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  • Glamour : Incredible Hors D’Oeuvres from Legendary Caterer Peter Callahan

    February 19th, 2014

    By Peter Callahan

    Big “thank you” to Marissa GoldSenior Online Editor for Glamour Magazine who featured me today in Toast on Glamour. I particularly like the start of the article “if you’re throwing a party in New York City and want to impress your guests, you call Peter Callahan Catering.” That’s our goal, and has been for over 25 years. To make a statement with both presentation, innovation AND taste. Take a look at the rest of the article here and at Glamour.com.

    Callahan is a master of visually appealing miniature eats, and his signature hors d’oeuvres pop up time after time at the chicest events when only the best will do.

    Peter Callahan is credited by many as having invented the mini burger slider concept, and for that alone I’m eternally grateful to him. But I also absolutely love how he manages to surprise and delight people with food, like his idea to serve caviar piled high on top of puff pastry rings, giving the appearance of giant engagement rings. What would be better to serve if you were having an engagement party and money were no object?

    Callahan has catered events for Martha Stewart, Vera Wang, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Kelly Ripa, and many more celebs (incidentally, he caters my fantasy no-budget wedding that only takes place in my head as well). Browse some of his stunning creations below:”

    To see more photos of our innovative foods please visit our portfolio and feel free to take a tour around the rest of our website too.

    {Photos: Mel Barlow/Ross Whitaker}

  • Four Seasons Magazine : Dishing with Catering Genius Peter Callahan

    February 17th, 2014

    Anne Chertoff, you’re an amazing friend, writer and editor. Thank you for featuring me and Peter Callahan Catering in the Four Seasons Magazine!

    Dishing With Catering Genius Peter Callahan

    Fours Seasons Magazine : We talk cocktail-and-appetizer pairings, dessert buffets, and thematic menus with the man credited with starting the mini-food catering craze.

    As more and more couples label themselves “foodies,” the menu has become just as important as the flowers, stationery and every other personalized detail of the wedding. To ensure that their guests have an enjoyable meal, brides, grooms and their parents are asking caterers to think outside of the traditional grilled chicken, beef or fish selection when finalizing each wedding menu. The cocktail hour, reception and dessert menus all get the foodie touch at today’s weddings.

    Peter Callahan, author of Bite by Bite: 100 Stylish Little Plates You Can Make for Any Party, kicked off the mini-food catering trend years ago. We asked the New York–based caterer to share his advice on what to serve and how to display dishes creatively at your wedding.

    Can you explain why you decided to create mini-foods for your events?
    I do mini-foods because what people really want to eat at weddings are foods like cheeseburgers, grilled cheese, hot dogs, apple crumb pies and sugar doughnuts. But in order to be served at the fanciest party, these need to be shrunk down to bite-size. They look just as stylish as the most au courant tuna canapé, are unexpected, and please foodies as well as less adventurous palates.

    Some of the foods you serve are paired with drinks. Is there any particular reason you decided to offer a drink-food pairing on a tray instead of having people go to the bar for their drink?
    When you pair mini drinks with hors d’oeuvres on the same tray, they become an ice-breaker for conversation at cocktails. They’re also fun and provide entertainment. You can have a mini drink experience, such as a margarita in a mini Patrón bottle to accompany a taco, a mini mug of Guinness to go with a quarter-sized soft pretzel, or Champagne to go with a caviar ring.

    Traditionally, appetizers are passed on a simple tray. Why do you serve them on more thematic or attention-grabbing platters?
    After we have gone to all the trouble to make a mini grilled cheese the size of a stamp, we want the guests to see all of the details (including the sandwich’s mini loaf crust). So we decided to make special trays to hold each hors d’oeuvre in place where guests can see it best: The grilled cheese stands on end held in place by a little spike, frites cones are evenly spaced on trays with holes, and mini chicken fortune cookies become more on theme when they’re set in small, custom Asian takeout boxes. Each tray is like a stage for the hors d’oeuvres it was designed for.

    Are there any food options that you encourage your clients to serve at their wedding because they’re a fan favourite?
    Fan favourites at a wedding are the caviar rings. We serve those during cocktails as well as at the cake-cutting time, paired with mini flutes of Champagne.

    How thematic do you like your wedding menus to be?
    Our food works great in all types of destinations. However, we do like to emphasize mini lobster rolls and shrimp lollipops on the coast, and short-run burgers paired with frites in the country.

    What do you see as the next big idea or trend in catering? Or is there something that you think we’ll be seeing less of in the future?
    As wedding clients get more sophisticated and everyone becomes a “foodie,” I think there is less desire to eat out-of-date, mediocre food at weddings. I also think how the meal is displayed will become more inventive. For example, caterers planning to serve a meal buffet-style will use unique props, displays and serving utensils to complement the look and feel of both the wedding and the venue.

    How much of the wedding’s setting should a bride and groom take into consideration when planning their wedding menu?
    A couple should take as much of the wedding’s location and season into consideration as works for them. Each season has its own intrinsic bounty that adds to a celebration. However, don’t feel limited by seasonal choices: If it’s available fresh and it’s important to you, serve it!

    What are some novel ideas for plating and serving a main course?
    Some novel ideas for a main course are serving just one entrée and one side dish, such as sautéed wild mushrooms and haricots verts, then adding family-style bowls of shaved corn, or perhaps roasted Jerusalem artichokes, to be passed around. The added layers of dishes make for an evolving dinner experience that pleases everyone. As for how to serve the main course, we recently made 500 wood cutting boards that we used as the dinner plate for each guest at a steak dinner.

    The dessert course: Do you recommend couples choosing one dessert in addition to wedding cake, or offer a variety of dessert options in a buffet format or passed?
    I recommend couples choose many different bite-size desserts. After dinner, guests want a cocktail-hour experience. They are up dancing and socializing, and want easy-to-eat desserts in manageable sizes so they can taste a lot of different things. A dessert buffet can make a great visual statement, but make sure you have the space to have it accessible.

    {Written by Anne Chertoff who has worked as a wedding editor and consultant for more than 10 years at wedding magazines, websites, and bridal and lifestyle outlets, including Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides.com and Vera Wang. She shares wedding planning and style tips on her blog, From “I Will” to “I Do.” Read this entire article and check out some of the yummy foods Peter is known for at Four Seasons Magazine/Weddings.} 

  • Vogue : Bringing Up Bébé : Les Lalanne Baby Shower

    February 1st, 2014

    By Peter Callahan

    For years now Peter Callahan Catering has been involved in many of fashion’s coolest parties, but I have to say, one of the most creative events was, of all things, a baby shower. Just this past November, some of the fashion world’s finest, Lauren Santo Domingo, (a contributing editor at Vogue and the co-founder of online fashion retailer Moda Operandi)Derek Blasberg, (fashion writer and editor for the New York Times, bestselling author and editor-at-large for Harper’s Bazaar and Vmagazine), and Aurélie Bidermann, (super chic international jewelry designer), hosted a super stylish baby shower for their dear friend Laure Hériard Dubreuil (founder and CEO of luxury fashion boutiques The Webster Miami and The Webster Bal Harbour).

    The avant garde celebration took place at the Getty Station, a new public art space located at the former Getty filling station in West Chelsea in New York City. The inaugural exhibit at Getty was the “Sheep Station” featuring the sculptural works of late artist François-Xavier Lalanne who is known for his iconic epoxy stone and bronze “Moutons” sculptures. The industrial, realist gas station was turned into rolling grassy pastures to showcase 30 different Lalanne sheep, ram and ewe sculptures. Talk about an incredible setting for an outdoor party! With this surrealist landscape as the foundation for the party setting, party planner and event designer Rebecca Gardner created an amazing party-friendly space that everyone would be talking about for some time.

    Then, inspired by the modern fairy tale setting, I added my signature whimsical food styling to the event design starting with waitresses serving spiced hot toddies on rustic zinc trays. Event planner Rebecca Gardner provided the classic French black and white uniforms for the waitstaff, right down to the starchy white Battenburg lace aprons. From one grassy hill to another I layered on the playful garden concepts for the food and beverage, from huge wild mushrooms sprouting from the grass topped with mother of pearl plates of caviar and blinis, to willow picnic baskets filled with charcuterie à deux with jambon served under mini glass domes, french baguettes, delicious cheeses, jams and paté.

    Oriental rugs were placed throughout the grass, loaded down with pillows and blankets. Our flowering cabbages with elegant “crudités” of sculpted heirloom carrots, brussel sprouts and figs sprouted up around the seating areas. Other whimsical foods we created for the party included waiters circulating through the pasture holding vintage garden trugs filled with nuts, Parmesan, homemade cheese straws, raw radishes and mini carrots. Heirloom cherry tomatoes were filled with seasonal soups and passed among the well-helled crowd in egg cartons. Wheel barrows served as roaming bars and were loaded down with Sancerre, Rosé Champagne and cucumber water served in French water bottles and mismatched depression glasses.

    For dessert, guests could just reach up and grab one of our mini caramel apples with chocolate ganache cores as they were hanging from live trees throughout the party space. Or, they could sample the croquembouche swans instead.

    The who’s who of fashion were there to celebrate with Laure Hériard Dubreuil, such as Francisco Costa, Hamish Bowles, Olivier Theyskens, and Garance Dore, and I encourage you to read more about the party in Vogue as told by party guest and fashion writer, Chloe Malle.

    {Photos courtesy of Kevin Tachman}

  • Meet Peter Callahan at Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party

    January 14th, 2014

    peter callahan wedding expert martha stewart weddings

    It’s that time of year again! You’re invited to meet food innovator, Peter Callahan, at Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party 2014!

    Please join Peter Callahan (and 100 other wedding professionals) on January 26 at Gotham Hall in New York City for The Martha Stewart Wedding Party. Produced by wedding planner extraordinaire, Claudia Hanlin of The Wedding Library, and hosted by Darcy Miller of Martha Stewart Weddings, the event truly is the ultimate day of planning every engaged couple should make time for in their busy schedules.

    The six-hour event consists of the finest wedding vendors, amazing speakers, and bridal fashion.  No matter what stage of planning you are in, this is a one-stop shop for your wedding planning and it all starts with an amazing VIP panel that includes AmsalePreston BaileyMarcy BlumSylvia WeinstockPeter Callahan, and Kellee Khalil of Lover.ly.

    Get your tickets HERE.

  • Pecan Tarts : Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes : The New Potato Food Blog

    November 27th, 2013

     

    As featured today on the cool foodie blog, The New Potato

    Peter’s Recipe for Pecan Tarts

    Makes 2 Dozen

    For the Pecan Filling

    1/2 cup light corn syrup

    6 tablespoons unsalted butter

    1 cup (packed) light brown sugar

    2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    1/2 teaspoon table salt

    3 large eggs, lightly beaten

    24 pecan halves plus 2 cups toasted chopped pecans

    For the Table

    24 baked pie shells

    1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

    Pecan Filling – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    In a 4-quart pot, bring the corn syrup, butter, and brown sugar to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Let cool for 5 minutes and then stir in the eggs. Add the pecan halves, stir to coat, and then strain through sieve set over a medium bowl. Set the coated pecan halves aside, and stir the chopped pecans into the bowl containing the liquid.

    Tart

    Place the pie shells on a rimmed baking sheet. In a small microwave-safe bowl. melt the chocolate in the microwave in three or four 15-second increments, stirring after each, until no bumps remain. Using a pastry brush, coat each shell with melted chocolate. Set aside for 10 minutes to harden. Then fill each shell with about 1 tablespoon of the pecan filling. Place a pecan half on top of the tart. Bake the tarts until the filling only jiggles slightly when the pan is tapped, about 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

    Serve

    Remove the tarts from the tart pans and serve.

    Make Ahead: The tarts can be baked 2 days before serving. Cool completely, cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Let the tarts sit out at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.

  • A Caterer Knows : HGTV Magazine Features Peter Callahan’s Home Kitchen

    November 25th, 2013

    Last Winter, HGTV Magazine took a peek inside Peter’s modern country kitchen in his Pennsylvania home. He shared his kitchen design tips as well as organization ideas, time-saving tools and grocery budget tricks. The good news is that the feature is now part of HGTV’s…

    Top 20 Most Popular HGTV Magazine Stories

    A Caterer Knows About Expert Kitchen Design by Steele Thomas Marcoux

    Peter Callahan has been a caterer for 26 years and has organized everything from over-the-top engagement parties to U.S. State Department soirees. Even though it’s just him, his wife, Josephine, and their daughter, Juliet, 12, in the house, Peter designed his own 1920s Haverford, Pennsylvania kitchen for “fast flow like a commercial kitchen.”

    Smart Design

    The real genius of Peter’s room is that, despite its hard-working design, it feels personal and homey. “Our kitchen gives us the opportunity to do things as a family. We cook together, test recipes and have great conversations in-house.”

    Take a look at Peter’s bright and happy kitchen below…

    {Credits: Photography by Laura Moss; styling by Gina Provenzano}

  • Our New York Studio {As Featured on Style Me Pretty}

    October 23rd, 2013

    Peter’s featured on Style Me Pretty and Style Me Pretty Living today, a double whammy! First up, an insightful interview with Peter set against photos of the new Peter Callahan Catering event studio in Manhattan. Take a look and let us know what you think of our new cool digs in the Big Apple!

    Then, check our Peter’s “mini masterpieces” on SMP’s sister site devoted to luxury living, Style Me Pretty Living. You’ll get to see some of Peter’s most popular hors d’oeuvres and small bites.

    Thanks so much everyone at Style Me Pretty, as well as Annabel Dorothee of Belathee Photography.

  • Peter’s Party Tricks {Martha Stewart Living}

    October 1st, 2013

    We’re always thrilled to be featured in Martha Stewart’s glossy, lifestyle magazines. In the October 2013 issue of Martha Stewart Living Peter’s talking “Party Tricks” for fall entertaining.

    Martha has long admired PETER CALLAHAN for his delicious food and clever presentations. When we asked him for an easy make-ahead fall entertaining menu, he suggested serving all of the fixings for a modern take on brisket sandwiches in a bento box, with toppings that do double duty on sandwiches and side salads. Callahan shares some of his signature touches: little cups of soup topped with crunchy bacon; simple sparkling cocktails that rely on a few key mixers; and ice cream sandwiches, which can be assembled from store-bought ingredients and made in advance.”  {Photos courtesy of David Malosh for Martha Stewart Living}

    On the menu: Butternut Squash Soup; Brisket Bento Box; Crisp Apple Slaw with Caramelized Cider Dressing; Baby Kale and Watercress Salad with Maple Vinaigrette; Elderberry Cordial Sprizter; Moonshine and Pear Nectar Cocktails; and Pumpkin-Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwiches.

  • An American Chef Corps Reception in honor of Global Culinary Leaders

    August 2nd, 2013

    Last night at The Willard Hotel in Washington D.C., I was honored to attend a Diplomatic Culinary Partnership reception in honor of Global Culinary Leaders.

    It was a meeting of Le Club des Chefs des Chefs, with 20 Chefs of Heads of State from around the world in attendance, as well as other American Chef Corps members like myself, such as Bobby Flay, Kevin Sbraga, Rick Bayless, Ming Tsai, and many more.

    It’s an incredibly cool program and tonight’s event really brings home the importance of learning about other cultures and sharing ours through the global world of food. If you’re not familiar with the program, in partnership with the James Beard Foundation, the American Chef Corps is a network of chefs from across the country who serve as resources to the Department of State in its efforts to incorporate culinary engagement into its ongoing public diplomacy efforts.

    Check out just some of the members who attended last night’s reception…

    Read more about our participation in the American Chef Corps and how we styled up another reception for the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership.

  • Trio of Tomato Shooters : Martha Stewart Weddings

    May 28th, 2013

    Check out the recent issue of Martha Stewart Weddings to catch our Trio of Tomato Shooters.

    A rainbow of tomato gazpachos using the season’s freshest ingredients, most notably, golden, green and red tomatoes. Garnished simply with cherry tomatoes and lined up precisely on crisp white trays, these colorful sippers are excellent for all manner of summer events.

  • Memorial Day Foods : Summer Entertaining Tips : Today Show

    May 23rd, 2013

    Always a pleasure to be invited back to the Today Show’s fourth hour with Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb!  Today’s topic? Great appetizers and hors d’oeuvres for Memorial Day! Here I am on the Today Show set, just before the cameras go live with the segment. Every thing has to be perfectly laid out and organized to make sure all can be shared quickly and clearly.

    This time, I was sharing some of my favorite American favorites for Memorial Day celebrations. In fact, you can get all my recipes from the segment including my Watermelon Margaritas, Mini BLTs and S’Mores. Each bite is sure to make your backyard barbeque a big hit!  Of course, you can find these recipes in my book Bite by Bite, as there are tons more cool recipes to check out just perfect for all your summer parties!

  • Moving the Party Outside : InStyle Magazine June 2013

    May 15th, 2013

    “All summer my clients want to eat heirloom tomatoes with basil and mozzarella, ” says Peter Callahan in this month’s issue of InStyle Magazine. It was that summer obsession that led to Peter’s creation of his Caprese Tea Sandwich and  clients love it! You can make them at home too…

     

  • Jenna Bush Hager’s Baby Shower at Peter Callahan’s Studio : People Magazine

    April 6th, 2013

    When Today contributor Jenna Bush Hager — expecting her first child in early May — was fêted by her NBC co-workers on April 2 at our Peter Callahan Catering studio in New York, the gift table was piled not with onesies and receiving blankets, but with dozens of her colleagues’ favorite kiddie reads, each book inscribed with parenting advice. “Get a nap anytime you can,” advised former co-anchor Meredith Viera in a copy of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, while Hoda Kotb said Bush Hager only had to do whatever her own mom did. Here’s more from the article in People Magazine

    Hager’s surprise cameo at the afternoon women’s soirée was greeted by a chorus of “Awwwww’s” that beat even the cooing over Callahan’s baby-sized vittles, that included caviar-topped cracker rings shaped like pacifiers and pizzas no bigger than checkers.

    Bush Hager, who toasted her pals with one of Callahan’s teensie Coca-Cola bottles, told them she felt “empowered” by their parenting wisdom and promised to be back in the studio after a summer maternity leave. “I’ll bring this baby to work — on the subway, I guess,” she said. “I haven’t figured that part out yet.”

  • Good Things : Martha Stewart Weddings : Candy Fruit : Dip Service

    January 1st, 2013

    Martha Stewart Weddings Peter Callahan Catering

    Our fabulously stylish candy dipped fruits and chocolate dipped sugar cookies are featured in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine! We always love collaborating with the talented team at Martha Stewart Weddings on savvy ways to style up  dessert stations for today’s chic weddings.

  • Peter Shares His Holiday Home with KDHamptons Magazine

    December 21st, 2012

    Peter Callahan House Decorations for the Holidays 2012

    December 2012 KDHamptons - Peter Callahan Lifestyle Expert

    KDHamptons Magazine asked reigning king of catering, Peter Callahan of Peter Callahan Catering in New York City, if he would share some pix of his haute holiday decor. After seeing his gorgeous Thanksgiving table on KDHamptons {see the pictures here }, we knew we were in for a treat! Check out Peter’s winter wonderland, and get inspired to make your Christmas table as decadent with fresh magnolia leaves, silver bells and traditional red decor, as it is delectable! To see the feature in full, with all of Peter’s holiday decorating tips and personal reflections, click here.

    December 2012 KDHamptons Magazine Peter Callahan Holiday House Decorations

    December 2012 KDHamptons - Peter Callahan Holiday Decorations

    December 2012 KDHamptons - Peter Callahan Red Holiday Decorations

    December 2012 KDHamptons Magazine Peter Callahan Christmas Decorations

    December 2012 - KDHamptons Magazine Peter Callahan Magnolia Holiday Decorations

    December 2012 KDHamptons Magazine - Peter Callahan House Decorations for Christmas

  • The Uber-Cool Foodie Blog The New Potato says “Peter Callahan is KING When It Comes to Events”

    December 12th, 2012

    Big thanks to Danielle Kosann at The New Potato for including me in the holiday lineup on The New Potato. To see the whole foodie feature, click on the image above, otherwise, you can see see my holiday interview in full below.

    Best, Peter

    December 2012 The New Potato Peter Callahan Feature

    Peter Callahan is king when it comes to events. An expert on the art of the dinner party, he’s come to dominate what we find a largely unexplored niche – the catering industry. Putting just as much of an emphasis on the aesthetic and design of food as he does the taste, Callahan represents so much of what we love about the dining experience. He was nice enough to share dinner party tips and some great go-to holiday recipes in the spirit of the season…

    What would be your ideal food day?

    My ideal food day would start with sugar donuts from The Downyflake on Nantucket, then lunch over the wood-burning stove in Aspen’s Ajax Backcountry Powder Tours. It is the finest lunch one can have, as you are in a one room shack after having skied fresh tracks all morning out of bounds. Then Après-ski at The Little Nell at the base of Ajax mountain.

    What do you always put out when hosting a dinner party? 

    Good wine. People will drink more – when they drink more, they are having a good time.

    What are your ultimate go-to appetizers for your guests?  

    Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. They are so easy – you can make ahead and pop in the oven. Pair that with a tin of American Paddlefish Caviar and buckwheat bilinis and you have the perfect combination of high/low without the high brow cost (Paddlefish costs approximately $12/oz wholesale). 

    What do you always bring to a dinner party as a guest? 

    Good wine

    The ultimate dinner party faux pas…

    Working during your party. A host or hostess should always make everything look effortless. Whatever you do, make and set everything ahead of time, have it all streamlined and easy so you can relax and have fun with your guests.

    If you could cater a dinner party for any six people, living or dead, who would be there? What would you cook? 

    Jimmy Hendrix (you always want a rock star), Bridgette Bardot during her James Bond era (you always want an ultimate bond girl), Henrik (my favorite ski guide from Alaska), Bode Miller (he’s colorful and I really like skiing), Grace of Monaco (a little royalty goes a long way) and my glamorous grandmother (who was from Europe and who I never was fortunate enough to meet).

    PETER’S HOLIDAY PARTY MENU:

    Caviar Cones

    Salmon Tarts

    Short Rib Burger Dinner with Onion Rings

    View recipes in the blog post found on The New Potato by CLICKING RIGHT HERE… enjoy!

  • Holiday Entertaining : Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford : Today Show

    December 1st, 2012

    Today Show Holiday Kitchen Peter Callahan

    Holiday Parties New York Caterers Peter Callahan Catering

    Peter Callahan, author of cookbook “Bite by Bite: 100 stylish little plates you can make for any party,” shares recipes perfect for the holidays, including a white chocolate martini and lollipops in unexpected flavors: mango shrimp, chicken parmesan, and lamb with mint pesto. To watch the whole segment and see Peter’s festive party bites, click the image above or right here.

  • Styling Up the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership Initiative Reception

    October 3rd, 2012

    Peter Callahan Member of Chef Corps Diplomatic Culinary Partnership

    Last month I headed down to Washington D.C. for an incredible event celebrating the launch of the American Chef Corps, a part of the State Department’s new Diplomatic Culinary Partnership Initiative. In addition to providing food and styling for the event, I was honored and excited to become a member of the Chef Corps! I have always believed food is a powerful medium to bring people together, so catering the kick-off party for this amazing diplomatic endeavor was a wonderful honor.

    Chef Corps Group Shot Peter Callahan

    Chef Corps Group Shot {I’m in the back row, third from the left}

    The new Diplomatic Culinary Partnership is part of Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton’s “smart power” philosophy as executed by the uber-savvy U.S. Chief of Protocol Capricia Penavic Marshall.

    According to Clinton, “Food isn’t traditionally thought of as a diplomatic tool, but I think it’s the oldest diplomatic tool. Sharing a meal can help people transcend boundaries and build bridges in a way that nothing else can.”

    Caprice and Peter Callahan State Department

    U.S. Chief of Protocol Capricia Penavic Marshall and Peter Callahan at the Chef Corps Launch

    From what all the chefs have been told, that means we’ll help prepare meals for visiting dignitaries, travel to U.S. embassies abroad for educational programs with foreign audiences or host culinary experts from around the world in our kitchens. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to meet with chefs from around the world who want to know more about U.S. advances in moving food from farm to table and building stronger culinary businesses.

    On a tour of the White House

    Before the DCP Initiative reception started at the State Department, the Chef Corps was invited to a private tour of the White House. I particularly loved seeing the White House kitchens, where huge state dinners crank out of a small, extremely efficient space run by White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford.

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    The White House Kitchen was efficient and well organized, particularly for its small size

    For the DCP Initiative reception, I was asked to cater all the passed savory hors d’oeuvres and a whole host of my mini desserts. Additionally, I was asked to style all the other food and beverage displays for the event with our custom-made elements, vessels and props. We styled a seafood station highlighting seafood salads by Chef Amanda Freitag, a carving station for Maryland Chef Bryan Voltaggio’s bison short ribs, an elegant “grains” station showcasing Chef Art Smith’s love of Farro, a farmer’s market stand for Chef Mary Sue Milliken’s bacon and bean salad, a charcuterie station with cured meats from Creminelli, a lattice-tiered Pie Station for the Pie Sisters and an elaborate cheese station with cheeses from around the country.

    Food Paparazzi Peter Callahan Chef Corps Launch Party

    Who knew there were food paparazzi to shoot my Pigs in the Blanket?

    Cheese Board Beverage Bar Chef Corps Peter Callahan

    A Classic Cheese Board with cheeses from all over the country

    Cutting Boards Chef Corps Peter Callahan

    Our Cutting Board Styling for Chef Bryan Voltaggio’s Bison Short Ribs

    Salad Station Chef Corps Peter Callahan Food Styling

    Farm Market Station for Chef Mary Sue Milliken

    Terrace Desserts State Dept Chef Corps Peter Callahan

    American Pie Station with the Pie Sisters

    David Adler CEO BizBash Peter Callahan Chef Corps

    Chatting with BizBash CEO David Adler

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    David proudly pointing out his name on the board

    A HUGE shout out to our friend David Adler, CEO and Founder of BizBash Media, who helped make this initiative come to life. Something that should also be noted is that the James Beard Foundation is a partner with the State Department in the Chefs Corps program. 

    James Beard Foundation President Susan Ungaro Peter Callahan

    Chatting with James Beard Foundation President Susan Ungaro

    Peter Callahan and White House Chef Sam Kass Chef Corps Launch

    White House Assistant Executive Chef Sam Kass is passionate about the program

    Chef Beth Parker Peter Callahan Catering State Dept Kitchen

    My crew working hard in the State Department kitchen

    iPad Photo Food Station Peter Callahan Chef Corps

    Always happy to see the guests were inspired by my food presentation

    Below is a list of all the Chefs in the Corps, check it out, as you’ll probably recognize some of your favorites from the Food Network and Top Chef, amongst others.

    The Diplomatic Culinary Partnership’s American Chef Corps

    Victor Albisu
    Nick Anderer
    José Andrés
    Michael Anthony
    Dan Barber
    Rick Bayless
    John Besh
    Peter Betz
    Richard Blais
    April Bloomfield
    Jeffrey Buben
    Terry Bryant
    Peter Callahan
    Floyd Cardoz
    Michael Chiarello
    Joe Cicala
    Cris Comerford
    Scott Conant
    Scott Drewno
    Enzo Fargione
    Maziar Farivar
    Chip Flanagan
    Larry Forgione
    Amanda Freitag
    Hoss Fuentes
    David Garcelon
    Duff Goldman
    Todd Gray
    David Guas
    Tariq Hanna
    Rock Harper
    Maria Hines
    Ris Lacoste
    Robert Irvine
    Jean-Marie Lacroix
    Mike Isabella
    Mourad Lahlou
    Jason Larkin
    Chris Jakubiec
    Chris James
    Sam Kass
    Robert Kinkead
    Ian Knox
    Jamie Leeds
    Anthony Lombardo
    Emily Luchetti
    Tony Mantuano
    Tony Maws
    Spike Mendelsohn
    Roland Mesnier
    Mary Sue Milliken
    Rick Moonen
    Masaharu Morimoto
    Wes Morton
    Marc Murphy
    Michel Nischan
    Kaz Okochi
    Guillermo Pernot
    Naomi Pomeroy
    Olivier Reginensi
    Andrea Reusing
    Frank Ruta
    Matthew Ridgeway
    Charlie Romano
    Aaron Sanchez
    Richard Sandoval
    Marcus Samuelsson
    Chris Santos
    Kiesha Sellers
    Walter Scheib
    Barton Seaver
    Art Smith
    B. Smith
    Holly Smith
    Angelo Sosa
    Kevin Sbraga
    Susan Spicer
    Curtis Stone
    Vikram Sunderam
    Ming Tsai
    Bryan Voltaggio
    Joanne Weir
    Robert Weland
    Cathy Whims
    Alan Wong
    Robert Wiedmaier
    Bill Yosses
    Alex Young
    Eric Ziebold
    Andrew Zimmerman

    Dinner Table State Department Chef Corps Peter Callahan

    State Department Dinner Table Presentation at Chef Corps

  • Wall Street Journal : Upper East Side “Pool Party” Goes for Gold

    September 27th, 2012

    Wall Street Journal Sept 2012 Pool Party Ashcroft Green Peter Callahan

    Great feature in the Wall Street Journal about Darcy Miller and Andy Nussbaum’s event honoring Olympic swimmer Lia Neal  at  Asphalt Green on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. All proceeds from the event were raised specifically to benefit the swimming programs at the aquatic center. Lia Neal won a bronze medal at this year’s Olympics in London and it was tremendously exciting to celebrate her achievement at the pool she normally trains at. Really fantastic pool party ideas!

    deep end shallow end specialty drinks pool party darcy miller peter callahan

    I was thrilled to cater the event and, as usual, enjoyed collaborating on the menu and food styling with the incredible Darcy Miller.  Our hors d’oeuvres and beverages like our Deep End Pear Tinis and Shallow End Lemonades were a hit, particularly our Smoked Salmon “Fish” shown below. Of course, all the cool illustrations on the edge of the tray, cocktail napkins, signage and on the bottle labels were provided by the uber-creative Darcy Miller.

    salmon fish hors doeuvres pool party darcy miller peter callahan catering
    red caviar lifesaver hors d'oeuvres peter callahan darcy miller pool party

  • Say Cheese! : Gourmet Cheese Stations : Martha Stewart Weddings

    September 20th, 2012

    Brides Guide Say Cheese Gourmet Cheese Displays for Weddings Peter Callahan

    Traditionally, Americans serve cheese at the start of a meal, the French before dessert, and the English as the grand finale. I took a European approach to this decadent cheese board (above) I created for the fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddingsusing it as a dessert rather than as an appetizer. I wanted to create a fabulously stylish setting that readers may not have seen, and loved the idea of using round raw wood pedestals to be used as multi-layered cheese platters. We then worked layering textures and richness into the concept, thinking of what you would pair with cheese to bring out flavors, such as honeycombs, whole pomegranates, orange sections that are sweet with the creamy cheeses. Check out the whole feature HERE or by clicking the image above.

  • Late Night Comfort Foods : Mini Cheeseburgers

    September 18th, 2012

    Mini Cheeseburgers Peter Callahan Catering Best New York Caterers Comfort Food Bite by Bite Cookbook

    My juicy mini cheeseburgers always seem to find themselves on my late night party menus… You know, those wedding after parties when you’re craving salty, casual bar foods? Yeah, these little bites are a must, as are the frites and onion rings that we pair with them…

  • Classic Fish Courses : Pan-Roasted Halibut

    September 14th, 2012

    Classic Wedding Entree Choices Pan Roasted Halibut and Seasonal Vegetables Peter Callahan Catering

    One of my all-time favorite fishes to eat and serve is halibut. It’s a fabulous fish for grilling and roasting for many reasons. It is easily available year round, relatively inexpensive (depending on the time of year), easy to cook and lends itself to almost any flavor. This mild flavored, white fish has a kind of versatility you won’t find in any other fish. Halibut can be substituted for many kinds of fish and even poultry in most recipes, so it’s outstanding for most sauces. I tend to keep it light to let the flavor of the fish shine through.

    I happen to love it as an entree for parties and weddings. It’s the ideal fish for choice of entree wedding menus, particularly when you don’t want a “fishy” fish. We pan roast the halibut and serve it on top of fingerling potato coins,  top it with a little lemon buerre blanc sauce and heirloom tomato confit. Seasonal vegetables, like haricot verts and petite heirloom carrots, are light and delicious accompaniments.

  • Today Show : Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb : Lemon Cocktails & Back to School Parties

    September 13th, 2012

    Today Show Lemon Cocktails Spaghetti Bites Peter Callahan

    If you missed my segment earlier this week on the Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, check it our here! I’m sharing my recipes for fun Italian comfort foods like spaghetti and meatballs, caesar salad and garlic bread, as well as Sgroppinos! A traditional lemon cocktail made with limoncello, prosecco, vodka and lemon sorbet.  Always a pleasure to share the set with the lovely ladies of morning talk!

  • Back to School Parties on the Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb

    September 11th, 2012

    peter callahan on today show mini italian bites

    Always happy to return to the Today Show for Kathie Lee and Hoda’s fourth hour… this time, I’m sharing my favorite bites for back to school parties! As most kids love Italian comfort foods, I’ve got my mini versions and kid-friendly portions of caprese sandwiches, spaghetti and meatballs, caesar salad (hold the anchovies please!) and buttery, delicious garlic bread. Served with lemon cups filled with lemonade and lemon stick straw. Of course, there’s a little something on the menu for the parents as well, a grown up version of lemonade… the Italian favorite, Sgroppinos! Lemon sorbet, vodka, prosecco whipped together in a cold copper bowl, poured into flutes or lemon cups and topped with limoncello!

    Lemon Cups for Kid-friendly Lemonade OR Adult Friendly Spiked Sgroppinos!

    You and both know that no kids party is complete without some sweets, so I brought out some of my mini breakfast items to share. All items that my own daughter loves in the morning or afternoon, such as: Rice Krispy Canapes with Greek Yogurt, Fresh Blueberries and Yogurt and my mini Wild Blueberry Pancake Stacks. Always a pleasure to hang out with the ladies of morning talk!

    Mini Wild Blueberry Pancake Stacks

    Rice Krispy Canapes with Greek Yogurt, Blueberries and Honey

     

  • Third Time’s a Charm! My Cookbook, Bite by Bite, Goes to Print Again!

    September 5th, 2012

     

    Bite by Bite Cookbook Peter Callahan Popular Cocktail Party Cookbooks

    Exciting News! My bestselling cookbook “Bite by Bite: 100 Stylish Little Plates You Can Make for Any Party” is heading back for another printing! That’s the third printing in a year!  Big thanks to Clarkson Potter and Crown Publishing! Just in time for holiday gift giving…

  • Food Service Trends : Natural Wood

    August 30th, 2012

    wood shop wooden trays for food service peter callahan catering

    So a HUGE trend is natural wood for furniture and decorative accessories for event design. It’s only natural that our in house workshop has been in overdrive making our own wonderful trays, plates, bars, buffets and more in natural wood.

    All of the shown trays, plates and platters are being shipped to the Hamptons this weekend for events, and Maine later in September for a big wedding. I happen to love them so much that I think these will end up in Manhattan too when the parties go indoors in the Fall.

    This is what I LOVE to do, take interior design and fashion trends and incorporate them into food service in simple ways.

    (And its very exciting to see all these things being made!!!)

  • From Ocean to Table : Fishing en Famille for Bonito

    August 29th, 2012

    I have been an avid fisherman for my entire life and nothing gives me greater pleasure than to fish with my son and daughter. Both of whom are avid fishermen as well.

    On the west side of the island of Nantucket, where the Atlantic Ocean is warm in late Summer, the prized fish Bonito come in to feed on Sand Eels. Among the most beautiful fish in the sea, Bonito have lightning speed and strength that make them a top game fish on light tackle – spin or fly. They’re also not in great abundance and have to be caught on an incoming tide. Challenging, no matter how you work it! One of the best places to fish for them in the local waters is on the aptly named Bonito Bar off Madaket (a town on Nantucket). Boats come from all over to try their luck and patience is a must! As you can see, we were lucky!

    Our family favorite method of eating fresh caught Bonito is as sashimi or sushi. Sometimes, we even bring nori lined with cooked rice on board the boat to make our Bonito sushi as soon as the fish are off the hook. However, on this day we waited until we were back home and had the Bonito as both steaks and as sushi. As usual, everyone gets to roll their own sushi!

    Bonito are not available commercially so we look forward to our August fishing expeditions on the island as a special treat.

  • Lanvin Celebrates with a Garden Party : Summer Buffets

    August 24th, 2012

    Lanvin Summer Buffets, Grilled Lemon Chicken, Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad, Corporate Events, Garden Parties

    I recently had the pleasure of catering a beautiful garden luncheon and shopping event in the Hamptons. The luncheon was a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Alber Elbaz designing for the French fashion label Lanvin. It took place at a lovely private residence in the Hamptons, and proceeds from the shopping benefitted the non-profit Save Venice.

    As it was a hot summer day, I designed the menu to be light and refreshing, taking advantage of the vibrant seasonal produce available in late summer months. Inspired by my favorite farm market stands in the Hamptons, like Jim Pike’s Farm Stand in Sagaponnack, the luncheon menu included: Grilled Lemon Chicken, Tomato-Watermelon Salad, Buttered Corn & Basil and an Arugula Salad with white peaches and shaved parmesan.

    All of the delicious buffet items were presented in our custom-made wooden bowls, boxes and trays on a large wooden table on the terrace.

    Sometimes, you can over think a menu and make the food over complicated. My goal here was to design a menu that reflected the aesthetic of the event and was in tune with the season, so I kept things simple, clean, and organic.  We heard nothing but raves from the client, so it worked!

  • Simple Summertime Pleasures: Indulge Your Ice Cream Dreams

    August 17th, 2012

    Triple Scoop Ice Cream Cones Peter Callahan Summer Treats-c

    We all love ice cream year-round, but the sunny days of summer just beg for crazy amounts of the creamy stuff. Most of the time, I get inspiration from every day living with my family. These teeny tiny triple-scoop ice cream cones were inspired by Saturday morning cartoons with my daughter. You know the cartoons showing the impossibly tall ice cream cones with half a dozen scoops teetering on top of a miniature cone?

    This is my simple rendition, with three manageable scoops of classic kid-favorite ice cream flavors like mint chocolate chip, strawberry and chocolate. I use a mini waffle cone maker for the cones and make enough to keep boatloads of them on hand for fast “I want ice cream” chants in the kitchen throughout the week. And, for the tiny scoops themselves, just use a melon ball-sized scoop and you’re ready to face the crowd of little faces.

  • Sweet Treats : Summertime Favorites : S’mores!

    August 10th, 2012

    Smores Peter Callahan - Con Poulos

    One of my daughter’s favorite summertime snacks, S’mores! Might have to treat her to some of these sweet bites at our weekend bonfire on the beach… at least, that’s how I’m explaining my craving for them!  Here’s my re-vamped version of the classic comfort food.

    {Photo: Con Poulos}

  • Summer Lovin’ : It’s All About Lobster

    August 8th, 2012

    Lobster Under Glass Peter Callahan - Con Poulos International Caterer

    Although Maine lobster is harvested year-round from the chilly coastal waters, in my mind there’s a true Lobster Season. And that’s August! Something about the vacation mindset maybe, as it’s a time when I can squeeze in some much needed playtime in between Hamptons parties. But really, it’s like a lot of my food design. Based on childhood memories and happy holidays spent just enjoying no-frills, casual dining with friends. This week I headed north for meetings and site walkthroughs for an upcoming wedding in Maine, and lucky me, I got to tie on a bib at one of the most popular lobster shacks in the area! Always good to just dig in…

    Southwest harbor Maine Lobster Peter Callahan

    Of course, lobster is already a HUGE part of my catering menus. People love it, whether served formally composed or playfully reduced down to tiny bites. Generally, people can’t get enough of it. In addition to my Lobster Petit Fours and Mini Lobster Roll hors d’oeuvres, clients are enjoying my first course plates Lobster Under Glass (above) and the Lobster Tower (at the very bottom of the post). Just a couple ways to obsess over fresh Maine Lobster…

    lobster petit fours and mini lobster rolls peter callahan photos by con poulos

     

    {Above, my Lobster Petit Fours on Cornbread and my Mini Lobster Rolls. Below, my Lobster Tower}.

    Lobster Tower Peter Callahan First Course Plates

    {Photos, top to bottom: Con Poulos, Peter Callahan, Con Poulos and John Armich}

  • Custom Food Presentation : What We Bring to the Table : Simple Clear Bar

    August 1st, 2012

    If there’s one thing that I’ve learned over the past many years of catering parties, it’s that a great party is never just about the food. It’s about the spectacle of the presentation, too. Designing trays and building one-of-a-kind displays is an important way I honor the spirit of the party as well as highlight the skills my team brings to the table. Together with my team of young craftsmen, every day I’m working on some sensational new design that is elevated from sketch into reality.

    Peter Callahan Sketching Food Designer International Caterer

    Peter Callahan | it all starts with a sketch

    For instance, this week we’re hard at work designing a cool custom all-clear acrylic bar for a modern party in a special state-of-the-art building. Every single element to this bar has to be thought out perfectly, no matter how tedious the detail. It all matters. It all takes time. Clear shelves, buckets, pedestals and trays all combine with a large sturdy glass table top for a magnificent light-as-air bar presentation that works beautifully in any party. But, it works best and was designed specifically for high rise, all glass buildings and urban bright lofts. This week we’re back inside another fabulous building designed by world renown architect, Frank Gehry for the opening party launching the penthouses at 8 Spruce Street in Manhattan.  The view from the penthouse is extraordinary.

    forest city ratner 8 spruce street manhattan frank gehry peter callahan catering

    Room with a View | tonight’s party is in a penthouse at 8 Spruce Street, designed by Frank Gehry | it’s all about the incredible views of the Manhattan skyline, including the new Freedom Tower

    Designing the style of the bar so that it matches the basic bar service needs with a cool presentation is the goal. Our biggest issue is making the chill tubs for the bar top itself, as well as the stand for the chill tubs. Chill tubs house bottles of wine and champagne in crushed ice, keeping them nice and “chilled” for the party. All with water retention that keeps the host’s space water-free and safe from damage. With the clear bar that we’re building specifically for this party, we go from sketches of the idea, to design drawings with exact measurements for our beverage presentation, to venue spatial parameters. Everything behind the bar has to be transparent, clean and precise.

    chill tub bar setups custom designed acrylic party tables peter callahan

    Mock-ups | from sketch to wooden mock-up then to acrylic fabrication

    So, once we have the clear bar design on paper, we move to creating a wooden mock-up of each piece of the design. The client didn’t ask us to make this, nor did the planner or the designer. It’s just what we do and how we work. In fact, by the time this bar is fully built and installed at the event there will have been at least 10 different artists who have worked on its design and fabrication. It’s this attention to presentation that continually inspires not only me, as a food designer, but also my entire team.

    clear bar gehry penthouse opening peter callahan catering

    Clear Bar | shelves, buckets, chill tubs all acrylic to blend into the glass windows

    A busy week for us is anywhere between three to six events, but that’s because we know that what we do takes focus and precision. {and a whole lot of advance planning!} But we know, as do our clients, that attention to detail makes it all worthwhile.

    forest city manhattan apartment building opening party peter callahan catering

    Back Bar Design | simple acrylic bases that hide water drainage, yet hold bottled beverages and ice

  • Summer Cocktails : Fruity Coolers + Classic Sippers

    July 25th, 2012

     

    Cherry Lemonade Peter Callahan Summer Wedding Cocktails Faith West

    Cherry Lemonade | Summer Cocktails | Peter Callahan | Faith West

    Weddings in the garden, lunches on the deck, backyard barbecues, beachy clambakes ~ they all require delicious summertime beverages be served, with or without alcohol. Sure, old-fashioned lemonade is always an approachable winner as it’s truly loved by both children and adults. Then there’s the classic trifecta of martinis, mojitos and margaritas which appeal to adults no matter where you are across the globe. Of course, finding fun new ways to freshen up these classic beverages is something I love to play with, what a tough job that is!

    Specialty Cocktails Twig Garnish Maine Wedding Peter Callahan Catering

    Blueberry Iced Tea + Blackberry Lemonade | Peter Callahan Catering

     

    Where professional mixologists might add three or four different ingredients to change up an old stand by beverage, most of the time I find it takes just a tiny tweak to jazz up the recipe. For instance, adding fresh pressed cherry juice to lemonade is a simple and oh-so-delicious update to the seasonal favorite. If you don’t feel like breaking out the press yourself, buy a bottle from your local market like Tart Red Cherry from Trader Joe’s. It’s up to you whether or not it needs to be spiked with a little vodka or light rum! (of course, I vote YES to that question.)  If you prefer sipping on a summer margarita instead, why not add a little seasonal juice to basic ingredients? Like watermelon or white peach. In both cases, you add additional mouth-watering flavor as well as vibrant color hues that appeal to every guest.  See below for my recipe for White Peach Margaritas.

    white peach margarita peter callahan summer cocktails

    White Peach Margarita | Summer Cocktails | Peter Callahan | Mel Barlow

    Recipe for White Peach Margaritas (Makes 1 Dozen Drinks)

    • Eight White Peaches (depending on size, but they’ve got to be ripe!)* or purchase White Peach Nectar
    • 1 1/2 cups Tequila (Patron Silver is a crowd pleaser)
    • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice (from about 9 limes)
    • 1 1/2 cups chilled Simple Syrup
    • Garnish Options: Slice of Fresh Cut White Peach and/or a Sugared Rim on the Glass

    Directions

    Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender and pour over ice! For a fully-frozen version, add the ice in the blender.

     

  • Giving Party Guests a Flexible Foodie Experience Keeps Them Engaged

    July 16th, 2012

    Appetizers and hors d’oeuvres have undergone a little change in the last fifteen years. Can’t say I’m sorry, either as it’s been a time of creativity that has brought catering out from the shadows of party planning and into the light. No longer regarded as just a necessity, food service is now widely considered a crucial design element in the success of the whole event. As we all see every day on TV, people are passionate about food and want to experience it in clever ways. Their expectations are higher than ever before and they’re always looking for something new and different. Particularly when they’re planning an event where they want their guests to mingle and meet.

    cheese cart marble table moving feasts peter callahan

    Simple, stylish updates | Cheese Carts that roam through the party bring delightful favorites to the guests.

    It used to be hors d’oeuvres were items served before a main meal. But just a couple, like three or four, and nothing too complicated, as they weren’t meant to serve as your main course. Really, they were just a couple bites to take the edge off of the guests’ hunger as they arrived to the event. Perhaps after 45 minutes to an hour, guests would be invited to sit down for a served multi-course meal where they would remain for hours. {and hours} So much for the networking opportunities!

    Tasting Plates on Food Stations Catering Trends Peter Callahan

    Avoid the lines | Food stations that hold delicious tasting plates that guests can pick up and walk away with quickly. 

    Today, while many parties still follow this traditional format with beautiful results, appetizers are now being artfully designed into interactive food stations, specialized mini buffets, roaming gourmet displays, and passed tasting plates. Guests may never be offered a seat at a dinner table. Rather, they’re invited to perch on a barstool at an open kitchen station, or grab a tasting plate as it’s butler-passed around the room, or rest on an ottoman while they graze on a micro mini display placed on a table before them. They might even enjoy selecting a mini cheese plate from carts roaming through the party tent. Maybe, like the parties I produce, they’re mixing all of the above into the party timeline! Why not? Keep it fresh!  Guests should be encouraged to munch while moving and mingling at their own pace, even while watching a first dance at a wedding or listening to a keynote presentation.

    dessert mosaic coffee table foods appetizer displays catering trends peter callahan

    A large coffee table is the ideal location for a micro mini food station.

    Food is, and should be, a huge part of the entertainment at weddings and parties. For good reason as it’s a huge part of the budget. But more importantly, food makes people happy. Giving guests a flexible experience that incorporates their senses and engages their interest puts the spotlight back on the whole purpose of the gathering. To share, network and party!

  • Summer Harvest : Heirloom Tomatoes

    July 13th, 2012

     

    Whether you say ‘to-may-to’ or ‘to-mah-to,’ chances are you’ll agree there’s nothing like the taste of a sun-ripened heirloom tomato in the heart of summer. DEE-licious! Heirloom afficianados know that there are countless different varieties out there, some more readily found in local farmers markets than others.

    Heirloom Tomatoes Summer Foods Peter Callahan

    For our cool country wedding taking place tomorrow, we ordered multiple crates of heirloom tomatoes to be used in the menu in various ways, from our caprese salad to mini gazpacho shooters, etcetera. For the most part, the tomatoes came in looking exactly like you’d expect. Fat, round and juicy. And then, every so often, tucked in the crates we’d find a few funky looking varieties that just had to be shared. Almost a shame to chop these bizarre looking babies up for the event, so I decided to take a few home to enjoy. My plan is to use the narrow, pepper-looking tomatoes as a cocktail glass and fill it with some grain alcohol, maybe vodka, even a little fresh thyme from the garden. The other “ta-may-toes” will more than likely be sliced and enjoyed with some fresh basil leaves, olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

  • Dog Days of Summer : Mini Hot Dogs

    July 11th, 2012

    Mini Hot Dogs Peter Callahan Catering Con Poulos 650

    Years ago, my good friend Darcy Miller, the founding editor of Martha Stewart Weddings, asked me to shrink down the hot dog into one of my bite-sized appetizers. As soon as I did that, lots of other caterers did the same, some more successfully than others. My favorite story is about one caterer who repeatedly sent a client “mini  hot dogs” that were much bigger than mine.  Again and again, over and over, the client kept asking her caterer for “smaller, like Peter’s” until the caterer finally said, “you want small? I’ll give you small!” and promptly broke the hot dog in half and handed it to her! Too funny.

  • Sparklers Make Every Dessert a Celebration : Mini Baked Alaskas

    July 2nd, 2012

    mini baked alaskas peter callahan bite by bite con poulos

    Mini Baked Alaskas | Festive Fourth of July Desserts | Peter Callahan Catering | Image by Con Poulos

    When you add sparklers to a dessert, it instantly becomes so much more celebratory! Such a simple thing, but I’m a big fan of SIMPLE. Why over-complicate food design when approachable food always puts guests at ease? Then, add a little flash and shimmer, and you’ve got a winning whimsical dessert. Like my Mini Baked Alaskas.

    We use sparklers as you would birthday candles, and for all sorts of occasions, from the obvious Fourth of July celebration to weddings, bar or bat mitzvahs, grand openings and product launches. The sparkle they give manage to dress up a simple, classic ice cream dessert like my meringue-covered Mini Baked Alaskas. But trust me, brownies, slices of cake, even a hot fudge sundae all look festive with sparklers!

    SPARKLER TIPS:  For bite-sized desserts, I use a 5-inch-tall sparkler with a 3-inch wick. But I have to say, before you use sparklers at your party, indoors or out, make sure to get approval from your venue first. Fabulously fun, sure, but sparklers are still live flame.  Make sure you party responsibly, even with food service.

    Enjoy!

    P.S. You can find the recipe for the Mini Baked Alaskas in my cookbook, Bite by Bite: 100 Stylish Little Plates You Can Make for Any Party, easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser on hot summer days.

  • Bankrate Blog : 6 Money-Saving Tips for Summer Parties

    June 27th, 2012

    6 Money-Saving Tips for Summer Parties Bankrate Blog Peter Callahan

    Recently, I shared my thoughts on keeping summer entertaining simple and affordable… here’s just a few, check out the whole article to see all of them…

    The No. 1 rule to cut the cost of summer entertaining? Make sure it’s easy.

    • “It’s all about your friends and the sun,” says Peter Callahan. “I think that a great approach is keep it simple, and keep it reasonable,” he says.
    • “People are eating lighter in the summer,” he says. “Just hit your major food groups. For the traditional backyard barbecue, that could mean a little pasta for non-meat eaters, hamburgers or hot dogs, a tossed salad and you’re done,” he says.
    • For dessert, think “watermelon wedges and some great cookies,” Callahan says.

    Read more: 6 Money-saving Tips For Summer Parties | Bankrate.com http://www.bankrate.com/finance/frugal/money-saving-tips-summer-parties.aspx#ixzz1yvFPLQ69

  • International Catering : Recently, I Headed East to India to Cater a Fabulous Party

    June 26th, 2012

     

    Hotel Doorman Luxury India Hotels Peter Callahan Global Catering Services

    During a recent event we catered in India, we were greeted at our hotel by the iconic doorman…

    For the past several years, my catering services have garnered quite of bit of attention from families and businesses out of the United States. Particularly since the success of my bestselling cookbook, Bite by Bite: 100 Stylish Little Plates for Any Party, which has been #1 in sales worldwide for over 9 months in the appetizers category. It seems other cultures around the world are just as fascinated with traditional American foods as we are here in the States. Even more so possibly, when they’re reduced down to lilliputian portions and presented in playful formats. During a recent jaunt to India for a client’s engagement party, my staff and I got to experience the local culture while introducing some of our signature Peter Callahan Catering foods and service methods. Needless-to-say, as you will see from the photos, it was an amazing trip all around and we can’t wait to return.

    Busy Streets of India Produce Markets Peter Callahan Catering

    A different view from New York City, the busy Indian streets around our hotel were intense with energy, architectural wonders and saturated colors.

    India Peter Callahan Catering Global Services

    Such incredible green, lush landscapes and heavy perfumed air.

    View of Chennai India from hotel room peter callahan

    The view from my hotel room showed how much the area is booming, lots and lots of construction.

    On the Streets of Chennai India Peter Callahan Catering

    As soon as we could, we dropped out bags and headed out to the local markets for cooking supplies… walking along the busy streets was an adventure!

    Produce Delivered by Truck India Peter Callahan Catering

    All around the market were trucks and scooters filled with bananas, rice, lentils and other produce.

    Limes and Lemons Indian Produce Market Peter Callahan Catering

    Right up my alley, mini limes and lemons in baskets on the market path.

    American Catering Companies Who Service India Spice Market

    Spices, spices and more spices! The air was fragrant with exotic spices…

    Colorful Fruit at Indian Market Chennai India Peter Callahan Catering

    Perfectly arranged fresh fruit, likes oranges, apples, grapes, pomegranates… my chefs had no trouble finding exactly what we needed… and more… lots more!

    Bananas at indian spice market peter callahan catering

    Bunches and bunches of bananas.

    Spice Market India Street Grocers Peter Callahan Catering

    Basket after basket of intriguing produce could be found, from curry leaves to peppers, egglant and potatoes.

    Boy selling mangoes in the market India Peter Callahan

    Guess who we bought our mangoes from? And, he taught us a thing or two about negotiating price.

    Boxes of Catering Goods Peter Callahan India

    Ready to get to the cooking, thankfully, all 38 boxes of our catering supplies, food and presentation materials made it through customs without delay!

    Indian Bakers Trying Peter Callahan Catering Fudgcicles Global Catering Services

    We had an enthusiastic team of local chefs and bakers, they couldn’t wait to sample the mini American foods, like our mini popsicles.

    American Chefs Cooking with Indian Chefs Peter Callahan Catering

    Comparing notes and methods in the kitchen.

    Cooking Together American Caterers who service India Peter Callahan Catering

    Sharing the kitchen with the local chefs was a dream, they approached the art of catering with as much passion as we did… no matter the late hours and fine detail required.

    Mini Grilled Cheese Peter Callahan Indian Parties Global Catering Services

    My little Gruyere filled mini grilled cheeses are just as popular 24 hours away.

    Chocolate Chip Cookies Parties in India Peter Callahan Catering

    Chocolate chip cookies are a hit, no matter where you make them.

    Peter Callahan Indian Chef Cooking American Food in India

    Talk about stories, the client’s Executive Chef shared with me his thoughts on food innovation… and how much he LOVED what he saw my staff whipping up in his kitchens!

    American Ice Cream Bar India Parties Peter Callahan Catering-c

    Just one of several of our American Food Stations at the client’s home… our signature, simple and sophisticated styling was right at home in this gorgeous residence.

    Cotton Candy Machine Peter Callahan Catering Indian Events

    This was one of the highlights of my trip to India, this old fashion cotton candy machine, heated with a kerosene flame and powered by a hand-cranked wheel. We used it for my cotton candy lollipops.

    Indian Airports American Party Professionals Travel East Peter Callahan Catering

    I left the party at 5:30am to head back to the airport, braving the busy traffic to make sure I caught my plane to Las Vegas via Heathrow to be the closing speaker at the Engage!12: The Luxury Wedding Summit. After hours of travel, crossing several time zones, I ended up walking right off my flight and right into the Opening Party at Engage!12. Awesome! But I can’t tell you how much I look forward to being back in India very soon for another sexy Peter Callahan celebration.  It has certainly become one of my favorite places to party.

     

     

     

  • Breakfast Bingo : Rice Krispy Canapes

    June 26th, 2012

    rice krispy canapes with yogurt blueberries and honey peter callahan catering

    My daughter and I are both big cereal eaters, and she sometimes has hers with berries and yogurt instead of milk. Her simple, straightforward morning routine inspired me to come up with this mini cereal bowl canape filled with organic Greek yogurt, topped with fresh whole blueberries (from Maine, when in season) and drizzled with local honey.

    It’s fantastic as a breakfast hors d’oeuvre for weekend brunches, but the sweetness of the cereal bowl (made with marshmallows) makes for an unexpected dessert for fancy schmancy parties anytime.

    {Photo: Con Poulos}

  • Preston Bailey Blog : June 2012 : We’re Loving Peter Callahan’s Mini Foods!

    June 22nd, 2012

    Loving Peter Callahan Mini Foods Preston Bailey Blog

    We’re loving you right back! Always a pleasure to work with the iconic party designer, Preston Bailey. A true visionary!

  • Summer Entertaining : Martha Stewart Radio’s Morning Living Show

    June 21st, 2012

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    I’m always happy to talk about food and parties, and how I approach the two on a daily basis. Particularly when I’m chatting with the creative crew from Martha Stewart Radio’s Morning Living Show, Betsy Karetnick and Brian Kelsey. On every morning on Sirius XM Channel 110 from 7:00-11:00am, Betsy and Brian focus on cooking, home improvement, gardening and entertaining.

    Early today, they invited me to stop in to their “Summer Kick Off” party to discuss tips for easy summer entertaining. For discussion, I brought along some of my summer-inspired foods like Summer Corn Soup; Caprese Salad with heirloom tomatoes, creamy mozzarella cheese and fresh basil; and a grilled lemon chicken served with roasted garden vegetables. All of these foods are easily made at home, taking advantage of the season’s best produce and herbs.

    For summer recipes, check out my book Bite by Bite, 100 Stylish Little Plates You Can May for Any Party.

  • Meetings & Conventions Magazine : Tiny Tastes : Daily Hot Ideas

    June 19th, 2012

    Tiny Tastes by Peter Callahan Daily Hot Ideas Meetings and Conventions Magazine

    Big flavor, tiny taste. That’s my cod fish tacos and Patron mini margaritas for sure! Easy to eat crowd pleasers that have a BIG impact visually as well. And as we all know, we eat with our eyes as well as our stomachs.

  • New York Post : Former Celebrity Recording Mecca Becomes a Celebrity Catering Joint

    June 19th, 2012

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    How exciting! The purchase of my new catering design studio and kitchen in New York is featured in Lois Weiss’ Post Focus column on Commercial Real Estate. One of the most popular columns read in the New York Post, Lois always shares the happenings in Manhattan’s commercial real estate business.  Here’s my part of the column…

    Caterer Peter Callahan just bought the 5,940-square-foot fourth floor from Sony in the West 25th Street building that previously housed Jive Records and recording studios where Britney SpearsJustin Timberlake and Whitney Houston got their start.

    Callahan will now continue to build out a full kitchen, design studio and event space with soaring ceilings for his clients, who include Martha StewartRegis PhilbinKelly Ripa and Tom Petty along with uber-wealthy financiers.

    Robert BurtonBrock Emmetsberger and Andrew Essick of Massey Knakal marketed the building’s floors on behalf of Sony, and Callahan nibbled down his price to $2.1 million. Two other floors are in contract, sources said. Chris Halliburton and Brandon Himmel of The Corcoran Group represented Callahan in the deal. Just in time for your own summer food solutions, Callahan’s new “Bite by Bite” book features “100 Stylish Little Plates You Can Make for Any Party.”

    Sony took over Jive in 2008 and inherited the 12-story, 72,000-square-foot building at 137 W. 25th St. that was divided into office condos in 1987 and has been owned and used by Arista and Zomba Records.

    To read more about the purchase, check out the full article in the real estate section in the NY Post.

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  • Shots + Bites : The Perfect Pairings of Food and Beverage Can Be Fun Icebreakers at Parties

    June 14th, 2012

    A two-sip shot of your favorite beverage matched with a delicious small one-bite hors d’oeuvre is an incredible icebreaker at cocktail parties. Especially when the small one-bite hors d’oeuvre is playfully served on an edible spoon, in an oyster shell or inside a tiny Chinese take-out box. Whether a simple shot of vodka to accompany caviar or a mini Patron Margarita next to a Mexican Fish Taco, my clients continue to love this idea of pairing food and beverage.  Not only does the presentation add an element of surprise, it also gives wedding guests something to chat about at the party. If my fish tacos prove too challenging, these two classic pairings below are easily achievable in your own homes.

    wine and cheese paired food and beverage for parties peter callahan catering

    One of my favorite “shots + bites” includes my tongue-in-cheek ode to the classic pairing of Wine & Cheese. This hors d’oeuvre veers from tradition, offering the best of both in a clean, chic presentation. A thin wedge of pear is the foundation for a perfect sliver of Camembert cheese that gets topped with a few edible flower petals and fresh Thyme leaves from the garden. Generally, I prefer to pour a crisp, cold Chardonnay in tiny cordial glasses to partner with the richness of the cheese.

    There are those who say that caviar should only be eaten from a mother-of-pearl spoon so as not to dilute the caviar’s purity. But since I’m all about keeping things simple and edible, if not downright whimsical, I came up with an edible cracker spoon that pokes fun at the traditional way of serving caviar.  My Caviar Spoons & Vodka can also be made using regular round crackers, but adding a simple shot glass of chilled vodka is all that’s needed to make this pairing complete. Cheers!

  • Catersource Magazine : On the Menu : Creative Food and Beverage Pairings from Caterers : June 2012

    June 12th, 2012

    CaterSource Magazine June 2012 Creative Food and Beverage Pairings

    What better way to highlight your food and drink creations than to create food and cocktail pairings. Serving intentional pairings puts your food and drink center stage – and definitely makes your event something to talk about. ~ Catersource Magazine

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  • Summer Entertaining : Whimsical Cocktails : Bubblegum-Tini

    June 7th, 2012

    Bubblegum Martini Peter Callahan Catering Summer Cocktails

    Candy adds a fun and youthful feel to parties, whether it’s incorporated into the party decor, a lavish sweets table or a take home wedding favor.  Personally, I like to use candy in fun, unexpected ways. Like in this bubblegum-inspired  cocktail, the Bubblegum-tini!  And, go figure, it’s pretty easy to make too!  Just mix some fresh orange juice with banana and melon liqueurs to give the martini the true fruity flavor of bubblegum.  Here’s the recipe so you can sweeten up your own party:

    MAKES ONE DOZEN DRINKS

    • 6 cups fresh orange juice (estimate 18-20 oranges)
    • 3 cups chilled vanilla-flavored vodka
    • 1 cup banana liqueur
    • 3/4 cup melon liqueur
    • Plenty of Ice
    • 1 orange, halved and thinly sliced

    DIRECTIONS

    In a large pitcher, whisk together the orange juice, vodka and both liqueurs.  Fill twelve of your favorite glasses with ice and place a slice of orange in each.  Then simply pour the Bubblegum-Tini mixture in each glass and serve!

    PRESENTATION

    For an extra fun serving presentation, we use our signature lucite trays filled with gumballs as a playful nod to the candy. But if you can’t find something similar, you can serve shot glasses or small bowls of gumballs on the serving tray.

  • Good Housekeeping : June 2012 : My Hosting Secret for Outdoor Summer Parties

    June 6th, 2012

    Good Housekeeping Entertaining Summer June 2012 Peter Callahan Catering

    Big thanks to the editors of Good Housekeeping Magazine for including me in their “Good (Enough) Entertaining” feature on fun, affordable hosting how-tos for summer parties.  What was my hosting secret?

    “If you’re serving room-temperature perishable foods outdoors, put them on platters nestled atop same-size trays topped with crushed ice.  That’ll keep them a bit cooler.”  Peter Callahan, Celebrity Event Planner

    Good Housekeeping, June 2012.

  • Dessert, Donut Style : Trio of Mini Donuts + Dippers

    June 1st, 2012

    3 donuts and sauces Peter Callahan Catering American-style Desserts

    Celebrating Donut Day with our trio dessert of Mini Donuts + Dippers!  For any kind of event with any level of formality, this sweet little dessert is approachable and nostalgic.  Something that catches well-heeled guests by surprise at a formal black-tie dinner!

    I plate them vertically, lined up on a plate with delicious dippers, such as: a little chocolate/hazelnut ganache dusted with cocoa powder; some meyer lemon curd for tangy tartness; and a raspberry Chambord puree for that little twist on the jelly donut.

  • Baby Shower : Tackling the Menu and Indulging Mommy’s Cravings

    May 22nd, 2012

    Baby Shower Comfort Foods Mac and Cheese Swedish Meatballs

    Baby showers are about celebrating new beginnings, so, in my opinion, like real life, these events should be lighthearted and whimsical.  Keeping the theme of the event in mind, I like to indulge the mommy-to-be. More than likely, she’s craving something whether it’s Elvis French Toast or French Fries. I start by pulling out all of the crave-worthy foods, like Fried Chicken, Mac and Cheese, Spaghetti and Meatballs and other “lighter” crowd pleasers like BLTs, Shrimp Lollipops  and Caprese Sandwiches.

    For presentation, I like to stagger rubber duckies (my favorites are from BUD in Australia) between silver demitasse spoonfuls of Mac and Cheese.  Sometimes, I even add Spaghetti and Meatballs or Swedish Meatballs to the tray.  Dessert is a whole other story, but at the very least, color-coded cotton candy (pink for a girl, blue for a boy) is always a hit!

    {Photo: Ross Whitaker}

  • Wait, There’s Even a National Chocolate Chip Day? Okay, We Can Dig That

    May 15th, 2012

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    Man, I love these national “food” holidays. There’s one for everything, it seems. But it works for me as I spend my days, living, breathing and dreaming about food and cool ways to style it up. So, Happy National Chocolate Chip Day!  I think, in honor of this auspicious occasion, we should immediately whip up a batch of delicious Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies and Kahlua Milk Shakes to celebrate… or, maybe some Chocolate Chipwich Lollipops… huh, decisions, decisions… which do you prefer?

    Chipwich Lollipops by Peter Callahan Catering Food Stylish American Favorite Foods

    {Photos by the always awesome, Con Poulos}

  • Happy Cinco de Mayo! Margarita Popsicles

    May 5th, 2012

    Margarita Popsicles from Peter Callahan Catering

    Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Who says you have to drink your margaritas to celebrate? Why not enjoy mini or regular-sized Margarita Popsicles?  You can even line the serving trays and platters with salt for those who just gotta have it…  ENJOY!

  • American Favorites : Sugar Donuts, They’re Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

    May 2nd, 2012

    Mini Sugared Donuts Peter Callahan American Favorite Foods Butlered Desserts

    One of my signature sweet desserts going back many years now {MANY}, are my tiny sugared donuts. Believe it or not, these tasty little bites are more popular than ever! Particularly with our clients in India and China. I’ve served them in a zillion different ways – passed, as a dessert trio with different dipping sauces and as a part of a large dessert table.

    So many cultures have their version of fried sugared dough; it’s nice to know ours continues to resonate in a true American fashion.

    {Photo: David Mielcarek}

  • Kids Parties Let Us Break Out the Paints and Get Creative

    April 25th, 2012

    Pink Pig Yellow Brick Road Lion Unicorn Kid Cocktail Trays Kids Parties Mitzvahs

    Peter Callahan Catering is definitely more than your average food service company. I know that as we do serious art projects for events on a regular, if not daily, basis. Custom-designed lucite hors d’oeuvres trays are my signature calling card, but what many people may not know is that our in-house “Workshop Boys” are real artists and craftsmen. They build, carve and paint all kinds of things for my parties – particularly kids birthday parties and bar/bat mitzvah celebrations. From 3D pink piggies to purple unicorns, Lion King manes and Wizard of Oz yellow brick roads… you name the theme, chances are, we’ve created something we can serve food on for it. Right down to the Avengers’ and Legoland.  It’s playtime for us, every day.

     

  • Brides Magazine : April 2012 : Mini Lobster Rolls

    April 18th, 2012

    Brides Magazine April 2012 Peter Callahan Lobster Rolls Maritime Inspired Events

    Lobster Rolls Peter Callahan Maritime Brides April American Favorite Foods

  • For the Kid in All of Us : Happy National Grilled Cheese Day

    April 12th, 2012

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    In honor of National Grilled Cheese Day, I’m sharing my mini, bite-sized version of the American favorite. Buttery toast made in my own custom-mini loaf pans blend perfectly with gooey aged Gruyere cheese sandwiched between. Whether I add smoked turkey, crispy green apple or a slice of fresh tomato, there really is nothing more delicious than a grilled cheese sandwich. No matter what you pair with the cheese, it brings out the kid in all of us. {Particularly when it’s served with a tiny bowl of roasted tomato soup…}

    {Photo: Ross Whitaker}

     

  • A Birthday Celebration for Architect, Frank Gehry

    April 4th, 2012

    Almost a year ago, I had the pleasure of catering the 82nd birthday party for internationally-renown architect Frank Gehry. Where else could such an amazing party take place but at the top of Gehry’s then still-to-be-completed new residential building, 8 Spruce Street. Originally known as Beekman Tower and currently marketed as New York by Gehry, “8 Spruce Street” is a 76-story skyscraper in Manhattan. Whatever the name, it’s a true work of art. I mean, seriously, it’s the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere!

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    The whole 75th floor of the building was still raw space, but just for one night, 300 guests got to experience the undulating metal magic in high style.  (Not to mention the unbelievable views up and down the East River.)

    New York by Gehry Birthday Party for Frank Gehry Peter Callahan

    In addition to designing such notable buildings as the Guggenheim Museum in Spain; MIT’s Stata Center in Massachusetts; and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; Gehry is also a talented furniture designer. One of his favorite woods to work with is Douglas Fir and Gehry had tables made that are only sold for use in the 8 Spruce Street. While planning the birthday party, I couldn’t help but be inspired to suggest we design and fabricate hors d’oeuvres trays in the same shape as the tables and, of course,  from Douglas Fir.  The planning team loved the idea and you can see what we came up with below.

    Frank Gehry Trays Peter Callahan Design

    Other than the hors d’oeuvres, I designed a menu that included some old catering favorites re-imagined into a modern style. Specifically, a carving station of delicious meats that was displayed on a table we built out of butcher block of  Douglas Fir. In the center of the table we used a reclaimed Douglas Fir beam that held the meats.  Additional trays and boxes made from Douglas Fir held condiments and sides. All manufactured in-house in our workshop. Yes, we have a workshop in our studio to create all these amazing things!

    Peter Callahan Catering Workshop Custom Hors Doeuvres

    With such an incredible inspiration like Gehry to design a party for, you need a big finish. Particularly for a huge birthday celebration! Only one person came to mind when the idea of a birthday cake came up.  Who else but our clever friend, Ron Ben-Israel could rise to the challenge? So we gave him a call and look what he whipped up? A sweet genius, indeed. {and love the beginning of the video of Gehry sketching the building, he could be drawing a sensational cake like Ron!}

    Ron Ben Israel Frank Gehry Birthday Cake Peter Callahan Catering

    Have to say, what an honor it was to cater this incredible birthday gig for the maestro of design, Frank Gehry. A real honor.

    {Photos: Flickr, John Armich, Ron Ben-Israel}

  • Sgroppinos : An Italian Frozen Cocktail Ideal for Spring and Summer Parties

    March 28th, 2012

    Sgroppino with lemon sorbet vodka and limoncello cocktail trends for weddings peter callahan catering

    As a cross between a champagne cocktail and a dessert, a Prosecco Sgroppino has a frozen frothy fabulousness to it that is fantastic for Spring and Summer parties. Drizzle a little Limoncello liqueur over it at the end, and it’s even better! At PCC, we like to whisk large batches in an iced copper bowl right in front of party guests at our Sgroppino Bar — the action (and ultimate payoff) always draws a crowd. But be careful you don’t make too many of these fizzy chilled drinks too early or too fast without someone to drink them.  This is a semi-frozen drink that’s best made to order or in small batches.

    Sgroppino Bar for Parties Cocktail Bar Ideas Limoncello Drinks for Weddings Peter Callahan Catering

    Sgroppino Recipe

    • 4 pints lemon sorbet
    • 1 1/2 cups chilled vodka
    • 2 1/4 cups chilled prosecco
    • 3/4 cup limoncello liqueur
    • simple syrup, but only if needed and to taste

    Take the sorbet out of the freezer and let it sit at room temperature until it’s soft but not melted, approximately 15-20 minutes.  Scoop the sorbet into a large chilled bowl and pour in your favorite vodka. Briskly whisk the sorbet and vodka together until the mixture is smoothie smooth, and then whisk in the chilled Prosecco.  Taste (yeah, tough job but someone’s gotta do it) and adjust the sweetness with simple syrup, if needed. Divide amongst twelve chilled glasses (I like martini glasses) and finish with a little drizzle of Limoncello liqueur, and serve.

    {Photos: Ross Whitaker}

  • 100 Layer Cake: Love, Laughter and Smiles 40th Birthday Party

    March 21st, 2012

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    Mini Coca colas and fried chicken hors d'oeuvres cocktail parties

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  • Great Day Filming Mini Foods for Ali Fedotowsky’s New NBC Travel Show “First Look”

    March 15th, 2012

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    Having tons of fun with TV personality (and former Bachelorette) Ali Fedotowsky shooting mini foods for her new NBC travel show 1st Look.  She loved my margaritas in mini Patron Tequila bottles! Debuting on April 14th, Ali will travel to different locations throughout the U.S. to discover the best in food, hotels and nightlife.  1st Look is produced by NBC’s lifestyle production arm, LX.TV.

    LXTV Ali and Peter Callahan Food TV celebrity caterers

    LX TV show filming with Peter Callahan

  • Can’t Wait to Cater the Brunswick School Spring Benefit “It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll” ~ My Alma Mater!

    March 7th, 2012

    So nice to be connected with my alma mater, The Brunswick School, for their Spring Benefit.  This is a school like no other.  Since 1902, Brunswick School has been, in the words of founder George Carmichael “ably and generously preparing boys for life.”  I’m honored to participate in this year’s Spring Benefit, and I’ll definitely have a cool menu planned for everyone! But just check out the cool band they have set to play… it’s going to be fabulous celebration!

    Brunswick School Spring Gala Peter Callahan Catering

    BAND
    “The Bobby Keys Band” with very special guests will be lighting the stage on fire at this year’s benefit! Legendary Rolling Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys will be performing with an all-star cast of musicians, including Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites), Steve Gorman (The Black Crowes), Robert Kearns (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Michael Webb (John Fogerty), and Chark Kinsolving (Spoonful). The band will be supported by the entire Rolling Stones Horn section.

    FOOD
    Peter Callahan, celebrity caterer, author, and Brunswick alumnus will create a sensational menu for the evening. Peter’s culinary creations have been featured in Oprah, People, and Bon Appetit, and he is widely credited with being the originator of “the slider”.

  • The Hispanic Society of America, a Hidden Gem of a Party Space in New York City

    February 29th, 2012

    I’m always on the hunt for new party venues with impact. For years, I’ve been meaning to visit the The Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library in Spanish Harlem. I finally made it up there as I have a wonderful corporate client who is holding a dinner there this Spring ~ such a brilliant idea!

    There are those who won’t venture up to 155th Street, but over the past several years Spanish Harlem has undergone a renaissance of sorts and more notable personalities are taking note. Such as, former President Bill Clinton who has his offices in Spanish Harlem, among others.

    Portrait Gallery Spanish History Museum New York Peter Callahan Catering

    Located in a beautiful building that has undergone an elaborate renovation, The Hispanic Society is one of the hidden gems in Manhattan. In the same building you’ll find the prestigious honor society, the American Academy of Arts and Letters – which sounds like it’s a dusty, old, and outdated place. However, with some of the most dynamic architects, composers, artists and writers of our time as members, like Woody Allen, Frank Gehry, and Joan Didion, it’s anything but.  To get to The Hispanic Society, you walk through a gorgeous outdoor pavilion that is very grand and feels very Old World  European. {ps the pavilion would be great for large tented events, which they allow!} But as you continue walking through the pavilion, you’re still not sure what you’re walking into. Then you walk inside the Society and it’s like tah-dah! the first room you enter is a tall dramatic room that goes up to a skylighted roof. {see above}  This is the area where we will hold cocktails for the corporate event we are catering.

    With more than 800 paintings and 6,000 watercolors and drawings, the Hispanic Society will allow guests to mingle around the art collection with savory tapas and a glass of Spanish wine in hand.  Something which almost never is permitted around priceless artwork!

    Murals at Spanish Harlem Museum Peter Callahan Corporate Event Venues New York City

    The next room, which is more of a round-shaped space, has beautifully-restored murals that encircle the entire space. We will hold dinner in this room. Lastly, our waiters get a holding room fit for a king with a rare Spanish map from the 1500’s at one end of the room. {see below}

    Spanish Society of America Peter Callahan Maps Corporate Event Venue New York

    It should be noted that some others are big fans of The Hispanic Society of America, such as Oscar de la Renta, who recently held an event there from what we’ve heard.

    The Hispanic Society of America should be on everyone’s list for events, not to mention, on your list of  New York sites to visit too!

     

  • We’re Celebrating National Margarita Day with Fish Tacos & Patron ‘Ritas!

    February 22nd, 2012

    Peter Callahan Catering Mini Fish Tacos Mini Patron Margaritas Bite by Bite Cookbook

    After shrinking down my favorite foods, it was only natural that I would turn my attention to my favorite cocktails. One of my all-time favorite beverages is a margarita. When I created my shots + bites series of food and drink pairings, my clients loved all the concepts as they had never seen anything like it before. Wine + Cheese, Vodka + Caviar Spoons, Cherry Sake + Spicy Chicken Wontons, they all wowed the crowd. But when I cooked up my Fish Tacos + Patron Margaritas, the trend exploded! This simple pairing of a fish taco presented on the same sleek tray with a margarita shot in a mini Patron Silver bottle is my most popular hors d’oeuvres yet.  It’s delish for sure, but the two-sip shot is cleverly matched to the small bite for an awesome icebreaker.  We even have clients who love serving them between first course and main course as a zippy pick me up. Happy ‘Rita Day!

    {Photo courtesy of Mel Barlow & Co.}

     

  • The Dooley Noted Style Blog is Obsessed with Petite Hors D’oeuvres

    February 7th, 2012

    Dooley Noted - Bite by Bite Cookbook Peter Callahan

    Love that this style blogger found plenty of stylish food in my cookbook, Bite by Bite. Very sweet of Heidi to write a post dedicated to small bites and whimsical party food, THANKS GIRLS!

  • Props to Buddy Valastro, He Really is The Cake Boss

    February 3rd, 2012

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    Working with other food creatives who challenge and inspire me to design new, playful food is tremendously rewarding.  To see the same passion and dedication mirrored in their businesses as I work hard to maintain in my own, is impressive. I recently had the pleasure to work with the uber-talented Buddy Valastro of the wildly-popular television show, Cake Boss. I have to say, Buddy truly outdid himself with the Winter-themed cake and accompanying sweet treats he created for a recent Winter Wonderland party. Having had the pleasure to work with Buddy’s family bakery, Carlo’s Bake Shop, on countless events, it’s easy to see why he’s the success he is in the industry.  He and his lovely wife, Melissa, are also two of the nicest, most genuine people you’ll ever meet. {not to mention, he’s also a pretty dapper dresser!}

  • Peter’s Cookbook, Bite by Bite, is Officially Sold Out and Heading Back into Re-Print! {again}

    February 3rd, 2012

    COPE book signing Peter Callahan bite by bite hors doeuvres cook book

    My cookbook, Bite by Bite, is officially sold out and heading back into re-print! {again} It’s roclin’ awesome news and I couldn’t be more thrilled to know that people are enjoying seeing what I do, and are hopefully, having fun making my fun food in their own homes! THANK YOU!

  • Hanging with Event Designer, Matthew Robbins at The Wedding Party Event in Manhattan

    January 29th, 2012

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    Nothing like sharing Sundays with friends and colleagues in the event industry!  And there’s no one cooler than talented event designer, Matthew Robbins.  Together with a whole host of awesome wedding professionals, Matthew and I are talking all about the top wedding trends at today’s The Wedding Party at the New York Palace, a delightful bridal event hosted by The Wedding Library and Martha Stewart Weddings. We’re having a great time chatting with brides and signing our new books!  If you haven’t seen Matthew’s gorgeous new book “Inspired Weddings” ~ you need to, it’s FABULOUS!

  • There’s Nothing Better Than Apple Pie on a Cold Winter Day : Happy National Pie Day!

    January 23rd, 2012

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    Happy National Pie Day!

    Yes, it’s true, there’s even a day devoted just to PIE.  Not that I mind, as it’s one of my absolute favorite desserts to enjoy year-round.  Some feel there are four definitive seasons of pie enjoyed in the kitchen ~ Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall ~ and I don’t disagree. Taking advantage of seasonal produce always yields fabulous tasting fruit pies like strawberry-rhubarb, cherry and brambleberry.  But when it comes to Winter, the leanest of the seasons, all I have to do is find the humblest of fruits, the apple, and I know I’m golden.  But a delicious pie doesn’t work without the perfect crust. There’s no need to be intimidated, just keep the pie crust simple and straightforward mixing up a basic blend of flour, salt, ice water and butter. If done just right, the sweet, tangy apples will be wrapped in a flaky, buttery blanket that will take the edge off the chilliest of Winter days.  Particularly when it’s paired with a steaming cup of hot tea.

    {Photo courtesy of Con Poulos}

     

  • As seen in The New York Times, Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with Peter’s Spicy Chicken Fortune Cookies!

    January 18th, 2012

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    Chinese New Year starts on Monday, and sometimes, a Dragon Needs to Nibble! {love that title!}  It’s the Year of the Dragon, the luckiest of them all, filled with the promise of great success and prosperity!  Why not celebrate with some of my signature Peter Callahan Catering mini bites?

    As exclusively featured in The New York Times, and in celebration of the Chinese New Year, we’re offering Peter’s Spicy Chicken Fortune Cookies for at-home delivery.  Available for overnight delivery, we’ll happily send you a minimum of three dozen of our savory fortune cookies, each with a festive fortune cookie message tucked inside.  And although the cookies are delicious little hors d’oeuvres and can be presented as you like, we like to serve them in traditional take-out boxes.  So, we’ll also include in your order a stylish, custom-made red acrylic serving tray and six mini white Chinese take-out boxes that will give the cookies that extra playful WOW!

    Special offer only available through Tuesday, January 31, 2012, email info@callahancatering.com to place your order.

     

  • People Magazine January 2012 : Great Ideas : Mini Lemon Meringue Pies

    January 15th, 2012

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  • Let’s Talk About the Mystical Number 13

    January 13th, 2012

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    Happy Friday the 13th!  The first of three taking place in the year 2012, each spaced 13 weeks apart.  Crazy, right? Scary and/or superstitious for most, I prefer to regard Friday the 13th as a day filled with good luck rather than bad will.  I might be in the minority with that view, but looking back into history, you have to wonder at the origin of the symbolism. If the number 13 is truly bad luck, then why does it appear throughout history in such interesting, and seemingly mystical, ways?

    • The American Flag has 13 stripes that represent the original 13 colonies that then became the first 13 states.
    • In ancient Greece, Zeus was counted as the thirteenth and most powerful god.
    • There are 13 major joints in your body, 13 lunar cycles in a solar year, and the moon travels 13 degrees across the sky every day.
    • In the Jewish faith, 13 is the age when boys become a Bar Mitzvah and become obligated to observe the commandments. It’s an honor in the faith and a celebration of joy in the family.
    • The American dollar bill has 13’s throughout, including: 13 bars on the shield, 13 leaves on the olive branch, 13 fruits, 13 arrows, 13 stars above the eagle, 13 plums of feathers on each of the eagle’s wings, 13 steps on the Pyramid, 13 letters in “e pluribus unum” meaning “Out of many, one”, and 13 letters in “annuit coeptis” meaning “God has favored our undertaking”.

    With all these magical 13’s occurring this year, you’d better believe I’m going to block out the negative and continue to embrace the positive.  I prefer to regard the superstitions surrounding the number 13 as powerful, mystical and enlightening rather than fearful and evil in nature. And, if our 2012 event calendar filled with spectacular bar and bat mitzvahs tells us anything, the positive perception is working.

  • In Honor of National Spaghetti Day : Our Mini Spaghetti & Meatball Hors D’oeuvres!

    January 4th, 2012

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    Rumor has it, today is none other than National Spaghetti Day! Works for me, as anything Italian is the ultimate in comfort food. Particularly in the cold dead of Winter!  My mini Spaghetti and Meatball hors d’oeuvres is one of the most popular savory foods we make at Peter Callahan Catering.  From its inception, it was one of those fun foods you just knew was going to please every crowd for its design and taste.

    Rather than skewer it on a fork or dish it up in a spoon as other catering companies have done since, my meatballs just pop in your mouth in one simple delicious bite!  And, as I like to do, I’ve designed a custom red and white checkered acrylic tray just for this classic appetizer.  Mangia! Mangia!

     

  • Huffington Post Weddings December 2011 : Mini American Comfort Foods Transform the Ordinary Wedding into An Extraordinary Event

    December 26th, 2011

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  • Holiday Parties for Children : Decorating Gingerbread Houses

    December 16th, 2011

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    Nothing like having a house filled with the exuberant voices of children to remind you of the joy of Christmas!

    Earlier today, we hosted a Make Your Own Gingerbread House Party for our daughter and some of her friends. This casual, after-school get-together was just too much fun to watch unfold! As you can see, each child decorated their gingerbread house in their own style using jelly beans, red hots, gum drops, peppermints and marzipan.  What each child focused on was actually, really fascinating to me, as were their design concepts:  the front door on one house got an elaborate garland and topiaries to “add curb appeal”; another house was given an intricate jelly bean mosaic as the front walkway to “give my mommy something pretty to come home to”; yet another showcased a roof decorated with an ornate white design “that reminds me of our house in the snow last Christmas”; and several houses showed favorite pets “waiting for me to come home” or beloved animals “I got to see at the zoo” (seals and a penguin).  Although I arrived after another busy day at the office, this little group of clever designers wiped the stress right away with their laughter and festive spirit.

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    Kids Holiday Parties Gingerbread Houses Peter Callahan

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  • The Daily Basics : December 2011 : Bite-Sized Appetizers with Peter Callahan

    December 15th, 2011

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    It’s features like this one that just get me all jazzed up!  Allison Beck, the editor of the most popular foodie blog on the planet, The Daily Meal, was guest blogging on another cool lifestyle blog, The Daily Basics.  Allison wrote such a nice review of my new cookbook, Bite by Bite; but also talked about how I got into the catering, how the whole mini comfort food thing started and what keeps me motivated to keep designing.  To check out the article in full, just click here or on the image above.  You’ll find some of my signature comfort food recipes, as well as tips and tricks on entertaining at home.  Thanks again to both blogs for including me in their lineup!

  • Party Resources Blog : December 2011 : Interview with Celebrity Caterer Peter Callahan

    December 13th, 2011

     

    Interview with Peter Callahan Party Resources Blog

    Big thanks to Kate Todd and her chic blog, Party Resources, for taking the time to interview me!  Think some of the answers to her questions might surprise you… to read the interview in full just click here.

     

     

     

  • Hot Mulled Apple Cider : The Perfect Beverage for Chilly Holiday Nights

    December 7th, 2011

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    Cold weather is here and nothing warms up a holiday party faster than a cup of Hot Mulled Apple Cider!  In fact, these little red beauties are the ideal beverage to hand to guests as soon as they arrive at your party!  Particularly if they’re spiked with some delicious dark rum!  Bye-bye chilly damp December; Hell-o cozy festive party scene!

    The step-by-step recipe is shared in detail in my book, Bite by Bite, but it’s one of the easiest and least intimidating beverages to produce with the BIGGEST impact!  Ordinarily, we put a big iron pot on the stove then add in tons of fresh pressed apple cider, slices of fresh oranges and lemons, several whole cinnamon sticks, a handful of whole cloves and one star anise.  Letting that fragrant kettle of spicy goodness simmer over medium heat for at least 20-30 minutes will yield a delicious hot beverage that everyone will love.  Just add a touch of dark rum to the spicy brew for some added holiday cheer!

    And, when it comes to serving the Hot Apple Cider, classic mugs  or cups work just fine.  But I find it’s chic and stylish to use a hollowed apple as the cup with a whole stick of fresh cinnamon as the garnish.  This simple presentation elevates the look from country farm-stand to modern cocktail party!

  • Decanting Your Spirits for an Elegant Bar Display

    December 2nd, 2011

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    Whether at a corporate cocktail party or an at-home dinner party, it’s not difficult to build a bar that’s both beautiful and functional.

    One of my favorite bar styling methods is to decant all the usual spirits (rum, whisky, scotch, bourbon, cognac) and display them in modern glass carafes or classic cut-crystal decanters.  The warm, amber colors of the libations immediately become a festive presentation!  I’ve also poured the clear alcohols (vodka, gin, sambuca, tequila) into the decanters, keeping the presentation divided into clear spirits on one side and ambers on the other.

    To keep each spirit clearly identified for easy pouring, I like to use simple hardware store tags tied to each carafe with leather cord or natural raffia.  Or, for the more formal crystal decanters, I use tiny-but-legible calligraphed signs that sit just in front of the elegant containers.  Even the standard mixers  like tonic, simple syrup and Triple Sec can be decanted into glass carafes for a uniform look.

    And for some added flare at the front of the bar station, add simple glass vessels or bowls filled with colorful lemons, limes, cherries, olives, onions and blood oranges.  I have found that keeping every single element on the bar consistent makes the BIGGEST impact! Cheers!

  • Coastal Living Magazine : New Year’s Cheers! : Holiday Entertaining

    December 1st, 2011

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  • NBC LIVE : November 2011 with Celebrity Caterer Peter Callahan

    November 30th, 2011

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  • Thanksgiving Leftovers, Keeping the Remains of the Day Small with Turkey Canapés

    November 25th, 2011

    After I’ve totally overindulged on Thanksgiving, I tend to seek out leaner ways to enjoy the piles of leftovers that remain from the decadent feast.  Somehow, it all just tastes better the days after so why not enjoy them?  If only in mini form with my Turkey Canapés. Known for my re-invention of American classic dishes, I’ve taken all the key foods from Thanksgiving and narrowed them down to one-bite hors d’oeuvres that can be shared without stuffing our faces again.  It all starts with a crispy turkey skin cup that is made using a mini-muffin baking tin, chopped or shredded turkey meat, a spoonful of tasty stuffing and a dollop of cranberry sauce. You can even add a tiny bit of turkey gravy using a squirt bottle but avoid too much gravy as the crispy skin will lose it’s form with too much moisture.  As always, the trick is to make the hors d’oeuvre TINY.  For the full recipe, check out pages 130-131 in my cookbook, Bite by Bite.

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    These canapés can be incorporated into any holiday cocktail party menu to give guests a small reminder of their Thanksgiving celebration minus them having to unbutton their pants! But I must say, I’ve always wanted to host a Thanksgiving celebration with a cocktail-style format.  Rather than having guests be seated around a table with family-style platters, I’d invite guests to mingle throughout the house, sampling traditional family recipes that have been re-vamped into bite-sized hors d’oeuvres.  I can picture the sweet potato pie, Turkey Canapés, green bean casserole and brussel sprouts in my head already!

  • Peter’s Favorite Holiday Cocktail : Cranberry-Tinis

    November 24th, 2011

    Spending as much time on Nantucket as I do, it’s hard not to be a huge fan of cranberries. Interestingly enough, cranberries have been grown on Nantucket since 1857 and were an important part of the island’s economy until just prior to World War II.  The cranberry, named such because its pink blossoms resemble the head of a crane, was first used by Native Americans, who discovered the wild berry’s versatility as a food, fabric dye and healing agent. The tart red berries were first cultivated on Cape Cod in 1816, where wild cranberries seemed to thrive and American farmers needed a consistent crop to plant. You see, cranberries are truly unique in that they can only grow and survive under a very special combination of factors: they require an acid peat soil, an adequate supply of fresh water, lots of sand and a growing season that stretches from April to November.  That growing season must include long months of dormancy when the brutally cold winter months provide an extended chilling period necessary for the fruiting buds to mature.

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    Although we see it on television often enough, cranberries do not grow in water. Instead, they grow on vines in impermeable beds layered with sand, peat, gravel and clay. These beds, commonly known as “bogs,” were originally made by glacial deposits. Cranberries are actually harvested using water as the center of the cranberry fruit is hollow, so they’re shaken off the vine and easily float up for fast collection. Today, cranberries are commercially grown throughout the northern part of the United States and are available in both fresh and processed forms.

    On Nantucket, cranberries are generally harvested from September through November, just in time for the holidays! My absolute favorite kind of cranberry juice is fresh-pressed, not the store-bought concentrated versions. That’s a strong lobby, but once you have fresh-pressed cranberry juice you just can’t go back to concentrate. Sorry, man. It’s like going from fresh squeezed orange juice to Sunny Delight.

    During the holiday season I tend to favor cocktails that take advantage of locally-grown or seasonal ingredients that tell a story, and what better story exists than that of the cranberry?

    Here’s my recipe for a Cranberry-tini.  Enjoy!

    INGREDIENTS

    • Grated zest and juice of 6 oranges
    • 5 cups of fresh cranberries
    • 1/2 cup of sugar
    • 3 cups of chilled vodka
    • Lots of ice
    • 2 cups of sparkling water

    Place the orange zest and juice, as well as 4 cups of the cranberries, the sugar, and 3 3/4 cups water in a food processor or blender, and puree.  Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large pitcher.  Stir in the vodka.  Thread the remaining cranberries on twelve cocktail swizzle sticks, 3 whole cranberries per swizzle.  Fill 12 of your favorite glasses with ice, and divide the cranberry mixture among the glasses, leaving enough room for a splash of sparkling water.  Just before you serve, add the splash of sparkling water and cranberry swizzles.

    MAKE THE CRANBERRY JUICE AHEAD

    The cranberry mixture (sans vodka) can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 3 days. The swizzle sticks can be made 1 day in advance but store them covered with water in the fridge.

    Cheers!

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  • InStyle Magazine : Thanksgiving Dinner with Peter Callahan

    November 22nd, 2011

    Hard to believe it was almost twelve years ago that I was offering my own Turkey Tips to InStyle Magazine’s November 2002 issue!  But when it comes to discussing tradition and signature dishes, the passage of time doesn’t matter at all. We want the same recipes because they’re emotionally relevant to who we are as a family.  Thanksgiving is the one occasion during the year that I allow myself to eat my fill of fabulous food.  No limits! Each bite of stuffing I take transports me back to my childhood when I’d be waiting and watching the turkey through the oven door.  “Is it done?” I’d ask, or, “When are we eating?”  Frankly, not much has changed.  And I’m grateful for that.

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    InStyle November, 2002 Thanksgiving Dinner Peter Callahan

    What’s on the menu?  Pumpkin soup served in a hollowed out pumpkin “tureen”; maple-glazed roast turkey with chestnut-corn stuffing; three-onion mashed potatoes; brussel sprout leaves; baked acorn squash; caramelized pearl onions and peas; and homemade buttermilk biscuits with fennel butter.  First, invite your family and guests to be seated for the first course. The pumpkin tureen is not only seasonally stunning, but something that feels old-fashioned and decidedly “feast.”  Once you have ladled out the pumpkin soup first course, direct guests to a nearby buffet or sideboard where they can sample a wide range of delicious holiday fare.  When it comes to setting the scene, I actually take a page from Colin Cowie’s book of entertaining, in that I bring out all our best china, silver and crystal.  Why not?  It’s a special family occasion that demands our “best” keepsakes and family treasures.   By all means, enjoy your own time with family and friends!  Celebrate the little things, catch up on what’s happening in each other’s lives, and who knows, take a walk or play some ball.  Whatever you do, appreciate each moment.  I know I will.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • Peter Callahan on the Martha Stewart Show talks Mini Hors D’oeuvres

    November 22nd, 2011

  • Food Network Behind the Bash with Giada De Laurentiis – Over the Top Weddings

    November 22nd, 2011

  • People Magazine 2011 : Let’s Celebrate! : Holiday Entertaining with Party Planning Pros

    November 21st, 2011

    How fun to be featured alongside many of my event planning friends in People Magazine’s Holiday Issue, Let’s Celebrate!  We’re all sharing our tips and tricks for making the season bright (and less stressful!)  Take the time to enjoy the weeks leading up to the New Year, I know I will, my daughter will make sure of it!

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  • Tripped Media NYC : Craze Over Itty-Bitty Bites

    November 18th, 2011

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    Great article on Tripped Media about the continuing appreciation for the mini comfort food “craze” that has taken over the culinary world.  When I started doing my whimsical foods in 1995, it really was to “make food fun again” and here we are, how many years later and minis are all the rage from coast to coast.  Read the full article here.

  • House Beautiful : November 2011 : Cookbook

    November 16th, 2011

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    “Honey, I shrunk the canapes!” is the most fabulous line ever! I love it! Can’t say enough wonderful things about Mimi Read at House Beautiful.  Thanks for the feature on my new book, Bite by Bite.  One of my absolute FAVORITE THINGS is in the feature, my Cranberry-tinis with fresh-pressed cranberry juice, simple syrup and plenty of vodka!  The essential holiday cocktail to ensure you entertain your guests in style!

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  • Today Show : Pairing Food and Beverages with Peter Callahan

    November 11th, 2011

  • O Magazine : December 2011 : One Bite Delights

    November 10th, 2011

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    Thrilled, thrilled and more THRILLED to be featured in the December issue of O Magazine! Our “One Bite Delights” are just that – delightfully easy for every at-home chef.  These recipes, as well as others in my new cookbook Bite by Bite, are easy to prepare in your home for the holidays!

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  • Planning the Perfect Menu: Peter’s Cocktail Hour How To Tips & Tricks

    November 9th, 2011

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    I’m asked all the time what the perfect menu is for a cocktail reception.  Specifically, the ratio of passed hors d’oeuvres, hot and cold, to stationary food displays, bars and cocktail presentations.  (and then there’s that whole tapas, mini plate thing which is a whole other story).  But what I can tell you, is that you can never go wrong with having too much!

    Here are some of my pointers and tips on building your cocktail party set list:

      • Plan on a minimum of four to six passed hors d’oeuvres per person, per hour.
      • Offer an equal split of beef, poulty, seafood and vegetarian.  (and don’t forget to offer several that are gluten-free!)
      • Serve a good balance of decadent bites, such as Lobster Rolls, Pheasant Under Glass, Mac & Cheese Canapes; and light savories, such as Vegetable Spring Rolls, Wine & Cheese, Caprese Tea Sandwiches.
      • Balance warm hors d’oeuvres selections with cold ones but keep in mind the season in which you are entertaining.  For instance, in the middle of January more hot hors d’oeuvres are appreciated than cold ones.
      • Make sure to offer passed, pre-poured drinks on trays (which helps alleviate heavy traffic at bars and gets everyone merry as soon as they walk in the door).
      • Set up full-service cocktail bars ahead of time and and make sure they’re well-stocked with appropriate glassware, liquors, mixers, ice and garnishes.  (not to mention a cutting board, knives, shaker, toothpicks, bar towel and cocktail napkins).
      • Display stationary foods in stylish containers to make anything look visually appealing.  Frankly, I’m not a huge fan of most as they can be can be messy and mundane. But some delicious cheeses, a selection of caviar or an updated charcuterie are classics that do no wrong in my book!

    {Mini Burgers + Frites, Photo by Ross Whitaker}

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    November 4th, 2011

  • Kate Spade’s Behind the Curtain : After Wedding Brunch with Peter Callahan

    November 4th, 2011

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  • Customizing is EVERYTHING : Clever DIY Hors D’oeuvres and Beverage Trays

    November 2nd, 2011

     

    When it comes to planning a party, I think every host knows there’s got to be something memorable that your guests walk away with, and I’m not just talking about a favor or swag bag. (although, we all know those can be extremely relevant).  What I’m talking about is the need for customization.  Creating a road map of sorts that brings all the event components back to the theme, brand or concept.  Subtle or outrageous, sometimes it takes just a few key elements to create an ambiance that guests will talk about for years.

    One of my favorite ways to customize an event is also something that can easily be done at home with a little DIY craft time. I like to use real flowers, leaves, herbs or ingredients displayed in a modern fashion.  It’s also great fun to display layered printed images, such as faces, dates, names, initials, words, taglines and brands between the surface of an hors d’oeuvre tray and a clear acrylic insert.  These all make the tray look like it was designed specifically for the event, product, person or brand.  When you place bites of whimsical food in between or on top of those artfully arranged images, it transforms something simple into something amazing.  And nothing is more fabulous than watching guests’ faces light up when they see the detail of the date or the guest of honor’s name as part of the event design.

    {Raspberry Plum Sippers, Photo by Ross Whitaker}

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  • Tory Burch Blog : Spotlight On : Peter Callahan

    October 27th, 2011

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    Our delightful friends at Tory Burch were kind enough to feature me on The Tory Blog.  One of my homestyle favorite combinations too, tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches!

     

  • SimpleSong Lifestyle Blog : Peter Callahan’s New Cookbook Bite by Bite

    October 26th, 2011

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    If you haven’t had the opportunity to stop by the stunning lifestyle blog, SimpleSong, trust me, make a point to!  Elegant styling and fantastic taste appears with some clever tips and yummy recipes!   To see their feature on my new book, as well as more of my favorite Bite by Bite photos, click here. {and then, while you’re there, check out some of the other fun features on SimpleSong!]

  • Halloween at Our Country House

    October 26th, 2011

    I love the contrast between city and country, both balance out well for me. I work in the city and relax at our home in the Pennsylvania countryside.  Around the holidays, my wife, Josephine Sasso, makes sure to jazz up our home in festive ways.  Halloween is a favorite, and with a 10 year old daughter in the house, we bring out the spook decor.  My favorite right now is the black crows as they easily attach to chandeliers, sconces and branches giving an Alfred Hitchcock feel. These were all bought at a local pharmacy. Then bright colored fall foliage brought in from the property’s trees is our other easy trick for festive color.  Happy Halloween everyone!

    {Photos by Melissa Paul}

  • KD Hamptons Luxury Lifestyle Blog : Peter Callahan Bite by Bite Book Launch

    October 24th, 2011

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    The stunning KD Hamptons Lifestyle blog was kind enough to feature my Bite by Bite book launch party with their readers.  If you haven’t checked out this “in-the-know” diary on all things happening in The Hamptons, it’s about time you did!

     

  • New York Daily News : November 2011 : He Said a Mouthful

    October 23rd, 2011

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    Big thanks to Amanda Sidman from the New York Daily News for her cool article in today’s paper!  Click here to see the whole article online.

     

  • Kate Spade’s Behind the Curtain : The Engagement Party with Peter Callahan

    October 21st, 2011

    How tickled was I to be featured in a three part series by the fabulous team at Kate Spade’s Behind the Curtain Blog? Their Weddings Belles (and Whistles) blog series is not only educational to brides-to-be, but the useful taste-making source of fashionable information that all party hosts need at their fingertips!

  • Martha Stewart Weddings : Fall 2011 : Salted Caramel Apples

    October 15th, 2011

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  • Merci New York Blog : Bite by Bite: 100 Stylish Little Plates : October 2011

    October 12th, 2011

    Jacqueline Weppner’s stylish wedding blog Merci New York is lovely from start to finish! It was truly fabulous getting to share the Bite by Bite book launch with all the Merci readers!  Click here to read the whole post and see more photos from the event.

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  • My Bite by Bite Book Launch Party at Darcy Miller’s Sensational Apartment in the Big City

    October 12th, 2011

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    Years in the making and a true labor of love, my first book is FINALLY on bookshelves!

    The book is called Bite by Bite: 100 Stylish Plates You Can Make for Any Party by Clarkson Potter and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with all of you!  My dear friend, Darcy Miller, the Editor of Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, honored me by hosting a book launch party in her New York apartment.  Who else would I invite to this celebration?  All my event industry colleagues and friends who I’ve enjoyed working with over the years, as well as gourmands who appreciate the finer details of food design. (like me, they’re obsessed!)

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    I love this photo of Preston Bailey and I proudly holding our new books!  Preston’s new book “Flowers” is as usual, insanely gorgeous with floral artistry that no one else on the planet can conceptualize or produce.  He’s a genius!  And that lovely lady between us may be petite but she’s a powerhouse of energy!  Thank you Darcy for opening your home and heart.

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    Clearly, one the most popular hors d’oeuvres pairings I’ve created.  The Mini Fish Taco paired with Margaritas in mini Patron bottles.  Stylish conversation starters…

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    Another talented event designer and friend, Matthew Robbins, of Matthew Robbins Design who also has a book coming out soon.  Cannot wait to pour over Matthew Robbins Inspired Weddings!

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    Working in Darcy’s gorgeous kitchen was a pleasure! There was plenty of space for the kitchen crew to plate up all the hors d’oeuvres!

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    Another extremely popular food and drink pairing has been our mini coke bottle sippers (sometimes, those are rum and cokes!) and fried chicken hors d’oeuvres.  Guests LOVE these little whimsical presentations but are equally delighted at how delicious they are! {below, my Pheasant Under Glass}

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    {Below, left to right} Making these little pale pink cotton candy lollipops are much harder than you know, it takes patience and perseverance! (not to mention, self-control!) Our nori cigarettes are elegantly served in sterling silver boxes we had made at the exact measurement.  My version of “Milk + Cookies” are milkshakes with cookie garnishes.  Our mango shrimp lollipops are not only flavorful but easy to enjoy while standing at a cocktail party.

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    Before guests returned to their busy work day schedules, they were invited to sample some of my sweet treats:  caramel lady apples with chocolate ganache centers, cotton candy, mini sugar donuts, tiny s’mores, cherry pies and milkshakes and cookies.

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    Taking my cue from the master of all things sugar, the iconic Sylvia Weinstock, has certainly taught me about ending celebrations on a sweet note. {Sylvia is photographed here with me and my wife, Josephine Sasso.}  Thank you AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN Darcy for hosting this event!

  • Wall Street Journal : November 2011 : Secrets of the Master of the Mini

    October 10th, 2011

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    How exciting! Our incredible “Bite by Bite” book launch party last week made The Wall Street Journal in print as well as online!  Check out the whole article here!

  • The Bride’s Guide : Martha Stewart Weddings : Bite by Bite : Peter Callahan’s First Book!

    October 7th, 2011

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    Words cannot express the gratitude I have for Martha Stewart, Darcy Miller and the entire incredible team of talented creatives that make up Martha Stewart Weddings.  I’ve been tremendously privileged to work with them on countless events and projects over the past 16 years.  But to have my dear friend, Darcy Miller, open her stunning New York apartment up to host my book launch party? Well, that truly leaves me speechless.  Such kind, generous and supportive colleagues are a gift I’m honored to have.  Then, Darcy even took the time to feature the party on her blog, The Bride’s Guide.  Lucky, I am.  Click here to check the post out in full.

  • Camille Styles : Lifestyle Blog : Bite by Bite Cookbook : Peter Callahan

    October 6th, 2011

  • Celebrating the Jewish Holidays with Our Mini Challah Loaves

    September 29th, 2011

    Ah, the Jewish Holidays are upon us again. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It’s the ideal time for us to subtly incorporate our mini challah bread hors d’oeuvres into our party menus.  Yet again, we’re striving for playful interpretations of traditional, and in this case, ceremonial favorites. So rather than making full-sized challah loaves, I make these precious little egg-bread wonders with anywhere from four to eight strands of braided dough.  Although we have many times, we generally don’t sprinkle seeds (such as poppy, sesame, coriander) on our challah but many believe the seeds symbolize the manna that fell from Heaven while the Israelites wandered the desert. Such beautiful symbolism, if not bittersweet. We do; however, add in honey or raisins to the recipe as it, too, can be representative of the sweetness of manna. When it’s time to serve our mini challot loaves, just pop them into a warmed basket or serve them on a cutting board.

    {The recipe for our Mini Challah Loaves can be found in Bite by Bite, page 112}

  • Fresh Out of the Oven! Welcome to Peterspeak, My New Blog!

    September 28th, 2011

    Welcome to Peterspeak, where I share cool thoughts and tips on entertaining, food, catering, family and whatever else comes up on the journey or is on my mind.  Warning! I’ve got lots of opinions, so fasten your seat belts!

  • Oprah Magazine’s Fall Entertaining: Ever Wonder How Chefs Get Their Food to Look So Good?

    September 22nd, 2011

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    Tips and tricks of the trade!  Even flattening thick-cut bacon is important!  Happy to be a part of this mix of talented chefs talking fall entertaining with Oprah.  Click here to see the entire post on Oprah.com.

     

  • The Franklin Report : Peter Callahan Catering

    September 22nd, 2011

    Wow, “a pioneer in pint-sized food and highly regarded in special events catering.”  THANK YOU for the amazing feedback and service review!  To offer your own comments and reviews, feel free to go to The Franklin Report.

     

  • Strictly Weddings Blog : Mini Masterpieces Bite by Bite by Peter Callahan

    September 20th, 2011

    Strictly Weddings is a fabulous blog that curates only the best of the best in the luxury wedding market.  Can’t say thank you enough for being featured on it!

     

  • US Weekly : October 2011 : Buzz-O-Meter : Bite by Bite Cookbook

    September 9th, 2011

    Must say, never in a million years would I have imagined myself on the same page as Snooki. But it was cool to see my first cookbook Bite by Bite hit the Buzz-o-meter!

  • Bon Appetit : Behold the World’s Tiniest and Most Adorable Party Appetizers

    September 6th, 2011

    Bon Appetit’s Book Contect was a rockin’ success! From what I saw, looks like the favored recipe to share was the Caprese Tea Sandwiches shown below.  Light and refreshing (and tremendously stylish) they’re a winner in my book too! (pun intended).  To see the whole feature, recipes and contest comments from readers, click here.

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  • Luxe.Daily Blog : Kitchen Cravings : Bite by Bite Cookbook

    August 25th, 2011

    “It’s no secret that the culinary world has gone completely crazy for cutely prepared amuse-bouche-style portions.”  SO TRUE, and I’m grateful for that!  To check out the full article on Luxe Daily, get recipes from my new book, and to see more photos of this awesome kitchen I was salivating over… click here.

  • Daily Candy : The Weekend Guide : Bite by Bite Cookbook

    August 25th, 2011

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    Oh yeah, let’s party down alright! Love this “Smart hosts know that party food should fit comfortably in one’s palm.”  That’s my entire philosophy.  It’s hard enough to balance a cocktail with your evening bag or smartphone (sad, but true), let alone a small plate and fork.  I keep it simple and straight-forward with one-bite foods you can just pop in your mouth!  No juggling skills required.

  • Plum Hamptons Magazine : Feast 72 : That’s a Mouthful!

    August 11th, 2011

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    Plum Hamptons Summer Feast 72 Peter Callahan Bite by Bite

  • Martha Stewart Weddings

    June 1st, 2011

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    I was truly honored to be asked to cater Dylan Lauren’s incredible bridal shower last Spring.  Of course, as anticipated, candy was the name of the game! Darcy Miller, Editor-in-Chief of Martha Stewart Weddings, designed a super chic candy-themed soiree that Dylan and her friends LOVED to pieces!

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The Recipe Club : Bite by Bite Spring Media Event : Book Launch Celebration!

    May 4th, 2011

    Our friends at the Recipe Club were kind enough to attend my Spring book party and then wrote a fab review of the my first cookbook, Bite by Bite: 100 Stylish Little Plates You Can Make for Any Party.  Can’t say THANK YOU enough!  To read the whole article just click here.

  • The Ritzy Bee Blog : The Martha Stewart Show : Winter Weddings

    January 19th, 2011

    Ritzy Bee Blog Martha Stewart Peter Callahan Mosaic Food Station Weddings Show

    A BIG thank  you to the lovely ladies at The Ritzy Bee Blog for featuring the Winter Weddings Special on The Martha Stewart Show on Hallmark.  When Martha calls, I’m happy to help with anything, particularly when I get to talk food styling!  In this case, Martha asked me to recreate the very cool (if I do say so myself) “mosaic” food station I created for her nephew’s wedding.  Clean and organized, the mosaic allows the food to speak for itself in a stylishly modern fashion.  Thanks to the RB girls for hanging with us in the audience and for chatting it up after the show!

     

  • Today Show Holiday Kitchen : Small Dishes with Big Impact : Peter Callahan

    December 15th, 2010

  • New York Weddings Magazine : Dinner is Served : Winter 2010

    December 11th, 2010

    New York Weddings Magazine Winter 2010 Dinner is Served Peter Callahan Catering

    New York Weddings Magazine showcased seasonal wedding menus, including our Pheasant Two-Ways, Wild Mushroom Toadstools and Butternut-Squash Gnocchi.

     

     

  • VH1, The Fab Life TV Show, Peter Callahan with Kelly Ripa

    November 22nd, 2010

  • Martha Stewart Weddings : The Bride’s Guide : Expert Advice with Peter Callahan

    February 22nd, 2010

  • Today Show Kitchen with Giada De Laurentiis

    November 7th, 2009

  • All The Best Blog : Peter Callahan : Caterer Extraordinaire

    October 2nd, 2009

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  • EXTRA! TV Star Caterer with Peter Callahan

    September 11th, 2008

  • New York Daily News: New York’s Top Wedding Caterer Dishes Out Sage Advice

    July 12th, 2008

    NY Daily News Top Wedding Caterer Peter Callahan

    The New York Daily News had me sharing some tips and tricks on how to plan your wedding, from finding a caterer to designing the perfect menu.  Check out the full article here.

     

  • InStyle Magazine : June 2008 : Summer Party Fun

    June 21st, 2008

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    Summer party ideas always include beachside raw bars, clambakes and cracked lobster!  Fresh blueberry pies and chilled white wine while we watch the sunset… well, that’s the perfect Summer evening in my world!

  • The Knot’s “I Do” Wedding Show

    November 7th, 2007


    Peter Callahan shares his tips and tricks for eye-catching hors d’oeuvres and beverage presentations to The Knot’s ultra-chic wedding show, “I Do!”

  • Martha Stewart Throws a Today Show Wedding at Tiffanys!

    October 5th, 2007

  • InStyle Magazine : Party Guide : Setting the Scene : Summer 2006

    June 22nd, 2006

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  • Today Throws a Martha Stewart Wedding, Specialty Drinks with Peter Callahan and Darcy Miller

    November 1st, 2005

  • Food Arts : Mini Frites by Peter Callahan

    July 5th, 2003

     

  • Martha Stewart Weddings 2003 : Mini Comfort Foods : Cocktail Hour Bites

    June 21st, 2003

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    martha stewart weddings summer 2003 mini comfort foods peter callahan

    Some of my most popular summertime hors d’oeuvres are fresh little bites like maine lobster rolls, turkey club sandwiches and herbed tomato salads.

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