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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

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

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

 Butter and romaine lettuces / scallions/ parsley/ mint

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

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Chestnut Fennel Cornbread Stuffing

Agave-Chipotle Sautéed Shaved Brussels Sprouts

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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

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Seasonal Fresh Fruit Assortment/Dessert Cheeses