Mastering the Art of Entertaining

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9.06 X 11.1 X 1.5 inches | 4.2 pounds

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About the Author
Joseph Marini has been captivated by home economics since his first class in grade school. Since that time, he's honed his skills to include all aspects of creating an authentic, inviting social environment at home, and today he's renowned for his enterprising entertaining skills. Whether focused on food, design, or gardens, Joseph's work has charmed audiences, and he's been featured in publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings, Town and Country, Luxe, Better Homes and Gardens, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and others.

Joseph's culinary training in Europe provided him with the foundation to build one of the most selective and reputable event-design firms along the Connecticut shoreline. Whether one is hosting a seated formal dinner in someone's home or a wedding on a horse farm, Joseph has always believed that entertaining is an art--and no two parties should ever be alike. From New York to Florida, he has cultivated a roster of influential clients, and the defining moment in his career came when he was asked to create an event where former President Jimmy Carter would be in attendance. At that point, he knew that he was able to create events that felt authentic and original for both hosts and guests.

Concurrently with building his firm, Joseph was the proprietor of a luxury home and garden store in New England--a shop listed in 2009 as one of the best independently owned lifestyle retailers in the United States. Through his store, he further connected with those who have a love for houses, gardens, and food, and he counts many in the luxury lifestyle market as close friends.

At the core of Joseph's teachings is the understanding that entertaining is about creating community and nurturing people through the intimacy of home. No matter the size of the home or the formality of the event, he believes that everyone who wants to can entertain graciously and easily. Joseph lives in Florida with his husband and their family of beautiful dogs.
"Not just a labor of love but a work of devotion. Joseph's heart is on every page, and yours cannot help but follow. His good sense and great ideas are a beautiful bonus."

--Frances Schultz, author of The Bee Cottage Story and California Cooking and Southern Style and 2019 The Salonnière 100 winner

"This fabulous first book from veteran caterer and event designer extraordinaire Joseph Marini offers a window into his wonderful world. But even better, Mastering the Art of Entertaining provides all of us with the principles of being a good host. This book is filled with both rich photography and sage advice."

--Ronda Carman, author of The Art of Pantry Cooking, Entertaining at Home, and Designers at Home and 2019 The Salonnière 100 winner

"Joseph's intriguing take on interiors and hosting is inspiring."

--Tara Shaw, designer, fine antiques importer, and author of Soul of the Home