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….

Say “Boujour” w/ Brunch a la Français

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, “For a French brunch, I love doing a Pamplemousse Vesper, with fresh ruby red grapefruit juice, a French aperitif wine, such as Lillet Jean Reserve or Lillet Blanc and…

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, cooked with Parmesan rind ENTREE Eggplant…

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…

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,…

Argentinian Grill

AMUSE BOUCHE COCONUT-MANGO CEVICHE SHOT* G Made with Chef’s choice of locally-sourced white fish marinated in fresh lime juice and coconut milk, with a hint of jalapeño APPETIZER SWEET POTATO AND GOAT CHEESE EMPANADAS Hand pies, filled with puree of sweet potatoes and Napa Valley goat cheese with just a hint of chile, scallions and pecans…

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….

Our Margarita Master & Bar Selections

“I love to pair signature drinks with cuisine: Sangria with Tapas, Bellinis with an Italian Brunch and of course, Margaritas with Mexican fare. This is a partial listing, meant to give you a “taste” for our approach and creativity. We even did an event last year where the bar selections matched the hostess’ color scheme!”…