Got a catering gig cooking for a Colombian family.

posted 1 year ago in Food
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t mean to be Captain Obvious here, but can you ask? Suggest a sit down where you discuss menu and options? Did they not tell you what they wanted on the menu when they hired you? I mean, surely they don’t expect you to just show up with piles of food without discussing it, right?

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

mrchef :  Wouldn’t you be discussing this with your client? Unless you specifically lied to get the job by saying you can cook the cuisine then why would they assume you could cook that cuisine?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Why’d you take the job if you’re not even familiar with their cuisine?!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I’d say sit down with the client and see what they want!  Hopefully you told them you aren’t overly familiar with Colombian food and they still opted to hire you, so they must have faith in your abilities.  Why don’t you try some simple Colombian dishes like arroz con pollo or croquetas de pescado and invite them for a tasting.  Take copious notes on their feedback, and you’ll know what they like.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

mrchef :  That’s tricky.  I’d say just learn to do you few simple things well, rather than trying to wow them.  Arroz con pollo is a definite crowd pleaser, and you could do empanadas, fried plantains and croquetas with the apps.

Post # 8
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Honey bee

I would just ask them – what dishes are you looking for and do you have any family recipes?  If some of their family members are hyper-critical, then I bet you they would absolutely love to be asked for their expertise and a recipe for you to use.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

Go eat at a columbian restaurant if possible, study the menu, try a few dishes.  Go to library or book store and browse/study Colombian cookbooks, take one or two home. For crowd sourcing Chowhound would be a better outlet.  Saveur is usually a good source for ethnic food/recipes. There’s probably several blogs dedicated to columbian home cooking if you just google.

Post # 10
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Worker bee

Marrying into a Colombian family here. The women are going to be hyper critical, especially if they are older. I’m just convinced it’s a thing in Latin families (my aunts always have comments – even when things are fine).

But for food suggestions it depends on the occasion. Staples are bendeja paisa (rice, beans, chicharron, avocado, grounded meat and egg), sancocho, or mondongo. Coconut rice, patacones, pandebonos are good side/appetizer options. 

For dessert I highly recommend making something with arequipe – essentially Colombia’s Dulce de leche. It’s amazing and really easy to make. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I would present them with the American menu, and then talk to them about what traditional Colombian dishes they would like to see on the menu. You can ask them how their family traditionally prepares those dishes so that you can properly honor their food culture. Just have a conversation about their food, if they have any recipes, etc.

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