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Vancouver chef shares tips for great bash
using an Olympic theme for the items on the menu.
“Go with Greek to reflect the origin of the Olympics or West Coast flavours to reflect this year’s host city.”
The latter could be appetizers using smoked salmon, shrimp and oysters as a start.
“Cut down on your preparation time in the kitchen by organizing a potluck meal,” she suggests. “Assign each guest or couple with a participating country and ask them to bring an appetizer item from that region.”
Stowe also suggests getting guests actively involved with the events by stimulating a friendly competition in the nature of an amateur betting pool.
“Prepare score cards with the athletes of countries participating in the events and have guests vote on the winners or scores,” she says, adding that hosts should keep spare change and small bills handy to facilitate the activity.
To alleviate the pressures of finding guests having to find a babysitter, set up a kid-friendly party room in the rec room or basement.
“Have an older sibling or designated helper in charge of organizing the activities and serving food so that the adults can enjoy the party without constant interruptions,” she says.
“For easy and fun food, feature an around-the-world theme and denote each item with a small flag identifying the country of origin. Try pizza from Italy, perogies from Poland or sushi from Japan.”
She suggests serving the youngsters white and red cranberry juice (Canadian flag colours).
Stowe has created a signature cocktail to keep guests “ hydrated and refreshed” during the Olympic marathon.
Vancouver event specialist Lesley Stowe, a sponsor of the skiing team at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, poses with her gold martini creation in this undated handout photo.