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Milton Williams

Family Meal S1E5: A Grill Party with Wine Inspired by Milton Williams

These recipes are based on Milton Williams 1981 cookbook: The Party Book. It’s perfect for what I’m doing this month. I’m throwing a grill party at four different homes on the same day!

Milton was the caterer to the stars in Hollywood in the 70s and 80s. He was known for throwing extravagant themed parties with live performances and over the top decorations. He got his first catering gig when the cook at the home where he worked got sick. No other restaurant could fill in so quickly. So, Williams asked for the job and his career was born.

His clients included folks like four-time academy award-winning composer Henry Mancini and Aaron Spelling, the producer of the original Charlie’s Angels, and many other famous people and dignitaries.

But his cookbook isn’t about hosting an extravagant gala. It’s got recipes and dinner party menus that you can feed your friends with some good wine on a Sunday afternoon. And that’s what inspired me about this book. I used this book to make food that’s festive enough to call “party food”, but still doable for me, a home cook with a camera. I think it’s my most exciting menu yet.

Anybody who can inspire me to do that with food is someone worth learning more about.

Milton Williams’ cookbook really got me in a celebratory mood. Many of the recipes will be familiar to you if you’ve ever cooked food from the 1980s. It’s the kind of food my mom cooked for small family events or weekend picnics. But, it’s also possible to reimagine these recipes for a wine party. That’s what I did here today.

But you don’t have to wait for a wine party. There is always something to celebrate. It doesn’t have to be a big event or a holiday. I say find something to celebrate everyday. I think I’m going to do that. A charred romaine salad with the macerated tomatoes and a few bits of cheese would be a great and healthy celebratory meal you can whip up any day.


Family Meal Season 1 Episode 5
Family Meal Season 1 Episode 5


Toques et Clochers Cremant de Limoux (FR)
Veuve Ambal Blanc de Blanc (FR)
2018 Arius Pinot Noir (CA)
2016 Six Degrees Pinot Noir (CA)
2016 Two Angel Petit Sirah (CA)
2019 Adixion Petit Sirah (CA)
Castello del Poggio Rosé (IT)
Dolce Rosé (IT)


Smoked Cream Dip & Salsify Recipe
Grilled Pork Roulade
Smoked Lamb Casserole
Charred Romaine Salad
Blood Orange Tart Recipe

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