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Run a restaurant from home

28 March 2016

Running a restaurant from your dining room isn’t as complicated as you might think. And, if you enjoy entertaining, it’s great fun! Here’s how Maria hosts like a professional in her own home.

Maria’s beautifully laid table is ready for receiving restaurant guests at home
Maria creating tasty dishes by hand
Sparkling glassware and candles add the finishing touches
Scatter pretty porcelain bowls filled with dips and sides around the table
Create table settings with complementary colours and patterns
Serve puddings in a variety of glassware and porcelain containers
Decorate the table with various size candles in different holders

‘I always make lots of courses – I like to enjoy as many tastes as possible in one meal!’

Maria, dinner party host, Portugal

A cosy setting creates a welcoming atmosphere

ATMOSPHERIC SURROUNDINGS

‘Presentation, food, table setting, conversation – they’re all parts of a whole,’ says Maria, who runs a catering business from her kitchen. ‘I like to lay a simple white table cloth, and change around the plates I use. Sometimes I use two service sets for one meal – mixing plain plates with patterned.’

Guests enjoying a dinner party at Maria’s
Guests sharing food and stories
Guests share a freshly prepared salad

Set up for sharing

‘Everything’s served at the table, so everyone can just help themselves. I bring out a few courses at a time, so dinners always end very late! And we always stay chatting at the table. It’s what I like best – sharing food, and sharing stories.’

CANDLE-LIT SUPPER CLUB

‘The kitchen’s my favourite place,’ says Maria. ‘I spend hours and hours in there, and take my time preparing food, so it’s all laid out ready for when everyone arrives. Nobody’s allowed to help me in the kitchen – apart from my son, Antonio. All my guests need is a glass of wine!’

A portrait of Maria, Portugal

‘When my guests arrive, I start talking about food. What’s your comfort food? What did you eat as a kid? And that makes everyone feel welcome’

Maria

Made by

Photography: Dan Duchars
Styling: Johanna Flyckt Gashi