Friday, August 17, 2007

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Menu Suggestions

Winter Bat Mitzvah Luncheon

On the bars
Sweet and Salty Caramelized Nuts
Housemade Honey Mustard Flatbreads

Butlered hors d’oeuvres
Duck liver pate with peppered pears

Edame and Smoked Tofu Wontons
topped with black sesame seeds served in porcelain spoons

Petite grilled goat cheese sandwiches
on walnut bread with fresh fig jam

Little meatloaf sandwiches with
tomato jam and pickled onions

Grilled eggplant and roasted
red onion chutney on pappadams

Sesame tuna tatar with wasabi mayonnaise & avocado in
potato gafrette cones

Red Good Luck Chinese To Go Boxes
with plum duck and soba noodle salad

Rum-cured salmon on nappa slaw
with pineapple-mint mojo served in martini glass

Grilled Cheese Bar
White cheddar and tomato on olive rosemary bread

Smoked mozzarella and wild mushroom pate
with sage on walnut bread

Pepato Provolone with roasted peppers “quesadillas”

Muenster, dill and mustard butter on pumpernickel


First Course
Butternut squash soup
scented with ginger and cinnamon
served in an a tall shot glass
with a miniature herbed corn muffin

Pan-seared striped bass dusted with wild Italian fennel
pollen topped with artichoke crisp
Braised fennel, carrots and artichokes
Sautéed greens and butternut squash

Butlered warm artisan rolls and sweet butter

Chocolate Orange Mousse
in pastry shell lined with with Grand Marnier cream and glazed strawberriesW

Butlered beverage
Regular and decaffeinated coffee

Aromatic teas and infusions

Plates of assorted rugelach and mini cookies

Eclectic Menu – delightful fusion food… passed temptations

…michaelangelos sirloin biscuits
grilled sirloin, scallions and roasted pepper tapenade

…baja tilapia tacos
seared tilapia with brushed with avocado and lime,
topped with baja napa coleslaw and pineapple salsa in a mini taco

…tuscan lamb kebabs
marinated with garlic & rosemary and glazed with rosemary Dijon

…jewels of siam
cucumber crowns filled with strips of grilled filet mignon with slivers of red peppers, cilantro, mint & scallions in a soy ginger glaze.

…auntie dai’s chicken dumplings
passed on asian spoons with wasabi- soy sauce

…Jerusalem grilled chicken satay with middle eastern spices & tehini dip

** cows in the comforter
kosher all beef hotdogs in pastry wrapper served in a catchers mitt in a field of wheatgrass

…portebello chicken
sauteed portebello mushrooms and chicken with port reduction
in a crispy pastry cup

…smoked salmon sushi

…fingerling potato chip with grilled salmon & honey mustard

…fresh tuna crostini with caper mayonnaise

… green & yellow zucchini shot glasses with summer ratatouille,
garnished with enoki mushrooms

…mini potato pancakes with roasted apple charoset

Kidz Food station
in their own area plus they will have full access to all other food:
choose two items
**citrus grove bbq meatballs
**chicken fingers with honey mustard and ketchup
**potato & tortilla chips with salsa
**pasta with tomato sauce
**sesame chow mein noodles

turkey dinner in a martini glass
batons of turkey in portebello herb gravy,
bejeweled cranberry chutney
zesty santa fe chipote sweet potato or traditional smashed potato

tuscan pasta, grains and grilled veggie station
choice of 3 pasta or grain dishes
tuscan white bean with bowtie pasta,
red pepper balsamic reduction, loads of chunky roasted garlic
white beans infused with rosemary
spinach calabrese with corkscrew pasta.
sauteed spinach, raisins, onions, garlic, olives
tomato basil marinara with mini meatballs
classic recipe from mama italian kitchen
Jazzy New Orleans jambalaya
spicy beef sausage, and chicken cooked Louisiana style
with rice and lots of veggies in a tomato based broth
penne marinara
penne with roasted tomato, garlic & basil classically delicious
zues’ greek island pasta of the gods
olives, grilled vegetables, tomato, capers & oregano
accompanied by
garlic crostinis, sesame breadsticks and pasta decor

dessert the final indulgence…
assorted miniature cookie and cakes and
flambéed tropical bananas over coconut rice pudding
served in antique punch glasses
decadent lava rivers of chocolate dipping ponds
with kosher milk and dark chocolate
and dipping goodies such as
marshmallows, fresh fruit, cookies, fingers of cake, pretzel sticks,

old fashioned punch cups for hot chocolate station
european hot chocolate station with mint sticks –
decaf coffee
and aromatic teas
non dairy creamer and sugar/sweet-in-low

Menu B – the premium menu
la stazione di antipasto con i pane rustici italiani: selections vary
~ tapenades and spreads: white bean & artichoke tapenade, wilted spinach with raisons, classic tomato and basil bruschetta
~ artfully arranged flowering crudité vegetable basket
~ olives marinated in lemon, fennel, garlic, red pepper flakes & olive oil
~ coronets of genoa salami stuffed with olives and marinated mushroom
~ capri eggplant caponata with endive spears and hothouse cucumber crowns
~ i pane rustici: various crostini and foccacia, including garlic,
olive & rosemary, housemade flatbreads, european crackers and sesame sticks

… 12 butler passed hot & room temperature temptations –

4 poultry
… capri chicken crostini
roulade of chicken breast, fresh spinach, sundried tomato

** coconut chicken fingers
panko and coconut breaded chicken fingers served with apricot mustard

** chop chop chicken rolls
pinwheels of grilled chicken, hoisin and scallions

** thai chicken satay cups
thai style chicken, peanut sauce and scallions in a crispy wonton cup

** tandoori chicken pompadom
tandoori chicken, granny smith apples, mango chutney & more atop a mini pompadom

** chicken spring rolls
vietnamese chicken, rice noodle and asian marinated carrot spring rolls

** chicken parma crostini
breaded chicken tenders atop a garlic crostini with sundried tomato

** marsala chicken bytes
sauteed marsala mushrooms and chicken in a crispy lotus cup

** chicken picata bytes
sauteed chicken with capers, lemon & tomato in a crispy lotus cup

** moorish chicken tapas
sauteed cinnamon scented chicken with olives & tomato on a asian spoon

** island chicken satay
caribbean spiced chicken skewers with chili jam glaze

** mojito chicken
rum , lime and mint glazed drunken chicken bytes with pineapple salsa
passed on edible pastry spoons

** auntie dai’s dumplings– steamed chicken and veggie dumplings
passed on asian spoons with wasabi- soy sauce

** peking duck rolls
…pinwheels of asian roast duck, hoisin and scallions
…panini with grilled chicken breast, olive mayonnaise and tomato
…pecan chicken with honey mustard sauce
…grilled chicken skewered with sun-dried tomatoes and caper mayonnaise
… asian duck salad in endive spears
… tea cured duck with red onion jam on crostini
… crispy duck and cashew dumpling with ginger dipping sauce
… grilled duck and wild mushroom quesadilla
… little barbecued pulled duck burritos with black beans and mango
… miniature chile-corn crepe with barbecued duck and sweet onion marmalade
… spiced duck “cigars” in flaky phyllo
… tea smoked duck on wonton crisp with gingered honey glaze

2 fish
… smoked salmon and vegetable sushi

… cajun spiced talapia bytes with louisiana remoulade

… swedish vodka cured gravalox with dill aioli

… cerviche cod & seabass shooters

… scotch smoked salmon on black bread with dill mustard sauce

… mint and tequilla cured salmon tortilla with guacamole

… smoked salmon “blt” made with cured veal belly
… brandy-cured gravlax on belgian endive with honey mustard
… crispy potato basket with grilled salmon salad and chives
… Jamaican marinated tuna brochette with chile lime sauce
… petite smoked fish cake on flatbread with dill-horseradish sauce
… tuna and olive croquettes with green sauce
… tuna tartare on daikon

3 meat
… big city beef, red pepper pesto and arugula
in a mini biscuit

… beef wellington bites
tender sirloin of beef and rich mushroom duxelle
enrobed in flaky puff pastry

… jewels of siam
cucumber crowns filled with strips of marinated sirloin of beef,
slivers of red pepper, cilantro, mint & scallions in a soy ginger glaze

… egyptian lamb kibee
mini lamb meatballs with pinenuts, cracked wheat, spices and parsley

… aegean lamb satay
herb marinated and grilled lamb skewers with aioli dip

… baby lamb chops – surcharge applies
rosemary infused baby lamb chops with pomegranite molaasse drizzle

… ows in the comforter
kosher all beef hotdogs in pastry wrapper served in a catchers mitt in a field of wheatgrass

… mini sliders
mini angus beef hamburgers topped with caramelized onions and a sliced gerkin

3 vegetarian
… martini olives
vermouth and vodka soaked giant olives encircled in flaky puff pastry

… moroccan pinwheels
cumin & citrus scented carrots, white bean tapenade,
and fresh spinach pinwheels

** vegetarian sushi rolls

** mushroom truffle risotto
luxurious truffle scented risotto in a crisp phyllo flower

** very veggie bytes
mini black sesame biscuits filled with grilled vegetables
and hungarian red pepper tapenade

** potato critters
mini potato latkes with a dollop of mango apple sauce

** bejeweled polenta terrine
layered with white bean tapenade, black olives, zucchini, leeks, and sweet potato

** buddha babies
asian black bean, basil, spinach and sticky rice stuffed mushrooms

** polenta wild mushroom ragout
on polenta crostinis

** vegetarian jewels of siam
cucumber crowns filled with strips of marinated firm tofu,
slivers of red pepper, cilantro, mint & scallions in a soy ginger glaze

** very veggie lotus cups
miniature dice of potato, haricot vert and hard boiled egg,
dolloped with southern vidalia onion dressing in a crispy wonton lotus cup

…savory pecan-pumpkin fritters with honey lime dip
…grilled polenta with sun-dried tomato salsa
…miniature pan-seared falafel with israeli salsa & tehini on toasted pita triangle
…angel hair pasta tossed with thai lime chili vinaigrette topped with black sesame seeds served in asian spoons

** Georgia potato critters
mini potato latkes with a dollop of peach apple sauce

optional fusion food stations

asian late night takeout station, from ny to london and back
- served in chafing dishes & trays- plated in red chinese take out containers
auntie dai's dumplings
stir fried veggies in garlic and black bean sauce
chinese fried rice
sassy samosas - crispy piquant samosas with vegetarian potato fillings
teriyaki or tandoori chicken drummers

circle the global - fusion cuisine
choose from the following mini buffet items:
bow-thai salmon
grilled teriyaki salmon with black & white bow-tie pasta
and haricot vert in a thai vinaigrette

med rim veggie display
marinated fresh mushrooms, grilled vegetables,
with seasonal red, orange and yellow cherry tomato display
served with italian breadsticks and homemade flatbreads

michaelangelo pasta
arugula and sautéed spinach with roasted tomatoes over matchsticks of
green and yellow squashes with raditore pasta

morrocan carrots
cumin and lemon scented julienned carrots with fresh cilantro

french potato salad (or southern country potato salad)
roasted new potatoes with tarragon vinaigrette and roasted peppers

roasted peppers, marinated artichokes with arugula & watercress salad
with grilled chicken or grilled salmon

assorted tapas with a seafood accent
fennel-cured salmon and shaved fennel salad with citrus vinaigrette
grilled eggplant salad with with & swordfish flavored with cumin
seared tuna with olives
grilled salmon in chile-tomato sauce

asian noodle table
fried ginger and peanut noodle salad with thai crab cake and cucumber relish
citrus noodles with seared lime-crusted tuna
cellophane noodles with sticky chili chicken
lo mein with roasted garlic, grilled eggplant and butternut squash
soft spring roll with duck, jicima, mango and radish sprouts

guacamole and salsa bar
fresh fried yellow corn and blue corn tortilla chips
dried mango and coconut salsa
traditional fresh tomato salsa
salsa verde
roasted corn and pepper salsa

chef mash potato cocktail bar
garlic mashed potatoes or sundried tomato mashed potatoes
served in a cocktail glass with your guests choices of the following toppings:
moroccan beef tangine
asian sesame chicken stirfry
brandy peppercorn and shitake mushroom ragout

salad martini bar
each guest fills their martini glass with a variety of salad toppings — baby corn, hearts of palm, mushrooms, sundried tomato, chickpeas and other toppings. when the attendee has selected all toppings, they hands his martini glass to a catering chef at the end of the bar. the catering chef then pours the contents of the glass into an oversized martini shaker along with mixed salad greens and the attendee’s choice of salad dressing — balsamic, raspberry vinaigrette, etc. it is then shaken vigorously, and the whole melange is poured back into the martini glass and hands it to your guest along with a fork.
bruschetta station
classic tomato bruschetta,
white bean and pesto,
wilted spinach, raisins and balsamic vinegar,
mushroom tapenade, crostini, sesame bread sticks

pasta station
pasta- penne, fusilli, orchiette, tortellini, gemelli or gnocci
sauces-, marinara, puntanesca,
extra virgin olive oil with roasted garlic & cherry tomatoes
broccoli rabe with roasted tomato

additions- mushroom, toasted pine nuts, spinach, sundried tomato
roasted onions,
balsamic grilled chicken and salmon
assortment of bread sticks, garlic toast and artisan breads

salad station
crisp romaine lettuce tossed to order with traditional dressing,
housemade herb parmesian croutons
fresh grated parmesian cheese and anchovies (optional)
marinated grilled vegetables
grilled salmon
grilled chicken

turkey supper in a martini glass
at this station, mashed potatoes and stuffing are placed in the bottom of the glass, then small slices of roasted turkey breast and gravy are added, all topped with a dollop of cranberry chutney. the result is a miniature, simple, home-style meal in a glass.

sexy surf and turf satay
good luck red chinese pint sized to-go box with
filet mignon satay and wasabi grilled swordfish
skewered over sesame asian vegetables and rice noodles
passed with choice of chopsticks or forks

quesidilla station…grilled in front of your guests
dramatically cooked in front of your guests – choose 2 from the following:
eurotrash quesidilla – fresh spinach & caramelized mushrooms
santa barbara – smoked turkey, fresh tomato & honey mustard
knish as a quesidilla –mashed potato with caramelized onions
gaucho quesadilla -chimicurri steak, grilled onions & peppers

grilled tuscan harvest station
this station is filled with a variety of breads and toppings. some of the selections are rosemary focaccia, petite pitas, olive bread, tuscan loaf and a variety of pizzettas. the topping range depends on the season and includes sliced tomatoes, olivada, white bean purée, red pepper hummus, grilled wild and domestic mushrooms, and grilled summer vegetables tossed in a garlic aioli or light balsamic vinegar. the breads are beautifully presented in a variety of plates and containers.

chef banana alexander flambé
flambé banana alexander sundae station – dramatically cooked and flambéed for your guests
sautéed and flambéed morgan’s dark rum, sweet baby bananas,

s’more station
toasted marshmallows, hershey’s chocolate bars and graham cracker goodness…

rivers of chocolate
extravagant chocolate dipping station with nostalgic penny candy
with melted belgium dark, milk and white chocolate
fresh strawberries
baby bananas
honey whole wheat pretzel sticks
dried fruit and more
surrounded by old fashioned colored rock candy, penny candies such as mary janes, tootsie rolls, salt water taffy, and more….

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