Q: I have a friend who'd like me to cater a dinner party for ten. This will be my first 'real' event—a little nerve-wracking! Can you suggest an easy entree? This will be a casual group, but dinner is still seated and served. Give me your advice for my first gig!
Sent by Amy
Editor: Think of this as hosting a dinner party, but without the obligation of being the hostess! For the entree, I recommend something that you can make ahead, reheat on site, and then serve plated, like a braised dish or sauce to go over pasta. Here are some menu ideas that might help:
• 18 Real-Life Menus from My Dinner Party Journal
• My Top 10 Tips for Hosting a Dinner Party
• Smoked Turkey & Dinner for 12: Our Thanksgiving Report
Readers, what entree suggestions or other advice do you have?
Related: 9 Things to Consider When Creating Your Dinner Party Menu
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