Holidays are right around the corner, which means meal planning and parties. I had the chance to sit down with Chef Alex Hitz to talk about his newest cookbook, OCCASIONS TO CELEBRATE: COOKING AND ENTERTAINING WITH STYLE. In addition, we talked about how to be the best host and plan a fantastic event so that, as the host, you can enjoy the party as a guest!
About the Guest:
Alex Hitz, a renowned chef, expert host, and top-selling cookbook author, returns with an all-new collection of more than one hundred recipes inspired by traditional
Southern fare and French culinary flair, with an emphasis on seasonal fresh-from-the-market ingredients that are perfect for entertaining and the holidays. OCCASIONS TO CELEBRATE: COOKING AND ENTERTAINING WITH STYLE, shares a spectacular array of classic yet contemporary dishes—from hors d’oeuvres, soups, salads, sauces, main dishes, and sides to desserts. He has a penchant for crowd-pleasers, including spiced pecans, mini crab cakes with mango chutney, best-ever peas and carrots in butter, spinach and ricotta ravioli with brown butter and sage, mustard-crusted rack of lamb, tomatoes Provençale, key lime mousse, and his signature lemon pecan shortbread cookies.
Hitz imparts cooking, serving, and entertaining secrets to ensure success for the amateur or experienced home cook alike, champions elegance and simplicity, and boldly encourages all who read and cook to celebrate with delicious food. This stylish time is replete with impeccable dishes, seasoning secrets, and table-setting and seating advice—as well as foolproof menus for creating flawless occasions to share with family and friends. OCCASIONS TO CELEBRATE is filled with inspiration to help you create the perfect meal for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, and birthday celebrations.
Alex Hitz is an award-winning celebrity chef, culinary speaker, columnist, event designer, tastemaker, and expert host. His first book, My Beverly Hills Kitchen, and first Rizzoli cookbook, The Art of the Host, are widely popular. He is a contributing editor for Town & Country and writes regularly for C Magazine, Quest, and Southern Living. Hitz is a former food editor for House Beautiful, a post he assumed from Ina Garten. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including Today, and lectures frequently around the country. He splits his time between Atlanta, New York City, Los Angeles, and Palm Beach.
About the Host:
Following the crumbs in the chaos is a full-time job as a Productivity Coach. As a busy mom of three and the founder of Chaos N’ Cookies, keeping moms from crumbling is my main objective. After gaining 10+ years of experience as a Director of Marketing helping build multiple 6 & 7-figure businesses for other women I’ve created the Chaos Control System to equip moms to overcome their own objections so they can live the life they want to live and start that business they have always wanted. The Family Playbook, or standard operating procedure, is the tool every mama needs to save time and stress-less when chaos ensues at home.
For new biz owners, I also help simplify systems on social media and other business platforms to automate processes to get their business up and running quickly and efficiently with how-tos and hands-on coaching. I have helped hundreds of women to be more productive and self-sufficient in their homes and businesses allowing them to reclaim control of the chaos.
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