Foodista: 3 Tasting Parties to Try

A wine tasting may be the ultimate foodista indulgence. But since four pregnancies has meant more than 36 months sans vino in the last few years, I have a few creative alternatives up my sleeve. Whether you’re looking for a stress-free alternative to a full-blown dinner party or a date night activity to enjoy with your hubby, these three tasting ideas are as delicious as they are fun. From olive oil to chocolate to cheese, unleash your inner foodista and go gourmet…



via HonestlyYUM

My fellow foodistas know that all olive oil is not alike. Like wines, olive oils have a wide variety of complex notes and undertones. And since olive oil is also healthier to cook with than butter, it can help to educate yourself on what varieties you like the most.

You need:

  • Glasses (for sipping)
  • Sauce dishes (for dipping)
  • Bread (for dipping)
  • A few kinds of olive oil
  • Green apples (palate cleanser)



via Foodie Crush

Chocolate lovers rejoice. Yes, you can plan a tasting party around chocolate too. Break up bars and prepare a platter that includes a good mix of dark, light, and white chocolates. You might just discover your new favorite bar or truffle in the process.

You need:

  • Serving platter
  • A variety of chocolate (white, milk, dark)
  • Fresh or dried fruit, mild nuts, pretzels, potato chips or a baguette (palate cleansers)



via Good Life Eats

The key to a good cheese tasting is having a variety of cheeses. Include at least one cheese made with each type of milk—cow’s milk, sheep’s milk, and goat’s milk—and cheeses of different firmness and textures too. But if you are preggers, be sure to stay away from soft, unpasteurized cheeses. If you’re not preggers, you can include wine pairings to go along with your fromage. Yum!

You need:

  • Serving platter
  • Cheese knives
  • A variety of cheese
  • Accompaniments (olives, toasted nuts, dried of fresh fruit, honey, cornichons—my personal favorite!)
  • A sliced baguette and crackers

Fun, right? What kind of tasting parties can you dream up?

Share your ideas with me below.



  • Lemon Meringue

    First thing that popped up was: whisky. But ofcourse, that is so not pregger-friendly! So my non-alcoholic tasting favourite is: exotic food tasting!
    Everey now and then some foodiefriends and I hit the Asian, North-African or Eastern foodmarkets and toko’s and buy two products each. You may pick things for whatever reason: because you’ve always wanted to try it (sumac), never heard of it (gula djawa), strange ingredients (I mean … camel milk?), peculiar names (fainted imam?) or even because of the fantastic packaging. Shopkeepers are usually very helpful to give you extra information about for example raw ingredients. And then the fun starts when we’re at home: smelling, tasting, amazement or utter disgust. We’ve found new favourites (ready made filled vine leaves or grilled aubergine) and definite no-nay-never-no more’s (sorry to say, the for us exotic pop-tarts are one of them), became way more adventurous cooks and best of all: humongous amount of fun garanteed!

  • k21momm

    I love these ideas, especially the olive oils-very creative! These will come in handy while I recover from the pulmonary embolism I suffered at the beginning of the year. I am not supposed to consume alcohol while taking the blood thinners that are keeping me clot free! I will definitely think about one of these “tastings” in the near future. Other “tastings” that I could see trying would be a morning get-together while sampling different types of pancakes – you could do everything from chocolate chip to potato! Also, who doesn’t love a good fondue party! I have also really wanted to try homemade pasta – maybe having a tasting of all different pastas and sauces! Ok, now I want to host a party!

  • Lory Ann @OurMasonsJar

    Cheese tasting, yummy! Have a frozen yogurt tasting party, especially if you are pregnant in July (National Ice Cream month)
    My hubby & I had tiny tiny little bowls of ice cream last year while I was expecting with baby Mason! Tasty!!! Fun!!!

    I love ice cream with sprinkles—screams celebration! Gives you a happy warm feeling, like coffee with whipped cream ;) That’s why I so enjoyed making my Confetti Sprinkled onesies for my shop!

    Sweets for the little Sweeties!
    Happy Tastings,
    Lory Ann & Baby Mason, too1

  • Lory Ann @OurMasonsJar

    Cheese tasting, yummy! Have a frozen yogurt tasting party, especially if you are pregnant in July (National Ice Cream month)My hubby & I had tiny tiny little bowls of ice cream last year while I was expecting with baby Mason! Tasty!!! Fun!!!

    I love ice cream with sprinkles—screams celebration! Gives you a happy warm feeling, like coffee with whipped cream ;) That’s why I so enjoyed making my Confetti Sprinkled onesies for my shop!

    Sweets for the little Sweeties & Happy Tastings,
    Lory Ann & Baby Mason, too!

  • Stephanie Pitman

    Bringing the Melting Pot home! We always have fun w fondue…who doesn’t have a pot? A few years back they were EVERYWHERE! We have 3 personally and if everyone we know brings one with a different dish..cheese, marinate/ol, choc, etc. it can be a lot of fun. If you do this be sure to get a few packages of wooden throw away kabob sticks (50 in packages) and maybe the food item already on the ends so things are ready to go. Kids and adults love this and everyone can try lots of new twists with the classics.

  • Simplysandi

    My favorite is wine, cheese and chocolate tastings. That is not preggers friend but how about an apple tasting? There are so many types of apples! Granny Smith, golden, pink lady, etc. fun for the kids

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