Monthly Archives: March 2017

How to Choose the Perfect Caterer for Your Event

I got married in November, and I’m often asked if I prepared the food for my own wedding. Not only did using a catering service cut down on my stress day-of, but showing up to my own wedding smelling like onions with accents of sauce spatter was just not an option!

For me, food was still a hugely important part of my wedding, as I wanted guests to enjoy a fine dining experience. Our Philadelphia venue, Union Trust, worked with us to put together a menu that wowed guests and showcased our personalities and taste preferences. It was every bit as perfect as I’d hoped.

As a chef, I want each and every one of my clients to feel the same way. Even a small celebration, be it a bridal shower or bachelorette party, calls for catering services that show this same dedication to style, quality and personality.

As someone who has experienced both sides of the event-planning process, I know how to make your party one to remember. And I care that your vision is expertly executed from beginning to end. How do we go above and beyond to meet your expectations? At About the Table we:

Customize Menus
Just like your style, your palate is unique. We customize each catering menu to ensure you and your guests enjoy a personalized experience that reflects all the flavors and cuisines you love. No matter your theme, preferences or dietary restrictions, we’re here to serve.

Take Requests
A great catering service encourages you to think out of the box and incorporates those ideas into your event. The four-tier cake at my wedding featured yellow cake with chocolate chips and chocolate frosting. And it tasted exactly like the Dunkaroos I used to eat as a kid! Have a special request? Just let us know and we’ll make it happen.

Invite Conversation
The best part of any celebration is having all of your closest friends and family in one place. It’s a rare treat to catch up with cousins from California or aunts and uncles from Florida. While they’re all in town and at your event, you want to make sure you have plenty of time to chat with everyone. This is at the core of everything we do, and we make it a priority to create and style dishes that invite conversation.

As a fellow bride, I know how important this time is for you. If you’re looking for a caterer that will help make your dreams come true, we’re taking orders for spring and summer events. To learn more about our boutique catering services, visit our Catering page for details and sample menus. Or, call me and let’s chat: 302-365-0143.

Jameson Bread Pudding: An Irish Dessert to Share

Every holiday has its traditional foods and desserts that you only find yourself indulging in once a year. St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. From the corned beef and cabbage to the whiskey-laden sweets, hosting a special St. Patrick’s Day feast is the perfect excuse to get family and friends together to say “Sláinte!”

Whenever I prepare food for an intimate dinner or party, I like to put a unique spin on classic dishes to wow my guests. I adapted this bread pudding recipe from one of my culinary school textbooks to make it reminiscent of Irish soda bread.

To achieve a festive flavor profile, I start by layering thick slices of challah. Challah is a rich, braided bread that’s already a little sweet. I sprinkle in plump raisins and prepare a simple custard mixture. Then, I spike it! Naturally, an Irish dessert recipe wouldn’t be complete without a little Jameson Irish whiskey.

The result is a decadent, family-style dessert that you can serve straight from the oven. Top with a dollop of homemade whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or fruit puree. Of course, you’ll want to pair it with snifters of Jameson whiskey or Irish coffees!

Whether it’s for a large gathering or a table full of close-knit family and friends, enjoy passing around and sharing this delicious Irish dessert on St. Patrick’s Day (or any day)!

Jameson Bread Pudding
Serves 8-10
 
Ingredients
¾ cup golden raisins
4 oz. Jameson Irish whiskey, divided
1 lb. challah bread, sliced in half lengthwise, then into ½-inch thick slices
1 stick butter, melted, plus more for greasing
9 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
½ tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1¼ quarts milk
Cinnamon
Ground nutmeg
 
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 13″x9″ glass baking dish.
2. In a small bowl, soak the raisins in 2 oz. of the whiskey for up to 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.
3. Brush both sides of each piece of bread with melted butter. Arrange the bread slices so they overlap in the baking dish, sprinkling the raisins between the layers of bread.
4. Whisk together the eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla and remaining 2 oz. of whiskey until thoroughly combined. Add the milk and whisk to combine.
5. Pour the egg mixture over the bread. Refrigerate for 1 hour, or longer, so the bread absorbs the egg mixture. If necessary, push the bread down into the pan once or twice after the mixture has had time to stand.
6. When ready, sprinkle the top lightly with cinnamon and nutmeg.
7. Set the pan into a large pan filled with approximately 1 inch of hot water, creating a hot water bath. Place in oven and bake for 1 hour, until set.
8. Serve warm or cold with caramel sauce, whipped cream, ice cream, fruit puree or confectioner’s sugar.

About the Table is ready to host your next gathering. From anniversaries and birthdays to Mother’s Day and graduation day, About the Table designs customized menus (featuring hors d’oeuvres, entrees, side dishes and desserts) for all your special occasions. Contact us to learn more about our catering services.