Pete Evans’ top tips for hosting a stress-free dinner party

Regardless of the season or weather, one of the finer ways to enjoy quality time with friends is over a great meal. After all, who doesn’t love a long afternoon or evening filled with good food, plenty of laughs and a few drinks? And given celebrity chef Pete Evans certainly knows a thing or two about healthy ways to entertain people over a meal, we asked him for his best tips at the launch of his new Brisbane restaurant, Asana, which centres around healthy cuisine.

Here’s Pete Evan’s best advice when cooking for friends:  Asana, Pete Evans

  1. Take into consideration the people you’re inviting and design a menu that appeals to their sensibilities and dietary requirements or choices. Got a few friends that are vegetarian? Try this sweet potato gnocchi dish with kale pesto and pine nuts created by Sporteluxe’s good friend, the wonderful Lola Berry. Even your non-vegetarian friends will be wowed!
  2. Even if you’re trying to impress, don’t attempt recipes that are too far out of your comfort zone. You don’t want a disaster meal on your hands! Save those experiments for less pressured occasions (such as for a single friend, partner or your family only). We guarantee, even the most novice chefs will be able to cook up this paleo pad thai.
  3. Keep the dishes simple so you can spend as much as time as possible with your guests. These raw, dairy and gluten-free coconut and lime cheesecakes can be made pre-party, leaving you plenty of time to mingle.
  4. Fresh and clean food is paramount. Make vegetables and seafood your main selling point. They’re easy to prepare and super tasty. At Sporteluxe HQ, we love this grilled calamari and prawn dish.
  5. You can’t go wrong with a beautiful charcuterie board. Look for well-sourced cured meats like prosciutto and salami, served with some olives. Have a go at whipping up this baba ghanoush to go alongside the board.

Now that all of the food is sorted, check out our round-up of the best biodynamic wines to finish off the party prep. Cheers!

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