Over the last few months I’ve had the opportunity to continue one of my absolute favorite parts of catering. Because when someone welcomes you into their home to prepare a meal and serve for a small dinner party, you are being paid to do much more than cook. As a personal chef in these situations, the food is an extension of you. And what a tremendous experience to share a little bit of you, all on a delicious plate of food! At least that’s the hope, right?
Last night was the perfect example of that. Working with my client, it was easy to develop a menu that we were all excited for. A roasted butternut and corn soup served with a jalapeno crème fraiche as garnish started the Holiday gathering with an interesting twist on the seasonal. The corn added fantastic sweetness and with just a touch of cinnamon, the fall flavors still remained prevalent.
Following this light and balanced soup was a hearty and rich main course that really wowed the crowd. By braising the short ribs with tons of onions and mushrooms for close to 4 hours, the meat became ridiculously tender. The earthiness of the sauce went perfectly with an Israeli couscous risotto. With a little bitterness and freshness coming from sautéed broccoli rabe, it was easy to see why this dish was a hit.
Lastly, dessert! Because what’s a holiday party without some sweets. After a rich and decadent main course, dessert called for some tang! And this lemon curd and fresh fruit puff pastry was just the right answer!
Working on a menu like last night’s is beyond rewarding. And when done well, a night with a personal chef can be truly intimate. Which is why it makes a fantastic Holiday gift! To be able to entertain without the work is something just about anyone can appreciate!
So if you’re interested, I would love for you to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. It would be my pleasure to come up with a fantastic evening for someone you care about!