Category Archives: Day to Day

South Riding – Ladies night out (at home) Party of 7 with a Personal Chef

Tropical salad

Tropical salad – Light and Flavorful – No Dressing

A wonderful time last night in South Riding, Virginia – where the ladies took some time to celebrate a very special birthday. (I think it was her 20th!)

The setting was very nice and everyone came together to celebrate the day, have a few drinks and eat some good food.

Once again – the guests made everything great for me. I hope I was successful in returning the same good time.

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Sunday Brunch Catering in Reston VA

What goes into putting together a good Sunday Brunch for 15 women? Whatever your client requests. The biggest parts are preparation, timing and execution. Even though it is a lot of food, it can still be a light, fun day of cooking as long as you are prepared.

We shopped for groceries on Saturday. Our client also went shopping and bought additional appetizers and desserts. She’s always helpful in organizing the serving dishes and getting the kitchen ready for us before we arrive and for that we would like to say thank you.

We had 4 hours to pull this off and ended up creating 15 of our most popular dishes. The guests were arriving at 12 Noon and we were out the front door at 11:40.

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When you love your work too much…

Brie Stuffed Puff Pastry Pillows

Brie Stuffed Puff Pastry Pillows

Cooking for me is about a connectivity with the soul, usually mine.  I often times will see a dish and cook it a hundred times in my head, work out all the ingredients, oven temperature and process – all before I’ve ever bought a single ingredient.

I don’t really have any interest in cooking what I don’t want to cook. Life to me is too short to spend my time challenging myself with unknown quantities and cuisines, trying to impress a stranger with a flavor from a food I know nothing about. I only want to cook what I know intimately. The things I trust and understand and can prepare with my mental eyes closed. Cooking is about a harmony for me; a harmony which can be disrupted when I toil with dishes unfamiliar to me. Experimentation is for my kitchen, not your dinner table.

Taking a catering job just to take the job is a mistake. If the guest is requesting a cuisine that you don’t rehearse – then it is time to bow out and and refuse the work – or it will be much like watching someone read Shakespeare aloud for the first time. Confusing and without flow – or familiarity. These are events that sit like hot coal in my belly when I dream about them taking place in a guests home while cooking for them. They are the epitome of my nightmare scenario in the kitchen.

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Catering and Party Menu Ideas

I like to put these dishes here as bookmarks – placeholders of sorts to help me remember them and to give you an idea of what I like to cook. Due to seasonal changes some of them need to be “run through the mill” so to speak – tested, refined and adjusted for what’s in […]

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New Menu Updates are here!!!

The new catering menu has been posted here on the site. We’re currently expanding our new salad, sandwich, veggie, seafood and Creole categories – so they look a little light at the moment. We’ve also added Oyster shucking and raw bar catering to the menu. We’ve wanted to add it for a while! Be sure […]

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Birthday Dinner, Party of 2, Lansdowne, Virginia

This was a simple, elegant, relaxed birthday treat.

The guests had a warm comforting home, the Steelers were on TV, the dog was curled up in a ball on the floor, feet were propped up and glasses of wine were in hand. This is how the first couple of courses were served. Then it was off to the dinner table for the remainder of the meal and the rest of the wine – then some coffee… as the dog got a pat or two on the head.

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Sunday Brunch, Party of 12, Reston, Virginia

Our parties with these guests are always elaborate and fun. The food is fresh and has a broad range, the wine flows (on this day it was more champagne) and the opportunity to really enjoy some of the finer things in life is always a necessity.

This was one of those rare occasions where the doors could be swung open and alfresco dining in late fall was a possibility. Our guests stole the advantage and set up shop all around the house, which comes equipped with little nooks and hideaways in which to dine.

 

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