The crew of Pig Thyme Catering brings the accoutrements of a Hawaiian-style luau to clients' backyards. A whole pig on a spit slowly turns over an open fire, and the fragrance of spices fills the air, turning evil tikis into friendly family pets. Hawaiian-style side dishes made with pineapple and special spice blends round out meals. Staff members can arrange for add-ons such as games, face painting, and beverage service.
The aroma of seared Atlantic salmon, new york strip steak, and pork tenderloin waft through the dining room as each cut arrives simmering atop a volcanic stone heated to more than 750 degrees. This dramatic presentation is based on a European tradition more than 2,000 years old, and it creates an interactive dining experience that encourages guests to tend to their own sizzling proteins until they're either grilled to perfection or evaporate into a meaty mist. Hot-rock cooking forms the culinary foundation for Europa Black Rock Bar and Grill's menu, which also highlights Mediterranean-inspired pastas and flatbreads and Portuguese specialties such as paella and salt cod. For guests in search of a different kind of heat, the restaurant also hosts live music and the scorching beats of live DJs every Friday and Saturday night.
Elegant Affairs elevates the concept of traditional brunch with delicious cuisine from lauded caterers and smooth jazz music. Elegant Affairs has been catering since 1989 and has experience crafting menus for intimate occasions or parties as large as 4,000 attendees. For the jazz brunch, they create a specialty menu that includes breakfast and lunch favorites such as french toast and caesar salad as well as a full cash-only bar stocked with mimosas, bellinis, and other morning cocktails. As guests taste sweet and savory brunch dishes, jazz musicians such as Jon Berman and Eric Bascom supply an ethereal live soundtrack.
At 40 years old, and with 20 of those years spent running a country club, Tim Gilchrist decided it was time to kick off the cleats. He opened a café and instead of branding it with a clichéd name or the license plate of his first car, Tim landed on something a tad more sentimental: his mother's maiden name. Today, natural light pours through two large windows stationed at the front of Greenleaf's Cafe, where diners gather at tables or along an elevated countertop for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner six days per week. The café also swings its doors open for parties and special events and caters outside gatherings such as weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries.
With 17 different bagel flavors, 11 cream-cheese spreads, homemade soups, and premium deli meats, The Bagel Inn's bread breakers can craft myriad hunger-sating possibilities. Bakers first boil bread spheres before hearth-baking them in such flavors as cheddar cheese and apple cinnamon, and smearing on cheesy spreads mixed with hints of scallion and bacon or apricot and honey. A glance at the menu reveals soups, such as clam chowder ($4.67 for a bowl and bagel), and build-your-own sandwiches ($5.75) laden with preservative-free deli meats from Dietz and Watson. Alternatively, ensure party guests leave parties as satisfied as kittens stuffed into a sock drawer with a catered sandwich sampler laden with sandwiches, such as chicken salad, roasted turkey, or vegetarian-friendly toppings.
A warm orange and red light illuminates Ritual, tinting its brick-accented walls and exotic statues an inviting ruby. Flickering candles and the glow of flat-screen televisions add to the romantic, yet contemporary atmosphere, where the trendy decor is rivaled only by an eye-catching menu of American-fusion cuisine. Globetrotting meals commence with small plates of chocolate-dipped applewood bacon or waygu beef, which diners sear over a hot rock or the grill they keep in their wallets. Chicken marsala and bacon-wrapped filet mignon represent a portion of the more traditional entrees, but dishes stretch as far as the bounds of the chef's imagination, including an award-winning seared duck breast double-coated with crushed cocoa beans and a hazelnut-chocolate demi-glace.