Holiday Entertaining Tips
The holidays are rapidly approaching and we have some ideas to make entertaining less stressful and more fun.
One of the most difficult questions to answer is how much food and wine will I need for my party? Here are some guidelines to help you plan.
Hors d'oeuvres before dinner – plan on 6 -8 pieces per person. Make 2 -3 of each item and also serve easy to prepare items such as nuts, olives and assorted cheeses. Figure 10 - 12 pieces per person per hour if hors d'oeuvres are the dinner.
Food Quantities for a buffet or sit down meal
- Poultry, meat or fish 6 - 8 ounces per person
- Pasta – 1 pound for 8 -10 people
- Vegetables – 3 ounces per person
- Soups – 8 fluid ounces per person
- Salads – one handful per person
Wine – Figure on 1/2 - 3/4 bottle of St. Supéry wine per person and make sure to have plenty of non-alcoholic beverages on hand also.
Keep in mind that it is much better to have too much food and wine than it is to run out in mid party.
Try to create a new tradition this year. How about taking the family wine tasting? Winter is a great time to learn more about wine, and wineries are usually less crowded. St. Supery offers many entertaining and educational tours and seminars. Many states now have wine making regions of their own to visit if you do not live near the Napa valley.