Here, star chefs reveal their holiday party traditions.
"At Red Rooster, we hold an American Idol–style talent show for our holiday party. We give our staff the chance to shine—our hostess is an incredible rapper, a waitress bloomed into a burlesque performer. They are total stars."—Marcus Samuelsson, Red Rooster, New York City
A Very Melty Holiday
"Whether it's queso fundido or Cheez Whiz, everybody loves hot, bubbling cheese, so I host a fondue party every year. I make mine with Comté and Gruyère and serve it with bread and charcuterie. It's basically an inverted grilled cheese: Who doesn't like that?"—Ken Oringer, Clio, Boston
"Growing up, I loved my Brazilian nanny Dia's holiday party. She'd make a feast with feijoada, cheese bread and brigadeiros candies. These days, I serve suckling pig and cheap caviar; I learned from Dia that good food doesn't need to be fancy—it'll be delicious as long as it has a lot of soul."—Gerard Craft, Niche, St. Louis
"We celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Though the seafood is amazing, the main attraction is the cookies. My auntie, who's 90, makes at least 30 kinds: butter balls, cardamom filberts and pizzelles, which are like sweet snowflakes that melt in your mouth."—Georgia Pellegrini, author of Girl Hunter