Dinner Party

A Summer Weekend Dinner Party

July  5, 2014

Today: Turn off the grill (just for a night) and host a summer dinner party to balance out your Fourth of July weekend. 

Outdoor Lighting

You came to the rooftop. You saw the fireworks. You conquered the flag cake. Fourth of July is a whirlwind of red, white, blue, and American beer, and it can leave you tuckered out and craving the comfort of a candle-lit table laid with silverware instead of compostable forks. You want something a bit more refined. 

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Luckily, there's still next weekend. Or the weekend after that. It's the summer, and there's no time crunch. Saturday and Sunday will both stretch out into the twilight hour, and who doesn't want to be a guest at a light, summery feast? Invite your favorite people, dust off the dishes, make a cocktail, and step away from the grill.

Here's the menu:

Gin Spritz

Gin Spritz on Food52

Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Lemon Cream

Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Preserved Lemon Cream


Radish and Arugula Salad with Pecorino and Lemon

Radish and Arugula Salad with Pecorino and Lemon

Sautéed Zucchini with Mint, Basil, and Walnuts

Sauteed Zucchini on Food52

Creamy Asparagus, Lemon, and Walnut Pasta

Creamy Asparagus, Lemon and Walnut Pasta

Tom Colicchio's Pan-Roasted Sea Scallops

Tom Colicchio's Pan Seared Scallops


Blueberry and Rye Slab Pie

Blueberry and Rye Slab Pie

Rosemary Honey Lemon Frozen Yogurt

Rosemary Honey Lemon Sorbet

What's on your next dinner party menu? Tell us in the comments!

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • Hector Laracuente
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  • marian
  • Amy Nadeau
    Amy Nadeau
  • Tsu-Min
  • Pegeen
I'm a former Food52 Julia Child Food Writing Fellow now studying law so I can make food fairer, more delicious, and more sustainable for everyone. I was born and raised in Montreal (mostly on poutine and matzoh ball soup), but in my heart I am an Italian grandma—I live on pizza and make a mean eggplant parmesan.


Hector L. July 8, 2014
Holy crap. im loving it.
marian July 7, 2014
I love scallops. Here's a dish from one of my many favorite blogs.

Amy N. July 6, 2014
I feel vindicated that other people serve multiple courses to friends/family. Most of my guests don't find the beauty in the ritual of eating, it's all about the drinks. i still love to entertain in the old ways and love them anyway! Maybe the cooking is for me anyway....
Tsu-Min July 6, 2014
I am Inspired!
Pegeen July 5, 2014
I can't believe I want to eat again after yesterday's 4th of July feast, but I want to make all of these! Thanks for a great collection.