Client Reviews & Awards

Fred C. March 2, 2017, 5 STARS “This was a great evening. Everything went as planned, and the guests were all well pleased with the event. Food was terrific.” Matt K. February 5, 2017, , 5 STARS “Food was awesome!” Andre W. February 7, 2017, 5 STARS “Chef definitely went above and beyond in helping managing the…

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

*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 Fava Bean…

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…

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…

Salubrious Suppers

Just in time for the new year: Why just dine when you can eat your way towards good health and enjoy amazing food, all at the same time? ! I became intrigued with ingredients that do more than “no harm”, herbs, spices, vegetables, fruits and proteins that actually improve longevity, energy, digestive health and counter many of…

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,…