Accessories were secondary at Tory Burch‘s MePa store last night; food was foremost. The occasion was the publication of Burch’s friend Victoria Amory’s latest cookbook, Delicious Flavors. The two met a few years ago at a lunch for Amory’s first cookbook (simply called Delicious!), and last night’s guests nibbled on treats inspired by the cuisine of Amory’s latest endeavour—spicy shrimp and patas bravas, all washed down by Champagne. “I wanted to translate traditional tapas into hors d’oeuvres,” Amory said of the night’s offerings. “This book is about a lot more authentic Spanish flavors—sherry, chorizo, Mediterranean flavors.” Amory should know: The daughter of a count and countess, she grew up in Spain and taught herself to cook when she moved to Florida. “I could never cook when I lived in New York,” she said of her twenties. “The kitchens were tiny!” They still are, but that doesn’t stop New Yorker Burch from cooking when she can. “My boys are starting to learn how to cook, so we’re in the kitchen more,” she said of her brood. In fact, if Amory is looking for a sous chef, Henry may be her guy. “He’s a master chopper,”
Burch acknowledged. If the success of one’s cookbook party can be measured by the people that arrive, last night’s soirée was a success: Martha Stewart herself popped in for a bit, which, we imagine, is something like Marc Jacobs showing up at your senior year design presentation.
Click for Victoria’s favorite recipe from Delicious Flavors, Saucy Contessa Chicken