Friday, October 18, 2013

Battle of the Beaches - whose cuisine reigns supreme?

Toss Catering & Event Productions - Miami
Shot: Coquito, Puerto Rican eggnog with Coconut Rum

Hello Foodie Friends,

It was a Culinary Showdown between 4 South Beach Caterers and 3 Palm Beach Caterers. The contenders: Representing the South Beach region- Eggwhites Catering, Toss Catering & Event Productions, Suzanne Michaels Haute Cuisine & Events and Aaron's Catering. Repesenting Palm Beach - Catering Concepts & Concessions, Christafaro's and Chez Gourmet. Not only did the winning catering company receive the title and bragging rights, but one lucky guest walked away with a $500 cash prize as well, courtesy of venue sponsor Atlas Party Rental. A portion of the ticket sales from this evening's event, spearheaded by Tiffany Riordan from The Beacon and MPI's Director of Special Events and owner of Zazz Events Jeff Gold, went towards providing MPI members education in the Special Events Industry.

The battlefield took place inside Atlas Party Rental's warehouse and extended outwards under covered tent where many guests were found imbibing on cocktails poured by the friendly bartenders of Potion in Motion and dancing to the rhythmic sounds of Junkanoo, provided by event sponsor EMG Entertainment.

I meandered the room one table at a time, taking notes, snapping pics and finally sampling each caterer's offering.
Aaron's Catering - Miami 
Columbian Cola, Beer
Aaron's Catering - Miami
Deconstructed Columbian Bandeja Paisa
Crispy rice cake, red bean puree, short rib, pancetta, avocado

Aaron's Catering - Miami
Columbian Bunuelos
Columbian "doughnut" with vanilla cream and balsamic strawberries

Chez Gourmet - Boynton Beach       Graffiti Shrimp Tempura
Chez Gourmet - Boynton Beach
colorful condiments, assorted sesame seeds

Suzanne Michaels Haute Cuisine & Events - Miami
Kobe beef sliders with carmelized onions, red wine jam & blue cheese crumbles
(also served, but not pictured: Pork & Chorizo sliders with red pepper aioli, manchego cheese & quail egg)

Suzanne Michaels Haute Cuisine & Events - Miami
Sweet Potato fries
(also served, but not pictured: truffle pomme frites)

Christafaro's - West Palm Beach
Christafaro's - West Palm Beach
Mini Lobster Rolls

Christafaro's - West Palm Beach
Killer Kale & Quinoa Salad, Salad of Red Quinoa, shredded kale, diced apples, cucumbers, dried cranberries, pumkin seeds & lemon vinaigrette
Christafaro's - West Palm Beach
Pomegranate braised boneless short rib, creamy potato parsnip puree, carmelized cipollini onion
                         Toss Catering & Event Productions - Miami 
Corn Fritter with portabella & goat cheese topped with a mayo ketchup truffle aioli

             Catering Concepts & Concessions - Boynton Beach 
Seafood Rice: conch, shrimp, crab, scallops & fish with a tamarind jerk chicken skewer. Served in a bamboo cone.

Eggwhites Catering - N. Miami Beach
Falafel Sliders with tzatziki sauce & spicy red cabbage
Eggwhites Catering
Coffee Cake with espresso buttercream

It was very difficult for me to decide on which to vote for, but I finally did!
Me casting my vote for best dish for Suzanne Michaels Haute Cuisine & Events.
Pictured with Suzanne Michaels
Panera Bread provide tasty pastries for the guests to enjoy.


And the winner was...

Chez Gourmet Catering of Boynton Beach!!!
Congrats to Chez Gourmet and to all the participating Chefs.


Until we eat again,
I send you delicious wishes, xo


Denise Righetti
C.E.O. (Chief Eating Officer)
Denise's Foodie Events


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    1. John, is there a reason you made 5 comments and then deleted each of them?