‘Real Housewives’ Star Garcelle Beauvais Talks Dining With the Cast

Garcelle Beauvais says that as a mother of teenage sons, she spends a lot of time making sure there is food in the kitchen. (Photo: Getty; designed by Quinn Lemmers)

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You’ve probably seen it on the real housewives of beverly hills, but Garcelle Beauvais is more than her TV character. She’s also a mom and a food lover who knows how to throw a great party. Something every home party includes? A cocktail that’s easy to make — or even take out of the cooler.

“When I think of summer get-togethers, it’s all about citrus,” Beauvais told Yahoo Life. “All you want is to have something refreshing.”

Beauvais spoke to Yahoo Life as part of her promotional work Absolute vodkawhere she holds the position of social director of the brand Front Yard Citrus Club, a partnership born from the love of Beauvais to bring the party from the backyard to the front of the house. “Growing up, we used to sit on our front steps and see people and talk,” she says, explaining that having a party in the front yard allows everyone to invite their neighbors and friends over for a day of fun. “It’s the perfect way to ring in the summer.”

As well as any party, there has to be a way to keep drinks cold – especially in the summer heat – so Beauvais has also helped co-create a line of unique citrus-inspired coolers with outdoor gang.

A fan of front-yard entertainment, Beauvais has teamed up with vodka and cooler brand Absolut Outside Gang.  (Photo: Absolute)

A fan of front-yard entertainment, Beauvais has teamed up with vodka and cooler brand Absolut Outside Gang. (Photo: Absolute)

Whether the party is indoors or outdoors, Beauvais likes to make its cocktails in large quantities. “What I find as a host, especially in the summer, is that I want to have as much fun as my guests do,” she says. “I don’t want to have to worry if everyone is okay.” His advice? Pack a cooler with drinks so guests can grab whatever they like and still enjoy the party.

Summer parties are a big deal in the Beauvais house, and with the parties comes foods that everyone enjoys. “Pigs in a blanket are always a great way to go,” she shares. “You want summer to be easy. It’s not a sit-down dinner, it’s not a five-course meal. You want to be able to enjoy and everyone to be relaxed.”

What is perhaps not so flippant about the 55-year-old author of love me as i amit is life are dinners out the real housewives, where meals are filmed more like a … production. “I’ve never had such explosive dinners,” she says of dining on camera.

“It’s so funny because we all get dressed up, we get excited and eventually we know drama is going to ensue,” she adds. “What’s interesting is that we can have an amazing time and the tides will turn so fast.”

When Beauvais feels longing for the taste of home, she cooks up a traditional Haitian dish called lambi, a conch stew with onions, peppers and a variety of spices. After cooking the dish for hours, the end result is what she calls “tropical spicy.”

Haitian dishes remind Beauvais of his mother’s cooking in Miami. “Just walking in felt like home,” she recalls. “It’s interesting because, with my mom, there were never any measuring cups or measuring spoons. She just put things together and they came out amazing.”

During busy weeknights, his favorite meal is salmon and vegetables. When her 14-year-old twin sons are home, the meals are a little heartier. “I make lasagna, and they love it,” she says. “I also do chicken parmesan.”

On the weekends, when her schedule is more flexible and allows her to spend more time in the kitchen, Beauvais likes to cook Haitian dishes like stewed chicken, rice and beans. “I feel like a sous chef, always cooking something,” she says. “And you know when you have boys they eat a lot, so the fridge is always open.”

Although she does most of the cooking, the children of Beauvais enjoy jumping into the kitchen and joining her on occasion. “When my son Jaid has friends over, they cook,” she says. “It’s really amazing because growing up my brothers were never in the kitchen unless it was time to eat, but now I feel like this new generation of boys is cooking all the time. C ‘is great.”

When it comes to celebrity chefs, there is one who tops the list for his family. “Gordon Ramsay is really important in our household,” she says. Beauvais’ son Jax is obsessed with the celebrity chef, and the family recently went to Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen restaurant.

Beauvais says she’s also a big fan of traveling to Italy to experience the food scene. “I was just in Positano and I love the food,” she says.

So what’s his perfect meal in Italy? A pesto risotto with butternut squash on the side, then a two-tier scoop of ice cream with a scoop of coconut and a scoop of mango.

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