Eco Caters, Los Angeles Catering Division, took the drive to El Monte for this Not Just Another Cancer Fundraiser.
Your Los Angeles Catering Division of Eco Caters was contacted to by the funds coordinator to put together a menu with stationary hors d’oeuvres and dinner buffet for some 200 people invited to raise funds for Cancer Research. The keynote speaker from MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Lorenzo Cohen, gave a presentation that was both informative and shocking. The stats made my eye brows rise and my heart go sad. They called this Not Just Another Cancer Fundraiser for a few reasons. One being it was fun! They had the room decorated with lots of color and great prizes. There were raffles, music and of course great food. If you would like to read more about the Fund and its’ event, please go to http://notjustanothercancerfundraiser.org/index.html.
On to the eats! Your Los Angeles Caterer started light with the Hummus Trio, Tabouli, Olives Salad and grilled pita. I will say it again just incase you have not read my other blogs: Eco Caters makes its’ own Hummus’, Tabouli and Olive Salad. There are no store bought containers in this kitchen! Along with these treats was Homemade Roasted Tomato Salsa with tortilla chips. After guests were done snacking they danced a little and sat down for a short presentation from the organizers. Meanwhile, your Los Angeles Catering crew was setting up the dinner buffet.
Let me get into the venue for a moment. The venue location was The Center at Founder’s Village which is a great location for an event in this area. They have a full commercial kitchen that is key when you are on a tight budget. I mentioned this event was for 200 people, a band, dance floor, and a presentation stage with a projection screen. So you can imagine how big the banquet room is. HUGE!
Ok! Now we will get into the menu that your Los Angeles Caterers prepared and served. We started with The Farmer’s Market Salad and added pumpkin seeds with our homemade Herb Citrus Vinaigrette. Next down the line was Jasmine Rice, followed by Braised Beef Brisket with Tomato and Garlic – mouth watering. Some of the guests asked our Los Angeles Caterer (who were serving each person as they went through the buffet) to put their Orange Chicken with Green Pepper and Onion right on top of their Jasmine Rice – not a bad idea! The final item was Grilled Farmer’s Market Vegetables. After hearing the presentation everyone got a second helping of the vegetables.
Dessert! Yes, they had it, even at an event such as this. But, they were smart about it. The host asked your Los Angeles Caterers to make her desserts with Agave instead of sugar, which we gladly did.