Entertaining With: Amanda Agati

Amanda Agati

Entertaining is a skill that takes practice to acquire but when you’re a guest of Amanda Agati’s, she makes entertaining seem effortless. Amanda and her brother Greg hosted an elaborately catered pool party for about thirty guests last weekend. And Amanda herself presented us with a colorful variety of summer dishes poolside.

With an eye for food and fashion, Amanda’s culinary prowess is as impressive as her own. Amanda’s astute preparation allows her to wine, dine, and schmooze her guests without worrying about the food. Amanda’s charm paired with her divine seasonal fare make her an excellent hostess and an even better caterer.

Amanda’s attention for detail in the kitchen is apparent and appreciated in her execution. From appetizers to desserts, you can tell that the components in each dish were meticulously placed which is what makes them so refined.

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Salad

Grilled Vegetables

Amanda says she never follows any one recipe. When asked about how she comes up with recipes Amanda says, “I create new recipes of my own based on dishes I’ve eaten, recipes I’ve read, and my own ideas. Anyone can follow a recipe, but to create a new dish that is completely your own is really challenging and rewarding, but it is also exciting- and that is where my passion stems from.”

Moroccan Chicken

Steak Fajitas

The elegant presentation of Amanda’s food is reflective of the sophisticated ingredients she takes care in using such as the arugula and ricotta salata in her Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Salad. But with her favorite foods & ingredients being lobster, truffle oil, rabbit, and homemade pasta I’m not surprised! In regards to her sophistication Amanda says, “I have a high appreciation for fine dining since my parents exposed me to a variety of fine cuisines at a very young age. In college, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, a place I consider to be one of the great food capitals of the world. I also traveled extensively throughout Europe exploring regional cuisines. Enjoying great food is one my many pleasures in life.”

Entertaining by definition is to hold someone’s attention and Amanda Agati has clearly mastered that! At 24, this young and beautiful caterer has captured my attention with her enthusiasm for both food and life. Amanda is a third year law student at Fordham Law School and is currently interning with Burberry’s Intellectual Property Legal Department. Her interests include dancing, traveling, the culinary arts, and fashion. Amanda caters for small gatherings and intimate dinner parties, and can be reached at TheCutieFoodie@gmail.com to plan your event.

To be able to cook for people and share my love of food with them brings me great satisfaction,” Amanda Agati

Chocolate Cheesecake

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The Art of Entertaining

I believe that entertaining is a true skill that is best acquired through practice. In my 25 years on earth 4 years of which I spent in college at the University of Wisconsin and 3 + years living in New York City, I have done my fair share of entertaining. From my first attempt at homemade gnocchi in my junior year to my latest rack of lamb triumph at a Shabbat dinner, I’ve certainly come a long way. My friends know that I am more likely to invite them over for a home cooked meal than trying out a new restaurant. And this is just how much I love to entertain.

Entertaining guests involves being personable and efficient. When entertaining guests you are to be selfless, you are there merely for their pleasure since they are your guests. It is important to take great care in greeting your guests and show your appreciation for their participation. But in order to be able to care for your guests, efficiency is key. You must be sure to prepare what you are serving in advance so that you are able to mingle and enjoy yourself. After all, this is your party.

Without one or either of those traits or skills, you have no future as an entertainer. And, I would think a lot of people chose not to entertain because of how much work it involves and these three fears…

Top Three Fears of Entertaining

  1. Money. How can I throw a party without it costing me a fortune?
  2. Food. Where will I find the time or the space to prepare the food?
  3. Time. How can I manage to entertain my guests while trying to serve the food?

Though these are common fears when making the decision whether or not to entertain, I have a few tips that can help you through what can often be a stressful time. The goal is to make entertaining not only appear but actually become simple and seamless.

Tips for Stress-Free Entertaining

  1. Keep it Simple. Guests will be impressed by even the slightest of efforts. If you have a small kitchen or a limited budget, try to pick dishes that require little prep time and ingredients.
  2. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare. Be sure to review your recipes a week before your engagement. It is important to prepare a portion of your recipes in advance so that you are not rushed the day of.
  3. Serve Yourself. Instead of individually serving your guests, set up your party buffet style on stylish eco-friendly and low cost dishware.
  4. Practice Makes Perfect. The more you entertain, the more organized you will become. Practice making an easy two course meal (salad and main course) for friends and take it from there.