Whether you bask in the glow of hosting parties and November is your time to shine in the kitchen or you’ve never basted a turkey, gathering around the hearth for quality feasting time doesn’t need to be an ordeal. Warren-based Mosaic Table private chef Anat Sagi – who naturally falls in the former category – imparts words of wisdom for the ambitious DIY hostess with the mostest.
Before you send or text those invites, Sagi suggests you begin with this first step: “Working backward from the time of the event, make a timeline of what you need to have accomplished, and mark those tasks in your calendar.” Once you’ve nailed down what type of party you want to create, determined your guest list, inquired about any food allergies or restrictions, made the perfect playlist, devised a menu (and maybe assigned a few sides to your guests), before you know it – it’s party time. “Try to be done in the kitchen before the guests arrive. Relax, shower, dress, and enjoy a glass of wine,” Sagi recommends.
For the host who’d rather avoid the kitchen, “If you choose to hire a private chef, hire someone who prepares flavors that you enjoy and who you trust and vibe with. Ask questions,” says Sagi. “I love listening to my clients’ visions. I want to understand the food they would like to have at their event and the story behind the get-together. All details are important details!” Sagi is willing to be as involved as the client requests, down to the lighting and plateware.
On November 10, Mosaic Table is collaborating with East Bay farmers market vendor Brightside Seafood for a ticketed Friendsgiving pop-up bringing neighbors together. “We both believe strongly in sourcing fresh and local flavors,” says Sagi. “We love to serve our community, and cooking is our love language.”
Follow @themosaictable on Instagram for event details to be released, and visit TheMosaicTable.com for Falafel Packages, Weekly Shabbat Dinners, Mezze Board holiday platters, weekly soups like Chicken Matzo Ball, and event inquiries.
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