The Gritz Who Saved Christmas
My wife and I hired Sweet Gritz to cater an impromptu (aka last minute) Christmas party this past December .
To say that the planning window for this party was short is like saying that the New England Patriots have been to a “few” Super Bowls, it’s a major understatement.
The idea for the party was conceived on a Saturday afternoon and planned for the following Thursday.
For those of you keeping score at home, that’s 5 days to plan and execute a Christmas party for 30 invited guests. If I’m being honest, Sweet Gritz only had 3.5 days because we didn’t reach out to them until Sunday evening and we didn’t discuss all the details until midday on Monday.
During our call with Sweet Gritz that Monday, we discussed budget, menu, budget, dietary restrictions, and budget. Chef JoeNathan listened to our requirements and provided menu options that were realistic given our aggressive timeline and mindful of our budget. Sweet Gritz gave us several different options for appetizers that were designed to accommodate a plethora of tastes and dietary restrictions. Any reasonable customer would’ve happily selected 3 or 4 of the options and moved on down the road. Since we aren’t reasonable customers, we selected ALL of the selections. Our menu consisted of:
Cranberry & Brie Crostini - French Bread Crostini’s topped with brie and a cranberry reduction sauce
Pulled Pork Sliders - with a pineapple & jalapeno glaze
Classic Deviled Eggs - topped with Grilled Shrimp
Classic Deviled Eggs - topped with Bacon and Chives
Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps – Sauted Ground Chicken in Bib lettuce paired with an Asian inspired sweet orange sauce.
Bulls in a Blanket - Chef Joe’s interpretation of Pigs in a blanket, made with a savory beef sausage wrapped in a buttery sweet corn batter (made with real corn). It was paired with the Chef’s homemade raspberry-barbecue sauce.
Mango and shrimp ceviche shooters - served in a cocktail glass garnished with a tajin chile salted rim.
If you’re wondering, every single dish was as delicious as it sounds. The pulled pork was tender and juicy, the lettuce wraps were full of flavor and simultaneously cool and refreshing, the Bulls in a Blanket were inspired, and the ceviche tasted like a bite of the Caribbean.
As if that wasn’t enough, Sweet Gritz surprised us with a dessert of fudge brownie topped with chocolate mousse’.
So, to recap, here are the numbers
30 Invited Guests
3.5 Days To Prepare
8+ Menu Items`
1 House Full of Very Satisfied Party Goers.
While other catering outfits would’ve looked at our situation and saw chaos, JoeNathan and Sweet Gritz saw a challenge and embraced it. Seriously, if you’re planning a party or any type of gathering that would benefit from good food and great service, contact chef JoeNathan and the Sweet Gritz team!