party line

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Soups, Meat, Grains and Pasta, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Setting the Stage, Kitchen Tenets, Factoids, Posted on July 21, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
party line

How do you pull a party off in a matter of minutes? The answer is by planning and prepping everything weeks, months and hours ahead of time. The secret to successful entering is in the pre-work. There is actually a direct correlation between the amount of time you put into planning and the ease with which your party comes off. Knowing we wanted to
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the show must go on

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Soups, Grains and Pasta, Cocktail Party, Kitchen Tenets, Posted on August 19, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
the show must go on

Entertaining is all about planning an event ahead of time. So when life throws you a curveball or even a cannon ball what’s a hostess to do? The answer often lies in the reason you were having folks over in the first place. If tragedy hits there’s no shame in canceling, your guests will certainly understand. But most of the time we entertain so we
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of course

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Dinner Party, Sources, Kitchen Tenets, Posted on July 22, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
of course

Want to elevate your next dinner party? Simply add a course. Easy to do when you offer a salad of mixed greens and an array of cheeses after the main. Notably French, a salad and cheese course is a wonderful way to extend the festivity, savor that last bit of red and a great tactic to appease a still hungry guest without breaking the bank on
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vertical dinner party

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Soups, Meat, Grains and Pasta, Desserts, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Sources, Kitchen Tenets, Posted on June 22, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
vertical dinner party

Just taught my first class at DLM’s Cooking School. What a blast! The theme was a “vertical dinner party”. Many of the students arrived wondering what that term actually meant. Truth is I made it up, but it’s my go-to version of a pumped up cocktail party. When you want to entertain a crowd but are pinched for space, time or money instead of a
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delegate

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Sources, Kitchen Tenets, Posted on May 6, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
delegate

Just got back from Philadelphia where I was a delegate for Garden Club of America’s centennial annual meeting. Needless to say it was an auspicious affair. Among the keynote speakers were Alice Waters chef, author, activist and owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley. A champion of the organic food movement, Waters spoke of how gardening had shaped her
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chop chop

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Meat, Veggies and Sides, Desserts, Dinner Party, Kitchen Tenets, Wine Line, Posted on February 25, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
chop chop

Nothing thaws the February blues like a cozy dinner party. The key to making an intimate dinner a success is being out with your guests not locked in the kitchen. Easy to do when your entire meal is planned and prepped ahead of time. Think of yourself as a caterer- catering a party for you! When entertaining a small group it’s easy to splurge.
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game day

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Poultry, Grains and Pasta, Desserts, Dinner Party, Kitchen Tenets, Posted on June 29, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
game day

The big day finally arrives. The house is clean, tables set, music laid out, serving dishes in their place, bar is stocked, nametags printed. The freezer and frig hold all the components for tonight’s dinner for twenty. The beauty of this meal is that it is served room temp. Meaning I can set it all out right before the first guests arrive
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post this- the night before

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Salads and Dressings, Soups, Poultry, Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Desserts, Dinner Party, Kitchen Tenets, Posted on June 24, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
post this- the night before

One of the many gifts my mom gave me was showing me the importance of putting everything in its place. There is an air of elegance if everything is exactly where it is supposed to be. For a large party you’ll strike gold if you set out your serving pieces the night before. Marking each piece with an identifying post-it is a certain silver lining.
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judge this

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Dinner Party, Sources, Well Equipped, Kitchen Tenets, Posted on May 21, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
judge this

Tonight I am having twenty over for dinner. And to raise the bar these guests are some of the leading horticulture, flower arranging and photography judges in our country. So not only do I need to have an expert meal for this esteemed group everything inside and outside needs to be looking it’s finest as well. Planning a fete such as this takes
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creating the playbook

the hostess with the mostest hotel
Categories: Dinner Party, Lunch, Breakfast/Brunch, Kitchen Tenets, Posted on April 24, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
creating the playbook

One of the wonderful things about having a vacation spot is that people you love want to come stay with you. The challenge is how to enjoy yourself with a houseful of house guests. Almost anyone can act like a short order cook and housekeeper but who wants to visit that. I’ve never played football but I like football movies. In every one
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