The Making of a Menu

Most of the recipes we develop here in the test kitchen are made as part of a menu. Recently we’ve done menus for the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day and have a few coming up for Passover and the Kentucky Derby. A lot of thought goes into these menu compositions. Do the recipes combine well with each other? Is it do-able, and easy enough to execute all these dishes at once? Or even better, can they be made ahead? The question that always pops into my head after all this contemplation: Has anyone ever made one of our entire menus?

Thus I turn to you, dear readers. Have you ever made an entire CHOW menu, or an entire menu from any other food publication? If so, was it a positive experience? How did it turn out? We here in the test kitchen would love to know.