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If your holiday social calendar looks anything like ours, then we know your next few weeks are filled with celebration and cheer. Whether you’re poppin’ champagne and counting down until midnight or hosting a multi-course holiday dinner party, we’ve got some essential advice to transform you into the hostess with the mostess. Keep Reading!
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It’s that time of year, the hustle and bustle of holidays has fizzled away and winter has rooted itself, initiating a craving for warmth and revelry.
This year, instead of moping around the house in your Snuggie awaiting spring, pass the time with food, friends, and booze.
Get your neighbor’s onboard and reinvent the throwback booze cruise into a progressive stroll of cruising the neighborhood on foot. Gallivant from house to house sampling delicacies and drinks at each stop.
Give your booze cruise a theme. Anything from a Mad Men style affair complete with classic cocktails and toothpick-skewered foods to a cultural soirée of global delights, think Brazilian caipirinhas and feijoada at one stop, moving onward to Italian Limoncello and gnocchi at another. Satisfying the sweet tooth, a progressive chocolate hop would hit the spot. Ignite the chill of winter with hot toddy’s and alcohol-infused cocoas while savoring decadent desserts at each house.
Those who have an affinity for cocktail shakers and martini glasses as opposed to ovens and mixers, simplify your progressive cruise to just booze, yet it’s advised for hosts to pair some sustenance to soak up that alcohol.
For vinophiles make each stop centered on a bottle of wine paired with cheese and crackers. Take guests on a boozy jaunt down the bourbon trail having a snifterful at each stop, pairing caramel rich bourbon with chocolate and fruitier renditions with salty snacks. Head south of the equator and channel palm trees and beaches with a tropical cocktail explosion, complete with fresh fruits and miniature cocktail umbrellas.
The possibilities are endless and the progressive booze cruise is a sure way to chase the winter blahs away.
As a creative, envisioning a brilliant idea and then discovering that someone has already found a solution ensues a self-thought bubble of, why didn’t I DO that?! Jealousy aside, for those critical-solvers innovating their ideas into action, the following is an AWESOME social experiment turned tangible.
As of late, I’ve been reintroduced to the prevalence of, “the temporary event space.” What I’ve experienced and heard, people transform their rad apartment, yard or uber-fab loft into a purpose, an event. Whether it be an art show, concert, dance or culinary soiree. A temporary event space is contrary from simply, inviting friends over. A temporary event has a name, a purpose, a theme, it’s transformed into a community for friends, friends of friends and strangers to co-mingle and co-create in a space.
Joe Che and Margaret Gere did just that. It could be coined, “flashmob cooking” but Chaos Cooking it is. Che and Gere to fulfill a nostalgic need, the sense of a bustling kitchen filled with family members, elbow to elbow, during the holidays, fueled this culinary phenomenon. The first Chaos Cooking event hosted 18 close friends in an apartment kitchen, co-creating a meal. Chaos Cooking continued, new friends, friends of friends, strangers and themes came about. In fact, it got as chaotic as 80 individuals crammed into the apartment kitchen cooking, prepping and eating in every nook and cranny.
Several Chaos Cooking events later, Che and Gere decided to expand their idea to communities near and far. Borrowing on the CouchSurfing, vouching concept, Chaos Cooking launched a website that encourages others to host temporary events in their own homes, apartments, lofts, garages and yards. Chaos Cooking communities now stretch around the globe.
“Good People + Good Food = Good Times
Everyone brings the ingredients to make a dish of their choice. Everyone cooks together and then helps restore the space to its original condition.”
Imagine 15 or even 95 people chopping, boiling, tasting, mixing, slicing, stirring, drinking, singing, conversing and learning together, in one space. Utilizing a coffee table as a prep station, converting a desktop into a chopping block, elbow to elbow with a stranger mixing frosting while you are stuffing dates. Food in one hand, drink in another, conversing about who knows what, meeting who knows who! After the initial burst of food-prep frenzy, chefs turned into bussers, eat together and clean-up the mess. I’d say a great night ensued.
A brilliant social experiment, involving people, food and a space. Chaos Cooking builds community, inspires ideas and surely, fills a fridge with leftovers.