Sample Menus

Food talks. Take a peak at some of our clients’ favorite menus. Most are complete menus, built to the season. Everything we do is custom so if you don’t see what you’re looking for, don’t be shy. Just ask us.



Spring Market Supper

Beet Chips with Yogurt Cumin Dip
Pan-roast Halibut with Garlic Scape Parsley Pesto
Farro with Asparagus, Peas and Leeks
Rhubarb Fool

It’s Greek to Me

Roasted Beets with Skordalia
Lemon Herb Chicken
Rice with Feta and Spinach
Mrs. Mandros’ Braised Green Beans
Honey Walnut Phyllo Cigars

Mother’s Day

Cucumber, Mint and Basil Cocktails
Mini Crab Cakes with EZ Hollandaise
Asparagus Frittata
Lima Bean and Radish Rice Salad with Ginger and Cilantro
Strawberry Mango Ricotta Parfait with Macadamia Crunch



Grilled Pizza Party

Peach and Prosciutto Pizza
Potato Pesto Pizza
Breakfast Pizza
Shaved Asparagus Pizza with Truffle Oil
Mixed Mushroom Pizza with Fontina and Taleggio

Father’s Day

Grilled Clams with Lotsa Spicy Butta
Just Like the Argentinians Stuffed Flank Steak
Summer Corn & Rice
S’more Pie

Mezze from the Mediterranean Grill

Smoked Eggplant Dip
Sliders with Feta and Tzatziki
Grilled Shrimp, Fennel and Tomato Potato Salad
Mixed Grilled Beets with Orange Hazelnut Gremolata
Amaretto Grilled Apricots with Almond Praline

Summer Dinner Party

Grilled Peach Salad with Bacon Vidalia Viniagrette
Whole Fish Baked in Salt
Tomato Potato Gratin
Chocolate Hazelnut Apricot Panini

Indian Summer Celebration

Tuna Apple Tartare
Pan Roasted Pork Chops with Olives and Fennel
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Eggplant with Figs and Pomegranate Molasses
Catalan Spinach
Saffron Cardamom Panna Cotta with Pistachio Shortbread



Soups & Stews

Turkey Soup with Porcini Dumplings
Hungarian Goulash
Cauliflower Cheddar Soup with Mustard Croutons
Basque Leek, Pumpkin and Cod Chowder

Game Day

Pumpkin Goat Cheese Dip
Sausage-stuffed Baguettes
Lentil Salad with Sour Cherries, Bacon and Gorgonzola
Brussel Sprout Slaw
Espresso Brownies

Asian Fusion Bar Food

Pork Pretzel Dumplings with Tahini Mustard Sauce
Bacon Caramel Corn
Chinese BBQ Ribs
Sesame Noodles
Asian Slaw with Mangoes
Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Floats



Holiday Appetizers in a Flash

Party Nuts
Onion Cheese Puffs
Chorizo-stuffed Dates with Spiced Tomato Sauce
Potted Shrimp
Bleu Cheese Fig Shortbread
Oranges with Spiced Honey Syrup and Pomegranates


Buttered Prawns with Tomato, Garlic and Pernod
Crispy Potatoes with Smoked Paprika Salt
Grilled Peppers with Goat Cheese and Marcona Almonds
Marinated Olives
Raspberry Gratin

Homemade Holiday Gifts

Coconut Curry Caramel Corn
Earl Grey Truffles
Herb Olive Oil Crackers
Smoked Paprika Ginger Salt
Slow-cooker Bacon Onion Jam



Lazy Winter Brunch

Chilled Orange Slices with Spiced Caramel Syrup and Nut Brittle
Egg-white Spinach Souffle with Brown Butter Tomatoes
Sweet Potato Hash with Turkey Sausage
Oat Baby Cakes

Caribbean Fiesta

Rum Punch
Coconut Shrimp
Bananas stuffed with Curried Beef
Rice and Peas
Avocado Salad
Pineapple Fritters with Rum Sauce

Couples Cooking

Handmade Pasta with Wild Mushroom Sauce
Seared Rib-Eye Steaks with Rosemary Oil and Arugula
Velvet Mashed Potatoes
Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding with Salted Bourbon Caramel Sauce



Family Cooking: Taco Night

Seared Steak
Grilled Chicken
Salsa, Toppings & Condiments
Homemade Corn Tortillas
Drumsticks (you know, ice cream cones coated in chocolate shell with fun stuff stuck on top)

Family Cooking: Hand Pies

Sausage and Broccoli Rolls
Cinnamon Apple Crescents
Homemade Nutella Pop Tarts



Handmade Pasta

Warmer months:
Pea and Ricotta Tortelloni with Lima Beans
Tagliatelle with Bacon, Corn, Cherry Tomatoes and Arugula
Garganelli alla Norma (Rolled Pasta with Eggplant, Tomatoes and Ricotta Salata)
Green Malfati with Oven Dried Tomatoes, Basil and Black Pepper Mascarpone

It’s No Gnocchi

Cooler months:
Potato Gnocchi with Sausage and Kale
Whole Wheat Ricotta Gnocchi with Tomato Broth
Baked Roman Gnocchi with Butter and Cheese
Spinach Gnocchi with Prosciutto and Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

All About Fish

Seared Shrimp Bruschetta with Grapefruit and Avocado
Mexican Braised Fish
Whole Fish Baked in Salt Crust
Salmon with Sweet and Sour Onions
Sole Meuniere with Swiss Chard


Now that we got you drooling, keep in mind all of our menus are custom and begin with a live conversation with you to meet your needs and desires.

To begin planning your custom Essen Cooking Party, be in touch at or 717.391.8270.