For the last five years my good friend James Vinson has hired me to cater his annual super bowl party. It's one of the few opportunities that I get to enjoy the double F's(food and football).
This year as in the last few years it has been quite the mix of people from around the world. This year featured people from the United States, the UK, and Germany. Last year the French were also represented.
Each year the party grows as does the diversity of the guests.
What your looking at is the buffet that I put out for James and his guests this year. It include some chicken wings, popcorn, appetizers, mushrooms, guacamole, and roasted tomato salsa.
It doesn't include any pictures of the Super Bowl because I want to know how you celebrated the Super Bowl.
So please share your party with me and everyone else here who reads this. Go Niners in 09!!!!!!!
What is more American than celebrating the Super Bowl with hot wings?
Since I was rooting for the Cardinals I decided to make some wings with their colors. For the color red I came up with Raspberry Flavor and for the color of the beak I made Pineapple flavored wings.
Both were a big hit.
What made it even more memorable for me was the international crowd I had at my party that not only enjoyed the food but we had a great time watching the game.
This is a little something that I picked up catering. It's a garlic crostini with dill aioli, smoke salmon, and cucumber dill relish. Ater a few wings the acidity in this appetizer was great for cleansing the palate. This was a big hit with my friends from the UK and Germany.
This little dish was inspired by my time as a Sous Chef at a spanish restaurant. It's citrus marinated mushrooms with garlic and herbs.
I roasted them in the oven at 450 till the edges of the mushrooms started to caramelize. These disappeared as fast as I could put them out.
This is an Olive Tapenade that I put out for people to snack on when they arrived at the party till the rest of the food was out. Don't know about you but my friends and I really enjoy Olives.
Before you say this looks like just plain ole popcorn let me explain because looks can be deceiving. It is popcorn drizzled with a rosemary and garlic infused butter. Then lightly salted.
This was put out at half time so my guests had a little something to nibble on for the rest of the game without feeling to heavy.
I also did another flavored popcorn that was inspired by one of my favorite chefs Michael Chiarello.
The picture wouldn't upload because it was to big but I'll tell you what it was. It was popcorn with shaved dark choclate, orange zest, butter, and salt.