The dog days of summer are upon us and with it comes gatherings and parties (with social distancing of course)! This time of year brings baby showers and weddings, birthday parties and of course summer barbecues. You’re getting excited to show off your brand new patio; to break out your favorite serving dishes; and to throw the affair of the season… when somebody says those two little words: gluten free.
Accommodating guests with dietary restrictions can be tricky, but especially when you’re planning to host someone with celiac disease: It’s important to understand that his or her gluten-free diet is more than a lifestyle choice, but a medical necessity. The adequate, safe preparation of a gluten-free meal depends upon more than a few modification to the regular menu; think cross contamination.
Even the slightest bit of gluten from a bowl, a spoon, or cooking oil can cause a person with celiac disease to react. It’s not enough to simply remove the croutons from the salad, but you must make a separate salad entirely, separate entrees and desserts, too. That’s why Silver Spoon Caterers recommends leaving the cooking to the professionals. That is to say, us.
Silver Spoon Caterers is experienced in catering to the gluten-free crowd; we take pride in developing delicious menus to suit every dietary restriction and delight the palate.
Hummus — served with fresh cut vegetables
Grilled vegetable tray — eggplant, zucchini, squash, red pepper and red onion marinated and grilled
Beef medallions — shoulder tenderloin sliced and topped with caramelized onion & balsamic reduction, garnished with roasted red pepper
Cocktail Shrimp — served with lemon wedges and cocktail sauce
Antipasto — skewered antipasto, green olive, roasted pepper, artichoke, sliced salami with vegetable crudité and roasted pepper dressing
Mesquite roasted turkey breast — with black bean and corn salsa, served with roasted sweet potato spears, grilled mixed vegetables, tomato & cucumber salad
Greek-style chicken kabobs — with bell peppers and onions, accompanied by a Greek salad and tzatziki sauce
Mediterranean chicken — seasoned with fresh herbs, stuffed with roasted red pepper, crumbled feta cheese, chopped kalamata olives and fresh basil; served with a vegetable medley
Mediterranean mixed grill — beef kebabs and chicken souvlaki served with tzatziki sauce and market vegetables, accompanied by hummus
While gluten-free eating continues to grow in popularity (and, for some, necessity) try to remain flexible when planning to serve the rye-averse and carb connoisseurs alike. Call Silver Spoon Caterers with plenty of advance notice, and come to us with some idea of what you’d like to serve; not only will your flexibility and preparedness make our jobs easier, it’s also the best way to ensure everyone leaves the party happy, fed, and healthy.
It’s CHRISTMAS… in March.
While everyone everywhere else in northern Virginia is concerning themselves with spring, and wine trails, and cherry blossoms, and allergies, we here at Silver Spoon Caterers are counting down the days until ol’ Saint Nick comes back to visit. (In case anyone’s wondering, the countdown clock is set to nine months. That’s 274 days and 11 hours, to be specific.)
The lights, the tree, the gifts, the excuse to indulge — dare we say? — the snow.
And the parties. Especially the parties.
We love throwing them, and attending them, and catering them. Catering Christmas parties is what we do best, and though we still have to wait a few more months before we can cater another: The plans for our menus, and table settings, and buffet displays are well underway.
View a sample of Silver Spoon’s finest 2014 soirees, and call northern Virginia’s premier event caterer to lock in your date for 2015. You provide the people, and the place, and we’ll take care of the rest.