Catering

Since I started this blog, I have hosted a number of dinner parties at my own home.  I have also gotten the opportunity to cater a meal at a local synagogue for some very good friends (and 60 of their closest friends and family).  That was a lot of work, but it was SO MUCH FUN.  I had a great team working with me that day and I am really looking forward to the opportunity to do it again.

The meals I do at home are lots of fun.  I usually start with an appetizer before we all get to the table.  People often seem to gather in the kitchen anyway, so I like to have a little something to munch on while we are there.  When we get to the table, I like to present some kind of main dish and several side options.  For some reason I seem to end up doing fish fairly often.  This snapper with blood oranges was very tasty.

My wife loves carrots, so I like to try lots of things to present them a little differently.  These whole carrots were a find from the farmer’s market and were perfect for roasting with a little fresh dill.  My favorite way to serve dinner is family style.  I think it is so much fun to come together and share a meal.  You get to try a little of everything and it definitely starts things off with everyone communicating.  Please pass the mashed potatoes down to this end of the table.

Of course you have to have dessert after any good meal and I always try to have something sweet at the end.  This cheesecake was a nice soothing treat after the spicy dishes I served for dinner that night.  The creaminess of the cheesecake cooled off everyone’s tongues.  The strawberries are always on the side just in case you like your cheesecake in the buff.

For a more simple treat, I created this quick cup of greek yogurt with strawberries and honey.  As I look at this picture, I am thinking a few pistachios would have done nicely to add a little crunch.  Maybe next time.  The chocolate torte below may not look like much, but it packs a punch.  There is a fair amount of work that goes into this one, but it is well worth the effort.  It is so dense, rich, and moist that my wife calls it death by chocolate.

No one ever goes home hungry from one of my dinners.  The table is usually laid out with too much food and enough options to ensure everyone will find something they like.  I enjoy making a lot of the food from scratch and usually spend all day preparing for a dinner.

As I said at the top of the page, this is something that I really enjoy.  I am not a professional caterer, but my wife says I have a “very serious hobby”.  I have a great team that helps me out when I need it and we are looking forward to our next opportunity.  We all do this for the sheer enjoyment of it and are looking for select opportunities to share our food with you.  Please email me if you have something coming up where you need a caterer and I will be more than happy to see if I can help.

Ace@grinandcookit.com

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