Sunday, August 27, 2006

Chamber of Commerce Event at Dara's Garden

The Boys Get To Play!!!

The Premise

The opportunity arose for us to showcase some cool food at an event at our new facility Dara's Garden. A bed and breakfast type setting with 20 acres in Maryville, TN.

Beautiful home and property set up primarily for hosting weddings and high end functions. So we got together and brainstormed on menus and logistics to host an event for the Knox County Chamber of Commerce, 300 people and the food was our choice.

Organizing the food end of the event was somewhat of a fiasco. I originally had suggested sushi and other action ethnic stations, everyone agreed so we set forth and tried to come up with something kick ass for us to do based around the ethnic action station idea.

The original menu-

Asian/Sushi Station-

Various Vegetarian Rolls Display
Two Action Stations
Ice Glows with Mise en Place and Sushi Display
Portabello Skewers with Peanut Sauce
Napa Wakame Salad
Asian Noodle Salad with Tofu

Mediterranean Station-

Tomato and Boccoccini Salad
Melon Balls with Midori
6 foot sub

Decked out Spanish Station

Cuban Pulled Pork
Fajita Chicken
Black Beans
Spanish Rice
Chile Ancho Sauce
Roasted Corn
Pico De Gallo
Salsa Verde
Salsa Rojo
Salsa Tomatillo
Grilled Jalapenos
Assorted Shredded Cheeses
Tortilla Chips
Shredded Lettuce
Diced Tomatoes, Peppers and Onions

Hand Passed Hors D'oerves-
Assortment of items chosen off display as hand passed hors d’oerves

Southern Comfort Smoker/Grill-

Grilled Pork Shanks
Beef Brisket
Carolina BBQ
Honey Chipotle BBQ

Shrimp and Grits Action Station
Italian Polenta topped with Shrimp Scampi

Sorbet Station-
Assorted House made Sorbets to include Pineapple, Peach and Cantalope

Wedding Cake display

OK, that would have been nice, what wound up of being a pretty kick ass event got really scaled down, still was a nice event but not what we had planned on to begin with.

The Final Menu-

Asian Station
Action Station with Sushi and composed salads
Sushi with cooked seafood only-grilled salmon, smoked salmon and crab
Wakame Salad
Pan-fried Asian Noodles with Tofu

Mediterranean Display Station-
Fruit Display
Marinated Vegetable Display
Gourmet Cheeses and Artisan Bread Display
Shotglass filled with Cinnamon Shrimp with Traditoinal Cocktail Sauce
Shotglasses filled with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and Italian Flat Bread Breadsticks
Shotgleasses with Chipotle Ranch and Wedge batons of Carrots and Celery

Hand Passed Hot and Cold Hors D'oerves

Hand passed strawberry, peach and pineapple sorbets

Wedding Cake display

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