Posted: March 7, 2014 at 2:08 pm
The snow may have kept coming, but that didn’t stop our talented team of chefs when it came time for creating our new spring menu! All of their hard work in creating, testing and retesting paid off as the team debuted nearly 70 innovate and delicious new dishes during our annual company tasting. Get look at some of our favorites below…
The popularity of comfort foods is still going strong — as are their bite-sized counterparts. This year, we put our tiny twist on classics to create our one-bite Spaghetti & Meatballs (baked angel hair custard topped with mini meatballs) and Chix & Waffles (Sriracha fried chicken, herbed waffles & peach maple jam). Our Antipasti Bites with grilled pears, speck (an Italian cured ham similar to prosciutto), goat cheese & pistachio praline and Truffled Arborio Arancini with fontina parmesan cream and roasted wild mushrooms were also a huge hit!
In the realm of drinks, our mixology team created a new assortment of cocktails, including our Strawberry Rhubarb Tea made with vodka, strawberry rhubarb puree and infused with earl grey tea and lime syrup. Meanwhile, our Blood Orange Jalapeño Margarita was so popular with our guests, we couldn’t resist making it into our newest flavor of granita.
With so many wonderful new starters to the menu, it was tough picking which to highlight. But two standouts are our Shrimp, Asparagus & Tomatoes (in an asparagus horseradish foam with edible marigold petals) and Lemon Tarragon Lobster Salad (with asapargus, braised fennel, yellow beets, whipped goat cheese and an orange crema).
We went even more out of the box this year with our plated desserts. Our All American Sampler offers a variety of true Americana treats: a warm nutella s’more, blueberry hand-pie and cherry coke granita. Our Urban Treat is quite the opposite featuring a white coconut angel cake served alongside a dark chocolate cremeux studded with candied pretzels, salted chips, caramel bacon, macaroons, tropical fruit cubes —all topped with a stout caramel sauce.
And what event is complete without our fun and whimsical butlered treats. This year we did our own take on the ever-popular cronut with our mini Strawberry Mascarpone Kronuts. We also through in some rustic charm with warm Apple Pie Fries with strawberry caramel “ketchup” & vanilla bean anglaise “mayo” for dipping. There’s even some spins on childhood favorites included our Spiked Italian Ices (with flavors like strawberry daiquiri, piña colada, and green apple-tini) and Colorful Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches (pistachio coconut pineapple, carrot butter pecan caramel and raspberry black currant ganache).
Toques off to our chefs for yet another stellar menu!