Speakeasy Party Ideas + Blackberry Goat Cheese Crostini


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It’s summertime! When you work from home as a blogger and your husband is a teacher, that gives you lots of time to stay up a little later and enjoy an adult beverage any night of the week. You all know I’ve always been a foodie, and one of the fun parts about truly enjoying food is working on delicious food pairings. I used to be exclusively a red wine drinker, but I’ve expanded my repertoire to enjoy a variety of white wines.¬†I was recently introduced to two different varieties of Notable Chardonnay. One is oaky and buttery while the other is fruity and crisp. Each one has its own unique flavor profile, so if you invite a few friends over for a tasting, they can sample the wines to experience the nuances. To highlight the wine? I set up a Speakeasy Party!

I really knew little about speakeasies until I did a little research, so here’s a brief history lesson for you. Speakeasies surfaced during the Prohibition Era from 1920 – 1933, when alcohol was illegal to manufacture and purchase throughout the United States. The term speakeasy now refers to a retro-style bar, with characteristics similar to my tablescape above. I like how the darker vibe sets the mood for the party and captures the Prohibition Era feel.

Each Notable wine has information on the bottle describing the flavor notes you should expect when tasting that particular variety. You can use that information to create a delicious tasting menu using seasonal ingredients and your favorite flavors. The appetizer I created does just that!

So this delicious appetizer… it’s a Blackberry Goat Cheese Crostini. I wanted to create an appetizer that highlighted the buttery notes of one chardonnay and fruity notes of the other, and this was absolutely it! This dish takes just a few minutes to create, it’s visually appealing, and is a wonderful addition to my speakeasy party.


  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 1 French baguette
  • 1 pint blackberries
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 T cream
  • sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • salt & pepper to taste


Begin by gathering your ingredients. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Thinly slice your baguette into 1/2″ rounds and lay them on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt, and bake them four about 5 minutes, flip over, and bake on the second side until golden.

Meanwhile, in small pan, combine half of your blackberries with one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and a sprig of fresh rosemary. Simmer about 5 minutes, until the balsamic begins to thicken, and use the back of a fork to mash the berries. Remove this mixture from the stove, and pour over the other half of the blackberries. Stir to combine. Remove the rosemary sprig. It is just there to give it a burst of fresh, herbaceous flavor.

Allow the toasted rounds and blackberry mixture to cool. In a separate bowl, combine the goat cheese with one tablespoon of heavy cream, zest of one lemon, salt, and pepper. The cream lightens the cheese up so that it is more spreadable. The lemon zest gives the buttery goat cheese a pop of flavor that highlights the flavors in both of the wines.

To prepare the appetizer, spread the goat cheese over each toasted bread round. Spoon a whole blackberry along with some of the balsamic glaze over the goat cheese. I decorated my serving dish with pieces of the rosemary. This helps your guest to know what flavors to expect in the appetizer.

Seriously, how gorgeous are these Blackberry Goat Cheese Crostini?

Your appetizer is now ready to serve with both Notable Chardonnay varietals. Want to make it fun? Host a blind tasting. Pour glasses of each Chardonnay, and let your guests determine which one pairs better with this appetizer — and which is more appealing to their palates. This is a great way to help inexperienced wine drinkers identify the different notes in two different types of wine.

To set up the speakeasy party table before your guests arrive, you need to include a few elements. I kept things pretty simple: two different Notable wines, mason jars with tea lights, a strand of Edison lights, sheet music napkins to complement a music theme, a retro camera {this is a bit anachronistic as it’s from the 1960s, but it was my dad’s and gives a cool vibe to my table}, chrome wine bucket, and my delicious appetizer! Oh, and you see that awesome brick wall? It’s just wallpaper.

Cheers to a super fun party idea you can enjoy with your adult family and friends!

How are you celebrating this summer?

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia {age 8} and Bryce {age 6}. Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.

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