What will post-pandemic dinner parties look like?
13 Sep 2021
What will post-pandemic dinner parties look like?

Lockdown life may have ended in June 2021, but many Britons remain nervous about dining at restaurants. Dinner parties are, therefore, resurgent as people look to socialise in smaller, controlled environments. So, how can brands engage adventurous cooks and guests in domestic settings?

Darren Bryne

Darren Bryne is the managing director of Love Brewing, which ​​stocks a diverse range of wine, beer, and spirit-making ingredients, equipment, and accessories, as well as beginners’ beer-making kits for stout, IPA, and bitter. He is a keen home-brewer and teaches gin-making masterclasses.

Emma Lodge

Emma Lodge is the director of Chef in my Kitchen, which provides private chefs for dinner parties to large-scale corporate events and weddings. Since the pandemic, it has launched a successful virtual dinner party service delivering restaurant-quality food to hosts and their guests to enjoy over Zoom. She has over 20 years of experience in the party and outside catering business, and she manages a roster of chefs from all over the world.

Skye McAlpine

Skye McAlpine is a cook and author of A Table for Friends, which includes simple dinner party recipes. As a food journalist, she’s been featured in Condé Nast Traveller, The Guardian, HuffPost, Vogue Living, and Food 52.

Victoria Mortimer

Victoria Mortimer is the head of planning and operations at Potage. All dishes are made in small batches by chefs to create that home-made feeling using ethically sourced, British, seasonal ingredients and sustainable packaging. Potage aims to build a zero-waste food business that makes deliciously healthy eating effortless and enjoyable.

Lucy Taylor

Lucy Taylor is the vice president of EMEA at OpenTable, the leading provider of real-time online reservations for diners and guest management solutions for restaurants across the world.

Lisa Harris

Lisa Harris is a senior editor with over 10 years experience leading some of the UK's biggest food and recipe websites. She writes food and travel features for print and online publications including The Independent, Stylist, The Sunday Times, Time Out, Mr & Mrs Smith, Sainsbury's Magazine, Food and Travel, Fire & Knives, The Liberal, and Waitrose Kitchen.

Alexandra Hayes

Alexandra Hayes is a food and drink consultant who specialises in bespoke food trends and consumer insight. Her work supports the biggest food producers, retailers, and hospitality brands in the UK.