Eddie Recommends: Smart Party Planning

By Eddie Matney


For all of us chefs, this is the time of year when our catering schedules fill up. People start planning holiday parties, full-blown charity season sets in, and of course, there’s the occasional nuptial celebration.

But here’s what I have to say about party planning. Regardless of your centerpieces, your décor or your parting gifts, people are only going to remember three things. Entertainment, food and booze.

Trinkets, party favors, all of that crap is irrelevant. People don’t really give a shit. The best parties I’ve attended have kept these three things in focus. And if your budget can’t support a full bar, pick a few fantastic items and create a signature drink. Take this tasty concoction as an example: Pecan Pie Martini

1 teaspoon pecan extract
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 ounce Brandy
3 ounces Chopin vodka
2 cinnamon-toasted pecans

The mix:
Add your pecan extract, brown sugar and Brandy to an empty (glass) cocktail shaker and let stand for 2 minutes. With a bar spoon, stir until well mixed (sugar should be dissolved). Add enough cracked ice to half fill the shaker and add the vodka. Shake for a full minute. Strain into your martini glasses and enjoy.

Chef Eddie Matney is the owner of Eddie's House in Scottsdale.

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