Tuesday, January 4, 2011

How to Plan a 7 Course Meal

Did you ever wonder what a seven course dinner was?  Ever wonder how it was served?  Today we are going to take a look at How to Plan a Seven Course Meal

Before we explain each course -- let's look at the courses has a whole

First Course: appetizer
Second Course: soup
Third Course: salad
Fourth Course: sorbet to cleanse the palate
Fifth course: fish or poultry
Sixth Course: red meat, fish or poultry with vegetables
Seventh Course: dessert

I know what you are thinking.  How can people each all that food!! Or have all that time! Or take all that time. 

Biggest tip I learned is to give the dinner a theme.  That helps you choose what types of food you would like to serve. Also remember these are smaller portions.  For example the meat course portion should be 4 oz of meat. 

Break it down by course --

1. Appetizer course -- Small and light  If you were doing something with an Italian theme you might do an antipasto. Or if you could do a shrimp cocktail.

2. Soup course:  You may use a cream based or clear soup such as a chicken stock based soup or a vegetable soup. Avoid heavy soups.

3. Salad course:  For example use different varieties of lettuce with a nice vinaigrette and a few crotons  Also keep the amount of salad dressing to a minimum.

4. Cleanse the palate course with sorbet like a lemon or a lime.

5. Fifth Course fish or poultry.  In one of the things I read some called it the first main course.  You could serve a baked fish such as Orange Ruffy or baked chicken such as chicken picatta.  Make sure that the fish or poultry used in this course don't overpower the Meat Course

6. Meat Course This could include fish, poultry, red meat including beef or pork with vegetables and potatoes.  If you bake the fish or chicken in the fifth course then you choose a different method here like broiled or grilled.  Again keep meat portions small.  4 ounces will do nicely.  Adding the vegetable helps cleanse the palate and aid digestion.

7. Dessert.  Something lavish and memorable.  Anything chocolate would work such as Chocolate cake or chocolate silk pie.  You could also do make your own sundaes

Some hints:  Serve foods that compliment each other.  This is a meal that is served and not done family style so people won't over load on one thing. 

Each course is to have its own wine.  A good way to way to do this without sending everyone home tipsy is to visit a wine store and go over the menu with the sommelier to discuss what wines and how much to serve each person.

Also please allow enough time to enjoy the meal

As Julia Child used to say "Bon Appetite!"

That's the Planners Pointer for today.

Planner's Pointers is written by, Mary Pam Kilgore, CMP  owner of Kilgore Business Services, LLC  You may reach me through my website www.kilgorebusiness.com  You can find my blog at http://plannerspointers.blogspot.com/  You can reach me by phone at 412-260-4178.  Follow me on Twitter @marypam.  


  1. Thank You.......This Is A Great Lesson.......

  2. I like the way it is explain.

  3. I like the way it is explain.

  4. I think I will like to try this is in my next anniversary.. Thank you Mary

  5. This is junk. Appetizers are never part of the meal..they are appetizers
    sometimes eaten instead of the meal.

    2 servings of the same type of entrée do not constitute 2 courses,
    just 2 servings. You never serve the same entrée twice.

    Chefs for centuries have tried to find and 8th course, usually cheese,
    but, again appetizers.

    So here we go..
    3 course meal..soup or salad, beef, pork or chicken, desert

    4 course soup or salad, beef and pork or chicken, desert.

    5 course soup AND salad, beef and pork or chicken, desert.

    6 course soup and salad, beef, pork, chicken, desert

    7 course soup and salad, beef, pork, chicken, fish, deserts.

    *goat, lamb or mutton can be substituted for the pork.
    vegetables/side starches can duplicate for each course. entrees
    can never repeat.

    That's a huge, well constructed meal. Don't ever tell me about 10
    servings of beef a roni as 10 courses.

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