Some Samples


Her sister had recently turned 50 and been living abroad and really missed Mexican corn, so…

– Pickled Shrimp Cocktail
– Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs
– Peach Bruschetta with confit tomato, Herbed Ricotta, prosciutto (can do vegetarian
– Hearts of Palm and cauliflower cakes, lemon chive aioli, pickled radish
– Charred watermelon wedge, goat cheese, mint, arugula, reduced balsamic
– Mexican Charred Corn with roasted jalapeño aioli, red pepper aioli, garlic aioli, sour cream, Parmesan, cotija, garlic tomato oil, chili mix, tajin… and others. (This will be a make-your-own)
– Baby back ribs with Luxardo cherry bbq sauce
– Mojo Drumsticks (orange, lime, mint, garlic)

They were married in France 25 years ago. They didn’t want to do a sit down dinner. Instead they invited their beloved friends come and go to celebrate with some…

– cheese board / walnut mushroom pâté (v) / smoked trout rillette / shallot jam / sweet pickles / crostini
– Pickled shrimp Rouille
– Hearts of palm and cauliflower cakes / lemon caper Remoulade / pickled radish (can be v)
– Croque Monsieur
– Endive / pear, celery, pomegranate seeds / Bleu Cheese / sweet Cider Vinaigrette (can be v)
– Summer squash, potato, and leak gratin with gruyère
– Steak Au Poivre brochettes
– Coq Au Vin brochettes (chicken thigh, button mushroom, fingerling potato, chipolini onion)
– Bordelaise (a mop for the Coq Au Vin)
– Tomato and onion tart (v)
– Coconut curry Cassoulet (v)

For a Dinner Party

It was late summer, and he had a smoker, so I suggested…

– Watermelon carpaccio / crispy squash blossom / pan fried octopus / heirloom tomato / fresh mint gremolata
– Coconut lemongrass curry clams ‘n chicken chorizo / crostini
– Cider brined, smoked pork chop with peach mustard BBQ mop/ summer squash goat cheese gratin
– Raspberry cilantro crostata / sweet corn ice cream / salted lime caramel

Or the time she had ‘lobster with a foie gras sauce’ at a wine tasting in Santa Rosa and hadn’t been able to find a similar dish in Chicago, so we went with…

– Tomato fritter / fried zucchini blossom / yogurt feta sauce / lemon basil oil
– Hearts of Palm and avocado ceviche / endive / citrus blossom cilantro vinaigrette / tortilla
– Roasted Duck breast / chili basil butter with cherry pancetta compote / peach Demi / confit cipollini onions / ricotta risotto / watercress purée
– Broiled lobster tail / corn and foie gras sabayon / potato pave / lemon chive creme fraiche / sweet pickled radish / summer micro greens
– Key lime panna cotta / Graham cracker streusel / lavender honey drizzle / candied lime