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A Word from the Chef – July 4th Grilling Tips Part 1

In preparation of your Independence Day celebrations… here are some tips from our Chef!

  • To prepare the grill, use extra virgin olive oil on an old rag, NOT  pan spray which is very dangerous near open flame.
  • All meats should be at almost room temp before grilling, not straight from the fridge, as they will cook better
  • When cooking hamburgers, flatten the ground beef before cooking.  Flattening while cooking will squeeze all the juices out and the burger will be dry
  • To keep your meats moist and flavorful – use a marinade!  Stay tuned for ‘July 4th Grilling Tips Part II’ for some of our favorites!

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Sand, Surf & Sustainable Seafood

 

We are definitely fans of great seafood, but its so important these days to also take care of our environment.  Thanks to our friends at Santa Monica Seafood, we worked together in creating this great  menu of hors d’oeuvres that feature sustainable seafood:

Bouillabaisse
Rich bouillabaisse with bay scallop, mussel & white fish garnished with rouille toast served in a demitasse cup
 
Ginger Crabcakes
With a mango Mojito salad
 
Coconut Avocado Gazpacho (Gluten-free/Vegan)
A spicy puree of coconut milk and avocado served in shot glass
 
Cured Salmon Gaufrette
A crisp potato chip topped with slices of cured salmon and celery root-Fuji apple salad
 
Grilled Ahi Tuna
Seared ahi tuna on a crispy wonton triangle with cilantro crème fraiche, papaya relish & daikon
 
Louisiana Ceviche Martinis (Gluten-free)
Redfish marinated with citrus juices, chilies & cilantro with a splash of tequila & garnished with Jicama coleslaw
 
Crispy Calamari
Fried extra crispy and served in petite cones with chunky lemon remoulade
 
Crawfish Spoons
Asian spoon, ruby grapefruit, avocado, remoulade, micro herb salad
 
Baja Yellowtail Trumpets
Crispy cones, yellowtail tartar, Napa cabbage, avocado and wasabi
 
Hearts of Palm “Ceviche” (Vegan)
Blue corn cups with guacamole and lemon hearts of palm slaw
 
Kiwi-Ginger Shooter
Topped with a seared bay scallop & candied ginger
 
&
Cones of… Homemade Salt & Vinegar Chips
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Mary’s Words of Wisdom

Our fearless leader, Mary Micucci has offered many “words of wisdom” over the years when it comes to events. To kick-off our blog, we thought we’d share them with all of you!

“There is no greater love than the love of food”

“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook” – Julia Childs

“You’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with.”

“Garlic to taste not to taste garlic”

“Extraordinary food is all about the soul of the chefs in the kitchen”

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