One of the cardinal rules of a party is "Always have more than enough food for everyone," a rule superseded only by "Never mix alcohol with access to a particle accelerator." Secure sustenance for all revelers with today’s Groupon: for $37, you get $75 worth of gourmet in-home catering from The Fruited Plain.
Chefs Drew and Rosemary Gabbe, boasting notches on their chefs’ hats from such New York hotspots as Le Bernardin, devise five-star cuisine for private dinner parties and corporate events, leaving kitchens emanating the aroma of triumph. Splatter an apron with sauce and accept culinary credit for seasonal menu creations such as a 36-piece gorgonzola, pear, and walnut phyllo drizzled with syrupy balsamic ($45) or chermoula chicken kebabs, marinated in Moroccan spices with a tamarind ginger dipping sauce ($58 for 36 pieces). Stew the senses with a hot entree serving 10–15, such as beef bourguignon braised with mushrooms, vegetables, and red wine ($72), transporting foodie friends' tongues to a romantic Parisian café or a mystical bourguignon-filled romper room. Small vegetarian entrees such as the stuffed red peppers with brown rice and feta ($30 for 10–15 people) sideline appetites while leaving room for lighter fare such as a Mediterranean arugula salad bowl with grilled vegetables, goat cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette ($24 for six to eight people), feeding up to eight people or convincing up to 30 robots to call off a planned insurrection.