Eric Gallanter Private Dining

Cocktail Parties

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Cocktail parties are an excellent alternative to a traditional sit down dinner. Most people can only fit a dozen or so guests at their table so for larger group entertaining, a cocktail party is a great way to go.  Chef Gallanter's approach to cocktail parties is simple.  No one wants to see the same hors d' oeuvres go by again and again.  Generally we bring at least five hors d' oeuvres for a  reception preceding a dinner and as many as twenty for a stand alone cocktail event.
There are some considerations to think about when planning a successful cocktail party.
What time of day? If a cocktail event is scheduled from 6:00PM to 8:00PM then it is a given that most of the guests will not have had dinner prior and will likely not have dinner afterwards.  This type of event would then best be served by "heavy" hors d' oeuvres.  Small "tapas" style plates, in addition to the passed items, will make sure your guests leave satisfied. 
What day of the week? Weekday parties usually start earlier, are shorter in length and consume considerably less alcohol. If the event is a weekend evening, don't expect it to be over on time and buy more wine.  
In addition to planning the menu, EGPD can provide you with quantities for beverages and can even coordinate their purchase. 

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