If you don't follow a specific -- and restrictive -- diet yourself, chances are you have plenty of friends and family who do. People follow special eating plans for all sorts of great reasons, but some of these diets also come with an unfortunate side effect: the eating restrictions often present a challenge when it comes to socializing, let alone entertaining a group of friends. Thankfully, it turns out you can still throw a damn good dinner party on an insane diet -- with a little planning.
In a new episode of Thrillist's brand-new series, $30 Dinner Party, host Lee Kalpakis heads to Ridgewood, Queens to meet up with guest, Brigette Muller, who follows a "kind of Paleo, kind of not" diet -- no added sugar, no wheat, no dairy, and no caffeine. Despite her restrictions, Bridgette wants to throw a delicious and decadent dinner party to prove to her herself and her friends that eating healthy still tastes good, too. That's where Lee comes in with her cooking expertise. Together, they devise a dinner party menu featuring juicy BBQ chicken, gluten-free cornbread, light collard greens with a kick, and a Paleo-style banana pudding for dessert.
Watch as Lee and Brigette plan the whole meal, hit up the grocery store for the ingredients, cook everything step-by-step, and serve up a spectacular dinner party meal to stellar reviews from her guests -- even the biggest of naysayers. And, yes, the whole thing cost less than 30 bucks -- a mere $28.41, to be exact. So, not only do Lee and Brigette prove you can still be a great dinner party host and eat delicious food with a super-restrictive diet, they also prove that you can accomplish it on a tiny budget. Cheers to that (and those banana pudding parfaits, of course)!