Formal Night and the Perfect Steak

Formal dinners are social events that require guests to dress up and follow polite etiquette. Some examples are social gatherings at a hotel, formal wedding or a private function.

While dining at a nice restaurant can be expensive, you can still enjoy a special formal night “out” by recreating the same experience in your own home.

How To Have A Formal Dinner At Home:

  1. Set the dining table with a clean white cloth.
  2. Pick out nice dishes and utensils.
  3. Prepare a centrepiece. Making one is simple. Pick out a clear bowl or glass container, and pop in fresh flowers from the garden or sweet chocolate treats wrapped in foil as a display. Even your wine can be a centrepiece.
  4. If you want to go a little extra, request your guests to join your formal night with an invitation and ask them to dress up nicely!

Formal dinner nights are fun and it’s a great way to practice good manners and social etiquette. And at the end of the night, you get to toast to everyone’s successes and good health!

If you’re planning a dinner for two or a small party, you can never go wrong with good ol’ fashion steak. Here’s a recipe from Marco Pierre White shared during an episode of MasterChef.

The Perfect Steak

Marco Pierre White’s Perfect Steak Recipe (Serves: 4)


Olive oil

4 Sirloin steak

Rosemary, picked

Juice of 1 lemon

Salt, to taste


  1. Drizzle olive oil onto a grill pan and set over high heat.
  2. Drizzle oil on steaks and rub all over. Season steaks with salt.
  3. Place steaks on grill pan , turning to make cross hatch marks.
  4. Turn steaks, sprinkle with picked rosemary and salt and drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Turn off heat and allow to finish cooking and rest.
  6. Drizzle with lemon juice and serve.

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