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How To Navigate Dinner Party Seating Politics

Food52 | Posted 07.22.2015 | HuffPost Home
Food52

Anyone who has planned a wedding with a sit-down dinner (or witnessed said planning, or thrown any seated dinner party -- ever) knows what a minefield it can be.

The Creative Surprise of Acanto's Chef Gawronski

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.27.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Humble, unassuming, low-key: these are all words that would describe Chef Chris Gawronski of Acanto. Flying gently under the radar of Chicago's culinary media frenzy, Chef Gawronski is more action than talk, more talent than flash.

How to Survive a Boring Dinner Partner

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Imagine yourself at a dinner "stuck" next to someone who is rambling on about something you have no interest in. "How can this person be so boring?" y...

How to Be a Popular Hostess

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 06.22.2015 | Style
Lisa Mirza Grotts

Even if you're lucky enough to have an assistant to help, entertaining takes advance preparation. But the payoff will be in a good time, for both you and your guests.

Acadia's Special Chef, Ryan McCaskey

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.31.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Memory is a strange thing. And food memory, one's remembrance of not just the first time they tasted something, but the exact taste for the first time, is even stranger.

Smoky Old Bay 'Vegan Scallops' on Toast (Or Royal Trumpet Mushrooms on Toast)

Jill Donenfeld | Posted 05.16.2015 | Taste
Jill Donenfeld

How does one ever replace the divine texture of a freshly shucked scallop? One does not. But leave it up to thick and succulent Royal Trumpet Mushrooms as stellar veggie stand-ins.

How To Make Baked Brie Without A Recipe

Food52 | Posted 02.26.2015 | Taste
Food52

Skip the cheese plate and opt for a simple, oozy baked Brie that anyone can make -- and everyone will enjoy.

Chicago's Most Jovial Chef: Guillermo Tellez of Tippling Hall

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 02.10.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Things can get dicey in the hot, tiny, bustling quarters of a kitchen, of course, even for the kindest of chefs.

Hollywood Director, Cathryn Michon, Discusses Her New Movie, "Muffin Top: A Love Story"

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.22.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It is remarkable and commendable that Michon put her labor of love, Muffin Top, together on the smallest of budgets with the smallest of crews, and yet the film overlooks no detail. The result is a film that looks like it was made for 10 times the budget.

William H. Macy Talks About the New Season of 'Shameless'

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.14.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It was great to have Macy back in Chicago because, despite his illustrious career that has taken him to New York, Los Angeles and beyond, I think of Chicago as the city that launched him.

Chef Kevin Hickey Gives Bridgeport Some Foodie Love with The Duck Inn

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.08.2015 | Taste
Elysabeth Alfano

Bridgeport is a food desert in desperate need of some foodie love.

Need: This Giant, Melty Skillet Cookie

Food52 | Posted 02.28.2015 | Taste
Food52

A batch of cookies baked into a skillet and topped with heaps of ice cream should be your go-to dinner party dessert. Done.

5 Tips From Your Sober Holiday Guest

Melody Moezzi | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Melody Moezzi

When people first learn that I don't drink alcohol, they often request an explanation. Mine is rarely consistent. Sometimes I say I don't like the taste. Sometimes I say I'm Muslim. Sometimes I say I have a medical condition. All are true, but none in isolation contains a full explanation.

Best Fashion Pieces to Wear Through the Holidays and Beyond

Melissa Meyers | Posted 02.08.2015 | Style
Melissa Meyers

Wouldn't it be nice to add some must-have pieces to your wardrobe that are perfect to wear to any holiday soiree AND most of the year?

5 Rules For Pairing Wine With Food

Food52 | Posted 02.04.2015 | Taste
Food52

It's good to have some guidelines -- you have to know the rules to break them.

Dinner Party Secrets

Ali Rosen | Posted 02.01.2015 | Taste
Ali Rosen

There are a few secrets that can help ensure that every dinner party goes as smoothly as possible.

The Bristol's Strength: The Chef Chris Pandel Difference

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.20.2015 | 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 01.17.2015 | 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 12.21.2014 | 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 12.06.2014 | 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.