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Impromptu Friday Nights: A Guide to Supper Clubs Paperback – January 30, 2018
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Paul Kenny’s Impromptu Friday Nights directs the reader to focus on the most important building blocks of successful culinary entertainment. First, a menu design that delivers on the promise of food that delights the guests. Second, ease of preparation that permits the host to join and enjoy the celebration. And third, successful execution which unfortunately hampers many of us armed with mostly good intentions. In an era of over-promising, misleading complexity, and verbosity this book simplifies the task, empowers the host to shine, and grants him/her success every time.
Lucien Vendome - Former Director of Culinary Innovation for Nestle
About the Author
Paul Kenny worked for Kraft Foods for 35 years working with an amazing group of chefs and food scientists, honing his appreciation of the “art and science” of a great meal. As VP of Marketing for the ingredients business at Kraft he was exposed to some of the greats in the food industry, including working with food scientist that invented Kraft Macaroni and Cheese as well as the chef that led innovation at Nestle for over 20 years. Working with these experts has given him enormous insight into what makes food taste good and what makes it popular. Paul also ran KFI’s international businesses that had him traveling the world, enjoying all kinds of cuisines and learning a lot about food. He learned that people from different cultures like their own cuisine and flavor profiles. Most importantly, he has gotten to know many interesting people over a good meal, which is the foundation of any supper club. Paul lives in Germantown, Tennessee.
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Kenny’s book gives a number of different formats of supper clubs and combines with a series of easy-yet-tested—and delicious recipes. As Kenny writes in the opening pages, “The supper clubs I have been involved with have led to real friendships. We have …learned there is no right way to find the right people. Trial and error is the only way. Going through a few bad experiences makes you appreciate the good ones.” (Page 10)
I loved the innovation and details in IMPROMPTU FRIDAY NIGHTS. I highly recommend this book.
W. Terry Whalin is an editor and the author of more than 60 books including his latest Billy Graham: A Biography of America's Greatest Evangelist
As adults it is easy to neglect reserving time and energy for a social life. Impromptu Friday Nights illustrates ways to bring the fun of a social life back to a reality. The book eludes to different ways to create and maintain the right, and prevent the wrong , grouping of people in order develop the most cohesive gathering of people.
My favorite part is the "chef's tips". The book suggests ways of making the cooking experience more palatable for the novice cook. Author Paul Kenny shares tips he has learned from his personal cooking experiences along with those from trained chefs. He shares time saving shortcuts while not skimping on quality.
The book provides step-by-step instructions from the planning to the implementation and suggests on how to manage expenses. Impromptu Friday Nights has motivated me to get cooking and sharing with friends and neighbors.