Sunday, October 29, 2006

A Gluttonous Night with Daily Gluttony & Friends...

First off, I want to apologize to Mrs. Daily Gluttony for taking so long to write about her special evening. I've been meaning to, but work has been EXTREMELY crazy. Anyway, we had our local LA food blogger dinner a few months ago at Manna Korean BBQ in Koreatown. She asked if I would like to cater her wedding party and I gladly accepted. After all, Daily Gluttony is one of the funniest personalities in the food blog world and simply enjoyable to be around. Don't be fooled by her potty mouth and sometimes, brash writing... she's really great haha.

A few months later, the event really felt like it was just around the corner. With the help of J and Yoony of Immaeatchu, this was going to be a fun and smooth night. Pam decided on two seafood dishes and two vegetarian. Ugh. We were both irritated by the fact that we had to throw in some kind of veggie dish. No matter what, it was good practice. Things could be worse... I could be dealing with vegans and non-glutens. The good thing is, I could pretty much go outside of my place and collect all my ingredients.

"Yes, this dish is made especially for you. I've deep-fried this oak leaf in panko flakes and topped it w/ bark that I've braised in soy sauce, garlic and cilantro. The garnish of freshly-mowed grass should really bring out this winter's flavors. Enjoy."

Yoony met up with J and I on a Saturday afternoon and we were simply fascinated by Pam's place. It really had the Brooklyn loft feel that you see a lot in movies. The place was huge and could easily hold a 100+ people. We immediately set up our post in her large kitchen. With two fridges and a 6' foot fold-out table, we had an ideal setup. In addition to that, the bartender was set up right in front of us, forming a blockade from nosey, finger-happy guests. Two hours later, the guests started to pour in. Music on, food being cooked, drinks pouring.... party time.

Ahi Tuna Poke with Yuzu and Green Apples on Wonton Crisps
I'm no longer making the avocado mousse wonton crisps. This version blows it out of the water. The microgreen garnish adds a nice bitter taste that balances with the sour green apples and sweet fish.

Crabcakes with Roasted Red Pepper Remoulade
I don't think I can bury this dish just yet. I've made them smaller and used a different panko crust and it's now edible in one crispy bite.

Truffled-Edamame Hummus on Parmesan Crisps
This was my first time dealing with parmesan crisps. I cannot stand baking but had to try this dish out sometime. The crisps had a nice cracker-like texture to it and made a nice appetizer. The truffle oil really brings out the tastes of the garlicky hummus and cheesy crisps. Unfortunately, this dish takes FOREVER to make. Goodbye, off the menu for good haha.

Yoony's Harissa Dip on Pita Crisps (Not Pictured)
My photo was so lousy and blurry that it wasn't worth putting up. Zteve of Gastrologica did a nice interpretation of the dish. Sorry Yoony! I first had this dish at AOC and fell in love with it. I could not stop eating it. Yoony was kind enough to help me out and prepare this dish at home and it was awesome. Spicy and flavorful... a good kick to the bunch.

Victor of Zarape Tacos
Pam's genius idea of hiring a taco guy really made the party fun. Who doesn't love tacos? Victor had a nice choice of carne asada and pollo asado with all the fixins. After cooking for two straight hours, the last thing I wanted to eat was anything I cooked. I treated myself to three tacos. Yum.

It was a really great experience catering for someone that first got me into blogging. Thank you Pam for giving me the opportunity to do this. I was really stoked to be able to cook for you as well as our other food blogging friends there that night... Jonah of LA Foodblogging, Best of LA and Gastrologica. Colleen Cuisine, where were you??? J, Yoony and I had a blast. Hope you don't mind that we were all buzzed from drinking on the job haha. Congratulations again to you and Mr. Daily Gluttony.

Thanks for reading.


H. C. said...

Wow -- everything looked so yummy ~ taco cart is definitely a fun idea.

And yea, I can imagine parmy crisps being too much of a time hassle if doing for large parties (and if you don't have a commercial oven.) but I always welcome it when I see it in a salad.

Yuzu said...

Parmesan crisps?! Yum! Anything that's cheesy and crispy — me likey. Your hors d'oeuvres always look amazing. Everything looks nicely done. :)

Colleen Cuisine said...

ohhhnooooo... you didn't get my text message? we got stuck up in calabasas all evening. I am SO SAD I missed this. Looks like so much fun and so much yummy food! you and Pam should start throwing parties together - her space, your food

Eddie Lin said...

yeah, i'm sorry i missed daily gluttony's wedding reception partay too. a family event came up that wasn't as nearly as fun. the taco cart is almost as genius as having a balloon animal making clown at the party. almost.

Daily Gluttony said...

Hey, I'm not that f*cking potty mouthed! LOL!

Anyways, just wanted to tell you again that you, Jeni & Yoony f*cking ROCKED!!!

And yeah, per CC, maybe Isaac and I can offer our place up to do one of our future blogger GTG's. Maybe all of us can help you out and bring some food too so you don't have to do all the cooking. =)

Eddie, next time I'll hire the baloon animal guy; do you think you would eat one? haha, just kidding.

Thanks again EDNBM for the FAB catering job!

Anonymous said...

All of the dishes were great, but I'm going to say that the crab cakes stole the show. Bite size is genius, I think because they don't get as greasy as the big patties.

I suggest for the next party, DG move in a skate ramp, that place just seemed to crave one.

BoLA said...

Yes!!! I LOVED Mr. and Mrs. Gluttony's pad... SO LA COOL!!! Can't wait for the next get together! D-man, J, Yoony - the food was definitely OISHII!!! Great job you guys!

Chubbypanda said...

Hooray! Dylan's back!

Trust me buddy, I know what work can be like sometimes. I'm on day eight of a (hopefully) twelve day work week. If I'm lucky, It'll be another twenty-six day week. Yarg.

Parmesan crisps in bulk? Definitely off the menu. I guess you could make one big one, score it before baking, and carefully break it up into squares. Still...

- Chubbypanda.

Bon Vivant said...

I just attended a wedding reception this past weekend and even though the food was not bad by wedding standards I would have loved to have eaten this menu.

rameniac said...

wao that is awesome. i been away hehe but i need to catch up on everyone's posting... looks like you guys had a grand time here!

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