Watermelon Radish Slaw with Coriander Cured Pastrami

Watermelon Radish Slaw with Coriander Cured Pastrami

We all know summer is all about the watermelon – but how many different ways can you really make it different? We’re adding one more preparation to your repertoire in the form of pickled watermelon radish slaw. We sat down with Executive Chef Elgin Woodman to see her thought process behind one of her mini plates – Coriander Cured Tuna Pastrami with Pickled Watermelon Radish Slaw and Avocado Puree.

 THE IDEA

This recipe is really an infusion of three diverse cultural flavors. The Watermelon radish slaw involves a pickling process inspired by Asian food culture. The rub used on the cured Tuna is composed of special Mediterranean spices for a slight “kick”. Finally, the Avocado Cream sauce adds a signature Latin layer of culture. The resulting dish is a blend of freshness and flavor profiles representing the diversity of the region.  Additionally, this dish has a multitude of ways to be presented above and beyond just a mini plate. Appetizers, antipasto stations, small plate courses, salads and so many more food styles could benefit from this fresh dish. As an added benefit, this is a wonderful way to add proteins to antipasto stations where red meats and pork are not an option.

THE PRODUCTION

Nothing beats having top quality components to savor during an event, and this creation made sure to deliver. This is a critical component to the Home Cured Tuna with Watermelon Radish Slaw. The production of it begins with buying the freshest tuna and curing it two days prior to your event. When the tuna is finished curing, our culinary team cleans the rub and re-wraps it for event delivery. The tuna remains uncut until just before service to maintain freshness and color. The slaw and avocado cream are also prepped and mixed onsite to ensure a crisp slaw and green avocado in every bite.

Watermelon Radish Slaw - Tuna

Watermelon Radish Slaw - Tuna

Watermelon Radish Slaw

 

What are you waiting for?! Go get in the kitchen!

Still not convinced? Maybe poolside cocktails are more your style.

Eight Outdoor Party Planning Tips to Make You Look Like A Pro

Eight Outdoor Party Planning Tips to Make You Look Like A Pro

Start the party right! It’s summertime and we’re all about the beach, the pool and the parties. The weather is finally nice enough to be outside and you can execute all those cute ideas you’ve been saving on Pinterest!  To help, we’ve put together eight outdoor party planning tips to make you look like a pro at your next celebration!

HYDRATE
Have plenty of water options available. From weddings to casual social gatherings, flavored water stations (personalized water bottles!) on ice for guests to help themselves are always good options to have.  Try infusions like Cucumber, Strawberry or Pineapple!

Water Station

STAY ICE COLD
The right ice makes a difference in your favorite cocktails.  Try oversized square ice cubes which melt more slowly, keeping your drink cool and flavorful.  Bonus – flavor the ice cubes with fruit infusions!  Our catering team is known for our Passionfruit popsicles with mint and basil for our cocktails!

Party - Big Ice Cibes

KEEP IT CASUAL
Guests would rather not be hot and sweaty while dressing up for a fun party night.  Consider hosting your celebration oceanside or poolside and keeping the dress code casual.  Take advantage of your location, have your guests come in Hawaiian shirts or Cuban guayaberas.

START THE PARTY
Consider a greeting drink upon arrival for your guests while they are waiting for the ceremony to start. No one wants to sweat AND be without cocktail, am I right?

A LITTLE LEG IS FINE, JUST NOT TABLE LEGS
When it comes to seating, a linen-less table makes a beautiful accent to summer parties.  But there are options for fabric-lovers too!  Spandex linens will help keep tables from looking like they’re about to blow away.  As the printed linen trend continues to evolve, there are tons of beautiful spandex options available.  Spandex just not your thing?  Try a floor length heavy linen, such as burlap and canvas, and stray from polycotton and natural linens which tend to be lighter.  With plenty of color options, patterns and finishes, you can dress your party tables stylishly!

SMOKE THEM OUT
Nobody likes a party crasher – especially the bug kind.  Keep the bugs away without ruining your décor!  Use citronella candles or tiki torches to ward off unwanted pests.

REMAIN UNDERCOVER
As event pros – take our advice and order the tent for a daytime party (we love these!).  It will make a world of difference when it cools off your event by 10-15 degrees, money well spent for sun protection and happy guests.  If one large tent isn’t the right style for your party, consider beautiful patio umbrellas in bright colors with seating!

GO INDUSTRIAL
Are you open to a bit of industrial style at your party? Misting fans or port-a-cools around your event will make you and your guests much happier campers!

Looking to go to a party instead of hosting your own? Join us for Sangria Summer!