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Save On Cooking By Attending A Tasting Party

By Douglas Patterson

There are many adults who find that they can relax at home of a friend more than at a bar or club. Instead of dealing with the anxiety that comes with being around strangers, being in the company of those with like interests makes more sense. Oftentimes a host may utilize a theme, such as a Tasting party, for such gatherings.

For many, there is no protocol for having a tasting session at home. They may choose to serve miniature versions of gourmet foods, craft brews, or even chocolate. Usually the host may have a favorite type of food or drink that they want to share with others. If anyone works in advertising or hospitality, the party may be used to get feedback about a particular product.

However, it can be more fun when there is a potluck type of scenario. Here, more than one person may collect unusual brands of a consumable good that cannot be found at the neighborhood supermarket. Maybe they traveled to another part of the world and picked up some souvenirs along the way.

While the main attraction is in place, the next matter is what complementary items to serve. The first order is to think about what guests are likely to appreciate. Ideally, servings are small and the layout is intended to be visually pleasing but functional. In going with a theme, the food or drink choices should also be appropriate for the time frame the gathering is to take place.

For parties that focus on coffee or tea, miniature sized pastries are ideal for the morning and early evening, since most people have already had their last meal for the day. Sometimes, savory items may be preferred, especially in groups of mixed gender. Usually tastings are intended to be just a taste of an edible but it may be more fitting to prepare guests for a light meal if the gathering is being held during the lunch or dinner hour.

While a tasting session may offer small portions, there are ways to assure that every guest is satisfied without breaking the bank. A host can count on at least one guest making a small meal for themselves so there should be enough food to go around for everyone. If it is possible to serve items that do not contain meat or seafood, this is one option.

Artisan breads are full of flavor as well as versatile. Slices can be used to make small finger sandwiches, served with a flavor infused oil or crafted cheese wedge. For something a little more substantial, pasta or potato sides are another option that are easy to cook and come in prepared varieties that need heat only.

Though some hosts like to create fancy displays similar to that of a professional caterer but it is really not necessary. Home tasting parties are mostly informal and people should be able to help themselves without fear of an accident occurring. There are some do it yourself ideas for creating inexpensive food stands, or it may be easier to find something at a yard sale.

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