Easy and informal but always welcome, antipasti is a fun casual way to entertain. Pop a selection of Italian cured meat, a generous piece of parmesan and grissini sticks with fresh figs and griddled courgettes on a board and then let everyone dive in and help themselves. Sherry is optional.
Cut the ends off the courgettes, and then cut them lengthways into long slices, about 3mm thick.
Heat a griddle pan and arrange a few courgette slices in a single layer, placing them diagonally across the ridges of the pan. Cook until they have char-marks, then turn and cook the other side. Take out of the pan and allow to cool while you cook the next batch.
Arrange all the ingredients on a large board, set out two knives so people can hack off chunks of the cheeses, then let everyone help themselves.