Whether you choose to explore the variety of preparations of one particular dish or take a culinary trek through a particular country or region via your menu, a themed tasting party is sure to excite the tastebuds of all your guests.
Choose a Dish, then Prepare for Take-Off!
This style of tasting party allows you to discover all the different ways that one particular dish can be prepared, all the exciting and tempting variations.
It can be something as simple as a fondue party. You provide the meat and fondue cooking pots, then offer a wide variety of dipping sauces—tangy, sweet, savory, spicy, or creamy. To whet your appetite, we have a wide variety of fondue sauce recipes on our website. Or have a pasta party—variations can include filled pastas like ravioli or tortellini, pasta salads, traditional pasta dishes with a variety of tomato or cream-based sauces, and cold Asian noodle dishes.
Or keep the menu light with dishes that can be served as finger foods. At a dip party you can serve anything that can be dipped—from chips with salsa and sausage rounds with pots of mustard to Reuben sandwiches and chocolate fountains with fresh fruit.
For the meat-lovers among your friends, host a bacon party. You can serve bacon-wrapped asparagus, scallops, and tournedos. Bacon makes an excellent addition to most soups, salads, and sandwiches. And for dessert? Bacon ice cream!
For a different twist, host a wine-tasting party. You provide tasty finger-foods or cheeses along with a delectable sampling of wines from a particular region, a grape variety, or a country, or around the world.
For even more fun, ask your guests to participate in creating the menu by each bringing a dish within the chosen theme. You’ll end up with a wider variety of dishes than you could think of on your own.
Travel the World via your Tastebuds
A different type of theme for a tasting party can be geographic. Select a specific region or country and let it be your guide for your menu.
For example, let sunny Tuscany be your inspiration. Start with zuppa Toscana or Tuscan bean soup and freshly made bruschetta. As your main course, treat your guests to Tuscan-style split chickens. And for dessert, serve a Florentine sponge cake or a fruit crostata.
Any country or region can be your focus, from Mexico to Morocco, from Turkey to Thailand, from Spain to South Africa.
Or stick a little closer to home—explore the regions of the U.S.! For example, try a New England-themed party featuring lobster rolls, freshly baked pop-overs with Maine blueberry jam, individual ramekins of homemade macaroni and cheese made with Vermont cheddar, and Boston cream pie.
Just choose a favorite destination and go exploring right in your own dining room!