what menu for cassoulet-centered dinner party?
Everyone else has said it, but yes, simple is better.
I like this Salad with Walnuts, Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese
Or perhaps Apple, Parmesan and Endive
If you wanted to do a small side, this Celeriac Remoulade is lovely.
or this Pea Bouillabaisse
Cassoulet's one of the heaviest dishes in the French repertoire so you probably don't want to place too many items around your centrepiece. A Bordelais friend who learned to make cassoulet from his time in the pays Basque did host a cassoulet party, but it was something atypical as it was essentially a cassoulet vs garbure event.
Served alongside: bread (though for garbure), charcuterie, salad, cheeses (only 9 varieties), dessert (stewed fruit), and (of course) lashings of wine.
Apart from the wine, I'm in favor of salad and the tarte tatin. Everything else optional depending on how much of a caloric stupor you want to induce in your guests.
Since a cassoulet is a bit stew-like, I find a bit of bread goes well.
I threw a "cassoulet party" and made fan-tan rolls - which were very visually appealing.
)But a more traditionally-French bread might be more "appropriate".
Some wine, and a tarte tatin would go well!