This colorful seaside picnic brings friends together for an enticing feast for the senses.
Come summer, when Farina Wong Kingsley returns to her vacation home on Bald Head Island, a secluded and idyllic barrier island
off the North Carolina coast, she's not trying to get away from it all. In fact, that's when the party starts.
Kingsley—a culinary instructor, cookbook author, and owner of Farina's Asian Pantry—lives most of the year in Singapore. While her travel schedule has her jaunting across continents, her favorite spot to host a gathering of friends and family is on the beach at Bald Head, where she spends a month in the summer with her husband and two girls. "We like to barbecue and hang out with friends here," says Kingsley. "It's a reunion."
This get-together's menu features bright colors and spicy, vibrant flavors that are the hallmark of Kingsley's recipes. For
parties, she suggests covering a range of foods—some meat, some vegetables, and some carb-based, so no one is left out. When
it comes to her favorite dishes, "it's always about texture, and color is key," she says. "My specialty is Asian, so I rely
on spices and fresh herbs."
Cooking for crowds never rattles her: "Whether it's 15 or 30 people, it doesn't matter. I just make a little more."
Chaise lounges laid flat become tables on the sand. Crystal candelabras and driftwood logs act as centerpieces and keep linens from blowing in the breeze.
Nothing rings in a party like a signature cocktail. This tasty spin on a classic uses puréed pineapple and homemade lemon
grass syrup for extra flavor.
For the spice-averse in your crowd, you can lose the jalapeño pepper in the lettuce wraps and pepper-lime dressing.
Rice paper-wrapped spring rolls are ideal for a party by the sea—no utensils required.
Messy? Potentially. Worth it? Absolutely! Just give your hands a quick dunk in the ocean after you chow down.
Curb the heat in this shrimp recipe by dipping in a colorful and creamy cilantro-yogurt chutney.
Make sure to purchase high-quality sushi grade-tuna, because the fish should be served rare in the middle.
Keep dessert light by drizzling citrus syrup over summer's freshest fruit.