Feeding friends this weekend? Don’t stress€”we’ve got the menu planning covered.

In the moment, a dinner party is everything we love: good friends, good food, the house looking presentable. But flashback to the day before, and we’re hastily combing our recipe database trying to compile a menu that’s somehow delicious, low maintenance and impressive all at once. Luckily for you, we’ve done the work for this weekend’s main event already and pulled together a list of dishes to make party planning just a little less stressful. Putting together the guest list, though—can’t help you with that one.

Cocktail: Woodwork House Sour

Save the wine for the dinner table—every good party starts with a good cocktail. Egg whites elevate this bourbon and honey drink to impress-your-guests level.housesour_woodwork2 

Appetizer: Okanagan Tomato Bruschetta

Bruschetta lives and dies by the quality of the tomatoes, so scope out your farmers’ market for the best options.Photo: Evaan Kheraj

Side: Fennel Salad

This fresh and crunchy salad from our friends at the Fairmont Banff Springs is the perfect foil to a hearty, homey main.Photo: Grant Harder

Main: Cauliflower Bacon Risotto

Cauliflower and bacon take this risotto from side to main dish. Creamy, rich and perfectly satisfying on a cool fall evening. Pair with a crisp white wine for maximum enjoyment.Photo: Martin Tessler

Dessert: Chocolate Truffle Cake

These mini cakes look impressive, but come together fairly simply in individual ramekins and bake in just ten minutes. No icing required, just a scoop of ice cream.Photo: Napa Rose Restaurant