Events with a Worldly View

Written by Thursday, 19 November 2015
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Indian Spice

Photo Courtesy of Scott Suchman

Different cuisines can transport us around the world in just one bite.. Recenly the Washington Post featured Indian cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey. Her Stir Fried Orange Pumpkin is a great introduction to Indian food that will work well with our traditional fall flavors

  • Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive or peanut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon urad dal
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole mustard seed
  • 1 to 2 dried hot red chili peppers
  • 1 small onion (about 3 ounces), chopped
  • 1 pound peeled and seeded sugar pumpkin or butternut squash, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
  • Preparation
  • Pour the oil into a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the urad dal. As soon as the dal starts to change color, 30 seconds, add the mustard seed and chilies.
  • Once the mustard seed starts to pop and the chilies darken, just a minute or less, add the onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onion just starts to soften, 2 minutes.
  • Add the pumpkin and cook, stirring, until the pumpkin and onion begin to brown, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the water, salt, brown sugar, cumin and black pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low so the liquid is barely bubbling. Cover and cook until the pumpkin is just barely soft enough to pierce easily with a fork, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Taste, and add salt and pepper as needed.
  • Increase the heat to medium-high; cook, stirring frequently, until the remaining water almost evaporates yet the vegetables are still moist.
  • Serve warm.

Tip courtesy of Washington Post

An American in...Italy?

Photo Courtesy of 93 Studio

What better way to increase your world view than with a cocktail!? How about an Italian interpretation of an American cocktail... the Americano!

  • Ingredients
  • 2 shots Campari
  • 2 shots sweet vermouth
  • Club soda
  • Preparation
  • Fill glass with ice cubes.
  • Build with the Campari and vermouth.
  • Top off with club soda.

Tip courtesy of Nine Three Studio

All Aboard

Photo Courtesy of Barry Brecheisen

Feel as if you're traveling the world in this stunning vintage train dining car set up. Billowy draped ceilings, hand-crafted wooden chairs, exotic place settings, and "windows" looking out on moving scenery create the effect of traveling via train, a once-upon-a-time luxurious way to travel.

Tip Courtesy of Biz Bash

Your Whole World in Photos

Photo Courtesy of FotoFwd

Fotofwd collects your social media world in photos and offers on-site printing. Photos from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with your custom hashtag appear for guests to select and print on the spot.

Tip courtesy of Biz Bash


GOURMET EVENTS HAWAII * 808 735 7788 * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | November 12, 2015
Sizzling Shrimp

Photo Courtesy of Dairy Goodness

Food can delight not only the taste buds, but the eyes, nose, and ears. From the still hot sizzle sound when served, to the bright colors of red and green pepper ribbons, with the shrimp firm yet succulent, this dish captivates them all!

    • Ingredients
    • Heat in wok or large skillet over high heat until almost smoking:
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • Add and stir constantly for 3 minutes:
    • 12 large shrimp, peeled, deveined

    • Add and continue cooking until shrimp are cooked through and peppers are slightly charred, about 3 minutes:
    • 1 red bell pepper, seeded, cut into thin strips

  • 1 fresh Anaheim chile, seeded, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 jalapeño chile, cut lengthwise, seeded, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 small onion, cut into thin strips (about 1 cup)
  • Add and stir to combine:
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • Preparation
  • Remove from heat and garnish with:
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Serve hot over Lime-Scented Rice.

Tip courtesy of Epicurious

Mouthwatering Maple

Photo Courtesy of Johan Karlfeldt

Drinks are also something that play to your sense of taste, but can entice more senses as well. This drink smells heavenly and immediately makes the drinker think of fall, thanks to the maple syrup. The maple syrup foam adds a delicate feel to the mouth.

  • Ingredients
  • 3 oz Bourbon
  • 3 healthy dashes Peychaud's bitters
  • Maple Syrup Foam
  • 4 egg whites
  • 6 oz water
  • 4 oz maple syrup
  • 2 oz lemon juice
  • Lace all ingredients into a ISI canister, charge and refrigerate.
  • Preparation
  • Stir bourbon and Peychaud's in a mixing glass.
  • Strain into rocks glass and top with maple syrup foam.
  • Garnish with orange zest.

Tip courtesy of Small Screen Network

Sight Lines

Photo Courtesy of Kent Drake Photography

Sight is the first sense you use when you walk in a room. Draw the eye in using bold stripe on stripe décor that is sure to create a stunning visual effect. Use complementary colors in order to create a bold look.

Tip Courtesy of Biz Bash

"Feelings...nothing more than Feelings"

Photo Courtesy of Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America

What if you could wear your voice on your wrist? At the Oracle Openworld Event, Mosaic and partners, Invisible Light Network, turned voices into wearable art by recording the sound of guest's voices and translated the recording into a visual algorithm. They etched this algorithm into a soft leather banded bracelet that guests could take home.

Photo Courtesy of Karl Chen


Tis the Season for Food and Gratitude

Written by Thursday, 05 November 2015
GOURMET EVENTS HAWAII * 808 735 7788 * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | November 5, 2015
Top Table Tops

Photo Courtesy of Jeannine Marie Photography

Your table is more than where you place your food, it's a statement piece! From the table itself, (rustic farm tables are trending right now), to the choice of decorations, your table sets the tone for dinner before the food even arrives. As Thanksgiving approaches, we like the neutral tones of the evergreen mossy branches pictured above with the deep berry colored candles that compliment the bold red wines. The latest trend in gold flatware pairs perfectly with this elegant wooden table. Full linens are replaced with leather and faux fur place settings, giving this table an earthy feel.

Tip courtesy of Special Events

Easy as Pie

Photo Courtesy of Chelsea Kyle

Pie season is coming! With everything else that needs to be done for a thankful feast, a pie recipe that comes together easily, yet looks like it took hours, is exactly what you need. We like using phyllo dough instead of a hand rolled crust to achieve the effect in the photo.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, divided
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 10 sheets frozen phyllo pastry, thawed (each about 13x18 inches)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 pounds Gala apples, preferably small (about 6)
  • Special equipment:
  • A 9" pie pan (not deep dish), pastry brush, mandolin
  • Preparation
  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Brush pie pan with about 1 Tbsp. butter.
  • Whisk granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  • Place 2 phyllo sheets on a work surface with the long side facing you; keep remaining phyllo covered with plastic wrap. Using pastry brush, lightly brush entire surface with butter, then sprinkle 1 Tbsp. cinnamon sugar on right half of phyllo. Fold left half of both sheets over to enclose sugar.
  • Brush surface lightly with butter. Press folded phyllo, buttered side down, into center and edges of prepared pan, leaving an equal overhang on two opposite sides. Repeat with remaining phyllo sheets, rotating where the overhang lies to create a star-like pattern. Pour lemon juice into a large bowl. Very thinly slice apples crosswise into rounds with mandoline (about 1 mm thick), transferring to lemon juice and tossing gently to coat as you go.
  • Layer apple slices in phyllo-lined pan, overlapping in concentric circles to form a single even layer. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. cinnamon sugar. Repeat with remaining apple slices, sprinkling with 1 Tbsp. cinnamon sugar between each layer and pressing firmly with clean hands to compact. Repeat until pan is full, then sprinkle top with 2 Tbsp. cinnamon sugar (you may have leftover cinnamon sugar depending on the size of your apples; save for another use).
  • Place pie pan on a rimmed baking sheet and tent with 2 pieces of overlapping foil, making sure phyllo crust is fully covered. Bake pie 2 hours.
  • Remove foil and continue to bake until crust is golden brown, 15-20 more minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Using a clean pastry brush, brush juices from the edges of filling over top to create a shiny glaze. Let cool completely (apples will collapse and set as pie cools; this is okay) before serving.
  • (Pie can be made 1 day ahead; store at room temperature.)

Tip courtesy of Epicurious

Cider by the Fire(ball)

Photo Courtesy of Natalie Migliarini

What happens when you take two trends and mix them together? Fireball cider. This mix is even better with the caramel sauce giving this cocktail a caramel apple spin with none of the mess.

  • Ingredients
  • 2 c. Fireball
  • 1/2 c. caramel sauce
  • 3 c. apple cider
  • 1 to 2 bags of ice
  • Cinnamon sticks and apple slices, for garnish
  • Direction
  • Fill each small mason jar with 1.5 oz. Fireball, 1 tbsp. caramel, and 3 oz. apple cider. Top with ice, put lid on mason jar, and shake cocktail.
  • Serve in small mason jars with a cinnamon stick and apple slice.

Tip Courtesy of Delish

The Greater "Social" Good

Photo Courtesy of Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America

This time of year we often think about how we can give back. Community minded companies are now using technology to increase awareness, like Pandora did for their Women In Country event. At the social photo booth during the event, participants were encouraged to share the photo with the hashtag #WomenInCountry. Each hashtag mention garnered a $5 donation to the TJ Martell Foundation. Thinking about the technical side of your next event can also lead to supporting the greater good.

Tip courtesy of Biz Bash


Hand Crafted Events for a Personal Touch

Written by Thursday, 29 October 2015
GOURMET EVENTS HAWAII * 808 735 7788 * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | October 29, 2015
Sushi So Easy

Photo Courtesy of Lisa Lin

Sushi rolling is certainly a hand crafted art form and making sushi for a large event may not seem attainable. However, you can still create the sushi effect with a simple hand roll. We like this Veggie Temaki version for a handy appetizer that can be customized with in season vegetables.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup (180g) uncooked sushi rice
  • 3 TBS sushi seasoning
  • 10 sheets toasted sushi nori (seaweed)
  • ½ English cucumber or 2 Persian cucumbers
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 6 oz (170g) preserved daikon
  • 2 medium fuyu persimmons (optional)
  • 2 small avocados, pitted and sliced
  • furikake for topping (optional)
  • Instructions
  • Cook the sushi rice according to package instructions. When it is done cooking, scoop the cooked rice into a large bowl and let it cool for about 15 minutes. Mix in the sushi seasoning.
  • While the rice is cooking, prepare the vegetables by cutting them into matchstick-size. If you want to add persimmons in the hand rolls, peel the persimmons, and cut it into matchsticks.
  • Cut the nori sheets in half. Place one half of the nori sheet on a board, shiny side down. Spoon some rice onto the nori (about 2 to 3 tablespoons). Spread the rice so that you fill one half of the nori. Top the nori with a few slices of cucumber, red pepper, daikon, and persimmon. Top with one slice of avocado, and shake some furikake on top.
  • Starting with the lower right-hand corner, roll the nori towards the left, until you reach the end. Seal the hand roll with a few grains of rice. Repeat with all the other nori sheets.
  • Serve immediately.

Tip courtesy of Healthy Nibbles and Bits

Crafty Cocktails

Photo Courtesy of Susan Cuadrado

The hand crafted beer has long been a buzzword and is reaching over into cocktails as well. Just like with food, locally sourced and organic liquors are used to create artisanal cocktails that burst with flavor and creativity.Consider what you can make using coconut infused vodka from Island Distillers or Maui Pineapple flavored rum from Haleakala Distillery.

Tip courtesy of Special Events
Hawaiian Infused Liquor courtesy of SF Gate

Handmade Postcards, from your Phone

Photo Courtesy of Michele Laufik

It may seem difficult to turn a tech trend into something with a hand crafted appeal, but recently Coca Cola did just that. Invite your audience to turn Instagram or Tweets with specific hashtags into printed keepsakes such as postcards. Mobile wi-fi enabled printers allow you to use an app to print specific photos.

Tip Courtesy of Biz Bash

Looking Through Glass

Photo Courtesy of Scott Spitzer

This massive stained glass window installation may look handcrafted, but it was actually achieved in a matter of hours using a variety of window clings to mimic the effect. While the many geometric window clings on their own may not appear as elegant, when arranged together on a brightly lit window, the effect is nearly just as stunning, and easier to install than a real stained glass window. Creating a temporary art piece for your space lends a hand-crafted beauty to your event.

Tip courtesy of Biz Bash


Hi-tech gets High Results

Written by Thursday, 22 October 2015
GOURMET EVENTS HAWAII * 808 735 7788 * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | October 22, 2015
3D Tech

Photo Courtesy of Chefjet

What if you could custom design your dessert by using a 3D Printer? A new line of 3D printers by Chefjet allows you to create sugary sweets in intricate geometric shapes not easily replicated by the human hand. The technology would also work well with company logos and products.

Tip courtesy of Digital Trends

Liquid Tech

Photo Courtesy of Shelley Caran

Liquid nitrogen is a hot trend right now, making drinks smoke with mystery and intrigue. In this Mezcal drink, a hibiscus flower is dipped in liquid nitrogen and placed on the top of this tequila based drink, cooling it off and giving it the smoking aura. Hibiscus are safe to eat, so the flower may be consumed as part of the concoction.

Tip courtesy of Biz Journal

Art Tech

Photo Courtesy of Adam Swingler

Staging an event no longer means a large tent and a few colorful lights. The tent, trusses, and surrounding structures can be further enhanced with intricate artwork, custom screens, stunning architecture, pyrotechnics, and more! Guests are greeted with a WOW! before they even enter the event.

Tip Courtesy of Biz Bash

Robo Tech

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Schear

The Robot Revolution made it's way into the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago as a new, fun way to interact with guests. Using a robot is a great way to get a featured guest or speaker in front of the crowd, as they did with this Facetime friendly robot. Other examples have been used with robotics mingling with the crowd to create an interactive attraction that can be funny and informative.

Tip courtesy of Biz Bash


GOURMET EVENTS HAWAII * 808 735 7788 * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | October 15, 2015
Glorious Gloriosas

Photo Courtesy of Rebecca Wood

A stunning pink floral backdrop makes a statement beyond pink ribbons. Here gloriosas and pink floyd roses are elegantly strung from the ceiling, creating a picture perfect backdrop or can be used to create a secret garden style entrance.

Tip courtesy of Biz Bash

A Pink Drink

Photo Courtesy of Tiffanie Ransom

The Pink Ta Ta not only represents the Breast Cancer Awareness color, but has raised money for the American Cancer Society thanks to Tiffanie Ransom.

  • 1 1/2 oz X Rated Fusion Liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine
  • 2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 2 maraschino cherries for garnish

In a mixing tin, combine ingredients with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into chilled martini glasses and garnish with cherries

Tip Courtesy of RedBook

Soup-er Pink

Photo Courtesy of Anya Kassoff

Most pink related recipes lean toward dessert, but a pink themed party can start with the soup. The pink color comes from antioxidant friendly beets and can be served as the soup course, or as part of the main entree alongside a light flavored meat such as white fish or chicken.

  • Pink Soup with Roasted Onions and Broccoli
  • 2-3 small to medium beets - peeled and cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves - minced
  • sea salt
  • 2 small to medium red onions - peeled and quartered or cut into eighths, depending on size
  • grape seed oil
  • 1 head of broccoli - cut into bite-sized florets
  • 2 cans Thai coconut milk
  • pinch of chili powder or a dash of cayenne
  • 1/2 lemon - juiced
  • 1-2 ripe but firm avocados
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • arugula leaves for garnish
  • 1. Add beets to a medium-sized saucepan along with the garlic and a pinch of salt and barely cover with water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer until beets are tender.
  • 2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350F (180 C). Place onions on an oiled baking sheet, lightly brush with oil and roast until golden, for about 20 minutes.
  • 3. While waiting for the beets and onions to cook, bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil and blanch the broccoli for 3 minutes. Immediately transfer into an ice-water bath to stop the cooking.
  • 4. When the beets are tender, add in coconut milk and a pinch of salt, bring to a gentle boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Add in the broccoli, stir to heat it through and then remove from the heat. Squeeze lemon juice over the soup and adjust salt if needed.
  • 5. Cube the avocado. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with roasted onion wedges, avocado cubes and arugula leaves. Serve with sourdough and/or sprouted bread avocado toasts. Enjoy!

Tip courtesy of Golubka Ktichen

Silent No More

Photo Courtesy of Matt Carasella

Make your silent auction not so silent in order to increase bids and awareness. Project the current bid status along with a description of the item to increase anticipation and funds raised. You can still keep the highest bidder "silent" until the big reveal.

Tip courtesy of BizBash


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