Dinner Party Menus


Green Onion Slaw Black Bean Soup
southwestern-pulled-brisket blood orange margaritas
Southwestern Pulled Brisket Blood Orange Margaritas

* For more details on putting this menu together, check out this post.



onion-tart-with-mustard-and-fennel fennel-prosciutto-and-pomegranate-salad
Onion Tart with Mustard and Fennel Fennel Proscuitto and Pomegranate Salad
braised-beef-short-ribs the fairytale of new york
Braised Beef Short Ribs with Potato Purée, Swiss Chard and Horseradish Cream Fairytale of New York



mushroom-bourguignon fennel-and-blood-orange-salad
Mushroom Bourguignon Fennel and Blood Orange Salad



endives with oranges and almonds potato latkes
Endives with Oranges and Almonds Potato Pancakes
tangy-spiced-brisket jelly doughnuts
Tangy Spiced Brisket Jelly Doughnuts



flexing-my-food-neuroses-and-also-mussels oven fries
Moules à la Marinière Oven Fries
endive-and-celery-salad-with-fennel-vinaigrette at-last-this-soup
Endive and Celery Salad with Toasted Fennel Seed Vinaigrette Red Pepper Soup

* Want a variation on this menu with Vermouth Mussels, Tarragon Oven Fries, a Kale Salad with Cherries and Pecans and a Grapefruit Olive Oil Pound Cake from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook? You can find it at NYMag’s The Cut.



oven ribs even better eyes-wide-open-all-the-time
Oven Ribs Classic Potato Salad
broccoli-slaw bourbon slush punch
Broccoli Slaw Bourbon Slush Punch

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5 comments on Dinner Party Menus

  1. Hannah

    I love these suggestions!! Thank you Deb, for this and all your recipes! Any more ideas, especially once spring and summer roll around? I’ve done your butternut squash gallette with an arugula salad, but not sure what else would go.

  2. LvChaz

    Love your site and cookbooks! Do you have a go to menu or two for a luncheon? Planning an “open house” type luncheon (noon-3’ish) for a grad party. Kind of feel like that is too late in the day for a brunch-y-kind of menu, but, want to keep it casual and simple for eating while standing and mingling.

  3. Maggie

    I follow you on Twitter and have used soo many of your recipes while baking and cooking with my Grandkids! They now ask if this is a “SK” recipe when we’re in the kitchen together! I also create “Ladies Happy Hours” for the ladies in our neighborhood, who range in age of 27 to 75, in an effort to pamper them, try new flavors, and give them a break from their hectic schedules! Do you have a cook book you could recommend that I could buy that would provide recipe inspiration for my Ladies HH events! I generally have between 15-20 people attend from our neighborhood. Thank you for sharing your love of food!

    1. deb

      Thank you! I mean, I have… my own cookbooks? Two of them? Lots of fun stuff in each, most of which is not already on the site. Or were you looking for something else?