In this insane world of chef-dom (is that a word?), we offer ourselves up whenever we can to those in need of our assistance. Cooking, for me, is more than just showing up and feeding the beast and going home. Cooking, in my mind, is more than just applying heat to food, it's... a lifestyle. Cooking is more like a place or a thing where someone, like myself, can create. I guess it could be thought of as an artists canvas except my canvas is fire, platters, plates, tables; basically, anything that causes a person to pause, look, and salivate.
I wear many hats, for those of you that don't know, and one of those hats is catering chef. My buddy over at Celebrations Catering has me attend all sorts of awesome events. We get to show people our art on our many canvas' in all sorts of cool places. For example, we just did a wedding on the tarmac at the Nashua Airport. The bride and groom, Sandy Adams and Len Cushing, both met at the airport and both have been pilots for many years so it was a fitting setting.
The menu consisted of the use of three huge 8 foot char-grills with nothing but the best natural wood charcoal used. Grilled skirt steak, barbecue chicken breast and their famous St. Louis style ribs were fired, marked and glazed with this amazing house-made barbecue sauce. I can't seem to crack the code of this amazing sauce matrix, but I guess I'll just have to ask for a "sample" next time I'm there!
This wedding reception was for 500 people, this is what 250 seats looks like (well, as many as I could squeeze into my cell-phone-camera).
The other 250!?
Smoky, marked and glazed with that SAUCE!
Yup, you know you want some of these!?
The bride arrived in a private jet, the groom in a hot rod, how romantic!
After a tearful toast, a few loving speeches full of great wishes, and salutes to five World War 2 Veterans (yes 5!!), the noshing began. Two buffets with all the picnic grub you could ever want. Of course, the smell of charcoal in the air will make anyone hungry!
The rest of the menu included the necessary sides to make this event complete; southwestern pasta salad, rolls and a million mini desserts just to name a few.