Article courtesy of Maureen Heck, Coconut XOXO
I received so many compliments on the food at my mom's birthday at La Nebbia winery that I had to share my strategy and menu. My mom is very heath-minded and I wanted the food to parallel her lifestyle (think Paleo) . Also, everything needed to be do-ahead and self-serve since I didn't have a caterer or waitstaff. Check out this Pinterest board to see lots of other fantastic ideas that didn't get used. Here is the menu and keep scrolling for details and recipe links...
- Watermelon Gazpacho
- Shrimp Ceviche
- Thai Peanut Slaw
- Tropical Chicken Salad With Mint
- French Potato Salad
- Flourless Chocolate "Cupcakes"
- Mini Cheesecakes With Raspberry Lime Sauce **not gluten free**
One of the first things I pinned was this Tangled Thai salad which spoke to me because they use a spiralizer to make carrot and beet "noodles" which is something my mom uses in her kitchen. Also, I love a good peanut dressing!
In the planning process I realized that spiralized noodles probably wouldn't hold up in a giant serving dish for 50+ guests. So I ended up with a slaw... Don't skip the lime and peanut garnish, it makes the dish!