Five couples from Johannesburg. All amateur chefs, competing against each other to host a top notch dinner party for the other contestants. Each competitor then rates the host’s performance with the winner winning a R1,000 cash prize and more importantly bragging rights. Bragging rights to the title of the ultimate dinner party host.
It sounded like a great idea whilst enjoying our High Tea at the Fire and Ice with a group of girlfriends. So we decided to execute it then and there. Names were drawn out of a tea cup and dates were decided. I drew the
unlucky number one and I hosted first, this week.
It took weeks of planning and I finally settled on a Menu that I was happy with. It looked something like this ~
Seared beef fillet with chocolate chilli and Amarula sauce
Prawn & Cashew Nut Curry
Home-made Romany Cream Ice-cream
Once the menu was out of the way, it was time to sort out all the other final details that make up the ultimate dinner party. Two dinner tables, 10 dining room chairs, 5 metres of table cloth, old records for place mats, table decor, scoring cards, video cam and entertainment.
Dinner parties don’t necessarily need to be expensive. I believe it’s more about the experience of the night. And what a night it was! I had such fun with the organizing, planning, setting up, cooking, serving and entertaining but the cherry on the top, were the guests. If you know our group of friends then the snide remarks, the constant teasing and making fun of one another, only means one thing. It was a success!
So Good luck to the rest of you. I’m looking forward to seeing what you’re going to put together. I have no doubt each of you will try out-wine, out-dine and out-class me. Until next week…