MAYBE IT'S THE THREE-DAY WEEKENDS OR BECAUSE THE KIDS ARE OUT OF SCHOOL, but summer puts people in a celebratory mood. Whether you’re hosting an intimate dinner party or opening up your yard for a family-friendly cookout, the details matter — and when food is the main event, those details fo… Read more

BAR CARTS ARE MAKING A COMEBACK. Don’t take our word for it — there’s a Pinterest page with more than 16,000 followers that will make the point. A couple of local experts who have plenty of experience serving drinks and coordinating social gatherings offer tips on setting up your very own mo… Read more

IN A CITY WITH A LONG AND ILLUSTRIOUS HISTORY OF COCKTAILS (the Sazerac, Ramos Gin Fizz, Hurricane and brandy milk punch were invented here), there are drinks for every season and occasion, including delicious alcohol-free beverages. Summer gatherings generally call for light and refreshing … Read more

PARTIES ARE EXPENSIVE. It doesn’t matter if it’s a soiree for four, 10 or 100 — costs can mount quickly, especially the cost of alcoholic beverages. Buying wine for a crowd can be tricky — hosts are trying to accommodate  different tastes and pair different wines with the food while staying … Read more