Food and the City: How To Throw A Tapas Party

August 10, 2016

How To Throw A Tapas Party



Supersize me? No thanks. Overstuffed plates and comically large foods are a thing of the past. These days, the hottest trend in food is going small, serving well-executed plates of tapas that are perfect for sharing. Throughout New York City, tapas restaurants are popping up and winning over customers with their less-is-more approach to eating. You don't have to go out to enjoy this trend, however — here's how to create amazing tapas that will wow your friends at your next dinner party.

Get the right dishware
When you order tapas at a restaurant, it would be pretty off-putting to see a few bites of food come on an enormous plate. The same thing is true at your dinner party — a tiny amount of food on a huge dish doesn't look elegant anywhere. To make sure your strange choice of plating doesn't become a topic of conversation among your guests, grab some colorful small plates to serve your small bites on.

Create a menu
One of the most fun things about eating tapas is the variety of foods you can enjoy in a single meal. However, if those flavors don't complement one another, it can feel like you don't know what you're doing. Especially if it's your first time preparing tapas, create a menu that tells your guests what's on each plate and which combinations to try together; this will also serve as a reminder for you about which flavor profiles worked together the next time you decide to host a similar event.

Start with what you know
You don't need to be an expert in Spanish cuisine to pull off a few plates of tapas. Even if you don't feel like sticking solely to Latin-influenced fare, you can still pull together some great plates by using your favorite recipes. Dishes like mini quiche, meatballs, and prosciutto-wrapped melon are easy ways to create small plates that have plenty of palate-pleasing and aesthetic appeal.

Take inspiration from the pros
If you have a favorite tapas spot in the city, don't be afraid to try to copy some of your favorite dishes. The internet is full of copycat recipe ideas for virtually every type of cuisine, so if you want to create a cohesive meal, don't be afraid to borrow a little inspiration from your favorite chefs.


Get creative with it
Don't feel constrained by what you see other chefs doing when you're hosting a tapas party. The beauty of preparing small plates is that you can make your dishes a little whimsical without having anyone get sick of your style. Try out fun menus like dessert tapas, holiday-themed tapas, or vegan tapas for a creative culinary challenge that your guests won't soon forget.

You don't have to be a professional chef to create praise-worthy plates for your next party — start small and wow your friends with a few rounds of tapas, instead. ¡Buen provecho!

This is a guest post by Candice Schaffer from Knightsbridge Park, a leading digital marketing firm for luxury real estate brands including missionibaia.com