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Culinary Action Stations| Tuna Carving | Catering | The Dali Museum | St. Petersburg
Posted on July 25th, 2015 - Comments Off

This past weekend we catered a station style wedding at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL. One of the biggest hits of the evening was our signature Tuna Carving Station. Both the bride and groom are big seafood fans and they certainly had the right idea! Their guests loved the flavors, presentation and interaction with our chef;  it ended up being a fan favorite!

To put this station together, first we began with a full tuna loin (10-12 pounds), seasoned it, then seared it rare. The tuna was then placed on one of our decorative and functional pink Himalayan salt blocks, which added a little extra flavor to the dish. As seen in pictures below, the tuna was then carved to the guest’s desired thickness and laid on a bed of Asian Inspired Quinoa Salad and topped with an Avocado-Tomato Relish and Chili-Cilantro Vinaigrette.

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Hand Carved Seared Tuna seared to rare with avocado-tomato relish with chile-cilantro vinaigrette, sliced thin, served over Asian Inspired Quinoa Salad cold quinoa salad with mint, basil, tomato, carrot and cucumber, in a soy-ponzu dressing

Hand Carved Seared Tuna seared to rare with avocado-tomato relish with chile-cilantro vinaigrette, sliced thin, served over Asian Inspired Quinoa Salad with mint, basil, tomato, carrot and cucumber, in a soy-ponzu dressing

 

In order to provide our guests with the freshest and highest quality dishes, we are proud to reveal our process.

Notes from the Chef:

The tuna we used is yellow fin and it is purchased as a whole loin with skin on. This particular tuna loin was 10+ pounds. The tuna is fresh catch and is never frozen from supplier to guest. After receiving the tuna we keep it on ice while under refrigeration until we begin the prep process. This process starts by rubbing the tuna loin with extra virgin olive oil, then a light coat of minced garlic followed with an Asian spice blend. The spice blend consists of dry ginger, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, toasted sesame seeds, dry citrus peel and other spices.  The tuna is placed on a hot grill simply for marking, which also adds a light smoky grill char flavor. Next the tuna is chilled rapidly back to a safe temperature. At the event the tuna is placed in a hot oven at 450 F for about 10-12 minutes. The result is a rare tuna loin with a warm outer edge and a cool rare center. The other result is deliciousness!

Are you a seafood lover? Would you like to feature a tuna carving station at an upcoming event? Contact us today!

 

 


Beat the Summer Heat| Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream & Sorbet| Tampa Bay
Posted on July 17th, 2015 - Comments Off

If you’ve spent any time in the Tampa Bay region, you know how hot it gets in the summertime. What better way to beat the heat than by enjoying some delicious frozen treats? At Good Food Catering Company we like to keep our dishes fresh, innovative, and a little bit interesting. We recently hosted am industry luncheon that featured “Salted Caramel Ice Cream chilled with Liquid Nitrogen” as the dessert course. Since many of the guests had ever seen liquid nitrogen as a cooking tool, our chefs put on a performance to go with the dessert.

First, the salted caramel ice cream ingredients were combined and kept in a liquid state in a metal mixing bowl.  Liquid nitrogen was then carefully poured into the bowl, adding to the ice cream base. This mixture was then whisked until it solidified and all the liquid nitrogen had evaporated, making the dish safe to serve.  The frozen ice cream was then finished with a sea salt garnish and served to the guests.  Although this dish seems simple, liquid nitrogen is kept at – 320 degrees Fahrenheit (-196 Celsius), making it incredibly dangerous. Therefore it needs to handled with caution. If served improperly the dish can cause internal burns so it is important to let only the professionals prepare it!

Serving liquid nitrogen ice cream or sorbet adds an element of fun and presentation to the dish. It’s also an awesome way to impress your guests and to beat that stubborn, unending Florida heat! We use liquid nitrogen to add a bit of flair to our desserts as well as our specialty cocktails!

Here’s a menu for our new Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Bar – perfect for events and weddings!

Nitro Ice Cream Bar

First, choose from 2 ice cream flavors; examples include:
Mint Chocolate Chip | Cookies n’ Cream | Peanut Butter
Strawberries & Cream | Toasted Coconut | Cookie Dough
Vanilla Bean | Chocolate | Margarita Sorbet | Watermelon Sorbet | Salted Caramel 

Then, let your guests finish off their dessert by choosing from up to 6 toppings!
Examples include:
Crushed Reese’s Cups | Mini Marshmallows | Whipped Cream | Caramel Syrup
White Chocolate Chips | Toffee Pieces | Walnuts | Hot Fudge | Waffle Cone Crumbles
Nutella | Brownie Crumbles | Fresh Berries | Graham Cracker Pieces

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Interested in serving a liquid nitrogen frozen dish at your event? Contact Good Food Catering Company today!

catering@goodfoodtampa.com or 813-241-9500


From the Water to the Table | Fresh Seafood Catering | Tampa Bay
Posted on June 23rd, 2015 - Comments Off

At Good Food Catering Company we feel that it is important to support the community in which we work and live. We strive to buy local meat, seafood and produce of the highest quality and freshness.  Our culinary team recently visited one of our local seafood purveyors to discuss fresh Gulf seafood and shop for a special lunch we hosted.

During our visit to Gulf Coast Seafood we were able to hand pick the snapper that would be used for one of the dishes at the luncheon.  Knowing where our food comes from and how it is handled is important to our culinary team and to the clients that we serve.

The menu for the lunch featured:

Roasted Beet Salad

roasted beets paired with a bed of greens tossed with green goddess dressing | fig reduction | crumbled goat cheese

Pan Roasted Gulf Snapper

summer grilled succotash of corn, asparagus and heirloom tomatoes | romesco sauce | grilled scallions

Margarita Sorbet

liquid nitrogen chilled | candied lime zest

Journey from the Sea…

Gulfcoast Seafood

To the Table…

Ready for Table 2

 

It would be great if we could buy only local products, but fresh is almost always best.  Some of our other dishes using fresh caught seafood include: Tuna Tartar, Pan Seared Salmon over Roasted Vegetable Quinoa, Mini Pan Sautéed Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Key West “Ceviche,” Asian Inspired Tuna Stack, and Southern Style Shrimp & Grits.

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When you are looking to host a party, event or dinner where fresh seafood is important, give us a call!


Top 7 Catering Food Trends for 2015 – Tampa Bay, Sarasota and Lakeland
Posted on January 12th, 2015 - No Comments

In the Tampa Bay Catering food scene, we aim to be trend setters, not followers.  As a small locally owned catering company, we cater over 100 full service events annually and speak with hosts and guests about what they love and what they want.  Based on our future booked events and weddings and the conversations we have daily, we’ve compiled our top 7 food trends that we foresee this year for the Tampa Bay, Sarasota and Lakeland catering  markets.  Enjoy!

Popularity of lesser known cuts of meat – Teres Major (our bistro steak) is our pick for the best cut of beef in 2015. It’s tender with a deep beef flavor that is perfect for marinating and grilling. We marinate our bistro steak for 24 hours, season, mark on a hot grill and then finish by roasting in the oven until medium rare. When sliced, it’s a heavenly cut that pairs perfectly with our cilantro chimichurri or stands great on it’s own.

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Grilled Bistro Steak

 

Late night wedding snacks with personality – we’ve found that a guests’ culinary experience at your wedding can be a direct reflection on you and your personality.   Late night snacks have gained in popularity over the past couple of years in Tampa Bay weddings, but this is the year that they will explode with character.   Food items customized and specifically tailored to the couple will be the year’s hottest ticket.

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A customized bride and groom late night snack station

 

New and Upscale Southern Food – In the past, Southern food might have earned a reputation for being hearty, simple and cheap.  We’ve taken our love for grits to the next level and infused them with mascarpone cheese and just the right amount of cream and butter to make a heavenly accompaniment to slow smoked pork shoulder or lamb chops drizzled with a cabernet wine reduction.

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Braised Beef Short Rib and Mahi Mahi with an Andouille Cream Sauce, paired with Fresh Roasted Asparagus and Mascarpone Cheese Grits

 

Asian Street Food – One of our most popular new food stations is our Asian street food station, complete with action station chefs preparing favorites like lobster fried rice, pork belly fried rice, green curry ramen noodles or our fun Floribbean fusion fried rice.  We’ve had the popular Pad Thai action station since 2008, but have recently seen a growth in interest in other styles of Asian street food, which helped us expand the possibilities and ideas.

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Pork Belly Fried Rice

 

Healthier and Lighter Dining – whether it is a corporate cocktail party or a wedding reception, we have found recently that hosts are becoming more and more health concious and aware that lighter eating is a trend on the rise.  Based on our booked events for this year, we see healthy and light options appearing on menus at many of our events.   Dishes like Roasted Vegetable Quinoa, Grilled Sweet Chili Seafood Skewers, Fava (or Lima) Beans, and Grilled Lean Beef with Romesco, fresh green salads and brussels sprouts are all making appearances this coming year.

Food that tastes great!

Food that tastes great!

 

Chef Composed Dishes and Action Stations (no more guest DIY)- our culinary focused action stations have the overall guest experience in mind.  Gone are the days of “create your own” pasta or salad bars; your guests deserve a night off from the kitchen!  Instead, we feel that designing several upscale composed dishes gives the guest the culinary experience of a top notch restaurant menu and less worry about getting it right.

Our "Fire and Ice" Culinary Action Station

Our “Fire and Ice” Culinary Action Station

 

More substance, less style – food is meant to be enjoyed and savored. If it tastes good, then it is good. We’ve found that many of our clients and guests are coming around to enjoying great food without the pretentiousness or show. Technique and flavor in food will shine, as diners have realized that flavor is more important than a pretty plate with unneeded garnish or flowers.

A trio of three tasty, yet simple dishes - Pan Seared Grouper with Mint Gremolata, Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Corn Salsa and Queso Grits, Grilled Flatiron Steak with Gorgonzola Mashed Potatoes.

A trio of three tasty, yet simple dishes – Pan Seared Grouper with Mint Gremolata over Black Rice, Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Corn Salsa and Queso Grits, Grilled Flatiron Steak with Gorgonzola Mashed Potatoes.

 


Innovative Corporate Event Catering (click for photos)
Posted on August 28th, 2009 - No Comments

Despite the doldrums of summer and being engulfed in the heat of a Florida August, Good Food Catering Company has been rather busy catering various events and parties in the Tampa Bay region.  Although the event catering has kept us from regular blogging, I wanted to share a particular highlight in the corporate event catering branch of our company.

In early July we were contacted by a prominent Ybor City design and advertising firm with  the possibility of catering an evening cocktail party mixer at their office, to be held in honor of one of their VIP clients.  Because the firm wanted something different and unique, they felt Good Food would be the perfect fit to bring tasty and approachable food along with our unique and modern look. After a couple of proposal revisions and a committee decision, the firm chose us as the top Tampa caterer to  be a part of their event.

Since the event was for nearly 100 guests and held in a confined office setting, we used three unique tablescapes, strategically placed throughout the office along with a full bar setup by uDream Events in the main foyer.  As an added touch and creative twist, we used the firm’s logo and colors as a template for a portion of the food signage and designs. The summer environment also gave us another opportunity to utilize wheatgrass for a light and refreshing “pop.”

The menu was designed to be refreshing and approachable party food that was easy to eat but also heavy enough to mix with an afternoon and evening of cocktails. Check out the menu (followed by photos):

Passed Signature Appetizer Bites
Fried Mac-N-Cheese Lollipops
comfort food meets class- our most requested item!
Seared Ahi Tuna
served on crispy wonton triangles with mango-wasabi sauce
Skewered Lamb-Beef Meatballs
with Tzatziki style yogurt sauce
Skewered House-made Italian Style Meatballs
in Marinara

Stationary Food Displays
Chicken Roban
Seasoned chicken sautéed in a rich, spicy cream sauce, tossed with penne pasta and chopped green onion
Caprese Salad on a Skewer
mozzarella, grape tomato and basil, with balsamic vinaigrette dipping sauce
Chorizo Skewers
Niman Ranch organic chorizo with manchego cheese and roasted red pepper
“Make Your Own” Bruscetta
Crostini with choices of olive tapenade and traditional tomatoes and basil
Citrus and Rosemary Chicken Skewers
Displayed in wheatgrass, with assorted sauces, served at room temperature
Vertical Vegetable Crudité
Not your boring veggie platter!  Served with a cool yogurt sauce and hummus for dipping

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If you’re a corporate event planner in the Tampa Bay region and you’re looking for unique and fun food for your next event or Holiday party, give us a call to discuss having us cater it.  And don’t forget about our innovative style!  813.731.0819.










Good Food Catering Company was established to provide superior culinary experiences for events, weddings and celebrations in the Tampa Bay Region.