12 Days of Christmas

With the holidays upon us, no one can deny the extreme levels of turkey, ham, stuffing, and fruitcake that will be cheerfully consumed. As eager as we are to take on the traditional fare each year, most of us tire of it before getting through the holiday season.

As a company, we have always been the ones cooking "outside of the box." My role as Executive Chef often brings me the challenge of creating something very unique for our clients. They want their event to be one to remember and we do, too.

We were recently asked to design a special menu that represents aspects from the classic carol, "Twelve Days of Christmas." Now, I love a good challenge just as much as the next guy, but when a challenge is also a test of my creativity, things get exciting. Drawing inspiration from the song's lyrics for each course, here is what we came up with!

 

Tray passed appetizers

{ days 1-3 }

"A Partridge in a Pear Tree"
Caramelized Pears infused with Ruby Port Wine and a touch of Maple, served on Baguette Rounds, Laura Chenel Chevre

"Two Turtle Doves"
Truffle Butter Poached Quail Egg, Caviar, Tasting Spoon

 "3 French Hens"
Petite Coq au Vin Tartlets
 

dinner tasting menu

{ DAYS 4-9 }


- amuse bouche -

"4 Collie Birds"
Smoked Salmon, Chive Creme Fraiche, Dill Sprig on Squid Ink "Black" Potato Cake

- course i -

 "5 Golden Rings"
Five Golden Seared Day Boat Diver Scallops on a Bed of Creamy Polenta, Pea Tendrils

- COURSE II -

"6 Geese a Laying"
Frisee Salad, Duck Confit, Champagne-Shallot Vinaigrette

- COURSE III -

"7 Swans a Swimming"
Pan Roasted Sea Bass with Caperberries, Lemon Zest, Parsley, Garlic, Butter and Tarragon

- COURSE IV -

"8 Maids a Milking"
Creamy Risotto Mantecato, Prepared with Gavi, Caved Aged Parmesan, Fontina, Shaved White Winter Truffle Garnish

- COURSE V -

"9 Ladies Dancing"
Housemade Ladyfingers, Brandy Whipped Mascarpone, Candied Orange

- COURSE VI -

"10 Lords a Leaping"
Petite Individual "King Cake" Shots, Demitasse Spoon

- COURSE VII -

"11 Pipers Piping"
Petite Chocolate Eclairs "Piped" with Vanilla Custard Filling
 

{ for guests to take with them }

"12 Drummers Drumming"
Drum Kettle Corn (in little pouches to-go)

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Happy Holidays to all!  Most importantly, have fun, share a meal, and be nice to others.
Sincerely, Nathaniel Neubauer
Owner & Executive Chef