To all, a warm welcome to The Dinner Party Collective! We are a group of dedicated and passionate Food and Wine Bloggers from right around the world who are coming together to collaborate and create what will be an ever-growing series of seasonal menus. In time, there will be a delicious array of formal, semi-formal and casual menus for you to choose from.
The first of our menus are being worked upon as we speak and will be published in early June. There will be a winter menu for those in the southern hemisphere and a summer menu for those up in the north. From then on, with each new season, a fresh duo of menus will be released for each of the corresponding hemispheres.
Included will be an Appetiser, Main and Dessert (each dish beautifully prepared and photographed by one of our individual Food Bloggers) and to accompany will be specialised wine suggestions from one of our fabulous wine bloggers (who are both qualified sommeliers). Each individual dish will be chosen carefully, to not only excite the palate, but also to complement beautifully the other two dishes selected for the menu. They will be dishes that can, for the most part, be prepared in advance, allowing you, as the host(ess) of your dinner party, to spend as much time as possible enjoying the company of your guests, rather than slaving away in the kitchen.
So in the meantime, over the coming weeks while we await the release of our first two menus, I’d like to gradually introduce our wonderful team to you, so that you may gain a little insight as to who we all are and what makes us all so passionate about food.
While I’m here… I may as well go first. I’m Margot, creator of the Food Blog Gather and Graze.
My thought process behind this idea harks back to my childhood… being in awe of my Mum preparing to host dinner parties with their group of friends. Those evenings were almost as exciting as Christmas! The beauty of watching them all gathering around a table to share food, to laugh, to drink wine, to enjoy each other’s company! I’ve never really been fond of large parties – they tend to freak me out for some reason, but give me an evening sitting about with a few friends and good food and wine and somehow it rejuvenates the soul.
My husband is (dare I say it?) slightly challenged in the kitchen, so the cooking generally falls to me (rather lucky that I love it so much), but there are occasions when it all feels a little overwhelming, with so much to prepare and I begin to stress out a bit. I’m hoping that this new project will provide an antidote to that kind of feeling, for myself and others, by providing menus that really work well when cooking for 6-8 people and allow you to relax and enjoy the evening, with most of the work having been done in advance.
Almost every Saturday morning throughout the year, I frequent our local Farmer’s Market. In wandering about and filling up my basket, my heart beats just that little bit quicker at the sight of all the amazing seasonal produce and food that has been brought in directly from the local farms of our region. Food that has been grown (or reared) with love and care; and as such deserves to be treated with the same love and respect when preparing it to grace our table at home. I believe strongly in an uncomplicated style of cooking, allowing the quality of the food itself to shine through. My hope, in time, is to convince the rest of the world that cooking from scratch is not as difficult as it might seem and that the end results are always so completely worth it.
Within my heart I’m so excited and incredibly grateful that many of the food and wine bloggers who I admire most in the world have agreed to take part in this project. To have the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas with them is truly wonderful and it’s really what I’m looking forward to most, as we work towards creating a comprehensive and inspirational website.
I hope you’ll join us on this deliciously creative journey to bring back the Dinner Party!