Depends on where you are going, what you are going to do and how long after you eat will you be participating in physical activity. If you are going out to socialize and drinking alcohol is involved, eat a good standard dinner-type meal so that it helps blunt the desire to drink too much and will slow the digestion of the alcohol so your body can manage it better. If you are going to participate in physical event, 30 minutes before consume a pre-workout formula. Below is what elite use (and how) before events.
dotFIT Pre/Post Meal Replacement & Workout Formula
• Take 2-3 scoops 30 minutes before workout or use favorite dotFIT® bar for convenience
• Take 2 scoops (or dotFIT bar) immediately post workout