September 11, 2013
How to Host a Tasting Party
Have a hard-to-gift person on your list?
Or just looking for something new and different?
My thoughts usually go to "experiential" gifts - where the gift recipient is actually taking part in something. This month, I tried a little tasting party as a gift, and I think it would work really well for lot's of occasions.
Think about it for a minute, there are so many different types of interesting food and drink that could be part of a themed tasting party.
I chose breads for this particular occasion.
I went to one of my favourite local bakeries, Rocket Foods, and picked out 3 breads, including a glorious dense French bread, a chocolate cranberry almond bread, and a Rye Sourdough variety.
Then I sliced and displayed each on lovely handmade wooden bread boards (you could use almost anything for presentation.
I prepared several different spreads & dips for the bread, including olive oil + balsamic vinaigrette, hummus and butter. There are so many options that you could choose here - endless possibility.
This gift idea is lovely for bringing family or friends together.
If you like, buy (or make) extras so that your gift recipient can take home his or her favourites, wrapped up in a wooden box or in a basket.
Has this gift idea sparked your imagination? What would you gift as part of a "tasting party"?