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Win Tom Douglas's Must-Have Entertaining Tools

By Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Web producer

August 27th, 2012

Update: Congrats to lapahoi (a.k.a,. Trudie). Her comment was selected at random, so she'll be using the goodies below at her next party. Thanks for participating in the giveaway, everyone. We appreciate all your comments. Don't miss our next Behind the Kitchen Door giveaway; Abby Dodge gives a tour of her "Baker's Kitchen" and offers up her favorite baking tools, including a KitchenAid Stand Mixer.

Seattle chef and restaurateur Tom Douglas knows how to entertain big. But that doesn't mean that he uses big, fancy tools to do it. Some of Tom's favorite kitchen items are small and practical, and he thinks you'd enjoy using them as much as he does--whether you're entertaining four close friends, fourteen or forty.

To win Tom's favortite kitchen tools, simply leave a comment below with your tips for entertaining big. On Monday, October 1, I'll pick a comment at random, and the lucky winner will have a few new items for his or her next party.

Go Behind the Kitchen Door for a guided tour of Tom's kitchen and dining room

Win Tom's Favorite Kitchen Tools & Serveware
Poisson Pasta Oval Platter Totally Bamboo 12-inch square plate
Poisson Pasta Oval Platter   Totally Bamboo 12-inch square plate

 

Norpro Deluxe Cherry Stoner Oxo Triple Timer
Norpro Deluxe Cherry Stoner   Oxo Triple Timer

 

The Original Borner Mandoline V Slicer
The Original Borner Mandoline V Slicer    

 

Giveaway Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. Giveaway begins at 12:00 a.m. ET on August 27, 2012 and ends 11:59 p.m. ET on September 30, 2012. The Giveaway is open to legal residents of the United States, who are at least 18 years old, and to legal residents of Canada (except Quebec), who are at least 18 years old. Giveaway is void where prohibited.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on the Giveaway post featured on FineCooking.com (http://www.finecooking.com/item/45779/win-tom-douglass-must-have-entertaining-tools). All entries become the property of the Sponsors. Only one entry per person. Sponsors are not responsible for unavailable network, failed server or other connections, miscommunications, interrupted, misrouted or scrambled transmissions or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise. The Sponsors assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected entries or for any failure of the website during the Giveaway period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received by Sponsors due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, of any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material related to the Giveaway. The Sponsors reserves the right, in their sole discretion to cancel or suspend this Giveaway should a virus, bug or other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsors corrupt the security or proper administration of the Giveaway. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Giveaway is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsors reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. Entries are subject to verification and will be declared invalid if they are illegible, mechanically reproduced, mutilated, forged, falsified, altered or tampered with in any way. Entrants to abide by the Giveaway Rules.

PRIZE DESCRIPTION: There will be one (1) winner of a prize package which will include: a Poisson Pasta Oval Platter, ($79.95), a Norpro Deluxe Cherry Stoner ($19.98), a Totally Bamboo 12-inch square plate ($28.85), an OXO Triple Timer ($19.99), The Original Borner Mandoline V Slicer ($34.95). Total retail value of the prize is approximately $183.72.

TAXES: Except where prohibited, all federal, state, provincial, local or other tax liabilities, including but not limited to luxury, sales, use, income, VAT, GST, and PST tax, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner. In the event of a Canadian winner, Sponsor will deduct any applicable withholding taxes imposed by the U.S. and applicable state governments from value of prize award and the prize award value will be adjusted accordingly.

NO PRIZE TRANSFER OR SUBSTITUTION: No prize or any portion thereof is transferable or redeemable for cash. Any portion of the prize that is not used is forfeited. No substitutions for prize except by Sponsor in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be substituted.

TERMS/CONDITIONS: No transfer or substitution of prizes. Employees, officers, and contractors (including immediate family members and members of the same household) of Sponsors, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, distributors, dealers, retailers, vendors of Sponsors, and all other persons/entities associated with this Sponsor and/or promotion, are not eligible. All Federal, State/Provincial and local laws apply. By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Giveaway Entities and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from and against any claims made by winners, entrants, or any other third parties, related in any way to the operation of this Giveaway as well as any other claims, damages or liability due to any injuries, damages or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any Giveaway-related activity or participation in this Giveaway.

WINNING: On or about October 1, 2012 one comment will be selected at random from among all eligible entries received and the winner will be notified by email. Odds of winning will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received. One prize per person, household, or family.

CLAIMING PRIZES: Winner must sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (or in Canada a Declaration of Compliance) within 10 days of notification, or prize may be forfeited. Winners will also be required to provide proof of age. (Tennessee residents will not be required to sign Publicity Release as a condition of winning a prize.) Residents of Canada, in order to win, must first correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question administered by mail or e-mail at Sponsor's sole discretion. All prizes will be awarded.

WINNER LIST: Send self-addressed, stamped envelope by November 1, 2012 to: Fine Cooking "Fine Cooking – Tom Douglas's Entertainer's Tools Giveaway List Request, PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470 USA. (Residents of Canada may omit return postage.) SPONSOR: The Taunton Press Inc., Fine Cooking magazine 63 S. Main Street, PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506 USA.

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Comments (70)

ferness writes: We're looking at slowly upgrading/renovating our home to make it more entertaining-friendly and, of course, the kitchen/dining area is top of the list! A few new kitchen toys would be great motivators! Posted: 2:52 pm on September 30th

1234good writes: BO-JOE says, Etta's crabcakes are a big hit @ dinner parties we've hosted. Looking forward to the dungeness crab. Always finishing with a good cup of Blue Star Coffee Roasters Esspresso coffee Bonnie&Joe Posted: 12:15 am on September 30th

ChestnutCabinCook writes: We have a small house so entertaining large groups means dining outdoors. I've found light-weight trays a must for shuttling dishware, food, and beverages. They also make cleanup chores so much quicker as you can make fewer trips back and forth from the patio to the kitchen. I have some beautiful trays to showcase drinks and desserts, and some simple, old and chipped/scratched trays that I cover with foil to serve the potentially sloppy foods or condiments and sauces. Look for vintage trays at flea markets and yard sales. Posted: 6:13 pm on September 29th

chef4us writes: Love your kitchen, Tom! Wish I had that sink and dishwasher! Alas! I'll settle for my husband doing clean up!! Posted: 2:00 pm on September 29th

1234good writes: Posted: 12:30 am on September 29th

shazzzz writes: This is a wonderful collection of tools etc. they would be a great addition to my kitchen. Posted: 1:06 pm on September 28th

whitwort2000 writes: As one who covets cooking tools that make meal prep easier I thank you for the opportunity to gain them. Knowing me I'd probably shred skin with the mandoline but would look forward to trying it out. Posted: 12:54 pm on September 28th

son_of_brooklyn writes: For an event, it's the human element that counts. Have the right people and you're guaranteed to have a blast. Posted: 9:57 am on September 28th

FreshChef writes: for a person who loves to cook, having a personally designed & organized kitchen is pure bliss. You and I both know this to be true. Best Wishes from the verdant Hudson Valley. Posted: 8:06 am on September 28th

djvernon writes: Tom,
I love your kitchen. We remodeled ours three years ago and it still brings me great joy every time I am cooking in it or walk through it. We, too, love to entertain, and it is so much fun to show off our kitchen when friends come over. I would never have considered putting commercial grade (stainless steel) counters and dish washer, but they look great in the space you've created. Well done!

We'll be sure and dine at one of your restaurants on our next trip to Seattle.
-David Posted: 5:36 pm on September 27th

pajoan writes: Tom, you're HOT! (Lucky Jackie) ps I love cooking, even though I have bare minimum equipment. Posted: 4:41 pm on September 27th

shannondewease writes: I haven't entertained in quite some time, due to life's bumps! But I would love to get back in to it with some awesome products!! My biggest thing was to have a fire going in the backyard (of course, fully stocked with smores ingredients on the ready!). My house has a nice flow from the kitchen to the back porch, so that lures everyone outside to enjoy the beautiful night! Posted: 1:15 pm on September 27th

JANMCA writes: Every year i make Sour Cherry Jam with Pinot Noir. I start by hand pitting 3-4 pounds of cherries using a small hand held unit. Juice sprays everywhere, my fingers are ready to fall off, and my hand cramps, but the Jam is so good, that I do this year after year. I have never seen that cherry pitter shown above but sure would LOVE to win it. Posted: 12:05 pm on September 27th

auntmarycooks writes: I grow my own vegetables, so the mandolin would be wonderful for slicing speedily. I come from a large family, and everyone always seems to gather in my kitchen, too. The rolling "island" is an amazing idea! Posted: 9:00 pm on September 26th

xstfan writes: I loved the island on wheels and the fact that the dishes and silverware are already in the dining room. I especially love that they are mix and match; I love the look but tend to be wary of actually doing it but having everything already there would make it so easy! We've moved a lot and each house gets us a little closer to what I want in a kitchen. Now I have an island which is great for prep and I often use it to put the platters on, although I can't push it into the corner! what a great idea. My next goal is to go back to a gas stove--it is so much easier and nicer to cook on than the flat top I have now. I'm all for functional kitchens I can use - Tom's looks beautiful too! what a great tour and good ideas. Posted: 5:30 am on September 26th

kristia writes: What an amazing kitchen -it's easy to get stuck in the space you've got and forget that you can create the space you want!

Our favorite entertaining adventure is to put our heads together with friends/family and decide what cooking adventure we'd like to undertake. Then we organize a cooking party - combining talents and joining together in one kitchen to make tamales, dolmades, pizzas, sushi, samosas, etc. Great fun, delicious food and a wonderful way to spend time with loved ones. Posted: 5:44 pm on September 25th

annie66 writes: I've collected beautiful platters from around the world and have found loads of uses for them-from holding fresh veggies on the kitchen counter to using as serving pieces. Posted: 4:40 pm on September 25th

beachfire writes: What a great opportunity. I would definitely put the platter and the mandoline to good use. I am a member of a group that enjoys International night at each others homes every month or so. We put the names of different countries in a hat and pull out what will be our next adventure. The idea is the host/hostess prepares the meal and the guests bring the beverage (or paired wine) to the dinner. It not only expands our pallets but is also a great deal of fun. Posted: 4:28 pm on September 25th

SHARONH21 writes: These are tools I don't yet have in my kitchen arsenal, but are sorely needed to tackle some of the finer sides of cooking and entertaining. Would surely be able to put them to good use. I love your site and try out the recipes every chance I get. Looking for a big win here always. Posted: 4:13 pm on September 25th

AKNicki writes: Tom's restaurants are always on my "must do" list when I visit Seattle. The diversity in menus and decor are always a delight. This was a wonderful peek into the kind of inspiration put into each of his restaurants. Beautiful! Posted: 3:27 pm on September 25th

AntoinetteH writes: We have a 9.5x5 foot island in our kitchen. I wish we had the forethought to put it on wheels - that is Genius!!!! My idea of entertaining large crowds is to put the staging together first, then make sure that there is some wonderful beverage to entice the palatte. If I am still in the kitchen, it makes it fun for those who like to get involved. We have had many large parties (the last was a seafood boil sereved down the middle of our table - a plywood top covered in plastic tablecothes). Light the candles, turn on the little white lights, add the music. That's how we do it here at the farm...
Posted: 2:53 pm on September 25th

Allie_Taylor writes: Dear Tom!

I wish you'd done this a few months ago – I just finished renovating my kitchen! So many great ideas! However, your dining room cabinet is definately going to be incorporated! I have just the place for it. So practical and so handsome.

Have you ever been to Ladner? South of Vancouver? Right on the Fraser. We have the best fish and seafood that you'll ever eat! Right off the boat. You and your wife should come on up, and I'll show lots of little delicious secrets!


Posted: 2:48 pm on September 25th

topdawg writes: Careful planning and organization at the beginning, quality food preparation in the middle, and friends and family to enjoy your success at the end. Posted: 2:02 pm on September 25th

sharonhumphrey writes: Tom Douglas is amazing. I have been a fan of his for sometime. I am familar with kitchen equipment because I worked in the business for 15 years. His kitchen is beautiful and reflects his personally. Boy do I wish I had this kitchen in my 100 year home in up state New York that has never been remodeled. A girl and dream!!! Posted: 1:34 pm on September 25th

diberto writes: I love the bamboo plate. Posted: 10:39 am on September 25th

lorenfh writes: Have been dreaming of opening a bakery cafe for almost 30 years now, so it is great to see and hear how a true master makes it all happen. Posted: 5:09 pm on September 23rd

ddahl952 writes: I must echo the sentiment of many who have left comments here. Planning is important. You must organize and think through the meal. The other part is perhaps even more integral to the experience and this is enjoying the experience itself. Taking time to talk with friends and family while allowing the meal to bond you together with shared experience. This is the truest goal of entertaining. Posted: 1:07 pm on September 23rd

anothercook writes: Oops...I meant CRABcakes not clamcakes!! LOL Posted: 12:37 pm on September 23rd

anothercook writes: I love to serve Italian meats as a appetiser...and then give everyone their own pizza dough and toppings to select. Makes an easy party and fun for all!

Love Douglas and love his clamcakes cookbook! Posted: 12:34 pm on September 23rd

banjopicker writes: I have developed a list of recipes (particularly sides) that can be prepared ahead, then held or reheated easily. with these out of the way, I have time to concentrate on those things that must be done immediately before serving. Never forget that meat needs resting time when you develop your time line. Posted: 12:18 pm on September 23rd

Jillien writes: Clearly there is a reason why everyone migrates to the kitchen. This one takes it to a new level. LOVE IT! My husband is really jealous of the utensil bar. He has always wanted one above the stove and I have resisted due to the mess from spatter. Having it above the sink solves this problem :-) Posted: 10:51 am on September 23rd

edna elizabeth writes: when I have a large number of people I have a pot luck every one brings a dish and I buy the wine Posted: 7:35 am on September 23rd

frozenchick writes: My favorite way to entertain a large group is to do lots of hors d'oeuvres, both hot and cold, set them all out and let everyone serve themselves. I do the same thing with the bar; set it up so it's self serve. I usually keep it simple with a varitey of wines, beers,sparkling water, and one signature drink or cocktail. That way, everyone can easily move around and mingle. Posted: 1:05 pm on September 21st

eatdrinkmanwoman writes: When I entertain for lots of people, I always let them serve themselves by arranging all the food in serving dishes on the island. People get exactly how much they want and less food goes to waste. And if both sides of the island are used, the line moves fast.

Loved his kitchen. Looks like a low ceiling like our new old house so it gave me some great ideas!! Posted: 3:53 pm on September 20th

Daniel_Paul writes: Love these tools and the magazine! Posted: 3:19 pm on September 20th

BlueberryFan writes: My mother is a great experimenter in the kitchen and I have inherited that trait. I enjoy cooking with the freshest ingredients I can find and making simple dishes flavored with fresh herbs and vegetables. I am enjoying passing my love of cooking on to my niece. Posted: 12:58 pm on September 20th

sueonly writes: I am 81 yrs. old & still cooking away. I have lots of kids, grand kids & great grand kids.
Many yrs. ago a very good cook told me the best cooking magazine is "Fine Cooking" & I'm still subscribing. As a matter of fact a funny thing happened when I called to cancel my 3 yr. subscription. I told the clerk It probably would outlive me! Then after calculating what she should do, it came up that Fine Cooking even owed me another yr. So now guess what's been added to my legacy--4 yrs. of Fine cooking. Posted: 5:58 pm on September 19th

sueonly writes: Posted: 5:54 pm on September 19th

Rainfresh writes: I have found that hosts all too often underestimate on the amount of beverages to serve for a larger group of guests. Sometimes they don't even account for those who choose to not drink alcoholic beverages. Thus, I try to make sure there are lots of extra beverage volume and non-alcoholic options. Posted: 5:45 pm on September 18th

dineindiva writes: Hire a Personal Chef ;-)

Great kitchen and picks! Posted: 5:27 pm on September 18th

dineindiva writes: Hire a great personal chef ;-) Love Tom's kitchen and picks. Posted: 5:25 pm on September 18th

tchung writes: What a lovely collection of gifts! Posted: 2:40 pm on September 18th

babyd0ll writes: My boyfriend and I love to cook and entertain. We are on a tight budget, so these items would help out. Crossing my fingers. Posted: 12:03 pm on September 18th

Shootay writes: Love the fish platter and bamboo plate. And one can never have too many three channel timers. I use them daily! Posted: 11:07 am on September 18th

lesilehsn writes: Love the poisson pasta platter. So whimsical! Posted: 11:02 am on September 18th

Inspired2cook writes: Love Tom Douglas and the prize package! Pick me, pick me!!! Posted: 2:42 pm on September 17th

Lakeladypatti writes: We have "Dinner For Eight" as a monthly get together. It started out as eight of us, but has grown. We still call it the Dinner for Eight, and I made each couple a canvas bag filled with take-home containers. That way, we can each take home samples of everything without depleting the host's supply of plastic containers. We agree on a theme (such as Spanish Tapas) and everyone brings a dish suited to the theme. We get to try new dishes and tastes, and there is ALWAYS much more food than we can eat. We end up with servings of our favorite dishes from that party to have another day. Posted: 1:08 pm on September 16th

Ribbqah08 writes: Love the pasta bowls & the mandolin because wether I am preparing Italian, Chinese, English, or other great ethnic meal, the curved sides hole the food w/o cooling as rapidly as a flat platter dish. And evenly sliced veggies all cook at the same speed so that there are no under or over cooked portions of the dish. Posted: 6:16 am on September 16th

Redon2s writes: Great giveaway package, the platter and timer are must haves. Hopefully I won't have to buy them! :-) Posted: 11:49 pm on September 15th

chefkatie writes: Firstly, living in the New England where seafood is king, I always look forward to visiting Ettas while in Seattle on business. If time allows, Seatown is a must do. His ever seasonal, impecably clean and beautiful array of food cease to amaze me. I admit to 'stealing' ideas to try to adapt them to our Maine catches. I have yet to nail anything completely.
In my home, away from the hustle bustle of work life, entertaing can be well planned or, more often, impromptu. One party saviour is a well stocked pantry. Carefully chosen comdiments like oils, various dry chiles, asian market finds ranging from a garlicy red pepper sauce can turn just about anything into gorgeous and reliably delicious. Grab a skirt steak, flank steak, whatever the market offers. Seasoned well and thrown on the grill. Poof, magicly dressed up an age-old delicious buttermilk blue cheese sauce. Yum. Chef Douglas, you are a true inspiration and I couldn't love your menus more. Thanks for the memories and future mind-altering fresh in every sense of the word menu items. Hope to dine with you soon. Posted: 10:48 am on September 15th

rainyS writes: Loved Tom's island. He has used the space so well. Guests would feel comfortable and spoiled at the same time! Posted: 8:18 pm on September 14th

uteanna writes: Nice collection. Posted: 10:39 am on September 14th

sandrina writes: when i am preparing a special meal for guests or customers, i make sure to pick out my clothes and hang them ready to go the day before.....may sound silly but i have had too many times where i am still cooking at 7:15 and guests are arriving at 7:30. i just love that platter, perfect for a greek meze for 8! Posted: 12:46 am on September 13th

user-253883 writes: What great ideas for entertaining! Posted: 12:14 pm on September 12th

amazincinc writes: That Platter!!! That Bamboo serving dish!!! Both so beautiful!! I wish I had both for our "Tapas Adventure" party scheduled for Sept 18. Tell Tom he's invited... as are you! 20 guests will creat 10 spectacular tapas from several "Spanish" cookbooks and we'll go from there. Each of
the 10 couples will bring a Spanish wine to try so no one will go home hungry or thirsty! Should be a fun night Posted: 3:01 pm on September 11th

pepper23 writes: Just being able to have this gorgeous platter to use for seafood would make my guests go WOW and the mandoline is my favorite kitchen tool. Posted: 1:14 pm on September 11th

pepper23 writes: Just being able to have this gorgeous platter to use for seafood would make my guests go WOW and the mandoline is my favorite kitchen tool. Posted: 1:14 pm on September 11th

Annietoo writes: I always try to remember not to "entertain" my guests too much. They always seem to have a better time entertaining themselves. I need only set the stage and provide good eats and drinks. Posted: 1:10 pm on September 11th

DelishCooking writes: I'm very passionate at preparing sumptuous home-cooked meals for families and friends who typically drive long distances just to come over for good food & good company. These giveaways will definitely make food preparation easy and exciting! I would love to have these! :) Posted: 2:26 am on September 9th

cookingmom7159 writes: Love his Kitchen! Would love to have these things as my own Posted: 1:56 pm on September 8th

Mjd_c writes: It is always wonderful to see how others interpret the Kitchen/Dinning area. We have always enjoyed a Kitchen space that gives access to the outdoor space. It helps for great entertaining, even in the winter when the patio's are snowcovered, they provide a view that adds to the coziness of the season. The dinning table is absolutely stunning! I love the chandelier. It has character and is not overstated or overly formal. Like a good Little Black Dress it can be dressed up or dressed down for the occassion at hand. Thank you for sharing the multitude of wonderful ideas for a great looking functional entertaining space! Posted: 5:51 am on September 5th

son_of_brooklyn writes: Being confidently organized is the key to enjoying your own party, but flexibility is sometimes necessary. When a dear realtive brings fruit and wants to make Grandma's fruit salad, you have to be able to enjoy that. Posted: 9:01 pm on September 4th

Pielove writes: What a fun tour and giveaway-- I could use that platter, as I think I'm going to have to take over Christmas next year! Posted: 7:12 pm on September 4th

shabby2chic writes: LOVE to entertain... LOVE Finecooking! Perfect giveaway! Posted: 6:28 pm on September 4th

margomc writes: I ike to entertain and frequently have large parties. My secret is too get everything ready a head of time so that I can have fun with my guests Posted: 3:00 pm on September 4th

lapahoi writes: Your kitchen is truly inspired. I can't believe how many wonderful ideas you included - the commercial dishwasher which I have always yearned for; the center island on wheels! the open shelves; drawers with good pull handles; the gorgeous dinner table.

I love to look at kitchens and yours is one of the finest I have every seen.
Thank you for sharing.
Posted: 5:12 pm on September 3rd

DawnC writes: When the mood strikes me, I have a wine pairing dinner. The menu is sent out with the invitation, and I "assign" a portion of the meal (appetizer, main course, dessert, after dinner, etc) to each guest/couple. Each couple/guest is to select and bring the wine of thier choice, that will pair with the food they have been chosen for. It is fun and allows all to participate. It also provides intrigue to all attending to see "what wine will the others will bring". Also, I (host) receive help with the meal, by not having to decide on wine or bear the expense of the entire gathering. It also gives me the excitement of how my dishes will stack up to their wine selections. Posted: 6:52 am on September 1st

sandbarrett writes: We don't have a lot of nice things with which to entertain, and this has always been somewhat of an embarrassment to me when we have friends over to our home for a meal. Our dishes are mismatched and our kitchen is plain. However, we have learned that if we concentrate on our guests and not on what we have or don't have - if we strive to make them feel welcomed, valued and comfortable in our home - then our possessions and even the food doesn't really matter so much. We all have a great time together and feel richer afterwards, having shared our lives with our friends for an evening. Posted: 12:22 pm on August 31st

janann1999 writes: As a stay-at-home mother I learned how important it was for my family to eat together from the time my two boys were young. One of my most important jobs was to feed my hungry boys...after a good meal I always received a big "Thanks Mom". Through the years we have all learned together to eat better and enjoy many of the finer things in life. Part of eating together was talking and discusssing what was going on in our lives--sharing and caring for each other around the dinner table together. As a bonus we have built lasting relationships and a great love and respect for one another. So as the good life continues we share the kitchen, dining and wine together whenever we can manage to be together. What more could a Mother want. Posted: 4:14 pm on August 30th

bemostbrian writes: After performing many parties, the best thing that you can do for success is be organized and organize your guests too. For example, when I have a 'bring your wine to the house night', I ensure that everything (food, tools, places to sit, restrooms) on my end is ready to have people. I send out emails to let them know what we will be doing and how (if they choose to) can assist. I'm known for doing a huge pan of paella, so I tell the guests that and Have them choose to bring sides. They also know what wines they can bring.

Posted: 11:08 am on August 29th

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