From very early in our relationship, Greg and I have delighted in inviting friends over for dinner. Perhaps our love of hosting meals with friends harkens back to our childhoods when our parents would host elaborate parties typical of up-and-comers in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We’ve had lots of fun conversations about WHY we love doing these gatherings.
Our guests have been single friends to as many as a dozen for dinner … and everything ranging from “let’s just throw something together” to an eight-course wine tasting dinner. For us, it makes no difference the size or formality … we just LOVE the fun of sharing our passion for food and drink with others.
Sometimes, we spend days planning menus and choosing wine and cocktails. On occasions, we’ve prepared menu cards. More often, however, it’s more casual with easy chats to reply to the inevitable “OMG, you guys went to so much trouble” comments. The reality of it is, we really don’t feel like we go to all that much trouble.
We’ve made risotto with veal schnitzel, brasato al Barolo and even our own creation “tossi.” (I’ve shared the recipe for brasato and tossi in previous blogs.) Other times, we’ve had simple taco nights or even simpler potluck-style wine and cocktail parties. And, of course, there are regular holiday dinner parties.
No matter what the occasion, no matter what the reason, we’re always up for a fun evening of food and drink with friends! There’s something special about learning something new about a friend or neighbor over a glass of wine and a plate of food.
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Sharing a meal with others is universal. Invite someone over today!
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