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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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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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Bridal Shower, Party of 20, Reston, Virginia

Chef MIchael on the move

If you were out on the town last Saturday night, you might have found yourself asking, “Where are all the beautiful people?” The reason you couldn’t find them is that we were cooking for all of them in Reston Virginia. There is no doubt there was a shortage of them on the streets because they were all in this house. And my wife, being one of them, volunteered to come help me on this mission and was right there beside me to enjoy it all.

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