Success. Apparently a bit of patience and getting the simple-but-critical steps down is all that is needed for macaron success. They turned out great and are now a staple on my dessert platter at work.
Other culinary appearances at our Sex and the City 2 launch party menu included:
*Mini fudge cupcakes with cream cheese buttercream.
(Other two items are provided from Coast, my old stomping ground. This photo was taken off a foodie blog of the event).
*Tuna tartare sliders on my housemade brioche slider buns.