2015 Midsummer Festival Pre-Concert Dinner

Join us for the Midsummer Festival kickoff on the Lieutenant River, Friday, July 24th, 2015 for a beautiful evening with the community accompanied by our delicious food, and a free concert by the Manhattan Brass band at the Florence Griswold Museum! We look forward to this event every year and we love seeing so many of you who continue to join us! Dinner will be served from 6 – 8 pm as always, purchase your tickets ahead of time HERE!

BOXED DINNER

Bistro Steak

Classic Bernaise

Spinach & Leek Timbale

{Timbales are similar to a custard, the vegetables are baked in a mold and then turned out of it for serving}

Stuffed Baked Potato

Gruyere, Garden Chives, Smoked Paprika

Cornmeal Crusted Oyster

{on the shell}

Vermouth Shallot Lemon Butter

Grilled Warm Roma Tomato Halves

Fresh Basil Chiffonade

Toasted Baguette

Sweet Butter

DESSERT

{Please bring your ticket up with you when you are ready}

Cherry Charlotte Cake

Freshly Brewed Illy Coffee and a Selection of Dammann Teas from France

A cash bar with soft drinks, beer and wine will be available!

Tickets will remain on sale and available until Friday, July 17th, thank you and see you all on the river!!

{Venue Spotlight} Guilford Yacht Club

Though we have had more rain than sun these days, things have been everything but dreary in GG land! In early April, as we dreamed of the warmer days of summer that are now in close reach, the Guilford Yacht Club underwent a bit of a facelift. After some fresh painting and re-carpeting throughout, GYC is ready to conquer weddings, showers, and corporate events galore in 2015!

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From the moment you walk through the front door, Guilford Yacht Club does everything but disappoint. With a cascading staircase in the front foyer, and an opulent event space just beyond the passageway, GYC has incredible versatility in its presentation. The ballroom, complete with a dance floor, overlooks the gorgeous stonework patio (where your outdoor cocktail hour could transpire), and a luscious green lawn. Just to the right, the ballroom is complemented by the indoor bar area, which includes an exquisite stone fireplace. In there, spend a moment on the couch, warming up by the fire with your old college roommate, or your new spouse, and a glass of sauvignon blanc (or a crisp mint mojito–whichever strikes your fancy).

Up the roundabout staircase, you can find the quaint bridal suite to your left, and the entire far wall of the club finished in grandiose windows. From the second level balcony, with an expansive view of Long Island Sound, you can just imagine your very own dazzling ceremony on the great lawn just below you, and guests enjoying mini lobster rolls on the balcony for cocktail hour.

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From a nautical-themed bash complete with starfish napkin holders and spiked Arnold Palmers, to a more traditional affair of champagne-colored napkins and table-side wine service, Guilford Yacht Club can accommodate even the most outlandish of ideas and Big-Day-Dreams!

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We dare you to make those dreams come true at GYC, whether it be for your wedding, anniversary party or for your next corporate event. You can drop Marissa a line directly, our exclusive sales and event specialist for the club, at 203.453.8995, or by e-mail, at marissa@gourmet-galley.com. Here’s to warmer days with an ocean view!

Cheers,

Holly

Preston Ridge {Venue Spotlight}

Wedding season has officially begun and for us, that also means wine season. Whether we are visiting a new winery venue, managing an event onsite at one of our existing vineyard venues, or simply celebrating a successful event with a glass of wine, all of the GG gals have wine on the brain.

Lucky for us, we get to work at one of the newer wineries in town – Preston Ridge Vineyard. The tasting room here sits on top of a ridge, so guests can see the entire vineyard while sipping a glass of dry rosé on the porch during cocktail hour. The tasting room holds about 50 guests and so does the wrap-around porch to which the tasting room is connected. This also makes it the perfect spot for a smaller, more intimate event such as a rehearsal dinner, corporate outing, or 50th birthday celebration.

View More: http://mattferraraphotography.pass.us/lauren--toddAfter cocktail hour, guests walk down to the tent to enjoy dinner and dancing among the vines. The picturesque setting allows for effortlessly amazing photos and is sure to impress guests. With such an outstanding background, limited décor is all it takes to dress up the tent. We’re thinking bistro lights, crisp linens and simple florals. You could, however, go with a “Vineyard Glamour” type theme and bring in chandeliers, lounge furniture and the like. It is nice to have such a versatile venue right in our backyard.

Speaking of nice, you have to meet Cara! She is one of the owners of Preston Ridge Vineyard and handles all of the weddings and events. Cara is lovely to work with and makes sure that your special day is exactly as you imagined. Check out some of our photos to see for yourself what makes Preston Ridge Vineyard so special and then get in touch with Cara to start planning! She can be reached at 856.979.6835 or through email at cara@prestonridgevineyard.com.

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Cheers,

Kelly

{All images courtesy of Matt Ferrara Photography}

{Venue Spotlight} Flo Gris

Imagine it is the middle of July and you are standing on a patio on the riverbank sipping a refreshingly simple spiked lemonade. The cool breeze from the water makes the mid-summer heat bearable, enjoyable even. A pair of kayakers float by and look on as the string quartet sets the mood from a shaded nook.

No, this is not a day-dream {although we are hoping to see summer weather soon here at Gourmet Galley}; this is what a guest experiences during a wedding at the Florence Griswold Museum.

Nestled on the bank of the Lieutenant River in Old Lyme, CT, the Florence Griswold Museum, or Flo Gris as it is affectionately called, is a fabulous venue for any type of event. We love that guests can experience cocktail hour on the patio overlooking the river and then move under the nearby tent to dine and dance the night away. Flo Gris also hosts wedding ceremonies onsite, and they often take place down by the river with the most beautiful natural backdrop for photos.

The Florence Griswold Museum is home to the American Impressionism movement and also was home to one of the first artist colonies. Artists from all over the country would come to Miss Florence Griswold’s boarding house {which is now the first building you see on the Museum’s property} to create art and share ideas. Now, on any sunny day in the summer, you will see a number of artists on the property carrying on Miss Florence’s legacy.

Here is a fun fact that you might not know: Gourmet Galley Catering runs Café Flo, the Museum’s outdoor café! Café Flo is open from May through November and serves lunch Tuesday through Sunday. Some customer favorite items include the Artisanal Greens Salad with roasted beets, the Veggie Sandwich, and the Lobster Salad Roll. Café Flo opens for the season on Saturday, May 2nd, so come enjoy lunch and a glass of wine on the patio before strolling through the Museum to see the stunning exhibits.

Interested in learning more about having your event at Flo Gris? Contact Donna by emailing donna@flogris.org or calling 860.434.5542. Here’s wishing that April showers really do bring May flowers!

Meet Gena

IMG_2672It’s no secret, Gourmet Galley is growing! From humble beginnings, we have expanded our business by 45% over the last two seasons – amazing!  With that comes the need for new positions and wonderful people to fill them with. Meet Gena Golas! Gena was brought on board this April as our Personnel Director and will be working diligently to develop our Human Resources and Training Department. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have such a lovely young woman on our team.

Below, Gena shares some bits and pieces from her life and you just might fall in love with her. We sure did…

KR: So, I have to ask, what brought you to apply for such a new and BIG position within a southeastern CT catering company?

GG: I have both a business background and a pastry background.  I’ve always known I wanted to work with and around food and my career path has taken me to some really interesting places.  I’ve been a restaurant manager, a pastry chef, bakery manager for a Polish bakery (I’m craving their pierogi and golabki just thinking about them–they were so, so good), research and development chef for a bakery ingredients manufacturer (I got to develop products like gum paste, fondant and cake mixes), cake baker/decorator, and I developed the recreational cooking class program at Lincoln Culinary Institute.  Being in an HR role for a catering company might not seem like the next logical step in my career, yet it’s the perfect combination of so many things I’ve done in the past.

KR: Mmm pierogi… You mentioned that you have both a business background and a pastry background?

GG: I have a Bachelors in business from UConn (go Huskies!), an MBA from Simmons College in Boston and a pastry and baking diploma from Connecticut Culinary Institute.

KR: You are one fierce lady! You’re hired! In all seriousness, I see you have a “little” something on your left ring finger, can you fill us in on the details?

GG: My son, Lenny, and my husband, Len, are my everything.  Lenny is 15 months old and is the sweetest, happiest kid.  He has a kiss, hug or high five for everyone.  He’s just starting to talk but he knows all of his animal noises 🙂  Len is the hardest working person I know and is incredibly talented.  He works in construction and could build you a house from the ground up, which is handy since we are currently renovating our kitchen!  He ripped the kitchen down to the studs and we are slowly recreating everything.  It’s been a long process, especially with a toddler running around, but it’s turning out great.

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KR: Lenny sounds like an absolute love-bug but we’ll need to go back to this kitchen reno topic – I want to see before and afters! I kinda want to meet this little cutie in person too, can he come in to “play” at the office? Ok, so what about your family? Brothers, sisters??

GG:I have to mention my twin sister, Christa, who is my best friend.  She and I are extremely close, as you can imagine!  We happen to live about a mile and a half away from each other which was not entirely planned but not entirely by accident either. My grandparents are two of my most favorite people.  They’ve been married for 67 years and are still as much in love as the day they got married.  Len and I want to be them when we grow up.  My parents celebrated 40 years of marriage last year, too.  We have some good marriage role models.

KR: 67 years?! That is so inspiring! Would you say that you are the “good” twin? Just kidding, you don’t have to answer that… Plans for the summer?

GG: Len and I are planning a vegetable garden this year and I’m crossing my fingers because I tend to kill any and all houseplants.  We tried a small garden last year but could probably fit our entire season’s harvest in two hands.  This year’s garden will be bigger but also hopefully…better.

KR: Oh good, I know where you can get some seeds 🙂 Do you have a favorite meal?

GG: As you might imagine, dessert is my favorite meal.  I will never say no to chocolate.  My favorite thing to make is bread.  My go-to dessert for company is either a flourless chocolate cake or a fruit tart.  Each can be made ahead of time and look nice both on a dinner table and sliced on the plate.

KR: I’m with you, there’s something really satisfying about breaking off a piece of warm crusty bread that you made with your own hands. How about holidays, any favorites? They tend to revolve around food and all…

GG: Every year, my sister and I host a “Friendsgiving” which we’ve named “Pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving” because apparently “Friendsgiving” was not enough of a tongue twister.  Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday and now we have an excuse to celebrate it twice in the same week.  Last year was our 10th year!

KR: Your family sounds like a blast! I’ve determined that each of us have a secret, or not-so-secret Chef crush around here. How about you?

GG: If I could share a meal with anyone it would be Ruth Reichl.  I have a girl crush on her.

KR: Good choice! Fair is fair, mine is a little more local and I’m not shy about it – Chef James Wayman over at the Oyster Club in Mystic. We’ll have to get you over there since as I learned, you’re not local! You’ll love it, promise 🙂

Much of what makes Gourmet Galley so successful is the dedicated people working behind the scenes to keep us moving onward and upward.  We work with the best! Plus, with initials like GG, Gena was the most natural fit!

Cheers,

Kristen