When I was very small I loved to watch TV. I could see the actors on TV so I thought that they could see me too. All Mom had to do was plunk me in front of the “I Love Lucy” show and I would be good as gold for the next thirty minutes. I did not want Lucy to think that I was misbehaving during her show.
Through the years I continued to be enamored with sitcoms. One of my all-time favorites is Frasier. I love the Frasier set with the Steinway piano, Eames chair and the Coco Chanel couch. My favorite piece on the set sat to the left of the fireplace ~ the three-tiered “twisted table” designed by Larry Horowitz. I would love to know where the original table is today. Since I can’t get my hands on the original I am happy to say that as of this weekend I now have my very own Frasier twisted table!
Evan Berding designs and creates fine furniture. Please visit his website to view examples of his extraordinary creations:
I commissioned my Frasier table from Evan Berding. The process was fascinating. First I sent as many photos of the table that I could find to Evan as he did research on his end. He explained that the original table looked like cherry and that cherry would compliment other pieces in my living room. Cherry tends to get darker with age so my table will darken over time.
The next step was for me to determine the dimensions of the table. I trusted Evan’s judgement and he was very helpful in deciding exactly what size table would fit in my space. The original table was a little taller than my table but Evan explained that the Frasier set was much bigger than my Colonial house living room.
The drawers are made of poplar. You can see the level of fine detail that Evan puts into his work in the dovetailing on the drawers.
We wanted to make the delivery of the Frasier Table into a special celebration. Evan and Meredith and some bubbly friends joined us for a Frasier themed dinner. Meredith is a high end custom furniture designer. Please visit her website to be wowed!
Veuve Clicquot champagne was a favorite of Niles Crane on the show, so we began our evening with a toast which led to the unveiling of the Frasier Table. I was delighted by the finished product.
Our first course was a nod to Frasier and Niles sipping sherry. Sherry is a traditional ingredient in gazpacho and it was a warm summer evening so I made my favorite gazpacho served in chilled mason jars.
Just for fun I took a photo of the temperature in my car earlier that day…thank goodness for air conditioning!
Our second course was a nod to the Frasier theme song, sung by Kelsey Grammer, “Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs”. I scrambled the eggs with portobello mushrooms and Gruyere cheese. My bubbly friends Kate and Bert gave me Frasier coasters that I will keep in the drawer of my Fraiser Table. They are adorable!
Tossed Salad And Scrambled Eggs!
Our next course was a nod to Martin Crane, Frasier’s Dad on the show. He loved to grill out on the patio of Frasier’s exclusive loft, much to Frasier’s chagrin. Martin’s love of grilling is included in my favorite episode of Frasier. This episode showcases Frasier and Niles’ long time competitiveness at a silent auction where the two spend eight thousand dollars for a lunch with three Nobel Laureates. Season 6 episode 19.
“The Innkeepers” episode when Faiser and Niles purchase an elegant old Seattle restaurant is another favorite. Season 2, episode 23 As the episode unfolds Fraiser, Niles and Daphne add just a little more Kirsch to the Cherries Jubilee. When they finally flambe the dessert at the end of the episode it explodes! My bubbly friend Kate made the Cherries Jubilee for us and she did a fine job of adding just the right amount of Kirsch, leaving our deck perfectly intact. The Cherries Jubilee served over vanilla ice cream was amazing! The perfect ending to a grand celebration.
Here’s a link to an interesting article about the Frasier set: http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2009/09/frasier-living-room.html
Maxine Andrews stayed hydrated during this fun celebration!
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