Chris Hanna’s Holiday Open House

Holiday open houses are a great way to entertain for a crowd.


An ideal menu for 12 to 20 guests would include:

  • Sicilian Tart with Chard, Feta, Pine Nuts & Currants
  • Cream of Cauliflower and Fennel Soup
  • Seeded Focaccia
  • Quince-Glazed Ham with Mustard-Horseradish Sauce
  • Wild Rice Salad with Celery Root, Acorn Squash and Leek
  • Puntarelle and Satsuma Salad
  • Allspice, Date and Walnut Bars
  • Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons


Be sure to plan a menu with foods that can be served at room temperature, except for a soup, which should be kept simmering on the stove for your guests to help themselves to when they come in from the cold.

Set up a bar right near the front door for your guests, with sparkling water, white wine, and red wine; people are happy to help themselves.

Keep a pot of strong coffee on hand for the drivers, next to a platter of cookies.