Top Chef Judge Tom Colicchio Offers Holiday Meals Made Easy

November 14, 2013

Tips and Tricks for Planning and Enjoying Great Holiday Meals

Tom Colicchio, Top Chef Judge

(Redmond, WA, Thursday, November 14, 2013) – One of the highlights of the holiday season is gathering with your friends and family to enjoy a good meal. After all, nothing brings us together quite like great food and drinks. Top Chef Judge Tom Colicchio offers some quick and easy tips for planning an effortless holiday meal that will knock your guests’ socks off.

From planning ahead and picking the perfect dish to pairing the food with a complementary beverage, Tom’s tips will guide you through it all.

  • The more you can get done ahead of time, the better! Start planning your meals a week or two in advance so your trip to the grocery store will be as efficient as possible. Tom uses the Bing Food & Drink app meal planner on Windows 8.1 to keep track of it all.
  • A day or two before, plan to spend an hour just chopping. The day of the meal you just toss things into pans to sauté, bake or roast. That way you can spend more of the day hanging out with your guests.
  • Make sure your food and drinks complement each other. Tom suggests either mirroring similar flavors and aromas, or seeking opposite flavor profiles to enhance them. These small details will round out your holiday meal and leave your guests wanting more.

With these simple tips, you’ll be the ultimate hostess, and best of all, you’ll be stress free. Here’s to a successful holiday gathering full of memories and cheer! For more information on the app, visit

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