Dec
24
4:00 PM16:00

BOOK ME FOR: A Californio Christmas Eve

CALIFORNIO CUISINE IS MY CULINARY CROSSROADS, WHERE THE BOUNTY OF FRESH LOCAL INGREDIENTS, GREAT SEAFOOD AND SUSTAINABLE FARMING HERE IN THE BAY AREA INTERSECTS WITH THE RICH HERITAGE OF MEXICAN COOKING IN CALIFORNIA THAT BEGAN WHEN THE FIRST SETTLERS FROM MEXICO BROUGHT THEIR CULINARY TOOLS AND FLAVORS NORTH WITH THEM.

The old world techniques— the time taken to grind spices with a mortar and pestle, toast seeds and chiles on a comal, work masa to make tortillas by hand— all honor ingredients and coax out the flavors in a way is almost magical.  

This may mean making a Caesar salad dressing in a molcajete, as in the video at the top of this page, or making my signature Minestrone soup with roasted poblano chiles and house made chorizo, or the way Mexican chocolate is my go-to for Chocolate Pot au Creme.

APPETIZERS

Sweet Plantain Bites/Wilted Radicchio

Empanaditas/Sweet Potato-Goat Cheese/Pecan bits/Chipotle Aioli

Albondigitos/Ground lamb with pea purée and a sherry cream sauce

Pork & Beans: Ladrons/Black Bean Purée/Wilted Cucumber

Christmas Pelotitas: Pistachio-dusted Cranberry-filled Goat Cheese 

Pear Wedge/Blue Cheese/Prosciutto

Options for Ceviche/Aguachile Tasting (select 3)

Baby Shrimp Aguachile/Avocado Slice/Blue Corn Totopos (chip)

Calamari/Charred Habanero Aguachile

Scallop/Kumquat/Coconut Ceviche

Spicy Tuna Ceviche

Traditional Whitefish Ceviche/Crunchy Onion Bits/Avocado

DINNER

“Casi” (Almost) Steak Tartare
Filet Mignon “cooked” in lime/guajillo chile/Salt & Pepper Cured Egg York

••

Cucumber-Kiwi Gazpacho / Lobster bites/ Tabasco Granita V G

•••

Smashed Beets / Smoked Sea Salt & Rosemary Goat Cheese / Toasted Garlic Chips

 Butter and romaine lettuces / scallions/ parsley/ mint

•••••

Mary’s Free-range Duck or Turkey / Blackberry Mole (served on the side) /Handmade Blue Corn Tortillas

duck.jpeg

Chestnut Fennel Cornbread Stuffing

Agave-Chipotle Sautéed Shaved Brussels Sprouts

••

Blood Orange/Lime/Kumquat Sorbet

Dessert Bar

Almond-Orange Flourless Cake/Orange Syrup/Candied Oranges

Coffee Panna Cotta/ Amaretti Cookies

Mexican Chocolate-Pistachio Dipped Mini Cannoli/ Rose-Cardamom Filling

Rugelach Assortment:

Cinnamon

Chocolate

Apricot

Saffron Red Peppercorn Poached Pears

pear.jpeg

 

Seasonal Fresh Fruit Assortment/Dessert Cheeses

View Event →
Dec
24
to Dec 25

BOOK ME FOR: Noche Buena/A Mexican Christmas Eve

  • San Francisco Bay Area (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sample NOCHE BUENA/ CHRISTMAS EVE SUPPER

AMUSE BOUCHE

Mini Yellow Indian Woman Fritter

Sweet potato/chipotle-roasted pecan strudel/goat cheese crumble

APPETIZER

Mini Shrimp Vol-au-Vents : puff pastry/baby shrimp/tarragon sauce

SOUP

Sopa de Lentejas con Fruta y Chorizo: Lentil Soup w/ Fruit & Mexican Sausage 

SALAD

Photo by Adriana Almazan Lahl from Celebraciones Mexicanas. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Photo by Adriana Almazan Lahl from Celebraciones Mexicanas. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Ensalda de Noche Buena

Christmas Eve Salad: beets/carrots/pineapple/apple/pinenuts/currents

ENTREE

Spice-Rubbed Turkey/Blackberry Mole

The turkey is presented traditionally, with mole served on the side

ACCOMPANIMENTS

Oaxacan Stuffing: cornbread/fennel/prunes/cumin/cinnamon

Rancho Gordo Heirloom Royal Corona Beans au Gratin/Panko-Herb Crust

Photo by Adriana Almazan Lahl from Celebraciones Mexicanas. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Photo by Adriana Almazan Lahl from Celebraciones Mexicanas. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

DESSERT

Tronco Navideño

Christmas Log/Mexican Chocolate Frosting

BEVERAGE

Rompope

Mexican Eggnog

Christmas Dinner: $100/person** served plated, restaurant-style. $2000 minimum applies if service is requested for Christmas Eve

**Service, tabletop rentals, decor (if required), and gratuity not included
View Event →
Dec
31
to Jan 1

BOOK ME FOR: Año Nuevo- A MEXICAN NEW YEAR'S EVE

SAMPLE NEW YEAR’S EVE MENU

APPETIZERS

(passed and stationed for 2-3 hours before dinner service)

Orange-Tequila Flambée Scallop Skewers

New Year's Eve Lentil Toasts/Garlic Crostini/Parmigiano-Reggiano

Lentils are considered good luck for the New Year in Mexico

Mexican Crab Cakes with Salsa Verde

Queso Fundido con Chorizo y Ongos

Tequila-infused Apple Guacamole/Chipotle Roasted Pecans

SEATED DINNER SERVICE BEGINS

AMUSE BOUCHE

Carne Apache

A Mexican take on steak tartare: beef is 'cooked" in a chile/lime marinade/Queso Añejo

SOUP

Sopa de Siete Mares

Lobster/Crab/Clams/Mussels/Halibut/Shrimp/Guajillo Chile Fish Stock

Photo by Adriana Almazan Lahl from Celebraciones Mexicanas. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Photo by Adriana Almazan Lahl from Celebraciones Mexicanas. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

SALAD

Mojcate Caesar prepared tableside

platos principales (large plates)

Pierna Adobado Mechado (Pork Roast/Bacon Lardons/Adobo Sauce)

The pork leg is laced with bacon slices, almonds, garlic, and prunes; flavor is released as the bacon lard melts and the prunes and garlic carmelize inside the meat as it slow-roasted.

Mary’s Free-range Smoked Duck in Blackberry Mole

Frijole De Olla: Rancho Gordo Beans stewed in a clay pot for 24 hours, which adds a subtle but perceptible flavor/epazote (adds brightness and has gas-inhibiting properties)

SIDES

making tortillas 3.png

Handmade Corn Tortillas: made on site, right in front of your guests, from masa procured from San Francisco's only mollino (mill)

Tamal de Cazuela

Photo by Adriana Almazan Lahl from Celebraciones Mexicanas. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Photo by Adriana Almazan Lahl from Celebraciones Mexicanas. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

DESSERT

Mexican Chocolate Pudding Trifle

BEVERAGE

Ponche: Mexican Holiday Punch/Tecajote/Apricots/Guava/Sugar Cane/Cinnamon/Apples

From $150/person**. $2000 minimum applies for NYE.

**Service, tabletop rentals, decor (if required), and gratuity not included

 

View Event →
Jan
1
11:00 AM11:00

BOOK ME FOR: New Year's Day Brunch Celebration

bonne année

Bring in the New Year with this outstanding French Brunch menu! We recommend a Pamplemousse Vesper, with fresh ruby red grapefruit juice, a French aperitif wine, such as Lillet Jean Reserve or Lillet Blanc and grapefruit vodka, sweetened with just a little simple syrup
photo by Geoff Peters

photo by Geoff Peters

Beverage Service

French Coffee/ Lattes/Cappuccinos

Fresh Squeezed Juices

Pamplemousse Vesper/fresh ruby red grapefruit juice/French aperitif wine/grapefruit vodka/simple syrup

Fresh seasonal organic fruit assortment/Organic Greek yogurt/local honey

Baguette/selection of French cheeses

OR

Croissant Assortment

Select one of the following egg dishes

1. Sweet and Sour Vegetables/Poached Egg

Adapted from a recipe by chef Armand Arnal of Maman fame

 Cauliflower/rainbow baby carrots/fennel/ginger/lemongrass/maple vinegar -

2. Oeufs en Cocotte Au Saumon Fumé

Baked Eggs in Cream/Kale/Smoked Salmon (optional)

3. Omelette aux Fines Herbs

Select one of the following salads

4. Niçoise Salad

Fresh Ahi tuna/artichoke hearts/green beans/hard-boiled eggs/Niçoise olives/bed of arugula

5. Lentil Salad/Napa Valley Goat Cheese

Capers/currants/pistachios/maple-cider spiced vinaigrette

Select one of the following side dishes

6. Tartiflette  

French Bacon/Potato/Reblochon (cheese) Casserole

7. Pissaladiere

French Onion Tart/Anchovies/ Cured Black Olives

8. House-made Cured Fish Selection

Meyer Lemon-Dill Cured Salmon/Smoked Trout

9.  Selection of Tartines

Butter & Quince Jam

 Gruyere & Country Ham

Roasted Pear/Hazelnut/Brie

Smoked Salmon/Pickled Onions/Cream Cheese/Fresh Dill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View Event →