Category Archives: Boutique Catering

Beyond the Shot: Secrets to Cooking with Tequila

Did you know tequila pairs well with other garnishes besides lime and salt—and in configurations other than shot glasses? While margaritas are a must for every Cinco de Mayo party, the dinner and dessert menu can include pops of tequila, too.

Tequila: A Cooking Alcohol?

Cooking with tequila is totally possible, much to the surprise of many home cooks. This alcohol is distilled from the blue agave plant and is native to the Jalisco region of Mexico. It typically has a distinct smokiness that can add sophistication to your meals.

In cooking, tequila binds food compounds and evaporates rapidly. This wafts those compounds into your nose and makes the food smell even better. Since cooking and eating are about using your senses, the increase in aroma elevates the flavor of the dish.

Use More Tequila This Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is coming up, so I recommend cooking with tequila in honor of the holiday! Since it’s pretty diverse, you can try it in salad dressings, marinades, sauces or desserts. Add it to a citrus-based vinaigrette, or use it to enhance the acidity in tomatoes. Tequila complements rich chocolate and helps transfer flavor compounds from marinades into meat bound for the grill.

Think: Tequila-Marinated Grilled Chicken, Mahi Mahi Tacos with Tequila-Lime Crema and Vanilla Ice Cream with Tequila-Spiked Hot Fudge.

Our Favorite Pairings

Here are a few of tequila’s flavor affinities from Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg’s The Flavor Bible. Mix and match items from the list below to create your own tequila-inspired dishes. Or, use these ingredients to prepare the perfect margarita!

• Chile peppers
• Cilantro
• Cointreau
• Ginger
• Grenadine
• Lemon, lime or orange juice
• Pomegranate juice
• Sage
• Vermouth

We particularly like the combination of tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and sage. Experiment and see what combinations unfold for you.

One Tequila, Two Tequila…Wait, I’m Lost

Want to do more cooking with tequila, but not sure how to incorporate it into your menu? Let us help! Our catering services can make tequila the centerpiece of your Cinco de Mayo celebration—or any occasion, for that matter. Contact us to discuss your menu.

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.