James Briscione: December 11, 2017

LAST-MINUTE FESTIVE FETES 

CHEF AND ENTERTAINING EXPERT SHARES

LAST MINUTE TIPS FOR HOLIDAY GATHERINGS 

James Briscione

Chef, Entertaining Expert and TV Personality

The holiday season is in full swing and in your excitement, you’ve managed to overcommit yourself again this year! If you’re like the countless others trying to pull together a last minute festive fete and manage to cross everyone off your shopping list at the same time, don’t fret!

On Monday, December 11th, Chef James Briscione will be available to share his expert advice on how to plan and host your holiday party and get through your gift list with time to spare! He’ll provide easy tips on everything from food and wine pairings and party decorations to last minute gift ideas. With his help, you’ll be able to smoothly host a last-minute shindig.

SOME OF HIS TIPS INCLUDE:

  • Just pick two: Holiday entertaining can be hectic, so pick one good white and one good red wine to serve your guests. This makes it easy for you to be a good host and refill your guests glass, without interrupting the conversation.
  • Appliance Pro-Tip: Upgrade to wifi-enabled smart appliances to help you stay organized and leaving you with plenty of time to mingle with your guests!
  • Last-minute gifts: Still have a few names to cross off your shopping list? Tablets are a hot ticket item this year and Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa and Junior will all be excited to unwrap one.
  • Keep it simple: You don’t need to spend days in the kitchen to pull off an impressive spread. A few simple, homemade items mixed with store bought, fruit, crackers, charcuterie and cheese with keep everyone satisfied.

MORE ABOUT JAMES BRISCIONE

James Briscione is a two-time Chopped champion and was named one of People Magazine’s ‘Sexiest Chefs Alive’ in 2016. He is the author of four books: Just Married & Cooking (Scribner ’11), Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson (Sourcebooks ’15), The Great Cook (Oxmoor House ’15) and Finding Flavor (HMH ’18). Since 2008, he has operated Just Married & Cooking, LLC with his wife, Brooke Parkhurst. Together, they also teach a series of date night cooking classes at The Institute of Culinary Education, where James is currently the Director of Culinary Development. After leading some of the top kitchens in United States — including Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham, AL and the famed Restaurant Daniel in New York City — James found his place teaching and inspiring the next generation of great chefs. You can currently follow the culinary adventures of James and his family in their Food Network digital series, Cooking with Dad.

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