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A Felicitous Feast

A Christmas dinner table setting by James Andrew

A Christmas dinner table setting by James Andrew

Well, we here at WIJW have been taking a few moments to recuperate from recent holiday festivities! We’ve been missing you terribly in the interim, though, and so we thought to briefly share a recap of our glorious WIJW Christmas dinner – a felicitous feast made possible via the guidance of our friend, the brilliant Chef Alex Hitz, author of My Beverly Hills Kitchen.

Our champagne flutes filled and suitable toasts made, Hitz had us start off with his Smoked Salmon Tartar on Cucumber Rounds…with whetted appetites, we moved on to a lovely Lobster Bisque, and then to a ravishing Roast Tenderloin of Beef and Horseradish Sauce with sides of his famous “Potatoes Patio” and asparagus (all served with the most marvelous Médoc). We concluded with an exquisite coconut pudding, and washed it all down with another round of champagne!

Lobster bisque - Alex Hitz recipe - served at James Andrew's WIJW Christmas dinner

Lobster bisque - Alex Hitz recipe - served at James Andrew's WIJW Christmas dinner

As you know, I do love dressing a table, and, in keeping with the occasion, I went for an elegant setting comprised of: English kings silver flatware, Black Aves china by Royal Crown Derby paired with antique Bavarian soup plates, antique ruby water glasses, Baccarat Brummel wine glasses, candle sticks and decanters, antique Christofle serving pieces, antique white linen napkins, and a white melon tureen by Este as the perfect centerpiece.

Needless to say, this was a Christmas dinner to remember! I hope many of our WIJW readers had a chance to reference Alex Hitz’s new book for their own culinary creations this holiday season–I’ve certainly made it an indispensable part of my kitchen!

Stay tuned—we do indeed have some fun posts planned ahead, including (but not limited to) a January trip to Lyford Cay for their Design Weekend, and a winter getaway to St. Barths!

We trust you are all enjoying this time, celebrating family and friends, and treasuring each moment shared. We happen to think 2013 will be the best year yet.

Love, Light, and Blessings.



  1. Mara Helmrich von Elgott says:

    Merry Christmas my dear James! Everything looks great, I hope we can celebrate next Christmas together in Germany!

    Love and Blessings,


  2. Lil´Lilly says:

    lovely dear James! Merry Xmas and a very happy New Year!

  3. Tom Cavendish says:

    Merry Christmas dear James! You are so stylish! love the way you dress your table!

    Wishing you a happy New Year!


  4. Christiane von Könemann says:

    Lieber James,

    Anscheinend hattest Du sehr schöne Festtage! Guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr!

    Alles Liebe vom Herzen,

    Deine Christiane

  5. Pearl Hammond says:

    Feliz Navidad James! Wish you all the best for this year, lots of WIJW posts, travels and success for you!



  6. Dear James!

    Lovely Christmas table, with all the silver and porcelain, you are a real Duke living in Manhattan! Hope to see you the coming year!

    lots of love,


  7. Lola Montes says:

    Merry Christmas James! Have a wonderful New Year!

  8. Jane Ellenborough says:

    Beautiful James! You rock!

  9. Maria says:

    James estoy llegando a NY la próxima semana, juntémonos!

  10. Monaco Girl says:

    James! I was just driving and singing “Driving home for Christmas” by Chris Rea and thinking of you…….

  11. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Mara,

    I have always dreamt of a Bavarian Xmas!



  12. wendy woo says:

    holiday decadence!
    and it certainly revealed YOUR genius!
    looks dreamy.
    thank you for introducing alex . i’m enjoying the book.

  13. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Wendy,

    Thanks for ALL your incredible support!

    I just adore Alex!

    Tonight Mr McB and I are having a small dinner party we will be serving the – Smoked Salmon Tartar on cucumber rounds as a nibble and then with a brisket – the broccoli and carrot purees.



  14. La Comtesse Lola says:

    A Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! I don’t know what the hell happened to your posts, but suddenly I realised, “Where is James?!” and had to re subscribe. Well, thank God that’s taken care of!

    Love, love, love me Mr Alex Hitz and his fab cook book. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that you are both friends. I can’t imagine a more chic, gorgeous, laughter filled evening…so handsome all of you, you just my eyes hurt!


  15. James Andrew says:

    Well Hello my Dear Comtesse Lola,

    Welcome back- terribly sorry to have lost you!

    Hope you are enjoying a magical Holiday Season.

    I just adore Alex Hitz and his cook book is just sublime.

    Thank You for ALL your gorgeous support!

    Light and Blessings for a tremendous 2013


  16. Dean says:


    Great post on WIJW. That bisque looks really good! Love the flatware, et al…


  17. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Christian,

    So wonderful to hear from you and Thank You for your rather sublime comment!

    I do fancy the idea of living like a modern day Duke!



  18. Lyford Cay!!!! My favorite!!!!
    Two daughters and five grandchildren there right now!!!

    What “design weekend”???? How divine!!!!

    Love your holiday posts !
    ALL OF THEM!!!!


  19. James Andrew says:

    Darling Penelope,

    Yes- it is a marvelous affair – house tours et al!

    I can’t wait to see Babe Paley’s home etc.



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