THE DISH ON

DAZZLING DINNERS

Staging Fun Filled, Impressive, Themed Dinners

From Invitations to Favors

With Guidelines for Recipes and Suggestions for Simplification

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1 - JANUARY

A FEAST FOR GOOD FORTUNE

Inspiration:  The New Year

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Let's prod fate to grant our wishes with lots of lucky foods.

ALL WRAPPED UP

Inspiration:  The dead of winter

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Your guests will arrive all wrapped up and they'll stay warm and cozy with foods handsomely wrapped and suitably scrumptious.

Chapter 2 - FEBRUARY

KISS!  Keep it Sweet and Sensual

Inspiration:  Valentine's Day

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Let's celebrate love with foods symbolic of romance and passion.

AN ACADEMY AWARD DINNER

Inspiration:  Academy Award Winners

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Stage a glamorous evening and serve dishes as deserving of awards as the Oscar-winning

"Best Pictures" that inspired them.

Chapter 3 - MARCH

A LACE CURTAIN AFFAIR

Inspiration:  St. Patrick's Day

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The Irish labeled those who made it in the new world "Lace Curtain Irish."  This dinner is thoroughly "Lace Curtain" with upscale treatments of Irish traditions.

FAT TUESDAY CELEBRATION

Inspiration:  Mardi Gras

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With festive surroundings and platters of Cajun and Creole delights, each guest will feel like Mardi Gras's "King for the Day."

Chapter 4 - APRIL

GO GREEN!

Inspiration:  Earth Day

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Show ecological awareness by serving a vegan dinner with accessories and decor that honor the sustainability of natural resources.

!LOOF LIRPA (April Fool!) 

Inspiration:  April Fool's Day

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Gastronomic gags galore: appetizers look like desserts, the entree poses as breakfast, desserts masquerade as appetizers, and the souvenir menu turns it all topsy-turvy.

Chapter 5 - MAY

VICTORY OVER FRANCE

Inspiration:  Cinco de Mayo

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Celebrate the victory on May 5, 1862 of the Mexican army over French forces with Mexican flavors dominating French preparations. 

CELEBRATING THE ARMED FORCES OF THE U.S.A.

Inspiration:  Memorial Day

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Make Memorial Day memorable with MRE, aka Military Rations Extraordinaire.

Chapter 6 - JUNE

A CULINARY VALIDATION OF GRADUATION

Inspiration:  Graduation Day

The new graduate shows culinary sophistication with childhood favorites in cross-cultural tradition.

SPRING INTO SUMMER

Inspiration:  Summer solstice

Good cooks eagerly await the arrival of the fresh, young foods of late spring and early summer.  Your guests will understand why.

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Chapter 7 - JULY

THE ICE-CREAM DINNER

InspirationJuly is National Ice Cream Month

Ice cream in every dish.  A kid's dream but not a dietician's nightmare.  Indulge!

A COOL MENU FOR A HOT SUMMER

Inspiration:  Mid-summer

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Relief from the heat with fun foods formed in winter symbols and an icy decor.  Cool!

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Chapter 8 - AUGUST

FLOWER POWER

Inspiration:  The peak of summer blossoms and produce.

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Showcase the gifts of the garden with fresh foods in floral presentations.

SEAFOOD AND CITRUS

Inspiration:  Hot August days

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Fishing for a feast that's cool and cooling?  The classic culinary combination of seafood and citrus is cast in new guises guaranteed to hook your guests.

Chapter 9 - SEPTEMBER

BACK TO SCHOOL

Inspiration:  First day of school

Keep your guests guessing with Culinary Charades.

GRANDMA'S FOOD - NOT!  FOOD OF THE 50'S REFASHIONED

Inspiration:  Grandparent's Day

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Grandma might think she knows what these dishes are, but she'll be blown away by their sensational new tastes.

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Chapter 10 - OCTOBER

TRICKS AND TREATS

Inspiration:  Halloween

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They'll bolt down the bats, gobble up the ghouls and goblins, and purely pig out on the pumpkins.

A CARIBBEAN COLUMBUS DAY

Inspiration:  Columbus Day

Set sail on a voyage of discovery where Italian cuisine meets Caribbean flavors.

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Chapter 11 - NOVEMBER

THANKSGIVING TRANSFORMED

Inspiration:  Tired of turkey?

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The bird is no turkey; the stuffing is elsewhere.  Your guess will be thankful.

ELECTION DAY

Inspiration:  Election Day, of course

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A culinary staging of an election's stages.  Unlike elections, there is no boloney here!

Chapter 12 - DECEMBER

RICH AND FANCY

Inspiration:  New Year's Day

Food, fun, fireworks!  Have it all with a rich and fancy, fabulous feast.

PRESENTS A'PLENTY

Inspiration:  December holidays

Christmas!  Hanukkah!  Kwanzaa!  It's the holiday season!  This festive feast features elegant foods, some presented as symbols of the three holidays, others as presents, deliciously wrapped and tied.

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