How NOT to Throw a Dinner Party!

24 X 68 Culinary provides guidance on entertaining, and a delicious recipe

  • Do NOT choose a menu that is ‘trendy’, ‘eclectic’, or simply represents YOUR favorite foods. Instead choose a menu that is approachable, satisfying and leaves your guests with great memories. Good food creates some of the special memories in our lives, and reminds us of comfortable, safe, happy times. We approach menus by recreating classic comfort food that represents different cuisines and cultures using a contemporary approach. A classic grilled cheese sandwich can be elevated with great PNW smoked salmon, apples, and fresh goat cheese…yum!

  • Do NOT use your own china, glasses, or silverware. Many caterers and ALL rental companies have a vast array of patterns and styles to choose from that can really make tablescapes pop and create continuity on your tables. When we collaborate with a client, we review everything including china, flatware, specialty glasses for mock/cocktails, space and flow of the event, floral decorations, and music. These are all elements that complete the circle of our client’s vision to ensure a successful party.

  • Do NOT cook the food yourself! It may seem more cost effective or a way to control quality, but this is a misperception. Your time planning, shopping, prepping, cooking, serving, and cleaning is better spent enjoying your family and friends. Hire a team of professionals that will listen to your vision, make you feel comfortable, and exceed your expectations.

  • Do NOT forget tradition, culture, and theme. The impetus for your party sets the tone for EVERYTHING from there. Many caterers welcome a client that wants to serve an old family recipe or recreate a special dinner (anniversary, engagement, cultural holiday, etc.) to add a memorable touch that says, “This is us!”

  • Do NOT forget your guests’ food restrictions! Food allergies and dietary lifestyles are very important to everyone, so don’t just add broccoli to the menu to satisfy any vegetarians that might be there. We engineer our menus to cater to the most extreme dietary restriction first, and then we add items that will satisfy everyone. This way, that vegetarian has multiple options, and everyone else gets that same experience of outstanding food.

                      Smoked Salmon Grilled Cheese

Serving Size  : 10 


  1 loaf  brioche

  20 oz goat cheese, fresh

  1 lb smoked salmon -- hot smoked & flaked

  2 Granny Smith apples -- sliced thin                        

 1 Tablespoon olive oil -- for sautéing

 1 Tablespoon butter -- for sautéing                   

Thinly slice the brioche. Lay out the slices of bread so that there are matching tops and bottoms.

On one slice of bread, spread the goat cheese, salmon, and sliced apple. Then add the remaining cheese slice.

Heat an 8-10" skillet over medium-high heat until hot enough to evaporate a drop of water upon contact. Add the olive oil and butter. Add the sandwich and cook, covered, over medium-low; heat, turning once, until browned on both sides, about 10 minutes.

Cut into desired triangles, squares, or rectangles and serve warm. Apple butter or jam works well as a topping.

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