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Summer is nearly here, and you know what that means! It’s time to enjoy the great outdoors and get the family and friends together for the quintessential Aussie BBQ. Outdoor cooking and dining in the backyard has progressed into somewhat of a fine art as people have started to take their alfresco dining a little more serious.

Serving up succulent steaks and gourmet food is only one aspect of the dining experience, although it may be the most important one. There are other things to consider when it comes to alfresco dining. Atmosphere plays an important role in the dining experience as well as drinks. In this post, we take a closer look at the art of alfresco in its truest form.

The Food

When it comes to cooking outdoors you need the right tools for the job. A good BBQ is essential and makes a difference. These days, people are stepping it up a notch and having completely contained outdoor kitchens with fridges, prep benches, and the whole works.

This is nice because the event is outside, from the cooking to the eating. Some people even go the extra mile and get an outdoor pizza oven to add an extra element and dish to the spread. Your menu can be as simple or as complex as you like. Some people like to have a variety of small dishes so the guest can eat pick and choose. A finger food style soiree. Or you may want to go for the traditional BBQ with a variety of meats and salads that every Aussie is familiar with. Don’t forget the potato salad and coleslaw.

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If you do have the luxury of an outdoor kitchen it will make your life a hell of a lot easier and make you more inclined to step your game up a few notches and stray away from traditional and embark into a journey of culinary cuisine.

The Atmosphere

Getting creative is key to creating a pleasant and inviting atmosphere. Lighting should be considered to create the desired atmosphere. You want the lighting bright enough so people can see what they are doing. Candlelight is great for the dinner table will provide an ambient atmosphere while your guests are enjoying the delicious food.

Music is also a way to create ambience. Some soothing jazz always sets a nice mood as the guest mingle and talk while enjoying a drink. Later in the night after dinner turn it up a notch and get the dance floor pumping. By then everybody has had a couple and will be more than willing to get down and boogie.

The Drinks

The drinks part is easy. Keep them flowing and cold. If you are going for the gourmet affair pair your drinks with the food you are serving. Red with red meat, white with chicken and fish and so on.

It’s that time of year and it’s time to get alfresco! So, for all your cooking needs don’t be afraid to contact us here Sydney Heaters and Pizza Ovens and we will happily hook you up with all your outdoor cooking needs.

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