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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Let me tell you about my first ever catering gig/party :D

It was held Feb. 12th (two days before Valentine's Day). Julia (the bride) had already told me about her likes and dislikes. I also met with her fiance, Eric (who I didn't like at all being really snobbish and stupid). Julia is really too good for him. All he did that day was list the items he did not want to see and they were like 100!

Anyway, my grandmother and Emma helped me a great deal. I couldn't have done without them so thank you so much Emma and Granny :)

The party was held at Julia's parents' house. They have one amazing REAL English garden. Julia told me she was bringing a small band as her friends and the fiance's felt like dancing.

Number of guests = 50

I made up a lovely menu. I had also agreed with Julia I would set the place up for her. I know a thing or two about decoration. Emma did more in fact and I really liked her taste. Julia's favorite color is lilac and almost everything that day was in lilac including table cloths and decorations. She just loved it. I also made Emma in charge of anything wine-related; from purchasing to food pairing. I don't drink and don't know that much about it :) And thank God, Julia didn't want pork on the menu. I know how to cook it, but I hate its smell and again, I don't eat it.

Back to the kitchen. Here's my humble menu:

Appetizers and Salads

Mushroom Fries
Asparagus Pasta Salad
Taboulah (of course! And they loved it!)
Californian Salad
Greek Salad
Mozzarella Sticks

Main Dishes

Fried Chicken (she begged me for it so what can I say?)
Chicken Risotto
Salmon and Spinach Lasagne
Chips and Fish (by demand as most English adore it)
Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables

Desserts (next to the Engagement Cake which I proudly baked)

Apple Pies
Banana Tartes
Chocolate Tartes
Chocolate Souffles
Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti
Chocolate Mousse (yes, by now you realized how Julia LOVES chocolate!)

And of course there were many non-alcoholic drinks as well.

Julia didn't want any waiters or waitresses at the party except for someone to pour drinks for the guests at the small bar and another someone at the buffet. She insisted it was a friendly gathering and she wanted nothing formal about it.

I just hired a waiter for the bar and watched the buffet myself.

I'm still sore, believe it or not. I hadn't slept for days before that and didn't rest a minute that day. I'd thought about calling the whole thing off and had cried right before the party.

I went there in a pink coat, black pants and a black scarf around my neck. Yes, professional and classic.

The party was great. Julia was really pretty and her friends were really nice. I was even asked if I could cater other parties :D I also met someone really interesting there *wink* but more later.

But I also earned a good sum amount of money.

If you like any of the dishes I mentioned above, I can email you the recipe. But then I'd have to kill you. Kidding. Just tell me.


Fadfadation said...

7aram 3aleeeky... i am dead hungry now!

asly i loooooooooooooooooove food.

raghoooda said...

woow wooow wooow, just great news happy for u & was sure you'll perefctly make it. here u get many future offers and good fame as catering chef. above all, u met that someone ;)
happy news,,enjoy ur success and rest, u do deserve it sweetie.btw, i love ur menu, sounds elegant & delicious,may be i'll email u for some recipe ,thanks 4 offer

KareemFromEgypt said...

Impressive... you go girl :)

Mak said...

Did you get to eat any of your food??? Yummy.

So you had fun, made money, met new people, got new potential customers and met an interesting guy all on the same day? If that's not a good day I don't know what is.

Recipes are no good to me. The only "meal" I can make is scrambled eggs. Could you FEDEX me some Mozarella Sticks? Thanks. :D

E N G Y said...

Goog good goooooood, really very happy for you and really prode of you.
I was reading you and imagining it as a tv show, you know we are not accustomed of this here in Egypt.
Big,no,biggest kiss for you:D

Mystery said...

Fadfadation: Then you should have seen and tasted my food :D

R: Thanks ya gameela. And yes I'll blog about that someone soon ;)

Kareem: *big grin*

Mak: Yes, I tasted every dish before serving. Yes, that was indeed a good day. I was just probably too tense which is why I didn't realize what it was until it was over :(

LOL @ the mozarella sticks part :)

Engy: Your words mean a lot :)

Mak said...

what do you mean "LOL @ the mozarella sticks part"????

I'm serious.

Nerro said...

I am impressed..seriously..el kalam da kbeer awi. Way to go girl
Tab, when you come to Egypt 3alemini w keda :D

Merili said...

The menu sounds good. I am currently working at an event management agency which (amongst other things)organises weddings and I just happen to be one of the main wedding planners there, so i know how much hassle catering is.
I am just stunned you cooked all that and made the wedding cake?? Wow!

Nesrina said...

Sounds DELICIOUS, thanks for your offer to send the recipe, I wish you could email the dishes instead :)kidding :)
Hope all is fine with you dear.

KareemFromEgypt said...

where are my recepies :(