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19 Jan

Should I Offer Vegetarian and Vegan Options at My Catering Event?

In Catering by Crave Culinaire / January 19, 2018 / 0 Comments

Vegan and vegetarian diets are on the rise. More and more people are turning to these eating styles to become healthier and lose weight, and party guests are more health conscious than ever before. 2018 will be about going above and beyond offering vegetarian, organic, and all-natural options and including more vegan, raw, and plant-based plates. People want to find ways to incorporate proteins without eating meats. Let’s break down why you should consider offering more plant-based meals at your event.

Vegetarian and Vegan Meals

When people picture catering, they see traditional meals being served; appetizers, main courses, side dishes and desserts. Typically the entrée is meat with a choice of sides. People’s stance on this way of traditional eating is being influenced. Vegan and vegetarian popularity is growing rapidly today. Vegetarian restaurants and catering companies are popping up everywhere as a growing number of Americans are discovering the health benefits of eating green.

With a growing fan base for vegetarian diets. Vegetables are becoming the stars of the kitchen. Veggies are now the ‘cool’ thing to eat, and it’s our job to dress them up and present them to guests in the most appetizing way. You will see this in leading restaurants and it’s no stranger to the catering world. The variety of fun vegetables, as well as the unique ways chefs are preparing them, is going to inspire more meals with vegetables as the focal point rather than protein.

With a vegetarian or vegan menu, you may think that your menu options are limited, but this is completely untrue! Talented chefs like Chef Brian and the Crave Culinaire team have the ability to present familiar flavors and foods, but do so on an all plant-based pallet.

Offering vegan options means you’re opening the door to a whole new crowd, reaching out to people you would have never connected with when serving typical food.

Benefits

If you’re curious about the benefits of having your event catered with vegan and vegetarian options, then keep reading. You will benefit from our flexibility and creativity. We can construct delicious food that your guests will love and want to come back for more. More benefits include:

  • Vegetarian foods are high in vitamins and proteins, and have no downsides such as trans-fats.
  • Vegan or vegetarian menus can cater to guests with a variety of special dietary needs.
  • Most people have never had the experience of eating a vegetarian meal. We can create a unique dining experience for them centered on vegetarian plates.

 

Crave Culinaire is known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to dining. We can work with you when catering your event to provide you vegan or vegetarian options, pair them with drinks, and present them beautifully. Consider vegan and vegetarian options when planning your next event with Crave Culinaire to appeal to the masses and bring some diversity to your plate.

To learn more about our menus and catering, call (239) 292-1529 or visit our website at https://www.craveculinaire.com/

 

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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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17 Apr

Craving Paradise – Wine and Dinner Series – South Africa

In Uncategorized by Crave Culinaire / 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 Crave Culinaire / 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 Crave Culinaire / 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 Crave Culinaire / 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 Crave Culinaire / 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 Crave Culinaire / 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 Crave Culinaire / 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 Crave Culinaire / 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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