Appetizers, Food Stations, Tasting Stations

Tasting Stations: Wraps & Rolls

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!

Eggplant Rolls

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Carpaccio of Chinese eggplant, fresh mozzarella, house-roasted sweet red pepper, fresh basil

Prosciutto-wrapped Cantaloupe

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Endive Wraps

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Salmon caviar, smoked salmon, chives, dill,

Cowgirl Creamery creme fraiche

OR

 Point Reyes Farms Blue Cheese,

 Bosc Pears, Jicama,

chipotle-brown sugar roasted pecans,

pomegranate

Avocado Wraps

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Herbed Napa Valley goat cheese, Proscuitto

Asparagus Spears

Napa Valley goat cheese, berico Ham carpaccio

Bacon-wrapped Scallops or Shrimp

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Phyllo Wrap

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Lettuce Wraps

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Chicken morsels, Pinenuts, Bourbon Sauce

Fig Salsa

OR

Grilled Chipotle Shrimp

Chipotle Aioli

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Food Stations, Small Plates, Spanish, Tapas, Tasting Stations

Tapas (partial listing)

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Have a TAPAS PARTY or add a Romantic Spanish Dinner (Paella anyone?) to complete your menu!

Recommended by our bartender:

“Of course, Sangria (red or white) is a perfect accompaniment to Tapas. I also recommend Agua de Valencia (Cava, fresh-squeezed orange juice and Cointreau) or Pantera Rosa  (Vodka, Chambord, fresh-squeezed lime juice, Cava)”

Escalvida

From Spain’s Catalan region:

photo by Núria Farregut

Roasted eggplant, tomatoes, sweet red peppers, Spanish white onion, anchovy

served with crusty bread slices

Albdongitos

Albondigos Peruvian

Lamb meatballs/ Sherry cream sauce / pea purée

Yucca al Mojo de Ajo

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Papas Bravas

A Spanish favorite- roasted Bodega Bay potato bites

with a spicy tomato red pepper sauce, garlic aioli

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padron peppers (not mine)

Blistered Padron Peppers

Sardines a la Plancha

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with Toasted Cashew, Tangerine Gremolata, Rainbow Chard & Polenta

(Mario Batali’s recipe)

Roasted Red Peppers with Pinenuts

Melon Slices with Carpaccio of Iberico Ham

Albondigos en Salsa de Almendra

Shrimp / Proscuitto / Rosemary Skewers

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Ate de Membrillo con Queso

Two Manchego cheeses: Spanish (sheep or goat’s milk) and Mexican (cow’s milk) provide an interesting tasting, in a traditional plate combination with Quince Paste 

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Crab Cakes in Salsa Verde

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Salpicon de Bacaloa

Salpicon are cold salads, favored in Mexico. This dishes fuses that technique with classic Spanish ingredients, salt cod, green olives, capers and roasted red peppers, with a Dijon EVO dressing.

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!

California Cuisine, Food Stations, Gluten-free, Small Plates, Tasting Stations

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!

Appetizers, Food Stations, Tasting Stations

TASTING STATIONS: DIPS/CHIPS, CROSTINI/TOPPINGS

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!

Deconstructed Bruschetta

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Garlicky crostini, big bowl of chopped organic local tomatoes,

fresh basil, garlic and balsamic

Guacamole con Totopos 

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House-made corn tortilla chips

choose Basic, Apple-Tequila or Pineapple Cucumber,

OR

all 3 for a Guacamole Tasting Station

Frijoles Refritos con Queso Fresco

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well-fried black beans, served cold, topped with crumbled Mexican “fresh” cheese,

mini handmade corn tortillas

Basil White Bean Hummus & Pita

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Carne Tartare Apache de Chiapas
Filet Mignon marinated in lime and guajillo chile

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Salpicon de Bacaloa

Salpicon are cold salads, favored in Mexico. This dishes fuses that technique with classic Spanish ingredients, salt cod, green olives, capers and roasted red peppers, with a Dijon EVO dressing, served with tostadas

De-constructed Deviled Eggs/Toast Points

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Choose between Chorizo w/ Pickled Jalapeños

Deviled Eggs w/ Smoked Trout

Spicy Southern Deviled Eggs

Tapenades/Crostini

Poblano, Black Olive and Fig

Eggplant, Dates, Walnuts

Black Olives, Capers, Anchovies, Rum

 

Appetizers, Food Stations, Tasting Stations

Tasting Stations: Skewers & Kabobs

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!

Bruschetta Skewers G  

Baby Mozzarella, Napa Valley Olive Oil, Basil and Balsamic Reduction

Photo by rkennethbuck

Chicken on Sugar Cane Skewers, G

Plantain-peanut Sauce

Photo by Blue Tofu
Photo by Blue Tofu

Shrimp / Proscuitto / Rosemary Skewers

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Mint-cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Photo by kae71463
Photo by kae71463

Beef or Chicken Satay G

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Photo by Yvonne.Es R

Tequila- flambéed Shrimp Skewers, G

orange-chile sauce

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Photo by martine-michelle Dinner Group 2008

Tuscan Chicken & Sausage Skewers G

 gluten-free ‡ vegetarian