Are you planning on hosting a holiday cocktail party? With two varieties of our signature sausage, four of our delicious cheeses, a jar of flavorful Sweet Hot Mustard and a bottle of bold Lucinda & Millie organic Cabernet Sauvignon, Hickory Farms’ Here’s to the Holidays basket
¬† is the perfect addition to¬†a fantastic holiday gathering.
An introduction to pairing wine with food
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As a general rule, foods with more subtle flavor should be served with lighter wines, while bold or spicy foods should be served with robust wines.
Pairing wine with food from your basket
When pairing a gourmet meat and cheese platter with wine, the most important thing to consider is balance. Each component should act in harmony with one another, bringing out additional complexities in the flavor profile.
Wine and cheese pairings are one of the easiest to master. Simply read the descriptions of each and look for similarities. The big flavors of your Cabernet, for example, will go well with salty, aged cow’s milk cheeses, such as our Farmhouse Cheddar Blend. If you really want to bring out the spicy notes in your wine, try pairing the Cabernet with our Jalape√Īo Cheddar Blend.
Although you may not see it often, wine and meats are another natural pairing.The appeal of this pairing comes from a sensation known as “mouth feel.” While wine leaves your mouth feeling astringent and slightly dry, the natural fats in meat add a complimentary soothing touch. To maximize this sensation, take a sip of your wine and hold it in your mouth for a moment. Follow this with a bite of Hickory Farms’ signature turkey or beef sausage to really wake up your taste buds.
Another factor to consider is texture. Foods with contrasting textures create greater interest. Top your salami with a piece of creamy Swiss cheese for a rich textural treat.
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With these simple tips and pairing wine with food from Hickory Farms‘¬†Here’s to the Holiday’s gourmet¬†sausage and cheese platter, your holiday party is sure to be a huge success!
Setting a beautiful table for Thanksgiving is easy with a little creativity and help from nature’s own bounty. Hickory Farms has¬†found some inspiration to help you capture the festive spirit of Thanksgiving.
A natural centerpiece featuring a woven basket or cornucopia with¬†gourds, pine cones and colorful autumn leaves in a burlap runner gives a rustic vibe to holiday family gatherings. Small ornamental pumpkins can be used as a base for guest place cards. Use tableware and place settings in the rich hues of fall to complete the look.
Choose a more formal look by breaking out your vintage linens and heirloom silver from past Thanksgivings. Elegant tapers flickering above sterling candle holders provide a soft ambiance that encourages family members to reminisce about family traditions, keeping the memories alive for¬†younger generations.
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A floral centerpiece¬†of¬†vibrant mums, orange roses and rusty alstroemeria is a lovely addition to any holiday table. You can also make it a bit more subdued by creating a homey look with golden sheaves of wheat, cattails, acorns and ripe red berries in an old milk pitcher. A small scroll of rice paper tied with twine on which you’ve written a word or two of gratitude for each friend and family member is a heartwarming and gracious touch.
Whether you’re hosting the feast or a guest, a¬†beautifully packaged¬†Hickory Farms wine basket, like our Winter Wonderland Basket,¬†is¬†a welcome addition to any table. These lovely seasonal baskets contain fine wines like Kendall-Jackson’s Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Parducci¬†Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Other gourmet delights include our award-winning Signature Summer Sausage, cheeses and crackers that make tasty hors d’oeuvres to nibble on later.
Hickory Farms has been a part of families’ holiday traditions for over 60 years! Invite our homey treats to your Thanksgiving celebration by placing your order today.
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The holidays are all about spending quality time with those you cherish. Sometimes loved ones can be so enthusiastic to spread¬†the holiday cheer that they show up unannounced.¬†Be¬†prepared for¬†the unexpected by stocking your pantry¬†with a few¬†items from¬†Hickory Farms and, with¬†these simple entertaining tips, you’ll be ready to make all of your guests — even the last minute ones — feel right at home.
Greet your guests with a treat
Invite your guests in from the cold with a piping hot cup of tea. Keep a chic tea tray at the ready by adorning it with your favorite tea pot, cups and saucers, along with some sugar cubes and a selection of the¬†fine teas available from Hickory Farms’ Ceylon Tea Collection.
Set out a snack tray to give your guests something to nibble on as you chat. Make a simple, delicious¬†appetizer by slicing Our Signature Beef Summers Sausage and pieces of our Harvest Vegetable White Cheddar Blend. Arrange the sausage and cheese on a platter with Golden Toasted Crackers and an assortment of fruits and vegetables.
While your guests are enjoying their snack, take the opportunity to inconspicuously tidy your kitchen. Quickly scrub your sink, wipe your stove top and brush off your counters.
Make a night out of it
Ask your guests to stay for dinner. Be ready to prepare a gourmet meal in minutes¬†by keeping some staples and bottled sauces in the pantry. For a quick meal with¬†tons of bold flavor, saut√©¬†chicken, pineapple chunks and mixed veggies with Hickory Farms’ Sweet¬†& Sour Sauce¬†and serve over rice.
There’s no better way to finish a great evening together than with something sweet.¬†Cap¬†off¬†your night of effortless entertaining with a holiday classic,¬†Golden Fruit Cake!
With these simple entertaining tips and a few¬†select Hickory Farms’ essential pantry products, you can be prepared to be a gracious, welcoming¬†host, even at a moment’s notice!