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24 Jul

Farm to Table: How to Eat Local in Southwest Florida

In Uncategorized by Crave Culinaire / July 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

You may have been hearing the term “farm to table”more and more these days. But what does it mean? Farm to table simply means that the food that is served comes directly from the source of its production, not through an intermediary. Imagine being able to know exactly where the food you eat comes from, without having to wonder. We’re here to show you how to eat local in Southwest Florida, taking advantage of the bounties of scrumptious local fare we get to enjoy in our own paradise.

From the Sea

We’re fortunate enough that we get to live in an area where fresh seafood is plentiful. Southwest Florida is home to many varieties of sea life that make for an enjoyable dining experience, including:

  • Snapper

  • Grouper

  • Snook

  • Mahi Mahi

  • Oysters

There’s nothing better than seafood that is freshly caught right out the ocean and prepared with minimal downtime. Seafood is a popular option at many restaurants, since there are so many ways to prepare it, including blackening, grilling or frying it. And it can be paired with fresh, local greens for a light, nutritious meal, full of essential vitamins and minerals.

Locally-Grown Produce

You can’t beat being able to pick your own produce to serve with a meal. The perfect complement to virtually any meal is a freshly prepared vegetable, and Florida’s climate allows for ample production of vegetables, like lettuce, cucumbers and green peppers. Other produce that thrives in our sub-tropical climate includes:

  • Mangoes

  • Bananas

  • Oranges

  • Papayas

The ability to have these items at our fingertips is unmatched. With proper cultivation and care, you too could start your own backyard garden, filled with delicious and nutritious locally-grown produce.

Benefits of Eating Local

Aside from convenience, there are many other benefits to eating locally-grown items. Locally-grown foods tend to have way more flavor than their store-bought competitors. This is due to the crops being picked at the peak of ripeness, often times having been picked mere hours before being purchased. Locally-grown food is also seasonal, which means that you can enjoy the foods that are at their very best flavor for that particular part of the year. Some fruits and vegetables, during certain months, are flown in from other states, often picked before ripeness, which results in a lower quality product. Eating local also helps to support our economy and helps maintain our precious farmland.

Eating Local in Southwest Florida

There’s no doubt about it…eating local here in Southwest Florida is not only simple, it’s delicious! With our plentiful seafood offerings and ample crops, we have it made when it comes to local fare. Enjoy better food, made with fresher ingredients by choosing to eat local. Farm to table is easy to adopt, and you’ll thank yourself for incorporating this into your cooking style. Eat better. Live better. Enjoy what our area has to offer.

Here at Crave Culinaire, we pride ourselves on choosing to utilize our locally-grown food supply in the meals that we design. Get started with us on your next event, call (239) 292-1529 or visit www.craveculinaire.com.

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28 Nov

New Executive Chef, David Robbins, Appointed at Crave Culinaire

In Uncategorized by Crave Culinaire / November 28, 2017 / 0 Comments

Naples, Florida, November 28th, 2017 Crave Culinaire, a gourmet catering company in North Naples has just announced that Chef David Robbins has been appointed as the new Executive Chef. Crave Culinaire is founded by Chef Brian Roland and provides immaculate culinary presentations to residents of Southwest Florida.

Robbins joins the Crave team with over 15 years of culinary and hospitality experience including the Naples Grande Resort and Fiddler’s Creek Club and Spa, Naples, FL as executive chef.

Robbins, who was born and raised in Waimea, Hawaii developed a strong passion for local ecology while working on his family’s flower and lei business – Kauai Pikake and on their all-natural produce farm. After moving to Florida as a teenager, he pursued a degree in Cultural Ecology at Florida Gulf Coast University. He then began to hone his skills in the kitchen with The Bonita Bay Group and Fiddlesticks Country Club before taking on a leadership role at the Naples Grande Resort – Waldorf Astoria Collection in 2006.  More recently, he accepted a leadership position at The W Hotel & Residences, South Beach and The Dutch Miami.

Robbins returned to Naples from Miami, at the end of 2016 to pursue new opportunities and to have more time with his son Micah and wife Arianna. Since, he has privately consulted on a range of projects including working with private Country Clubs, Yacht Clubs, and multiple restaurant openings.  As a strong advocate of lifelong learning, he has been a stagiaire at restaurants ranging from Blue Hill -Stone Barn Farms (#11 in the world 2016 – Chef Dan Barber – Pocantico Hills, NY) to Malabar (#7 Latin America 2012 – Chef Pedro Miguel Schiffiano – Lima, Peru)

Chef Robbins states “Culinary Arts are just that, an art. It is about so much more than producing great tasting food. There’s a ‘magic’ to it, that when done right it creates unforgettable experiences that touch the lives of our guests and community.”  He further remarks “It’s awesome, humbling, and inspiring to be part the Crave team.  I’m honored to have a role in shaping the new fabric of Naples’ culinary culture.”

Chef David joined Crave Culinaire and Venue Naples in mid-2017 and has taken over culinary operations with Chef Brian Roland.

“We are delighted to welcome Chef David Robbins to Crave Culinaire and Venue Naples,” said owner Chef Brian Roland, “Team Crave has never been as strong and is continuing to build its presence in the community and beyond.”

 

About Crave Culinaire:

Crave Culinaire was founded by Chef Brian Roland, Owner and Executive Chef. Chef Brian and his team specialize in creating an exclusive culinary experience through in-home dining, private and public events, cooking classes, customized catering, food and wine pairings and showcasing immaculate culinary delights. Crave Culinaire is driven by their passion for food, and focuses on incorporating fresh and local ingredients. Crave Culinaire is also paired with the fully customizable space of Venue Naples. Venue Naples is a multi-use event space and art gallery incorporating fine dining and exquisite service.

17 Jul

Why a Professional Caterer Will Be Your Best Friend at Your Event

In Dinner Parties,Uncategorized by Crave Culinaire / July 17, 2017 / 0 Comments

You’ve got a lot on your plate when planning an event…literally! From the guest list to the décor to one of the most important aspects, the food, it may seem like your to-do list is never-ending. At some point, you may realize that you can’t do it all on your own and choose to hire a professional caterer to help you with one of the most important tasks on your list. During this revelation, you may also find that your caterer may just become your best friend at your event. Allow us to explain…

Crowd Control

You may have had experience cooking for a small dinner party before, but nothing can prepare you for preparing a meal for a large group. Serving a large group takes a great deal of planning and organization, and your professional caterer has the experience needed to ensure that all of your guests are happy and enjoying a delicious meal. Your caterer makes sure that all food is prepped accordingly, and they also prepare for any obstacles that may arise. They also ensure that all guests are served a hot meal at the same time. There’s nothing worse than half of your group being served earlier than the other half. This makes for grumpy guests at your event.

Professional Experience

Your caterer employs a team of professionals who are well-versed in serving groups. This includes cook and wait staff, who ensure that all guests are cared for from the start of your event until the very end. You can rest assured that your event will run smoothly when a team of professionals are taking care of one of the most important aspects of the day.

Stress Reducer

You’ve got enough to deal with during your event, and while your caterer can’t quite help you with the guest list or some of the other items on your list, you can limit your stress by knowing that they’re handling what they’re good at, and your guests will thank you for it later. Delegating this task to a professional can give you the energy to tackle the next item on the list and helps you to enjoy the event more.

Idea Assistant

Your professional caterer has seen an event or two in their lifetime, and this is why it’s a good idea to bounce your ideas off of them. They may be able to provide some insight on what foods to serve and help you to nail down a theme for your event. Your caterer may give you ideas that you’ve never thought of before, based on an event that they’ve catered in the past.

Enjoying Your Event

At the end of the day, you want to be able to enjoy your own event with the people who are important to you. Being responsible for prepping and cooking all of the food severely limits the time you will get to spend with them, whether your event is big or small. Hiring a professional caterer can ensure that you’re free from this responsibility, so you can get out on the dancefloor with your guests and dance the night away!

Remembering these key points will help your event run smoothly. To recap:

  • Professional caterers have experience serving large groups, ensuring that all guests are served in a timely manner and are enjoying their meal.
  • Your caterer can serve as a stress reducer, helping you to deal with the other items on your to-do list.
  • They can help with ideas and assist in choosing the appropriate food for your event.
  • You’re free to enjoy your event and focus on your guests.

Don’t try to go it alone! Enjoy your event and your guests by choosing to hire a professional caterer. They could prove to be your best friend at your next event. The professionals at Crave Culinaire are ready to help! Give us a call at (239) 292-1529 or visit www.craveculinaire.com to get started with our team.

 

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13 Jun

“An Evening with Matty Jollie” Hosted By: Venue Naples & Crave Culinaire

In Uncategorized by Crave Culinaire / June 13, 2017 / 0 Comments

Back by popular demand, Venue Naples is proud to once again welcome local celebrity musician Matty Jollie for an evening of dinner and dancing on Tuesday, June 20th at 7:00 PM.

Performing since the age of four, and involved in theatre productions since age seven, Matty Jollie has always had a passion for the stage. His experiences as a young boy helped to forge his great love of performance. After turning professional at age 21, Matty quickly became one of Naples’ fastest “rising stars.”

Continuing to strive for the best as a solo musician, Matty is currently performing with The Powerhouse Band, one of the most premier touring corporate acts in the country. His “Evolution of Music” show will take you on a journey; beginning in the 1960s, Matty will transport you through time, and back to the here and now, as he performs your favorite hits decade-by-decade.

Driven by the pursuit of excellence, immaculate presentation and breaking boundaries, Venue Naples is a fully customizable, multi-use event space, incorporating fine dining and above-and-beyond service. This unique concept allows clients to create a multitude of events within an easy to design backdrop; this is then paired with the food, wine and service of Chef Brian Roland’s Crave Culinaire to create the ultimate dining experience.

In addition to the sweet, sweet sounds of Matty Jollie’s “Evolution of Music,” local celebrity Chef Brian Roland’s Crave Culinaire will excite your other senses with an exquisite 3-Course dinner, complimentary glass of champagne and cash bar. 
Tickets are $65/EACH and are selling fast! Visit www.venuenaples.com/tickets to reserve your spot today!

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23 May

Crave Culinaire by Chef Brian Roland Wins at Best of the Gulfshore 2017

In Uncategorized by Crave Culinaire / May 23, 2017 / 0 Comments

Dear Friends,

Woo hoo! Thank you, thank you, thank you! We are extremely grateful to all of our friends, family and supporters for receiving the award for Best Caterer at The Best of the Gulfshore 2017. Each year, teams from all facets of business from arts and entertainment to health and beauty are recognized for their innovative work, unique approach and unparalleled talent. This year, Crave Culinaire by Chef Brian Roland brought home the Best Caterer title for the fourth year in a row. For that, we are beyond humbled and dedicate this honor to our faithful supporters.

Crave Culinaire began as a vision by myself and my team and quickly evolved into a culinary experience for all to enjoy. Specializing in customized event catering, food and wine pairings and in-home dining experiences, we take catering to a new level. Attention to detail, a personal approach and an energy that’s unmatched by any competition, Crave Culinaire seeks to revolutionize the guest experience.

It’s been an honor to work with so many remarkable clients in the area and we’re looking forward to a future filled with opportunity, creativity and fun. Thank you again for voting for us!

Sincerely,

Chef Brian Roland & the team at Crave Culinaire

19 Jul

Lunch and Learn in the Paradise Lounge!

In Uncategorized by Crave Culinaire / July 19, 2016 / 0 Comments

Do you love cooking classes? Do you enjoy drinking great wine?! How about doing both this Thursday at our first ever “Lunch and Learn” in the Paradise Lounge! Details below, limited space and tickets are selling fast!

 

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