Entertaining

Hosting a party for friends is a great way to try new ideas and recipes. Drop by the store to discuss your next event for ideas and suggestions to make your party a little different. Or read on and see what we’ve come up with to kick your next event up a notch!

Bartending Tips and Summertime Cocktails

Dress up a buffet table for casual holiday entertaining!

When you have a large gathering, there’s often not enough places at the table to seat all your guests, so a buffet provides a casual and comfortable alternative. The key to making your buffet a visual and culinary treat is to choose easy to serve and eat menus, and then presenting it with flare and creativity.

Read our full article full of tips for your next buffet event.

For a great cooking event, host a Raclette party!

When you’re looking for a dinner party idea that is as easy as fondue, but slightly different, try hosting a raclette party. Raclette is a type of cheese from Switzerland that is traditionally prepared with potatoes on a special raclette grill. The grill heats numerous small pans in which each guest melts the raclette with his or her choice of selected toppings.

Any time of the year is the perfect time to introduce great new tastes to your friends. In our November newsletter we talked about the ease and fun of cooking on a raclette grill. Over the past few months raclette grills have been receiving rave reviews on television, radio and in specialty magazines (and we’re pleased to have told you about them before they became so popular!).

Read our full article on Raclettes for buffets, breakfast, brunch and dinner.

Fondues

Fondue has made a recent and welcome comeback from its 1960s rage. A Swiss classic, fondue comes from the French verb “fondre”, meaning “to melt”.

Read our full article on Fondues and test out the Decadent Chocolate Fondue recipe.

Tips for hosting a Dessert Party

Consider hosting a dessert party instead of a formal dinner party. Dessert parties are fun and casual, and give you a chance to showcase your holiday favourites (or those from your neighbourhood bakery). Complement the desserts with a selection of specialty coffees or teas, and you’re set to go.

More on dessert parties…

Holiday Table Setting Ideas

Setting a festive table is often one of the cornerstones of Christmas decorating and with simple centerpieces, classic tableware and linens, you can set the theme for your holiday celebrations!

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Picnics

The key to a successful picnic is planning and preparing ahead of time — so that you can simply relax and enjoy yourself once you unpack your picnic basket.