Chef Lawson Gray in the News- “A Chef’s Special Molé Sauce Will Help Dozens of Immigrants Apply for DACA Renewal”

FROM MOTHER JONES: Because without immigrants, there’d be no restaurants. MADDIE OATMAN SEP. 29, 2017 7:30 PM Traci Des Jardins, a Top Chef Masters finalist and owner of six San Francisco restaurants including the much-lauded Jardiniere, hopes her award-winning French-rooted cuisine inspires pleasure and satisfaction above all—but knows that it’s sometimes impossible to avoid the spice of politics. The…

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…

Elegant Holiday Cocktail or Dinner Party

When you want to go all out for the holidays, we recommend you greet your guests with a glass of champagne! Below is a menu of traditional party favorites that are sure to impress. For a Holiday Cocktail Party, we recommend up to ten passed and/or stationary appetizers (depending upon the size of your crowd and duration…

New Year’s Eve Tasting Chef’s Tasting

Below is a sample menu. All my menus are custom designed, working closely with the host/ess. Pricing is determined by # of guests and menu selections and starts at $120/person with a $2000 minimum. Except for the Appetizers, this menu is designed to be served plated (restaurant style). Our sommelier can recommend wine-pairing for each…

Menu of the Month: Californio Tasting Dinner

The following is a small sampling of the menu items I offer. For a more extensive selection, please see the Modern Mexican menu on Tres Señoritas Gourmet, our sister site  APPETIZERS Mexican Cheese and Cured Meats Board Elote Pops: (seasonal) our version of a Mexican street food favorite, grilled, dusted with lime butter and Cotija cheese, topped with…

Seafood Specialties

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Review & Awards

Carrie D. August 30, 2017  “Chef Andrea provided us with a wonderful celebration dinner at our rental Villa in Sonoma. She was super helpful in developing a menu that satisfied all our requirements. Her response time to all questions was quick and greatly appreciated! The food she prepared and served us exceeded our expectations!! Thank…

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…

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…