Weekend Entertaining: End of Summer Supper

Dinner Parties, Entertain, Menu Ideas, On the Table, Summer

The transition between summer and fall is a magical time at the farmers’ market. Peaches and corn are at their ripest and most flavorful just before their season passes, tomatoes are sweet and juicy, and hearty root vegetables make their debuts.


Celebrate the vibrant flavors of summer one last time with this late-season menu. A colorful, natural table helps fresh ingredients shine — learn how to pull it off with our entertaining tips.




Classic Crudités
Enjoy the first fruits and vegetables of autumn with an assortment of crudités and a simple lemon vinaigrette or Green Goddess Dip.
Roasted Corn Soup with Tomato
Savor the last of sweet summer corn with this starter from Max and Eli Sussman. Roasting the corn concentrates its sweetness and lends a nutty note to the finished dish.
Summer Braised Chicken and Vegetables with Good Mother Stallard Beans
This lighter take on braised chicken combines creamy heirloom beans with red peppers, corn and snap peas. A handful of fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon juice brighten the flavors.
Blackberry Sorbet
Finish the meal with a refreshing sorbet starring delicious, plump berries — this simple recipe calls for only four ingredients.


Entertaining Tips


  • Set out crudités and dip as an hors d’oeuvre before you sit down, but bring them to the table so guests can continue to enjoy them throughout the meal. Arrange on an appetizer platter in the middle of a table for easy sharing.
  • A special plated soup is the perfect way to add a touch of elegance to a family-style meal. Serve your guests the first course, then pass platters around the table for the main course and sides.
  • Add a simple green salad and a loaf of crusty bread to round out any menu. A beautiful, rustic serving dish can double as a centerpiece.
  • Mix and match serveware in  patterns, solids and woven textures so that the setting maintains a natural feel.


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