I’m catering a surprise birthday dinner for my Mom two days after Thanksgiving. I’m doing the full traditional turkey day because of my husband and kids…so I’m going to cater out a Vietnamese spread for Mom (previously made FTC Confession: I am not skilled in the kitchen in the Vietnamese culinary arts). It’s going to be the best leftovers week in my house (Thanksgiving + Surprise Party leftovers so no one gets bored)…I digress.
Current selections/Already ordered or planned:
Le Croissant Doré fruit tart (Mom’s favorite)
Brodard assortment of shrimp and nem rolls (appetizers)
Newport Tan Cang Seafood lobster and lobster noodles (her favorite and I’m getting 3 3-4 pounders)
Turkey Carcass Soup with vegetables (I know not Vietnamese, but it’s nice to have a soup course to use as a palate cleanser and I may not have room to freeze the carcass)
Epicurus Imports foie gras, pates, cheeses, and crackers (she loves foie and pate…the cheese is for the rest of us)
I’m having trouble coming up with the rest of the meal. Does not have to be cohesive, but needs to be Vietnamese and Little Saigon based for geographical needs. We are a family that lives for random potluck parties because you never know what everyone is going to bring (because random is fun). Looking for ideas or inspirations from your past outings. Does anyone have fun or old favorites that I can cater out to? I have no problem running around and pre-paying orders…as I will have a team of slaves (err…younger siblings) to pick up and deliver it all to my house.
I also live close to the new outlet of Garlic & Chives, and they also cater so that’s an option, too.
Thanks for your help!