Luncheon for 40 Peeps
OK, I know I said I would never cater another party in my lifetime, but this client begged me and said she would make it worth my while! Her words!
SO..... I have been cooking for about 8 hours, chopping, whisking, grilling, marinating, the works. Thank goodness my husband helps by washing all the pots and pans.
It is a surprise 75th birthday luncheon for 40 people, it's going to be 95 degrees outside today (glad I am not attending!), so I had to consider foods that would not spoil, so as not to give everyone salmonella poisoning. So, that means NO mayo.
I made Barefoot Contessa's Grilled Lemon Chicken Salad. Always a crowd pleaser. I marinated 8 lbs. of boneless chicken breasts in tons of fresh lemon juice, thyme and olive oil overnight, then grilled them all this a.m. I substituted the sugar snap peas for haricot verts, and tossed w/ pretty lemon slices & multi color peppers. It's very low fat and refreshing.
I also made an orzo salad (my friend's recipe from a Junior League cookbook from years back), w/ currants, peas, dill and peppers in a mustard vinaigrette, which is great at room temperature.
There will be a beef tenderloin on the grill for sandwiches, and a big spinach salad w/ bacon, red onion & hard boiled egg. The hostess will be making the hors d'oevres.
The best part of catering a party (besides the cash, of course) is the phone call the next day, saying how everyone loved the food!
Flattery will get you everywhere!
Thanks for all the votes of confidence! Stacey