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Fore! Smokin’ Texas Gourmet sponsors a golf hole at HANTC

Fore! Smokin’ Texas Gourmet lands on the green
Plus tips on how to create a theme menu for a party
By Chef Peter Mollett
Smokin’ Texas Gourmet is sponsoring a hole this week at the 24th annual HOSPERtality Wide-Open Golf Classic. The event, put on by the Hotel Association of Tarrant County, will be held at the Marriott Hotel and Golf Club this Thursday, June 14.
I’m serving a golf-themed menu at the 10th hole that is sure to keep the golfers on the tee, including birdie brisket sliders with jicama slaw and smoked salmon slices. The meal isn’t complete without the perfect caddy-chips and Smokin Texas Gourmet salsas.
I’ve always loved the challenge of creating a menu that draws guests into a theme. Here are a few tips I’ve collected that will help you create the perfect menu to serve at your next party:
• Your menu shouldn’t overreach your skills. If you are a beginning cook, choose a main dish that you’ve made before. There’s nothing worse than struggling with a new recipe! You can always buy side dishes and dessert.
• Think of your guests and their dietary requirements. It’s nice to offer a variety of foods so no one leaves hungry. My menus typically center around a healthy meat or seafood entrée, with healthy carbohydrates such as vegetables to round out the plate.
• If you’re hosting a theme party, give your dishes a specialty name to tie them into your theme. I do this when tailgating Cowboy games.
• Get your party shaking with a theme cocktail. There are so many cocktail recipes available online. Name your signature drink to keep all of mixologists entertained.
• Most importantly-don’t forget to have fun with food!
If you need help planning your next party menu and want to kick your recipes up with Smokin Texas Gourmet products, email me at pmollett@smokintexasgourmet.com.

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