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What is This Menu Lacking?

I am hosting "cooking" friends for a BBQ at my home, and each is bringing two dishes to share. Below is the menu so far. Is there any area/foods missing that would complete this menu that I can recommend to inquiring guests?

MAINS
Grilled Pork Ribs with Bourbon BBQ Sauce
Pualua Tri-Tip
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Cilantro Sauce
Greek Chicken, Red Onion & Mint Kebabs

VEGETABLES
Heirloom Tomato, Mozzarella, and Genovese Basil Salad
Ortega Chile, Home Grown Tomato, Avocado & Red Onion Salad
Ratatouille with Farmer’s Market Vegetables
Greek Salad (accompanies Greek Chicken Kabobs)

OTHER SIDES
Chicken Stroganoff Pasta Salad
Persian Chicken Salad
Creamy Coleslaw
Classic Potato Salad

FRUITS
Fruit Salad with Ginger Syrup

DESSERTS
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Coconut Bread Pudding
Peach Cobbler
Cayman Island Rum Cake

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  1. What a wonderful menu. The only thing I can think of that might be missing is: bread and drinks.

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    1. re: Pamela

      Everyone brings their own beverage...to share.

      What breads should I recommend that are "BBQ-ish"? (Cornbread is all I can think of.)

    2. Fruity and refreshing cocktails! Strawberry melon dacquiris, mango lychee spritzers, mint lemon iced tea, lavender iced tea, and the list goes on.

      Or else (and this may be more cumbersome to serve/transport) but gazpacho or vichyssoise.

      Or something simple like bread bowl dip, crudites, lettuce wraps, charcuterie platter, hummus (and other dips)...

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      1. re: Juniper

        I hadn't thought of an Appetizer/Dip category, I just added that--thanks.

      2. Corn bread is good, but I was thinking rolls/bread of the plain variety.

        Also, I was going to recommend grilled corn-on-the-cob, but this is a more upscale BBQ you're having, and corn-on-the-cob is far too messy to eat.

        What a wonderful BBQ!

        1. Bread would balance out the meal, but in my experience no one will eat bread when you have so many other delicious things around. Don't stress it if you don't want to prepare bread, because honestly at my parties they hardly ever get eaten.

          What does get eaten is little homemade chips, cheesy crackers, and grisini (those long thin Italian breadsticks). If you're adding a dip/appetizer section, you could make some homemade things to serve them with. You'll get the bonus points for making your own bread, but people will actually eat it.

          But other than that, what a menu!

          1. It seems to me that you have a lot of strong-tasting dishes that may well mask the flavour of some of the others, so how about doing something novel and making a palate cleanser like a sauvignon blanc sorbet. Yes, I do realize that it this is not a formal meal, but it would add a nice touch.

            You need to have a few cheeses as some people prefer this to dessert.

            Don't forget some yogourt to tame down the spiceness of some of the dishes (for the guests who can't handle it).

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            1. re: souschef

              Please share your recipe for SB sorbet!

              1. re: souschef

                A Sauvignon Blanc Sorbet sounds delicious. (I'm imagining the addition of fresh lemon thyme or lemon verbena from the garden.)

                Because I have to work on the yard AND clean the house for this event (not to mention making my 2 dishes), I might not get to it this time.

                But, I'd love to try it in the future...do you have a recipe that has worked well for you?