How to be an Epicurean on a budget
You’ve probably heard this term Epicurean used very commonly in Singapore, especially during festive seasons such as now, with carnivals and workshops surrounding luxurious food and wine being held every year. A quick wikipedia search shows that in modern popular usage, an Epicurean is a connoisseur of the arts of life and the refinements of sensual pleasures, while Epicureanism implies a love or knowledgeable enjoyment, especially of good food and drink.
Sounds good for every Singaporean foodie chasing the 5 Cs! If you’re hosting Christmas gatherings this season, read on to find out how you can take part in this seemingly high SES (socioeconomic status) lifestyle on a budget, while impressing your guests with your refinery and luxurious tastes.
1. Order wholesale wines online
You will be amazed at the variety of great wines you can purchase online at prices lower than retail or further discounted during popular sales at certain times of the year. It is convenient for those that need to purchase bottles in bulk, door-step delivery, and most importantly, reviews and explanations of the wine provided on the website so you can make educated purchases.
2. Attend Epicurean masterclasses
You don’t have to come from an upscale background to appreciate fine wines, cheeses and meats – just hop online and search for your next masterclass to kickstart your Epicurean journey. There are workshops available throughout the year held by boutique distributors such as Cellarmaster Wines or possibly at your local membership clubs. Keep an eye out for these deals and don’t hesitate or be shy about learning something new.
3. Stock up on Charcuterie at your local grocer
Fancy-looking charcuterie boards cost a bomb at restaurants and you might not even be getting the best quality cold-cuts and cheeses. Source for your own ingredients from local grocers where they bring in specials from time-to-time and they might even lend you some tips on appreciating the special cheeses or meats (for example, taking the charcuterie boards out of the fridge an hour before serving to guests to allow the meats to come to room temperature).
4. Presentation Is Everything
Lastly, remember that presentation is everything! If you are planning on making hosting parties a regular activity at your home, it might be useful to consider investing in proper wine glasses (depending on the types of wine being drunk), nice cheese boards and knives, and other fancy-looking plates to display your Epicurean feast on. Gain some inspiration from Pinterest boards online to figure out how to construct your own delectable Charcuterie boards as a treat for your guests. Not only will this allow the wines and foods to be fully appreciated, it will amp up the luxe factor at your parties and give your guests a run for their money posting on their instagram!