Recently we hosted a private Press Luncheon at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop to ring in the new year with guests from our local press outlets. The afternoon included a chance for our guests to mix and mingle, meet the A Joy Wallace team and sample some of our gourmet menu items offered at the Vizcaya Cafe and Shop. Scroll through the images below to get a peek of the event!
|The event was designed with romantic seaside elements to create a Seaside Vizcaya feel.|
|You may be wondering what Joy Wallace is doing holding a Cinderella vinyl…allow us explain! Prior to opening the lunch buffet – Joy addressed the press, explaining how the A Joy Wallace concept came about. A Disney lover at heart, what better way to describe realizing her dreams, and finding Prince Charming, than Cinderella? Joy’s husband, Richard Wallace, is truly her “Prince” as she says, however her fairy tale wasn’t complete, she still wanted her “castle to entertain guests”. And so A Joy Wallace was born, dreams were realized, and 12 years ago, she was granted the opportunity to be the exclusive caterer for the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop. This honor is not one that Joy takes lightly. Over the years she and our Corporate Executive Chef Elgin Woodman have been working to develop a menu that would fit it with the rich historic feel of Vizcaya.|
|Once Joy Wallace found her prince charming, she had no idea that she would be lucky enough to find two! Charlie Cinnamon has been working by our side for almost a year, and played a large role in putting together this event, and for that we thank you!|
|Guests had the opportunity to sample many of the items found on the Vizcaya Cafe and Shop menu, including Joy’s home recipe for Broccoli Salad. This side consists of fresh broccoli tossed with Roasted Peanuts, Dried Cranberries and a house dressing.|
|Petite Egg Salad in a Jar served with a mini fork and freshly toasted Italian Bread.|
|Our Forbidden Salad is tossed in a Passion Fruit Vinaigrette and mixed with Grilled Pineapples, Goat Cheese, Strawberries and Candied Pecans, then offered with Blackened Shrimp.|
|Two sandwich options were available to our guests, a classic Cuban Panini with Roasted Mojo Pork, Ham, Swiss Cheese, Pickles and Mustard, as well as the Cafe and Shop’s popular Sweet and Savory Grilled Cheese. This is not your ordinary grilled cheese sandwich! This grilled cheese is made on a Herb Focaccia bread with Spinach, Swiss Cheese, Grilled Onions and Fig Jam.|
|Corporate Executive Chef Elgin Woodman puts the final touches on the lunch buffet before the guests dig in. If any of these pictures made you hungry, head over to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and check out the Cafe and Shop. Also, don’t forget that you can also enjoy scones and tea every Sunday at our Tea on the Terrace event at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens!|
For over 12 years, A Joy Wallace has had the honor of managing the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe and Shop. This includes not only designing an elegant cafe menu worthy of this amazing property, but also the development and procurement of one of a kind gifts at the shop. Located on the north side of the main house, patrons can dine inside the cafe (which used to be John Deering’s bowling alley!) or outside on the North Patio next to the swimming pool and North Garden. The cafe menu features a variety of gourmet options include fresh salads, sandwiches, homemade sweets and wines from Deering Vineyard. In our shop, you can find a fabulous selection of books, homegoods, jewelry, clothing, tea and wine inspired by Vizcaya.
Be sure to join us every Sunday for tea on the terrace! More information can be found at http://vizcaya.org/visit-cafe-and-shop.asp
Recently, Executive Chef Elgin Woodman of AJW featured a dinner dish in the South Florida Luxury Guide Magazine. The dish, Pan-Seared Snapper with Sweet and Sour Eggplant Escabeche & Patatas Bravas is one of Elgin’s favorites and we are excited to share the recipe with you! Light and flavorful, snapper is an ideal seafood protein for any meal, and is a local Florida fish option. This Pan-Seared Snapper offers a great variety of kick, tang, texture and beautiful colors. Impress your guests for your next dinner party by following the recipe below!