Alfresco Birthday Noshings

Seattle skyline view from Marc & David's place

My friend Marc turned the Big 4-0 this year...and threw a fabulous party to mourn the passing of his youth. To cater the event, he hired my friend Kris from Sook Enterprises. Together, they decided on a bevy of finger foods--bites that were easy to maintain a plate and a cocktail, with no silverware required.

When I got the call to come over for a preview of party noshings, my only question was, "How fast can I get there???"

Cheese presentation (on slate) with with pear moustarda

Marc is a fabulous cook and the ultimate host. His control freak tendencies translate into the most wonderful, well-thought out events. So naturally, when he scheduled this catering preview, Marc couldn't resist throwing in his own special touches....That's his cheese presentation above and here's a sampling from his vast cocktail napkin collection:

Fun cocktail napkins are great conversation starters....

The birthday boy...and party samples (detailed shot below).

Kris makes a beautiful spread, doesn't she?

One of each, plated

I love Kris' food. She designs menus that are packed with fresh flavors...and often feature a surprising twist. Vegetarian options are never a compromise...and delight meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Visually, the colors pop, adding to the festive party spirit...and her stream-lined platters create an easy, elegant touch.

Here's a look at the menu:

Tomato Basil Emulsion w/ rustic bread

Pecan Salmon Bites w/ crème fraiche asparagus tartar sauce

Herbed Chicken Medallions w/ ginger mandarin reduction

Asparagus wrapped in wontons w/ fresh lemon & kosher salt

Spinach Cakes topped w/ garlic jalapeno goat cheese, cherry tomato & shiso

Fried Goat Cheese & Cucumber topped w/ balsamic reduction, basil & lemon zest

Baked Figs wrapped in prosciutto & stuffed with blue cheese (Marc's contribution)

Assorted Cheese Board with pear moustarda (Marc's contribution)

Great food with a fabulous view and even better company...what more could you ask for?

Happy Birthday, Marc!