Mother’s Day 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…

Salubrious Suppers

Just in time for the new year: Why just dine when you can eat your way towards good health and enjoy amazing food, all at the same time? ! I became intrigued with ingredients that do more than “no harm”, herbs, spices, vegetables, fruits and proteins that actually improve longevity, energy, digestive health and counter many of…

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…

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…

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…

Gluten-free Appetizers (VERY partial listing)

Please look for the G  on many of the dishes throughout the site. This indicates a gluten-free item, or where a gluten-free option is available. Shrimp-filled Avocado Bacon-wrapped Scallops, Chiptole Aioli  Flambéed Tequila-Orange Shrimp Skewers Polenta Bites Chef’s choice of toppings Pelotitas of Brazil-nut Crusted Goat Cheese fresh fig filling, Pear-Tamarind-Ginger Chutney (note: shown here on crostini,…

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS MENU Oct. 30-Nov.

Celebrate this most magical of Mexican holidays with a traditional menu of seasonal specialties. Designed to be served plated or family-style for parties of 8-20 guests. Bonus: If you wish, I am happy to share the history of Dia de Los Muertos and the meaning of the symbolic altar items, based on my research for my…

For Cinco de Mayo: Margaritas by a Master & Mexican Mixed Grill!

PARILLA MIXTA MEXICAN GRILL MENU Botano Tequila/lime Grilled Shrimp Skewers Black Bean “Hummus” topped with Pico de Gallo and Fresh Mexican Cheese Ensalada Jicama/Mango Salad with Baby Spring Greens and Chiptole-Lime Vinaigrette Sopa Chilled Avocado Soup Plato Fuerte Carne Asada (Grilled Steak) Pollo Adobado (Grilled Chicken marinated in our housemade adobo) Chorizo (Housemade Mexican Sausage)…