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The Bristol's Strength: The Chef Chris Pandel Difference

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 11.20.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Filming in Chris Pandel's kitchen at The Bristol for the upcoming Dinner Party was just plain fun. Relaxed and unassuming, Pandel just might be one of...

10 Unique Hostess Gifts for the Stylish & Chic

Melissa Meyers | Posted 11.24.2014 | Style
Melissa Meyers

If you are planning to have a fun soiree yourself this time of year, use this list as a guide to freshen up your entertainment essentials.

7 Essential Items You Need To Start Entertaining At Home

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 11.18.2014 | HuffPost Home

'Tis the season for entertaining, people, and we think it's about time you follow through on your secret desire to host a winter-themed craft cocktail...

Michelin Star Chef Paul Virant: A Preserves Pro!

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.21.2014 | Taste
Elysabeth Alfano

Virant made me a believer in his philosophy, "Eat what you can, can what you can't."

Behind the Scenes With Singer-Songwriter, Macy Gray

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.06.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

When I sat down with singer-songwriter Macy Gray in the private Barrel Room of City Winery just before her performance there, I was reminded of what it means to be a one-of-a-kind.

Chef Bruce Sherman of North Pond Restaurant: The Real Deal

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 11.16.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Long before food was a fad and long before farm-to-table was something one said to impress one's date, North Pond Restaurant was creating dishes that aimed less to impress and more to satisfy by focusing on the natural goodness of local produce.

Fashion Designer Peter Som's Legendary Minestrone Soup Recipe

Carla McDonald | Posted 11.08.2014 | Taste
Carla McDonald

Peter's minestrone is the stuff of legends on the New York dinner party circuit. Hungry for the details? Grab your Côtes du Rhône and cozy up, because I'm spilling the beans.

Signs You're A Bad Dinner Party Guest

OWN | Posted 09.03.2014 | OWN

We all know the basic rules of dinner party etiquette -- be clear about whether or not you're attending, don't bring a surprise guest, arrive on time,...

Belly Up to Trenchermen Bar With Famed Actor George Wendt

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.05.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Fame is a very funny thing. Some people become completely inaccessible and others remain totally unchanged. This was the feeling I had when famed actor George Wendt.

10 Tips for Perfect Party Lighting

Carla McDonald | Posted 09.27.2014 | Style
Carla McDonald

One of the best ways to ensure that your guests enjoy your party is to make them feel attractive. When people feel gorgeous, they relax, become less self-conscious and take more joy in themselves and others.

5 Tips On How To Be A Hostess With The Mostest

Honey Good | Posted 09.23.2014 | Fifty
Honey Good

That is what a successful party needs... a delightful and welcoming hostess. You don't need a large home, a lot of money, elaborate food or entertainment. I have gone to very wealthy parties given by friends, which I am sorry to say, were boring. So what is my trick? I enjoy the art of entertaining.

10 No-Fail Dinner Party Conversation Starters

Carla McDonald | Posted 09.22.2014 | Style
Carla McDonald

Today, we're getting tipsy with the no-fail questions these 10 expert hosts ask to kick-start a conversation at a cocktail or dinner party.

The 28 Worst People At Every Dinner Party

Thrillist | Posted 08.20.2014 | Taste
Thrillist

Sometimes there are some less-than-savory characters who show up at those kind of shindigs and kinda ruin everything for everyone else.

A Thai Dinner Party

Saveur | Posted 08.18.2014 | Taste
Saveur

The bright, refreshing flavors of Thai cuisine make an ideal spread for an early summer dinner party.

The Thing 14 Percent Of House Guests Do Will Probably Keep You Up At Night

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 06.04.2014 | HuffPost Home

Summer's synonymous with entertaining, and while we used to think of "entertaining" as, well, the perfect opportunity to mix up a cocktail, try our ha...

10 Parties to Throw in Your Apartment

Uloop | Posted 07.19.2014 | College
Uloop

By the time the end of December rolls around, everyone is already tired of Christmas parties. However, in the middle of the summer, they're sure to feel different.

10 Ideas For Mother's Day Dinner

Food52 | Posted 07.09.2014 | Taste
Food52

It's time to return you the favor, Mom -- with a meal that shows just how much we appreciate you.

10 Royal Recipes For A Game Of Thrones Feast

Food52 | Posted 04.14.2014 | Taste
Food52

If there's any excuse to part with your seasonal sensibility, it's a Game of Thrones premiere.

9 People Who Will Throw A Wrench In Your Dinner Party

The Huffington Post | Julie R. Thomson | Posted 04.04.2014 | Taste

Only the best eaters allowed.

The Chef's Chef: Carrie Nahabedian

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.24.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Carrie Nahabedian is a chef's chef. In the sometimes political culinary landscape, Chef Nahabedian is appreciated by all Chicago chefs, no matter what...

3 Easy Dinner Party Menus To Wow The Crowd

Posted 03.11.2014 | OWN

You can host a dinner party without stressing out -- just follow one of these easy meal plans, which feature plenty of quick, make-ahead dishes. By...

Travelle Brings Meaning to Elegant Mediterranean Cooking

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.13.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

There are kitchens, and then there are KITCHENS. The kitchen at Travelle restaurant in the Langham Hotel is a sight to behold, a true theater for the diners to experience as the chefs create their dishes each side of the line that projects into the restaurant.

Chris Neville of Tributosaurus Opens Wire

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.08.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

"Inspiration is overrated. Passion is what gets you there, but work is what makes you great," said Chris Neville, lead singer and musical arranger of ...

Female Rapper Dessa on the Dinner Party

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.01.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

"Be excellent," stated DESSA, born Margaret Wander, unapologetically. For musicians or fans of her work, it was an interesting evening listening to her discuss what it takes to be a successful musician.

The Charm and Finesse of Everest's Chef Joho

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.17.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

I have been interviewing chefs on The Dinner Party for over two years, so it is about time that I interview a French one. Executive Chef Jean Joho of...