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Today: Dwell's Editor-in-Chief reminds us that pesto makes everything better, and that a kitchen without a bar cart shouldn't mean thirsty guests.
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We know that food is about everything that makes a meal -- from the plates on the table to those seated around it. That's why, when faced with an abundance of sunshine and vibrant produce come late summer, we call on our neighbors, friends, and family to share the season with us. Whether it's a spur-of-the-moment Monday night dinner, or a detailed tapas party shared with friends, summer entertaining should be effortless, but feel personal and memorable.
With this intention, we sat down with Amanda Dameron, editor-in-chief of Dwell Magazine and one of the most influential figures in modern design, for the lowdown on outdoor entertaining, her favorite seasonal products, and what to put on our summer tables.
When setting a summer table spread, what are some ways you highlight the colorful, fresh produce of the season? I like to make infused vodka with summer fruit. It's the easiest thing in the world, but a word to the wise: Don't leave the fruit in there too long -- make sure to switch it out regularly. It gets very unappetizing very quickly!
Let's talk cocktails. Do you have a go-to bar set-up for entertaining? I have a fully stocked bar with all the equipment, but I lack one dedicated furniture piece that can hold and display everything. So when guests come over, I usually create a makeshift drink station in the kitchen with my must-haves: a midcentury wood ice bucket filled to the brim; cloth cocktail napkins; tons of low-slung, weighty tumblers that are difficult to break and/or knock over; and salt, sugar, limes, whiskey, vodka, and gin.
See Amanda Dameron's favorite picks from Provisions here.
Do you have any parties planned before things get chilly? Tell us all about them in the comments! Or just send us an invite.
Photos by James Ransom
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