an af­fair to re­mem­ber

If you’re up for host­ing a for­mal din­ner party, our ex­cep­tional menu— ac­com­pa­nied by all man­ner of ad­vice—leaves noth­ing to guess­work.

Food & Drink - - SPECIAL OCASSION - • BY LUCY WAVER­MAN PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY JAMES TSE

A MEM­O­RABLE OC­CA­SION calls for a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion. Our for­mal, sil­ver an­niver­sary din­ner is a feast of fresh tastes and tex­tures guar­an­teed to de­light all the guests. This din­ner is per­fect for all of life’s mile­stone oc­ca­sions—an im­por­tant birth­day, a wed­ding an­niver­sary or a re­tire­ment party.

We start with caviar. Choose a kind that suits your bud­get and also of­fer grilled mushroom sum­mer rolls as a ve­gan and gluten-free al­ter­na­tive. A quick sauté of scal­lops with a pre­pared lime but­ter is fol­lowed by a sim­ple, flavour­ful make-ahead soup, height­ened with a touch of vine­gary pickle.

The beef fil­let is slow-roasted ahead of time and then fin­ished in a sear­ingly hot oven be­fore serv­ing and the dessert is a de­con­structed lemon meringue pie with its el­e­ments bro­ken up. Again, the el­e­ments are make-ahead, to be put to­gether on the day of the party. It looks stun­ning and is the per­fect end­ing to this sump­tu­ous din­ner.

Our tips will help you fill in the de­tails that need to be con­sid­ered for this sort of din­ner party. We have sug­ges­tions to do with invit­ing your guests, seat­ing them, and deal­ing (gently) with late­com­ers, not to men­tion prim­ing some­one to set the tone for toasts. Can­dles and flow­ers have not been for­got­ten—and if it all sounds a bit too daunt­ing, con­sider treat­ing your­self to some serv­ing or kitchen help so that you can en­joy the party too.

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