Not Your Abuelita’s Endless Taco Party

Abuelita means “grandmother” in Spanish, and in Mexico is a term of respect for the oldest generation of women, keepers of tradition. Well, this is definitely NOT your traditional Taco Party!  Everything, or almost everything, tastes better on a piping-hot, fluffy light handmade corn tortilla- and not just everything Mexican! So in the true California culinary spirit, I thought it would be fun to put together a menu celebrating the fusion of this handheld culinary wonder and the best of several of the cuisines I enjoy.
IMG_7178 IMG_7195To make the festivities even more, well… festive… our tortillera will make masa into tortillas right in front of your eyes! (And, if you and your guests want a lesson in the almost-lost-art of tortillas-making, ask about incorporating a class with your party).
TACO FILLINGS
(SELECT 6… WE’LL SERVE YOUR GUESTS UNTIL THEY CAN’T EAT ANOTHER BITE!)
Black & Blue
Fliet Mignon, cooked to perfection,
with carmelized onions, topped with blue cheese crumble
Steak & Potatoes
a bed of mashed potatoes with
Steak Florentine and a Balsamic-Rosemary Steak Sauce
Cubano
Slow-cooked chicken with olives, capers and roasted
red peppers, Cuban-style Black beans
Ribs ‘n Slaw
Barbecued Beef Brisket with Texas Mopping Sauce
on a bed of Kickin’ Cole Slaw
The Southern
Spicy BBQ’d Pulled Pork, Habanero Slaw, Roasted Corn Salsa
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Carribbean Jerk , Habanero Slaw, Mango Salsa
Ratatouille
Let your tortilla soak in the thick savory sauce
of this classic French vegetable medley of zucchini, squash
tomatoes, eggplant and onions
Cassoulet
Refried white beans, bacon and shredded duck
Tuna Provençal
Fresh albacore tuna, grilled medium rare,
Niçoise olives, capers, hardboiled eggs, roasted artichoke hearts
on a blue corn tortilla (just below)
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Shrimp Scampi
Classically-prepared in a garlic butter sauce, and tossed into a taco
Chicken Marsala
Mushrooms, chicken breast,
classic Marsala Sauce
Al la Cubana
Halibut on Sweet Plantain Mash,
 Coconut Lime Salsa
Carribbean Jerk 
Habanero Slaw
Mango Salsa
Mediterranean Ladolemono 
Lamb in a traditional lemon-olive oil preparation
with Cranberry Harrisa Chutney
La Mexicana
select from Carne Asada, Pollo Adobado or Carnitas
served with Pico de Gallo
Margarita.jpgFrom our Margarita Master, “What could work better with a riff on tacos than a riff on the Margarita?! I like to use smokey Mezcal mixed with the sweet smokiness of grilled pineapple blended with fresh lime juice, agave, shaken and served in an ancho chile salt-rimmed glass.”

This menu is also suitable as a TASTING STATION. Tasting Stations are a fun way to do dinner or a cocktail party. They don’t require traditional tabletop service (flatware, dinner plates, etc.), are great for traffic flow and especially work well if your guests are not arriving all at once or you don’t have enough space for seating for a more traditional dinner service. Click here for more Tasting Station ideas!

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