Thursday, September 24, 2009

Halloween and the Haunted Luncheon

Halloween without a doubt one of the MOST fun holiday to cater
- a fabulous combo of great fall
harvest vegetables, natural and whimsical decor, fun desserts
and spooky manufactured props....

there are articles all over the web about how to put
together a fun and funky celebration that bring families
and neighbors together in the spirit of a good time.
Even (or shall we say whatever) Martha has compiled
terrific tips and examples of readers creativity over the years.
Here's a link to her articles on decorating your home

Earlier this week we were asked to put together a
Halloween Luncheon Menu for one of the Queens Malls
for their retail associates meeting.

here's the 2009 Halloween Catering Event Menu New York City

Décor: black and orange Halloween décor with touches of fall colors
and whimsical Halloween displays with fun and elegant displays
we were thrilled with some of the decorating tips that
martha's site offers especially the shimmerly spray painted
silver pumpkins - have used this technique on artichokes
and what a great idea to spray the pumpkins silver for
a very up-market elegant look

I have been a Martha decor devotee since my early days in catering
(today is the 26th anniversary of my first wedding catering job - my own wedding
in 1983) - and as always, Martha takes decorating pumpkins to a New Level

Associates Buffet Luncheon to include

Our outrageous housemade dips and spreads
Olive and artichoke tapenade
Anti vampire parsley & roasted garlic hummous
& Chunky guacamole

Served in mini squashes & pumpkins
with mini bales of hay, fall leaves, pot of mums

and a wooden truck filled with
pita triangles, crackers, blue & gold tortilla chips
and baby carrots display
atop of riser of mini white or orange pumpkins

“Bloody Brains” Rondele Cheese Mound
garlic and herb cream cheese pate covered with fresh salsa “blood”
and surrounded by crackers

Popping Olive Eyeballs
pimento stuffed olives popping out of pastry eyelid

Large cauldron of turkey and black bean warlocks brew chili
served hot in an elegant copper round chafers to simulate
the pumpkin patch surrounded by mini pumpkin decor and wheatgrass

served with Baked Potato Bar

other toppings for Potato, besides the chili, to include
shredded cheddar
sour cream

Dem Bones
Petit Crestless Sandwiches cut into Bone Shapes
stuffed with our infamous Southern Pimento Cheddar Cheese Spread
(add ham as an optional extra)

Orange BBQ Spiders Eggs
Delicious citrus kissed bbq glazed
all beef meatballs topped with a veggie “spider” garnish

-Haunted Bisquits Mini Sandwiches
Spooky Cheddar & Black Sesame Biscuits,
wIth assorted fillings such as
Smoked Turkey,
Black Forest Ham & Brie ,
Tuna with Apples & Carrots
and Fresh Mozzarella with Pesto

Dessert Display - choose three varieties

..tombstone brownies..fingers of doom cookies
..witches hats filled with chocolate, Marcello, dried cran-raisons & nuts

..eye of the good witch vanilla cream puffs
..lockness monster finger pastries with nutella filling

CuisinEtc … Halloween Caterers in NYC and beyond

CuisinEtc, always more than just great food …