Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Holiday Menus, New Year's Eve

Elegant Holiday Cocktail or Dinner Party

5622325575_53de65b427_zWhen 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 of your party, see Cocktail Party tips here). If its a Holiday Dinner Party, 3-5 appetizers are best, while all your guests arrive and gather, followed by a sit-down dinner (see sample dinner menu below)

Foie Gras Poached Apple Salsa Verde
Foie Gras / Green Apple / Handmade Corn Masa Shell/ Salsa Verde

 

Scallop Spoons
Scallops / Burnt Chipotle-Agave Salsa

 

Ceviche Tasting:

Scallops /Habanero /kumquat / sweet potato / smoked sea salt

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Chef’s choice of white fish / Aji Amarillo /pineapple /vanilla/tomatillo

Arabesque: tuna / soy /citrus / Chile Verde / sesame seeds

Elegant Holiday Cocktail Party

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HOLIDAY DINNER PARTY SAMPLE MENU

AMUSE BOUCHE

Deviled Eggs / Caviar / House-cured Tequila Gravlax

caviar smoked salmon egg

OR

Pelotita / Cranberry-Chipotle Chutney

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Cranberry-stuffed Brazil nut-crusted Napa Valley Goat Cheese

APPETIZER

Salmon Three-ways: House-cured Tequila Cilantro Gravlax / Salmon Rillette/ Salmon Roe w/ Cowgirl Creamery Creme Fraiche

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Salmon 3-ways: Salmon Roe/ Tequila-cured Salmon/Salmon Rillettes

OR

Albondigitos: mini lamb meatballs / Sherry cream sauce / pea purée

Albondigos Peruvian

SOUP  

Haitian New Year’s Eve Soup: savory pumpkin soup / beef broth / scotch bonnet chile

SALAD  

Classic or Kale Caesar prepared tableside/ black-pepper-and-salt-cured egg yolk

Caesar Salt Cured York

ENTREE

SURF & TURF LARGE PLATES (or choose just one)

select a “surf” course from the following)

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BourbonRoasted Lobster / herbed butter / succotash

OR
Camarones con Naranja y Tequila y Chile Roja 

 shrimp/ garlic / orange peel /chiles del arbol / flambéed with tequila

TURF

Sous Vide Filet Mignon (4 oz. for Surf ‘n Turf Menu, 6 oz. for “turf” only)

served with

Truffled Potatoes

OR

Rack of Lamb / Roasted Root Vegetables

Pecan-crusted Wild Salmon

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INTERMEZZO

Spiced Cranberry Sorbet / Pistachio Dust

Fig Sorbet

DESSERT

Chocolate Flourless Torte

choc chipotle bundt

soaked with agave and rum

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Holiday Menus, New Year's Eve

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 course and our Mixologist can create a Bar Menu and/or pair a signature cocktail to specific dishes (additional charge applies). We are happy to accommodate special dietary requirements.

PRIMERO PASO: APPETIZERS  (served from 7 pm- 8:30 pm)

COLD
Cheesemonger’s & Salumeri Tray
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Ceviche Tasting‡

Ceviche Tasting Station

Scallops /Habanero /kumquat / sweet potato / smoked sea salt

Chef’s choice of white fish / Aji Amarillo /pineapple /vanilla/tomatillo

Arabesque: tuna / soy /citrus / chile Verde / sesame seeds

Cold passed appetizers (con’t)

Crab Salpicon (Jumble)/avocado aioli

crab tostada (not mine)
Photo by T.Tseng

oysters

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Caviar Deviled Eggs
Hot passed appetizers

Albondigitos: mini lamb meatballs / Sherry cream sauce/pea purée

Albondigos Peruvian

SOUP  (served at 8:30 pm)

Haitian New Year’s Eve Soup: savory pumpkin soup/beef broth/Scotch Bonnet chile

OR

Saffron Mussels and Smoked Scallop Chowder

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SMALL PLATES (Starting at 8:45)

Salmon Three Ways: Salmon rillettes/ House-cured tequila cilantro salmon/ Endive Wrap, creme fraiche, Golden caviar

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Salmon 3-ways: Salmon Roe/ Tequila-cured Salmon/Salmon Rillettes

OR

Grilled Calamari Citrus Chile

Calamari/anchovy butter and lemon

Steak Tartare/salt & pepper cured egg yolk/ beet carpaccio

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Classic or Kale Caesar prepared tableside

Caesar Salt Cured York

OR

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Holiday Salad

Tamal de Cazuela

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OR

Roasted Root Vegetable Tart

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SURF & TURF LARGE PLATES (served at 10 pm)

select a “surf” course from the following)

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BourbonRoasted Lobster ‡/ herbed butter/succotash

OR
Ahi Tuna 

Tuna (not mine)

TURF

Coffee-crusted Sous Vide Filet Mignon

OR

Surf ‘n Turf Plate

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DESSERT BAR (served at 11:00 pm)

Chocolate Chipotle Flourless Torte

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Poached Pear

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photo by neenahkay

Spiced Cranberry Sorbet / Pistachio Dust

Fig Sorbet

Grilled Mexican Corn Cake

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soaked with agave and rum

‡ indicates dishes with premium pricing
BBQ, Cinco de Mayo, Gluten-free, Holiday Menus, Latin Cuisine, Mexican Specialties

Margaritas & Mexican Mixed Grill

PARILLA MIXTA 

Starter: Guacamole

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Chunky, traditional, authentic

Ensalada
Grilled Caesar (did you know Caesar salad originated in Mexico?)

Next: Something Cool

Gazpacho
Berry Gazpacho / Grilled Chipotle Shrimp/Tabasco Granita

Carne Asada: Grilled steak marinated in my artisan 3-chile adobado and then grilled to order

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Pollo Adobado: Grilled Chicken marinated in our housemade adobado

Shrimp Skewers / Mojo de Ajo

Grilled Lobster Tails/ Mojo de Ajo

Grilled Chorizo (Housemade Mexican Sausage)

served with artisanal salsas

Salsa y Totopos
Salsa Verde /Pico de Gallo / Burnt Chipotle-Agave / Fresh Corn Salsa
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Volcanes: Grilled Baby Cactus Paddles with refried beans and Queso Oaxaca. Photo by Adriana Almazan Lahl from Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Frijoles Charros or Cowboy Beans
Rancho Gordo black beans, cooked with Negra Modelo Mexican beer, Chorizo (Mexican sausage), bacon, onions and spicy Serrano chiles

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Hand-made Tortillas

Charred Elote Bites
Elote (Grilled Corn Mexican-style) Pops/Chipotle-Agave Salsa/Cotija

Postre
Fresh Corn Masa & Cacao Sorbet

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Making a great margarita is part art, part science. It requires a Mix Master (we’ve got a great one!) and quality ingredients, from the lime juice to the tequila to the rim salt. What’s so different about Margaritas Tres Señoritas (our sister company which specializes in Mexican catering and fiestas)?

We use fresh squeezed lime juice and tiny, tangy Mexican or Key limes
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We squeeze our limes by hand using a Mexican lime-juicer, which releases the precious aromatic oils hidden in the skin of the fruit
We allow our fresh-squeezed lime juice to “mellow” overnight for a smoother, silkier margarita
We use organic agave syrup as a sweetener, not sugar and water
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We recommend a reposado tequila that has been aged in small barrels
We recommend Torres Orange over Gran Marnier: it’s lighter and easier to blend
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We rim our glasses with Sal de Vida’s Ancho Chile Lime Salt

Gluten-free, Holiday Menus, Latin Cuisine, Mexican Specialties, Mother's Day, Valetine's Day Dinner

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

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Salmon Candy/ Edible Flowers

APPETIZER
69 - Stuffed zucchini flowers
Flores de Callebaza Rellenos
Squash blossom flowers / Bellwether Farms ricotta

SALAD
Raw Artichoke Salad / Parmigiano Reggiano / Mint

baby arugula / Napa Valley EVO

ENTRÉE

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photo by Ann Larie Valentine

Quail in Rose Petal
(the very same dish that was made famous in the bestseller Like Water for Chocolate)

served with
HANDMADE TORTILLAS WITH PRESSED EDIBLE FLOWERS

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DESSERT
GELATINA ARTISTICA
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Rosa Rodgriguez prepares an all-natural gelatin dessert which is completely edible, artwork on a plate in a French tradition that migrated to Mexico

Holiday Menus, Jewish Cooking

Jewish Holiday Dinner

Sample Menu

*Please note that this is NOT a kosher meal but is designed to observe basic dietary restrictions. Special Passover dishes are noted below in bold. For Passover,  ceremonial dishes can be added (lamb shank, bitter herb, karpas, roasted egg, etc).
AMUSE BOUCHE
Special for Passover: PISTACHIO APPLE/JICAMA HAROSETH
or
HEARTS OF PALM
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filled with Fava Bean Puréee
APPETIZER
CHOPPED LIVER OR CHICKEN LIVE PATE
or
Special for Passover: HOUSEMADE GEFILTE FISH / HORSERADISH
SOUP
Special for Passover: MY BUBELE’S MATZOH BALL SOUP
or
COCHIN FISH SOUP
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The Cochini Jews originally settled on the Malabar Coast of Southwestern India, Made with ginger, coconut milk, tomatoes, curry and cumin, the flavor profile of this broth of locally-sourced white fish (chef’s choice) speak to its Eastern origins.
served with
CHALLAH KNOTS (these are NOT served for Passover)
ENTRÉE OPTIONS
CHILE BRAISED SHORT RIBS
MISO-GLAZED SEABASS
PECAN-CRUSTED SALMON
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Sephardic Braised Beef Brisket with Tzimmes
OR
Baby Lamb Chops with Roasted Artichoke Hearts

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SPINACH PIE WITH PINENUTS AND RAISINS (served for Passover with a matzoh meal crust)
OR
KASHA VARNISHKAS
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BALSAMIC ROASTED FENNEL
DESSERT

FLOURLESS ALMOND-KUMQUAT CAKE & PISTACHIO-LEMON MACAROONS

OR

Chocolate Flourless Torte

choc chipotle bundt

Day of the Dead, Gluten-free, Holiday Menus, Latin Cuisine, Mexican Specialties

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS MENU Oct. 30-Nov.

APPETIZER

Tortitas de Cempazuchitl en Caldito

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(Marigold Patties in Tomato Broth)

Marigolds are the flowers traditionally strewn along the say to guide the returning spirits of the departed and are used in recipes special to this season

ENTREE

Pumpkin Mole

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served with your choice of chicken or turkey

Mexican “Red” Rice

Frijoles de Olla

(Rancho Gordo beans, stewed for 24 hours in a clay pot, which adds a subtle but perceptible flavor)

Tortillas a Mano

(Handmade corn tortillas)

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DESSERT

Calebaza en Tacha

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Photo by Adriana Almazan Lahl from Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

(Candied pumpkin)

Pan de Muertos

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Photo by Adriana Almazan Lahl from Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes by Andrea Lawson Gray and Adriana Almazan Lahl, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

(Bread of the Dead, omitted from Gluten-free menu)