Variations Catering


Read through the list and notice which flavors stand out to you .

Create your menu or just note what makes your mouth water

and we can work on the combinations together.  

 Dinner Selections:         Chicken Flavors and Sauces

Tuscan Chicken with Garlic, Parmesan, olive oil and herbs
Honey Thyme Chicken
Mango Glazed Chicken with sweet onion Confit
Chicken Roulades with Ricotta Cheese and Pesto Cream Sauce
Chicken Piccata, Lemon and Caper Sauce with white wine Chicken Chardonnay, light      slightly tart sauce with rice pilaf
Coconut Curry Sauce over chicken and Jasmine rice (Deconstructed Curry)
Chicken Alfredo with Fettuccine Noodles
Chipotle Pepper Sauce and Chicken (just a little bit of heat) 

Cranberry, Walnut and Apple Compote over Chicken with Brown or White Rice
Ginger Lemon Chicken served over rice (Oriental Fusion)

Teriyaki Chicken over Yellow Jasmine rice
Chicken Parmesan with Provolone Cheese served over Pasta
Raspberry and Rosemary Glazed Chicken with Rice Pilaf
Creamy Basil Pesto Chicken over rice or pasta
Lime and Thyme Roasted Chicken with Caramelized Onions
Sante Fe Chicken Breast with Vegetable Rice
Orange and Ginger Glazed Chicken
Almond Chicken Breast with Sherry Cream Sauce
Chicken Marsala has Mushrooms and is served with Pasta
Chicken Fried Boneless Chicken with cream Gravy

Variations   Dinner Selections for Beef

Garlic and Herb Crusted Hip of Beef
Carved Baron of Beef, a bone in classic*
Beef Tips in rich beef and Merlot Gravy
Prime Rib Au jus*

Cowboy Denver Broil topped with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms
Slow Roasted Sliced Beef (Salt Crusted on request)
Steak Sanitaria, sliced in Red wine and tomato sauce with onions and peppers
Smoked Beef Brisket
Beef Tips in Burgundy Tomato Sauce
Yankee Pot Roast, True American Favorite with Potatoes and Carrots
Cracked Pepper Rubbed Slow Roasted Round of Beef with Aujus
Breaded Beef Cutlets with Gravy or Cheese Sauce
Sliced Beef in Brown Gravy a familiar standard
Slow moist Baked Beef Brisket BBQ Seasoned
Beef Stroganoff
Classic Beef Stew with Potatoes, Carrots, Mushrooms and Onions
Chicken Fried Steak served with Buttermilk Pepper Gravy
London broil with Mushrooms and sliced
Beef Fajitas with Fajita bar
American traditional Meat Loaf and Gravy
Sliced Beef in BBQ Sauce

 Variations Catering   Dinner Selections, Pork

Port Wine Glazed Pork Roast
Honey Roasted with Thyme and Sage Rubbed Pork
Crushed Black Pepper Rubbed Pork Roast
Dressed Roasted Pork with Sage stuffing
Red Onion Marmalade over Pork Slices
Cilantro Lime Cream Sauce over Pork slices
Montreal Rubbed Pork Loin
Chipotle Rubbed pork Roast
Garlic and Ginger Sauced Pork
Pulled Smoked Pork Roast
Sliced Roast Pork with Dressing
Breaded Pork Chops
Stuffed Pork Chops with Apple Dressing
Ginger Lemon Pork Lion
Pork Roast North West with apple cream sauce
Sante Fe Green Chili Pulled Pork
Baked Ham, sliced with Cherries Jubilee
Hawaiian Baked Ham with Pineapple Glaze
St. Louis Style Ribs with Tangy Barbeque
Green Curry Rubbed Pork over Jasmine Rice
Green Chili Sauce over Roasted Pork

 Variations Catering
Meatless Dishes and Pasta Dishes and combinations

Vegetables, Pasta with Sun Dried tomatoes and Goat Cheese
Herbed Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce
Penne Pasta with Marinara Sauce
Fettuccine Alfredo
Bow Tie Pasta with Marsala Butter Herb Sauce+
Ali Olio, pasta with garlic and olive oil and Vegetables
Pasta Primavera with vegetables and red sauce
Red and White primavera with both Marinara and Alfredo Sauce
Manicotti with 4 cheese filling and Marinara Sauce
Vegetarian Lasagna filled with cheese and vegetables
Eggplant Lasagna with 4 cheese filling
Egg Plant Parmesan
Red Pepper Cream Sauce over Noodles
Creamy Pesto Alfredo
Pesto cream Sauce over Pasta
Vegetable Pot Pie
Vegetable and rice au Gratin, Cheese Crusted
Lasagna Traditional (with layer of meat) and layer of cheese
Cut Pasta with Little Meat Balls
Hand Rolled Manicotti with Bolognese tender meat sauce
Lasagna Luciano Sicilian Style (lots of sausage) Lasagna

Turkey Dinner ideas

Turkey Marsala with Mushrooms
Baked Turkey Breast Traditional Style
Turkey Divan Bake with Noodles and Ham
Turkey and Dressing  Montreal Rubbed Turkey Roast
Black Peppered Turkey Roast, crusted in spices with pepper
Traditional Turkey Dinner with all the fixings

Salmon and other fish meals

Salmon Filet with Lemon Dill over pasta
Chipotle Rubbed Salmon
Salmon Strudels filled with Salmon and Vegetables
Seafood Strudels, shrimp, fish, Vegetables in flaky pastry
Grilled Salmon with Ginger sauce
Baked Salmon with Fresh Rosemary and lemon
Creole Linguine with Andouille Sausage and Seafood
Almond crusted Trout or Tilapia
Italian Spice crusted Salmon with lemon wine sauce
Boneless Trout with toasted Almonds*
Grilled Crusted Trout*
Stuffed Trout with Lemon Sauce*
Shrimp on a stick with choice of sauces*
Garlic Shrimp Scampi*
Crab Cakes with Romulade or Cocktail Sauces*

Sausage and Ethic specialties

Jambalaya with Andoullie Sausage and Chicken
Creole Linguine with Andoullie Sausage
Grilled Italian Sausage with Onions and Peppers
Beer Baked Bratwurst with onions
Bratwurst over Brazed red Cabbage
Italian Sausage in Tomato Sauce with Pasta
Mixed Sausage Grill
Cuban Roast sour Orange Pork

Arroz Con Pollo Cuban Style

Thai Green, Pineapple Curry

Indian Butter Chicken

Greek Stuffed PorK Roast

Soulvakia Stuffed Pita

 Burritos with your favorite fillings

Fajita Bar

Taco Bar 

Enchalidas or any thing else Mexican you desire 

Stuffed Chicken Breasts or Pork Roulades

with the following dressings
  Apple and Sage Dressing
  Fresh Herb and Seasoned Crouton Filling
  Artichoke and Feta with Sundried Tomatoes
  Ginger Rice and Vegetable filling
  Ricotta and Parmesan filled
  Artichoke and Ricotta and Bacon
  Wild Rice Pilaf and Apricot Dressing


Starch selections

Traditional Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Smashed Potatoes with Garlic and herbs
Rosemary Roasted Potato wedges
Wrapped Baked Potatoes with Butter and Sour Cream

Baked Potato Bar
Twice Baked Potato Casserole
Scalloped Potatoes
Potatoes Romanoff
Garlic Infused Mashed Potatoes
Orange Touched Sweet Potato Slices
Scalloped Sweet Potatoes
Pecan Crusted Sweet Potato Casserole
Herb Roasted Red Potatoes

Vegetable and Rice Pilaf
Buttered Parsed Baby Reds
Sliced Polenta with Mushrooms
Wild and White Rice Pilaf
Herb Infused Mashed Potatoes
Yam and Mashed potatoes Swill
Baked Cheddar and pasta
Traditional Macaroni and Cheese
Sour Cream and Chives Mashed with Bacon Bits
Apricot and Brandy Sweet Potatoes
Maple Scalloped Yams
Fruited Mixed Rice Pilaf

 Dessert Options

            Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce
            Fruited Bread Pudding with Custard
            Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake
            Kahlua Cream Chocolate Profiteroles
            Pineapple Rum Cake
            Lemonade Cake
            Almond Brandy Cake
            Strawberry Filled Sponge Cake with whipt Topping
            Chocolate Cold fudge  cake with whipt  topping
            Toasted almond with Mocha cream cake
            Raspberry Napoleon Squares
            Apple Strudel
            Chocolate coconut and Walnut filled Coffee cake
            Cinnamon Apple Coffee cake
            Lemon and Lime Bars
            Chocolate Mint Torte 
            Chocolate Crust Key Lime Pie
            Individual Cream Puffs filled with custard and Chocolate Iced
            Individual Apple Dumplings
            Amaretto Cream Puffs with Mocha Icing
            Carrot Cranberry Cake with cream cheese Icing
            Double Chocolate and Raspberry Drizzled Brownies
            Cherry or Raspberry Cheese Cake Squares
            Amaretto or Chocolate Marble Cheese Cake
            Apple Oatmeal Spice Cake
            Carrot Pineapple Cake
            Chocolate Cake to Live For
            Napoleon with custard
            Chocolate éclairs with Almond Cream
            Orange crème Cream Puffs
            Cookie Assortment
            Apple Cranberry Pie Square
            Dutch apple Pie or Traditional Apple Pie
            Marble Cake, Chocolate Icing
            Fruit of the Forest Pie
            Key Lime Cheese Cake
            Italian Cassata Rum Cake

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SALMON FILET Baked whole and ready for flaking
            Topped with lemon and Dill
            Spiced with Chili and Lime
            Marinated with rosemary and Garlic
SLICED STEAK      Marinated with onion and garlic then rubbed with fresh ground black pepper. Served room temperature, thinly sliced on a platter and served with creamy horse radish and sliced baguettes.

Baked Brie Wheels
            Brie Encroute with Toasted Almonds and Raspberry
            Seasoned Fig and Walnut Filling in pastry wrapped Baked Brie
            Brie Encroute with Maple Syrup crusted Walnuts
Basil Pesto layered in the crust over Brie
            Rosemary and Garlic tapenade over warm Brie

MEATBALLS and WARM MEATS all served in a chaffing dish
           Bite sized meatballs and Italian sausage slices in Red Sauce
           Swedish Meatballs in Brown Sauce and Sour Cream
           Beef Tips in Bourgioun Sauce
           Cranberry Sauced Turkey Bites

             Pork Bites in Spicy Green Chili Sauce

            Chicken Satay with Thai Peanut dipping sauce

            Cajun Sausage, Served hot in spicy honey mustard sauce

            Italian Sausage Slices with onions and peppers

            Glazed and Browned Polish Sausage Slices

            Andoullie Cajun Spicy Sausage in honey mustard sauce

VEGGIES meatless options to please everyone
            * denotes served warm

           Char Grilled Marinated Vegetables         
            Antipasto Rustico – Italian Style veggie and cheese tray
            *Bruchehetta with fresh tomato basil relish
            Goat cheese and Basil Pesto on Crostini
            Fresh Vegetable Crudités Tray with choice of dipping flavor
            Capriccio Salad with Sliced Tomato and Balsamic Vinaigrette
            Skewers of Fruit and Goat Cheese
            Portobello Mushroom Sauté          with Marsala wine glaze
             Gingered Green Beans with pickled Asian Ginger
            Roasted Garlic and Olive Tapenade with toasted Crostini
            Veggie Boats, Zucchini boats filled with seasoned cream cheese
            Zucchini Boats with Tabouli or Herbed Quinoa salad
Tabouli Salad with mini pita slices
Flavored Humus with vegetables to dip with
Red Pepper Pesto cream cheese filled mini wraps slices
*Mushroom Cap Sauté with white wine and rosemary
*Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip with sliced baguettes
* Brie Quesadillas with rosemary Chipotle sauce 
           Roasted Red Pepper dip and Harvest Vegetable Crudités
           Mini Quiche slices with herbs and veggies

            Rosemary  and Goat Cheese Baked Puffs
            Gougeres-Savory Parmesan Cheese Bites
            Cheddar Chicken Filo Rolls
            Spanokopita Feta and spinach Greek pastry
            Spicy Cheddar Puff Pastry Twists
            Maple Ham and Scallion Biscuits
            Mini Crab Cakes with Spicy Aioli
            *Artichoke Cakes served cocktail sauce (like crab cakes)
                        *Cilantro Artichoke Cakes with Pico de gallo
                        *Artichoke and Olive Cakes with tomato relish
           *Classic Quiches cocktail size, with ham and onion
            *Chicken and Mushrooms in Puff Pastry Pockets
            Savory Sausage filled Pastry Turnovers
            *Savory Pastry Turnovers filled with spicy ham, shrimp or chicken
            *Pizza Rustico with your favorite toppings cut in small pieces
            *Tuscan Pizza small Slices with red roasted pepper and olives
            Turkey Waldorf Éclairs Light delicate shells, filled with Turkey salad
            Feta and Spinach Triangles flaky filo give these many layers
            Mini Meat Stuffed Calzones with Italian Sausage
            Veggie Stuffed Calzones with red dipping sauce
            Mini Apple Walnut Muffins
            Alaskan Bear Claws            salmon and cream cheese filled pastry
            Sun Dried Tomato and Olive Foccia Bread slices
            Herbed Foccia bread with olive oil
            Phyllo Cheddar Cheese Triangles   Crisp bite sized snacks
            Spinach + Olive Bread baguettes spiral sliced  
            Feta and Nut Bread Spirals
Salmon Pinwheels Delicately dill flavored pastry pin wheels
Salad Bites, small sized cream puff shells filled with egg salad
Beef and Spinach Bread baguettes sliced into pinwheels
            Curried Chicken Profiteroles
            Chicken Quesadillas with Pico De Gallo
            Cheese Quesadillas with peach salsa or Roasted red Pepper Dip
            Chipotle Goat Cheese Quesadillas with Salsa


            Trout Salad on Croissanti
            Cracked Shrimp Bowl         Crack and peel Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce
            Puff Pastry Purses filled with savory crab
            Salmon and Dill Bear Claws  
            Seafood and Vegetable Strudle slices
            Crab Salad Filled Cream Puffs    
            Curried Seafood and Apple filled small Cream Puffs      
            Maryland Style Crab Cakes           with Cocktail Sauce
            Salmon Salad filled Zucchini Boats


            Ricotta Cheese Torta, pimento and parmesan flavors
            Torta Basilica, basil, spinach and roasted red pepper layers
            Cheddar Green Chili Savory Cheesecake, with Salsa topping

            Sliced Cheese Wedges and Crackers
            Domestic and Imported Cheese Display garnished with grapes
            Cheese and Sausage Kabobs, Toothpick sized kabobs
            Capriccio Salad with Sliced Tomato and Balsamic Vinaigrette
            Goat Cheese with Fig dressing on Cracker
            Goat Cheese and Olive Scones    
            Feta and Nut Spirals    
            Feta Cheese and Olives and Pita Wedges
            Cheese and Sausage Tray with crackers

 Egg rolls with peanut sauce
Thai Spring Rolls with Sweet Chili Sauce
Miniature Egg Rolls with Sweet and Sour Sauce
Vietnamese fresh spring rolls make it up tray
Chicken Sate with Peanut Sauce
California Rolls with Wasabi and Ginger

Flaming Flautas       Slices of rolled soft flour tacos filled with jalapeno cream cheese
Tex Mex Mini Muffins Tiny corn muffins with peppers and cheese
Traditional Seven Layer Dip          Mexican Style with Tortilla Chips
Green Chilies and Cheddar Wrap Slices   mild or spicy hot
Pepper jack cheese and chicken Quesadilla with Guacamole
Empanaditas with beef and chili
Cilantro Chicken and cheese filled pastry

STUFFED MUSHROOMS  mushroom caps baked with butter and wine
            Italian sausage filling
            Cream cheese and bacon bits
            Hot and spicy veggie filling
            Couscous and mint filling
            Crabmeat and cream cheese
            Apple and Sausage savory filling
            Feta and Spinach

Menus we have done before

   Grazing Party

Carving Table choose Two all with the usual condiments
Hip of beef
Peppered Turkey
Pulled Pork
Turkey , brie and cranberry wraps
Pastrami sliders
Spicy pulled pork
Green Chile new Mexican pulled pork
Baguettes filled with egg salad and some with Turkey salad and sliced into small 1 i  inch pieces

Dessert Table choose 3
Bundt Cakes in various flavors
Pumpkin Squares with granola style crust
Rain bow cookies with Raspberry filling
Chocolate mousse in small cups
Cheese Cake selection with 3 varieties (full cake)
Cheese cake cups small pieces in paper cups
Cream Puffs mini size with Frangelico cream
Blueberry mini Turnovers
Raspberry and orange slice trifle

New suggestions for appetizers

Caramelized Onion Galette (rustic Tart)
Savory cheese cakes are the new rage
Parmesan Cheese cake with a Pecan and whole wheat crust
Mushroom Walnut and Thyme Cheese cake
Red pimento and pesto Cheese Cake
Goat Cheese and Jalapeno Jelly topped savory herb cake

Dips and Things
Dried Tomato and white bean dip served a little chunky with pita slices
Hot Artichoke and Banana pepper dip
Mediterranean Artichoke Dip
Zucchini Crab Cakes
Puff pastry individual pieces
Asiago and Turkey pinwheels
Cheese and onion marmalade tarts
Sun dried tomato Palmiers (Savory Pastry Hearts)
Mediterranean Palmiers  spinach and fets cheese
Trout and cream cheese filled Purses 

Favorites with a new twist
Honey Herb Salmon Filet
Lemon and Parsley Sauced Salmon Fillet
Vodka and Lime Sauced Salmon Fillet
Roasted Red Pepper wrapped Salmon

Cranberry Orange Relish on Baked brie served with sliced apples
Apple and Cinnamon Topped Baked Brie
Mango Peach Chutney Baked Brie

Lightly Blanched Green Beans with lemon Humus
Grilled vegetables with light marinade
Sun Dial Antipasto Olives in the center with Jamaica, zucchini , celery , peppers and carrots radiating out, slightly marinated.
Mini Quiches
Caramelized onion and Spinach Cheese Fritta
Goat Cheese and Cranberry Cups
Green Chili and Roasted Red Pepper studded Quiche slice

A Banquet Idea
 A presentation of one dinner entre, the guests will be served buffet style. I was thinking of a stuffed pocket of chicken with a creamy wine sauce, or may  be a Cornish game hen, there are many ways to stuff a chicken… here are a few……

 All meals are served with vegetable and bread or rolls appropriate to the selection.

Chicken Florentine
 Stuffed chicken with spinach, Romano and a touch of nutmeg.
Lightly breaded and baked. Seasoned potato wedges would go well.

Chicken with Walnuts in Plum sauce
A touch of oriental flavor with sesame oil and ginger over rice.

Poulet a la Crème
Chicken with mushroom, celery and pimento, and cream sauce

Sante Fe Dressed with chilies and black beans and corn dressing, over spicy rice with fresh peach salsa

Greek dill and feta with ricotta cheese filling chicken with a light lemon sauce.

Cornish Game Hens with Apricot Glaze and over a vegetable rice pilaf with toasted almonds

Rosemary and garlic infused Cornish game hens

Ricotta Stuffed Chicken in Marinara sauce over Linguine Pasta with a touch of parmesan

Artichoke Red Pimento and spinach stuffed herb chicken in a Marsala wine and cream  sauce


  Displayed in Baskets
             Tortilla Shells    in various sizes and flavors
            Taco shell    hard crispy style
In Chaffing Dishes for warmth
Thin sliced Chicken
Sautéed Beef
Sautéed Vegetables (onion, peppers, zucchini, mushrooms)
New Mexican Seasoned Rice
Spicy Bean Bake a variety of beans and spices
Green Pork Chili

Decorative Bowls of topping ingredients
            Diced Tomatoes Salad with fresh Cilantro
            Shredded Lettuce and Romaine and Cabbage
            Diced onions
            Shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack
            Sour cream
            Sliced Jalapeño

Basket of Tortilla Chips and 2 Salsa flavors                                                                                                                                                                                            
Pre Meal Appetizers choose 2
Fresh Sliced Fruit including Melons and Pineapple
Guacamole and Blue and Traditional Corn Chips
Fresh Vegetables and spicy  ranch dip                                                      

 Beverages served in Punch Bowl with sugar plates to rim your glass
 Fruited De Caffeinated Iced Tea Sangria Style
Limeade (NA Margaritas) lime wedges                                                                                                                      
 additional items  prices per choice

 Other options
            pico de gallo
            fresh salsa
            chili Verde
            red chili
            layered dips


Sante fe Salad     corn , green beans,  black beans, onions,  peppers,  chilies
            and other great flavors in a crispy, spicy salad

Traditional greens salad,  bowls of  tomatoes, cukes, shredded red cabbage
                        Italian and Ranch dressing in crocks

Pasta Salad  Tri colored Pasta,  garbanzo, pepperchini, tomato, pimento
                        fresh basil, bell pepper, zucchini 

Chunky Potato and Veggie Salad,  Cut corn, Green Beans, Pimento
                        broccoli, kidney beans

Ambrosia    Coconut, pineapple, rice, pecans, sour cream, marshmallows,                                                 mandarin oranges, cherries

Fresh Cut Fruit Tray    Seasonal melons sliced

Frog Eye Pasta Salad     Lime Flavored

Dessert   Priced per choice
            Cake     Carrot or Chocolate or sheets of each
            Cheese Cakes or Turnovers
            Brownies, Spice Squares
            Apple Pie Square
            Bread Pudding

 Fall Flavors  Appetizer party 
Included: Clear plastic plates, metal flatware, napkins, 
Buffet Table covers, serving chaffers and utensils,  2 staff personal  

Slicing Table includes: 
Hand Sliced Boneless Roasted Turkey (gluten free) 
                                       Sage Roasted Pork Loin (gluten free) 

Assorted small dinner roll and slider rolls (white and wheat) 
Toppings such as Cranberry Sauce, Dijon Mustard, Red Onion Marmalade, 
 Mayo, Horseradish sauce, lettuce and tomato 
Appetizer Table including: 
Baked Brie in pastry shell topped with Cranberry and Almond (veg) 
Pepper Crusted Salmon Filet (gluten free) 
Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad (veg) 
Domestic Cheese Tray with Focaccia slices (Veg) 
Vegetable crudities with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce (veg +Gluten Free) 
Traditional Mac and Cheese (with an adult twist) 

Sweets Table including: 
Pumpkin Cookies 
Double Chocolate Brownies 
Cinnamon Apple Cake 

An additional Idea 
Baked Potato Bar with all the fun toppings, bacon, shred cheese, sour cream 
          chives, diced onions, garlic butter 

Slicing Table as described above 
Grilled Seasonal Vegetables 
Cheese Platter 
Vegetable crudities with dipping sauce 

Sweet Table 
Pumpkin Cookies 
Double Chocolate Brownies 
Cinnamon Apple Cake 

Feel comfortable to mix and match ideas from the following menus or from these desert ideas: 

Carrot Cake Bites 
Zucchini Bread Slices  
Cinnamon Chocolate Bites 
Chocolate Chip Cookies 
Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies