In 2013, my long-time music friend Richard asked me to cater his wedding reception in Harlem. It was my first gig with my then-roommates Jeff and Dylan. Jeff and I had catered many weddings under Roquette but we were on our own for this one. We created simple backyard bbq menu and worked together to bring down costs for the party of 50 guests.
|Anne & Richard's Wedding Menu|
Onion patties, tomato, mayo, pesto
Nuoc mam cham, brown sugar
BLACK BEAN VEGGIE BURGERS
Scallion, quinoa, cumin, orange
ADOBO PULLED PORK
Hawaiian roll, soy sauce, garlic
Cilantro, mint, dill
Shichimi tagarashi, lime, paprika
HOMEMADE KOSHER PICKLES
HOMEMADE KETCHUP & GRAIN MUSTARD
Our friend d. yee captured the entire party on the steps outside, reenacting the famous "A Great Day in Harlem" photo featuring 57 notable jazz musicians. Our version was similarly inspiring featuring many artists, chip musicians, curators, DJs, and even our catering crew.
Here's the original by Esquire photographer Art Kane for comparison:
Here are more shots of 'Another Great Day in Harlem' by d. yee. I have since upgraded to a chef coat and signature blue hat but many of these dishes were honed for competitions over my career and eventually ended up in my cookbook.
Thanks to Anne and Richard for taking a chance on this ragtag crew 5 years ago.
Are you looking for a collaborative caterer in Brooklyn? I'm saving dates for 2018!