Culinary Action Stations| Tuna Carving | Catering | The Dali Museum | St. Petersburg
Posted on July 25th, 2015 - Comments Off
This past weekend we catered a station style wedding at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL. One of the biggest hits of the evening was our signature Tuna Carving Station. Both the bride and groom are big seafood fans and they certainly had the right idea! Their guests loved the flavors, presentation and interaction with our chef; it ended up being a fan favorite!
To put this station together, first we began with a full tuna loin (10-12 pounds), seasoned it, then seared it rare. The tuna was then placed on one of our decorative and functional pink Himalayan salt blocks, which added a little extra flavor to the dish. As seen in pictures below, the tuna was then carved to the guest’s desired thickness and laid on a bed of Asian Inspired Quinoa Salad and topped with an Avocado-Tomato Relish and Chili-Cilantro Vinaigrette.
In order to provide our guests with the freshest and highest quality dishes, we are proud to reveal our process.
Notes from the Chef:
The tuna we used is yellow fin and it is purchased as a whole loin with skin on. This particular tuna loin was 10+ pounds. The tuna is fresh catch and is never frozen from supplier to guest. After receiving the tuna we keep it on ice while under refrigeration until we begin the prep process. This process starts by rubbing the tuna loin with extra virgin olive oil, then a light coat of minced garlic followed with an Asian spice blend. The spice blend consists of dry ginger, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, toasted sesame seeds, dry citrus peel and other spices. The tuna is placed on a hot grill simply for marking, which also adds a light smoky grill char flavor. Next the tuna is chilled rapidly back to a safe temperature. At the event the tuna is placed in a hot oven at 450 F for about 10-12 minutes. The result is a rare tuna loin with a warm outer edge and a cool rare center. The other result is deliciousness!
Are you a seafood lover? Would you like to feature a tuna carving station at an upcoming event? Contact us today!
Beat the Summer Heat| Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream & Sorbet| Tampa Bay
Posted on July 17th, 2015 - Comments Off
If you’ve spent any time in the Tampa Bay region, you know how hot it gets in the summertime. What better way to beat the heat than by enjoying some delicious frozen treats? At Good Food Catering Company we like to keep our dishes fresh, innovative, and a little bit interesting. We recently hosted am industry luncheon that featured “Salted Caramel Ice Cream chilled with Liquid Nitrogen” as the dessert course. Since many of the guests had ever seen liquid nitrogen as a cooking tool, our chefs put on a performance to go with the dessert.
First, the salted caramel ice cream ingredients were combined and kept in a liquid state in a metal mixing bowl. Liquid nitrogen was then carefully poured into the bowl, adding to the ice cream base. This mixture was then whisked until it solidified and all the liquid nitrogen had evaporated, making the dish safe to serve. The frozen ice cream was then finished with a sea salt garnish and served to the guests. Although this dish seems simple, liquid nitrogen is kept at – 320 degrees Fahrenheit (-196 Celsius), making it incredibly dangerous. Therefore it needs to handled with caution. If served improperly the dish can cause internal burns so it is important to let only the professionals prepare it!
Serving liquid nitrogen ice cream or sorbet adds an element of fun and presentation to the dish. It’s also an awesome way to impress your guests and to beat that stubborn, unending Florida heat! We use liquid nitrogen to add a bit of flair to our desserts as well as our specialty cocktails!
Here’s a menu for our new Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Bar – perfect for events and weddings!
Nitro Ice Cream Bar
First, choose from 2 ice cream flavors; examples include:
Then, let your guests finish off their dessert by choosing from up to 6 toppings!
Interested in serving a liquid nitrogen frozen dish at your event? Contact Good Food Catering Company today!
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Venue Spotlight | The Dali Museum | St. Petersburg
Posted on July 9th, 2015 - Comments Off
The Dali Museum is one of our top preferred venues for events and weddings in St. Pete. An event with Good Food Catering Company at The Dali Museum appeals to both the eye and the palate. If you are looking for a venue that is attractive both indoors and out, The Dali Museum may be the venue for you. Located in St. Petersburg this venue has many unique attributes that appeal to a guest’s artistic side. The building itself is quite eye catching, being partially made of segmented glass domes that give the building a modern feel. The outside area has a beautiful stone courtyard that can double as a dance floor and dining space. If you’re looking to stay indoors for your event, the Raymond James Community Room is the perfect space for any function and provides easy access to the galleries. The Dali Museum also features The Wishes Tree where brides, grooms, and guests alike love to take pictures. The spiral staircase inside is another favorite photo spot and is the focal point of the room. Many brides and grooms chose to have their wedding right on the steps of this staircase with their friends and family surrounding them. Inside the building there is a small cafe area next to the spiral staircase, which makes a great spot for drinks and appetizers. Regardless of which space you chose, an event at the Dali Museum will certainly be unforgettable!
To see more that the Dali Museum has to offer as a venue, follow this link: http://thedali.org/visit/venue-use/
From the Water to the Table | Fresh Seafood Catering | Tampa Bay
Posted on June 23rd, 2015 - Comments Off
At Good Food Catering Company we feel that it is important to support the community in which we work and live. We strive to buy local meat, seafood and produce of the highest quality and freshness. Our culinary team recently visited one of our local seafood purveyors to discuss fresh Gulf seafood and shop for a special lunch we hosted.
During our visit to Gulf Coast Seafood we were able to hand pick the snapper that would be used for one of the dishes at the luncheon. Knowing where our food comes from and how it is handled is important to our culinary team and to the clients that we serve.
The menu for the lunch featured:
Roasted Beet Salad
roasted beets paired with a bed of greens tossed with green goddess dressing | fig reduction | crumbled goat cheese
Pan Roasted Gulf Snapper
summer grilled succotash of corn, asparagus and heirloom tomatoes | romesco sauce | grilled scallions
liquid nitrogen chilled | candied lime zest
Journey from the Sea…
To the Table…
It would be great if we could buy only local products, but fresh is almost always best. Some of our other dishes using fresh caught seafood include: Tuna Tartar, Pan Seared Salmon over Roasted Vegetable Quinoa, Mini Pan Sautéed Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Key West “Ceviche,” Asian Inspired Tuna Stack, and Southern Style Shrimp & Grits.
When you are looking to host a party, event or dinner where fresh seafood is important, give us a call!
Jill and Brad’s Wedding | April 2015 | The Dali Museum | St. Pete Catering
Posted on June 16th, 2015 - Comments Off
“Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!”
Saturday, April 18th, 2015 | Jill and Brad’s Wedding Reception |The Dali Museum
Everything from the bride’s shoes, to the linens, to the bride’s signature drink of the night carried with it the simple elegance and coloring of a glass of champagne.
Jill and Brad were married on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. The top five things we loved about the wedding were:
Top Five Moments
Thank you to these wedding professionals that helped to put on a great event!
Good Food Catering Company was established to provide superior culinary experiences for events, weddings and celebrations in the Tampa Bay Region.