Brisket is delicious, pure and simple. The meat makes for a nice main course because it can be cooked well ahead of time, and it is difficult to get wrong.

I love this menu because everything can be made in advance, even the Burrata, which maximizes your time with guests or family.

Ending the meal with fluffy, light meringues and fresh seasonal fruit is easy and delicious. When serving a beef entree, I usually serve desserts that are less dense and feel lighter.