Little Kitchen Catering

Anyone tired of staring at spinach salad yet?

I know, I know... first I tell you I will have a week of Thanksgiving recipes, and then I leave you high and dry with a two during the biggest month of food.  Followed by the fact that I am not even sharing a recipe now.  But I haven't exactly been sitting around eating bon bons so I thought I would share what has been going on in the little kitchen.  Sunday night I catered a cocktail party for 75 and I have been in a tizzy of gourmet appetizers for a couple of weeks.  Unfortunately, I was way more focused on getting out hot food than getting good pictures, but I will share what I do have.  Starting with the menu...

Bloody Mary Soup Shot with Herb Marinated Shrimp and Olives
Baked Brie with Crackers and Fruit
Ham and Gruyere Thumbprints
Olive Tapenade Crostini
Roasted Shrimp Cocktail
Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Chipotle Mayonnaise, Arugula, Focaccia Toasts & Roasted Tomatoes
Lamb Chop Lollipops
Prosciutto wrapped Asparagus with Marinated Tomatoes and Mozzarell
Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, Coconut Macaroons, Dark Chocolate Fudge Bites,
Madeleines, and Cheesecake Brownie Bites

This is the moment where I need to immensely thank my mother and friend Jennifer for being the best help a girl could ask for.  It was a tall order, but somehow we got all the food out and we are still standing.  Excuse the fuzzy iphone pics, but here's a sampling...

Prepping in the little kitchen...

My new best friend, Pat with Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Display of desserts (just a sidenote, I simply filled the trays with desserts...did not decorate this beautiful island)

Fuzzy pic of grilled beef tenderloin bites with roasted tomatoes, chipotle mayonnaise and arugula...

very blurry pic of one of the food tables...

close up of the bloody mary soup shots with shrimp and olives...

Mr. Hungry's plate of leftovers... just a few of the items.

Sorry once again for the bad pictures, but I thought I would share what I have.  This may or may not be my sad attempt at getting some grace for being gone so long.  But I will be back with a few recipes from the party... hopefully sooner than later. 


  1. The food was not only beautiful but delicous! Everyone wanted to know who the caterer was and "where are your cards?!!!!!" My favorite was the ham and gruyere thumbprints - not shown on Mr. Hungry's leftover plate because there were no leftovers! I loved working for my favorite caterer!

  2. Dang, go you! That is one impressive (and long!) menu.

  3. Wow! Very impressive. It makes the fact that I can rarely get dinner for 2 made in my small kitchen look ridiculous!

  4. Those soup shots look delicious!

  5. What a fabulous menu, and you executed it so beautifully! I've done a couple similar cocktail party jobs, but I thinks yours puts mine to shame... congrats! I'm sure it was all well appreciated :)

  6. Wow! Amazing. I would love a post on those soup shots. They look delicious!