Affordable Excellence



Delicious Dishes

 Private chef & Catering





760.904.8050




                                                                          Dinner menu            
  
                                                                                                                               **   Ask about our custom menus:
                                                                                                                                               Breakfast/brunch
                                                                                                                                               Lunch
                                                                                                                                              South of the border
                                                                                                                                             Northern or southern Italian
                                                                                                                                              French provencial
                                                                                                                                              California nouvelle 
                                                                                                                                              Lighter fare/heart healthy
                                                                                                                                              Paleo , gluten free ,vegetarian & vegan
                                            


                                                                           Menu options

                   
                                                          Starters


     
Mediterranean

 Tuscan style bruschettas, seasoned house made crostini 

Scampi shrimp skewers, lemon ,white wine, butter & grape tomato

Pesto filled Carmelita tomatoes w/ fresh mozzarella

 Prosciutto &  summer melon wedges or  Comice pears for winter

Miniature Caprese skewers (mozzarella, heirloom tomato, basil,  house made dressing )

Stuffed mushrooms with lump blue crab & cheddar cheese Miniature  wild mushroom and boursin cheese tarts

Fig, medjool date & olive tapanade, fresh baguette slices, chevre' cheese

Miniature southern style crab cakes, spicy Cajun remoulade

Watermelon, marscapone & wild arugula towers



                    Asian

Lettuce wraps , choice of beef, chicken, pork , water chestnuts, bean sprouts, Cantonese sauces for spooning

Chicken & vegetable Asian pot stickers, red Thai curry & gzoya dipping sauces

Grilled chicken sates marinated Cantonese style, dipping sauce

Ginger, sesame, garlic & lime jumbo shrimp skewers

Grilled beef sates infused with lemon grass, plum wine, rice vinegar ,Szechuan  dipping sauce
 

   

            Stationary starters

Apricot & pineapple stuffed brie, baked in puff pastry , water cracker selection,  berries
 
Authentic Swiss  fondue
   Emmentaler & Gruyere' cheeses , Kirsch, white wine, served with crusty  French bread, cornichons

Imported & domestic cheese selection, berries, grapes, water cracker selection
 
Italian antipasti presentation      (counts as 2 selections)   
  Sliced imported Genoa peppered salami , marinated mushrooms , artichokes & hearts of palm,
 exotic olive selection, roasted peppers, artisan imported cheeses, water cracker selection & berries

Crudites of fresh vegetable  with spinach, artichoke & sour cream dip
     Broccoli , cherry tomato, carrot, celery, bell pepper, jicama
 
 New Zealand mussels (market availability)
 Moules marinière French style , shallot, bay leaf, thyme, Chablis wine,parsley, thyme & butter
 

                                   Salads

 
   Harvest salad
 Baby field greens, heirloom tomato, radish, Japanese cucumber   Scallions, cranberry, Gorgonzola cheese, champagne vinaigrette

    Greek salad
 Baby spinach, iceberg lettuce, kalamata olives, tomato, red onion, roasted red pepper, Feta cheese, fresh oregano & lemon vinaigrette
 
   Caprese salad tower
 Fresh mozzarella, basil, vine ripe tomato, honey balsamic vinaigrette
       
   Iceberg  wedge salad
Served with chopped tomato, English cucumber, green onion, bacon bits,blue cheese, choice of dressing 

Traditional Caesar salad
Romaine lettuce, house made dressing, croutons, Parmesan, cracked pepper

Romaine wedge salad
Served with chopped tomato, English cucumber, green onion, bacon bits,blue cheese, choice of dressing

 
                                                        
                                                                       Entrees




                   Poultry 


Cornish game hen
Glazed with wild cherry ,citrus & cardomon

 Chicken Marsala
  Sauteed breast, wild mushrooms, herbs, Marsala wine sauce
   
Chicken Florentine
   Served on a bed of sauteed baby spinach, fresh lemon zest, chardonnay , lemon & butter sauce
    
 Chicken Parmesan
 Breaded scallopini  , fresh herbs, broiled with  fresh mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, pomodoro sauce, angel hair pasta
   
 Stuffed chicken breast
  With fresh mozzarella , sun dried tomato, herbs,roasted peppers served  with a Chablis wine reduction
    
 Chicken Piccata
  Sauteed  with garlic, lemon, white wine and capers

Chicken Saltimbocca
Traditional Italian style , sauteed with prosciutto, fresh sage & white wine , butter sauce

Duckling a l'orange
Classical French presentation


                 Beef                         


Marinated & grilled beef shish- kebab
 Cherry tomato,button mushroom, bell peppers, red onion, tangy romesco glaze

New York sirloin or Ribeye steaks
12 0z, grilled to temperature, served with whole caramelized shallots

Tri-tip of beef    ( buffet/carving station only)
Layered with kosher salt crust, seared & cooked  slowly, sliced to order and served with Merlot reduction

Beef Wellington
 Tenderloin of beef , baked in a puff pastry,pate de foie gras
 
Beef stroganoff
Tenderloin of beef ,pearl onion,mushroom simmered in cognac & sour cream reduction

Surf & turf
Filet Mignon (or) Prime Rib of beef & Nova Scotia lobster tail

    
 
   From the sea                (We do not prepare any farm raised seafood)


 Atlantic halibut
Provencal, a melange of sweet onion, plum tomato, white wine, fresh herbs, roasted garlic & sherry vinegar
 
Marinated & grilled seafood brochettes
 Shrimp, swordfish, scallops,  cherry tomato,button mushroom, bell peppers, red onion

 Alaskan wild salmon
 Pan seared and served with a soy, ginger & tangerine glaze

Ahi tuna
Sashimi grade seared to desired temperature, cracked pepper or sesame seed crust,  wasabi , soy and pickled ginger
    
 Atlantic swordfish steak
Served with Caribbean salsa of mango, papaya, kiwi,sweet pepper, cilantro, lime and wild honey
    
Mahi Mahi
Macadamia & cashew encrusted , pan seared & served with a creamy mango,citrus & pineapple nape'

Filet of sole
Classic French meuniere preparation

 Shrimp Scampi.
Roasted garlic, lemon zest, Italian parsley, thyme, Chablis wine & butter

Nova Scotia lobster tail  (market price)
Butterfly fashion, removed from the shell,drawn butter, lemon

Live Maine lobster (market price)
Steamed or baked / stuffed

Lobster Newberg  
Traditional recipe...lobster meat, poached in butter, simmered in a cognac, sherry, paprika & cream sauce.
Served in a pastry shell 


Exotic & misc.       (some items below may be additionally market- priced)


Rack of Lamb
 8 bone spring lamb rack, herbed breadcrumb crust, rosemary & Cabernet sauce

Lamb shanks
Slow roasted in fresh tomato, rosemary, garlic & herbs, serve over rissoto

Roasted Pork tenderloin
Glazed with maple syrup, nutmeg & orange blossom honey  served with a juicy plum, Jazz apple & almond compote







Vegetarian suggestions



Grilled portebello tower
Portebello mushroom, grilled zucchini, ,asparagus,  heirloom tomato, yellow squash, aged Gouda cheese, tomato & tarragon coulis

Pasta primavera
Broccoli & cauliflower florets, julienne carrot, pearl onion, plum tomato,penne rigate & choice of sauce

Braised bell pepper
Stuffed with curry infused Israeli cous cous, mignonette of vegetables, fresh herbs,oven roasted sauce al fresco

Thai vegetable stir fry
Wild Asian mushroom medley, red cabbage, celery, green onion, lemon grass, pepper, basil, bok choy,  & water chestnuts

Vegetarian authentic lasagna (four guests or more)
 Spinach or four cheese
 

                          Sides

 
  Oven roasted red potatoes with fresh rosemary & garlic

 Mashed potatoes  - ( home style roasted garlic, wasabi, pesto )

Jasmine rice timbale

Gratin dauphinoise  (French potatoes au gratin)

 Baked potato, sour cream, bacon, chives & butter

Israeli pearled cous cous steamed in a chicken stock, cardomon, curry

 Buttered (or) candied yams

Egg noodles or choice of buttered pasta
 
    
      
 Glazed baby carrots with honey &, brown sugar

 Steamed (or)  grilled asparagus, truffled sea salt & lemon butter

 Broccoli with cheddar cheese sauce

 Green beans with candied pecans

 Medley of  grilled vegetables, & tossed in a balsamic glaze

Poached and sauteed Brussels sprouts, pancetta bacon
 
Sugar snap peas, sauteed with shallot compound butter
 
 
 
                         Desserts
 
 Giovanni's signature bananas foster
Served flambe' over vanilla bean gelato

Strawberry shortcake with sponge or angel food cake
Infused with Myers lemon zest & crystallized ginger

Chocolate  hand dipped jumbo strawberries
 Dark, milk & white chocolate custom platters

 Tropical mango, papaya, kiwi & fresh berry compote
 Served over sponge or angel food cake, whipped cream & candied ginger
 
Following involve a $100.00 labor fee...

  Triple chocolate divinity cake
Devil's food cake, dark chocolate mousse center, milk chocolate mousse covering
              
Creme brulee'
Vanilla bean baked custard, raspberries with a thin crisp caramel top

White chocolate & macadamia cheesecake
Customized flavors available

Mousse au chocolate
Milk, dark or Belgium white




    Freelance Gourmet catering
             760. 904.8050
     
  www.chefgiops.com