Chef, cookbook author, and master entertainer Alex Hitz hosts a Christmas Eve dinner for 40 in his Los Angeles home.

You could say Alex Hitz inherited his love for throwing a good party. His mother, Caroline, a consummate hostess, and his stepfather, the famed conductor Robert Shaw, “entertained constantly,” he says. Hitz continues the family tradition, and sets Christmas Eve aside to share a sparkling evening at home with friends. No surprise, food is paramount, but the atmosphere he creates is equally delicious.


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