Friday, June 5, 2009

A Catered Baby Shower









































































































Here are a few shots from the baby shower I catered last weekend. That's right, I don't just bake these days, I do catering too! After the success of Jenn's bridal shower, I kept thinking about how much I enjoyed every aspect of throwing it - working with others in planning and the coordination of food and logistics. What I loved most was that in helping, the guest of honor was left worry-free from the painstaking details needed to make the event successful.

My involvement in the shower kept coming up in conversation from time to time, so when my co-worker told me the news that he and his wife were expecting their first this summer, he had the grand idea of having me cater his shower. I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into, but I jumped at the chance to flex my planning skills.

They wanted an outdoors seated lunch which took some time confirming a venue, but in the end it worked out nicely on the rooftop of a Columbus Circle apartment. What did I come up with in terms of food, you ask? This.



















































































My test run included half a steak roll and half a lobster roll, but the final menu only had full lobster rolls. Below is my menu, and I will have detailed posts on the baked goods in the near future.

Hors D'oeuvres
Smoked Salmon Mousse in Cucumber Cups
Prosciutto Cantaloupe Crostini

Salad
Field Greens and Basil with Balsamic Vinaigrette and Parmesan Crisp

Main Course
Lobster Rolls with Root Chips

Dessert
Fruit Tart/Nutella Tart

Favor
Chocolate Cupcake with Chocolate Ganache

17 comments:

Ambitious said...

Everything looks wonderful, Talida! I'm sure everything tasted great too!! YAY! :D

nina said...

That looks so yummy, Talida! Keep on caterin' !!

James said...

What a spread - you will surely inspire good taste in the unborn!

monkey said...

if i say i'm having a baby, will u cook for me?

Julie said...

wow, that looks beautiful!

Susan said...

looks delish! can i recommend you for friends? =)

tim said...

hey monkey, who's the daddy?

j said...

classy and tasteful, looks completely delicious. honey, you're going to have to send me your rates.

Purple Dots Cupcake said...

they all look delish! you're a natural =).

Lynn said...

wow you did this all yourself? it's amazing! you're very creative!

elisha said...

Everything looks so wonderfully elegant and tasteful :) You really have a natural talent for design and color! By the way, I love the fruit tart and nutella tart - they are simply a delight!

talida said...

Thanks everyone for the great comments! I'm so encouraged by each and every one of you.

Yvo said...

That all looks PHENOMENAL Talida!!! Congaratulations!!!

Lindisms said...

Talida, I have been stalking your food and it always makes me drool. Which kind of prociutto do you usually use, and how do you cut it? I find that they can be chewy and hard to bite.

talida said...

@Lindisms: Thanks for commenting! I use Prosciutto di Parma, and I'll try to buy it butcher-sliced when I can. Otherwise, I'll get the sliced packaged kind from Citterio. For this crostini, I cut the prosciutto into 1-inch pieces and piled them high on the crostini for less awkward chewing.

Grace said...

it looks like it turned out so beautifully. CONGRATS on a splendid accomplishment, a coup! - grace, across the street

Jen said...

The pictures look awesome Talida! I'm so impressed. Someone at work has just asked me for quotes for their daughter's wedding - but they don't really want a cake, they want finger desserts for 150...trying to decide if I'm crazy enough to do it.

Wish you lived here, we could collaborate!!