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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Small Bites & Sweet Treats...Tablenosh Caters

Last month tablenosh had the joy of catering a 40th surprise birthday party for a new friend! She was looking for someone who could make good hors d'oeuvres, some sweet treats and a birthday cake for her darling hubby - and he was totally surprised, which was even more awesome!

I was very excited because in terms of catering, this was right up my alley and exactly what I like to do - small bites and sweet treats!  I pulled out a few of my favorites as well as doing some new things.  The cake was a slight twist from the wedding cake I made for my sister in July.  And I was truly amazed that it turned out even better, I really just need to work on the decorating part!

First up on the menu were some assorted canapes and Spanish Meatballs.  These were followed by Chipotle Chicken Skewers w/Cilantro Dipping Sauce and Soy, Ginger & Sesame Chicken Skewers.  The chipotle skewers were a new recipe I had worked on earlier in the week and was very pleased with, the dipping sauce worked perfectly to cool down the spice of the chipotles! 

Next up were my favorite Truffled Risotto Balls with tomato jam, which always seem to be a hit.  And then came my finale which was a bite-sized Shrimp & Grit spoon.  This was a new little vision I had and thought the concept came together very well - soft creamy grits, topped with a flavorful shrimp that was sauteed in butter, garlic, roasted peppers and some old bay seasoning.  Delish.

 To finish on a sweet note I we had fresh berry tartlets and keylime pie bites!  And of course there was CAKE - chocolate cake, stuffed with fresh raspberries and mocha mousse, covered in dark chocolate ganache was pretty darn yummy if I do say so myself (so yummy I was kicking myself for not taking a piece home!!)


It was great to be in the kitchen cooking again...thanks Elizabeth for a great night!  

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Launching in Richmond

Okay, I am taking the risk, making the leap, going for it...and finally launching the very first Tablenosh underground dinner in my home in Richmond, VA.

If you live in the Richmond area and want to join us for the First Tablenosh dinner it will be Friday, October 12 at 7pm.  Send me an email to book a spot

The way it works:  book a seat, bring a bottle of wine to share, enjoy new people and some 'in-home' dining delighting in good food, drink and conversation.  Tablenosh operates from donations, so bring some cash to throw in the donations bucket if you feel inclined!

Hoping it will be a great night featuring some local virginia produce that the autumn season brings and that this will be the first of many great nights noshing with the RVA community!