TOSSWARE’s newest wine stems are made for the finer events. Elegant stemless wine glasses have their time and place, but we’ve taken things up a level. The new stems snap onto the bottom of TOSSWARE’s 14oz Vino, 12 oz Tumbler Jr., and 18 oz Tumbler to instantly elevate your drinkware, and your event! The stems will be available for order soon and to celebrate; we’re throwing a dinner party.
There’s no match for a homemade meal with friends, but too often people opt for the convenience of a restaurant. But a dinner party doesn’t need to be a headache. The secret to the perfect dinner party is planning! When every detail is carefully curated, you can relax with your guests over a lovely meal. Follow 3 simple steps to host your own!
Part 1: The Menu
The menu guides everything else at the table. We recommend starting with vegetables, as the colors and flavors will inspire the rest of the of the evening. The advantage to a home dinner party is being able to choose seasonal fruits and vegetables. Head out to the local farmers market and see what’s growing right now. Colorful fruits and vegetables that are in season have the most flavor. Here's a good starting place:
Summer: Bell Peppers, Eggplant, Green Beans, Cherries, Avocados, Figs
Fall: Brussels Sprouts, Kale, Pumpkins, Radishes, Turnips, Raspberries
Winter: Beets, Leeks, Sweet Potatoes, Rutabagas, Celery
Spring: Rhubarb, Peas, Onions, Apricots, Swiss Chard, Strawberries
Colorful, nutrient-rich vegetables make the best dishes. Think pear-spinach salad, sauteed rainbow chard, or a sweet potato, brussels sprout, and pancetta bake. Making the seasonal vegetables the star of the dish makes it a festive meal anytime of the year.
Part 2: The Pairing
Once you’ve chosen a seasonal vegetable focused side dishes, consider what main course would best pair. If the appetizer is a light salad, your guests will be able to digest a steak or roast. If on the other hand you start with a warm soup, a lighter meat like chicken is called for. If you’ve been inspired by the farmer’s market, opt for a vegetarian entree. Tempeh, tofu, and legumes are packed with protein for a fully vegetarian plate. Base your entree off seasonal, vegetables and then choose a wine from the entree. Finding the perfect wine will bring new flavor and dimension out of your dishes. Never underestimate the power of a good wine to transform a meal!
When choosing a wine there are a few elements to consider- fat, acid, and sweetness. Wine contains no fat, which is why it pairs so well with a thick cut of steak.The fruit flavors of a Cabernet prepare the mouth for smoky meat. All wines have an element of acidity, particularly white wines. Limit the vinegar in salad dressings and sauces if you’d like to serve a white wine. Sweetness is the element where more is better! Fruit sauces, desserts, or chocolate should be paired with a sweet Zinfandel or Chardonnay. Keep these in mind as you check out this wine pairing guide.
Red Meat: Cabernet for red meat, Malbec for barbeque flavors, Syrah for spicy food
Chicken: Pinot noir for a chicken mixed dish, Syrah for roasted chicken
Fish: Chardonnay for rich or fatty fish, Sauvignon Blanc for tart fish and lemon sauces
Vegetarian: Champagne for salty foods, Rose for fatty cheesy entrees, Grüner Veltliner for green vegetables, and Pinot Noir for mushroom dishes
Part 3: The Decor
Once the meal is decided, it’s time for decorating the table! Print a cute menu using templates easily found online, find fresh flowers in colors that complement your dishes, and pick a neutral tablecloth that won’t detract from the curated elements.
Lastly order a case of TOSSWARE’s vino glasses for the look and feel of real glass. TOSSWARE’s stems will be available in black, white, or clear for the perfectly sophisticated evening.