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Monday, August 25, 2008

Sykes Company Picnic

Sykes in Milton Freewater put on a Hawaiian Luau for their employees and family members. 600 folks graced the front entry at Sykes under perfect blue skies, ate yummy food, played bingo, bounced in bouncy castles, and shot each other with water guns. Pretty much a perfect day in my book.

  • Giant fruit skewers of cantelope, pineapple, and watermelon with citrus mint sauce.
  • Spicy Asian coleslaw, napa cabbage, carrots, red onion, red peppers, almonds, and sesame seeds.
  • Organic mixed greens, ranch and black bean vinaigrette dressings.
  • Stateline corn on the cobb and butter.
  • Sticky rice.
  • Kahlua pork with Hawaiian teriyaki and sriracha.
  • Dessert: angel food cake, vanilla ice cream, local nectarines, klicker's strawberry sauce.

Our largest event ever (Longshadows was 800+ but that was just appetizers) and it went off without a hitch. All except forgetting the digital camera again and having to take pictures with a phone. This forgetting the camera thing is getting really annoying.


Monday, August 11, 2008

Caitlin's Paella Reception and Megan's Summer Grill Reception

Caitlin's reception was a Spanish Paella theme. (Our first ever effort making paella at this volume. And what a blast it was. Please, please, please... someone hire us again to do paella.) And allthough the rest of the menu was not overtly Spanish, it all flowed nicely. My only gripe is we did not get to make a potato tortilla with brava sauce, so Sunday night our dinner guests indulged in my two new favorite things, paella and tortilla.

Caitlin's Menu:
- Black cherry tomatoes stuffed with fresh mozzerella, basil, and extra virgin olive oil
- Italian sausage bites, roasted yellow tomato sauce and arrabiatta
- Crostini with lettuce, roast pork loin and tarragon mayonaisse

- Paella: Meat (chicken, spanish chorizo, shrimp) Seafood (shrimp, mussels, clams, scallops)
- Greens, spinach, avocado, oranges, red onion, almonds, orange vinaigrette
- Roasted vegetables, portabellas, roasted red peppers, green and yellow squash, roasted garlic, extra virgin olive oil
- Bruschetta, tomatoes, basil, garlic, extra virgin olive oil
- Shortcakes, strawberries, nectarines, and vanilla ice cream

The Party-ing Paella Loving Dave.................... and The Aftermath.

Megan and Derrick got hitched at Mill Creek Garden. We did a simple summer menu. Sometimes simple is the way to go.

- Salmon cream cheese and crackers
- Goat cheese rolled in herbs with extra virgin olive oil and crostini
- Hummus, tapenade, feta, and crostini

- Ceasar salad, crouton, our special scratch dressing
- Penne pasta salad, cherry tomatoes, basil, fresh mozz, blanched squash, sauteed corn and extra virgin olive oil
- Fruit platter, pineapple, casaba melon, cantelope, watermelon, and grapes
- Grilled chicken breast, roasted garlic marinara, and parmesan
- La Brea Bakery baguettes and butter

Two more Walla Walla weddings totalling 370 guests served. It's a shame we couldn't be at the farmer's market Saturday due to an employee abscence, otherwise we would have closed in on the mythical 500 person mark. You may have noticed we haven't posted anything for a couple of weeks. A beautiful and odd two week quiet spell for us. So the family and I ditched town for Moscow Idaho for a bit of camping and waterpark fun. Don't worry grazecateringblogspot fans, we are booked solid for two months of posting action.