When the holiday season arrives, planning the perfect holiday meal can be a daunting task. With a few tips and hints from the Personal Chef members of the NY Metro Chapter of the United States Personal Chef Association, you will be able to entertain with less stress this year.

  1. If using a frozen turkey, it must defrost in the refrigerator for four days prior to cooking.
  2. If you are offering snacks or appetizers before the main meal, keep the choices light and the textures varied.
  3. Be sure to chill white wine well in advance, and decant your red wine prior to your guests' arrival.
  4. Don't overload your guests with too many choices at the table.
  5. Prepare all the side dishes in advance and keep them chilled or at room temperature until ready to heat.
  6. For a festive ending, serve a light fruit crumble or pie, a basket of fresh fruit and a variety of finger-type desserts.
  7. Serve a variety of cordials along with your coffee and tea for a tasty ending.
  8. When storing left over turkey cut it into small pieces instead of storing it whole.
  9. Plan ahead and buy disposable individual portion containers to send guests home with a doggie bag to cut down on leftovers and so you do not have to give your good containers away.
  10. If all of this seems daunting, just hire a personal chef, and be a guest at your own party!