July 2010 Newsletter

Greetings from Bill Hansen!

A Word From Bill Hansen

When I launched my catering career in 1980, there were only a handful of event spaces such as Vizcaya and the Deering Estate.  Fast forward to 2010, in a recent issue of BizBash, our South Florida event industry quarterly, there are six pages of listings for scores of independent event spaces, mansion/historic homes, museums/cultural spaces and outdoor venues.

Villa Woodbine

We enjoy hearing from bridal couples—and have a 99% “rave” quotient.  Here’s a recent note from a May wedding at Villa Woodbine, BHC’s exclusive Mansion:

“Thank you for making our wedding a truly unforgettable event!  We can’t believe how amazing everything was and have never seen a more beautiful setting.  Our guests are still talking about the delicious food (especially the lamb kebabs), the amazing service and absolutely beautiful setting.  It was perfect!  It was everything you promised it would be and so much more.”


Miami Rocks!

If you want to entertain in style, delighting your guests, you need to consider the wide variety of non-hotel/restaurant/banquet hall space that this South Florida offers.  From SoBe clubs, to formal bank lobbies, from small castles to large museums,  from former furniture stores to art galleries…..you can find that unique space to entertain, whether it be a wedding, a birthday party or anniversary, a corporate event, a bar or bat mitzvah or just a simple celebration.

 

Seven Floors Up with No Walls or Safety Nets

Earlier this month we catered an event for a Cleveland event planner, who obviously was not too happy with the Miami Heat, but was very pleased with our services. Who would have thought that we could do something seven stories in the open air on the corner of Lincoln and Alton? It can be done….and what a view.

Speaking of views…if you would like something 50 stories in the air (indoor and outdoor space) with a 360 degree view of the bay, city and beach….give us a shout…we can help. We have just the space for you and it’s very affordable. More to follow next month!

 

Moore Opportunities

We are the preferred caterer at the sleek, chic, Moore Building in Miami’s popular Design District, with an adjacent Bamboo Garden.  Located on the corner of NE 2nd Ave. and NE 40th Street, this facility is a perfect spot for both weddings and corporate events.For more information contact Kimberly Rodriguez at (786) 871-4821 orKimberly@dacra.com

 

 

 

Crispy Stuffed Squash Blossoms with Ricotta Cheese and Yellow Tomatoes

For the Blossoms:
8 each squash blossoms
1 1/4 cups whole milk ricotta
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon chopped Italian parsley
1 teaspoon kosher salt

 

For the Tempura:
1 1/4 cups tempura flour (you may substitute all purpose flour or whole wheat instead)
1 cup ice cold soda water
1 tablespoon salt
1 quart vegetable oil for frying

 

For the Yellow Tomato Sauce:
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic
4 ripe yellow tomatoes chopped coarse
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

 

Start by making the yellow tomato sauce. Heat a small sauce pot with the olive oil and garlic. When the garlic turns golden brown add the yellow tomatoes and simmer for 20 min on medium to low heat. Then pass the tomatoes through a food mill and season with salt and the basil. Reserve hot. Next, mix the ricotta, egg yolks, grated parmesan and parsley together and place in a pastry bag. Open the squash blossoms and fill almost to the top with this mixture. Twist the ends to hold in the stuffing. In a separate bowl mix the soda water and salt into tempura flour with a wisk until harmonious and there are no lumps. Gently dredge squash blossoms in the tempura batter and fry in 350 degree vegetable oil. When golden brown remove from oil and place on paper towel and season lightly with salt. Serve immediately with the tomato sauce.Serves 4 peopleby Chef Tim Andriola

 

If you are planning a wedding, party or special event, you need to contact us first.  You’ll be glad you did…
(305) 858-6660
Bill@LeadingCaterers.com

Until Next Time…

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