Porch Partyin’

In Louisiana, spring presents the ideal time to dine on the porch, and Vikki and Bryan Colwell take full advantage of the season’s inviting weather – as well as the gardenias, hydrangeas, and agapanthus abloom in their garden – by entertaining outdoors often. The secret to their success is to keep things as simple as possible. For this elegant porch party for six, that meant ordering in food from their favorite restaurant, the Dakota, in Covington, La.

Chefs Kenneth LaCour, Jr. and Kim Kringlie collaborated with the Colwells to plan a menu centered on local specialties: festive icebreakers, a garden-fresh salad, and an abundant seafood buffet featuring crawfish, oysters, shrimp, and blue crabs. The easy-to-prepare entree, Baked Red Snapper, paves the way for a dessert cart filled with classic Southern-style temptations: pecan pie, strawberry shortcake, and decadent pralines.

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