I few weeks back, I received an email from Foodbuzz asking is I was interested in hosting a Buitoni Frozen Meals and Salad pairing party. My first thought, was ummmm…..let me consider it a minute…..YES! Honestly, I jumped at the chance to participate. I saw it as a great opportunity to try out some new foods, cook up some delicious accompaniments to go with it, and best of all, have a group of friends over to celebrate the entire process. So I submitted my proposal and waited to hear the result. Shortly after sending out the email I received the reply back that they liked my proposal and to get my party started. Woohoo!
I immediately got to work putting together an event that would represent the eight different regions of Italy. I found an amazing cookbook that was my inspiration for the entire idea:
Buitoni sent us 10 coupons to use towards their Complete Frozen Meals so we decided to try five different flavors of pasta and pair it with five different salads from each of the regions of Italy. The pastas we chose were:
Grilled Chicken and Spinach Cannelloni
Braised Beef and Sausage Ravioli
Chicken and Mushroom Ravioli
Shrimp and Lobster Ravioli
Four Cheese and Spinach Ravioli
I love how easily these meals cooked up. It really helped to bring the whole party together quickly. All the choices were delicious and everyone loved trying the different flavors. The two favorites of the evening were the Chicken and Mushroom Ravioli and the Grilled Chicken and Spinach Cannelloni.
The salad pairings were a huge hit as well. We did warm salads in addition to cold and also threw a fruit salad in for the kids (there were seven of them there – never a dull moment!).
All in all it was a really fun experience and I can’t wait for the next opportunity to host another fun filled party! Here are a few pictures from our evening: