Hand Crafted Zinc Cafe Tables


 

We get so many inquiries about our beautiful zinc cafe tables. They were hand-crafted for us by Bastille Metal Works.  We love the warmth the zinc brings to the room rather than steel. We love the little brass nail details and the added depth to the table top. Thank you, thank you Bastille Metal Works!

  

 


Our Party and Event Holiday Menu Suggestions

Los Angeles Event Planners for holidays

Los Angeles Event Planners for holidays



 Ooh the Holidays…

It’s our favorite excuse to throw a party & celebrate. 

From elegantly plated Christmas and Hanukkah dinners, a Holiday Brunch, to a “Cool Yule” Holiday Cocktail Party, we’re excited to cater for you this Holiday season. 



Call us for a quote today, we’d love to chat about your Holiday plans! 

424-500-2125 



Here’s a list of our 2013 Holiday Menu Suggestions - 



Cool Yule Cocktail Party

Passed Hors d’Oeuvres 

Smoky Butternut Squash Soup, Chipotle, Achiote

Fried Butternut Squash Pumpkin Risotto Ball with Cinnamon Swirl, Crushed Pecans 

Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich, Cranberry Walnut Olivada 

Cherry Tomato and Mozzarella Caprese Skewer with Basil and Balsamic Reduction 

Flame Grilled Tri Tip on Crostini with Peperonata 

Curried Chicken in Phyllo Cups 

Smoked Salmon on Crostini with Crème Fraiche and Chives 

Three Mushroom Tapenade with Parmesan and Thyme in Phyllo Cup 

Thyme and Rosemary Scented Root Vegetable Tartlets with Lemon Vinaigrette

Medium Rare Herb Grilled New York Steak, Pumpkin Bread Bruschetta, Fig Chutney

Holiday Spice Marinated Beef Skewer with Gorgonzola Drizzle and Pear Relish

Mini Short Rib Sliders, LA Spice’s Intense Horseradish Sauce

Holiday Spice Crusted Lamb Skewers, Pumpkin-Orange Chutney

Balinese Chicken Satay, Peanut-Hoisin Dipping Sauce

Spiced Ground Turkey Meatballs with Sour Cherry Dipping Sauce

Tuscan Kale-Mascarpone Artichoke Tartlets

Crispy Duck Quesadilla, Cherry-Canella Dipping Sauce, Crema Mexicana

Pacific Salmon Skewer, Cranberry Mustard Drizzle

Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese Shots

Mini Maple Glazed Turkey Sandwiches, Cranberry Ketchup, Lettuce,

Star Anise Poached Pear, Robiola Cheese

Sweet Potato Pancakes, American Sturgeon Caviar, Sour Cream, Chives

Grilled Bourbon Marinated Tiger Shrimp with Pumpkin Curry Sauce



Traditional Hanukkah Dinner

Oven Baked Salmon with Ginger Beurre Blanc

Cabernet Braised Boneless Short Ribs, Onion Gravy, Celery Root Puree

Chive Potato Latkes with Sour Cream and Chunky Apple Sauce

Grilled Green Asparagus with Mint and Toasted Hazelnut Gremolata

Endive and Arugula Salad, Autumn Dried Fruit,

Assorted Caramelized Nuts, Creamy Stilton Dressing

Artisan Rolls, Challah and Sweet Butter

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Almond Macaroons



Additional Hanukkah Dessert Ideas

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes

Green Apple Compote or Creamy Milk Chocolate Sauce

Port Wine Stewed Cherry & Apricot Strudel with Almond Flour, Muscovado Sugar,

Port Wine Sauce and Whipped Cinnamon Cream

  

Sumptuous Holiday Brunch

Corn Flake Crusted and Banana stuffed French Toast

Market Vegetable Scramble, Gruyere Cheese, Charred Scallion

Smoked Salmon Frittata, Crème Fraiche, Fresh Dill

Red Bliss Roasted Potatoes, Sweet Shallots

Thick Slab Nueske Bacon, Brown Sugar, Banyuls Vinegar

Chicken-Apple Sausage

Persimmon and Pomegranate Arugula Salad

LA Spice Signature Orange Cranberry and Rosemary Strawberry Scones

Outrageous Chocolate Brownie Bites

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Warm Winter Gatherings

An Open House Buffet

Boneless Beef Short Ribs Skewers, LA Spice’s Intense Horseradish Sauce,

Pearl Onion, Red Wine Gravy

Fennel Crusted Salmon Skewers, Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Grilled Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese Sandwiches

Applewood Smoked Bacon, Apples and Roasted Red Onions

Sweet Potato and Caramelized Onion Mini Quiche

Tuscan Kale-Mascarpone Artichoke Tartlets

Spiced Potato & Cheese Samosas, Minted Cranberry Dipping Sauce

Barley and Mushroom Salad with Radicchio, Green Peas, Champagne Vinaigrette

Winter Pear Salad, Mixed Greens, Point Reyes Blue Cheese,

Candied Pecans, Roasted Pear Dressing

 

Glorious Christmas Tree Trimming

Open-faced Herb Roasted Turkey Bites, Chipotle Aioli, Cranberry Sauce,

Butter Lettuce on Portuguese Roll

Maple Glazed Ham, Vanilla Scented Kabocha Pumpkin Puree,

Spiked Cider Sauce on Mini Brioche

Mushroom Risotto Balls with Pumpkin Aioli

Toasted Corn Bread topped with Sausage and Maple Pecan Crema

Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Hazelnut Vinaigrette

24 Hour Marinated Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries, and Butternut Squash

Autumn Greens, Warm Root Vegetables, Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Baked Pita Chips with Trio Dip

Roasted Cauliflower and Golden Raisin Dip,

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus,

Basil Pesto and Mascarpone Dip

 

Mini Latkes Station

Delicious Mini Latkes – Made to Order!

Yukon Gold Potato, Sweet Potato, and Winter Root Vegetable

Served with Assorted Toppings

Toppings Include:

Braised Short Rib & Horseradish, Smoked Salmon Tartare, Wild Mushroom Ragout

Ginger-Cranberry-Orange Chutney, Crème Fraiche, Homemade Apple Salsa



Sugar Plum Sweets

Dessert Buffet

LA Spice’s Turtle Cake, Decadent Layers of Chocolate, Caramel and Pecans

Caramel Apple Bread Pudding with Caramel Bourbon Vanilla Sauce

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake Lollipops

Pumpkin Pie Bars with Chantilly Cream

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars with Chantilly Cream

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Grand Marnier Hard Sauce

Rich Chocolate Bread Pudding

Fire Roasted Apple Pear Trifle Shots with Caramel Sauce

Baileys and Cream Shots with White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

Maple Pots de Crème with Almond Praline

Freshly Baked Mini Holiday Cookies

Fresh Gingerbread with Warm Apple Compote and Calvados Whipped Cream

Creamy Gorgonzola Cheese with Oranges and Balsamic Caramel

Manchego Cheese with Quince Paste, Grapes and Slices of Crusty French Bread

Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Mini Oreo Cookies with Red and Green Butter Cream

Mini Cinnamon Apple Tarts with Salted Caramel Sauce

Pumpkin Panna Cotta with Pecan Streusel

Butterscotch Pudding with Maple Crumble

Holiday Catering Los Angeles



Elegant Plated Dinners

Passed Hors d’hoeuvres

Choose Three Appetizers from our Hors d’hoeuvres Menu

First Course

Choose One

Roasted Parsnip-Apple Soup, Bourbon and Pain D’epices Croutons

Curried Kabocha Pumpkin Soup, Garam Masala Scented Cream

Winter Pear Salad, Mixed Greens, Point Reyes Blue Cheese, Candied Pecans, Roasted Pear Dressing

Red and Golden Beet Salad with Orange and Fennel, Anise Vinaigrette

 

Main Course

Choose One

Pan-Seared Angus Beef Filet au Poivre

Yukon Gold Potato-Yam Puree, Sauteed Baby Spinach, Candied Yam

Neiman Ranch Pork Medallions

Cider Braised Red Cabbage, Brandy Glazed Fuji Apples, Pomme Boulangere, Hard Cider Sauce

Maple Glazed Organic Chicken Breast

Riesling Braised Mission Figs, Brioche Pudding, Balsamic-Fig Reduction

Rosemary Crusted Colorado Lamb Chops

Quince-Pear Chutney, Wild Rice Pilaf, Grilled Asparagus

Oven Baked Sea Bass

Cranberry Mustard Sauce, Crispy Shallots, Maple Celery Root Puree

Grilled Pacific Salmon

Cauliflower Puree, Saffron Sauce, Oyster Mushrooms



Dessert Course

Choose One

LA Spice’s Individual Turtle Cake with Layered Chocolate, Caramel and Pecans

Individual Rustic Apple Galette with Salted Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crust



Holiday Cocktail Suggestions

The Elf

Midori, Champagne, Red Sugar Rim on Glass

Holiday Cheer

Champagne, Cranberry Juice, Lime

Champagne Mint

Champagne, Green Crème de Menthe, Green Sugar Rim

Holiday in Spain

Cider Spiked Sangria

Snowdrift Sleigh Ride

Pomegranate and Tequila Cocktail 

White Christmas

Vodka, Amaretto, Heavy Whipping Cream, Nutmeg

“The Grinch” Martini

Vodka, Midori Melon Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup,

Maraschino Cherry for Garnish

“The Rudolph”

Vodka, Orange Curacao, Cinnamon Schnapps, Cranberry Juice

Candy Cane Lane

Vodka, Peppermint Schnapps, White Crème De Cacao, Grenadine,

Half & Half, Soda Water, Candy Cane Garnish

Eggnog Cocktail

Rum, Eggnog, Grated Nutmeg & Cinnamon for Garnish

Gingerbread Martini

Vodka, Kahlúa, Bailey’s Irish Cream

Rebel with a Claus

Calvados Spiced Apple Cider with Vanilla, Cloves and Allspice

Snow Bark

Kahlua, Absolut Vanilla, Hot Chocolate and Whipped Cream

The Peppermint Paddy

 Brandy, Crème De Menthe, Dark Rum, White Hot Chocolate,

Chocolate Whipped Crème and Crushed Peppermint Pieces For Garnish



Call us for a quote today!  

424-500-2125 


Our Corporate Breakfast and Lunch Holiday Menu Suggestions

Holiday Corporate Caterer Los Angeles

Holiday Corporate Caterer Los Angeles



 Show appreciation this Holiday season with a LA Spice Holiday Luncheon.

Whether you’re recognizing employees or clients, Holiday Luncheon from LA Spice is a delicious way to express appreciation for those who have helped bring in another successful year for your company. 

Trust us – we know wonderful things happen when people gather around great food. 

Easy booking with a simple phone call!

424-5002125

Let your work-free, stress-free corporate holiday celebration begin!   

We will deliver your selected scrumptious holiday dinner ready to eat, beautifully packaged in disposable platters and containers, including attractive plastic ware and paper goods. Packages available only M-F, 7:30am-2:30pm. 15 guest minimum. Delivery charge & sales tax will be added.





Here are our Corporate Holiday Suggestions for 2013. 



Southern Style Holiday Luncheon

Cider Glazed Roast Turkey with Mixed-Herb Gravy

Country Mashed Potatoes 

Citrus Cranberry Sauce

Roasted Seasonal Vegetables

Field Green Salad with Dried Cranberries, Oranges& Candied Walnuts

in a Champagne Vinaigrette

Artisan Rolls, Butter

Pumpkin Pie Bars

Outrageous Fudge Brownies



Santa’s Mid-Day Madness 

Herb Roast Turkey Breast, Provolone & Field Greens

on a Baguette with Cranberry Sauce



Honey Glazed Ham on Croissant

with Rosemary Honey Mustard, Lettuce & Tomato



Brisket of Beef on Baguette with Caramelized Onions

& Horseradish Sauce



Grilled Winter Vegetables on Focaccia



Red Potato Salad with Spiced Pecans



Field Greens, Radishes & Cucumbers

in a Champagne Vinaigrette



Freshly Baked Holiday Cookies & Brownies



Add to any menu:



• Traditional Bread Stuffing with Celery, Onions, Apples & Fresh Herbs



• Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes



• Crumb Crusted Ham



• Cabernet Braised Beef Brisket



• Beef Bourguignon



• French Braising Dish with Bacon Lardons & Button Mushrooms



• Penne Pasta with Butternut Squash Sage Parmesan Cream Sauce



Add desserts to any menu:



• Pumpkin Pie (Whole)



• Apple Pie (Whole)



• Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Bites



‘Tis the Season Holiday Buffet



Pomegranate Balsamic Glazed Baked Chicken Breast



Orechiette with Butternut Squash, Sage & Brown Butter



Seasonal Roasted Vegetables



Field Greens with Parmesan, Toasted Almonds &

Creamy Lemon Almond Vinaigrette



Rolls and Butter



Holiday Cookies



Fudge Brownies



Spirited Holiday Brunch



Dulce De Leche Strata (like French Toast on Top)



Brown Butter and Caramel Bread Pudding



Quiche Lorraine



Gruyere, Sweet Maui Onions, and Nueske Bacon



Chicken Apple Sausage



Crispy Bacon



Roasted Breakfast Potatoes



Fresh Fruit Salad with Berries



Cranberry Muffins, Chocolate Muffins & Currant Scones



Beverages



Soft Drinks & Still Waters



Chilled Spiced Cider or Ginger Punch



Holiday Coffee Bar with Festive Condiments



Rich & Creamy Hot Chocolate Bar



Add a Festive Holiday Theme -



We’ll deliver and set up a complete themed party on your tables or in your conference room, including:



Buffet Equipment Buffet Linens Theme Décor



Choose Your Party Theme:



□ White Winter Wonderland



□ Candy Canes & Peppermint



□ Go For Baroque ~ Opulent Red & Gold



An Artful Array of Domestic Cheeses



Wedges & Slices of Sharp Cheddar, Monterey Jack,

Smoked Gouda, Pepper Jack & Gorgonzola.

Garnished with Grapes & Crackers.



Graceful Platters of International Cheeses



Wedges & Slices of Sweet & Creamy Gorgonzola,

Sharp English Cheddar, Artisan Aged Manchego,

Smoked Gouda, Monterey Jack & Herbed Chevre.

Garnished with Grapes, Assorted Dried Fruits,

Toasted Nuts & Imported Crackers.



Cranberry and Orange Glazed Brie

with Peppered Almonds

Served with Toasted Pita Crisps.



Warm Brie with Red & Green Grape Salsa

Served with Crostini.



Smoked Salmon Pinwheel Log

Served with Whipped Cream Cheese, Capers,

Chives and Toasted Pine Nuts.

Served with Bagel Chips & Imported Crackers.

(Serves 50-60)



Shrimp Cocktail Platter

Served with Lemon Slices & Traditional Cocktail Sauce.



Assorted Sushi Platters

Cut Rolls: California, Spicy Tuna, & Cucumber

Nigiri Sushi: Tuna, Salmon & Shrimp



Bruschettas (3 pieces each)

Baguette Slices brushed with Olive Oil

then toasted until crispy.

Served with your choice of (1) Topping:

Tomato Basil Cranberry Walnut Olivada

Kalamata Olive Sun- Dried Tomato



Mediterranean Platter

Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, Artichokes, Marinated

Olives & Flat Bread.



Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip

Served with Toasted Pita Crisps. (Min. 25 Servings)



Chilled Tortellini Salad Platter

With Fresh Cherry Tomatoes,

Sun Dried Tomatoes, Basil & Pine Nuts.



LA Spice Holiday Favorites



Rare Roast Tri-Tip with Gorgonzola

On a Garlic Crouton.



Grilled Sirloin Steak Skewers

With Peach Bourbon Sauce.



Maple Pecan Crunch Chicken Skewers

Spicy Maple Dipping Sauce



Country Ham with Cranberry

in a Mini Buttermilk Biscuit



Toasted Beef Raviolis

With Alfredo or Marinara Sauce.



Toasted Butternut Squash Raviolis

With Sage Cream Sauce.



Mini Beef Sliders

Caramelized onions and Tomato Jam



Maple Glazed Turkey Slider

Cranberry Ketchup



Petite Sandwiches On Artisan Rolls

Hearty little sandwiches that will

fill up your hungry guests



Roast turkey, provolone & maple tarragon mayo

Rare roast beef with bourbon mustard

Shaved ham, Swiss cheese & shallot thyme mayo

Grilled chicken with mango mayo



These bite-sized treats are sold by the dozen. Three dozen minimum per flavor.



 

Poached Salmon Bites

with Citrus Dipping Sauce



Silver Dollar Crab Cakes

with Key Lime Aioli

or Roasted Red Pepper Remoulade



Caramelized Onion Pizza Triangles

With Turkey Sausage & Goat Cheese.



Turkey Cranberry Meatballs



Curried Chicken Salad in Phyllo Cups



Spicy Butternut Squash Empanadas

With Tomatillo Salsa



Call us today to chat about your holiday party. 424-500-2125




What's it like feeding 700 potential astronauts in the Mojave Desert?

Event Planning Los Angeles LA Spice in the Mojave Desert

Yesterday’s event might just change the future in travel.

And we were lucky enough to cater it

The  ”Your Flight DNA” event took place at the Virgin Galactic Hangar at the Mojave Air and Space Port. Richard Branson shared his space travel enterprise with 680 guests, or shall we say, potential future astronauts. 

Guests heard Branson, pilots, and the original visionaries speak about this exciting progress in out-of-this-world travel as they marveled at the Space Ship Two and White Knight Two , the crafts that plan to be the universe’s  first commercial airline. 

We all truly enjoyed our “behind the hangar” experience. 

Of course, inside of the hangar where the event took place was top secret, so we are unable to share that experience with you through photos. However, here are some behind the scenes photos. 

 

Event Planning Los Angeles LA Spice in the Mojave Desert

The Event Location: The Mojave Air and Space Port

Tent Structures for Catering LA Spice Los Angeles

This 2,000 pound cylinder block held our catering tent down amidst the intense desert wind!

Event Planners Los Angeles LA Spice in Mojave Desert

The beautiful Mojave

Event Planners Los Angeles

The Assembly Line!

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Heirloom Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad with Farfalla Pasta, Arugula, Fresh Basil, Balsamic Vinaigrette  
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Salmon with Purple Mustard Sauce with a Summer Vegetable Succotash

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Servers Spencer and Chase showing off their VIP Event Staff Lanyards

Event Planners Los Angeles Virgin Galactic space ship

This guy, Space Ship Two, is responsible for taking guests out of this world!

Corporate Caterers Los Angeles Virgin Galactic aircraft

Space Ship Two


THANK YOU DAILY NEWS READERS!


Thank you Daily News Readers for voting us Best Caterer in  Los Angeles  for the third time! We appreciate it!

To read all of the winners, go to their site at http://www.dailynews.com/


Corporate Lunch Meeting Done Right.




 How does a caterer help a client meet their goals for a corporate lunch meeting? 

 


The key to catering a corporate event is to meet the goals of the corporate client while showcasing the company’s essence and personality.
 
 
As event planners we must find creative solutions in illustrating the client’s message and image.



 We helped an aerospace manufacturing company host a luncheon for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The President and CEO of NAM spoke about creating a positive future for manufacturing in the US. 

 

 



 This event is a perfect example of the corporate process.

 In order to make this luncheon a success, we started with the goals of the client. 

Client’s Goals: 
1. Create connections among guests and their company
2. Highlight the ircompany and manufacturing in America and in general
3.  Gain membership for National Association of Manufacturers
How did we help the client meet these goals?



Goal 1. How did we help create connections among guests and company?
 


Surprisingly, choosing the menu and layout of the lunch was important in fulfilling this goal.
We chose a buffet line so people could continue conversation with others while getting their food. The client did not want any food that was messy to eat order for the guests to easily continue communicating with others, so they chose kebabs, a cut-free entree.  

  

   


We placed the bar at the beginning of the hall at the entrance so people could immediately get a drink when they walked in the door. In order to get to the buffet line and lunchroom, they had to walk down a long hallway. The space between the bar and buffet gave room for the guests to mingle and make connections with one another. 
 
 


Goal 2. How did we highlight the company and manufacturing in America?

Between the bar entrance and lunch room, was a long empty hallway. With the help of the client’s staff, we created an “art gallery”, showcasing the clients’ manufacturing parts, displaying them on pedestals and labeling them with the clients’ catchy titles.  

 
 
 The client framed posters that beautifully depicted manufacturing in action, including vintage aerospace and manufacturing posters.
 


Also displayed were photos of the company’s history, an addition that enables the guests to learn more about the client and manufacturing.

 


Even our table set design embodied the company.
 We represented the blue grey hues of metals in manufacturing with nova slate blue linens and the metallic silver pots holding our floral centerpieces.The purples in the floral arrangements meshed beautifully with the blue linens.


We also showcased manufacturing’s capability with our centerpieces.  

 
    



 
A company welder made dragons out of manufacturing parts for centerpieces to match the “Slay the Dragon” discussion theme. The dragons were an example of manufacturing resourcefulness and showed just how creative the employees in the manufacturing field can be. This was a key component at the event that not only showed the personality of the company, but also connected to the goal of the corporate luncheon: to illustrate manufacturing at its finest.
 

After lunch and the discussion, the event ended with tours where guests were able to view the property and learn more about the company.



Goal 3. How did we help gain membership for NAM?

The layout of the luncheon was key in helping gain membership for NAM. We wanted guests to easily listen and follow the guest speaker.  At the front of the room, we placed a wood podium and wireless mic for the speaker and two LCD monitors to show the speaker’s slideshows and video clipsThis ensured the luncheon’s message was conveyed to both audio and visual learners.


In the planning of a corporate meting, it is an added touch to make sure that no one’s back is facing the speaker. While setting up, we placed all the chairs at the tables to face the speaker, so that guests could comfortably listen and take notes during the presentation. 

 

 

 



Remember, a Los Angeles event planner isn’t someone who just provides food for an event. Caterers work with the client and makes his or her vision a reality. Meeting the goals of the client is key in making a corporate luncheon successful.  

 

 


 

 


A Gluten Free, Sugar Free Baby Shower?


Yes, it is possible!


We catered a baby shower for our cafe manager Chiara last weekend, who is gluten and sugar free.

 

Although it sounds like an impossible trio, having a baby shower with only gluten and sugar free options is possible!

 

We made Chiara a superhero themed watermelon and fruit cake. The only ingredient? Fruit!



We also served owl chocolate cupcakes to align with the baby shower’s owl theme. Gluten free flour was the base, and no refined sugar was in the cupcake or frosting, only agave. Using nuts to create the owl face was a perfect gluten and sugar free addition!


Add some delicious gluten and sugar free small bites, and you’ve got yourself a party.

 

 


Happy National IPA Day!




August 1 is National IPA Day!



What is your take on India Pale Ale beers?




According to the official site for IPA Beer, it’s name does not come from its origin, but rather its history. The first mention of  IPA’s existence was through supplier George Hodgson, who sold his IPA beer primarily to  British troops working for the  East India Trading Company in India in the beginning of the 1800s, hence it’s name.



The beer is golden in color and bitter in taste. IPAs have a high concentration of hops, aiding their bitter (and some say aquired) taste.



Because of its bitter taste,  we recommend pairing the beer with rich, spicy, and meaty flavors, such as  our LA Spice Signature Sandwich, House Ground 8oz All Beef Burger, Open Face Pulled Pork Sandwich, and our Ariba Chilaquiles (if you feel bold enough to have beer with breakfast!).

 

 



So what IPA beers do we offer at LA Spice Cafe?


We serve Clown Shoes Muffin Top IPA, a Beligan Tripel-styled beer, and a Uinta Brewing Hop Notch IPA. Stay tuned for more info on these fantastic beers!

 

 

 

 


Crisp Alert




  This has been a hot topic in the office today:

“What is an easy and delicious something to bring to the 4th of July Party I’m attending tomorrow?” 

 


 We say easy as pie! Or should we say, easy as crisp



 Crisps are simple. 

All you need is some fruit, butter, flour, oats, sugar, and an oven. 

 
And you can even use red and blue berries and serve it with vanilla ice cream to make it patriotic

Executive Chef Joachim and Cafe Manager Chiara from LA Spice Cafe recommend some easy crisps you can make for the 4th, or any time of the year. 

 

Cafe Manager Chiara recommends her grandmother Carolyn’s Crisp Recipe.

“I’ve used this recipe a lot, especially back when my husband and I started dating and we wanted a sugar-free and gluten-free easy and delicious recipe. The sugar can be subbed with honey, agave syrup, stevia, or brown sugar. The oats and flour can be gluten free.  I’ve found that stone fruit, apples, and berries work best. “ 



 Grandma Carolyn’s Crisp Recipe 

 
FILLING:
  • -4 lb fruit (cored, sliced in 1-2″thick chunks) or whole berries
  • -1/2 cup sugar (can sub sugar alternative, like honey, agave, brown sugar, stevia)
  • -1 tsp Cinnamon
  • Optional:  Add 1 tbsp of freshly squeezed orange/lemon juice & 1tsp orange/lemon zest


TOPPING:

  • -1 cup old fashioned oats (can substitute Gluten Free Oats)
  • -1 cup all-purpose flour (can substitute Gluten Free Flour Mix)
  • -1 tsp cinnamon
  • -1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • -1/2 cup brown sugar
  • -2 sticks unsalted butter, diced


DIRECTIONS:
Once fruit has been washed and sliced, put it in a bowl.  Sprinkle fruit with 1/2 cup sugar and mix.  Once mixed, pour fruit into a 9×13 casserole dish.
Mix all dry topping ingredients (not butter) in a bowl.  Then add in the butter and mix until you have large crumbles of dough. Sprinkle the top of the fruit with the crust mix, covering evenly and lightly pad it down.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until crust on top is golden-brown and the fruit is bubbly.  Let it cool for 1 hour.
Best served warm with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream or Vanilla Bean Freshly Whipped Cream and sprinkle each serving with a little powdered sugar.  Enjoy!



Executive Chef Joachim recommends a crisp recipe such as Bon Appetit’s Nectarine-Raspberry Crisp with Spiced-Oatmeal Crumb Topping

“Crisps should be made with two types of fruit, for added color and texture. I like to add something special that combines well with the fruits, such as lavender, or the cardamon used in this recipe. This is a recipe that always impresses. I like to add Raspberry Schnapps, for added color and aroma. “ 

 
Nectarine-Raspberry Crisp with Spiced-Oatmeal Crumb Topping 

FILLING:
  • -2 lb or 5 cups of nectarines (halved, pitted, cut into 3/4-inch-thick slices)
  • -1 1/2-pint container fresh raspberries
  • -1/4 cup sugar
  • -2 tbsp cornstarch


TOPPING:
  • -3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • -3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • -1/4 cup sugar
  • -1/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • -1/4 teaspoon (generous) ground cinnamon
  • -1/4 teaspoon salt
  • -1/8 teaspoon (generous) ground cardamom
  • -6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly


DIRECTIONS:


Mix flour, oats, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and cardamom in medium bowl. Add melted butter and rub in with fingertips until mixture comes together in small clumps. Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 375ºF. Butter 11x7x2-inch glass baking dish. Combine nectarines, raspberries, sugar, and cornstarch in large bowl; toss to blend. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish. Sprinkle topping evenly over fruit. Bake until fruit mixture is bubbling thickly and topping is golden brown, about 50 minutes. Cool 20 minutes
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.


Drop us a line – did these crisps work out for you?

 



Summer Peach Party


 

 It’s that time of year again: stone fruits are in season, and we’re crazy about peaches.   

From their alluring sweet smell, their gorgeous hue, to their candied taste, they are the quintessential summer fruit.   

Their triple-threat qualities are our prime inspiration for a summer party theme.   

 

Summer-inspired, youthful, airy, and feminine, the event is decorated in peach, yellow, rose, and cream. The peaches are the centerpieces in the decor, displayed in baskets, glass bowls, or vases, giving off their appetizing sweet smell. The event takes place outdoors, decorated by summer’s bounty of peach-colored flowers and greenery.


Sample Menu:
 

 LA Spice Cafe‘s special Summertime Peach Sangria

Sugared pureed fresh and luscious white peaches with Riesling, triple sec, peach schnapps, coconut syrup, and fresh vanilla bean  

Peach Caprese

Layered sliced freestone peaches, burrata cheese, prosciutto, and basil drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar   

Grilled Peaches

Halved yellow peaches, served alongside honey grilled salmon or chicken   

Peaches and Cream

Sliced donut peaches and homemade cream, served in a martini glass   


 

 


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