Unique St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas

Hey guys, I’m back with some more tips! Today I’ll be showing you some St. Patrick’s Day ideas! Looking to put a new twist on your St. Patrick’s Day party?

1. Incorporate Seasonal Herbs

When it comes to adding flavor and personality to traditional St. Patrick’s Day dishes, herbs are your best friends. They bring a refreshing taste to very basic Irish ingredients like potatoes and chicken. One of our favorite flavorful spring dishes is grilled chicken marinated in thyme-rosemary oil and finished off with lemon sauce.

In my St. Patrick’s Day menu, you will notice that I like to use herbs to enhance the flavors of our sides.

2. Power Green Tricks

St. Patrick’s Day was purely a religious holiday in Ireland for most of the 20th century, which meant all its pubs were closed. Take a modern twist on this historical fact by setting up a green bar filled with superfood drinks like kale smoothies. This will be a popular station for guests looking for a nutritional boost.

The one exception to the dry bars on March 17 was for beer vendors at the national dog show. If you will be renting an outdoor, dog-friendly venue, consider setting up a mini dog park and beer haven where guests can socialize over beers while their dogs romp and play.

3. Chocolate-Irish Cream Cheesecake

One of my favorites! Combine chocolate, cream cheese, sour cream and Irish cream liqueur for this decadently rich cheesecake. If you prefer a milder liqueur flavor, use a little less Irish cream and add whipping cream or milk to make up the difference.

For an Irish cheesecake with coffee flavoring instead of chocolate, try Irish Coffee Cheesecake, a recipe from an Omaha bakery.

 

These are some of my favorite ideas to do during St. Patrick’s day. Hope you guys enjoy them and have a wonderful St. Patrick’s day! 

 

 

The Great Kitchen Flood of 2012

As a Chef, you will most certainly run into all kinds of different debacles when it comes to your kitchen. This is especially true if you are a catering chef that is working in different kitchens on a weekly and sometimes daily basis. In 2012 I was working a party for this extremely wealthy individual in South Florida. They had a catering kitchen in the downstairs of their home and it was an absolute delight to work in. There was plenty of room for me and my two helpers, and everything was top of the line. There were a few problems with the kitchen that were not brought to light until a little later in the evening.

We were cooking for around 100 individuals and a pasta dish was on the menu. About half way into the evening I was summoned upstairs by the owner for something he wanted to discuss. Right before I was summoned I turned on a faucet to fill a large pot in a deep commercial Flooded Kitchensink, and guess what, I forgot to turn the water off before I went upstairs. This sounds like it would be no big deal because it’s in a sink, right? Wrong! All I can say is I’m really glad I know someone that has a water damage restoration business because the bottom of the pot just so happened to be the perfect shape, and with all of the weight of the water the pot closed off the water’s access to the drain. So, after about 20 minutes of schmoozing with the owner and his friends in my cool chef outfit and talking about how amazing my appetizers were I got back down to the kitchen. Wouldn’t you know it there was about 3-4 inches of standing water on the floor and it was rising! Turns out, the sink wasn’t very thick metal because it had flexed just enough to allow the pot to cut off the drain.

I did what any respectable business owner would do and freaked out! There were so many things that all happened simultaneously to make this really bad situation worse than it could have been. Continue reading “The Great Kitchen Flood of 2012”