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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.

20 Nov

Champagne 101: Your Guide to the Bubbly

In Dinner Parties by Crave Culinaire / November 20, 2017 / 0 Comments

A glass of champagne is a spectacular way to celebrate the holidays, special occasions or… who are we kidding, any occasion really. With the many different varieties of champagne, food pairings, and cocktail options out there, we decided to assemble a 101 guide to help you navigate the bubbly. Here is Crave’s Champagne 101:

 

Champagne Glossary:

 

  • BLANC DE BLANCS

 

Champagne made exclusively from white grapes; true French champagne

 

  • DOSAGE

 

Sugar that is added to champagne to counteract acidity

    

  • BLANC DE NOIR

 

Literally translation: white from blacks. These are white champagnes made from the skins of darker colored grapes.

 

  • BRUT

 

Or “Dry,” meaning that the dosage added to the bottle contains little sugar.

 

  • EXTRA DRY

 

As a popular sparkling white in the United States, “Extra Dry” actually has a mildly sweet taste to it, as it contains a dosage with a small amount of sugar.

About Champagne:

All true Champagnes are made in the Champagne region of France, and are acclaimed as some of the best sparkling wine in the world. When there is a celebration, someone is usually bringing out the champagne. Champagnes are sparkling wines, usually made from a blend of grapes. They range from dry to sweet, and different producers have various flavors and styles. Price range varies widely depending on the champagne.

Fun Cocktails:

Whether you are getting ready for New Year’s or Sunday Brunch – there are plenty of delicious cocktail creations you can make with a bottle of bubbly. Try these recipes, and feel free to get creative with your own special touch!

 

Passion Fruit Mimosa: The mimosa is the tried and true beverage for Mother’s Day, Easter, or any brunch! Put a twist on this classic by subbing the OJ for some Passion Fruit Juice.

  • 1 Cup Chilled Champagne
  • ½ Cup Passion Fruit Juice
  • 1 Strawberry (optional garnish)

 

Pomegranate Royale: This is a fun and festival holiday cocktail. The red pomegranate seeds add a beautiful color to this drink.

  • 5 Pomegranate Seeds
  • 1 oz. Pomegranate Liqueur
  • 4 oz. chilled champagne

 

Classic Champagne Cocktail: If you want to keep it classic and classy, this is the perfect go-to.

  • 1 Cube Sugar
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Chilled Champagne to Your Taste
  • Lemon Twist

 

Great Pairings:

 There’s nothing better than a glass of champagne that just goes perfectly with a delightful meal. We picked out some of our favorite champagne pairings for you to try! 

 

Oyster Rockefeller: We had to pay homage to this New Orleans classic. It’s no secret that champagne goes fabulously with oysters. Get the full recipe here.

 

Bagels and Lox with Cream Cheese: This is great for breakfast, brunch, or lunch to pair with your Passion Fruit Mimosa! You can get creative with your bread and opt for an English muffin or baguette instead of the bagel!

 

Seared Pork with Roasted Grapes: This is an entre that would pair perfectly with brut champagne.

 

Champagne is an elegant and tasty beverage option to bring out in times of celebration and get-togethers. If you need help finding the perfect bottle, or creating and serving cocktails, Crave Culinaire offers personalized private and large-event catering services. Visit www.craveculinaire.com for more food and beverage inspiration.

“Too much of anything is bad. But too much champagne is just right” – F. Scott Fitzgerald.

 

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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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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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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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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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18 Oct

Birthday Party by Crave Culinaire

In Uncategorized by Crave Culinaire / October 18, 2015 / 0 Comments

If you are looking to make a certain birthday party special through some culinary delights, Team Crave might be able to help you with that. No matter if you are looking for buffet style, sit down dinner or passed appetizers, we will provide what your senses crave. Last week we had the pleasure of being part of a lovely birthday celebration with 30 guests. Take a look at team crave’s creations for this special occasion.

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25 Sep

Taste of Nations

In Uncategorized by Crave Culinaire / September 25, 2015 / 0 Comments

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Silverspot Cinema, 9118 Strada Place at Mercato, has launched a monthly chef tasting series, “Taste of Nations,” featuring notable area chefs and international cuisine, starting Tuesday, September 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Tickets are $65 per person.

Team Crave  will tempt your palate with flavors of Spain (Please see below the menu), including a variety of Tapas, a Buffet and Sweet Cravings.

Tickets include two beverages per person (a selection of domestic and import brews, house wine and select cocktails).  Additional beverages may be purchased at Happy Hour prices.  Space is limited. For Ticket purchase click here or call 239-592-0300, ext. 126.

 

MENU:

Variety of Tapas

Buffet

Catalonian Patatas Bravas con Jamón Serran – Fried Yukon Gold, Spanish Ham, Smoked Tomato Aïoli

Cabrales Tarta de Queso – Savory “Cheesecake,” Artisanal Blue Cheese, Balsamic Syrup, White Truffle Cream

Red Snapper Crudo en Escabèche- Jerez Gran Reserva Vinegar, Roasted Fennel and Sweet Pepper, Smoked Paprika Tortilla Crisp

Action Stations

Tortilla de Papas, Queso de Cabra- Spanish Omelet, Purple Potatoes, Bell Pepper, Spinach, Goat Cheese, Reggianito Cloud, Micro Cilantro

Salmon a la Plancha- Cast Ironed Scorched Confit of Salmon, Sweet Corn Cake, Crema de Rucula

Sweet Cravings

Burnt Orange Flan- Dulce de Leche Creme, Basil Crystals

Churro Bites- Mexican Hot Chocolate & Mixed Berry Powder

Mini Manchego Cheesecakes- Caramel Popcorn, Cinnamon – Graham Cracker Crust

13 Sep

Entrée of the Week

In Uncategorized by Crave Culinaire / September 13, 2015 / 0 Comments

Crave Culinaire - you #1 catering company in Naples, FL.

Reverse Braised Sous Vide Boneless Prime Porterhouse Steak – Yukon Gold Risotto, Balsamic Charred Asparagus, Grilled Chicory,Basil-Tomato Compote, Chocolate Bordelaise Emulsion


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