Standing Walrus

Hors d'Oeuvres

As a Personal Chef, I prefer to plan a party around your likes and dislikes. So, if you have a theme for your party, or would like a theme for the food, please let me know. If there are certain types of foods that you really like or dislike, let me know that too. Give me some time to think about it, then we'll get together to plan the best party ever.

As an example:

For a "Final Four Party" you could do Tailgating Foods. Hors d'Oeuvres like Chicken Wings, Mini Pulled Pork Sandwiches, along with a few kicked up Hors d'Oeuvres.

For a "Patriotic Picnic" Kicked up Hamburger Sliders, with different unique toppings, like Hawaiian Burgers, or my Serrano Burgers. Pulled Pork and Root Beer, BBQ Chicken, plus a bunch of sides to go with it all. And maybe a Red, White, and Blueberry Dessert.

Of course any major, and sometimes minor holidays can be a great excuse to have a party. And any menu can easily converted to fit into that great day.

I quite often come up with a new ideas for a lot of the Cocktail Parties I cook for, and can turn almost any main course into an appetizer.

My current "Most Requested" Hors d'Oeuvres are:

Tuna on Watermelon
Lightly seared Ahi Tuna on Watermelon with a little "dot" of Wasabi.

Bacon Wrapped Waterchestnuts
The flavor of bacon around the crunch of the waterchestnut. Add a little blacken and sugar to the outside, and you've got it all.

Mahi, Lettuce and Tomato on small, soft dinner rolls. A little blacken and a homemade tarter sauce is the finishing touch.

Shrimp Shooters
Cajun Shrimp placed on a Mango / Rum Salsa, Roasted Corn Salsa, or Pineapple Salsa, served in Asian Soup Spoons.

The following suggestions are in no way a limitation of the foods that I can prepare. I've put this list together to help you start thinking about different types of foods that you would like served at your party.

Cold Hors d'Oeuvres

Smoked Salmon Crostini
Smoked Salmon on Boursin Cheese. Topped with Lox, and minced Sweet Onion With Lemon juice drizzled over all.

Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella
Fresh Tomato and a slice of Fresh Basil Topped with a piece of Buffalo Mozzarella

Roasted Red Pepper / Basil
Roasted Red Pepper with a slice of Fresh Basil on Top

Black Olive Tapenade / Boursin Cheese
Finely minced Olives with Herbs and a hint of Lemon. Spread over Boursin Cheese

Roasted Garlic Cheese Crostini
A Roasted Garlic Cream Cheese spread on Crostini Topped with Parmesan Cheese and Toasted Pine Nuts

Pepper Stacks
Roasted Red Peppers on Toasted Pumpernickel Rounds. With Boursin Cheese and Slivered Almonds

Red Pepper Crostini
Crostini spread with Boursin Cheese, Roasted Red Pepper, And topped with a Basil Leaf

Dried Apricots with Cheese and Pistachio Nuts
Apricot marinated in Brandy, then topped with Boursin Cheese and. chopped Pistachios

Brie with Fruit Relish
Classic Brie topped with a red, sweet fruit relish

Beef Tenderloin
Crusty bread rounds with a beef tenderloin strip and a Horseradish / Cream Sauce.

Smoked Clams or Oysters
Smoked Clam or Oyster Mousse topped with Minced Sweet Onions and Drizzled with Lemon Juice

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon
Cantaloupe or Honey Dew cut in bite sized pieces and wrapped with Proscuitto

Prosciutto Wrapped Heart of Palm

Served with a Raspberry Vinaigrette
Apple / Stilton Crostini
Crostini topped with a spread of Blue Cheese, Chopped Apples, and Pecans

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
Stuffed with your choice of Boursin, Blue Cheese, Crab, or Smoked Salmon Mousse

Hot, Hors d'Oeuvres

Bacon Wrapped Smoked Almond stuffed Dates
The smokey flavor of the almonds shines through

Italian Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
A Sausage / Bread Stuffing with a Crunchy Parmesan Topping

Mini Beef Wellington
The Classic Main Course made Bite Sized

Italian Meatballs.
Italian style meatballs, in a Chunky Marinara Sauce

Meatballs in Gravy
A mixture of Beef and Pork make the Meatballs Exceptional. Served in a Rich Beef Gravy (sauce)

German Style Meatballs
Our signature Meatballs. Served in a German Style Gingersnap Gravy

Mini Sage Chicken Roulades
Chicken Breast Stuffed with a Sage Bread Stuffing and Served with a Sage Cream Sauce

Mini Italian Chicken Roulades
Chicken Breast Stuffed with Red Pepper, Sausage, and Mozzarella Cheese. Served in a Rich Marinara Sauce

Mini Beef Roulades
German Style, with pickles and carrots. Served with a Gingersnap Gravy, Bread Stuffing and a Rich Brown Gravy
Italian Pizzaiola Style, in a Rich Marinara Sauce

Stuffed Potatoes
A bite sized version stuffed with Sour Cream, Chives, Cheddar Cheese Topped with Bacon

Greek for "Spinach Pie" Served in Phyllo Shells or Phyllo Triangles

Italian Sausage Chunks
Served with Marinara Sauce, or
Served with Italian Style Peppers and Onions

Beef Tenderloin
Rare Filets, Thinly Sliced, Dipped in Garlic Butter and Placed on Baguette Slices

Mojito Marinated Pork Tenderloin
Served in Asian Soup Spoons with a Mojito / Pineapple Salsa

Maple Brined, Chicken Tenders
With your choice of Dipping Sauces:
Honey / Mustard
Hot or Sweet Barbecue Sauce
Spicy Cajon Remoulade

Chicken Wings
With Your Choice of Sauces

Mahi Mahi, Quesadillas
or Stuffed with Smoky Chicken, or Crab and Shrimp

Go to the Recipe for Shrimp Shooters

Shrimp Shooters

Smoked Salmon Crostini, Picture

Smoked Salmon Crostini

Go to the Recipe for the M.L.T.

The M.L.T.

Mahi, Lettuce, and Tomato
with Homemade Tarter Sauce

Go to the Recipe for Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Served in 2 oz. glass, as an Hors d'Oeuvre

Salsas, Dips, and Sides

Salsa Fresca
A Fresh Salsa, Hot or Not.

Corn / Mango Salsa
A Colorful Variation on the Standard Salsa, with Gosling's Black Seal Rum

Lobster / Fruit Salsa
Lobster Sautéed Seasoned with Butt Kickin' Blacken then Sauté'ed in Butter.

Chunky Blue Cheese Dip
Lots of Blue Cheese in this Creamy Dip

Pink Dip
The Capn’s version of a Russian style Horseradish Dip

Smoked Clam, Oyster, or Salmon Dip
Better than Average, with Lots of Flavor

Charleston Seafood Dip
3 Cheeses and Lots of Shrimp and Crab make this a Crowd Pleaser

4 Cheese, Baked Mac and Cheese
5 Cheese in this one makes for a Rich and Creamy Texture. And it can easily be made into an Hors d'Oeuvres

Bacon Onion Dip
T his Classic version is Kicked Up with Bacon, and A Dusting of Butt Kickin’ Blacken

Spicy Pecans
Sweet and Spicy, Bet you can't eat just one

Candied Citrus Peels
Another Addictive, Bite Sized Morsel

Seafood, Hot / Cold

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Bacon Wrapped Bay Scallops

Crab Stuffed Cucumbers

Shrimp Shooters
Cooked, Blackened Shrimp with Pineapple / Mango Salsa Served in Asian Soup Spoons

Shrimp Pops
With Spicy Cajon Remoulade

Smoked Salmon Wrapped Melon
Cantaloupe or Honey Dew Wrapped in Smoked Salmon (Lox)

Seafood Suffed Mushrooms
Rich with the taste of Shrimp, Crab, and 3 Cheeses

Crab Cakes
Stuffed full of Lump Crab Meat and Served with a Cajon Style Remoulade Sauce

Dragon Shrimp with Sweet and Sour Sauce
When deep-fried, the jumbo shrimp rolled in chopped nuts look like small dragons.