Let Me Cater To You: The Dr is IN!
BEFORE: Here’s all the stuff I schlepped over myself… I’m like a Gypsy, I swear!
And the stunning after!
I know over 2 weeks later, my catering gig story I promised. Sorry for the delay, I am in the middle of moving. With the support of my family I have decided it would be best to move & focus more on the blog, selling the show & my catering gigs. I found a stun-NING 1930’s 1100 sq ft upper of a 4 plex in the Fairfax District with a fantastic potential roommate who runs a pretty neat blog himself you can find right here
, here’s hoping everything goes through ♥
SO… after I posted up my cupcakes on my Facebook, my friend & former club dancing partner, Lovejoy aka The Dancing Chef
, was blown away & I asked if I made them all? I told him yes, impressed he asked what were my immediate goals with pursuing my whole culinary game? I told him I was interested to restart my old intimate catering business. Impressed, literally 3 days later he called me & offered me a gig he couldn’t do. A party of 14 for this dynamic young Woman celebrating with family & friends after she’s finished her Residency at USC.
I called Dr. Strand & she was so fun & excited to throw this gratitude dinner. She said that she loves roses & they were going to be everywhere. I told her let’s incorporate roses in the meals. I have this fabulous bottle of Rose Syrup & I ♥ infusing it into drinks I can work on a rose glaze I have been envisioning & DYING to try & I can incorporate it into a dessert.
I told her I can make a stuffed Saddle of Lamb & Israeli Couscous, she LOVED the couscous idea, her mother was from Morocco! For the non 4 legged diners I offered a Cognac & Pinot Grigio Scallop Gratin. For the starter I offered to make my Shrimp Martini with Crispy Yucca based on the lobster one I made here
. For the dessert, rose infused Pots de Creme & as a twist crystallizing rose petals making them edible. Lastly, for the drink Pom & Rose Syrup Martini’s I called the Dr Is In!
She was STOKED within our 15 minute conversation the dinner plan was set! Mission begins.
Spinach, Guava & Cheese Stuffed Leg of Lamb
I am INTENT on making Guava a staple in American cuisine, this is my mission. There are SO many uses & it is seriously the perfect fruit. I am catering my brother’s rehearsal dinner. His Fiancee is Mexican & we’re Haitian so I wanted the menu to reflect the marriage of their cultural cuisines also.
It was a pretty ballsy decision to try a recipe in my head for a catering gig, but hey how else was I going to learn. I needed to see & hear the feedback by several palates, palates that didn’t just know & ♥ me but give me unbiased reviews about the food honestly.
I saw my food God Gordon Ramsay make a Saddle of Lamb… I never even heard of it, I was RIVETED on how glorious & easy it looked. Yes he did refer it as the Rolls Royce of Lamb.. but dayum it literally costs as much!
I charged $25 a head for the party. I budgeted the meal to cost no more than $110. After calling every Butcher in LA, mind you… 80% didn’t speak English & 99.5% didn’t even know what part the Saddle was… SO frustrating it made me wish I were back in the East Coast… this would NEVER happen in NYC or MIA.
As per Cook’s Thesaurus:
lamb loin roast Notes: This is a very tender, flavorful, and expensive roast. If you want more servings, you can get a saddle of lamb = double loin roast, which combines the loin roasts from either side of the lamb. If boneless, a loin roast is called a loin roll = boneless loin roast = rolled lamb roast, or a double loin roll = rolled double lamb roast if made from the saddle. Substitutes: leg of lamb
**NUH DOIFFY!!! Yeesh LA, get on it already isn’t it bad enough we don’t have turn signals at every light, dating here is non existent & as long as Charlie Sheen is still alive all the bars & clubs have to close at 2 am? Can’t believe how bad the Butchers are here**
After 3 hours of calls around town I FINALLY found two credible Butchers at the Farmer’s Market in the Grove one that can cut right then & there & one I had to place the order the day before, hell the dinner was the next day! To feed a party of 12, here’s what the Butcher deemed fit:
YEAH FREAKIN’ RIGHT!!! I still haven’t bought all the other ingredients yet, so it was off to the Butcher at Jon’s to get a leg & pound that puppy to the ground when I got home to flatten it out. $47.69 for 13 lbs… SA-WEET! ♥♥♥
Here’s the prep:
Last minute I canceled on the Mascarpone.
The Star Studded Cast
Sweating the shrooms
Wrapped in Prosciutto ♥
Frying the garlic & sage
Inspired by Gordon I used the sage & garlic as a rack & placed the seared lamb on top of it & finished the cooking process in the oven. I punked out on the rose glaze BUT I did serve on rose plates
Seriously.. one of thee BEST things I have EVER put in my mouth, the party RAVED about it, definitely will be making this for my Brother & Sister in Law’s rehearsal dinner. The switch between the sweet, savory, crispy, creamy & all those flavors in between was mind-blowing!
The Star Studded Cast
Couscous, Currants. Cranberries, Cucumbers, Pistachios, Walnuts, Saffron, Rosemary & Parsley
COGNAC & PINOT GRIGIO SCALLOP GRATIN
Fried up nicely like the Yucca but I prefer the taste of the Yucca better on top of the tangy shrimp.
ROSE SYRUP POTS DE CREME WITH CANDIED ROSE PETALS
The Star Studded Cast
The Star Studded Cast: The Dr Is In!
Nat, her Best friend since 7th grade, colleague & father from Arizona. The reason the theme was roses is because her father used to send her roses to school all the time from her childhood to her Residency… I cried like a baby, how awesome is that?!?!? ♥♥♥♥♥
For an added touch as place settings, photos of the party were laid out ♥
I brought all the plates, silverware, glasses, candles & decorative stones. I really enjoyed dressing this table… take THAT Aunt Sandy!
The BEST part of the night is when Nat, her roommate & I sat outside when the party was over after everything was put away. Nat turned to me & in earnest said it was a shame that we met NOW before she was off to Arizona, everyone there thought I was a friend, not the Caterer & had we have been friends her life would have been a little sweeter…
COULD YOU JUST DIE?!?!?! I LOVE this woman!!! Who says stuff like that? Women really are so amazing. I wish we took the time to have one another’s back more. Thanks for indulging me you guys. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did ♥