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Kitchen Party

When you entertain, do your guests always end up in the kitchen? I’ve noticed that for years, and now it turns out the trend has peaked and with-it hosts don’t even try to corral their friends into other rooms.

According to a survey by Research House for GE Appliances, the big trend in dinner parties is the kitchen party. It’s a lot more informal than a sit-down dinner in the dining room. Philippe Meyersohn is the brand manager for the company that distributes GE here.

“As a host I will be cooking, and I will be preparing some dishes – at the same time my friends are going to be around me, they’re going to maybe be helping me cook? Or having a glass of wine? Also, often what we’ll see is that all the dishes will not come one after the other, its much more communal. Instead of having everything as a series of dishes and a formal transition between all the plates, its much more about the full experience much closer together. So you may have the salad bowl on the table at the same time the meat is coming out, or you have some of the vegetables together.”

The dinner party may be changing but some things never do. Most of the people doing the cooking are women. Only a little more than half of the men of the house roll up their sleeves and and make the food.

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