Choose from 5 winning menus that pair perfect party bites with just the right sips
At this swank affair, pair the right sips with the appetizers, ranging from caviar to steak-and-mushroom skewers.
This elegant take on salad makes the perfect starter.
Pair with: Unoaked Chardonnay
Recipe: Pine-Nut Salad Spears
Just slice and serve a few refined ingredients and you're ready to mingle.
Pair with: Sparkling rosé, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, or Pinot Noir
Recipe: Goat Cheese with Peppers and Almonds
Set 1 jar (1 oz.) California caviar* in a bowl of ice on a platter. In smaller, individual dishes, serve minced shallot, crème
fraîche topped with chopped chives, shredded lemon zest, and melba toast or toasted baguette slices. (*See tsarnicoulai.com)
Pair with: Blanc de blancs sparkling wine or Sauvignon Blanc
Mini-skewers are the perfect party food. This earthy combination holds up well to a bold red.
Pair with: Syrah or Merlot
Recipe: Steak and “Oyster” Skewers
You can make these tasty scallops in a flash, leaving you plenty of time to hang out with your guests.
Pair with: Brut sparkling wine, Riesling, or Pinot Noir
Recipe: Chinese Scallops
The latest craze? Pairing craft beer with food. Try our suggested styles for a very grown-up take on bar bites.
Arrange 1/4 lb. each thinly sliced hot coppa, mortadella, prosciutto, and soppressata on a platter. Serve with Dijon mustard
and soft pretzel rolls.
Pair with: A full-bodied pilsner, such as New Belgium Brewing’s Blue Paddle, or golden ale
These finger-food tacos are deceptively easy to make.
Pair with: Lager, especially a Mexican one such as Negra Modelo
Recipe: Street-Snack Tacos Verdes
This flavorful alternative to a baked Brie will have your guests coming back for more...and more.
Pair with: American pale ale, such as Full Sail or a blond bock such as Gordon Biersch
Recipe: Inside-Out Spiced Brie
Move over, fries--these doubly crunchy veggies are the perfect complement to a crisp beer.
Pair with: Anderson Valley Brewing Company Boont Amber Ale, Kona Brewing Company Longboard Island Lager, or Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Recipe: Tempura Vegetables
These zesty shrimp would also go well with white wine, but we love the dish with a cold pale ale.
Pair with: American pale ale, such as Sierra Nevada
Recipe: Garlic Shrimp
This party brings back the appetizers of the ’50s with modern twists. If you want to offer more drink options besides punch, mix up some Manhattans and martinis for your guests.
The martini as finger food--so classy.
Recipe: Boozy Olives
Bring back fondue, the ultimate party comfort food.
Recipe: Molten Cheese Log
The iceberg wedge salad gets reinvented. Endives are the perfect vehicle for a condiment as delicious as this one.
Recipe: Endive “Chips” with Blue Cheese Dip and Bacon Dust
Lay about 25 large salted potato chips on a serving plate. Top each with a smoked oyster, cut in half if large, from 2 cans
(3 oz. each); about 1/4 tsp. sour cream; and a sprinkle of chopped chives.
Pair your apps with this fizzy and fruity cocktail.
Recipe: Pear Punch Sparkler
This menu tips its hat to tried and true bites and sips, with a decidedly Western spin.
Crab cakes are a fantastic holiday appetizer, since Dungeness crab is in season. We love to serve these bite-size cakes at
Recipe: Panko-crusted Crab Cake Bites with Roasted Pepper-Chive Aioli
Pair with: Champagne Cocktails
Those who harbor a sweet tooth will love this decadent party menu.