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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

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Wine Country Chef’s Tasting

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French 5-course

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Italian Tasting Menu

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Asian Fusion

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featured, Modern American Cuisine, Southern Specialties


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 my calling, I began first to expand upon what I knew, and perfect some of my mother’s favorites. Here are updated versions of the dishes I was raised on! I can create special appetizers, soups, salads, entrées or desserts, or an entire menu along one of these lines. I love designing new menus and am happy to develop a meal around your tastes, just let me know what intrigues you!


(for sample menus, scroll to bottom)


Watermelon Rind Pickles
Grilled Shrimp Lettuce Cups

Steak Tartare/ Black Pepper & Salt-cured Egg York / Pickled Beet / Fried Caperberry / Brown Rice Crackers

Steak Tartare


Grilled Nectarine / Buratta / Basil / Balsamic Reduction

Grilled Peach

Massaged Kale or Traditional Caesar



Sous Vide Beef Tenderloin with a Peach-Red Wine Reduction

(finished with torch, below)

Searing Beef Tenderloin

Surf ‘n Turf


Chicken in Rose and Hibiscus Sauce

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Sous Vide Beef Brisket with Texas Mopping Sauce

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Barbecued Pork Loin with Bourbon Sauce


Savory Bread Pudding: Leek or Spinach/Artichoke or Mushroom/Parmesan

(also available gluten-free Cheddar/Thyme Cornbread Pudding)

photo by K. R. B.


Kickin’ Cole Slaw: Fresh corn (seasonal) / Habanero sauce

Foot Stompin’ Baked Beans: Rancho Gordo black beans stewed for 24 hours in a clay pot / bacon lardons / Chorizo / Blackstrap Molasses / piloncillo  
Herbed Butter Grilled Corn

grilled corn


Lavender Bread Pudding / Currants and Bananas Brullée /Amaretto Mascarpone

Chef Gray's Bread Puddingserved warm

see our full Dessert Menu here


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Framed Menu American