Sunday, May 20, 2012

My Big Fat Greek Christening

lamb spit
Whole Lamb on Spit
(I didnt' make or prep this, but I thought it was cool)
Today was my first catering gig for a good friend that I met through work. It was her daughter, Ayanna's Christening.  I have to admit I am exhausted and I couldn't have done it without the Mo.  While I was in the kitchen cooking, he was doing everything else outside.  We make a pretty good team!

Overall, I think it went pretty well.  I guess the dishes were all pretty simple to make but the hardest part was prepping, packing, and presentation.  Everything had to be out a specific time at its peak freshness.  I had to multitask a few times, like fry the eggrolls while mixing the salad or laying out the shrimp.

Shrimp Cocktail
Oh I almost forgot, cleaning is also a bitch as well as packing up the chafing dishes.

I was signed up to prep a few appetizers and side dishes as well as help set up the buffet table before the guests arrived at the reception.  While everyone was at the church, I prepped the food so that it would still be warm and fresh when patrons arrived.

I also helped out with picking up beverages and extra things as well as loaned my chafing dishes, platters, tables and chairs.  (My mom really stressed that we had enough tables and chairs to accommodate our family gatherings when we bought our house)

The Greeks definitely know how to throw a party.  The booze kept flowing while the Greek music blared in the background.  The mouth-watering fresh lamb on the spit roasted for hours while flavorful skewers of chicken and pork were readily available to snack on in addition to the grape leaves and spanakopita.  If you haven’t busted your belly by then, there was an array of delectable desserts including home made Greek pastries and a delicious cake from Konditer Meister.

Spinach Dip
Vegetable Crudites with Spinach Yogurt Dip in a bread bowl
Today I made/prepped the following:

  1. Shrimp Cocktail
  2. Vegetable Crudites Platter
  3. Steak & Cheese Eggrolls with Cheese Dip
  4. Parsley and Lemon Rice Pilaf 
  5. Greek Salad
  6. Fruit Salad
  7. Chicken Fingers  (For the kids)
  8. Coffee ( I ALMOST forgot to make it and had to be reminded, oops)

  9. Greek Salad
  1. I also warmed/cooked the aleady prepped dishes below.
  2. Spanakopita
  3. Roasted Potato Wedges
  4. Famous Peas
Kid's Chicken Fingers and Sweet & Sour Sauce
Steak and Cheese

Grape Leaves by Athina Giogas
"Diples" Greek Pastry with nuts and honey

Anne, the bartender
Beautiful tent set up
Chef grilling up the Chicken Souvlaki or as I call them kebabs
Ayanna playing with another baby girl

Beautiful Ayanna

Buffet Line
Pork Souvlaki
Christening Cake Girl
Konditer Mesiter Cake

Cake Balls
Rum Log

Greek Diples
Dessert Buffet