Thursday, 10 June 2010

Kodak Launch - delicious bowl food

Little Char Grilled Tuna Steak with French Bean, Avocado & Wild Rocket Salad, Safron Aioli to Serve



I'm not that keen on reviewing other peoples food... there are plenty of paid journalists out there and a few million un-paid review bloggers doing a fine job, so i'll stick to cooking and being self indulgent in my own way.

I also have a strange cog inside my brain that seems to like everything I eat anyway (unless it's really really bad, or an obvious mistake has been made) and i'm more critical of my surroundings or the staff than the food... so what's the point?

However, as an event producer I do get to experience a lot of catering... the fun bit of course is all the food tastings... so I do get to review catered food for my clients and therefore I have the opportunity to wield my power is some way... and i've had my fair share of catered food... good and bad... bizarre food... try-too-hard food... small food... even smaller food and then even smaller, smaller food that only beauty journalists can eat because otherwise it wouldn't fit in their bird-like mouths without ruining their spray-painted lipstick...

Simple Roast Chicken Salad, Soft Herb Mayonnaise to Serve


Tonight's selection was created by the on-site chefs at The Imagination Gallery.  They are a lucky lot, those that work down on Store Street.  They have an incredible, on-site, subsidised caterer.  Lunch, which for them could, on any day, consist of poached salmon, beef wellington, fresh seared tuna... is on average £4 per meal!

Warm Haloumi, Cucumber & Tiny Intense Plum Tomato Salad, Kalamata & Aged Greek Wine Drizzle

So, due to the nature of the event, which was a lot of guests standing around talking about printer ink technology... I know, we get all the glamorous jobs!... we advised our client to chose a simple bowl-food menu so guests could tuck in to well-proportioned food whilst still standing with a drink in one hand.  It all sounds so complicated but these things are run like a military coup and you wouldn't believe the conversations we've had about how people will stand and eat, or where they put their fork, or the best size for a mini-burger... jeez!

The menu tonight was light and tasty and, I have to say, completely delicious.  We had 4 savoury bowls and one sweet and they were:

Warm Haloumi, Cucumber & Tiny Intense Plum Tomato Salad, Kalamata & Aged Greek Wine Drizzle


Simple Roast Chicken Salad, Soft Herb Mayonnaise to Serve


Little Char Grilled Tuna Steak with French Bean, Avocado & Wild Rocket Salad, Safron Aioli to Serve


"Gastro" Burger & Chips, Stunning Rustic Scotch Beef Burger, Sea Salted Chunky Chips with Melting Monterey Jack Relish

Frutti Tutti Cheese Cake


"Gastro" Burger & Chips, Stunning Rustic Scotch Beef Burger, Sea Salted Chunky Chips with Melting Monterey Jack & Relish


The Haloumi salad was that perfect blend of salty with the sweet tartness of the Kalamata, the tuna was perfectly seared and with it's safron aioli as a golden, creamy relish it was my favourite bowl.  The chicken salad was slightly bland but I suppose it's lightness was enjoyed by some but the chunky chips served with the burger were superb and the frutti tutti cheescake was intensely sweet... a nice way to finish off the evening.


More fun back in the kitchen tomorrow! Yay!


Frutti Tutti Cheese Cake

2 comments:

  1. The names are hilarious (but they look good, and as an ex-teacher I am extremely envious of people who get nice 'cafeteria' lunches)! And I am going to have to make that saffron alioli at once! Thanks for the ideas...

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  2. Some wonderful ideas here, and breath-taking photographs on your blog, beautiful looking food.

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