contribute to the quality and elegance of the occasion. The type of wines or other beverages you choose should complement the meal. If you are serving something light, you might consider a light beverage. If you are serving South American food, you may want to consider a nice Malbec wine from Argentina or a Rioja if you are serving Spanish food. The table-scape, the décor, as well as the music you select should create an elegant atmosphere. If you are hoping for some serious “catching up” or important dialogue, you would want to consider the music’s volume. Can your guests hear each other well? All the components should complement one another. Finally, it is a good idea to do some research to learn things like basic table setting techniques, wine pairings or which wine glass is used for the type of wine you will serve if you have never done it before. Putting a checklist together is the greatest recommendation I can make. Keep in mind that atmosphere and presentation is a vital part of the dining experience. Included are some great recipes to help with your fabulous dinner party. Enjoy and until next time, make sure nobody goes hungry!