Like with any dinner party, the first place you might want to start your shopping trip is in the wine aisle. Organic wines have become very popular in recent years, and the number of organic vineyards has grown dramatically. Just as with food, organic wine follows the same labeling criteria, so be sure to examine the label. Ask your local wine merchant about organic varietals that might go well with the food you have in mind.
The next step is to cover your appetizers, and there's really no better way to go than a nice cheese and raw vegetable spread. This will keep your guests occupied and happy while you're putting the finishing touches on the main course. Plus, organic cheese and veggies are plentiful at most stores and super tasty to boot. Also make sure that any breads, crackers or dips are made with 100 percent organic ingredients.
For your main course, you may need to do a little more searching for your ingredients. Although most grocery stores are now flush with organic produce, some may not have a wide variety of organic meats to choose from. You'll likely find some organic, grass-fed ground beef, but if you want to serve something besides beef then you might have to check with a local butcher or organic farmer's market for poultry and other meats. The plus of that is you will be sourcing your main course locally.
Finally, if you have an organic vegetable or herb garden of your own, make sure to include those ingredients in dishes at your dinner party. Not only will you be able to certify firsthand that it's 100 percent organic, but you get the bragging rights for your farm-to-table lifestyle.
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