Tag: summer

Research & Development in Southern Arizona: Tucson Travelogue

Research & Development in Southern Arizona: Tucson Travelogue

Every now and then it is time to get out of town and visit a place historically known for iconic food, art and hospitality. It keeps our creative juices flowing and lets us take measure with others in our field, a way to set our […]

Wedding Album – A West County Garden in June

Wedding Album – A West County Garden in June

Here at BLC, we feel lucky to have the opportunity to cook for clients on their wedding day.  The enthusiasm & excitement of the wedding planning process is infectious & it inspires us to create menus that are as unique & multi-faceted as the couples involved. We want to share some of our most favorite, recent shots from a private Sebastopol home & garden; a unique June wedding in Sonoma County.

Thank you to Megan Clouse Photography for sharing these beautiful photos. http://www.meganclouse.com/

Cheers
Welcome To The Gorgeous Garden; A Selection of Local, Organic Composed Salads & Vegetables
Let’s Take A Look At The Menu
Almond Wood-fired Paella
Late Night Snack Attack

Thank you to Megan Clouse Photography for sharing these beautiful photos. http://www.meganclouse.com/

Summer To-go Menu

Summer To-go Menu

Our Bay Laurel Kitchen menu offers locally sourced, seasonal meals to-go for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Team meetings, family gatherings, wine country picnics? We’ve got you covered. Our BLK menu is the perfect fit if you don’t need a fully staffed event, don’t have the […]

Marin Farmers Market in July – Snapshots of What’s Happening

Marin Farmers Market in July – Snapshots of What’s Happening

It’s all happening Thursday mornings in Marin…

Camp Like a Chef

Camp Like a Chef

The end of June is usually screaming hot in wine country; with temps this year reaching 107+ inland just last week…

Heat like that means it’s time to figure out how to get away and cool down on the coast.
The redwoods, the fern canyons, the foggy beach; this is what we dream about. Losing the phones, setting up a tent, lighting a campfire and chilling out with some good, simple snacks and a bottle of bubbles makes a 2-day sneak-away feel like a 2-week vacation this time of year.

But just because we want to get back to nature for a couple of moon-rises doesn’t mean we want to skimp and eat garbage out of a bag or processed deli food from whatever local market has just been bought out by Safeway. It also doesn’t mean we want to overwork ourselves and spend time doing too much prep or dishes in camp because that’s not why we do this…

The following recipe is a gold standard when we need a nosh in nature. It’s so easy I’m gonna just show you the pictures with only the tiniest bit of explaining. Follow this as loosely as you like. Follow this to a T. It’s not rocket science. Its delicious with bubbles. You can cook like a camp chef too. You got this.

Grilled Cheesy Toasts with Mushrooms & Bacon
Mug of HomeMade Tomato Soup on the Side
Jar of HomeMade Salsa on the Side of That

Just a few good ingredients like killer smoked bacon, crimini mushrooms, scallions, seeded baguette and Iron Horse (it’s in our blood).

Bacon

Fry that Bacon over the fire or on a camp stove, it doesn’t really matter. What does really matter is an excellent cast iron skillet.

Mushrooms

Criminis work great for this but if you gotta forage be my guest.

Bacon, Mushrooms & Scallions

Put the big three together and you’re half way there.

Cheese with Salsa & Lime

Get your cheese ready. Obviously you can use what you like. This is melty magic with mozzarella and swiss.

Tomato Soup

Do yourself a favor and bring an awesome homemade tomato soup with you. I freeze mine for an extra cool ice chest. While you are at it, make some killer salsa (don’t freeze that).

Grilled Bread with Cheese

Grill that bread on a grill pan for ease. Use bacon grease if you dare. Olive oil if you don’t.

Grilled Bread with Cheese, Bacon, Mushrooms & Scallions

Top that grilled cheese tartine with the goods and your done.

 

Grilled Mushroom & Bacon Cheesy Bread with the Works Plus Tomato Soup in a Mug

You’re welcome…

Paella

Paella

Ever since we spent that long weekend in Barcelona 5 years ago we have been offering certain clients the chance to experience paella at Bay Laurel Culinary events. We make ours over a real fire using a combination of mesquite charcoal and organic almond wood. […]

Dinner for Adele

Dinner for Adele

This time of year we get really busy and a lot of great things happen around the BLC&K compound that do not get broadcast to the outside world. Although we are constantly looking forward to our next event I thought it would be slightly amiss […]

The Wanda & the Psychedelic Spyglass

The Wanda & the Psychedelic Spyglass

A couple times a year (usually in summer) we get asked to cater a cruise or two around the bay (usually at sunset). The last time we went out it was on the Wanda, a 90 foot yacht commissioned to be built in 1922 for C.D.Stimson, a Lumber Baron in the Pacific Northwest. It is told that he needed transport for his commute from Seattle to Sacramento by way of the Delta. One can only imagine that he and his guests saw a hundred times what we only glimpsed for an evening (and from the galley to boot). She is a beautiful vessel and we thought it would be cool to give you a little tour of her here. We can call it “A Look Through the Chef’s Psychedelic Spyglass”…

Ropes Course
Ropes Course
Looking Back
Looking Back
Rest Your Bones Beside the Fire
Rest Your Bones Beside the Fire
Care for a Drink?
Care for a Drink?
The Galley
The Galley
Maybe a Little Something After Dinner
Maybe a Little Something After Dinner
Just in Case
Just in Case
Million Dollar Bash
Million Dollar Bash
Dock of the Bay
Dock of the Bay

With Special Thanks to Elsie Green & Captain Andrew

Vineyards!

Vineyards!

We work in them, play in them, get drink from them and marvel at their beauty! Here is a look at some of our favorite local vineyards…