When we sat down with Dani and her team to discuss the February Open House, celebrating the opening of the mezzanine at Fremont Foundry, the first idea thrown out was to focus on a “Love” as the theme. Well, it just so happened I was heading to Las Vegas to see the Cirque du Soleil show “The Beatles Love Show.” And so, the celebration was born. No matter if you are young or old you know the Beatles music. Their iconic sounds have stood the test of time. We can all hum or sing along to most of the Beatles most popular music. They are songs of love, struggle, justice, or freedom. They are a slice of our lives. We love them. For the menu, we focused on certain songs that served as inspiration for each food station. Each idea was conceived during the viewing of ‘The Beatles Love Show’. Most items were “off menu” or new ideas made just for this theme. Photos by Alante Photography
Passed Hors d’oeuvres
Takoyaki Cones with an Eel Sauce and Green Aioli
I love the set of Octopuses Garden and wanted to bring that flowy feeling to this event. I had originally thought about a grilled octopus station, but working with the creative team we proposed the more popular Japanese Takoyaki served in cones. In lieu of a food station, this passed hors d’oeuvre is made whimsical with our blue lit trays and a server dressed in an octopus-inspired steampunk hat and wig.
Beet Hummus Crostini with a Sprinkle of Fresh Rose Petals
Love itself inspired this hors d’oeurve. The color, the texture and the mere thought of roses made this a must-have item tonight. Once we came up with the idea of using records as passing trays we felt we were right ‘on track’. Fun fact – Beets are an aphrodisiac!
Fried Chicken Wings with Black Garlic Sauce topped with Candied Tangerine over Forbidden Rice with Beluga Lentil Salad & Blackberries
Just that one word and you can hear the music. It’s such a familiar tune. People often learn this song when starting to learn play music – no matter what instrument. While watching this piece performed in Las Vegas, I had a vision to use Black Garlic as the base of the sauce on a Chicken Wing. Bringing this to our Chef and creative team, we have enhanced the basic concept with a forbidden rice salad with Beluga lentils and Blackberries. The dish is then garnished with Candied Tangerine peel, which is a nod to Tangerine Dream, it gives the dish a bright note and a balance of sweet to the heat in the sauce.
Smokey Baby Back Pork Ribs with a Coca-Cola Glaze served on top of beer mac n cheese!
This performance struck me as a peace protest and the pursuit of American dreams. Somehow the coca cola stated here lead me to think of ribs with beer mac n cheese. Nothing could be more American or peaceful – right?
“Strawberry Fields Forever”
Mixed Greens tossed with Honey Balsamic Dressing with Crumbled Bacon, Bleu Cheese and Dehydrated Strawberries
Spinach, Avocado, Strawberry Salad with Candied Pecans and a Champagne Vinaigrette
Romaine Lettuce, Strawberries, Sliced Almonds and Poppy-seed Dressing
Strawberry Fields Forever reminded me of a presentation I have done before with bricks as a pathway and wheatgrass for the ‘grass’. We came up with three strawberry inspired salads and added a tree with hanging long stem strawberries. It really feels like a dreamy field of strawberry inspired love.
“Here comes the sun (doo doo doo doo) Here comes the sun, and I say It’s all right”
Kimchi and Garlic Fried Rice Sliced Flank Steak, pickled ginger carrots, and a Sunnyside Up Egg! Self-Serve: Soy Sauce, Sambal chili, scallions
I knew right away that I wanted a sunny side up egg at this food station, so I chose one of my favorite rice bowls. Kimchi Fried Rice makes me feel sunny inside. Once sautéed, kimchi loses some of its pungent harshness, but answers back with an addictive, tangy-spicy warmth that deepens with a little time spent sizzling. Kimchi is so flavorful, it makes the perfect fried rice base. For breakfast, lunch or dinner – or anytime you need some sun.
“All You Need Is Love – Love – Love Is All You Need”
Red, Pink and Purple Mini Heart Waffles! Guests choose from Vanilla Bean, Nutella or Chocolate/Coconut Ice Cream Toppings: Strawberry Sauce, Chocolate Sauce, Nutella, Whipped Cream, Valentine Sprinkles, Cocoa Nibs, and Crushed Nuts
All you need is love = Sweet waffles shaped as hearts of course! This ethereal song feels light as air, drifting up like a balloon and dreaming of sweet nothings.
The following vendors joined us in presenting our “All You Need Is Love” showcase, inspiring guests for their future events of any kind. A BIG thank you to them!