Alyssa Ciambriello, Lippe Taylor PR
Even though it’s only August and we’re all still desperately clinging on to what remains of summer, the holidays will sneak up on us before we know it. Nescafe Dolce Gusto partnered with Alie & Georgia, hosts of Cooking Channel’s Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia and Classy Ladies, to host a holiday entertaining event where they shared tips and hacks that make party planning much more manageable, as well as some of the delicious food they make for their own parties.
They girls travel a good amount and we were privy to their experience on how to make some delicious food that’s easy to eat and share, as well as how to save time and keep guests entertained. We got to sample some of Alie & Georgia’s favorite flavor combos that they picked up from their escapades in smaller bites, like their meatballs stuffed with bacon, medjool dates, and blue cheese that were a bite-sized take on a burger they had on the road. The appetizer of lobster napoleon was an interesting combination of crispy potato and fennel with light vinaigrette, and the filet of beef was perfectly marinated in brandy with hints of blackberry and juniper, paired with potato gratin and French beans. Their “Cuppa Cake,” a small chocolate espresso cake that’s baked in an espresso cup and topped with coffee liqueur-infused whipped cream, was a really interesting way to serve dessert in a smaller, more attractive way than how it’s typically seen.
They also whipped up a dessert drink that packed a punch, their “Dolce Gusto Amaro Amore” made with bourbon, Averna Amaro, and Nescafe Dolce Gusto’s espresso. The food was delicious, and getting to learn a few tips from the experts on how to adapt favorite dishes for a party format was really enlightening.