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A Night of Hip-Hop

January 25, 2016

Because of last week’s interview with uber talented Shawne Jacobs of Anne Barge, we missed an installment in the ongoing chronicles of life, love, and event design at Alchemy Event Studio. It was a busy week with prototypes and new client meetings, but the most remarkable part of the week may have been a dinner we helped to orchestrate for the founding men of hip-hop. We’d love to share the VIP guest list with you, but we don’t take confidentiality lightly here at AES ! Nevertheless, the host did give us permission to write about the evening.

Guests for this never-to-be-duplicated gathering came from California, New York and points beyond. While everyone knew one another, an evening like this has never before taken place. Everyone was treated to a delicious Southern-inspired meal by Dennis Dean Catering and over food and drink amazing conversation (and rhymes) started to flow.

Mini Chicken & Waffles with Jack & Coke Handpass

Mini Chicken & Waffles with Jack & Coke Handpass

The banter that night ran the gamut from the artists’ early days – friendships, rivalries, and the like – to current projects, favorite songs, and vivid memories of the beginning days of hip-hop and at around midnight, the discussions really started to deepen. Guests didn’t get back to their suites at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead until the wee hours of the morning. A Peabody Award winning film crew from the Big Apple shot the entire evening so our fingers are crossed that one day everyone will hear what we heard. Our lips are sealed, however. These little birdies don’t chirp the chit-chat.

Dinner Decor

Dinner Decor

Alchemy Gibberish, Dennis Dean Catering, Holiday Recipe

All in the Family

December 22, 2015

Are you looking for some last minute party ideas?  Well, we all know Dennis Dean has impeccable taste (at least our great clients and events tell us so!), but his attention to detail might be traced to his grandmother, Carola Ubbsen.


Her handwritten recipe for the perfect holiday treat has been preserved and now Dennis is sharing it as a special gift to us.


Schaun Meringue Torte

9” x 13” Pan, Baking Time: Slow, 275Oven

8 egg whites (Large)
-Let eggs stand at room temperature for an hour or so whites will stiffen up better.
¼ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. cream of tartar
2 ½ cups of granulated sugar
1 Tbls. Vinegar

  • Beat egg whites and salt until foamy.
  • Add cream of tartar & beat until whites hold stiff peaks.
  • Add sugar slowly, in small amounts.
  • Add vinegar slowly.
  • Spray 9” x 13” pan with Pam Spary, or grease with shortening of your choice.
  • Line bottom with part of meringue, use back of large spoon to work some up sides to make a lining.
  • Bake in slow oven until delicately brown, about 1½ hours.
  • Turn off the oven and let the it dry out in the oven for about  1½ hours, door closed.
  • Cool and fill with your favorite fruit and top with cool whip.

Happiest of Happy Holidays to you and Happy Cooking!