Originally Posted by simonbaker
Are you looking for entrees, salds or desserts? A fun light dessert is crepes filled with chantilly cream with a lemon curd sauce. Another idea may be to do flaming banana's foster on the buffet line . Once everyone is setteled dim the lights & do a nice presentation. Vanilla bean Hagen Das can be pre-dished & served from the flaming presentation.
Thanks - we actually did bananas foster last year, but they were taken flaming to each table. Very impressive, though a little scary with high school volunteer servers.
I was looking for dessert ideas mainly, but if we can get the right ice cream machine, I think we have it worked out. Each 10 person table will get a "Beachcomber Trifle" of rum soaked spongecake, tropical fruits and pastry cream, garnished with the ever flavorless, but lovely star fruit. Also, individually portioned Blue Ocean sorbet goblets, topped with a lovely wedge of chocolate will be delivered to each table.
For the main course, served buffet style, I was really psyched to find a chicken dish (Lyonnaise) that was served the last night on the Titanic. Steamship round for the carving station, obviously. Stuffed shells as the pasta/vegetarian option. Clams casino. A Cajun grouper that is always in demand with this group. Shrimp sail boats of skewered shrimp, implanted on grit cakes. Haricots vert "sanded" with buttered crumbs. Golden coins in a tarragon honey glaze (carrots). Scalloped potatos. Assorted breads and rolls, depending on what I feel like - fresh bread never goes wrong.
Before the main service, we will offer a Clambake Corn Chowder - all the seafood and sausage of a Maine beach in one terrific soup.
Moving backwards through the menu: Greek Islands salad (think feta and olives) with a great oregano vinaigrette and a bought, ranch option. Individually plated and brought to the tables, with boats of dressing.
We are starting out the night with passed appetizers: Angels on horseback, seafaood salad in wonton cups, cukes stuffed with bousin and garnished with baby shrimp, mini crab cakes, celery boats stuffed with a variety of pretty tame, non seafood fillings. I am forgetting an app, but don't feel like getting out the list to see what.
..and that's what I am doing for dinner the second Saturday in April ...for 350 of my closest friends ...