Spring Entertaining …
Mix it up!
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Pea gazpacho with creme fralche & mint
Black cod with hollandaise, toasted farro, morels & tempura kale
Spinach gnocchi with snap peas, asparagus tips & broad beans in green oil
Cocoa swirl meringue with mascarpone, poached cherries, hibiscus & macadamia streusel.
Spring always excites me because it’s a perfect time to try new techniques and change the old way of doing things, including impressing your guests. Let’s loosen our grip on entertaining and have even more fun with it! As a host, it’s easy to get stressed and forget that the goal of entertaining is to bring friends together and enjoy each other’s company. Things don’t always have to be perfect…
Mix up your plates—Start with the appetizer on one style of plate, maybe plain white, then for the main course move to a blue plate, and so on! Your décor accents can tie into this eclectic approach, such as, for example, creating a floral centrepiece with white and blue hydrangeas to tie everything together.
Mix up your plating—If you’re the type to generally host seated, more traditional dinners, why not mix it up and instead host a cocktail party with passed hors d’oeuvres like our mini shrimp tacos pictured below? You can also set up a mini food station with small plates of seasonal dishes such as the ones I am featuring below, including:
Saffron potato frittata with Ibérico chorizo & pepper drops with spring greens in a sherry vinaigrette
Smoky rabbit croquette with sundried cherry tomato pesto, white beans with zesty cress & lemon
Korean fried chicken with sesame scallion steamed rice, butter lettuce & cucumber radish salad
Sebastien Centner is the Director of Eatertainment Special Events & Catering, one of Canada’s leading event and catering companies. A regular contributor to Homefront, Sebastien can also be seen on The Marilyn Denis Show,
The Morning Show and in Catersource Magazine offering entertaining ideas and inspiration to Canadians across the country. www.eatertainment.com.
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Follow Eatertainment on twitter @eatertainment an instagram@eatertainment. Food menu courtesy of Executive Chef Christopher Matthews. Prop styling courtesy Suzanne Dunbar-Saunders.