Holiday Hosting with the Pros

The holidays have arrived! Whether you’re hosting a party for family and friends or keeping it simple this year, we’ve gathered a few bits of festive advice from the pros to help you spread a little cheer this season!

Paul Qui
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Paul Qui and fiancée Deana Saukam have quite a few conventions for entertaining their holiday guests. They both agree that drinking – champagne specifically – while cooking, is one kitchen rule to never break. Champagne also happens to be the couple’s must-have entertaining tool for the holiday season. With tunes from Radiohead and Fleetwood Mac accompanying the meal, their dinner parties are laid back and full of eating, drinking and laughing.


Marcus Samuelsson
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Chef Marcus Samuelsson shared some advice for choosing your holiday wines. Some of his favorites include Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet and Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz. In terms of white wines, Samuelsson prefers a multi-regional and diverse selection. Thankfully, he agrees that a higher price tag doesn’t necessarily guarantee a higher quality wine.

Another bit of advice he offers? Use the process of selecting libations as a chance to start a few traditions of your own. “You don’t have to follow the rules of what wines are supposed to go with what food — again, drink what you like,” says Samuelsson.

The Daily Meal

Christina Tosi
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Christina Tosi has a holiday routine that will make you want to spread some holiday cheer of your own this year. “It’s not a holiday without a few staple cookies,” she says. “I stay up all night baking and decorating. I lay out my cookie tins and plates, I distribute some of each cookie into each container, then I hit the streets spreading holiday cheer through cookies!” She shared her marshmallow cereal Christmas treat recipe so we can all do our part to keep things festive this holiday season.


Devon Broglie
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And if you’re looking for a few tips to help you stock the wine bar for your holiday fiesta, get a little Holiday Wine Buying Help from Master Sommelier, Devon Broglie!

Happy Holidays!