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The Fab Five Are Here to Help You Throw the Ultimate Oscars Party

How to Throw the Ultimate Oscar Party

Antoni Porowski, Food & Wine Expert

Plan Ahead
“For cocktail parties revolving around a televised event, prepare a spread of food in advance. This way, both you and your guests can enjoy the show and refill your plates and glasses during commercial breaks.”

Antoni 1
Cheese: Absolutely Mandatory
“Done right, cheese and charcuterie platters can look impressive as hell. Start with an oversize cutting board, and pick your cheeses. Vary them in type and firmness, from soft and creamy (like St.-André) to sharp and nutty (like a cave-aged Gruyère) and everything in between. Have a small jar of cornichons to pair with the sharp cheddar, and get dried Mission figs for the Gorgonzola. Roll some ribbons of prosciutto into little nests for easy access. Do as Michael Bay does with his special effects: Go over the top. Fill every nook on the tray with stacks of crackers, sprigs of rosemary, and salted cashews. This is your chance to be really extra.”

Antoni 2
Don’t Get Too Boozy
“Keep the drinks simple and chic. Steer clear of hard liquor—it’s a Sunday night, after all. Everyone deserves something sparkling, though, so have a bucket of ice with bottles of Champagne and La Croix.”

…But Splurge for Dessert
“Affogato is a simple, traditional Italian treat that literally means ‘drowned.’ Buy the best vanilla gelato you can find, put two scoops in small glasses or stemless martinis, and pour hot espresso over it. For the Lush Lucys, top it with some Frangelico or Kahlúa.” 

The Recipe: Fennel and parmigiano crisps*

From Vetri Cucina in Philadelphia
Slice fennel as thinly as possible and spread it on a parchment-lined baking sheet or Silpat. Top each slice with shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano, a very light drizzle of olive oil, and fresh ground pepper. Place it in an oven at 375 degrees and let it cook for 25 to 35 minutes. It’s ready when the edges begin to brown. The result is a crispy, sweet, cheesy, caramelized fennel crisp that’s simple and decadent.

*Courtesy of Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski


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