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So class, what did we learn yesterday? Repeat after your trusty editors: “Don't be a martyr, be a host.”
The impending holiday season means brining, basting, boozing and baking our way into the hearts of family and friends until they’re stuffed to the gills crying “Uncle!” - all the while making them believe, "mi casa es tu casa." Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right? Uh, yeah, we'll get back to you about that.
Of the hospitality of Marisa and her father Tony May, New York Times dining critic Sam Sifton writes: “They greet customers with handshakes, hugs, smiles. They pull out chairs in this vast theatrical space across the street from Madison Square Park and say: Of course the giant raviolo with soft-cooked egg and truffled butter is on the menu.”
Time to put that storied hospitality to work.
Five Ways to Make Every Guest Feel Welcome: Marisa May
2. Offer a feeling of familiarity
The same would go for if you are hosting at home, making sure each guest feels comfortable. If you know your friend loves lime in their water or the smell of lavender, set a bowl of limes or a bushel of lavender at their seat to let them know you thought of them."
3. Make a genuine connection with each guest
4. Finish your meal with something sweet
5. Say goodnight and make plans to see them again
When hosting friends, I make the effort to finalize plans while we are all together to keep us in touch as we lead our crazy, hectic, constantly busy lives. It could be coffee, Sunday brunch or even having them for drinks at the restaurant, but a friend or customer alike, I want each person I interact with to feel loved and welcome in my life."
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