Foolproof Recipes For Outdoor Entertaining
When Chef Tom Riley comes home after a shift as Chef de Cuisine at Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill in Toronto (Yonge and Front), cooking is sometimes the last thing on his mind. "If I get home and I'm really hungry after work, I'll eat ramen noodles," he says. "Something quick and easy."
Entertaining outdoors in the summer should be just as simple. You of course want to serve outstanding dishes but you also want to enjoy the summer heat with your guests. "The summer is so short in Canada, you have to embrace it while it's here," Chef Riley says.
The key to a laissez-faire outdoor party is preparation, Riley says. Make lists and prepare dishes ahead of time. There also should be a copious number of drinks, lots of ice and dishes that guests can share. "(Sharing platters are) good because people can have a good sampling of everything. You don't have to sit down and have one burger, you can have a little bit of this and a little bit of that."
With these tips in mind, Chef Tom Riley has put together the most epic outdoor dinner menu ever -- an amazing sangria recipe and dishes perfect for sharing. Get cooking and remember to invite us to your next outdoor party!