Wednesday, December 3, 2008

NY NY Winter Wonderland Holiday Food Festival

crudite boat with christmas tree dips

hummous sunflower

breads and spreads
feathers and tortillas

Like everywhere across this great nation of ours (and perhaps around the world) the 2008 Holiday season is subdued with the budget crisis, news that we are "officially" in a recession (and have been for almost a year, layoffs, declining stock market records that are making more than a few folks nervous

And caterers around the country are reporting holiday party cancellations or scalebacks

To that end one of our new clients put us to the challenge to come up with a fun filled comfort menu that included quintessential New York foods on a budget. They are hosting a thank you to the sales associates of various NYC Department stores, such as Bloomingdales, Macys, Barneys, etc and while they want to celebrate the season, like everyone, they had a budget to adhere to.

Here are some of the fun ideas we proposed to them. Of course we are not serving the whole schbang, but thought folks might be interested in some party alternatives that don't break the bank yet still provide delicious fresh food that enhance the evenings enjoyment.

choose 3 stations

NYC Melting Pot Potpourri
...Brie Topped with Mango Chutney and Pecans
...Italian Sundried Tomato Rondele Cheese Torta with Crackers
...Greek Dolmatis with Feta and Red Peppers
...Israeli Hummous Sunflower with Carrot and Pita Petals
...NYC Hot Pretzels with Mustard
...Mexican Mango Black Bean Salsa and Chips
...Indian Mini Veggie Samosas with Cilantro chutney
...Mini kosher hot dogs in pastry blanket

pastrami cigars

cones of tortellini on hot dog cart

Madison Park Build your own mini slider bar
All Beef Patties
Dill & Scallion Turkey Burger
Garden Veggie burger
slider station
where's the beef, turkey and veggie burgers


condiments and leg of nuts

Miracle on 34th Street Miracle Whip Mayo
Ballpark Mustards
honey apricot mustard
Chipotle Mayo Dressing
Sliced Tomato, Lettuce leaves, Slices of Pickles and Sweet Onions
Served with petit buns
Accompanied by Chocolate and Strawberry Milk Shake Shooters

Lower Eastside Deli Delights
Petit Reubens with Cornbeef, Swiss & Thousand Island Sauce Slaw
NY Pastrami with wrapped around Honey Wholewheat Pretzel Sticks
Chicken Noodle Soup Shooters in mini espresso cups
Mini Knish Nosh Handmade Knishes with Hearty Deli Mustard

asian dumplings

Korean meatballs

mac n cheese lollipops

Canal and Mott Street Chinatown
Served in festive red Asian take out boxes with forks and chopsticks
Steamed Chicken & Veggie Dumplings with wasabi soy sauce
Hong Kong Rice Noodles with Stir Fried Vegetables
Holiday Wreath of Asian Marinated Broccoli
with Mandarin Oranges & Honey Roasted Peanuts

Mulberry Street Italian
Cheese Tortellini with Sundried Tomato & Fire Roasted Pepper Sauce
Eggplant Rollatini
Whole wheel of Parmesian as display riser
for white bean, roasted peppers, spinach & rosemary crostinis display

Union Square Garden Falafel Bar
Housemade Falafel Balls
Hummous chickpea display
lemon and cumin scented carrot
Finely Diced Tomato and cucumber “salsa”
Pita Triangles
Served in small paper cones with mini forks

Harlem Jazz Club
Panko fried chicken tenders
Mac and cheese shortplates
Southern bbq meatballs

plus desserts

Hudson Rivers of Chocolate

Choice of Milk, Dark or White Chocolate Rivers
Set up in a beautiful shimmering winterland display of glass bricks and twinkling candle
Allowing your guests to enjoy dipping
Cream puffs
Fresh fruit
Rice Krispie Treats and more into this festive grand finale…

Late Night at Grand Central Snacks
Hot pretzel and Popcorn station
Cones of freshly made popcorn with buttery salt and pepper drizzle
Hot NYC Pretzels served with Mustard
Nacho Cheese Sauce Drizzled over Tortilla Chips in Small Boats