Monday, September 5, 2011


Cooking for family and friends in the summer can be as easy and delicious as a BBQ of grilled chicken and fresh corn but when you decide to host a large group you need to bring in the big guns. A professional caterer.  I wanted our party to be elegant (not stuffy) and highlight the delicious summer vegetables and fish available on the East End in a modern and inventive style. I interviewed several caterers asking them for sample menus, availability and cost and chose Cynthia Battaglia, a Sag Harbor based caterer with a delightful personality and classic but inventive style.  Cynthia immediately put my mind at ease. We went through an extensive list of sample hors d'oeuvres (they all looked delicious!) and chose....
Corn and shrimp fritters
Petite Crab cakes with spicy remoulade
Seared Tuna on cucumber with wasabi caviar
Sirloin wrapped in bacon with gorgonzola on a skewer
Mushroom truffle risotto bundles
Local red and yellow tomato, mozzarella stacks with fresh basil
Thai chicken salad in phyllo cups with spicy peanut sauce

Cynthia's tips:
-include vegetarian alternatives for your guests
-half the hors d'oeuvres should be hot and half cold 
-include a variety:  2 vegetarian, 2 meat, 2 fish 
-make sure you have enough: for a 2 hour cocktail party you should be prepared to serve 12 hors d'oeuvres per person
 Cynthia's trays were modern and nature inspired.  White beans line a sleek black lacquer tray and beautiful greens and flowers add visual interest.
Her amazing staff working hard to make the party look effortless!
Delicious mushroom truffle risotto bundles and seared tuna-perfect summer fare! 

Hope you are all enjoying your Labor Day!
See you soon, Barbara


Vanessa@Luxuria said...

Wow! those mushroom truffle parcels look positively divine. Hope the party went well :-)

The enchanted home said...

Yummy...those mushroom truffle bundles look amazing. What a gorgeous presentation she offers. Clearly a labor of love....beauitful!

Splendid Sass said...

Looks amazing, Barbara!
Send the leftovers this way, lol!
Have a great evening.

Splendid Market said...

I love the flowers on the white beans, what a unique idea!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

It looks delightful! I know your guests all enjoyed themselves!