People should get extra credit for throwing parties when it’s hot out. I think it’s hard enough to find a nice air-conditioned restaurant; entertaining guests when the weather is scorching is the work of champions.
Luckily, I have a friend, Maria Sinskey, who is a champion hostess. The F&W Best New Chef 1996 runs the culinary program at Robert Sinskey Vineyards in Napa, and she also happens to throw the best parties. Here are her six best tips for hot weather entertaining.
1. Do any baking in the cool hours of the morning. That a) gets it out of the way; and b) ensures the kitchen is a comfortable temperature when guests arrive. It also gives pies time to set (because if it’s summer, you should be making pie).