How2 Throw an Excellent Holiday Party


Seared duck breast on wild rice pancakes

Reading a recipe isn’t the same as taking a lesson from a trusted source. Sure, the food might taste okay, but as for its curb appeal, maybe you could do better?

This week while you’re planning your holiday party, take advantage of these video tutorials from our friends at how2heroes. Local chefs and bartenders demonstrate how to expertly create appetizers like bacon-wrapped dates and seared duck breast on wild rice pancakes.

But no shindig is complete without the bar. Learn how to stock it properly from none other than mixologist Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli, who has taken home a few of our own Best of Boston awards. The local drink pro shows how to create two Prohibition-era cocktails (The Alaska and the Colleen Bawn). Or maybe party pleasers like the Cocotini or the Hot Buttered Rum are more your style? (Did you know a buttered rum cocktail includes almost a half-stick of butter?)

If you prefer the bubbly stuff, get tips on making a raspberry champagne cocktail or use the video guide to pick the best bottle from the bunch.