Downtown Holiday Dining

A private dining event in a chic historic building in Downtown LA’s “Historic Core” called for some chic food styling! I did a mixture of easy and time-heavy recipes:

Pulled Pork with a Fennel-Apple Chutney
Hummus and Cucumber Wraplets
Saffron Israeli Couscous with Grilled Lime Shrimp
Ricotta-Mint Crostini with Roasted Black Grapes
Cardamon Cashew Blondies

I have recently been obsessed with making the perfect pulled pork with an Indian flare, so that simply had to happen:

After several hours of slow cooking, we are ready to pull the pork!

After several hours of slow cooking, we are ready to pull the pork!

The full spread:

A fine dining spread: curried pulled pork with fennel-apple chutney; mint-ricotta crostini with roasted black grapes in sea salt; dill-cucumber-hummus wraplets; saffron Israeli couscous in white wine with sauteed shrimp in lime and sea salt; white chocolate cashew-cardamon blondies. A feast, to say the least!

A fine dining spread: curried pulled pork with fennel-apple chutney; mint-ricotta crostini with roasted black grapes in sea salt; dill-cucumber-hummus wraplets; saffron Israeli couscous in white wine with sauteed shrimp in lime and sea salt; white chocolate cashew-cardamon blondies. A feast, to say the least!

Saffron Israeli couscous in white wine served with sauteed shrimp spritzed with lime and sea salt

Saffron Israeli couscous in white wine served with sauteed shrimp spritzed with lime and sea salt

We are hummus-cucumber-dill on lavash wraplets and we are delightful.

We are hummus-cucumber-dill on lavash wraplets and we are delightful.

Crostini with ricotta-mint spread and roasted black grapes in olive oil and sea salt

Crostini with ricotta-mint spread and roasted black grapes in olive oil and sea salt

Healthy spoonfuls of curried pulled pork topped with fennel-appple chutney and micro-greens - yes!

Healthy spoonfuls of curried pulled pork topped with fennel-appple chutney and micro-greens – yes!

White chocolate cashew and cardamon blondies (edible flower included)

White chocolate cashew and cardamon blondies (edible flower included)


All in all, it was a delicious evening. Guests were duly impressed and there were even leftovers to take home. 🙂

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