Dinner Party Menus

HOW IT WORKS

FIRST, CHOOSE YOUR EXPERIENCE

Dinner Party – decide upon the number of guests, invite them over and leave the responsibility of creating the menu, grocery shopping, prepping and cooking to me. All menu items are made-from scratch with the freshest, local ingredients.

Custom Menu – if you are planning another type of event, such as a cocktail party, brunch or lunch, send me the details and I’ll prepare a customized proposal based on number of guests, type of service, and menu preferences.

Special Diets – Gluten-free (GF), dairy-free (DF), Vegan and Vegetarian diets can be accommodated.

Private Cooking Class – if you want to learn some new skills in the kitchen, or create new dishes, book a date with me and I’ll come to your home to teach you innovative recipes and techniques.

2020 MENUS

$80.00/per person = 3 COURSES; $100.00/per person = 4 COURSES

Dinner for 2 – $400.00 minimum; 4 – $550.00 minimum; Then $80.00-$100.00/per person thereafter (depending upon number of courses)

18% service charge for parties over 10 (includes additional staff to service event)

Gratuity at your discretion

SELECT (FIRST COURSE + MAIN + TWO SIDES + DESSERT)

APPETIZERS – Add $15 per selection per person

Please note that some entrees have an additional fee based on cost of product ingredients.

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APPETIZERS

Add $15 per person for adding one appetizer. Add $30 per person for adding two appetizers.

Shrimp Scampi – large sauteed shrimp, garlic, parsley, lemon, butter sauce with toasted bread

Spinach Artichoke Cups –  creamy artichokes, spinach, onion, garlic & vegan cheese baked in mini phyllo crusts (Vegan, Vegetarian)

Buttered Steak Bites with Blue Cheese Sauce – charred sirloin steak served with a tangy blue cheese dipping sauce

Meze Party-Platter – baba gannoush (roasted eggplant dip), carrot-tahini dip, olives, roasted red peppers with crudites & pita bread (Vegan, Vegetarian, * GF)

Asian-Ginger Meatballs – pork meatballs simmered in a ginger-chile-garlic hoisin sauce with scallions & sesame seeds

Deviled eggs with crab – creamy deviled eggs with a dijon-mustard filling, topped with fresh crabmeat

Roasted Sherry Mushrooms on Avocado Toasts – mixed mushrooms roasted with shallots and herbs served on crispy toast topped with avocado mash

Italian Party Platter – Mozzarella Bites Wrapped in Prosciutto, Cornichons Wrapped in Salami, stuffed green & Kalamata olives, crackers, grape, dried figs & dried apricots

Quesadillas with Shiitake Mushrooms Jarlsberg Cheese and Homemade Salsa Fresca – roasted shiitake and brown mushrooms cooked in a flour or rice tortilla filled with Jarlsberg cheese topped with fresh tomato, onion, chile salsa (Vegetarian, *GF)

Cheese & Charcuterie Party-Platter – 3 cheeses, 2 types of charcuterie, breads/crackers, stuffed green & Kalamata olives, grapes & berries (Vegetarian, * Vegan, *GF)

Shrimp Ceviche – avocado, mango, cucumber, jalapeno, red onion, lime, spicy tortilla chips

Cheesy Mushroom Tartlets – creamy mixed mushrooms with Sherry wine, onion, chives, thyme & Fontina cheese in a mini puff pastry tart (Vegetarian)

Fig, Pear & Brie Bruschetta – sliced pear, figs, Brie cheese, thyme, vanilla syrup drizzled on toasted bread (Vegetarian)

Pacific Salmon Spread on Crostini – salmon, creme fraiche, lemon, dill, toasted baguette

Lemon-Tomato Tart – puff pastry tart filled with tangy lemon slices, heirloom tomatoes, basil and drizzled with olive oil

FIRST COURSES

Creamy Onion Soup with Bacon Nut Crumble – onions, potatoes, cream, bacon, walnuts, parsley

Cauliflower Soup with Thyme & Bread Cubes – cauliflower, vegetable broth, garlic, onion, thyme, toasted bread cubes with thyme olive oil drizzle (Vegan, Vegetarian, * GF)

Mixed Greens with Choice of Dressing – mixed green lettuces, radishes, cucumbers, green olives, tomatoes drizzled with Italian Vinaigrette (Vegan, Vegetarian, GF) or Creamy Italian Dressing

Rustic Greek Salad – romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, green pepper, fresh oregano, Feta cheese crumbles in a red wine vinaigrette (Vegetarian, GF, *Vegan)

Prosciutto, Artichoke, Fig & Roguefort Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette (GF)

Roasted Rainbow Carrot Salad – carrots, coriander, avocado, orange, toasted pumpkin seeds, parsley lemon-tahini sauce (Vegan, Vegetarian, GF)

Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad – brussels sprouts, apple, pomegranate seeds, toasted walnuts, sherry vinaigrette (Vegan, Vegetarian, GF)

Spinach Strawberry Salad with Almonds – fresh spinach leaves, strawberry slices, red onion, toasted almonds, strawberry vinaigrette (Vegan, Vegetarian, GF)

Arizona Coleslaw with Avocado and Jicama (Vegan, Vegetarian, GF)

MAIN COURSES

Chicken Picatta – sauteed organic chicken breast, capers, garlic, lemon, white wine butter sauce 

Salmon Picatta – seared and roasted salmon filet, capers, garlic, lemon, white wine butter sauce

Small Seared Filet of Beef with Mixed Mushroom/Garlic Burgundy Sauce

Cabernet Braised Beef Short Ribs – beef ribs cooked in a wine-based tomato, carrot, onion, garlic sauce

Ginger-Garlic Swordfish Steaks –  seared and roasted swordfish steaks, butter, garlic, lemon sauce ($15 per person supplement) (GF)

Veal Scallopini in Brandy Cream Sauce – veal cutlets, mixed mushrooms, white wine, brandy, cream, Italian parsley (GF)

Pepper-Crusted Filet of Beef – large roasted filet of beef coated in a peppercorn crust served with horseradish cream  ($25 per person supplement) (GF)

Halibut in Puff Pastry with Avocado Pepita Salsa ($25 per person supplement)

Carrot Osso Bucco – slow roasted carrots, porcini mushrooms in a Cabernet Sauvignon wine sauce (Vegetarian, Vegan, GF)

Honey-Roasted Filet of Salmon – roasted filet of salmon with honey glaze and a squeeze of lemon (GF)

Lemon Thyme Roasted Tomatoes & Fingerling Potato Casserole – roasted fingerling potatoes, tomatoes, onion, thyme, Kalamata olives, capers and lemon baked in an individual casserole (Vegetarian, Vegan, GF)

Chicken, Vegetable or Seafood Paella – saffron-flavored aboroio rice dish, served with sauteed chicken, Spanish chorizo sausage, and/or clams, mussels and shrimp. A variety of vegetables (red peppers, artichokes, green beans, peas, Spanish olives, onions, garlic, lemons, and/or garbanzo beans) depending upon which paella version you choose. ($15 per person supplement)

Roasted Boneless Dry-Rubbed BBQ Pork Loin – boneless pork tenderloin with BBQ rub, slow roasted with cherry BBQ sauce (GF)

Sauteed Wild Mushrooms and Herbs with Creamy Polenta (Vegetarian)

Linguini with Bolognese Sauce – slow simmered pork & beef sauce made with San Marzano tomatoes, tossed over Italian imported semolina linguini and sprinkled with Pecorino-Romano cheese

Butter-roasted aubergines, roasted tomatoes with freekeh and koch-kocha –  Mediterranean eggplant, tomatoes, garlic, freekeh, green peppers, chiles, lime, cardamom (Vegan, Vegetarian, GF)

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Orange Citrus Glaze – ham roasted with an orange marmalade glaze, black pepper (GF)

Pork Roast with Sweet-Onion Pumpkin Seed Relish – bone-in rib pork roast, sweet onions, rosemary, thyme, pumpkin seeds (GF)

Chicken Beasts with Lemon-Dijon Tarragon Baste – roasted chicken breasts drizzled in a citrus-mustard herb sauce

Lamb Chops with Apricot-Prickly Pear Glaze – grilled lamb chops drizzled with an apricot-prickly pear cactus glaze (GF)

Butternut Squash Roast – butternut squash, green lentils, red onion, garlic, cranberries, rosemary, thyme, spinach & pistachios (Vegan, Vegetarian, GF)

Chicken Tagine – braised chicken, onions, garlic, saffron, Castelvetrano olives, preserved lemons 

SIDES

Fontina & Cheddar Cheesy Potatoes – baked yukon gold potato slices, onion, Fontina cheese, Cheddar cheese, cream, butter, toasted bread crumbs (Vegetarian)

Italian Polenta – creamy polenta, butter, Parmesan cheese (Vegetarian, GF)

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes – sour cream, cream, garlic, butter, parsley (Vegetarian)

Israeli Couscous – saffron, marcona almonds, blood orange oil drizzle (Vegan, Vegetarian, GF)

Orecchiette with Asparagus, Peas & Mascarpone Cheese- Italian imported semolina pasta, crispy asparagus, sweet green peas and a dollop of Mascarpone Cheese (Vegetarian)

Roasted Rosemary Red and White Baby Potatoes – garlic, olive oil, rosemary (Vegan, Vegetarian, GF)

Wild Rice Pilaf – cashews, shiitake mushrooms, brown butter, Arizona dates, shallots, lacinato kale (Vegetarian, GF)

Roasted Butternut Squash – sage, brown butter, toasted hazelnuts (Vegetarian, GF)

Asparagus & Prosciutto Gratin – asparagus spears wrapped in prosciutto topped with garlic bread crumbs (*GF)

Charred Broccolini – Calabrian chili paste, oregano, toasted almonds, garlic bread crumbs, pecorino romano cheese (Vegetarian, *GF)

Roasted Brussels Sprouts – sauteed mixed mushrooms, Manchego cheese, sherry vinegariette (Vegetarian, GF)

French Green Beans – steamed green beans, toasted almonds, extra virgin olive oil (Vegan, Vegetarian, GF)

Crisp Zucchini, Eggplant & Tomato Bread Gratin – Baked veggies with oregano, basil and crusty bread crumbs (Vegan, Vegetarian, Can be GF)

DESSERTS

Chocolate-Vanilla Panna Cotta Tart – individual chocolate crust, vanilla panna cotta, balsamic strawberries in a tart shell (Vegetarian)

Flourless Chocolate Tart – decadent dark chocolate tart slice, raspberry sauce, whipped cream & raspberries (Vegetarian, GF)

Maple-Infused Warm Polenta with Simmered Sugared Fresh Peaches and Mint Garnish

Decadent Salted Coconut Caramel Chocolate Tart (Vegan, Vegetarian, GF, DF)

Lemon Hazelnut Biscotti – citrus flavored twice-baked crisp cookie filled with hazelnuts (Vegetarian)

Creamy Lemon Bars – tart citrus filling over a cookie crumb crust (Vegetarian, Vegan, GF)

Buttery Bread Budding with Brandy Cream Sauce – soft local bread, raisins, cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, creamy brandy sauce (Vegetarian)

Orange Seville Almond Cake – olive oil, oranges, light powdered sugar frosting (Vegetarian)

Apricot-Almond Biscotti with White Chocolate Drizzle (Vegetarian)

Creme Brûlée Tart – pastry crust filled with a vanilla bean egg custard topped with a hard-shell burnt sugar glaze

Coconut Cheesecake with Nut-Oat Crust and Berry Garnish (Vegan, GF, DF) – a crispy crust with a creamy coconut milk filled filling topped with berries

Specialty Cake – choose from Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting, Chocolate Cake with Chocolate or Vanilla Buttercream, Vanilla Bean Cake with Vanilla or Chocolate Buttercream, German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Frosting, or Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Buttercream ($50 for 8 slices; $65 for 12 slices, $75 for sheet cake). Birthday Candles included if needed.


*Item may be adjusted to accommodate dietary preference.