Commonly used throughout Europe as a way to cleanse the palate between courses, intermezzos are usually small, light and refreshing. Sorbet is often used, as is a light sparkling wine such as Prosecco. This past weekend we catered a yuuummmy plated reception for Jill & Joe at the always amazing Homewood which included the unique addition of an intermezzo course. The happy couple selected a lemon sorbet made locally by Ultimate Ice Cream. We LOVE this company because they love their job and it shows. Always willing to play, they can whip up just about any custom flavor a bride and groom might want to feature at their reception (Ragan requested Banana Pudding Ice Cream for her wedding last summer). The guests really enjoyed this surprising lull in the meal, and the kids’ table exploded into giggles as the staff entered the dining room with trays full of sweet frozen treats for everyone, BEFORE they had to eat their veggies!
So, next time you host a dinner party, consider including an intermezzo. The addition of this small course (which requires virtually no work on your part!) will make your guests feel like they have really been included in something special. Slowing down the dining experience will make the meal that much more enjoyable and meaningful.