Serving a plated first course at your next dinner party will automatically catapult the dining experience to another level. Rather than serve all of your dishes at once, family-style, as most people do, consider plating your appetizer or first course and serving it on its own, then serving the main course when everyone has finished.
Another easy way to raise the caliber of your elegant dinner party is to invest in a set of matching plate and glassware. If price or time is an issue, ease the pressure on your wallet and your dishwasher by purchasing high-quality plastic plates and stemware. These days, it's not difficult to find plasticware that convincingly imitates glass.
So elegant, yet so easy to put together. These towers of tomato and mozzarella are a quick appetizer to make and packed with flavor. You may want to consider purchasing elegant toothpicks to hold the towers together. You can also add a sprig of basil to the plated dish for an extra garnish. Note: I recommend seasoning the tomatoes with salt & pepper to maximize flavor. Read More
Super fast, and super delicious. Sea scallops are notoriously delicious--and notriously difficult to prepare: cook them an instant too long, and they turn to rubber. At least that's what it would seem when you take into account how many restaurant chefs manage to ruin scallops in a dish. Never fear, though--Catering Pro Andrea Correale walks you through the process. Read More
If you haven't tried sweet salsa, you have been really missing out. It adds a phenomenal flavor kick to chicken and fish dishes, and it's a great topping for chips or salad, too. This version includes pineapple and mango, but you can also use peaches and nectarines if you have them on hand. The other critical elements are tomatoes (of course), lime juice, cliantro, minced red onion, and salt, & pepper. Here Andrea adds bell pepper and cucumbers, but you might consider adding or substituting sweet corn, black beans, small white beans, and/or diced Vidalia onion. Read More
There's nothing like warm soothing comfort food in the colder months or just on a blustery, rainy day. And no comfort food is more indulgent or more classic than French onion soup. From its flavorful broth soaked bread to its gooey yet crispy French cheese, this soup is the culinary equivalent of flannel pajamas and a heavy down comforter. Follow Andrea's recipe to bring this special treat into your own home at your next dinner party. Read More