Working in Food Made Me Worse at Entertaining

Two years ago, I had recently moved into my first apartment and wanted to host a couple of friends for an intimate Friendsgiving. We hadn’t seen each other often since graduating college and in that time, I had a stint as a line cook in a French restau…

Two years ago, I had recently moved into my first apartment and wanted to host a couple of friends for an intimate Friendsgiving. We hadn’t seen each other often since graduating college and in that time, I had a stint as a line cook in a French restaurant and was now working for Martha Stewart. All of my family and friends saw me as the professional chef in their lives, and therefore believed I knew everything there was to know about cooking. (“Are these chicken thighs still good?” to “How do I clean my cutting board?” to “What should I order for dinner tonight?). For the record, I knew some things but certainly not everything. But I took a lot of pride in the knowledge that I learned first-hand in the kitchen and took even greater pride in delivering a restaurant-quality meal to my parents and partner night after night.

Since I started working in a restaurant, a regular Tuesday night couldn’t consist of takeout or penne with jarred red sauce. I had to make homemade potato gnocchi broiled in individual porcelain gratins sourced from Williams-Sonoma or Crate and Barrel with homemade marinara sauce, from-scratch ricotta, and the best quality fresh mozzarella I could score. I once cried over homemade lobster ravioli after it fell apart in the pot of boiling water. (My family and friends insisted it was delicious and that the only thing ruining the meal was my tears.)

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How to Throw a Very Chill Friendsgiving

We’ve teamed up with Albertsons Companies to share our top tips and tricks for throwing a laid-back Friendsgiving with your closest pals. To make shopping for the occasion a cinch, our pick is FreshPass™—a handy grocery subscription program with perks …

We’ve teamed up with Albertsons Companies to share our top tips and tricks for throwing a laid-back Friendsgiving with your closest pals. To make shopping for the occasion a cinch, our pick is FreshPass™—a handy grocery subscription program with perks like unlimited free delivery, a $5 monthly credit for annual subscribers, and a VIP customer service line you can reach any time so all your must-have holiday ingredients are just a few clicks away. Want to give it a test run? Start your free 30-day trial right here.


One of the best parts of the Thanksgiving season is the week before when I gather some of my closest friends for our annual Friendsgiving celebration. Before you jump to conclusions about what it’s like to host back-to-back dinners, hear me out: Friendsgiving is arguably ten times more relaxed than a big family celebration, and it’s a great way to see how your friends celebrate the holidays. With a handful of tips and tricks, you’re set to have the chillest Friendsgiving ever.

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