Summer Party Menus
Picnic on the Beach
Start with: Poppy Seed Chicken Salad
Serve: Veggie Ranch Wraps
Don't Forget Dessert: Sugar Sand Cookies
The dough can be made and frozen up to one month ahead, and different colors of sanding sugar are festive for many occasions. Pack them in a hard container to prevent crushing.
- Recipe: Sugar Sand Cookies
Start with: Grilled Shrimp Panzanella Salad
Serve: Cedar Plank Salmon
Don’t Forget Dessert: Grilled Summer Fruit Cobbler
Top this treat with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- Recipe: Grilled Summer Fruit Cobbler
Start with: Grilled Shrimp Gazpacho
Serve: Spiced Fish Wraps with Chile-Lime Slaw
Keep guests up and mingling by serving the wraps and yucca fries wrapped in parchment paper. Grill the corn with the husks pulled back and secured with twine to provide a convenient handle.
Don’t Forget Dessert: Grilled Glazed Pineapple with Coconut Sorbet
Chopped fresh mint is an ideal garnish to this light, refreshing dessert.
Start with: Coconut Shrimp with Maui Mustard
A variety of white wines (and even beer) will be great with this melt-in-your-mouth appetizer, but specifically try a Pinot Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, or Columbard.
- Recipe: Coconut Shrimp with Maui Mustard
Serve: Grilled Tuna with Orange-Fennel Relish
Don’t Forget Dessert: Waialua Chocolate Tart with Sable Crust
A glass of port is the perfect compliment to this creamy dark chocolate confection.
Light & Fresh Poolside Party
Start with: Cold Avocado Soup
Serve: Grilled Trout with Garden Zukes and Herb Aioli
The fresh flavors of zucchini and trout need little more than lemon and a little seasoning.
Don’t Forget Dessert: Blood Orange Sorbet
Start your electric freezer well in advance of your guests’ arrivals so this flavorful treat is well-chilled. Garnish with fresh mint leaves for a pretty presentation.
- Recipe: Blood Orange Sorbet