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How We Hosted a Genius Dinner Party for 30

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We’ve partnered with Stella Artois to host Genius Recipes dinners in some of our favorite cities across the country.

Today: A behind-the-scenes look at how we entertained in New York.


How you eat is how you live.

It’s a motto we rely on heavily here at Food52, and lucky for us, our community (that’s you!) does too. Having recipes we trust and could make with our eyes closed—in between the experimental ones, of course—is essential to our every day. And they’re even more important when we’re having guests over, especially in our new office (it’s designed to feel like home—warm, inviting, and comfortable). Entertaining is all about the details and personal touches, which connects the menu to the table, drinks, and even the music—it’s what make your space, well, your space.


When we’re gearing up to plan a menu, or just looking for something to turn to in a pinch, it’s not uncommon for us to pose the question: What would Kristen do? In which we mean Kristen Miglore, our Executive Editor and Genius Recipes columnist and author who uncovers dishes and techniques that will change the way you cook (and entertain). For our New York City Genius Recipes dinner, we served some of our favorites: a spicy carrot avocado salad, buttery Potato Dominoespan-seared chicken, grilled romaine with tangy lemon-caper dressing, and Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie. So watch the video, take a peek at our new space, and hear Kristen talk a little more about what it means for a recipe to be genius. 

Photo by Harry Kong; Video by Vacation 

To learn more about hosting beautifully with Stella Artoishead here, and use the hashtag #hostbeautifully to share photos and tips from your own dinner parties.

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