First course definition can range from tray passed appetizers, or a stationed grazing bar to the salad course, which is basically based on the time of event. When you are the party planner for a group of 14 or less, Chef Will recommends having tray passed appetizers to start the evening with an intimate and personalized touch by making your guest feel they are in for a memorable culinary experience.
When wine pairing the appetizers, a fun idea is to have a different guest read the short story on the back of each bottle explaining the highlights and fun facts of how it pairs with that specific hors d’oeuvre.
If planning a party of 15 or more, a stationed appetizer station or grazing bar works nicely so your guests can nibble on an assortment of international cheeses with crackers, hummus, or olives to fresh and dried fruits. Adding Caviar, shrimp, lobster claws, gourmet meats or smoked salmon are great ways to tell your guests you truly appreciate them without having to say a word.Chef Will recommends discussing the Around The World Dinner event during the consultation.