your home? Especially at the holidays, it can
be so much to entertain others, and food
is an important part of any occasion. When
serving food it might seem easy just go to
your local supermarket and buy a pre-made
vegetable tray and a box of cookies and call it
good, right? We want to show you that it can
be just as easy to buy fresh food, prepare a
few simple recipes, and create gourmet food
that will impress your guests and make you
feel good about doing something yourself!
Why go gourmet?
Because food is a focus for all the
people in your life, creating a dish yourself
can be a wonderful way to show someone
you really care about them. Just like making
a handmade gift, preparing good food
from scratch shows that you are
willing to take the time to offer
people you care about the experience of something
they can’t get off a
supermarket shelf. As a
chef once told us “food is
Prepairng your own
food can save you
When you buy prepared food, even
prepared vegetable trays,
you are paying for someone
else to do the work for you, and
the extra packaging. By purchasing
fresh ingredients you can buy what you want ,
and even have some left over for another dish.
Consider buying vegetables at your local
the farmer and save the money they spend
sending the food to the supermarket.
Unless your friends are all gourmet chefs
themselves, you will likely have the chance
to introduce them to some foods they have
never tried before. Being able to share
something new with another person is one of
life’s great treasures. They may even ask you
for the recipe!
what makes food fancy?
It’s appealing to look at.
- Use recipes that have different colored
ingredients so the finished dish will be
- When selecting your size vegetables, cut
them into different sizes. This will add texture
and make the dish look more interesting.
- The way it is placed on a plate or serving
tray is called plate design. Instead of just
scooping the food onto a plate, place
food carefully onto places or
serving trays in a way that is neat clean, and nice to look
at. Try using a garnish
that will highlight the dish
and enhances the colors
and flavors of the food.
Use dishes or trays that
are clean and in good
Use fresh, flavorful
- Try recipes that have ingredients like fresh spices.
without a lot of extra cost or hassle.
- Use recommended dressings or sauces to
add both flavor and another way to dress up
- Cheese that is fresh takes on a much richer
flavor then pre-packaged cheese.
Don’t be afraid to try new cheeses like goat cheese, or Gouda. The deli at Whole Food’s Market will allow you to taste some of cheese before you buy it. A simple cheese platter with crackers alone make a great appetizer at a party when the cheese is fresh and flavorful. We want your next get together to be impressive and full great food! We have included 2 simple recipes to your holiday entertaining started. Bon Appetit!