Summer Entertaining with Rocco DiSpirito

Rocco DiSpirito's favorite part about entertaining is the magic that happens when people come together. "The beautiful part about being alive is the interaction with other people. The moment [in which] you are exchanging energy and chemistry is what makes life worth living," he remarks. These interactions have carved a lasting impression. "It was what I fell in love with the first day I worked in a restaurant when I was 11 years old."

Rocco also believes that spending time with others around food can be healthy for you. He notes that in most European countries, where obesity is not as severe an issue as it is in America, people prioritize eating together. "There is no such thing as eating alone. Everyone is given time to go home and eat because they understand that eating is about being social," he observes. He believes that eating alone can lead to overeating because there is nothing more than food to satisfy your needs. "If you don't have other things like the interaction with people to fill that void, to fill that need, then you are going to rely on food 100 percent."

We asked Rocco how he entertains during the summer and scored 20 amazing tips spanning everything from how to prepare for an outdoor event to cooking for the entire family.

Check out the slideshow above to discover Rocco DiSpirito's 20 tips for hosting the perfect summer soiree.

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