Dinner Party Menus From Your Favorite Celebrity Chefs

By Carolyn Stine September 18, 2018 

Need some dinner party inspiration? Curate a menu for your next soiree based around some of our all-time favorite chefs.

Prior to following our favorite chefs on Instagram and following their blogs, we did old-fashioned things such as watching the Food Network and actually buying cookbooks. (Ok, perhaps we’re dating ourselves here). We fantasized about the day when we would be able to host dinner parties and cook our hero (and heroine’s) picture-perfect recipes for our loved ones, in our very own kitchens. So when we sat down to take a look at our fall calendars and get a dinner party on the books, we figured we would go old-school and take inspiration from some of our favorite chefs, and use the “WWJD” (what would Julia do?) strategy for picking a perfect menu. Read on for some of our favorite chefs, and the recipes we’d pick to plan our dinner parties around!

dinner party menu
photo: Bon Appétit
Alison Roman - The chef you want to be friends with.

Between Alison Roman’s Instagram and her latest cookbook, Dining In, she seems like one of the gals, and her recipes are seasonal and delicious, each with an interesting twist. We love the pop of juicy pomegranate seeds in this salad, and nod to fall with root veggies and pork for a main, and the gorgeously beautiful (and tasty) play on an upside-down cake for dessert

Kale with Pomegranate Dressing and Ricotta Salad

Honey-Tumeric Pork with Beet and Carrot Salad

Blood Orange Buttermilk Upsidedown Cake

Ina Garten - “How easy is that?”

Truth: we watched Barefoot Contessa every day after school growing up, and there is not a single one of her recipes that we’ve tried that hasn’t been a home run. Simple takes on what you grew up with are the name of the game here, starting with the most ooey-gooey baked brie, the perfect roast chicken, and ending with the ultimate crowd pleaser - an old fashioned apple crisp.

Baked Brie

Perfect Roast Chicken

Apple Crisp

Michael Solomonov - Can we go to Israel with you, please?

Solomonov runs one of our favorite restaurants in Philadelphia, Zahav, and we drool over the entire menu every time we visit. Recreate his incredible Middle Eastern food for your guests, including his epic hummus (the best we’ve ever tasted), a hearty fall beef stew, and sweet little tehnia cookies for dessert (tip: they’re great with coffee the next morning too).

Zahav's Hummus

Yemenite Beef Soup

Tehina Shortbread Cookies

Chrissy Teigen - Thank you for making us laugh on the daily.

There is no doubt that Chrissy Teigen keeps it real, both in the kitchen and outside of it. We love that she isn’t scared to recreate the comfort food that she and her hubby enjoy most, and we’re taking a page out of her book for our next dinner party menu. Start off with John Legend’s chicken wings, dig into Teigen’s chicken pot pie, and finish it off with an epic French toast casserole.

Fried Chicken Wings

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

French Toast Casserole with Salted Frosted Flakes

Christina Tosi - Riding a sugar high.

Sometimes you just want to skip the meal and go straight to dessert. So why not plan a dessert-only, no-dinner dinner party?  Christina Tosi is our ultimate dessert icon, and recreating some of Milk Bar’s signature dishes for your next soiree is sure to be a huge hit. Our favorites? The birthday cake truffles, compost cookies, and crack pie (obviously addictive).

Birthday Truffles

Compost Cookie - Learn How to Make Them Here

Crack Pie

Yotam Ottolenghi  - We almost moved into your store in London.

Ottolenghi has become synonymous with using incredible flavor and spice to dress up hearty seasonal items, and so fall sounds like the perfect season to hit up the farmer’s market and recreate his recipes for your loved ones. Crunch on some spicy nuts, bake a beautiful vegetarian tart, and finish it off with the most decadent plum and coconut cake.

Spicy Nuts

Roast Vegetable Tart

Louise Cake with Plum and Coconut

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