How to organize a wine tasting dinner: 4 tips to follow.

Wine tasting dinner. Wine is an alcoholic beverage that never goes out of fashion. A wine tasting dinner is a popular and promotional event to try at your restaurant. The Wine Tasting Restaurant offers the opportunity to encourage businesses, especially during traditionally slow seasons. A wine tasting in the restaurant is similar to a home wine tasting, as guests will be sharing and conversing on many different wines.

Wine tasting dinner

Wine tasting dinner

However, a wine tasting in the restaurant goes further, inviting a sommelier (expert wine) to teach guests about the wines of the evening.

When you want to organize a wine tasting, the right atmosphere and theme can be fundamental to put guests at ease. A cozy environment with soft lighting would give them some stimuli while enjoying their experience as experienced sommeliers who know exactly which wines match well together
I personally helped many people prepare for these events by recommending some types or the most popular ones of France – Beaujolais n’kin French red wine; Chardonnay when it comes time to try something different but still familiar reds Bordeaux region.

Wine tasting dinner

Wine tasting dinner

You can propose wines produced in a specific region or vintage, or offer participants the possibility of an itinerary tailored to their interests. You could also do things like matching each person’s tastes with different types of wine – dessert wines (but be careful because they are usually sweeter and therefore more difficult than other varieties).
This article discusses some ideas you may want to use to host your next tasting session!

We recommend that you opt for a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 wines.

Wine tasting dinner

Whether you are organising wine tasting at home or in a restaurant or in a wine cellar, you will need, in addition to wine of course, some essential utensils to offer a perfect experience:

Glass with stem, to avoid that the heat of the hands can change the properties of the wine.
Decanter, to allow the wine to oxygenate once opened and then to release its flavor.
Bread and water, to clean the palate between sips.
A basket of ice to cool the white wine.
White napkins to see the color profiles of the wine.

Wine tasting dinner

Select a wine list

Wine tasting dinner

There are countless types of wine, from classic French or Californian wines to locally produced wines to more exotic, (rare wines). Work with your sales person or a sommelier to help you choose a robust wine menu. A sommelier is a person with experience in wine. Your wine can either put you in touch with a sommelier or do the work yourself. Many wine distributors will help you at every stage of planning a wine tasting, since you buy wine from them directly.

Choose the Complimentary Foods

Once you have decided on a selection of wines that complement each other, select the menu items that will also complete each wine.

Think beyond the old rules such as white wine with chicken and fish and red wine with beef and pork. In this case too, in collaboration with your sommelier, just plan a tasting menu that will help you plan the perfect combination of food and wine.

Invite Guests

Once you have the details of the tasting (date, time, wine list, dinner, price) it’s time to get the word out. Take your social media accounts to promote your wine tasting in your restaurant. Emphasize that space is limited, to encourage early bookings. You can sell tickets or take reservations, or both. It is important to have a certain number of guarantees, so you know how much wine to order and how much food to prepare. Order around 10% more food and wine than you need for last minute bookings.

Educate your staff

If this is your first taste of wine restaurant, it is important to educate your staff on the protocol of the evening. Review the routine step by step, with both servers and kitchen staff. Give everyone a copy of the wine list and menu, so that they know in what order they will have to serve wines and dishes. Ask the staff to read the wines that are served, so that they can answer simple questions for guests, including wine, the types of grapes that have been used, etc …

Escort of Wine Glasses

Lack of wine glasses? Make sure you have enough glasses of wine for the evening. Each person will have a glass, for each wine served. So if you are serving you need to have six glasses for each guest. If you have 50 guests, you will need 300 glasses of wine.

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5 trends of successful catering.

Succesful catering. It is always difficult to decide what to include in the menus designed for catering, especially because of the varied tastes of their customers! For this reason, it can certainly be useful to know the various culinary trends in catering.

With the introduction of yellow zones, opening at lunchtime and early closure in 2022 it is expected that 36% will resume eating out in breaks. This may be due to the fact that flexible work is becoming more entrenched in the daily routine, where people can choose when to return from work instead of being required only once a week or month as before.

TheFork noted how this new system could lead employees to take possession of a habit won by the end of 2021, namely to use wisely these times during the rest days to indulge rather than store them until later after long hours.

Succesful catering

The kitchen in the dark is a new segment of the catering industry that will definitely establish itself in 2021. This space contains only the necessary to cook and prepare food, no frills such as renting a useless room or staff costs – you eat instead at the customer’s home! The product can be more flexible with these reduced expenses; when times get tough during recessions there is not much left but this one idea: quickly move the headquarters maintaining its quality standards (and maybe even increase prices).

Successful catering
Successful catering

Successful catering

Food with local ingredients
One of the most used culinary trends in catering in the current menus is to offer food made with local products. This includes meat, poultry, fish, fruit and vegetables. The use of food made with local ingredients or in any case belonging to the territory in which it operates, is an important part of the great trends that look at environmental sustainability and healthy eating. The typical local dishes are very suitable for most events with catering, because often you are creating a personalized menu for the specific event.

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Healthy menus
Another culinary trend in catering is to offer menus that go beyond meat; inserting something like potatoes and some steamed vegetables will help you offer healthy foods like whole grains, a variety of vegetables and fresh fish that are definitely a good way to show off your great culinary skills. Does this mean that you should eliminate fried fish or mozzarella sticks from your menus? Not at all; rather you should consider adding low-calorie, low-calorie foods, such as lean cuts of beef, pork, poultry or fish, as well as making smaller portions (and at lower prices).

Gluten-free foods

Successful catering
Many people suffer from the annoying gluten intolerance, while others eliminate it from their diet, in an attempt to eat healthier. No matter why, gluten-free cooking is one of the biggest culinary trends in catering that is expanding more. There are many delicious gluten-free dishes that offer good food costs, and also serves as an opportunity to experiment with many alternative ingredients like amaranth, cassava flour and teff.

Ethnic cuisine and street food

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Oriental cuisine, and in particular the one  of the Middle East, has had a dizzying growth in the menus of 2014. This trend also entails a greater tendency to use alternative ingredients. Just think of ingredients like the pomegranate syrup for breakfast, as an alternative to maple syrup. Then I suggest you to  look for exotic spices and mixtures of these, such as Togarashi, zataar and shichimi, and to offer  together with salt and pepper.

One of the culinary trends in catering offers dishes inspired by the ethnic fusion of street food. From the Mexican churros, to the Spanish tapas, the Chinese dim sum up to the Middle Eastern skewers, the more international the menu, the better. These types of dishes worked well with pickup trucks or for accompanying cocktails.

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Homemade cooking
In the homemade style the food is served on plates and the people  serve themselves (just like at home). You can see this kind of lunch at many traditional Chinese and Korean restaurants. If you are offering catering services on  your restaurant, home cooking is great for small and medium-sized groups. It is much easier to feed 50 people at the same time if you let them serve 10 salads.

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