Hosting parties is one of my absolute favorite things to do, especially when it is a wine tasting party! A couple weeks back I hosted A Blind Wine Tasting Game and with it came some delicious accouterments. I stuck with some of the traditional wine pairing dishes but did it in a unique way. I had different “bars” or “stations” set up allowing everyone to create their own dishes. The stations for this wine tasting event were: a pasta bar, a charcuterie station, and a crostini bar.
-The Pasta Bar-
This “bar” is SO easy, yet, SO good. Of all the food at the party this was the one I received the most compliments on. The base of the dish is a large pot of cold, cooked noodles tossed in italian dressing. Next to the bowl of noodles I placed a wide variety of toppings for the guests to choose from and add to their pasta. Here we had onions, salami, pepperoni, olives, tomatoes, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. Of course you can do any toppings that you would like but these are definitely some good starters.
– The Charcuterie Station –
You all know my love for a good charcuterie board so, naturally, at a wine tasting party I am bound to have one or two. I truly believe that artisan cheeses, meats, jams, and the like are the perfect pairing with wine. Anyways, at the party we had a large serving platter with: Italian mortadella ham, salami, pistachio nuts, an array of olives, grapes, dried apricots, figs, smoked gouda, sharp cheddar cheese, and salami. Again, this is just a place to start…add anything you would like! I love going to the grocery store and selecting new cheeses and meats I have never tried each time I make a charcuterie plate.
– The Crostini Bar –
So this was a new one for me but I LOVED it. Topping toasted french baguette slices (drizzled in olive oil) with an array of spreads, meats, and cheeses proved to be both delicious and really pretty. Guests were provided with the options of: hummus, bruschetta, pesto sauce, fig jam, olive tapenade, honey, goat cheese, sliced apples, sliced pears, prosciutto, and fresh basil to top their crostini with. The wide amount of combinations we could try here was so much fun!
– The Cake-
What better way to end a wine tasting party than with some cake and champagne? This was a vanilla cake topped with whipped cream, white chocolate chunks, and some berries. The perfect ending to the perfect party.
P.S. Is it weird that I am OBSESSED with serving platters? Especially wooden ones! I even display them in my kitchen and use them any chance I get. Anyways, here are a few that I am coveting (and likely to purchase very soon).