Dinner Parties | Simple Italian

7 Dishes for an easy-to-make Italian themed dinner party

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Potlucks are a single girl’s best friend. For less than $20 a person, you can have a multi-dish meal and really enjoy each others’ company (and by that I mean open more than one bottle of wine without paying an arm and a leg). My sister hosted a group of us for a cozy dinner party at her place. Their friends met through a series of MeetUp events when they were all somewhat new to San Francisco a few years ago. Who says you can’t meet new friends online?

What was on the menu for our Italian dinner party? Caprese skewers, cheese and crackers, bruschetta, prosciutto-wrapped melons, arugula ravioli, and salmon with asparagus… with a little vino and a delightful bundt cake. It’s a delicious night in for up to 10 friends, or pick and choose a few dishes for a party of two. Best part about this menu? You can pick up all the ingredients from Trader Joe’s. Read on for ingredients and recipes.

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Happy Galentine’s Day!

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PHOTO: Lanny Nguyen.

Since my move back to the Bay Area, one of my favorite ways to meet and make new friends is rubbing elbows with the vast community of bloggers. After briefly meeting in November, I started following MontgomeryFest and simply adore Annie, the mastermind behind it. This lovely lady threw a Galentine’s Day fete to remember… and, if you didn’t know already, I’ll happily take any excuse for bubbly, most especially one that involves baubles and bloggers.

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