Wow, what an awesome night catering for some of my dearest friends!! And what better way than a surprise birthday party! We put out quite a spread with fresh baked Slider Rolls from a local small business, BBQ Chicken and Fajita Steak sliders, Chipotle Avocado Ranch Sauce, Fresh Salsa and Chips, Tortellini Skewers, a cheese log shaped into 50 (yep he's 50)! Dessert Shooters: Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, Fresh Strawberries & Cream, and Brownie Chocolate Lush, a Beverage Bar with Tea and Lemonade, and our Coffee Bar!
First weekend in the new year and I had the awesome privilege of catering a fajita and salsa bar for a very special 50th birthday party. We love our customers and treat them all as though they are the most important people in the world....because they are!! This particular customer just happened to be someone who everyone in the OKC foodie world knows as she is a well-respected tv foodie personality on Freedom 43 TV. For her to let me cater her husband's birthday....well, it was a most fantastic start to this new year!! Thank you, Katie Johnstonbaugh!! We decided on a fajita and salsa bar which included both grilled chicken and steak fajitas, grilled onions, red & green bell peppers and poblano peppers, a special in-house recipe of chipotle avocado ranch sauce, the typical toppings of shredded lettuce, cheese and sour cream, tortillas, chips, our house made fresh salsa and a black bean & corn salsa. All our recipes are in-house recipes made with lots of love and care. We believe our customers are worth it!
The executive board for Sooner State Bank and the employees at the Tuttle branch got to enjoy "A Taste of Italy" Christmas lunch! What a pleasure to serve them! Menu: Garden Salad, Farfalle Festival with Grilled Chicken & creamy Alfredo Sauce, Penne Pasta with Meat Marinara Sauce, oven roasted Tuscan Vegetable Medley, Buttery Garlic Bread, Dessert Shooters of Strawberrie & Cream and Chocolate Brownie Lush.
One of the most awesome groups of people that I have the privilege to know and hang out with....Oklahoma Networking Professionals. I also had the privilege of catering their Christmas Party this year hosted at the Sooner State Bank. Fun times, good food, and amazing friends! We decided on a variety of cold and hot hors d'oeuvres...this group is always willing to be my awesome taste testers! 🙂
Wow....Another incredible event we organized to give bags of groceries to 150 families which included a turkey and all the things to make a Thanksgiving dinner! This was so rewarding as we bought groceries (I do believe we cleaned out some grocery store shelves!) and also had a lot of items donated by individuals... ...and then a group of volunteers showed up to sort, organize and bag the groceries. Families came through picking up their turkey and groceries, and what was left was taken to housing areas to be distributed. I loved seeing so many volunteers (mostly youth) who got involved in being a blessing this Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for and giving back to the community is just a small thing that we are all capable of doing in some way.
Every year probably for at least the past 10 years, I have had the opportunity and humble privilege to help my dear friends who are also the Chi Alpha Campus Pastors at UCO in Edmond, with their annual Thanksgiving Dinner. The event has grown over the years from a few meeting in the XA house to presently being in the UCO Wellness Center and feeding approximately 300 to 350 (or so!) college students! A huge number of these students are international students who have never had an American Thanksgiving Dinner. What fun it is to serve them turkey and stuffing and alllll the typical side dishes that go with our traditional turkey day dinner! I hope they were as blessed as all the volunteers were who showed up to serve dinner to them. I love this annual tradition and it is definitely worth all the work it takes to prepare the food for such a crowd (many of whom come back for seconds and take to-go boxes for their roommates!). Here's a few pics from this year...
One of the things that I love to do is help a group or organization raise money for a good cause! November was such a busy month, but we absolutely made time for the wonderful children's ministry at Highpointe church in OKC. A delicioso spaghetti dinner followed by an amazing array of desserts up for auction....what an awesome combination for success!! Lots of fun for everyone and lots of money raised for their department to do more incredible things for the children!!
Time to get this party started!! I have been busy working to get a lot of the vital skeletal (had to throw that word in there since it is October) things in place to put a serious launch on this business! I hope you feel welcome to come in and take a look around the website. I will be blogging (hopefully!!) in between all that's going on...giving you the low-down on recipes from my test kitchen, foodie news, events and anything else that I think you might be interested in hearing about...or whatever randomly comes out of my head! 🙂 Here's to the future starting now! (clinks water bottles) Para la vida loca! Translation: Here's to the crazy life!