Mediterranean Tapas Party
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This amazing tapas feast has been curated by Kristen Hess, a NYC-based food stylist, photographer, writer and author of the Artful Gourmet Blog.
Wikipedia defines Tapas (meaning “to cover” in Spanish) as a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine. They may be cold (such as mixed olives and cheese) or warm (such as “Chopitos”, which are battered, fried baby squid). In select bars in Spain, tapas have evolved into an entire, and sometimes sophisticated, cuisine. In Spain, patrons of tapas can order many different tapas and combine them to make a full meal. In some Central American countries, such snacks are known as “bocas”.
The serving of tapas is designed to encourage conversation because people are not so focused upon eating an entire meal that is set before them. Also, in some countries it is customary for diners to stand and move about while eating tapas.
Tapas in Spain are often served between work and dinner between 6 and 9 pm and around noon on weekends before lunch. It is very common for 8 to 12 different kinds of tapas to be served in warming trays, and they are very often strongly flavored with garlic, chilies or paprika, cumin, salt, pepper, saffron and sometimes in plentiful amounts of olive oil. One or more of the choices is seafood, along with a variety of olives, bread, cheeses and meats.
Other Mediterranean countries such as Greece and Turkey refer to small plates as “Mezze” (meaning “taste, flavor, snack, relish”), which are great for a Mediterranean Tapas party to give it more international flavor and assortment. Serve a variety of dips with bread, pita, crackers and crudités such as
Sangria and a variety of Spanish wines (red and white) are great to serve with Tapas.
Play a variety of upbeat, Spanish and Latin music. Check out this playlist from Songza.