Margaritas & Mexican Mixed Grill

PARILLA MIXTA  Starter: Guacamole Ensalada Grilled Caesar (did you know Caesar salad originated in Mexico?) Next: Something Cool Carne Asada: Grilled steak marinated in my artisan 3-chile adobado and then grilled to order Pollo Adobado: Grilled Chicken marinated in our housemade adobado Shrimp Skewers / Mojo de Ajo Grilled Lobster Tails/ Mojo de Ajo Grilled Chorizo (Housemade…

Peruvian Menu

From our bartender: I love when a host selects a Peruvian menu. It allows me to show off my Pisco Sours!   Menu selections gracias a Daniela Meza-Gray and her mother, Jennifer Bazan, who have generously cooked side-by-side with me and shared many of their family recipes! PERUVIAN TASTING STATIONS ANTICHUCHOS Peruvian-style skewers De Pollo/ Chicken/…

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…

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 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 Rose Petal (the…

Argentinian Grill

Celebrate summer like they do in Buenas Aires, with a spread of meats hot off the grill! In the true spirit of Argentina, don’t offer just one, but rather an array from which your guests can choose, always with the requisite Chimichurri Sauce and Salsa Criolla,  accompanied by several heaping platters of creative salads! Don’t…

SOUPS

Soups (and sauces) are the true measure of the mettle of a chef because they allow one to develop flavors like no other dishes can; balancing herbs and spices, proteins and vegetables, even fruit, to achieve a finished product that lets the ingredients shine. COLD SOUPS Fire & Ice: Chilled Avocado Soup / Chipotle Seared Shrimp…

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….

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 filled with…

Italian Vegetarian Menu

ANTIPASTO PLATTER Grilled Baby Asparagus, Parmigiano Reggiano Roasted Sweet Red Peppers Tapenade Roasted Balsamic Fennel Cheese Assortment Breadsticks and Crostini SALAD (served with basket of warm Italian bread and butter) Classic Caesar OR Panzanella (Bread Salad) SOUP Minestrone Chef’s choice of market fresh vegetables/ Bodega Bay potatoes/ Rancho Gordo beans, OR 4-Bean Pasta e Fagioli ENTREE…

MODERN AMERICAN FARE

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…

Bongiorno: Italian Brunch

My Brunch: a Culinary Journey menus offer you a taste of Paris, Italy or Mexico. Or you can stay home for a Classic American Brunch. From our Bartender, ” My favorite Italian brunch cocktail has to be The Bicicletta, as much for the name as the way it goes down… this drink made of Campari/ white wine…

Tapas (partial listing)

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…