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New Ways with raw fish
Remember when raw oysters and clams were a sign of an elite party? Today, sushi is the de rigueur hors d'oeuvre, and sushi chef-manned stations where rolls are made to order are a must-have at posh affairs, including many at the posh Garden City Hotel, says Tom Zaino, assistant director of catering at the Long Island landmark.
But sushi has also changed the way people think about raw fish. Today, the latest approach is ceviche, a dish of Peruvian descent which uses an acid base to "cook" the raw fish. Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs, in New York City, offers a ceviche bar where guests may choose salmon avocado ceviche, sea bass and baby scallop in grapefruit purée ceviche, red snapper ceviche with lime and cilantro, and tuna ceviche with water chestnuts and Thai spices.
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Not by the bowl, but by the sip. Country Roads Catering, in Amityville, New York, offers one-sip soups such as the classic Spanish cold soup, Gazpacho, served in a carved piece of cucumber. For winter parties, there's cream of cauliflower with truffle foam in a demitasse cup. Soup sips appear to be gaining in popularity at many affairs.
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The international United Stations
Asian food is all the rage at full-fledged catering halls. At the Garden City Hotel, for example, guests create their own Asian dishes from an assortment of chicken, beef, pork and vegetables. Also popular is shredded Peking Duck with crunchy cucumbers and scallions, rolled tableside in moo shoo pancakes and topped with hoisin sauce. A Thai saté station might tempt guests with grilled chicken, shrimp and pork satés whose flavor is piqued by peanut sauce or coconut lemongrass sauce. Steamed and fried Dim Sum and lo mein now demand their own stations as well.