This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SipSmarter #CollectiveBias You should consult your physician before consuming Fre if you are pregnant or have any health concerns regarding alcohol. Throw a relaxed, summer party for friends with a DIY Crostini Bar. Serve seasonal, homemade toppings along with jazzed up store-bought ingredients for personalized appetizers your guests will love! Perfect with your favorite adult beverage or mocktail. For the last month Paul and I have been working on a very special project at the casa. I can’t reveal yet what it is exactly, but let’s just say that it’s big. And really cool. It is completely changing the way we entertain friends and family. Now that I have your curiosity piqued… let’s talk about the menu for the reveal party we are having in a few weeks! DIY food and drink parties are a great, casual way to mix and mingle with friends. No one is stuck in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove and conversation flows freely while guests build their own delicious snacks. I take Ina’s advice and keep it simple by combining a few, tasty homemade appetizer options with store-bought treats. Toasted crostini are a delicious way to showcase all your guest’s favorite flavors. Now it wouldn’t be a party at the casa without a variety of beverages. Like the food, it’s fun to pick and choose different cocktails options when throwing a party. I like to include mocktail choices for folks who aren’t drinking, but want something classier than a soda. Fre Alcohol-Removed wines are a great alternative for guests who cannot or choose not to consume alcohol. Our crew fully advocates safe fun so there is always a designated driver in the bunch. It is pretty cool how Fre winemakers use a revolutionary spinning cone column to remove alcohol from the wine while preserving it’s delicate flavors. The finished product has all of the characteristics of a delicious premium wine, but with less than 0.5% alcohol and half the calories of traditional wine. *You should consult your physician before consuming Fre if you are pregnant or have any health concerns regarding alcohol. For our DIY Crostini Bar I picked up Fre Merlot, Fre Chardonnay and Fre Red Blend varietals, they will go nicely with the crostini toppings on the menu. In fact, I poached grapes in the Red Blend! Visit the Fre Wines Facebook page for fun recipe ideas. Here is the rest of the menu~
- rosemary & wine poached grapes
- grilled peaches
- roasted tomatoes
- honeyed goat cheese
- garlic herb spreadable cheese
- balsamic fig butter
- mixed berry whipped cream cheese
- grilled artichokes
- honey, mint & basil
I grilled the peaches and roasted the tomatoes, both very easy to do. I didn’t even peel the peaches. Just slice, toss with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil then cook in a really hot grill pan or skillet. A few minutes on each side until golden brown and slightly softened. The tomatoes are equally easy to make. Just toss small Roma or cherry tomatoes in EVOO, place in a baking dish, salt and pepper then bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes. The rest of our goodies are dressed up store-bought items. Add honey to goat cheese or ricotta, maybe fold fresh berries into whipped cream cheese or make compound butter. Roasted garlic, grilled veggies and cured meats make great savory options. The list of options is only limited by your imagination. Have a ‘potluck’ type party and have guests bring 1-2 toppings of their own! This was a trial run for our reveal party later this month so I am sure there are more tasty ideas I will add to the menu. What delicious goodies would you pair with Fre Wines on your DIY Crostini Bar? Enjoy~ Loriann
Rosemary & Wine Poached Grapes
- 3 cups red grapes
- 1/2 cup Fre Wines Red Blend
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 large sprig fresh rosemary
- Add all ingredients to a large saucepan. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat and simmer 5-8 minutes until grapes are softened.
- Use a slotted spoon to remove grapes and rosemary from pan. Increase heat to medium low, simmer until liquid is reduced by half and syrupy.
- Pour sauce over grapes. Serve warm or chilled.