Monday, October 22, 2012

Fall Sit Down Dinner Birthday Party in Hillsborough!

     Turning 50 is a milestone and celebrating it with friends and family is the way to do it, but celebrating it a special way with gourmet catering it the real way to do it.  The butler and his team mates did again with style, grace and plenty of flavor with this delicious gourmet sit down dinner.  The host and hostess and all the guests were pleased, to the point that they could not breathe!  I didn't mean to stuff them all to the gills, but sometimes it happens.

      As guests arrived at the party we started off their appetite with some passed hor d'ouevres, first with my newest creation, olive tapenade and goat cheese palmiers, so good, tangy and savory and goes so well with a dry martini.  Second was my famous Korean marinated tuna tartare with wasabi edammame puree on a wonton crisp and third was a fabuous crunchy roasted corn, chili and cheese phyllo tartlet.

     The seated dinner started off with the seasonal favorite, creamy butternut squash soup with sour cream, followed by a fresh and crisp mixed spring green salad with apples, smoked bacon, fresh figs, blue cheese and a wonderful bacon sherry vinaigrette.  The dinner was a tender and juicy steak au poivre beef tenderloin with creamy Gruyere cheese mashed potato gratin with a parmesan tuile and we can forget something green on the plate; haricots vert with sundried tomatoes and that's a dinner you would not forget!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

40th Birthday Celebration in San Jose

Catered a 40th birthday celebration for a new client in San Jose this past September.  It was a sunny and warm afternoon with hungry guests celebrating and eating up all the delicious food.  Special occasions and casual affairs should be catered, this way you can be a guest at your own party and actually enjoy yourself without having to worry about anything, I'm sure you can remember all the parties that you have been stuck in the kitchen sweating over a hot stove and you were the guest of honor, no less!

At Butler For Hire Catering we take care of setting up the party for you, making sure the buffet table is always stocked, passing appetizers to your guests and if you wish, we can supply a bartender for you to take care of mixing and serving the drinks for you.  Not to mention, we clean as we go and clean up everything at the end of the party, so you don't have to!  So, next time you have a special celebration to host don't do this yourself and don't go to a restaurant, where you will fee rushed to leave, just call will be worth every penny.  Look me up on the web
and remember...You can tell your friends that "The Butler Did It!"

 Mini Cheddar & Sundried Tomato Panini w/Dijon, crunchy and savory
 Pulled Pork Sliders topped with Cole Slaw...Lip smacking good
 The most fabulous mini baked macaroni and cheese
 Petite Artichoke Pesto will actually think you were in Italy after eating these, not kidding!
 My ever famous Sliders! with cheddar cheese and the most delicious rosemary onion jam with a pickle, of course!
 Almond stuffed dates wrapped in bacon.  I had a party guest one time that told me he wished he could have a bucket of these to take home with him! Now, that's finger lickin' good!
 Buffet of food, glorious food :)
 Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad in mini take out container with chopsticks, no it's not take out....just very stylish!
Fresh vegetable crudites with my famous house made caramelized onion dip and sundried tomato dip
 Assorted cheeses, fresh fruit and crackers, more cheese...please! The End....until the next party folks!!!xoxo

Friday, August 17, 2012

Fund Raiser Event for Candidate Rob Bonta

I catered a fund raiser event Wednesay night for candidate Rob Bonta for California State Legislature, I wish him the best of luck, no Filipino American has ever won a California State Assembly or Senate seat even though Filipino Americans are the second largest Asian American ethnic group in the state of California.  Supporters were happy to satisfy their appetite gobbling up my delicious vitles, happy stomach means happy checkbook, so hopefully some great money was raised for Rob.  The venue was fabulous, a great clubhouse on the fifth floor with many places for guests to lounge amidst the huge "alice in wonderland" type flower pots with trees in them.  I had a great time cooking and everyone enjoyed them selves!  So, get out there and vote in November!
 Look at those huge flower pots!
 If the guests get too tired from eating, I guess they could take a nap..ha, ha
 beverage station
 lounge chairs
 great city views
 my staff...looking like they are having too much fun!
 Lamb Turnovers with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts
 Coconut Chicken Curry Skewers with Peanut Sauce
 Chilled Orange Tarragon in spoons with Arugula & citrus caper aioli
 Fig and Raddichio Risotto served in spoons

 guests mingling

 Tuna tartare on crispy wonton with edammame wasabi puree...the hit of the night!
 luscious mini blueberry creme brulee
Double chocolate walnut brownies...death by chocolate!

60th Birthday Party in San Francisco

I catered a 60 birthday party for new clients Eric and Laurie in San Francisco last Saturday night, it was Eric's special day!  Boy after 25 years living in the bay area, you would think I would understand the weather.  It was 90 degrees here in San Mateo and when I arrived to the city, it was foggy and 59 degrees, nonetheless, everyone enjoyed the wonderful food for the festive occasion of the big six o.  We served assorted hor d'ouevres and finger foods to this hungry crowd and everything was a hit.  It is always my pleasure helping people entertain, glad they all had fun.
 Petite Smoked Salmon Pizzas
 Pesto Chicken Salad Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers
 The always popular mini baked Macaroni and Cheese
Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad in mini take out containers with chopsticks
Saffron Lamb Turnovers with Golden Raisins
"Meatloaf" sliders with Cheddar Cheese, Chiptole Mayo and Mixed Greens, oh...and a mini pickle!
Orange Tarragon Salmon in "Spoons" with Hollandaise Sauce, this isn't a diet party, don't you know!
Crab and Cheese Tartlets, Eric said these were better than he ever imagined they would be! Thanks Eric!

House Warming Party in Atherton

Hi food lovers and party givers!  I catered a housewarming party in Atherton last Friday.  I loved the kitchen, two huge islands, one was for the food and the other was used for beverages.  Hor D'Ouevres...seems to be a trend these days. 
 One of two large islands, perfect for casual entertaining...
 Endive Leaves stuffed with goat cheese, mandarin orange, balsamic glaze & pistachios

 Wasabi Lime Crab Salad on cucumber slice
 Rye Toast with artichoke pesto, steak & horseradish cream
 Asparagus Parmesan Straws with lemon parmesan aioli
 Roasted Garlic Bruschetta with grilled tri-tip and gorgonzola cheese
 Mini Shrimp & Guacamole tostadas with queso fresca cheese & salsa

Roasted corn, green chili, jack cheese & chipotle tartlets
Chinese Chicken Salad in mini take out boxes with's very popular!!