Host the ultimate dinner party – with Marley Spoon x Tanqueray Gin

Hosting a dinner party like a boss just got a whole lot easier. Everyone’s favourite green-bottle gin Tanqueray, have teamed up with the most familiar face from TV Show Masterchef: Matt Preston—and meal kit delivery service Marley Spoon.

Marley Spoon have built an empire off the brilliant idea of giving customers all the pre-portioned ingredients and instructions they need to create delicious healthy meals at home.

In their latest development, a first-of-its-kind limited edition dining box will give home diners everything they need to host a dinner party to impress even the most judgmental of mates (or mother-in-laws).

The Plus Ones attended the collaboration’s launch party at everyone’s favourite house: The Sydney Opera House. By the backdrop of the beautiful Harbour Bridge, and with flowers by the talented Saskia from Grandiflora – guests enjoyed a sophisticated dinner party event, hosted by food connoisseur Matt Preston.

We enjoyed the exact three (Korean-themed) courses that buyers of the box would receive to replicate themselves. These were accompanied by carefully curated gin-based cocktails, featuring Tanqueray no. TEN, and presented by World Class Bartender, Tim Philips.

The Tanqueray x Marley Spoon Ultimate Dinner Party box comes in two exclusive menu variations – Korean and French. It’ll be jam-packed with all the recipes and ingredients needed to serve a three course meal for six – including hosting hints and tips from Matt Preston. So you can skip the planning and supermarket shop altogether.

As studies show a definite Aussie trend toward staying in, rather than going out – the concept encourages hosts to get their fam and friends around for an intimate evening at home — all for an asking price of $269.

I’m not great at math, but that works out at less than $50 a head, for a restaurant-quality three course meal. I love the idea of a themed party, which makes for great table conversation. The Korean menu included delectable brussel-sprout bao buns, the mains: some tender gochujang beef fillet, then we finished with a chocolate walnut tort for dessert — the stuff of dinner party dreams.

If you’re like me, you’ll want to elevate your dining experience with an optional upgrade of the box to include a bottle of Tanqueray Nº TEN, (a small batch gin crafted using fresh citrus fruits) for an extra 30 bucks. A small price to pay to keep things gin-teresting.

With a simple yet tasty menu — I can assure you the dinner box will go down a treat for your next at-home event. Because entertaining’s even better when the shopping’s done for you!

Hosting a dinner party doesn’t need to be a headache. Preorder your Ultimate Dinner Box until 29 March, with deliveries from 9 March to 5 April. The second (French-themed) menu is available to order from 30 March – 26 April, with deliveries from 6 April to 3 May. For more information, visit their website.

– Jill
Jill is a Sydney-based journalist who loves to eat, as much as she loves to travel. Follow her on Instagram.

Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of Example PR.
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