Sleep deprived but adrenaline-fueled, Chris & I arrived at the McCutcheon house yesterday ready to rock our first official catering gig as Coriander Lime. Upon our arrival, the hosts (Wayne & Shuk) were in the kitchen making mojitos (which I learned are actually not Mexican, but Cuban – you learn something new every day!) and preparing the mix for margaritas, so naturally we had to do a few taste tests.
Chris started getting himself settled into the kitchen while I wandered around taking photos, setting out our business cards, and otherwise keeping myself busy. My talents are best spent in “background work” like prep and such, not cooking, so Chris definitely takes the spotlight on game night – I just try to help where possible.
To start, we set out some of our salsa fresca & guacamole with an assortment of tortilla chips, which were easily some of the most complimented dishes of the night (as they were eaten with just about every course). The jars we brought for sale were gone by the end of the night, making us wish we’d brought more!
By this time of the night, the Latin music was pumping out of the stereo, most people have had a few margaritas and the party was really kickin’. We were working in an open-concept kitchen so people were flowing in from all sides; everyone was laughing, chatting, and most importantly, eating!
While everyone was happily munching away, Chris was back at work prepping the quesadillas. These were an unexpected hit of the night – we put out one batch and were asked to make another later! With a combination of cheese, hand-pulled slow cooked chicken and our salsa fresca though, I suppose I can see why they wanted more… 😉
The next item on the menu was our stuffed Picadillo poblano peppers; the stuffing comprised of pork, orchard fruit, raisin, citron & more topped with a seared slice of queso fresco … they were flying off the plates as fast as we could put them out so I wasn’t able to get any good shots of the final product, but I did grab one of the cheese. Mmm, queso fresco.
Next up, we brought out one of my personal favourites, fish tacos. This was another instant crowd pleaser – two entire plates were gone before you could bat an eye. One of the guests was
impatiently waiting in the kitchen the entire time for his, so Chris whipped him up a special one; I knew it was a hit because it was gone before I could even ask how he liked it! So simple, yet so delicious – battered cod, salsa fresca, cabbage, radish, drizzled with guacamole and creme fraiche, folded in a flour tortilla.
The night was going exceptionally well – the guests were having a great time, the food was being enjoyed by all, and the empty bottles of tequila were stacking up one by one. There wasn’t a corner of the house that wasn’t filled with conversation and laughter (all the way up to the 3rd floor, where the little ones were sent to watch Karate Kid).
As a last feat, we brought out the chicken and pork tostadas. These were something we really underestimated; we figured they would just be ‘filler’ as compared to the rest of the dishes… however, I quickly realized we were wrong when as I was carrying the first batch to the table, people had grabbed all but one off my plate before I could even make it there.
Now it goes without saying that Chris does the cooking, however, I do like to dabble at baking. I made up some spiced chocolate mini cupcakes for dessert; Chris topped them off with some ancho chili whipped cream.
By this time of the night, the only thing Chris & I were running on was pure adrenaline (well, Chris may have had a Corona or two… and perhaps a tequila shot with the host). We were fading away quickly. The party was starting to wind down, we started to pack up, and finally, it was over. We asked one of the guests to grab a quick snapshot of us while we still had an ounce of energy left.
So our first major catering event as Coriander Lime was a smashing success. We had a blast, the guests were happy, and it made our 5am nights so unbelievably worthwhile. A big thank you to Shuk & Wayne McCutcheon for hosting such an awesome party and having us cater. You guys are the best!
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