Juan Ten, a native of Valencia who comes from a long line of culinary craftsmen, entices the senses with cooking demonstrations and live flamenco music for the roughly two-hour event. The genial gastronome specializes in paella, a signature dish of Spain that brings families and friends together around the giant pan from which the delectable dish is served. Juan re-creates the experience during a live demonstration as guests gather around the cooking site, an open wood fire that fills nostrils with the aromatic fragrances of roasted garlic, spices, and saffron rice. Ears remain attuned to the mellifluous melodies of master guitarist Silviu Ciulei, strumming the harmonious beats of flamenco music, while tongues stay entertained with the Spanish salad—a mix of lettuce, tomatoes, Spanish olives, and white tuna, splashed with olive oil and wine vinegars—and a complimentary glass of sangria. When the main course arrives, anticipating eaters relish in the tender meats, seafood, or vegetables resting atop a bed of saffron rice.
After his stomach fell head over heels for the street crepe stands of Europe, The Crepevine's owner Serge Osaulenko was inspired to share his newfound love with the Tallahassee masses, resulting in The Crepevine's menu of folded French pancakes stuffed with Boar's Head meats, crisp vegetables, and sinfully sweet fillings. Celebrate the morning after celebrating a Seminole victory with the Sunday Morning ($5.25), a team of ham, bacon, eggs, cheese, and five veggies, tackled into a freshly rolled crepe and topped with your choice of one of the Crepevine's savory sauces, such as Cajun remoulade or Vidalia vinaigrette. Other breakfast crepes include the herbivore-friendly Bicycle ($5.55) and the identity-crisis-ridden No-Namer ($5.55), containing ham, sausage, eggs, cheese, veggies, and a sauce. Lunchwise, the popular Wobbles ($7.35) brings together chicken and turkey with a heaping helping of veggies. Sweet-teeth will be romanced by the Afternoon Delight ($5.85), a dessert crepe of bananas, strawberries, peanut butter, and honey, or the Ladies Man ($4.55), which woos hearts by entering the bloodstream in a delicious disguise of peaches, whipped cream, caramel, and white chocolate syrup.
A wedding reception organized by Simply Entertaining might go something like this: A limousine chauffeur whisks newlyweds to a white-tent gala, where stemware chimes and festive music floods the air. Every napkin, plate, and cup advertises the nuptials. Guests dine on organic cuisine as the father of the bride switches on a microphone and proposes a toast. Meanwhile, a photographer immortalizes every moment.
Simply Entertaining could take credit for each facet of this scenario. Supporting celebrations at every stage, the company's services ensure that milestone events live up to expectations. The shop prints custom invitations on premium heavyweight card stock and can add digital photographs or thermographic raised print that records dates and times into fingertips' memories. Chefs prepare catered fare with locally grown ingredients and happily accommodate vegetarian, vegan, or special dietary needs. Entertainment and photography services couple up to ensure that everyone has fun and can relive the memories.
Gator bites, mudbug burgers, and fried pickles?Po? Boys Creole Caf? clearly is well-stocked with a sense of humor and adventure as well as with deep-fried gator tail and crawfish covered in remoulade sauce. And, of course, with the namesake towering pressed sandwiches, ranging from oyster- and fish-stuffed versions to ones modeled after Philly cheesesteaks to their most popular, the buffalo chicken po. The menu continues its sprawl with seafood gumbo, andouille sausage platters, and jambalaya, which are proof that one can never know what Mother Nature will do next.
At Ginza Red, chef Hiroji Obayashi?who has opened prestigious restaurants in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Newport Beach?showcases his passion for traditional Japanese cuisine with artfully prepared dinner and late-night dishes. Chef Obayashi and his staff specialize in robata grilling, an ancient Japanese technique that calls for meals to be cooked around a communal hearth. Their efforts produce signature creations, such as steamed striped bass served with Asari clams, ginger, and a light soy broth.
Bianca Pizza & Pasta began as a small-scale business catering to other local businesses, but it was bound for greatness. The family nature of the eatery and its proprietors soon garnered a large fan-base of families seeking traditional Italian dishes in a casual setting. Bianca Pizza's menu accomplishes this, and doesn't disappoint in diversity either. Guests can request hearty baked pastas, a thick calzone, or a hand-tossed pizza straight from the oven. Hot subs and fresh-made garlic rolls are also available.