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  • Food in Balance

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    A basic balanced menu will include a protein (i.e. fish, poultry, pork, lamb, beef, tofu), a grain (i.e. rice, potatoes, bread) and a vegetable. Build a dinner menu starting from these basics, and fill out the meal from there as … Continue reading

  • Plan for Success

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    The key to a successful event is planning, beginning with the menu. Take care to balance dishes that require last minute active work with dishes that can be made in advance and / or cooked “passively” (i.e. in the oven, … Continue reading

  • Don’t Spoil Their Dinner (Too Much)

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    When deciding appetizers for a dinner party, consider lighter fare so guests aren’t overly stuffed with heavy rich snacks when they sit down to the beautiful meal you’ve prepared. Foods like specialty Italian and French olives, pickled carrots, cherry tomatoes … Continue reading

  • Building the Bar

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    Creating a full cocktail bar can be expensive, so build your bar over time. Start with the liquors, liqueurs and mixers needed for your personal favorites. Then, ask new guests in advance what they like to drink, and add to … Continue reading

  • Drink Smarts

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    Keep a drink reference guide near the bar set-up so you can easily look up your guests’ favorites and be the host with the most. Check out The Ultimate Bar Book by Mittie Hellmich.

  • Bar Equipment for Beginners

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    Basic specialty bar equipment includes a cocktail shaker and a shot glass – anything else you might need is probably already sitting in a cupboard somewhere. That zester in your tool drawer? That’ll work for the bar, too! When you’re … Continue reading

  • Glassware for Gimlets?

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    The proper glass for a specific drink lends sophistication and style to any gathering, but never let convention keep you or your guest from enjoying anything from the bar. Basic glassware for the bar includes a tall glass (often called … Continue reading

  • Is That Sparkling Wine or Champagne?

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    It depends on where it comes from. All champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is champagne. Champagne is a region in northeast France where they use a specific traditional method for making sparkling wine – so “champagne” … Continue reading

  • Fill to Chill

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    To quickly chill a bottle of white wine or sparkling wine / champagne, make an ice bath. Fill a roomy pitcher or large bowl with a generous amount of ice and cold water, enough to cover most of the bottle. … Continue reading

  • Steady State

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    Wine is sensitive to temperature and temperature fluctuations. Both red and white wines should be stored in cool conditions, ideally at a stable temperature between 40 – 68° F. Avoid warm spots, like the top of the refrigerator!

  • Making Beer Sense

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    Beer falls into two main categories: ales and lagers. Ales are fermented at warmer temperatures, with the yeast floating at the top of the fermentation tank. They are aged for a few weeks, and are often served closer to room … Continue reading

  • Shape Matters

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    Beer glassware is about as complicated as glassware for wine, with different shapes ideally suited to specific ales and lagers. If you’d just like a basic glass to get started, consider a pilsner shape or pint glass. Each of these … Continue reading

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