Thursday, July 5, 2007

Continuous Hors D'Oeuvres Wedding Reception for Karen and Zachary

This was the first wedding we ever did where we served only hors d'ouevres for 3.5 hours. The ceremony and recepetion took place in the NYC Loft home of the bride and groom. Their next door neighbor graciously lent them the use of his loft space as well but things were still tight. Our "kitchen/prep space, was a room of of the loft with saw horses thrown up to make tables and shelves to put the 22 different platters on - we had great fun designing and executing this event and have used it as a template for many events since then.

Feeding people hors d'oeuvres instead of a dinner buffet is as much is not more work and certainly alot of food - you are just eating it one or two bites at a time. The format allows for standing and mingling and works well in tight spaces where there just is not room for tables and chairs.

The following stationary and passed temptations

Ethnic Breads and Spreads Station
-Rondele Cheese Torta and Imported Cheese Display which could include Cheeses like Triple Crème Brie, Cabrales Blue, English Farmhouse Cheddar (Best of Market)
Served with Housemade Flatbreads, Melba Toasties and European Crackers
-Flowering Crudité Display with Dips
- Roasted Pepper Hummus and Baba Ganoush
- Tropical Salsa Surrounded by Blue and Gold Tortilla Chips
- Citrus Scented Greek Dolmatis Garnished with Feta and Red Peppers, Olives

… BUTLER PASSED TEMPTATIONS – a selection of 22

Serving the following eight signature butlered hors d’ouerves

PLUS your choice from the selections on the subsequent pages…

** Rangoon Crab Critters - Crispy Asian Crab & Ginger Critters
Served with Sweet Chili Jam Sauce (served hot)

**Absolut Shrimp Shooters – Island and Coconut Spiced Shrimp Shooters
Served in a Absolut Citrus Infused Shot Glass

** Dumplings Dot Com – Steamed Chicken and Veggie Dumplings
Passed on Asian Spoons with Wasabi- Soy Sauce (served hot)

** Capri Chicken Roulade
Roulade of Chicken Breast, Fresh Spinach, Sundried Tomato
and Mozzarella Cheese atop Brioche Toasties

** Golden Triangles (vegan) –Piquant Potato & Veggie Triangles
with Cilantro Coconut Dip (served hot)

** Martini Olives
Vermouth and Vodka Soaked Giant Olives Encircled in Flaky Puff Pastry

** Moroccan Pinwheels (vegan)
Cumin & Citrus Scented Carrots, White Bean Tapenade,
and Fresh Spinach Pinwheels

** Mushroom Truffle Risotto
Luxurious Flavors in a Crisp Phyllo Flower

Creative CuisinEtc…More Than Just Great Food

Premium Hors D’ouerves - Please Choose 4
** Mai Thai Biscuits
Grilled Teriyaki Salmon, Spinach &
in a Byte Sized Black Sesame Seeded Biscuit

**Smoked Salmon Napoleons
Coronets of Smoked Salmon and Marscapone Mousse in Crispy Lotus Cups

** California Roll Crab Balls
Skewered Crab Balls drizzled with Wasabi Cream and Avocado Sauce (served hot)

** Sassy Shrimp Tartlets
Mini Shrimp, Spinach and Feta Tartlets

** Cajun Critters
Cajun Spiced & Breaded Catfish Bytes
with Louisiana Remoulade Dipping Sauce (served hot)

** Big City Country Biscuits
Filet Mignon, Red Pepper Pesto and Arugula
In a Mini Parmesan Buttermilk Biscuit

** Jewels of Siam
Cucumber Crowns filled with Strips of Marinated Filet Mignon,
Slivers of Red Pepper, Cilantro, Mint & Scallions in a Soy Ginger Glaze

** Peking Duck Rolls
Pinwheels of Asian Roast Duck, Hoisin and Scallions

** Stuffed Mushrooms Casino
Traditional Clams Casino Stuffing in a Baked Savoury Mushroom Cap (served hot)

** Aegean Lamb Satay
Rosemary - Garlic Marinated and Grilled Lamb Skewers with Tzatsiki Yogurt Dip

** Parma Asparagus
Fresh Asparagus Spears Wrapped with Parma Ham

Vegetarian and Vegan Hors D’ouerves – Please Choose 6
** Stilton Bytes
Stilton and Sundried Cranberry with
Spiced Pecans in Crispy Pastry Handkerchiefs

** Ying Yang Crostini
Mission Figs Poached in Port and Orange side by side with Chevre Mousse
On a Brioche Crostini

** Very Veggie Bytes
Mini Black Sesame Biscuits Filled with Grilled Vegetables
and Hungarian Red Pepper Tapenade

** Buddha Babies (Vegan)
Asian Black Bean, Basil, Spinach and Sticky Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

** Bejeweled Frittata Terrine
Layered with White Bean Tapenade, Black Olives, Zucchini, Leeks, and Sweet Potato

** Italian Lollipops
Skewers of Marinated Mozzarella with Fresh Basil and Grape Tomatoes

** Wild Mushroom Ragout
on Grana Padana Cheese Crostinis

** Vegetarian Jewels of Siam (vegan)
Cucumber Crowns filled with Strips of Marinated Firm Tofu,
Slivers of Red Pepper, Cilantro, Mint & Scallions in a Soy Ginger Glaze

** Gado Gado Lotus Cups
Miniature Dice of Potato, Haricot Vert and Hard Boiled Egg,
Dolloped with Peanut Sauce in a Crispy Wonton Lotus Cup

** Michelangelo’s Trio of Crostini Pizzettes
- Fresh Marinated Mozzarella with a Slice of Cherry Tomato
- Goats Cheese With Grilled Veggie Capanata
- Double Cream Brie with Apple Chutney

Chicken and Meat Hors D’ouerves - choose 4
** Thai Lotus Cups
Thai Satay Peanut Chicken and Scallions in a Crispy Lotus Cup

** Chop Chop Chicken Rolls
Pinwheels of Grilled Chicken, Hoisin and Scallions

** Chicken Spring Rolls
Vietnamese Chicken, Rice Noodle and Asian Marinated Carrot Spring Rolls

** Coconut Chicken Fingers
Panko and Coconut Breaded Chicken Fingers served with Apricot Mustard

** Chicken Parma Crostini
Breaded Chicken Tenders Atop a Garlic Crostini with Tomato and Mozzarella

** Marsala Chicken Bytes
Sauteed Marsala Mushrooms and Chicken in a Crispy Lotus Cup

** Jerk Chicken Satay
Caribbean Spiced Chicken Skewers

** Egyptian Lamb Kibee
Mini Lamb Meatballs with Pinenuts, Cracked Wheat, Spices and Parsley
Drizzled with Yogurt Sauce

** Citrus Grove BBQ Meatballs
Mini Beef Meatballs with an Orange BBQ Glaze

** Mexican Wontons
Crispy Chorizo and Beef Stuffed Wontons with Guacamole Dip

** Windsor Castle Beef
Rare Roast Beef and Horseradish Cream in Mini Yorkshire Puddings

** Figs Devine on a Stick
Dried Figs Poached in Red Wine and Spices
Wrapped In Mascarpone, Mint and Prosciutto

Optional Extras
Optional Chef Station:Quesadillas & Banana Alexander Flambé

§ Quesadillas Station – cooked in front of your guests
o Eurotrash Quesadillas – Gruyere Cheese Sautéed Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions and Fresh Spinach.
o American Gigilio Quesadillas – Grilled Cheese, Crispy Bacon, Tomato and Scallions. The Best Grilled Cheese Ever!!!
o Knish as a Quesadilla – SMashed Potato and Caramelized Onions sautéed in Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a Whole Wheat Wrapper (served hot)

· Flambé Banana Alexander Sundae Station – dramatically cooked and flambéed on the terrace for your guests
o Sautéed and Flambéed Morgan’s Dark Rum, Sweet Baby Bananas, Creamery Butter & Demerara Sugar
o Served With Fresh Kaluha Infused Whipped Cream and Vanilla Ice Cream

Optional Beverage Stations:
Coffee and Tea
· Costa Rican Coffee – Regular and Decaf
· Aromatic Teas
· Milk, Half and Half, Sugar and Sweet-n-Low
Bar Setup and Soft Drinks
· Two bartenders
· ICE, Coolers, Bar Equipment
· Juices, Fruit and Mixers and for Bar
· Soft Drinks – Sodas and Waters
Hosts to supply all liquor

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