The holidays are rich with opportunities to gather and make lasting memories with the people we love. And while light laughter and jovial spirits certainly linger in our hearts long after gatherings are over, the food we share with one another compliments the moment.
Serving quality food matters. Whether you’re cooking a formal dinner for family or hosting a casual potluck with friends, every gathering deserves a tasteful spread on the table.
You may feel a bit anxious about hosting. However, before you stress yourself into a case of the humbugs, remember that you have allies right here in your community. Let your local Market of Choice be your resource for holiday inspiration.
Follow MoC Artisan Chef Greg’s six expert tips for stress-less holiday meal planning:
The Host is the Most Important Person at the Gathering
As the host, your attitude sets the tone. If you’re tense or not having fun, chances are the guests are going to feel that, too. So, make self-care number one on your holiday to-do list. This means being realistic about how much of the cooking you can handle yourself and delegating some of the kitchen chores to someone else. Don’t be shy about asking guests for help. Most people enjoy contributing to a get-together, especially if they can bring their favorite dish. Be sure to give them a few weeks to prepare. Taking care of yourself helps you relax so you can focus on creating a warm and inviting ambiance for your guests.