Sunday, July 21, 2013

Birthday Party, Engagement Party & Wedding Reception in one!

     I catered a party last for clients' that had a lot to celebrate, at first the party was supposed to be a birthday party for Lisa and then her beau Daryl had recently proposed for her hand in marriage, then they were married the night before the party!  Wow....I felt so privileged to cater a party with so much to celebrate, friends, family and neighbors were clinking glasses of champagne to celebrate and eating good food, prepared by me, of course!  Some new items from my Hor D'Oeuvres repertoire (yes, I do think my cooking is an Opera) included such comfort food items as, Tomato Bisque Soup "Shots" with Mini Grilled Cheese and Indian Bombay Lamb Sliders topped with Feta Cheese and Curry Tzatziki Sauce.  Longtime favorites were also featured, like my famous Lamb Chops with fresh Honey Mint Sauce and you can't leave without a sweet ending of Creme Brulee!  Congratulations Lisa and Daryl, may you have a very long, happy and healthy marriage! Cheers, Chef Joseph
Bacon Wrapped Scallops: Butler Passed
Tomato Bisque Soup "Shots" with Mini Grilled Cheese: Butler Passed
Melon & Prosciutto Skewers
Chilled Orange Salmon on Micro Greens with Orange Caper Aioli
Bombay Lamb Sliders
Mini Lamb Chops with Honey Mint Sauce
Crunchy Chicken Thai Salad in Mini To Go Containers w/Chopsticks
Wasabi Crab Lime Salad on Cucumber Slices
Petite Creme Brulee
Tres Leches Cupcakes

Office Going Away Party in San Francisco

     Parting ways with co-workers can be hard, especially if you have become close with some of them, but having a party with delicious wine and good food Always makes it a bit better, bittersweet let's say.
     Enjoying this moment is a scrumptious one with foods like...Milk Chocolate Fountain with assorted tasty tid bits to dip or my new appetizer that I tried out, Gruyere Gougeres, a cheese puff so cheesy, light and full of flavor.  Not to mention my popular Meatloaf Sliders, just like mom used to make but in a "slider" patty with all the tangy goodness of a Sunday meatloaf in a bun!  Don't forget your veggies...displayed vertical in glass gives the old crudite standby new life with my homemade caramelized onion dip and sun dried tomato dip, healthy and good for you!  Another popular favorite that will conjure up memories of your local taqueria are my fantastic Chipotle Pulled Pork mini tostadas with guacamole and cojita cheese, a little bit of Tex Mex in a bite sized morsel.
Almond Stuffed Dates wrapped with Bacon: Butler Passed
Tuna Tartare on Wonton with Edamame Wasabi Puree: Butler Passed
Gruyere Gougeres
Petite Macaroni & Cheese
Assorted Fine Cheese & Crackers
Meatloaf Sliders with Cheese, Greens, Tomato & Chipotle Aioli
Fresh Vegetable Crudites with Caramelized Onion Dip & Sun Dried Tomato Dip
Mini Chipotle Pulled Pork Tostadas with Guacamole and Cojita Cheese
Chocolate Fountain 
Mini Mixed Berry Trifle

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Engagement Party in San Francisco

OMG...It's been over 1/2 a year since I posted anything, so sorry, I guess I've been too busy.
Anyhow, I catered a great engagement party this past Saturday in San Francisco.  It was in a really chic club room of a new condo building.  We served assorted small bites buffet style and butler passed hor d'oeuvres, my client was very happy and the guests were thrilled with the varied assortment of goodness.  I serve a new item this time, it was grilled tri-tip sliders with bleu cheese cream, arugula and tomato...they turned out awesome; nothing else feels like summer time like grilled meat.
Tuna Tartare on Crispy Wonton with Edamame Wasabi Puree: Butler Passed
Artichoke, Ricotta and Parmesan Tartlets: Butler Passed
Mini Turkey, Pesto, Dijon and Provolone Panini 
Teriyaki Skewers with Peanut Sauce
Grilled Shrimp & Sausage Skewers with Red Bell Pepper Dip
Petite Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad in Mini "Take Out" Containers with Chopsticks
Mini Cheddar Burgers with Rosemary Onion Jam
Grilled Tri-Tip Sliders with Bleu Cheese Cream, Arugula and Tomato