The Small Plate Dinning Experience- Why You Should Try It

Small plate dinning is not a new experience. In fact, some historians date the tradition back to 212B.C. But, what does it mean? Well, most small plate or “tapas” dinning experiences have smaller portions for a reason. Did you know that when John Simmons, Exec chef and owner of Firefly,  opened his doors most people had no idea what tapas were? There are still a number of people who have never had a the pleasure of eating this way.  So grab a glass of your favorite Tempranillo and let’s break down some of the reasons why tapas have become so popular in the last 5-10 years.

Sharing is Caring

One of the best thing about tapas style dinning is you don’t have to make any hard and fast decisions. Everyone orders a few things in rounds and shares it all. You can come with a large group and try everything on the menu (without feeling awkward like you do when you do it alone). Doesn’t that sound amazing?

Try a Variety of Flavors

Its the worst feeling when you sit down to a nice meal at a nice restaurant and you see at least 5 things on the menu you want to sample. It just all looks so good, but at most restaurants you couldn’t possibly eat more then one entreé. At a tapas restaurant you can sample all the flavors and textures of traditional Spanish food without having to make any big decisions. If you don’t like something, it’s ok trade with a friend.

Try All the Wine Pairings

Nothing goes better with Spanish foods than wine, specifically Spanish wine. But why pick just one when you could sample a variety of wines with all of your tapas. In Spain, rarely is a dinner served without wine. So why not enjoy that tradition at your next tapas dinner experience.

Ok, so are you ready to try a small plate or tapas dinning experience? Or maybe you have already. What are your favorite items to share with friends?