How To Host - Creating the perfect spread

The music will be the obvious centre piece for your Parlour Gig but keeping your guests' bellies happy is a pretty close second, in our opinion.

Everyone loves food but we know that not everyone loves preparing it. When you’ve got an upcoming Friday night gig and you have to work all day, the thought of cooking for your guests can be a little scary. Don’t get yourself worked up about it; we’ve got a few ideas that might inspire a seemingly (or legitimately) impressive spread for your Parlour Gig.

If you love cooking, then you’ve probably got some ideas of your own, but if spending more time than necessary in the kitchen just isn’t your thing, your mates will be just as happy with a spread of supermarket goodies, nicely arranged on a platter or two.

Think pita bread, olives, dips, chips and cheeses for a crowd-pleasing spread. It could be kale chips and vegan cheese from your local organic grocer or supermarket Brie and Water Crackers; anything that’s good enough for you and your mates is more than good enough for your Parlour Gig.

If you have a little bit of spare time, why not be creative with your spread. It doesn’t take much to turn pita bread and raw veggies into impressive snacks. Rub some olive oil and herbs on the bread then place it in the oven for 10 minutes for crispy chip-like crackers. Alternatively, use the Pita as a simple pizza base and dress it up with whatever toppings you can find in the fridge. 

You might have a whole day to prepare or only a couple of hours, but whether you swing by the supermarket on your way home from work to pick up pre-made snacks, or collect raw ingredients to create snacks from scratch, your Parlour Gig is YOURS and can be done YOUR way.

Create a spread to match your space and the company that will fill it. Your mates most-likely love food and would be happy with some plain chips and a couple of grapes if that’s all you’ve got to offer them. 

Want a little more guidance? Try these dip recipes; they're much tastier than the supermarket alternative and they only take a couple of minutes to prepare:

Basil Pesto  

3 - 4 handfuls of fresh basil leaves

1 handful of pine nuts/ hazelnuts/ walnuts or cashews 

1 clove of garlic (crushed or grated)

A couple of glugs of olive oil

A squeeze of lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor or bash in a mortar and pestle. 

 

Hummus

1 tin of chickpeas (rinsed)

2 tablespoons of tahini

1 teaspoon of cumin

Juice of half a lemon

1 clove of garlic

A couple of glugs of olive oil

salt, pepper and paprika to taste

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. 

Serve both dips with pita chips, veggie sticks or as the base sauce for homemade pizzas.

 

Satisfied bellies equal happy guests and happy guests equal a great time - trust us!

Article By Juliette Lalli