Saturday, November 28, 2009

Team Celebration Lunch

Let the celebration begin! One of my offices won a challenge and the reward was a lunch prepared and served by me at the office. The goal was to make it special for everyone, if just for one hour.

The key to cooking for a crowd is in the preparation, simplicity, while making tasty food for everyone to enjoy. I absolutely love appetizers – in my mind these could be dinner every night. Prepared two appetizers - Parmesan and Edamame Dip with Endive and Green Olive Tapenade with Fresh Ricotta Quenelles. A quenelle is an haute cuisine term for a food item that is formed into an egg or oval shape.

Main course was gourmet BLT’s with applewood smoke bacon, pesto aioli, tomatoes, avocado, red onion and arugula served on a fresh crusty ciabatta roll. Created a side salad of mixed greens and arugula, pomegranate seeds, candied pecans and blue cheese crumbles. Used one of my favorite store bought salad dressings – Brianna’s and the flavor is “Real French Dressing” with the distinctive artichoke on the packaging.

Dessert was a handmade lemon tart with assorted berries which adorned the top. Everyone was full from the lunch; so we had a “pick me up” later in the afternoon and enjoyed the lemon tart. (not a slice left in the office) A perfect way to end the day, to celebrate everyone’s hard work through accomplishing the milestone goal! Congratulations PHC Team!!

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