23 December 2012

Private Dinner Party, Dave and Sally



I catered for my latest Private Dinner Party in Fleet, Hampshire for a large group of friends celebrating Christmas, New years and more than one Birthday all rolled into one. Everyone was in great spirit and the atmosphere was perfect to enjoy an evening with great company and delectable cuisine. The dining table was extended from the kitchen and I really enjoyed cooking on display, getting great feedback throughout the evening.  It really was a fantastic event and I especially enjoyed personal feedback from Dave's Mother who turned 100 a few weeks back, still going strong with a brilliant appetite.





Menu


To Begin:

Venison Bresaola, Black olive, Goats cheese, Blush tomato,
x x x
Bruschetta, Soft blue Cheese, Spiced Fig Chutney,
x x x
Crispy Duck Spring roll, Sweet Chilli sauce,

To Start:

Thai style Fish-cake, 
Lime and Ginger cured Sea-Bream,
Roasted red pepper and sweet Chilli sauce,

Main-Course:

British Rump Steak, 
Pancetta and Spring onion Mash, 
Spiced Red Cabbage, Fondant Carrots, Buttered Courgettes, Slow roasted baby Vine Tomatoes, 
Green peppercorn and Brandy cream Sauce,

To Finish:

Mango, Lime and Cardamom posset.









"Everyone had a great time and loved the food.  Thanks so much!" Sally and Dave

For further enquiries, please contact me via email or telephone.
Tel: 07775560126   Email: Chef@Chefgary.co.uk


18 December 2012

Private Dinner Party, John and Joan Ellwood





I have been really busy at the weekends on the run up to Christmas this year so it was great to be asked to do a Private Dinner Party  mid-week, cooking for a lovely bunch of friends and family near Fareham.
I had a great time putting the final menu together as John had emailed me a few of his favourite dishes from each course and then asked me to narrow them down, creating a surprise for the actual evening. It was a really rewarding day, meeting a benevolent group of people and receiving fantastic feed back from everyone after each plate of food. It was a complete pleasure and as always, I elicited great pride from a brilliant night's cooking.



Menu
To Start:
Bruschetta: Tomato, Sweet Chilli Salsa,
x x x
Goats Cheese, Blush Tomato, Fresh Basil,
x x x
Smoked Salmon, Wasabi Creme Fraiche, Knorri Seaweed,
To Begin:
Chilli and Garlic King Prawns, roasted Butternut Squash,
Main-Course:
Trio of Asian Beef:
Teryaki marinated Fillet, Coconut braised Shoulder, Masala spiced Rump,
Wild Red Rice, Soy Glazed Mushrooms, Sugar snap Peas,

To Finish:
Trio of Desserts:
Bailey's and Toffee Cheese cake,
Spiced Apple and Caramel Crumble,
Vanilla and Honeycomb Creme Brulee.









Fine dining at it's best. A dinner party to remember with great food and terrific service. Gary comes with the highest of recommendations. Thank you again, John and Joan








9 December 2012

Private Dinner Party, Ali and Steve






I had a great beginning to the weekend, starting with a fab Private Dinner Party in Owslebury. I was welcomed very warmly into the lovely home of Steve and Ali which had a beautiful kitchen area for me to work in. I really loved the island in the middle which allowed for plenty of space and a platform for me to plate up from. Adjoining to the lounge area, it was the perfect setting for me to be cooking on display of  all the guests and cooking for a group of old friends, the atmosphere was very amicable with plenty of benevolent banter. 

The evening started off with some delicious canapes, being enjoyed around the kitchen island before serving the remaining three courses at the dining table. Ali and Steve chose one of my favourite dishes, having fillet of Beef Wellington for their main-course. I always use the best quality ingredients, rolling  the fillet with wild mushroom pate, Proscuitto ham and puff pastry. It is a fantastic dish and it was a great pleasure to receive positive compliments for my recipe.






Menu


To Begin:

Curried Sweet Potato, Black sesame and Cumin seeds,
x x x 
Crispy Vegetable Samosa, Hoi sin,
x x x
Sweet Chilli King Prawns, 


To Start:

Thai Fish Cakes, Chilli, Ginger, Spring onion, Coriander,
Or
Baked Goats Cheese, Blush Tomato, Roasted Red Pepper and Balsamic dressing,


Main-Course:

Fillet of Beef Wellington, Wild mushroom pate, proscuitto ham, Puff pastry, Red wine gravy,
Dauphinoise potatoes, Spiced Red Cabbage, Caraway roasted Carrots,
Or
Pan seared Silver Bream, Lemon butter sauce,


To Finish:

Trio of Desserts:
Cherry and Blueberry bake well tart,
Toffee apple crumble,
White chocolate and fresh minted cheese cake.





"Thank you so much for such a wonderful evening and for providing the most delicious food, the Beef Wellington was gorgeous and the trio of puddings was sublime. Brian's special birthday treat was a really lovely surprise so thank you all very much for that. A truly memorable night"
 

“Thank you so much for such a fabulous evening! We thought you were tremendous! A real treat to have such a great Chef cook for us in our own home ☺. The food, the presentation, everything was bang on. Bring on the next one!” Ali Davies

"What a wonderful evening! Perfect food and perfect company - it doesn't get any better!! Thank you for such a memorable evening"  
Mandy & Graham

For further enquiries, please contact me via email or telephone.
Tel: 07775560126   Email: Chef@Chefgary.co.uk