Mealtime Market


Last weekend my boss had a wonderful Vegas-themed birthday event at his beautiful home.  I thought I’d do a quick post to show you all the treats and goodies that were passed around (and quickly consumed).

The entire house was transformed to a Vegas casino, they had card tables and life sized dice, a fully stocked bar and a Vegas styled buffet.  If I wasn’t working the event I am pretty sure I’d have a martini in one hand and taking all of then men’s money in the other 🙂  Oh did I forget to mention I was a card shark?

We started off the night passing around some Saigon Chicken Spoons — pulled chicken topped with a Thai cucumber slaw.  Nice, light and refreshing, it was definitely a crowd pleaser for the night.  I actually had to sneak a couple in myself when no one was watching!

Next were Garlic Crostinis two ways: One with Baby Heirloom Tomatoes and Goat Cheese topped with Fresh Basil and the other was Red Grapes and Tampenade with Goat Cheese.  Both were very good, the red grape and tampenade made a very interesting combination!

Now, onto the vegas styled buffet!  Marco was manning the meat carving station where he served a Salt and Herb Crusted Tenderloin and Chicken Picatta. I did not have the chance to sneak bites of these but they both smelled absolutely delicious!

MY FAVORITE — a potato-tini bar!  I actually had my first potato-tini experience at my friend’s wedding, I thought it was so cute!  I mean who doesn’t love mashed potatoes, but then you shove it in a martini glass?  You are eating mashed potatoes with style my friend…

Oh and let’s not forget to mention all the incredible toppings: fresh bacon bits (not the nasty processed bacos), sauteed mushrooms, green onions, sour cream *gasps* my goodness I wish I had one right now actually…And lovely Becky even elegantly pipes your potatoes into your martini glass!

Unfortunately I was unable to take anyone’s money that night, boys are sore losers anyways so I’ll consider that a good thing 🙂  Everyone was having a fabulous time, as you can see — the only thing missing were the Vegas styled burlesque dancers!

And here was my station, the bar.  It was a pretty popular station all night to say the least — the signature drink being a “Harry-Bob”, which was a concoction of spiced rum, coconut syrup and a little bit of cherry syrup, all topped off with a little orange juice.  I also served the little kids martinis, VIRGIN martinis that is.  Come on, what kind of bartender do you think I am?  I would simply pour some sparkling water with a shot of flavored syrup in martini glasses, they were getting a huge kick out of this.  I had one little 6 year old boy run up to my table — “EXCUSE ME!!  EXCUSE ME!!!! I need another martini please, strawberry.”  Who would’ve known kids are so sophisticated now and days?

I think after a couple cocktails (or four), the energy of the party definitely got kicked up a notch.  The kids were bouncing off the walls upstairs (perhaps a product of too many martinis?) and the adults were busily chattering and laughing and gambling the night away.

It definitely was a successful birthday celebration.  Towards the end of the night I saw some glazy eyes, at one point there was a live concert outside and I think the children had a bouncy house to play in (I totally would’ve partaked in this but I didn’t want my boss to think I was off my rocker).  People started to switch to water and non alcoholic drinks, which tells me I definitely did my job correctly 🙂 The stronger the drinks the better right?  Or was that just the saying in college?

I think my favorite part of catering events is watching the energy slowly develop.  In the beginning it’s always a little quiet, everyone is sniffing each other out, meet and greets, even body language is a little reserved.  But throw in some alcohol and some darn good food the energy snowballs into an upbeat boisterous party — people throwing their heads back laughing hysterically, others busily chatting while hovering over the good eats (others at the bar).  All awkward feelings of nervousness is left at the door, and all you have left are people being themselves connecting with each other through great conversation, excellent food and yummy drinks.

I would like to thank my friend Kristi Hamilton over at The Geeky Gourmet for giving me this wonderful award. I recently met Kristi over the wonderful world of food blogging and she is an absolute sweetheart.  She show cases her delicious healthy meals that she whips up in her kitchen so you should definitely check it out.

So I guess the rules were to list 10 Honest things about me and pass on the award to 10 other bloggers.  Well I’m going to switch it up a bit and instead of awarding this to only 10 I’d like to extend this award to all my fellow food blogging friends.  I think you are all deserving of this award (and many others) for the time and efforts that you guys put into your work, it is always a pleasure to see other people’s interpretations and creations!

10 honest things

  • I was born in Shanghai and moved to the states when I was 2.
  • When I was 5 years old I flew out of a car, almost drowned in a pool, and had a tendon in my ankle severed in a biking accident.
  • I always challenge people to eating contests but I seldom win.
  • I have vowed to not eat fast food once this year.
  • I have played piano since I was 5 and went to a performing arts highschool for piano.
  • I only play classical.
  • 80% of my friends are guys.  I can count my close girlfriends on a little more than one hand ( A hand and a half).
  • I pass gas in my sleep, not frequently but it definitely happens.
  • I can do one pull-up.
  • I am entering my very first race and it’s called the Warrior Dash.  What convinced me?  You get a viking hat at the end.

Okay guys that’s it, I may have shared a little too much honesty in this one but hey sharing is caring right?  Have a good weekend folks, stay tuned for some of the best EFFIN french macaroons I’ve ever tasted.  (No I didn’t make them)

29 responses to “Mealtime Market

  1. Puhahaha! First again! Back in the days when I was a bartender, I did some private gigs and I love how awkward everyone is at the beginning of the party. That’s why I always poured stiffer drinks to help loosen everyone up 😉

    Do you mean macaroons or macarons? The second “o” makes all the difference! The French macarons I can eat all day, everyday. Macaroons are bleh. Can’t wait to read more!

    • Hahaha Dhale that is so funny I was trying to pour stiff drinks so people would STOP coming to the bar, except it had the exact opposite effect. Who would’ve known? My French is obviously terrible, I meant French MacarOns, they are yummers FOR SURE!

  2. WHOA looks like a fun partay! would love to go to a vegas themed party…
    beautiful pictures as usual Joy!

  3. The pictures for the event look awesome! What kind of camera do you use?

  4. WOW! That is a lot of good food there! Must be very hard work. Impressive!! 🙂

  5. Come on. Everybody farts in their sleep. I want to hear more about this flying out of a car business.

    Also: swaaaaank party.

    • Thanks Elissa! I guess people just don’t admit their gas passing as openly as I do. So when I was 5 I was in the backseat of the car and my parents and I had just arrived in Ohio after driving on a long road trip. My parents started arguing (as always) so I opened the car door and said “Im getting out of this car!!” but I dont think either were paying attention. So my mom (the best driver in the world) decides to make this giant U turn, without realizing my backdoor was open and i was simply catapulted from the car and flew about 50 feet across the street and landed in a sitting position on the curb. I remember clearly I had my eyes closed the whole time and when everything stopped moving and I opened my eyes and found myself just sitting there — I immediately BUSTED out crying because I was so angry at both my parents that no one noticed me opening the door hahahahaha. Meanwhile, after realizing what had happened, my dad was screaming at my mom that she had killed their daughter, and as they both turned around together all they saw was a loud crying asian girl sitting on the side of the curb. VERY NICE!!!

  6. What an event! Wow! The dessert looks gorgeous as well.

  7. What a great idea to turn a house into Las Vegas for one evening. All that food is making me hungry. You should hear my stomach go.. ggrrr. Also, I never seen or heard of a potato-tini bar before but now i want one all for myself. Cool idea!

    Ok, spill the macaron story now. 🙂

    • Heh heh heh consider it payback for all the times you’ve made my stomach twist into extreme pangs of hunger!! Oh man I am all about the potato-tinis hahaha, what could be better than eating mashed potatoes in style hahahaha

  8. Oh my gosh….so much , so much ….fun and food! How can I miss that? Joy, remember to take me along next time, ok?

  9. My goodness, such a grant party! I love the bottom one…. DESSERTS, of coz! hahaha…

  10. Btw Joy, please feel free to srop by to collect the friendship button from my blog. Thanks!

  11. I want your life! 🙂

  12. Goodness look at all the fun you had, I am not sure which I entertained me more, the pictures,food and party, or the fact that you pass gas in your sleep. THATS HOT (PARIS HILTON VOICE) Oh and I noticed that your FB badge photo changed, looks a little different a striking resemblance to 舒淇 Shu Qi? Maybe I am seeing things. anyhoo have a great day!!

    • ROFL DAVID you made me laugh so hard THATS HOT! LOVES IT!! Yes you are totally correct, I picked Shu Qi as my doppleganger WHAT A GOOD EYE YOU HAVE — no one had a clue as to who she was!

  13. Looks like you had a lot of fun! And all the yummy food… Wow! I loved the food in spoons. That is a fantastic presentation. 🙂

  14. Everything looks great. What a great theme for a food party. One pull up – I want to see that. 🙂

  15. Joy-

    Your pictures are amazing. I can’t believe that’s my house. Next party here will be for all of the MM crew. And BTW you do not have a muffin top. Let me know if you want to do some shopping before your trip.
    Love-
    your momboss, MealtimeChristy

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