Menu of the Month: Summer = Seafood

Whenever possible, I cook with sustainable seafood, sourced from local fishermen who meet rigorous standards so as to guarantee the highest-quality. The following is just a sampling of the dishes I prepare. APPETIZERS Ceviche Tasting* Rosemary / Pancetta Shrimp Skewers Seared Scallop / Parsnip Purée / Pressed California Caviar  Crab Salpicon Meaning “hodgepodge” or medley…

Italian Summer: Tuscan Grill

Nothing says “summer” quite like grilled and dining al fresco. This doesn’t always mean a good old fashioned BBQ menu (although I do a mean one!). Enjoy my Tuscan grill menu: everything is grilled, including the unexpected: the grilled romaine for a new take on Caesar Salad, Grilled Stone Fruit with Buratta/ Balsamic Cream/ Toasted Pine Nuts…

Celebrate Summer w/Margaritas & Mexican Mixed Grill!

PARILLA MIXTA  Starter: Guacamole Ensalada Grilled Caesar (did you know Caesar salad originated in Mexico?) Next: Something Cool Carne Asada: Grilled steak marinated in my artisan 3-chile adobado and then grilled to order Pollo Adobado: Grilled Chicken marinated in our housemade adobado Shrimp Skewers / Mojo de Ajo Grilled Lobster Tails/ Mojo de Ajo Grilled Chorizo (Housemade…

A California Culinary Experience

Exactly what is California Cuisine? Ask a dozen chefs and you’ll get at least a half a dozen different answers, but all of them will have 3 words in common: local, organic and sustainable. And that is where I start, in the farmers’ markets that abound in the SF Bay. Cal Cuisine has also been…

Argentinian Grill

Celebrate summer like they do in Buenas Aires, with a spread of meats hot off the grill! In the true spirit of Argentina, don’t offer just one, but rather an array from which your guests can choose, always with the requisite Chimichurri Sauce and Salsa Criolla,  accompanied by several heaping platters of creative salads! Don’t…

Client Reviews & Awards

I can’t wait to hire Chef Gray again! She prepared a custom 7-course meal for my husband’s surprise party – every single dish was outstanding. She was also incredibly responsive and reliable. The meal absolutely made my husband’s party a success. She also accommodated various food allergies. Her staff was also amazing. I can’t recommend…

MODERN AMERICAN FARE

Long before I immersed myself in Italian, French, Mediterranean and Mexican cooking, I cooked at my mother’s side, learning to make what can only be called  classic American food: Roast Beef and Popovers, Brisket and Mashed Potatoes with Succotash, Chicken with Dumplings— this was the fare of my childhood. When it was clear that cooking was…

Cal-Med

A menu, based on seasonally available ingredients, developed in consultation with Guest Chef Leslie Alamsha Omran, beings with Mezze- a selection of small dishes served to accompany alcoholic drinks as a course in the Middle East and Mediterranean Scroll to bottom for sample menu MEZZE Eggplant Rolls G Chinese eggplant/Mozzarella di Bufala/ roasted sweet red pepper/ fresh basil G Napa…

Southern Specialites

This is a very partial listing of dishes I prepare from recipes shared with me by my bestie and Southern sister, Rutha Mae Barr. Eating her Chicken Supreme with Sour cream, Lima Beans and Dumplings is one of my fondest childhood memories. SNACKIN’ Watermelon Rind Pickles Grilled Shrimp Lettuce Cups SALAD Massaged Kale or Traditional Caesar*…

Appetizers

Planning a Cocktail Party, a happy hour before dinner is served or looking for an appetizer course a part of a formal seated dinner… Crudite Station Grilled Calamari Mexican Cheese & Meat Tray: Grilled Chile-Lime Nopalitos / Ate de Membrillo / Cecina Antipasto Charcuterie Cheesemonger’s Board  Mini-Tlacoyos: nopalito (green), blue corn and achiote (orange) masas…

Say “Bonjour” w/ Brunch a la Français

My Brunch: a Culinary Journey menus offer you a taste of Paris, Italy or Mexico. Or you can stay home for a Classic American Brunch. All Mother’s Day brunches come with complimentary tablescape which takes its design notes from the cuisine offered. From our Bartender, “For a French brunch, I love doing a Pamplemousse Vesper, with fresh…

Sample Menus

I custom design each menu working closely with the host/ess. I offer 4-5 course dinners as well as 7-8 course Chef’s Tasting menus. Below is a sampling from meals for recent clients: Seafood Chef’s Tasting Wine Country Chef’s Tasting French 5-course Italian Tasting Menu Asian Fusion  

Tapas & Paella

Imagine the guitarist playing flamenco and your guests, sipping Pantera Rosas and a pitcher of Sangria on each table….   SAMPLE MENU Tapas Assortment Grilled Green Onions with Romanesco Sweet Plantain on Wilted Radicchio Roasted Cauliflower with Dates and Nuts Grilled Shishito Peppers Grilled Calamari Salad or make a different selection from our Tapas Menu  SALAD Andalusian…

Modern Mexican Chef’s Tasting Dinner

 APPETIZERS Elote Pops: our version of a Mexican street food favorite, grilled, dusted with lime butter and cotija cheese, topped with mu signature Burnt Chipotle Mecca Salsa Salpicon de Mariscos Mixta: “salpicon” literally translates as a “jumble”, I use crabmeat and shrimp with fresh lime and chile, served on a housemade tostada Alas Locas- “crazy” chicken wings, select from…

French Bistro & Provençal Specialties

I began my love affair with French cooking as a 16-year old au pair, living with a family just outside of Paris. Our family has close ties with France; with one son living in Paris, I am a frequent visitor and always updating my repertoire of French recipes! (scroll down to see additional menu selections following…

Peruvian Menu

From our bartender: I love when a host selects a Peruvian menu. It allows me to show off my Pisco Sours!   Menu selections gracias a Daniela Meza-Gray and her mother, Jennifer Bazan, who have generously cooked side-by-side with me and shared many of their family recipes! PERUVIAN TASTING STATIONS ANTICHUCHOS Peruvian-style skewers De Pollo/ Chicken/…

A Cuban Taste Adventure

Why just dine when you and your guests can take a virtual voyage to somewhere exotic? Let our Mixoligist pair a Cuban Bar Menu, and then add a tablescape that matches your menu. SIGNATURE COCKTAILS CHOPIN CUBAN COCKTAIL Vodka / Champagne/ Sprig of Mint MOJITO VOLSTEAD Fresh strawberries muddled / simple syrup/ vodka/ elderflower liqueur CEVICHE TASTING Scallops /Habanero /kumquat / sweet…

Summer Floral Notes 6-course Dinner Menu

Nothing says “Mother’s Day” quite like flowers! In this unusual menu, I infuse something floral in every course to create an unforgettable meal. AMUSE BOUCHE Salmon Candy/ Edible Flowers APPETIZER Flores de Callebaza Rellenos Squash blossom flowers / Bellwether Farms ricotta SALAD Raw Artichoke Salad / Parmigiano Reggiano / Mint baby arugula / Napa Valley EVO ENTRÉE Quail in Rose Petal (the…