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Dear Valued Customer,

With the holidays well behind us now, I have finally had a chance to sit down and prepare some new menus to take us through the rest of the winter season and in to the early spring.

With all the hustle and bustle of last month, I don’t know that I ever formally had a chance to wish each of you a very healthy and happy new year! All of us at Seasons Gourmet Catering are very grateful for your ongoing business and support and we truly look forward to serving you in the year that lies ahead!

As for right now…most of you know that the fall and winter seasons are my favorite! Obviously, the weather is never better and it gives us a chance to do things outside that may be uncomfortable during the warm weather months. But mostly, I enjoy this time of year because of all the wonderful ingredients that are in peak season right now! The flavors of the winter are very warm and rich. They tempt us with their sweet and savory smells and comfort us with their hearty and familiar flavors!

Also, this time of year allows us to change our cooking techniques a bit. Instead of mostly grilled or sautéed items (of which you’ll see a few), many of our featured menus showcase slow roasting and braising techniques that allow us to coax the maximum amount of flavor from our ingredients!

So it is with pride and optimism for a great year ahead, that I present to you our winter specials for the next few months. Once again, please accept our thanks for all of your continued support! We’ll look forward to hearing from you soon.

Cheers!

Stuart Kramer
Owner
Seasons Gourmet Catering

 

Freshly Baked Miniature Chocolate Pecan Danish
Freshly Baked Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad
Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffees

$9.75 per person

Classic Egg Frittata with Zucchini, Green Onions & Manchego Cheese
Seasoned Roasted Breakfast Potatoes with Sweet Peppers
Honey Jalapeno Glazed Smoked Bacon
Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad
Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffees

$12.95 per person

Freshly Baked Oatmeal Scones Served with Meyer Lemon Jam
Raspberry Cream Cheese Filled Breakfast Pastries with Chocolate Drizzle
Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad
Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffees

$9.75 per person

Traditional Scrambled Eggs with Melted Cheddar Cheese
Seasoned O’Brian Potatoes with Peppers and Onions
Crispy Molasses Glazed Bacon
Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad
Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffees

$11.95 per person

Homemade Pecan and Nutella Puff Pastry Rolls with Turbinado Sugar
Freshly Baked Carrot and Mascarpone Quick Bread with
Sweet Fennel Orange Marmalade
Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad
Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffees

$10.25 per person

Radicchio and Romaine Salad with Shaved Fennel, Celery and Grapefruit Served with Fresh Serrano Homey Vinaigrette
Pomegranate Balsamic Glazed Grilled Chicken with Citrus Chicken Jus
Warm Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Cranberries, Chives and Pine Nuts
Fresh Winter Fruit Cobbler with Cinnamon Oat Crumble

$14.95 per person

Crostini with Herbed Ricotta Spread, Shaved Prosciutto and Watercress
Roasted Broccoli Salad with White Beans, Parmesan and
Pine Nuts Tossed in Lemon Shallot Dressing
Roasted Pork Loin Served with Pink Lady Apple Brandy Sauce
Sweet and Yukon Gold Potato Gratin
Freshly Baked Assorted Butter Cookies

$14.95 per person

Asian Noodle Salad with Broccoli Carrots and Bell Peppers Tossed with Sriracha Peanut Dressing with Toasted Peanut Garnish
Classic Teriyaki Glazed Seared Steak with Sesame Seeds
Coconut Ginger Infused Jasmine Rice with Scallions
Soy Glazed Sugar Snap Peas with Onions and Carrots
Freshly Baked Almond Cookies

$14.75 per person

Smoked Turkey Sandwich with Brie and Cranberry
Compote Served on Toasted Grain Bread
Endive & Apple Salad with Celery & Walnuts in Sour Cherry Vinaigrette
Homemade Potato Chips with New Seasons Spice Blend
Assorted Freshly Baked Fruit and Cream Cheese Bars

$13.50 per person

Bruschetta with Fresh Goat Cheese, Fried Leeks, Apricots and Almonds
Seared Flank Steak with Wild Mushrooms Served in
Hazelnut Infused Red Eye Gravy
Roasted Potato Wedges with Fried Herbs and Sea Salt
Grilled Asparagus with Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic
Fudgy Chocolate Brownies with Chocolate Ganache

$14.95 per person

Assorted Freshly Baked Dinner Rolls and Butter
Garden Greens Salad with Seasonal Vegetables Served with
Creamy Ranch Dressing and Fresh Raspberry Vinaigrette
Grilled Chicken with Tomatoes & Asparagus in Lemon Proseco Cream Seasoned Jasmine Rice Pilaf
Fresh Sliced Strawberries Served with Sweet Cream

$14.25 per person

Pulled Barbecue Chicken Served with Crispy Shallots, Candied Jalapenos, Lettuce, Tomatoes and Red Onion Jam on Ciabatta Rolls
Classic Creamy Homemade Cole Slaw
Fresh Homemade Red Bliss Potato Salad with Bacon and Green Onions
Assorted Freshly Baked Cookies

$14.25 per person

Toasted Homemade Garlic Bread
Classic Caesar Salad with Croutons, Parmesan & Creamy Dressing
Penne Pasta with Grilled Chicken .Broccoli, Bacon and
Artichokes in Roasted Pepper Cream Sauce
Seasonal Roasted Veggies with Fresh Lemon and Thyme
Miniature Canolis with Pistachios, Chocolate Chips & Powdered Sugar

$14.50 per person

Cherry Tomato Salad with Red Onion, Feta Cheese,
Basil and Pistachio Tossed in Citrus Oregano Dressing
Homemade Chicken Salad with Toasted Walnuts and Grapes Served with Citrus Herb Mayo and Freshly Baked Miniature Egg Twist Rolls
Sweet and Spicy Roasted Almonds with Chile Salt and Rosemary
Freshly Made Baklava – Layers of Buttered Phyllo with Honey & Walnuts

$14.25 per person

Grilled Steak Wraps with Lettuce, Tomato & Sweet Cippolini Onion Relish
Celery, Apple and Walnut Slaw with Lemongrass Mint Dressing
Garden Greens Salad with Seasonal Veggies and Shaved
Radish Served with Grille Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
Cinnamon Apple Pecan Pastry Rolls with Maple Bourbon Syrup

$14.50 per person

Read MoreMarch 24, 2015 5:31 pm - Posted by admin

Wow!  What a fun event!  While we’re always challenging ourselves with new styles of cooking, we really went all out this past weekend with a Japanese gala.  It was great to be able to make traditional Japanese fare appeal to Japanese palettes and still have it taste great to many other guests from different parts of the world with different palettes.  Here’s the menu!

 

PASSED HORS D’OEUVRES PRESENTATION

Fresh Yellow Fin Tuna Tartar with Rice Wine, Ginger and Fresh Lime Served on Cucumber Wheels with Fresh Wasabi Mayo

 

Sushi Style Nori Roll with Fresh Snow Crab, Mango

Matchsticks and Avocado Served with Pickled Ginger

 

Ceramic Spoons Filled with Udon Noodles Served in a Bath of Lemongrass Ginger Coconut Milk Broth Topped with

Chilled Orange Garlic Chile Shrimp

 

PLATED DINNER PRESENTATION

Classic Miso Soup Served with Shitake

Mushrooms, Green Onions and Rice Noodles

 

Sesame Crusted Seared Sea Scallops Served with Soy Glazed

Baby Bok Choy and Drizzled with Chile Garlic Sauce

 

Kirin Beer Braised Beef Short Ribs Served on Homemade

Daikon Puree with Ginger Plum Reduction Sauce

 

Stir Fry Seasonal Vegetables with Black and White Sesame

 

Miniature Green Tea Ice Cream Cups Topped with Homemade Ginger Mint Syrup, Fresh Lime Zest and Crushed Pistachios

 

Hot Tea Service

Shrimp appetizer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read MoreFebruary 1, 2012 9:48 am - Posted by admin

Here are some questions to ask your caterer.

• Will they use fresh or frozen food? Here at Seasons Gourmet Catering, we use only fresh food. We offer locally grown produce when possible and make everything from scratch. We NEVER offer ‘heat and serve’ hors d’oeuvres. Nothing comes from a can. Seriously.
• What about service staff? How many servers will you need? The number of servers needed depends on the type of event you’ll be hosting. Is it passed hors d’oeuvres or stationary? Is it a plated meal or a buffet? These details will make a big difference in the number of service personnel you’ll need. Also keep in mind that a good service staff makes your life easy! You can relax and enjoy your event. Our staff will clean up and your home or office will look just like it did before we got there.
• How is the food quantity determined? There are many factors that go into this decision. For instance, we’ll ask you what time of day the event will be held, how much alcohol will be consumed, what is the age group of the guests, will you plan to serve an entrée, or just hor’s d’oeuvres?
• Will you have food available for our vegetarian or special diet guests? Yes, this is something we will address with you before the menu is agreed on.
• What about lighting and heating? We are able to provide for both of these along with any other rental needs you may have including china, linens, tables, etc.
• Can you help with entertainment? How about decorations? We have a full time event planner on staff that can assist you with every aspect of your event. We have many years of experience with other special events providers including entertainment, florists, photographers, videographers and more.

Read MoreSeptember 26, 2011 10:08 am - Posted by admin

Those of you who know me, know that I’m a big fan of these next few months. Autumn is my favorite time of year for food! However, the next two months of September and October are somewhat odd for us in that while the rest of the country is about to experience the full bounty of the fall harvest as temperatures start to cool off, we here in Arizona will be caught in between the end of summer and the beginning of the fall season, with a still very warm climate for the next several weeks.

What this means from a food standpoint, is that our local growers and suppliers will still be able to provide us with much of the traditional fare that we have become used to over the summer. So items like peaches, plums and grapefruits are still available in great supply and are still very ripe and fresh! However, we will also start to see some of the early harvest that we associate with the fall season like several varieties of winter squash, fresh passion fruit, tangerines and tomatillos will be great in the months ahead.

After this interesting culinary transitional period, we’ll move full speed into the cuisine of late fall and early winter, which is the absolute best time to be a foodie!!!

For now, I hope that you will enjoy our selections for the early fall season. I think you’ll find that there is a little something for all occasions in this collection of menus and I hope that you will enjoy them as much as we enjoy preparing them!

Thanks to all of you for your continued business and support. The whole team at Seasons Gourmet Catering appreciates you and we look forward to serving you in the days and weeks ahead!

All the best,

Stuart Kramer

Read MoreSeptember 10, 2011 9:33 am - Posted by admin

 

Friday, July 01, 2011

 

Dear Valued Customer,

 

So just for a change, I thought I’d open up a summer time letter by NOT complaining about the heat. We have all enjoyed a pretty wonderful spring and finally, summer has arrived! We all knew it was coming…it shouldn’t have come as a surprise, right? What is surprising is that instead of my usual rant about “…it’s so hot”, and “OMG, I can’t believe how hot it is”, and wah, wah, wah, I thought I’d try something a little different.

 

This year, I will embrace the heat. It’s not going away any time soon, so…it is what it is…as they say! In fact, I hear it might get up to around 120 degrees this weekend and I simply can’t wait. Furthermore, I might actually book myself a trip to the surface of the sun. I hear it’s lovely this time of year and I just loaded up on SPF 1,000,000,000 sun block, so I’m sure I’ll be fine!

 

OK…enough of that! Aside from the heat, what also comes with summer is the wonderful bounty of the season. As you will see from our new seasonal menus, I’ve tried to prepare selections that feature the wonderful fresh foods that can best be enjoyed this time of year. I’ve also made an extra effort to lighten up the menus somewhat in light of the fact that we generally prefer the lighter side of things this time of year. Please don’t be alarmed…there are still a few selections of traditional favorites with my mandatory little twists and turns. But, all told, I’m very excited about these new menus!

 

Please consider the enclosed menus for your next meeting or fun summer event. As always, all of us at Seasons Gourmet Catering appreciate your continued business and support and we look forward to serving you in the days and months ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

Freshly Baked Summer Peach Muffins with Streusel Topping

Freshly Baked White Chocolate Cranberry Scones

Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad

Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffees

$8.95 per person

 

Freshly Baked Miniature Cinnamon Rolls

Freshly Baked Summer Berry Quick Breads

Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad

Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffees

$8.95 per person

 

Fresh Scrambled Eggs

Golden Brown Seasoned Hash Browns

Crispy Smoked Bacon

Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad

Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffees

$10.95 per person

 

Freshly Baked Corn Muffins Served with

Butter and Fresh Raspberry Preserves

Assorted Fresh Fruit Yogurts Served with Granola

Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad

Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffees

$8.95 per person

 

Assorted Freshly Baked Miniature Bagels

Served with Strawberry Cream Cheese

Assorted Freshly Baked Miniature Cheese and Fruit Filled Danish

Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad

Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffees

$8.95 per person

 

Assorted Freshly Baked Dinner Rolls and Butter

Field Greens Salad with Grape Tomatoes, Toasted Almonds and Jicama Served with Cabernet Blackberry Vinaigrette

Tender Grilled Chicken with Fresh Basil Walnut Pesto Sauce

Grilled Fresh Seasonal Summer Vegetable Medley

Freshly Baked Marble Cream Cheese Brownies

$12.45 per person

 

Assorted Freshly Baked Dinner Rolls and Butter

Grilled Watermelon Salad with Fresh Mozzarella

Cheese, Basil and Aged Balsamic Reduction

Marinated Steak Skewers with Jalapeno Cilantro Chimichurri

Grilled Yukon Gold Potatoes with Parmesan and Fresh Thyme

Fresh Sliced Strawberries with Homemade Whipped Cream

$12.95 per person

 

Assorted Freshly Baked Dinner Rolls and Butter

Baby Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Fresh Strawberries and

Red Onions Served with Washington Cherry Vinaigrette

Tender Grilled Breast of Chicken with Fresh Asparagus Drizzled with Homemade Strawberry Balsamic Gastrique

Orecchiette Pasta Salad with Sweet Peas, Bell Peppers & Pine Nuts

Freshly Baked Miniature Caramel Apple Tartlets

$12.95 per person

 

Fresh Mixed Greens with Cherry Tomatoes, Seedless Cucumbers and Avocado Served with Homemade Mango Chile Vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken Wraps with Peach BBQ Sauce & Cool Summer Slaw

Red Bliss Potato Salad with Fresh Lemon Dill Vinaigrette

Assorted Freshly Baked Miniature Dessert Bars

$12.00 per person

 

Grilled Flank Steak Sandwiches Served on Caramelized Onion Rolls Served with Fresh Lettuce, Tomatoes and Gorgonzola Spread

Homemade Gemelli Pasta Salad with Fresh Rainbow Vegetables

Fresh Fennel Orange and Grapefruit Salad with

Bell Peppers, Fresh Cilantro and Mint

Freshly Baked Individual Mixed Berry Tartlets

$12.95 per person

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Fresh Lettuce, Tomato, Bacon & Havarti Served on Fresh Ciabatta Rolls with Lemon Basil Mayo

Pearl Cous Cous Salad with Pine Nuts, Cranberries & Green Onions

Fresh Radicchio and Endive Salad with Red and Yellow Tear

Drop Tomatoes Served with Fresh Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette

Freshly Baked Miniature Strawberry Cheese Cakes

$12.95 per person

 

Freshly Baked Biscuits Served with Butter and Honey

Grilled Hearts of Romaine Salad with Poached Pears, Crispy Bacon and Crumbled Bleu Cheese and Fresh Blueberry Dressing

Buttermilk Marinated Southern Fried Chicken with Hot Sauce

Homemade Grit Cakes with Sweet Corn and Jalapenos

Assorted Freshly Baked Cookies

$12.95 per person

 

Freshly Baked Corn Bread with Honey Butter

Ginger Peach Glazed Roasted Pork Loin Served with

Sautéed Rum Soaked Apples and Apricots

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Fresh Garlic and Herbs

Grilled Marinated Summer Vegetable Kabobs

Maple Iced Cream Puffs with Chocolate Hazelnut Pastry Cream

$12.75 per person

 

Parmesan Peppercorn Ranch Chicken Wraps with

Fresh Lettuce, Tomato and Bacon

Homemade Orzo Pasta Salad with Diced Summer Vegetables

Fresh Three Bean Salad with Homemade Dijon Vinaigrette

Warm Bread Pudding Served with Vanilla

Crème Anglaise and Summer Berry Compote

$12.45 per person

 

Honey Chipotle Glazed Steak Sandwich with Fresh Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado and Tangy Mayo on Fresh Ciabatta Rolls

Sweet Corn & Black Bean Salad with Fresh Basil Lime Dressing

Tri-Color Tortilla Chips with Pineapple Mango Salsa

Fresh Seasonal Berries Served with Whipped

Cream and Ancho Chile Chocolate Sauce

$12.95 per person

Read MoreAugust 3, 2011 11:07 am - Posted by admin

Welcome back Ulysio!! We are happy to announce the return of Ulysio Williams, former pastry chef at St. Francis and Mosaic Restaurants. Ulysio brings with him classical training and many years of experience in cakes, pastries, chocolates and many other desserts along with strong skills in savory foods.

If you’d like a special cake made just for you, or if you are dreaming of a delectable chocolate dessert, you’re in luck. How about Mexican chocolate mousse made with Mexican chiles and topped with a homemade churro? Is sticky toffee cake more your style? Bread pudding with crème anglaise? What if you can’t decide? We can help! Call us to discuss your dessert dreams and we’ll find a way to make them happen. We’ll be posting pictures soon, so please check back.

Read MoreAugust 1, 2011 3:44 pm - Posted by admin

What can Seasons Gourmet Catering provide for guests with food allergies and other dietary restrictions? One thing you can be certain of; you won’t be stuck with a plate of raw vegetables!  We love creating innovative menus for people with special dietary needs.  Check out some of the following ideas for vegetarian, gluten free, vegan or lactose intolerant.  We have lots more so be sure to ask what we can do for you!

Minted melon salad with goat cheese, walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette

Black bean and sweet corn patties served with roasted poblano salsa

Vegetable stir -fry with gluten free soy sauce and tofu

Butternut squash soup with toasted croutons and sage pesto

Stuffed acorn squash with couscous, pine nuts, lentils and cranberries

 

Need more ideas?  Give us a call at 480-860-5656!

 

 

 

Read MoreJune 23, 2011 10:37 am - Posted by admin