Impress without the mess – five delicious entertaining ideas that don’t require cooking
Impress without the mess – five delicious entertaining ideas that don’t require cooking
Impress without the mess – five delicious entertaining ideas that don’t require cooking
Impress without the mess – five delicious entertaining ideas that don’t require cooking
Impress without the mess – five delicious entertaining ideas that don’t require cooking
Impress without the mess – five delicious entertaining ideas that don’t require cooking
Impress without the mess – five delicious entertaining ideas that don’t require cooking
Impress without the mess – five delicious entertaining ideas that don’t require cooking

Impress without the mess – five delicious entertaining ideas that don’t require cooking

A large feast, lots of wine and good conversation — a dinner party is a combination of winning ingredients. If you’re planning on hosting a few of your mates over a table (or perhaps a picnic mat) of delicious eats but you don’t want to cook for 48 hours straight, then we suggest hitting up The Stores Grocer in West End. Full to the brim with sweet and savoury delights, your next communal culinary experience is going to be one for the books – and by that, we mean the ‘gram. Here’s what to put into your basket, whether you’re throwing a meatless Monday dinner soiree, an al fresco lunch or an Italian-inspired banquet …

For a picnic soiree …
Have plans to lay out a rug by the river this weekend? We know some delicious eats that will level up your picnic game. Sandwich fiends will be happy to hear that they can indulge in a classic Reuben creation or curb carb cravings with a prosciutto-and-rocket crescenza piadina. Continue to fill your hamper with vegetable and fetta quiches, Bangalow pork sausage rolls and add some kale Caesar salad for the green-loving folks. A picnic is nothing without some sweets, so make sure to pick up some pumpkin-maple loaf for good measure. Outdoor feasting never looked this tasty.

For a breakfast of champions …
The alarm has gone off and the coffee machine is buzzing – it’s breakfast time, folks! If you’re having friends over for a little AM feed then a mix of sweet and savoury delights is what you need. Dig in to a spread of palate pleasers like tomato-and-mozzarella bagels, smoked-salmon brioche buns and ham-and-brie croissants. Continue to fill your belly with corn fritters and breakfast tarts before slicing off a portion of banana bread – best smeared with a dollop of peanut butter, of course.

For an Italian long table …
Pizza, pasta, tiramisu and gelato – when it comes to food, Italians do it best. To get your taste of taste of la dolce vita, treat your tastebuds to a sumptuous selection of Italian eats including king prawn arancini, ricotta-and-spinach cannelloni, squid-ink tagliolini, lasagne alla bolognese, and panzanella (Tuscan-style tomato-and-bread salad). Prove to your mates that you’re the sweetest friend of all by slinging them some vanilla panna cotta with berry compote and biscotti (made by The Stores’ talented team of baking experts) – delizioso!

For a long vegetarian lunch …
Plant-based folk are more than taken care of at The Stores, with a huge range of vego-friendly eats available for your next long lunch. Plate up mouth-watering dishes like seasonal vegetable lasagne, spanakopita and Iranian kuku (a frittata-style dish) before getting out the salad tongs to dole out tastebud-tempting salads of the potato and spring variety. Conclude your chow down on a sweet note with a decadent vegan chocolate cake – the perfect finisher for a flavoursome lunch.

For a hearty autumn feast …
When the weather gets cooler, our stomach calls for comfort food and that means it’s time for a dinner party full of hearty autumn bites. Seafood lovers can get their fix with house-smoked Ora king salmon before tucking in to a selection of oven-baked delights like roast chicken and potatoes, served alongside seasonal salads that spotlight beetroot and broccoli. Don your stretchy pants so you can fit in dessert (let’s be real, there’s always room) and treat yourself and your dinner guests to a serving of New York-style baked cheesecake or ginger brulee tart. You’ll thank yourself later. 

This article was written with our friends at The Stores Grocer. If you’re keen to dazzle your comrades with a flavoursome spread, head to our Stumble Guide for more information and to peep opening hours. 

The Stumble Guide is our comprehensive Brisbane dining guide with more than 2400 places to eat, drink, shop and play.

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