what type of host/hostess gifts are appropriate for a dinner party, and do you bring the chef a gift as well?
what to bring to dinner for the host and (well known) chef? [more inside]
DFWrestaurantfilter: My daughter is turning 8 years old on Saturday and we want to take her to a fun place to eat that actually has good food. Can anyone suggest some places like that in the Dallas area? Also, we will not take her to magic time machine or chuck e cheeses...The food at magic time machine is just about the worst ive ever had.
I'm looking for an entree to feed about 8 adults at a Four Elements themed dinner party. [more inside]
Recommendations needed for must-try restaurants and food in Kyoto! [more inside]
[DinnerEmergencyFilter] Accidentally cooked two pork chops for 60 min rather than 30 min - chops are tough and sad looking. How to salvage for dinner guest arriving in 30 minutes?
Chops were baked for 60 min (should have been 30) at 350 degrees, smothered in green apples and a thin caramel sauce of butter, brown sugar, and salt. Any ideas on how to fix this? I'm a sad bird.
Why does my complimentary dinner (*with purchase of a full price dinner) coupon insist that it "is not buy one get one free"? [more inside]
Smoke themed/flavored/used as a method food! Gimme your ideas! [more inside]
Escarole + butternut squash = what's for dinner? [more inside]
Where can I eat dinner and take in views of the Golden Gate bridge? [more inside]
Give me your best stir-fy recipes (with dietary restrictions inside). [more inside]
Help us shop and eat well in Hong Kong. [more inside]
Spiral sliced ham -- to heat or not to heat? And what do I do with this glaze I made if the ham comes already glazed? [more inside]
to dinner party or not to dinner party? [more inside]
Help me find a mid-priced restaurant in Brooklyn for New Years dinner! [more inside]
Going out for Christmas Eve dinner for two or possibly three people, in Portland OR. I realize I'll have to book a table in advance. The question is WHERE? [more inside]
This Christmas, I'm giving everyone the gift of delicious and healthy home-cooked meals, but I'm blanking on how to wrap and/or present them at the Christmas Eve festivities. Everything will be pre-frozen, which probably rules out putting them by the tree with the other gifts, and the only other solution I can think of is leaving them in my car and letting everyone take theirs on the way home, which is lame. There must be a better way. [more inside]
Help me find a great Long Beach or North Orange County restaurant for my rehearsal dinner. [more inside]
I'm hosting my first Thanksgiving. I have zero idea what I'm doing. Advice, s'il vous plait! [more inside]
What should I serve as dessert after a heavy risotto dinner? [more inside]
NYC Food Filter: I am leaving New York City and want to get some great Italian food in the Bronx's version of Little Italy on Arthur Avenue before I go. What are your favorites? [more inside]
While visiting San Antonio last month, I ate at Liberty Bar on Metafilter's recommendation and fell deeply in love with their warm lentil salad. I would love to recreate it at home for a fantastic winter dinner. Please help me do so. [more inside]
Where can I make a last minute (Saturday, 7PM) dinner reservation for a group of 15 in NW DC? My original plan fell through! [more inside]
Where to go for a fancypants Montreal dinner on short notice? Details inside... [more inside]
New Orleans Thanksgiving for out of towners? Restaurant recommendations needed! [more inside]
Looking for a caterer for a small dinner party at a house in Napa THIS weekend. Either Saturday or Sunday, 6-8 people, near Silverado, no dietary restrictions. What options exist, or where would be a good place to look?
I'm a complete novice cook, but I'm cooking salmon tagliatelle for my girlfriend on her birthday. I've made it twice for myself but I think it could be better... [more inside]
How far ahead can I buy farmer's market produce? [more inside]
When someone invites you to dinner or a party at their house, is there a tactful way to indicate that you can't bring anything, or to prevent them from asking? [more inside]
Making dinner tonight for a lady friend - Need suggestions! [more inside]
What is a proper gift to bring a same-sex Parisian couple when invited to dinner? [more inside]
Teach me how to be a great host. I'm hosting a dinner party for my SO's birthday in September. Give me some tips to make everyone (including the birthday boy and ME) feel relaxed and happy. [more inside]
Bachelor weekend in Vegas - looking for a place that has great food and scantily clad waitresses. Not a strip club. Better than Hooters. Would be eating dinner there. [more inside]
Seeking great food in Frederick, MD area! We're looking for one or two tasty places to 'cater' (i.e., takeout) our small, laid back rehearsal dinner north of Frederick. Preferably casual food with a regional flavor. The internets are not offering up a lot--can you help? [more inside]
CoolCasualNotExpensiveEatinginDallasFilter: Its my wifes bday today and a few of us want to go out to dinner to celebrate. Unfortunately none of us have alot to spend. Any Suggestions? Looking for a cool place to eat with good food, good drinks, and good atmosphere. We are coming from Richardson also so we dont want to drive to far. No further than downtown. Thanks in advance. Also....The average age of all of us is 31.
I'm 25 and starting to cook - What? Where do I get it? Why? [more inside]
DFWAnniversaryFilter: Poor planning on my part but its me and the old ladys 8th year anniversary. Im struggling with a place to take her to dinner tonight, i could use any and all suggestions. We love Roy's in Plano however i was just trying to think outside of the box a bit. BTW...We are located in N. Dallas around the 75/190 area.
I'm looking to make an April Fool's day dinner, where dinner looks like dessert. We already have the idea of a meatloaf "cake" with mashed potato icing. Do you have any ideas for side dishes that also look like dessert?
In addition to the main (meat or fish) part of the main course, what else should there be in an ordinary weekday family evening meal (excluding appetizer and dessert)? When I was growing up, I think we usually had meat and two vegetables, one of which was usually (but not necessarily) a generic starch: potatoes or rice. Now I'm not so sure. [more inside]
Where's a good place to hold a casual, catered event for about 30 people in Rochester, New York? [more inside]
What should we cook for dinner tomorrow? We're vegetarians, bored of curry, chilli and pasta with sauce. [more inside]
I need more ideas for "game night" food! I've done curry and chili in the past, and am tossing around lasagna and gumbo as possibilities in the future, but want more options. Since every cooking question is special, there is [more inside]
PorkFilter: give me your recipes for our tasty piggy friends. [more inside]
I work three nights a week. What can I bring for dinner? I love to cook, but I can't seem to come up with dinners that are small and easy to pack, don't require refrigeration, and are moderately healthy. [more inside]
I have in my possession a large cut of beef called a round roast. What is it (pot roast, maybe?) and how do I cook it - tomorrow? [more inside]
RestaurantFilter: Restaurant Recommendations for NYC on Saturday evening (13Dec2008), around the Broadhurst Theatre - near W44th St. (more inside) [more inside]
How can I have a Christmas dinner delivered anonymously? [more inside]
I want to give dinner parties! But I don't know how. Please give me all your tips and secrets. Three limitations: I am not a fabulous cook, and don't have a ton of free time, and my social group is really diffuse (ie most of my friends only know me and none of my other friends).
What's a not so expensive place to eat on a Sunday night, 9PM close to Madison Square Garden? I know you want to say Korean - but it's not an option. [more inside]
Menu/recipes for a cooking party? [more inside]
I need your recommendations for steakhouses in the D.C./Northern Virginia area. [more inside]