)

The main dish, besides all our dishing on Catherine and Callie’s new venture, was a tomato tart created from my farmers’ market scores.

The Southern Coterie blog: "Ladies Who Launch: Toasting a New Business Venture Over Lunch (Recipes Included)" by Cheri Leavy (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography)

Cheri’s Tomato Tart with Southern Living Summer Sauce

Ingredients

How to Make

  • Place puff pastry on buttered baking dish building a crust around edges.  Caramelize onion and garlic in olive oil with thyme and salt and pepper cooking down with the white wine until golden.  After drying tomatoes on paper towels, toss them in few tablespoons of Southern Living Summer Sauce.  Arrange onions on top of pastry then goat cheese and 3/4 of parmesan and then tomatoes. Top with remaining parmesan.Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 425 degrees, until the pastry is golden brown.  Serve hot or warm with a pile of fresh arugula on top and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
    The Southern Coterie blog: "Ladies Who Launch: Toasting a New Business Venture Over Lunch (Recipes Included)" by Cheri Leavy (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography)

Southern Living Summer Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, plus 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 garlic clove

How to Make

  • Process all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add additional salt or lemon juice, if desired. Cover and chill until ready to use. Use within 2 days.
    The Southern Coterie blog: "Ladies Who Launch: Toasting a New Business Venture Over Lunch (Recipes Included)" by Cheri Leavy (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography)

Just Peachy Dessert

Use Talenti Cinnamon Peach Biscuit gelato dubbed as cinnamon sugar gelato with biscuit cookie pieces and a swirl of sweet peach butter. It tastes like a lazy summer picnic in Georgia, except it’s also freezing.  Add Grey Ghost’s Cinnamon Pecan cookie for crunch and a few slices of fresh Georgia peaches with a sprig of fresh mint.

The Southern Coterie blog: "Ladies Who Launch: Toasting a New Business Venture Over Lunch (Recipes Included)" by Cheri Leavy (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography)

So many TSCSUMMIT alums spotlighted in the tablescape – chairs by Lisa Ellis Design, R. Wood Pottery, flowers in the oyster shells by The VINE, palm placemats by Hester & Cook and Catstudio Designs glassware.  And not out of the norm, Catherine and Cheri are wearing their favorite line TIBI.
A special thank you to Kelli Boyd Photography for lending her creativity and perspective to our special gathering!  She’s the best in the business!

 

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Cheri Leavy is a connector, cheerleader and marketing consultant for fellow entrepreneurs. Constantly on the lookout for the newest talent in the South, Cheri has a passion for helping entrepreneurs create and share their brand storytelling through her endeavors – The Southern Coterie • guide2athens • Bulldawg Illustrated


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