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17 Apr

Craving Paradise – Wine and Dinner Series – South Africa

In Uncategorized by Brian Roland / April 17, 2016 / 0 Comments

Last week Team Crave had the pleasure to create a wine and dinner pairing for another Craving Paradise event. This event’s theme provided a culinary journey through South Africa’s cuisine and wine selection. Take a look on the menu and save the date for the next Craving Paradise event on May 16th.

First Course
Chilled Caramelized Pumpkin Velouté
Petite “Kataifi Tumbleweed,” Leek Oil and Pepita Chantilly
wine: Paul Culver Gewürztraminer 2014

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Second Course
Rock Lobster “Bobotie”
Savory Shellfish “Flan,” Compressed Parsley Brioche and Major Grey’s Beurre Blanc
A.A.Badenhorst Swartland Chenin Blanc Secateurs 2015

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Third Course
Cape Malay Curried Ostrich “Boerewors”
Ginger Twizza Cured and Grilled Ostrich Sausage, Braised Greens, Coriander Biriyani,
Poire Williams Gastrique, Madras Jus
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Hot Siphon “Boeber” Tapioca Shooter
Sultanas, Toasted Almond, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Rose Water
Kanonkop Pinotage 2013

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Fourth Course
Berkshire Pork Tenderloin “Shisa Nyama”
Tomato Chakalaka, Creamy Boerenkaas Pap, Scorched Baby Eggplant and Cauliflower
Crimson Pepper Emulsion
Anwilka Red Blend 2008 

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Sweet Cravings
Apricot Malva Pudding
Steamy Vanilla “Anglaise,” Candied Pecans, Citrus Lace Tuile and Mascarpone Ice Cream
Klein Constantia Vin Constance 2009

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27 Mar

Craving Paradise Event – A Wine and Dinner Series

In Uncategorized by Brian Roland / March 27, 2016 / 0 Comments

Last week’s Craving Paradise back to back events were a huge success.
It was an extraordinary opportunity to pair food with some of the best Champagne in the world, Charles Heidsieck Champagne! Stay tuned because our next Craving Paradise event will come in April!

First Course
Warm Aerated Salmorejo Cordobés Velouté 
Key West Pink Shrimp, Heirloom Tomato Confit, Savory Cèpe-Egg “Crêpe,” Amontillado Syrup, Ibérico Ham, Micro Cilantro
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve

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Second Course
Spiced Sweet Vermouth Glazed Florida Grouper
Orange Polenta “Gateaux,” Seared Ruby Chard, EVOO Melted Leek, Saffron-Mussel Broth
Charles Heidsieck Rose Reserve

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Third Course
Crispy Fennel Pollen Ris de Veau “Grenobloise”
Manchego-Capellini Pavè, Fried Savoy Cabbage, Pickled Caper Berries, Meyer Lemon Beurre Noisette
Charles Heidsieck Vintage 05

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Fourth Course
Jurgielewicz Farm Duck Breast
Savory Cauliflower-Mascarpone “Clafoutis,” Pistachio-Vidalia Onion Soubise, Honey Braised Lacinto, Burnt Rosemary Emulsion
Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires 1995

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Sweet Cravings
Saffron – Cardamom Cheesecake
Caramel Drizzle, Toasted Almond Chantilly, Spiced Pear Chips, Gingersnap Crust
Belle de Brillet Liqueur Pear

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13 Mar

Molecular Cuisine Showcase by Team Crave

In Uncategorized by Brian Roland / March 13, 2016 / 0 Comments

Team Crave had the opportunity to showcase their talent in the field of molecular cuisine. When science, creativity and fresh local ingredients meet each other, the culinary magic begins. Here are some impressions from this private dinner party for eight:

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Pissaladiere tartlettes – Roma Tomato Jam, Nicoise Olives, White Anchovies

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Chef Brian Roland prepares the Hot Syphon Saffron Clam Broth for the Florida “Bouillabaisse”

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Florida “Bouillabaise” with Spiny Lobster Beignet, Charred Octopus, Black Mussels, Poached Fennel, Baby Honey Gold Brioche “Plank”, Citrus Rouille and Hot Syphon Saffron Clam Broth

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Star anise- Spiced Duck Confit Gyoza –  Creamy Grafton Cheddar Polenta, Cast Iron Seared Asparagus, Bacon-Balsamic Braised Radicchio and Smokey Cranberry-Apple Jus

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Blood Orange Granita – Savory Chantilly and Micro-Basil

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90 Minute-Roasted Shallot Chateaubriand –  Arugula Potato Souffle, Ver Jus Poached Leek, Charred Rapini, Parsnip “Tumbleweed”, Foie Gras Beurre Rouge

18 Feb

Private cooking class for 25 people in Naples

In Uncategorized by Brian Roland / February 18, 2016 / 0 Comments

Did you know that Crave Culinaire provides fun and entertaining cooking classes for any occasions? Gather your friends and enjoy a culinary expedition with Team Crave while you learn tips and tricks by the talented chefs. Below you will find an example of a cooking class for 25 people.

Aerated Porcini Mushroom Bisque (Not Pictured)
Smoked Duck Raviole, Mushroom Crisp, Cider-Bacon Espuma, Chive Spikes
(Smoking Gun Demo, ISI, Dehydrator Discussion)

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Frisée with Red and Green Belgian Endive
Raspberry Caviar, Roquefort Semi Freddo, Preserved Lemon Threads,
Pinot Noir Syrup, Aged Sherry Vinaigrette
(Anti Griddle, Preserved Lemon Technique, Emulsified Vinaigrettes/Emulsions)

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Achiote Spiced Sous Vide Flat Iron Steak
Yukon Gold Potato “Risotto,” Grafton Village Cheddar Soufflé, Braised Collard Greens
Blistered Baby Tomatoes, Parsley Emulsion
(Thermal Circulator Demo, Souffle Discussion, Braising Techniques)

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Pineapple “Tart Tatin”
Macadamia Brittle, Lemongrass-Riesling Gastrique, Coconut-Ginger Nitro Gelato
(Liquid Nitrogen Demo, Caramel Discussion, Gastriques: sweet/savory)

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14 Feb

Happy Chinese New Year – Team Crave’s special event catering

In Uncategorized by Brian Roland / February 14, 2016 / 0 Comments

Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the Year of the Monkey and our chefs were pleased to provide a “Crave-Style” Traditional Chinese Cuisine for an elegant plated dinner.

Passed Hors d’oeuvres:

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Curried – Coconut Aioli

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Caramelized Sweet Soy Seared Chicken & Daikon Cake –
Chinese Lap Cheong Sausage, Ginger – Herbed Soy Drizzle, Micro Cilantro

First Course:

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Braised Shiitakes and Baby Bok Choy –
Toasted Shiro Sesame Seeds, Cantonese Oyster Sauce, Fried Cilantro, Aromatic Jasmine Rice

Second Course:

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Sake – Ginger Steamed Seabass-
Black Bean with Chinese Broccoli, Charred Scallion, Pickled Burdock, Maifun Vermicelli, Lemongrass and Shrimp Broth

Third Course:

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Seared 7 Spice Chicken & Sui Choy Cabbage Dumplings-
Stir Fried Chinese Long Beans & Snap Peas, Rice Wine Poached Mung Bean Sprouts, Roasted Carrots, Sweet Honey & Spicy Chili Natural Glaze

Dessert:

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Eight Treasure Rice –
Soaked Lotus, Date, Lychee, Plum, Ginger, Lemon, Apricot, Sour Cherry
and Sweet Mango Ice Cream

01 Feb

New Appetizers launched by Team Crave

In Uncategorized by Brian Roland / February 1, 2016 / 0 Comments

Crave Culinaire launched a few new hors d’oeuvres which have been a hit on the latest events this season. Perfect for any cocktail party or as starter for a night with culinary delights.

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Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Cake with Apricot-Date Chutney and Micro Basil

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Savory Shitakes-
Fig & Brie Cloud, Rosemary Brined Pork, Crispy Potato

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Grilled Artichoke and Crab Salad on Edible Spoon with Meyer Lemon Aioli, Candied Walnut and Tobiko

17 Jan

Foie Gras made by Crave Culinaire

In Uncategorized by Brian Roland / January 17, 2016 / 0 Comments

Foie gras is a popular  French delicacy made of duck or goose liver. The flavor is rich, delicate and buttery and can vary between the methods used to cook them. Foie Gras can either be mi-cuit (half-cooked) or semi-conserve (in conserve). It is sold whole, or is prepared into mousse, parfait, or pâté, and may also be served as an accompaniment to another food item, such as steak.

Team Crave showcased its own versions of the Foie Gras through its “Menage a Foie”:

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  • Foie Gras Torchon – Goat Cheese Panna Cotta, Tomato Jam, Fleur de Sel
  • Seared Foie Gras – Toasted Almond -Brioche French Toast, Mirabelle Plum, Honey Powder
  • Foie Gras Mousse Stuffed Figs – Crispy Prosciutto, Quince, Brie Bruleé, Olive Oil – Cocoa Dust

 

10 Jan

Judge Judy enjoying Crave Culinaire’s delights

In Uncategorized by Brian Roland / January 10, 2016 / 0 Comments

Family court judge, book author and CBS TV Judge Judy assigned team Crave to create a special menu at her private residence in Southwest Florida. Her final verdict on Crave Culinaire’s creations: Guilty as charged for deliciousness!

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03 Jan

New Year’s Eve catering in Naples with Team Crave

In Uncategorized by Brian Roland / January 3, 2016 / 0 Comments

A New Year’s Eve party is a great way to gather your loved ones, say goodbye to the past year and look forward to a new start. This year we were happy to provide a special NYE experience to our customers, setting up a culinary highlight to their festivities! 
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