From our Executive Chef, Edward Roszak:
This month’s delicious installment will discuss my personal take on adapting ala carte gourmet restaurant principals to independent catering, and how it affects food quality and service. When I was going through the motions of interning, studying and working for experience, I always looked at catering as a lost art.
Catering has grown with the demand for exclusivity and necessity; on one hand there is the luxury of having a Chef cook a restaurant quality meal in the comfort of your own home or your office for lunch, and on the other hand you have the state of our economy and the shortage of disposable income to pay for luxuries such as these. Catering has far too long been a throw away expense, or requests to cut back on price meant cutting back on quality. Every chef I know dreaded those calls!
However since working in California, my perspective on catering has changed entirely. The need for fresh, restaurant quality meals is abundant, attainable and affordable for the consumer. One large way we’ve made it possible is through what I’ve has come up with as the “Family Meal” catering model, to offer clients something better than what they’ll find by ordering through LA Bite or fast food catering services. Serving numerous clients a day, I cross utilize products as much as possible among clients, therefore keeping cost to customers far below what they are used to seeing. Plus this guarantees that I will use the freshest and most abundant ingredients available that day, because they are in-season and cost effective.
I am also constantly pushing the catering envelope with not only what, but how I serve. As an example, here is a menu served to 40 people family-style that I actually just served about an hour ago. Where else can you get this type of meal for a standard office-budget? I’m proud of what I serve, always, and do what I can to take care of my customers. Following the menu you will find feedback from the customer.
Seared Albacore and Tenders Fillet Steak Tips
Cilantro & Lime Steamed Rice
Peanut Homemade Corn Cakes
Three Black bean relish
Nappa, Romaine, and Kim Chee salad
“…Last few days the food has been quite great. I like the addition of great vegetarian options and leguminous salads etc. The vegetables used are fresh and excellent. I am quite satisfied with the quality….” -Sid
If anyone would like to discuss a Family Meal, please feel free to email me. Healthy and productive = that is my goal with ALL my customers.