You know how you’re always calling your friends and asking them to bring extra Champagne glasses or dinner plates when you throw a party? How about stocking up on basics so that you’re always prepared for the next social get-together?

In the video here, sponsored by Berkeley’s Rocket Restaurant Resource, Hugh Groman, who runs two successful catering companies and a restaurant in Berkeley, suggests what we should have on hand.

In the 2-Minute Tips video series, published on Berkeleyside and NOSH, Groman offers practical guidance from a professional to us home cooks and hosts.

Catch up on the 2-Minute Tip videos to date — so far, Groman has suggested the best equipment for a home cocktail bar, and recommended three basic, inexpensive tools you probably don’t have in your kitchen but should.

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