Monday, March 10, 2014
Village Crown knows how hard it is to plan the perfect event. You don't have to do it alone, here are some important tips to help you when you're ordering:
1) What is your event? We know that seems like an obvious question but it's important for your caterer to know what type of event you are having. You may need more (or less) food then you planned depending on the time of day and style of event. This can prevent late guests from finding empty platters on their arrival or having a fridge packed with leftovers.
2) What time is your event? Don't forget it may take time to set up the food, especially if it's hot. Always take into account extra time to get ready so you won't have to rush when the guests start to arrive. If your building has strict security or a separate freight entrance that your delivery guy doesn't know about, your food could be delayed. Be sure to make a detailed note for your caterers so you won't be surprised.
3) What's your menu? Will you be snacking on hors d'oeuvres platters, filling up on a hearty meal or a mix of both? Know the flow of your event so your caterer can make helpful suggestions to ensure your guests don't fill up on heavy apps or overeat the main course. Splitting two meat entrees can be tricky since most guests will want to try both. This could leave some guests hungry in the end, make sure you plan accordingly.
4) What else do you need besides food? Catering is much more than just delivery. Do you need plates? Forks? Cups? What about beverages or a custom cake? Make a list from start to finish of what you will use for your event so that nothing is left out. If you are ordering beverages you might need an ice bucket. If you want your food to stay hot you may need chaffers and sternos. Let your caterer know how you plan to serve your food once you receive it so you aren't left with the wrong temperature item.
5) What is your budget? Catering can get expensive. If you have a tight budget for your corporate event we understand that your options may seem limited. Don't fret, we can help you choose the right items such as a heavier appetizer that will fill up your guests faster or a package deal that includes all the food you will need in one set price. On the other hand if you are catering to impress, be sure to ask about china dishware options. The extra charge is worth it in the end if you are entertaining important guests. A nice display goes a long way.
The more details you provide in your inquiry, the more we can help you! Let's work together to make this a memorable event.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Purim is just around the corner and we couldn't be more excited! Check out some of these fun festive ideas for your party:
Deliciously Decorated Masquerade Cookies!
Take Cake to the Next Level!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Let's get creative in the kitchen! Everyone loves popcorn but not necessarily all of the calories. Cauliflower is an amazing substitute and so delicious. Try this easy & quick kosher recipe at home that everyone can enjoy:
Friday, February 21, 2014
Village Crown knows dinner can be quite a process and especially when it comes to Shabbat! Let us do the work for you so you can focus on more important things like your family and friends. Our delicious prix fixe menu has something for everyone.
Village Crown Shabbat Menu
$28 per person includes:
SAMPLE SEPHARDIC-INFLUENCED MENU
Braised Tilapia Filet
With baby potatoes, parsley, lemon & turmeric
Flaky Pastry Borekas
with spinach, mushroom and potato
Entree with Accompaniments
Chicken with Dried Plums & Almonds
Chicken on the bone simmered with dried plums and garnished with almonds
Spinach and Mushroom Pashtida (Moroccan Quiche)
Fried Sephardic Cauliflower with Cumin & Turmeric
Medley of Baklava, Mediterranean Cookies & Date Roulade
Ask us about our other Shabbat menus and special Synagogue menus email@example.com
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Cholent is a culinary delight enjoyed by Jews of all backgrounds on Shabbat afternoon. In Ashkenazi circles it is called "Cholent," while Sephardic Jews refer to this dish as "Chameen" ("the hot dish").
This stewed dish is served hot on Shabbat afternoon, and since it is forbidden to cook or warm up food on Shabbat, the cholent sits on the stove-top (or in a crock pot) from before sundown Friday evening.
The ingredients of this dish vary depending on your ancestry. The Ashkenazi cholent normally consists of beans, barley, potatoes and meat. (There are those who specialize in making a delicious vegetarian cholent). The Mid-Eastern variety is much spicier and often contains rice, chickpeas, and sometimes dumplings. (Chabad.org: http://bit.ly/MzSU2O)
Time: 12 to 15 hours
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
1 medium onion, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
1/2 to 1 pound boneless beef short ribs, cut in 1 1/2-inch chunks
Pepper, to taste
3/4 cup pearl barley
1/3 cup dried kidney beans,
1/3 cup dried navy beans
1/3 cup dried cranberry beans
3 cups chicken or beef broth
2 tablespoons honey or molasses
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
Salt to taste.
1. Line the bottom of a slow cooker with the potatoes, the onion and then the short ribs, sprinkling the meat with pepper to taste.
2. Scatter the barley and the beans on top, then pour on the broth and the honey or molasses. Sprinkle with the paprika and salt to taste. Add enough water to cover all the ingredients. Cook on low for 12 to 15 hours, stirring occasionally (except during Shabbat, for those who observe it), adding more water if necessary. The longer the cholent cooks, the better it will be.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings.
Recipe from NYTimes.com: http://nyti.ms/1fgIjVd
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Having guests over and not sure what to feed them? Entertaining is easy with an assortment of delicious kosher platters from Village Crown! We cater every style of event from an intimate gathering to a large scale event and everything in between. Check out some some of our popular picks to get you inspired:
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Cheese and Crackers, Vegetable Crudite, and Flaky Pastry Borekas make it easy for everyone to pick something to snack on.
Need more filling snacks? Try Cilantro and Mint Salmon Croquettes, assorted Pinwheel Wraps and a tasty Mediterranean Salad.
Get the conversation started with some soft summer rolls mixed with our famous sushi and garden sushi platters!
Tell us about your event at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, February 17, 2014
Today is the perfect day to order a healthy kosher package for you and your guests. Village Crown recommends our aptly named Spa Package (at 20.95-22.95 per guest) that includes super food to make you more energized, alert and ready to take on the rest of the week. Show your clients your health conscience side or lighten up your dinner event. Sit back, relax and enjoy Village Crown's nutrition-packed Spa treatment.
Green Salad with assorted dressing on the side and assorted rolls
Grilled Salmon with Herbs & Lemon (22.95) or Grilled Chicken with Herbs (20.95)
Black & White Quinoa with cherry tomatoes, thinly diced red onion, basil and balsamic vinaigrette
Steamed String Beans
See more meal package options on our website.