When I relaunched this blog a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I’ve started catering. I love cooking more than almost anything else and my friends have been telling me for quite some time to just get out there and do it, so I had to listen.
Last Friday, I catered a staff lunch at Sargent House, an indie record label/management company here in Los Angeles. They have a pretty amazing kitchen in-house so I did some of the prep before I went but did most of the actual cooking on the premises. I was cooking for eight that day, including one who doesn’t eat meat, so I decided to do four savory dishes and one dessert and keep it non-meat all the way. I always feel bad for the lone vegetarian who gets a soy burger while everyone else feasts on steak- not because they’re missing out on the steak (after all, it’s his/her choice not to eat it!) but because it seems like a cop-out to hand one person a pre-made, processed thing while everyone else gets homemade food. Anyway, I made sure to make the meal hearty enough so the carnivores wouldn’t feel deprived, and did include a bit of smoked fish in one dish since all eight were into seafood.
Here’s the menu (click on images to enlarge):
And the food:
Everyone enjoyed the meal and I thoroughly enjoyed cooking it! What is better than seeing a smile from someone who just ate something you made? NOTHING. If they could bottle that, I’d buy a case. Or a hundred.
I think the occasional, catered staff lunch is a great motivation booster, plus a great chance for coworkers to sit down, smell the roses and just relax once in awhile. Don’t you agree?
And lastly- a special “thank you” goes out to Cathy and the awesome Sargent House staff for such a great experience!