Thursday, July 5, 2007

Italian Wedding in Chinatown Restaurant

this one never came to fruitation as they decided to go completely Chinese but this couple wanted to blend their traditions. The groom was from Hong Kong and the wedding reception was being held in his uncles huge NYC Chinatown Dim Sum Restaurant. The bride was Italian and wanted us to come up with an all Italian prelude to the traditional chinese banquet. Here are some of the choices we presented to them.


Upmarket Value Menu:
Serving the following eight signature butlered Hors D’oeuvres
** Mushroom Truffle Risotto
Luxurious Flavors in a Crisp Phyllo Flower

** Bellisimo Bytes
Piquant Potato Triangles with Diablo Sauce

** Italian Crab Critters
Crispy Italian Crab & Parmesan Critters Served with Marinara Sauce

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

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

** Grilled Chicken Caesar Pinwheels
Crispy Romaine with Housemade Caesar Dressing & Grilled Chicken Breast

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

Time-honored Menu and Five Star Menu
Add to the selection below with your choice from the subsequent pages…

Time-honored Menu and Five Star Menu

Time-honored Menu: includes all hors d’oeuvres on the upmarket value menu plus:
add 2 premium and 3 traditional for a total of 12passed hor d’oeuvres

Five Star Menu: includes all hors d’oeuvres on the
upmarket value menu plus:
add 5 premium and 4 traditional from the additional choices list to the upmarket value menu for a total of 16 items

Premium Selection
** Smoked Salmon Biscuits
Delicate Smoked Salmon with Scallion Mousse Pate in a Byte Sized Parmesan Biscuit

** Bottocelli’s Biscuits
Filet Mignon, Red Pepper Pesto and Arugula In a Mini Parmesan Buttermilk Biscuit

** Savory Maple Salmon
Maple Glazed Byte Sized Pieces of Freshly Grilled Salmon Filet

** Votive Shrimp Cocktail
Passed Succulent Marinated Shrimp with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic and Lemon

** Zambucca Shrimp Shots
Passed Shot Glasses with Zambucca, Shrimp & Fennel

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

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

** Pears with Proscuitto
Tender Grilled Pear, Wrapped In Thinly Sliced Imported Prosciutto

** Polenta Wild Mushroom Ragout
Sautee of Wild and Domestic Mushrooms in a Marsala Sauce served on Polenta Crostinis

Creative CuisinEtc…More Than Just Great Food

Traditional Selection
** Fried Ravioli
Creamy Cheese and Spinach Ravioli Deep Fried and Served with Eggplant Capanata

** Zucchini Misto
Crispy Delicately Seasoned Bread Crumbed Zucchini Fritters

** Calabrese Spinach Purses
A Sicilian Favorite of Spinach, Raisons, Golden Onions, Olives and Spices in Buttery Phyllo Pastry

** Eggplant Rollatini
Mini Bytes of Eggplant & Ricotta on a Garlic Parmesan Crostini

** Arancini Lollipops
Skewered Risotto and Mozzarella Balls drizzled with Pesto

**Gorgonzola Pockets
Gorgonzola Blue Cheese and Sundried Cranberry with Spiced Pecans in Crispy Pastry

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

** Polenta Chicken Bytes
Creamy Pesto Chicken atop a Polenta Byte

** Capri Chicken Crostini
Roulade of Chicken Breast, Fresh Spinach, Sundried Tomato and Mozzarella

** Calamari Fritto
Classic Breaded Calamari Deep Fried, Served With A Roasted Garlic & Red Pepper Sauce

** Chicken Parma Crostini (served hot)
Breaded Chicken Tenders Atop a Garlic Crostini with Tomato and Mozzarella

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

Creative CuisinEtc…More Than Just Great Food

Italian Food Stations

Tuscan Antipasto Station
Included in the Upmarket Value Menu

Assorted Domestic and Imported Cheeses and Crackers
Such as Bocchochini Mozzarella & Cherry Tomatoes,
Rondele Pesto and Cheese Torta, Provolone & Gorgonzola

Spilling Crudité of Freshly Cut Veggies,

Assorted Olives and Marinated Market Vegetables

Cucumber Crowns topped with Capri Eggplant Caponata

Classic Tomato Bruschetta, surrounded by
Parmesan Crostini, Sesame Bread Sticks

Traditional menu: all of the above plus add

Roasted & Grilled Vegetables Drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic
Parmesan Crisps , Housemade Flatbreads, European Crackers and more…

Premium menu: all of the upmarket value menu plus add the following

Italian Marinated Seafood Salad
Display of Imported and Cured Meats
Parmesan Crisps , Housemade Flatbreads, European Crackers and more…

Chef Action Pasta Station :

upmarket value Menu: Choose one Pasta

Traditional menu: Choose two Pastas plus Caesar

Premium menu: Choose two Pastas, Caesar

& Carving Station

~Pasta- Bow Tie and Shrimp in a Vodka Cream Sauce
~Fusilli with Basil Pinenut Pesto
~Tortellini with a Roasted Tomato Marinara Sauce,
Assortment of Bread Sticks, Garlic Toast and Artisan Breads

and Caesar Salad
Crisp Romaine Lettuce Tossed with Traditional Dressing,
Housemade Herb Parmesan Croutons
Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese and Anchovies (optional)

and Carved Roasted Pork Loin and Turkey
(other options such as filet mignon or roast lamb available for a surcharge)
with Tuscan Olive and Rosemary Dinner Rolls

Event: Tania and Vincent’s Wedding Reception
Date: Saturday Evening, October 16

Location : Grand Harmony Restaurant

As your guests enter the Grand Harmony and are greeted by you and your family, they will be able to help themselves to a bountiful assortment of delicacies at the Tuscan Antipasto Station. They will encounter a colorful array of Bocchochini, Crostini, Marinated and Fresh Vegetables, Italian Cheeses, Brushetta, Caponata and many other tasty dishes. In addition, our waitstaff will be continuously circulating with elegant trays of passed hors d’ouerves and lots of delicious hot and room temperature hors d’oeuvres through out the pre dinner period. Your station choices include a selection of pastas with an attending Chef, made to order Caesar Salad and perhaps a carving area serving roast loin of pork and turkey as well. Other possibilities include filet mignon and chilled shrimp. As the Chef Action Station opens, the rich homey Italian aromas of roasted garlic, tomato, pasta and Caesar salad will waft in the air, enticing your guests to partake in this delicious and traditional delight. This Italian themed segment of your wedding banquet will last for approximately two hours, seguing into the traditional Chinese sitdown dinner. These menus all offer a befitting celebration of your marriage and symbolize the traditional foods that represent Tania and her family.

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