over the course of the summer to watch our readers engage with us through our social media channels— picking your favourite covers of all time, commenting on much-loved recipes (both yours and ours), showing us your stacks of back issues and watching the videos in our behindthe-scenes posts—all leading up to the release of this, our 25th anniversary issue. Your passion has never been in doubt and, speaking for myself and the team, we are truly grateful and so very appreciative of that!
When deciding how best to celebrate 25 years, we knew we wanted to honour that passion. So we put our heads together to determine what would be of the most value and service to our readers. Instead of o ering a retrospective, we decided to focus on the here-and-now and have created what we think is the ultimate guide to hosting a dinner party. We have considered every detail—from the moment the first guest walks through the door to the final farewell—to make this issue a useful resource no matter how you choose to entertain or what stage of life you are in. Whether it’s your first dinner party, or kids are on the guest list, or it’s your turn to host the monthly Food & Drink supper club (we love hearing from those clubs!), each menu has been created with the occasion and attendees in mind. Each menu is also matched with drink suggestions and pairings (of course) to help ensure you can pull it all o with aplomb. We’ve also gathered 25 years of wisdom and advice, which you’ll find scattered throughout the pages. From how to set a table and pocket-fold a napkin to what to look for to make sure your accessories are on point and when to serve dinner after guests arrive, these tips help create what we hope is a highly collectible issue that you will turn to again and again and share with friends and family.
As we look to the future, we are very excited to be working on initiatives that build o the strength of our print edition (which remains the core and essence of who we are) so that you can connect with us across more platforms and so that we can connect more directly with you. Keep an eye on lcbo.com and @lcbo on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram—and (coming soon!) Pinterest—for more content and information on where to find us.
Cheers to 25 years and especially to you, our dear readers!