Posts Tagged ‘local produce’

End of the Year Catered Events Earn an A+

Posted by: JC Food on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

The end of each school year is filled with many celebrations, to give students and faculty the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments, while indulging in some of our finest culinary creations.

Even as the year came to a close, our school food experts (aka JC Food Chefs and kitchen staff) were still hard at work. This year, we wanted to give our readers a look at some of the coolest (and most delectable) dishes created by our fabulous chefs and their staff, for some of our best-catered events yet!

For one of our schools, Chef Nancy helped to take an end of the year faculty party to a whole new level, by creating a picnic to include a steam pot filled with fresh clams, muscles, shrimp, and even corn on the cob!


Seafood Steam Pot Creation!

Using local produce, a multi-colored heirloom tomato salad perfectly complimented the steam pot and other fantastic dishes at the picnic!

Fresh Hairloom Tomato Salad Captures a Summer Picnic
Heirloom Tomato Salad

Picnic Spread

Picnic Spread

In late May, one of our senior classes enjoyed a Fresh Fruit Fiesta “cocktail” party! The menu was absolutely amazing, and Chefs Nancy and Enrique put out some of the best appetizers we have ever seen! Ever heard of Fruit Gazpacho Shooters?

Creative Presentation of Our Fruit Gazpacho Shooters
Creative Edible Garnish Adorned our Fruit Gazpacho Shooters!

For this next dish, the chef used a multi-step process to create tostone “cups” (a tostone is a Latin American fried plantain), delicious Watermelon and Feta Tostones!

Plantain Before...
Plantains Before Tostone Process

Finished Tostone Cups with Watermelon and Feta
Finished Tostone Cups with Watermelon and Feta

Check out the detail in these Strawberry Chicken Salad Filo Cups!

A Refreshing Presentation

One school celebrated even after graduation with a post grad reception, where we created bountiful tables, and passed a wide assortment of hors d’oeuvres from brie finger sandwiches to gourmet fruit tarts.

Gourmet Cheese and Crackers, Spanikopita, and Fresh Fruit Made This Display Beautiful and Delicious

Gourmet Cheese and Crackers, Spanakopita, and Fresh Fruit Made this Display Beautiful and Delicious

For each event we do, our chefs always focus on creating satisfying dishes for every palate. A BIG thank you to all those who made these catered events a success!

A Trip to the Greenmarket

Posted by: JC Food on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

This summer, we had the great pleasure of attending GrowNYC’s Wholesale Greenmarket Buyer’s Tour. We rolled into the open-air market outside of the New Fulton Fish Market in Hunts Point, NY at 6:00 am to meet our local farmers and experience the “fruits of their labor.” We were positively giddy over the sight of colorful cases of fresh produce displayed all over the lot. Finally, we have the ability to purchase an array of locally grow items in the quantities we need and in an efficient and reliable manner!

GrowNYC's Wholesale Greenmarket

GrowNYC's Wholesale Greenmarket

As we wandered around the market we chatted with the guys of Glebocki Farms in Goshen, NY. We had visited and purchased from this farm previously and were already familiar with the exquisite quality of their produce. However, it was nice to see them again and be assured that we would be able to easily procure their fragrant herbs, tasty tomatoes and vibrant eggplant again this fall.


We met with Ron Kipps of the Elk Trails Ranch. He told us about his Natural Angus Grass-Fed Beef. We discussed our options of cuts and quantities. Ron is a very interesting and sweet man!


Also notable were the Rottkamp brothers of the aptly named Rottkamp Brothers Farm in Glenn Head, NY. These fine men invited us to taste their freshly harvested corn. We were simply blown away by the sugary sweetness of the raw kernels. Oh man, was that good! We had to purchase a case right then and there. Our families ate the sweet stuff for days!

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The highlight of our visit was meeting and speaking with the great Robert Lewis, co-founder of the Greenmarket and largely responsible for bringing the open-air markets back to NYC. We had an extremely informative and inspiring conversation with him about city planning, infrastructure and the effect that this has had on our city’s food system. Mr. Lewis enthusiastically complimented us on our efforts to bring locally grown produce into schools. What an honor!


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