Camille Styles

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This Is The Secret to Making Your Next Dinner Party Unforgettable

August 8th, 2017

I’m starting to realize that when it comes to the art of the dinner party, our European friends have got it figured out. In contrast to the harried and high-stress entertaining situations that many of us find ourselves in, where the focus is often more about impressing guests than just enjoying an evening together, gatherings in Italy, Spain, and France seem to be more relaxed. One secret I’ve recently discovered? Guests are often called on to take part in the preparation itself, which not only lightens the load on the host — there’s something about working towards a combined goal that brings everyone together (especially when it’s over a bottle of Chardonnay.)

To kickoff our all-new (and very exciting!) partnership with La Crema Winery, I recently invited a few friends to come over and cook with me. We made a menu inspired by our Tuscany cooking class, then sat down under the olive trees in my backyard to savor it over delicious wine and great conversation. Keep scrolling for the dishes we made, what we poured with them, and a few tips on hosting an interactive cooking party of your own.

*photos by ashleigh amoroso

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8 Comments under :: This Is The Secret to Making Your Next Dinner Party Unforgettable
  1. So true, cooking together is a great way to bond. Loved this post. Enjoyed poring over those gorgeous dishes too!

  2. Karin says:

    Absolutely stunning article, in fact, I just took a cooking class at Central Market with La Crema and it was also delicious and a lot of fun, but yours just emphasizing the deliciousness of it all.

  3. Diana says:

    Love your skirt, where can I find It?!

  4. Elinor says:

    Thanks for the pointers about the best ways to enjoy Chardonnay. Would enjoy suggestions about other types of food/wine pairings as well. Beautiful dinner party!

  5. Charisma says:

    I love how you really articulate the difference between American convenience and European love for cooking. It’s something that is really present in Indian culture too where traditional grandmothers pass their recipes down like heirlooms with tons of love and care (and some gentle scolding ?) . Love the blog!

  6. Carrie says:

    What a BEAUTIFUL gathering!! I feel so inspired…And, also, starving! 😉

  7. Lulu says:

    I’d love to know where your skirt and top are from. Tx

  8. Mary says:

    This looks like such a wonderful, warm, and lovely experience. The idea that everyone comes together to prep the food is so charming, and speaks to an idea of shared hospitality – the responsibility falls equally on both host and guest. Everyone should contribute and do their part! And that’s true for any event, or party! Thanks for sharing this lovely experience with us!

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