Barbeques, refreshing cocktails, fresh vegetables and afternoon rainstorms are all things that define summer in Colorado. At Epicurean, we love food and we love parties (we always have a backup plan for rain) and we want to help you execute the perfect summertime soiree with a delicious, easy, crowd-pleasing menu.
Our 2016 Spring and Summer Recipe Cards will take you from cocktails to dessert with everything you need in between to impress friends and family at any summer time get-together.
Start off with the Bubbles and Sorbet as a refreshing way to cool down and loosen up on a 90 degree Colorado summer afternoon. There are so many flavors of sorbet and different types of champagne that you could try, the combinations are endless. Use a dry brut if you aren’t super into sweet flavors or a fruity sparkling wine if you are. Also, you don’t have to use champagne; you can try a sparkling apple cider for a non – alcoholic and kid friendly alternative.
Local, fresh and barbeque are all words that we love in Colorado and when you serve the Charred Sweet Corn Risotto, all of those words come into play. The locally grown corn crop from Olathe, CO takes this dish to the next level and did we mention that you get to use your barbeque grill?
While you have your barbeque on, you can start on the salad. This Grilled Romaine, Blue Cheese and Bacon Salad is a unique take on a classic. This recipe is easy and impressive. Grilling the romaine adds a unique texture and flavor that will compliment the crunchy bacon and creamy cheese. You might start grilling all of your salads after you try this one.
Summertime is all about eating fresh and keeping it easy so the Cacio E Pepe fits in perfectly as a main dish. There is something comforting and familiar about really good pasta, olive oil and cheese. This recipe is simple but remember, it’s all about using quality ingredients to get the best result. This is a crowd pleading dish that you can eat anytime of the year.
Everything about the Strawberry Cream Cheese Shortbread Cookie screams simple, easy, summertime treat. Weather you use your own de
hydrated fruit or not, the end result will be the same; a delicious indulgence that everyone at the party be talking about. Always make more of these than you think you need because they have a way of disappearing.
There you have it, the perfect Colorado summertime menu for your next gathering. Of course, if you don’t feel like planning, cooking and cleaning up then you should call us. Epicurean loves doing all of these things so that you can relax and know that everything is being taken care of. We have been doing it for 35 years and we are told that we are really good at it. Either way we have you covered this summer. Have a great one and remember, “Celebration is brightest where food is best” – Larry DiPasquale, Chairman and CEO of Epicurean Group.