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2009 - 2017

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Full Service Catering Menu

"When You Love What You Do It Shows"

Creating great food is the ultimate art, merging remarkable flavors with incredible presentation is just the beginning. We bake rustic breads from scratch, freshly roast the finest aged meats and forage for the best local ingredients. Everything we prepare is our original recipe, unique to your special event. We know that a meal should be just as delicious when prepared for very large parties as for intimate dinners. Nothing excites us more than being Sarasota’s only Five Star Caterer for over twenty years.

Chef Larry & Jamie Barrett

4783 Swift Road/Sarasota, Florida 34231
941 929 0066

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Our Appetizers are a Feast for the Eyes~Dazzling and Delicious.
Passed Butler Style on Fresh Herbs or Presented as Artfully Decorated Displays.

Appetizers~Passed Butler Style

Tenderloin Garlic Lollipop*
Horseradish Crema

Shrimp Louie Canapé
Cognac Spritz

Fontina Stuffed Risotto Cake
Basil Pesto Crema

Gulf Shrimp Caribbean*

Canapé Royal*
Potato Pancake/Smoked Salmon/Scallion Cream*

Cantonese Shrimp Mousse Springroll

Thai Cashew Springroll

Surf & Turf Spedini*
Garlic Butter

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
New Orleans Remoulade

Sarasota Shrimp Fritters
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Crispy Potato Pancake*
Sour Cream/Chives

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Hunan*

Smoked Gouda Quesadilla Triangle
Granny Smith Apple/Scallion

Petite Taco de la Casa*

Sesame Crusted Tuna
Wonton Crisp~Wasabi Crema

Roasted Vegetable Crostini Parmesan

Scottish Smoked Salmon Napoleon

Savannah Corn Fritters
Roasted Red Pepper Crema

Scottish Smoked Salmon Pinwheels

Sherry Glazed Stuffed Vegetarian Mushrooms

Andouille Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Garlic Shrimp Tapas*

Sante Fe Blackbean Cake
Lime Crema

Bangkok Grilled Chicken Satay*
Peanut/Coconut Sauce

Bronzed Chicken Canapé Orleans*

Lamb Lollipop*
Mint Pesto

Atlantic Grilled Salmon Crostini
New Orleans Remoulade

Vegetable Medley Pinwheel

Mozzarella Fresca Spedini*

Sesame Chicken
Won Ton Crisp/Ponzu Sauce

Peruvian Ceviche Spoons*

Cheese Tortellini Spoon
Sundried Tomato Alfredo

Empanadas Latino

Alsatian Tart Triangle

Tuscan Bruschetta

Sicilian Bruschetta

Pesto Goat Cheese Pillows

Smokey Andouille Slice
Creole Mustard/Baguette Slice

Bistro Meatballs

Petite Beef Wellington

Lower East Side Dim Sum
Pastrami/Swiss Stuffing/ Whole Grain Mustard Sauce

Pork/Vegetable Potstickers

Charleston Chicken & Waffles

Brie Wedding Purse

Smoked Salmon Purse

Ahi Tuna Tartare*

Prosciutto Melon Squared*

Shrimp/Andouille Spedini Orleans*

Deviled Eggs & Bacon*

Avocado Smash Crostini
Asiago Crostini/Tomato Relish

Skewer Italiano*
Grilled Flank Steak/Balsamic Drizzle

Vegetable Shu Mai

Retro Sandwiches
Grilled Cheddar Triangles
Second Avenue Deli Rueben
Havana Cuban
Big Easy Muffaletta
Aged Black Angus Sliders
Pulled Pork Po Boy

Chicken Medallions
Asian Spice*
Sicilian Marsala

Soup Sippers
American Creamy Tomato Soup Sipper
French Potato Leek Soup Sipper
Truffled Asparagus Soup Sipper
Spanish Gazpacho Soup Sipper*
Sweet Coconut Soup/Fruit Jewels*
Grilled Flatbreads
Basil Pesto/Goat Cheese Medallions/Mozzarella/Tomatoes
BBQ Chicken/Hoisin Sauce/Mozzarella/Scallion Garnish
San Marzano Tomato Sauce/Mozzarella/Tomato Dice

*Gluten Free Appetizers

Appetizers~On the Table
Specialty Cheese/Nut/Fruit Presentation
French Brie En Croute
Mediterranean Torte~Buttercream Layers/Basil Pesto/Sundried Tomato Pesto/Tapenade
Imported Swiss/Wisconsin Cheddar Wedges
Fresh Roasted Almonds/Cashews
Seasonal Fruit Display/Grape Medley
Garlic Crostini/Assorted Crackers

Mediterranean Antipasto Grande Presentation
Mediterranean Cheese Torte
Muffeletta Sandwiches or Genoa Salami/Imported Swiss Display
Mozzarella Pearl Spedini
Kalamata/Sicilian Olives, Garlic/Lemon Zest/Fresh Herbs
Seasonal Fruit Medley
Garlic Crostini/Rolls/Rustic Breads

Baguette Bar/Slider Station
Prime Rib Philly Cheese Steak~Mozzarella
Pulled Pork~Caramelized Onions/Blackberry BBQ Sauce
Charleston Garlic Chicken
Mozzarella Caprese/Basil Pesto Slider

Seafood Station Selections
Iced Gulf Oysters~Classic Cocktail/Mignonette Sauces
Oysters Rockefeller
Gulf Shrimp Caribbean
Shrimp Cocktail~Classic Cocktail Sauce
Grouper Ceviche~Crispy Tortilla Triangles
Asian Tuna Tartare~Wonton Crisps
Jonah Crab Legs

Wonderful Meatballs/Roasted Sirloin Meatballs
Marinara Sauce/Veal Demi/Blackberry BBQ Sauce

Soft Taco Station
Baja Fish
Pork Latino
Smokey Pulled Chicken
Sirloin Picadillo
Garlic Marinated Flank Steak
Pico de Gallo/Cheddar Cheese/Sour Cream/Flour Tortillas
Purple/Green Cabbage Shred

Singapore Noodle Bar
Asian Noodles/Fancy Cut Vegetables/Peanuts/Cilantro

Mozzatini Bar
Herbed Mozzarella Pearls, Marinated Herbed Tomatoes/Genoa Salami/Garlic Crostini

Herb Crusted Beef Tenderloin
Horseradish Crema/Rolls

Blackened Chicken
Roasted Red Pepper Crema/Rolls

Scottish Smoked Salmon
Toast Points/Scallion Cream Cheese/Classic Garnishes

A Taste of Provence~Crostini Bar
Mountain of Garlic Crostini, Marinated Herbed Tomatoes
Marinated Artichoke Hearts, Tapenade

Roasted Sides of Atlantic Salmon Balsamico

French Brie En Croute/Fresh Roasted Almonds
Crostini/Assorted Crackers

Tropical Chicken Satay
Marinated/Grilled Chicken Skewer, Mango Sauce

Mediterranean Torte
Buttercream Layers/Basil Pesto/Sun Dried Tomato Pesto/Tapenade, Crostini/Assorted Crackers

Herb Marinated Montrachet Medallions
Crostini/Assorted Crackers

Seasonal Fruit Display

Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
Classic Sauce/Florida Citrus Garnish

Grilled Flatbread, Vegetable Fan Medley

Asian Tuna Tartare
Crispy Wonton Triangles

Smoked Salmon Triangles
Crispy Flatbread, Smoked Salmon/Scallion Cream/Capers

Ahi Tuna Slice
Wonton Crisps/Wasabi Crema


Gourmet Salad
Baby Lettuce Medley/Caramelized Walnuts/Berry Medley, Sherry/Shallot Vinaigrette

Chef Barrett's Chopped Cobb Salad
Crispy Lettuce Medley, Chopped Vegetables/Cashews/Swiss Cheese
Garlic Ranch or Sherry Shallot

Tomato Salad Savannah
Fried Green Tomato Slices/Heirloom Tomatoes, Arugula/Aged Bleu Cheese
Citrus Herb Vinaigrette

Caesar Salad
Romaine Hearts, Asiago Cheese/Garlic Croutons

Simply Salad
Crispy Lettuce Medley, Cucumber/Tomato/Purple Onion, Ranch Dressing

Southwestern Caesar Salad
Grilled Romaine Hearts, Garlic Tortilla Strips, Chipotle Caesar Dressing

Island Salad Buffet Style
Crispy Lettuce Medley, Marinated Hearts of Palm/Tomatoes, Orange Supremes/Purple
Onion Mango Vinaigrette

Sarasota Wedge
Crispy Iceberg, Smokehouse Bacon/Tomato/Cucumber, Bleu Cheese Dressing

Asian Salad
Crispy Lettuces, Radishes/Scallion/Snow Peas/Cucumber/Carrot
Ginger/Roasted Sesame Dressing

Country Cole Slaw
Crunchy Green/Purple Cabbage, Carrot/Creamy Dressing

Greek Country Salad
Roma Tomato/Yellow Pepper/English Cucumber/Purple Onion
Imported Feta/Kalamata Olives, Lemon/Herb Vinaigrette

New Potato Salad
Creamer Potatoes, Leeks/Onion/Garlic/Bacon, Dijon/White Wine/Olive Oil

BLT Salad
Crispy Lettuce Medley, Tomato/Cucumber/Smokehouse Bacon, Ranch Dressing

Thai Cucumber Salad
English Cucumbers/Purple Onions/Peanuts, Rice Wine Vinaigrette

Cheese Tortellini Santorini
Tomato/Scallion/English Cucumber/Feta Crumbles, Italian Herb Vinaigrette

Tuscan Farfalle Salad
Bow Tie Pasta, Diced Vegetable Medley/Fresh Herbs/Kalamata Olives, Raspberry Vinaigrette

Displayed as Elaborate Buffets or Individually Plated for Formal Dining


Smokey Andouille Stuffing

Cashew Crusted
Roasted Cashews/Garlic Breadcrumbs, Mango Salsa
Spring Onion Pesto
Scallion/Garlic/Shallot/Chives/Parsley/Lemon Zest/Extra Virgin Olive Oil

White Wine/Garlic/Dijon/Herb Marinade, Garlic Breadcrumbs

Creamy White Wine Sauce/Button Mushrooms/Pearl Onions

Roasted Vegetable Stuffing~Shallot Demi

Spinach/Basil Stuffing~Red Pepper Sauce

Balsamic/Garlic Marinade, Tomato/Scallion Relish, Reduced Aged Balsamic Drizzle

Lemon/White Wine/Caper Sauce

Veal Demi/Mushrooms/Onion/Marsala

Grilled, Jerk Seasoning/Mango Salsa

Red/Gold Tomato Citrus Salsa

Roasted Tomato/Kalamata Olive/Caper/Herb Sauce

Artichoke Hearts/Onions, Lemon/Caper Sauce

Big Easy Jambalaya
Smokey Andouille Half Moons, Seared Chicken, Caramelized Peppers/Onions
Long Grain Rice

Sesame Ginger
Sesame Crusted Chicken Breast, Citrus Orange Thai Sauce

Dixie Land Fried
Buttermilk Bathed/Chef Larry’s Spice Blend

Paella Valencia
Saffron Rice~Cumin Chicken/Andouille Sausage/Vegetable Garnishes

Crispy Duck Confit
Slow Cooked/Wild Flower Honey Glaze

Turkey Madeira
Sliced Roasted Turkey Breast, Madeira/Forest Mushroom Sauce

From the Sea
Sustainable Fish Selections
Corvina~Cod Loins~Grouper~Red Snapper~Tilapia~Salmon~Sole

Seafood Preparations
Andouille Crusted~Andouille/Onion/Breadcrumb Crust, Roasted Garlic Butter
Cashew Crusted~Roasted Cashew/Breadcrumb Crust, White Wine/Citrus, Mango Salsa
Spring Onion Pesto~Scallion/Garlic/Shallot/Chives/Parsley/Lemon Zest/Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Asian~Sesame Crusted, Ginger Essence/Garlic/Roasted Sesame Marinade/Orange Glaze
Bistro~Garlic/Breadcrumbs/Lemon/Fresh Herbs/White Wine/Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pesto~Basil Pesto/Breadcrumb Crust
Provencal~Roasted Tomato/Kalamata Olive/Caper/Herb Sauce

Our Favorites
Sustainable Salmon Balsamico
Seared Salmon, Reduced Balsamic Drizzle, Florida Citrus Garnish

Salmon Teriyaki
Glazed Seared Salmon, Saki/Soy/Honey Drizzle

New England Crab Cakes
Jumbo Lump Crab, New Orleans Remoulade Sauce

Seafood Imperial
Gulf Shrimp, Pearl Onions/Cream/White Wine/Sherry Sauce

Seared Sea Scallops
Caramelized Sea Scallops, Cognac/White Wine Sauce

Shrimp Creole
Gulf Shrimp Sauté/Fire Roasted Tomatoes/Onion/Celery/Green Pepper Sauce

Shrimp Rollatini
Pancetta Wrapped Tiger Shrimp/White Bean Cassoulet/Basil Oil

Key West Shrimp
Grilled Citrus Gulf Shrimp/White Wine Glaze/Fresh Herbs/Roasted Florida Citrus Garnish

Garlic Shrimp
Large Gulf Shrimp, Butter/Extra Virgin Olive Oil/White Wine
Citrus Medley/Garlic, Fresh Herb/Breadcrumb Crust

Tropical Skewers
Jumbo Shrimp/Sea Scallop Kabobs, Mango/Mango Salsa

Sarasota Bouillabaisse
Gulf Shrimp/Sea Scallops/Red Snapper/Mussels, Saffron/Tomatoes/Fennel Jus

Charleston Shrimp/Mascarpone Cheese Grits
Gulf Shrimp/Bacon/Onion/Garlic/Butter/Fresh Herbs
Cheddar/Mascarpone Cheese Grits

From the Land
Meat Selections

Flank Steak~New York Strip~Beef Tenderloin~Pork Tenderloin

Meat Preparations
Spring Onion Pesto~Scallion/Garlic/Shallot/Chives/Parsley/Lemon Zest/Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Au Poivre~Two Pepper Crusted/Cognac Infused Demi
Americana~Herb Rubbed, Horseradish Crema
Balsamico~Balsamic/Garlic Marinated, Tomato/Scallion Relish
Bistro~Veal Demi, Forest Mushrooms/Whole Roasted Garlic Cloves/Pearl Onions
Asian~Three Color Peppers/Onions/Ginger

Our Favorites

Stuffed Beef Tenderloin
Seared Beef Tenderloin/Roasted Vegetable Stuffing/Roasted Garlic Demi

Lomo Saltado
Marinated Sirloin/Latin Spice, Three Color Peppers/Onion, Tomato Julienne
Roasted Potato Wedges (Includes Potatoes/Vegetables)

Herb Crusted Prime Rib
Slow Roasted Aged Prime Rib, Spice/Herb Rub, Port Au Jus

Napa Braised Short Ribs
Seared Short Ribs, Veal Demi/Red Wine/Roasted Vegetables, Vegetable Dice Garnish

Pork Tenderloin Normandy
Apple/Cider/Calvados Brandy

Apricot Roasted Pork Tenderloin
Turkish Dried Apricots/Orange Marmalade, Macadamia Nut/Scallion Chutney

Jerk Seasoned Pork Tenderloin
Jamaican Spice Seasoned/Mango Salsa

Pulled Pork
Caramelized Onions, Blackberry Barbeque Sauce

Tender Country Ribs
Baby Back Pork Ribs, Dry Spice Rub, Slow Cooked, Blackberry Barbeque Sauce

~Duet Entrée Table Service Available~

Vegetarian Options

Santa Fe Black Bean Cakes
Aromatic Black Beans/Vegetables, Lime Zest Crema

White Bean Cassoulet
Cannellini Beans, Onions/Celery, Garlic/Rosemary
Extra Virgin Olive Oil/Breadcrumb Streusel

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna
Roasted Vegetable Medley/Spinach, Cream/Red Sauces, Parmesan/Mozzarella Cheese

Eggplant Parmesan
Sliced Crispy Eggplant, Ricotta/Italian Parmesan/Mozzarella Cheese
Fruity Tomato Sauce

Soft Taco Catalina
Aromatic Black Beans/Roasted Corn/Pepper Confetti
Guacamole/Grated Monterey Jack/Sour Cream/Pico de Gallo, Flour Tortillas

Ten Vegetable Fried Rice
Long Grain Rice, Fancy Cut Vegetables/Crispy Tofu, Asian Spice

Broccoli Casserole
Broccoli/Onion/Green Pepper Sauté, Mozzarella/Cheddar Cheese

Vegetarian Paella Valencia
Wild Mushrooms/Roasted Red Peppers/Onions/Peas/Caramelized Zucchini
Saffron Scented Rice

Grilled Vegetable Ratatouille Pasta
Zucchini/Eggplant/Onions/Peppers, Pesto/Feta Cheese, Ditalini Pasta

Imported Four Cheese Baked Ziti Ricotta
Ziti, Mozzarella/Fontina/Parmesan/Ricotta Cheeses, Tomato Sauce

Grilled Portabella Mushrooms
Grilled Portabella, Spinach/Shallot/Goat Cheese/Mozzarella

Vegetable Pad Thai
Rice Noodles, Tofu/Carrot/Celery/Pepper/Fried Egg Shred
Bean Sprouts, Crushed Roasted Peanut/Scallion/Lime Garnish

Vegetable Curry
Vegetable Medley Sauté/Coconut Milk, Granny Smith Apple Bits, Exotic Spices

Vegetable Enchiladas
Vegetable Medley/Black Bean Sauté, Corn Tortillas/Baja Sauce, Cheddar/Sour Cream/Scallion

Imported Pasta/Parmesan Cheese/Fresh Herbs

Action Pasta Station
Chef Attended

Imported Penne/Orecchiette Pastas~Choice of Three Sauces

Northern Italian
Sundried Tomato Cream
Classic Alfredo
Basil Pesto Alfredo

Southern Italian
Housemade Marinara
Sicilian~Tomato/Kalamata Olive/Caper/Onion
A la Vodka
Aglio E Olio

Pasta Station Additions
Grilled Chicken Julienne
Shrimp Vermouth Sauté
Norwegian Smoked Salmon Slivers

Pasta a la Carte
Sundried Tomato Cream Penne
Sundried Tomato Pesto, Cream/Butter/Garlic/Parmesan

Forest Mushroom Orecchiette
Wild Mushrooms/Crimini/Button Mushrooms, Onions/Garlic
White Wine/Roma Tomato Garnish

Penne Provencal
Tomato/Kalamata Olive/Capers

Imported Four Cheese Baked Ziti Ricotta
Mozzarella/Parmesan/Asiago, Ricotta/Herb Stuffing, Tomato Sauce

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna
Roasted Vegetable Medley/Spinach, Mozzarella/Marinara Sauce

Lasagna Roll
Individual Lasagna Roll, Spinach/Mozzarella/Parmesan/Asiago, Alfredo Sauce

Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
Green Bean Royale
Fontina Stuffed Risotto Cake
Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
Grilled Asparagus Spears
Wild Rice Pilaf
Grilled Vegetable Antipasto
Delmonico Vegetable Medley
Potatoes Au Gratin
Greek Potatoes
Lemon/Thyme Mashed Potatoes
Seasonal Vegetable Sauté
Brussel Sprout Hash
Asian Slaw
Black Bean Roasted Corn Salad
Pineapple Rice
Spanish Rice Pilaf, Saffron/Vegetable Confetti
Broccoli Florets/Lemon Herb Butter
Aromatic Roasted Root Vegetables
Tomato Oreganata
Creamed Spinach Boursin
Savannah Corn Succotash
Yukon Gold Mashed Potato Bar
Macaroni & Cheese Bar


Viennese Dessert Presentation
Belgian Chocolate Cups
Miniature Fruit Tartlets
Petite Berry Napoleon
Pina Colada Tartlet
Key Lime Tartlet
Lemon Curd Tartlet
Coconut Custard Tartlet
Banana Brûlée Tartlet
Peanut Butter Mousse
Miniature Cream Puffs
Coconut Macaroons/Dark Chocolate Drizzle
Almond Amaretti
Chocolate Truffles Grand Marnier

Petite Parfaits
Key Lime
Chocolate Mousse
Strawberry Shortcake
Chilled Coconut Sipper

Chef Barrett’s Cookie Collection
Chocolate Chunk
Oatmeal Raisin Spice
Double Chocolate Truffle Chunk

Specialty Cakes~Serves 20
Strawberry Inside-Out Cake
Chocolate Mousse Citrus Cake
Chocolate Cherry Indulgence
Strawberry Napoleon

Our Favorite Desserts

Cassis Marinated Strawberries Romanoff~Sponge Cake/White Chocolate Mousse
Grown-Up Sundae Bar
Chocolate Truffle Medley
Caramelized Pineapple~Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
French Apple Tart~Gingered Cream
French Apricot Tart~Devonshire Cream
Tiramisu~Chocolate/Espresso/Mascarpone Cream/Sponge Cake
Amaretto Tiramisu~Almond/Chocolate/Mascarpone Cream
Miniature Baklava Cigars
Bananas Foster~Meyers Rum/Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Petite Cheesecake Medley
Strawberry Shortcake~Framboise Strawberries/Biscuit/White Chocolate Mousse
Stewed Zinfandel Cherries~Lemon Pound Cake/Chantilly Cream
Old Fashion Apple Crumble~Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Fondue Grand Marnier~Cakes/Cookies/Fruit
Specialty Cheeses~Nuts/Dried Fruits
Bread Pudding Soufflé~Bourbon Sauce



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Simply Gourmet Caterers - Sarasota's Off-Premise Catering Experts.
Perfect food is our passion. We cater weddings, small parties, business luncheons, brunches, corporate retreats, birthdays, receptions and private affairs. Our award-winning catering is enjoyed at many locations including Selby Gardens, Phillippe Mansion, Ringling Museum, Powell Crosley Estate, Crosley Museum, Chelsea Center, College Hall and The Garden Club. We're extremely familiar with most venues from Sarasota, Long Boat Key, Siesta Key, Bradenton and Ellenton to Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Brandon. Delicious food and extreme attention to detail - that's what sets our catering apart.

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