entertaining tips

finding the perfect pairing

posted in: Food  |  June 4, 2018

When entertaining, whether it’s an intimate gathering or a large soirée, you want to create an atmosphere that’s pleasant and memorable. A successful event can be shaped by the food you serve, so it’s important to think through what you will offer your guests. Part of the joy of entertaining is that you have the power to create combinations that bring out the strongest flavour profile of the dishes that you serve. That’s why I’ve created a pairing guide for a few entertaining occasions with suggestions on what flavour combinations best complement our crisps, and I want to highlight some of my favourites.

For a weekend brunch with friends, I like to serve bruschetta on lesley stowe raincoast crisps® original. The hints of spice in the crisps pairs beautifully with the mix of tomatoes, basil and olive oil. To complement the refreshing bruschetta, I serve it alongside a platter of Boursin, brie and emmental cheeses, with a crisp and buttery chardonnay.

If you are hosting a get together after work, gather your co-workers and serve our NEW lesley stowe raincoast cheese crisps parmesan and chive with my crowd pleasing creamy spinach and artichoke dip. For the beer lovers, I like to serve a hoppy India pale ale and for those drinking wine, a merlot with notes of plum and blackberry are the perfect mates for this rich and savoury appetizer.

For a late, weekend evening I like to serve lesley stowe raincost crisps® rosemary and raisin pecan. The toasty pecan, rosemary and raisin flavours in the crisps pair nicely with a caramelized onion and Canadian blue cheese dip. Round out your serving platter with a selection of brie, capicola and salami. If serving wine, bordeaux reds will accentuate the flavour of these taste bud-tantalizing crisps.

For summer picnics, I like to bring lesley stowe raincoast oat crisps oat and cranberry with a selection of camembert cheese and prosciutto to balance the sweet and salty flavours. Perfect for a hot day, I’ll serve these alongside a refreshing raspberry ale or crisp pinot gris.

The art of entertaining is in the details. Our lesley stowe raincoast crisps® are made in small batches in Canada, crafted to be the perfect blank canvas for your favourite pairings — your art. My true passion is for making and sharing delicious food and I hope to inspire you to elevate your next entertaining occasion with my favourite pairings.

Looking for more perfect pairings? Visit our online and in-store pairing guide for more tasty ideas.