Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Meet Us: Dede Oliver

Meet Us
Dede Oliver, Office Manager and Dog Lover

Have you noticed a new voice answering the phone in our office? That would be Dede Oliver, the Office Manager. She joined our crew a couple of months ago. So far, she's doing a great job of keeping Chef Alexa, Sam, and the rest of the staff in compliance with procedures.

Dede holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis. "It helps in the day to day management of accounts and people," says Dede. She is setting us up on a new, more efficient accounting program and streamlining office procedures.

Dede lives in Trafalgar with her husband, Mike, and her dogs Brody, Josie, and Tucker. In her free time, She enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She loves to go to the lake with her husband and her two adult children, Megan and Michael. Dede's all-time favorite book is Master of the Game by Sydney Sheldon.

Dede is proud to be a cancer survivor. Each year, she participates in Relay for Life. Watch for your opportunity to support her cause through us.

Her favorite 240sweet puff is Key Lime Pie (but she is looking forward to trying to the Banana Pudding and thinks it may be her new fave). The lobster sliders from the Chef's Selections Stations Menu is the best thing Dede has eaten since working with Artisan Foodworks.

Next time you call the office, make sure to welcome to Dede to 240sweet Artisan  Foodworks!

Chef's Selections Stations

14 Chef’s Selections Food Stations

A combination of classic and trendy foods for your special event.


Introductory Special Offer
Book by Friday, November 28 to save 33% with pricelock.

Passed Appetizers
Jumbo prawns
Ready for dipping in zesty cocktail sauce.

Stuffed dates
Bourbon soaked dates stuffed with gorgonzola and wrapped in prosciutto.

Duck biscuits
Medium-rare duck breast slices with plum sauce on sweet potato biscuits.

Crudité cups
Bite-sized cucumber cups filled with fresh veggies and roasted red pepper aioli.

Candied bacon on a stick
All of the deliciousness of the world—on a stick.

Classic canapés
An assortment of seasonal vegetable canapés.

Devilled egg assortment
Classic devilled eggs with a tasty twist: bacon, chipotle and black truffle oil.

Raw oysters*
On the half shell with spicy cocktail sauce. Select for a 5.00 a person upgrade.

Caviar on blini*
Fresh domestic caviar on blini with crème fraiche. Select for a 5.00 a person upgrade.

Food Stations

Seafood Selections
Seared ahi tuna carving station
Whole sashimi grade tuna loin, seared and carved to order. Accompanied by wonton crisps, Asian pear slaw, premium soy sauces, ginger dipping sauce, wasabi, pickled ginger, and edamame.

New Orleans shrimp sauté
A family favorite of jumbo shrimp sautéed in real butter with garlic and herbs prepared continuously. Served with creamy goat cheese grits.

Lobster rolls*
Fresh Maine lobster combined with handmade lemon aioli, celery, purple onions, capers, and parsley. Served on a toasted petite brioche bun. Accompanied by sea bean salad: crunchy sea beans, tri-colored carrots, sweet peppers, roasted onions, and a black garlic vinaigrette. Select for a 5.00 a person upgrade.

For the Meat Lover
Barbecue slider station
Select two of these delicious meats: pulled pork barbecue, pulled chicken barbecue, pulled beef barbecue, and pulled lamb barbecue. Served with petite brioche buns, sweet/spicy pickles, porkbelly baked beans, and creamy coleslaw.

Chicago-style hot dogs*
Vienna beef hot dogs with poppy seed buns. Toppings include yellow mustard, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, dill pickle spears, tomato wedges, pickled sport pepper, celery salt, and ketchup. Accompanied by ruffled potato chips with a sour-cream vegetable dip.

Charcuterie platter
Smoking Goose salami, artisanally cured meats, olives, house-made rillettes, pickled apricots, salted almonds, honeycomb, bread and rice crackers appetizingly arranged.

Decadent beef tenderloin*
Medium-rare beef tenderloin carved to order. Served with brioche buns and seasonal sauce assortment. Accompanied by crunchy pickled vegetables. Select for a 5.00 a person upgrade.  

West Coast tacos
A “build your own” bar of carnitas, chorizo, onions, cilantro, radish, queso fresca, salsa, assorted hot sauces, and corn tortillas.

Perfect Poultry
Chicken souvlaki
Grilled skewers of the Greek treat with pita chips and tzatziki. Accompanied by a fresh Greek salad of romaine, feta, tomato slices, pepperoncini, onions, cucumber, and our own lemon dressing.

Maple Leaf Farms duck*
Seared duck breasts carved to order. Served with brioche buns and seasonal sauce assortment. Your choice of apple fennel slaw or charred corn salad.

Grilled chicken breasts

Sliced grilled chicken breasts accompanied by candied bacon, brioche buns, and seasonal sauce assortment. Served with cheesy corn. 

Eat Your Vegetables
Heirloom tomato station*
An assortment of multi-colored tomatoes carved and served to your guests. Accompanied by fresh basil, whole-milk mozzarella, vinegars, international olive oils, gourmet salts, fresh pepper, and crispy baguette slices.

Vegetarian paella
Saffron rice with peas, sweet peppers, zucchini, onions, tomatoes, eggplant, green olives, parsley, preserved lemons, and carrots cooked in our giant pans.

Mushroom sauté
A blend of woodland mushrooms sautéed with garlic, onion, and sweet peppers cooked in our big pans. Served with baby spinach, bleu cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette.

Take a dip in the Mediterranean
Lemon-basil hummus, babaganoush, and Lebanese garlic dip with carrots, celery, and pita chips. Accompanied by feta, dolmades, and Kalamata olives.

Incredibly Awesome
Fabulous fruit palm
A fruit fantasy of a palm tree made from pineapples and studded with strawberries, kiwi, grapes, oranges, golden pineapple and seasonal melon. Accompanied by a coconut dipping sauce.

Macaroni and cheese bar
Super-creamy macaroni and cheese for a “build your own” bar. Mix-ins include crisply bacon, truffle puree, scallions, creamery butter, roasted garlic, pimentos, jalapenos, Ritz cracker bits, Cheetos, and jalapenos.

Imported cheeses*
A seasonal selection of whole cheese including creamy brie, stilton, parmesan, cheddar, sweet country cheese, and more. Accompanied by grapes, strawberries, honeycomb, baguette slices, and rice crackers.

Mini dessert station*
An assortment of delicious small bites including French macaron, 240sweet marshmallows, mini cheesecakes, bar cookies, and amaretto stuffed strawberries.

Gourmet s’more on a stick
Assorted flavors of our award-winning 240sweet Artisan Marshmallows with everything needed for the perfect dessert: crushed graham crackers, ground dark chocolate, toasted coconut, nuts pieces, Chef’s Choice toppings, and skewers.

Also Included
Non-alcoholic beverage station
Choose two: Southern sweet tea, minted lemonade, triple berry lemonade, fruited water*, watermelon agua fresca*, coffee, and gingery apple cider.

Small plates in your choice of eco-friendly bamboo or china* accompanied by stainless steel flatware. Glassware for drink station, salt and pepper shakers, and all items needed for bussing and serving included.

Your choice paper cocktail napkins or white cloth napkins. Also includes white tabletop linens for food stations.

Cake service station
Cutting and plating of the professionally baked cake that you provide. Includes rental/usage of serviceware and paper cocktail napkins.

Two Passed Appetizers and three stations: 75.00

Each additional Appetizer: 4.00

Each additional Food Station: 10.00

The Fine Print
20% service staff charge will be added to final invoice. Gratuity not included. Minimum of 50 people for service Monday through Friday. Minimum of 100 people for service Saturday and Sunday. Three hours of direct service. Pricing subject to change without notice.  Booking fee of 500.00 for Monday through Thursday and 1000.00 for Friday through Sunday service.  Events further than 50 miles from our commissary may incur travel charges. Not available at all venues. 

*Served at Chef Alexa and Sam’s Wedding Extravaganza weekend.

Preferred Partners: Social Butterfly

Preferred PartnerSocial Butterfly

Through the years, many of our favorite weddings have been co-ordinated by Social Butterfly. We love their attention to detail and creativity. 

Lauren has been in the hospitality industry for over 11 years. After years of working events, she fell in love with wedding days and everything that comes with them! This inspiration and a love for design led her to this amazing opportunity to work one-on-one with brides to help them have the most stress-free and best wedding day imaginable.

Located in Bloomington, Social Butterfly is a wedding planning company offering services from day of coordination to full service planning. They also provide rental services such as linens, table decor, and lounge furniture.

It is their mission to inspire you with ideas, give you help with the details that make your special day unique and personal, and provide you with the luxury of unparalleled service so that you can enjoy every single second of your wedding day. Whether you have binders full of ideas and want them to turn it into reality or simply no idea where to start, they can help. With many years of experience, they are ready and prepared to inspire you with design ideas to make your event a true expression of you!

No ID Required: Mocktails

No ID Required: Sophisticated drinks without alcohol

Samantha Aulick, 240sweet Artisan Foodworks

Recently, Sam (with her wonderful assistant Chef Alexa) shared her knowledge of creating sophisticated beverages that don't require alcohol with an audience at the Bartholomew County Public Library. It was a great event with enthusiastic participants who watched her make and then sampled some deliciousness. Here are the recipes she shared that evening. Click here to share your comments to the Facebook event page.

Sam and Chef Alexa at the library.

Cold Steeped Shrub

During Colonial times, this was a popular drink. Once Prohibition began, Americans revived this classic as an alternative to alcohol. The health benefits of apple cider vinegar have helped this drink become popular again. You can enjoy it as it is or with vodka. I add sparkling water to mine.

1 cup very ripe fruit (local watermelon is one of my favorites)
1 cup sugar
1 cup cider vinegar

Dice the fruit and coat with sugar. Let sit for 24-36 hours or until juicy. Strain fruit for juice. Mix the juice with cider vinegar. Let age in non-reactive container for one week. Use to create delicious drinks (1 tablespoon per cup of mixer).

Makes 10 drinks.

Hibiscus Spritzer

Everyone loves an elegant drink. You can use ginger ale, sprite, or club soda in this one. Also, you can substitute champagne for an alcoholic version. Sometimes, Chef Alexa will stuff the hibiscus flowers with fresh goat cheese for a fun appetizer to be served with this beverage, too.

2 ounces hibiscus syrup
4 hibiscus flowers (dried, canned, or fresh organic)
2 cans Sprite

In an elegant stemmed glass, pour ¼ ounce of hibiscus syrup. Drop one hibiscus flower into glass. Fill glass with Sprite. Repeat.

Serves 4. 

Virgin Mary

The Virgin Mary is a healthy way to start the day with nutrient-rich tomato juice and fresh vegetables. I like to enjoy mine with some sips being spicy and some not. That’s why I put the Old Bay on the rim.

3 cups tomato juice
2 limes, juiced (reserve a little for rimming glass)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves fresh garlic, pressed
4 teaspoons grated horseradish
4 dashes of hot sauce
1 teaspoon white pepper
¼ cup Old Bay
4 stalks celery
4 carrot sticks
4 green beans

In a pitcher, stir together tomato juice, lime juice, Worcestershire, garlic, horseradish, hot sauce, and white pepper. Taste. Add more of any ingredient you would like (Remember that Old Bay will kick up the spiciness quite a bit). Put reserved lime juice and Old Bay into shallow bowls just big enough to put a pint glass into. Dip pint glass rim first into lime juice and then into Old Bay. Fill glass with ice and then tomato juice mixture. Garnish each with a stalk of celery, a carrot stick, and a green bean.

Makes 4 drinks.

Sparkling Apple Ginger Cider

One of the best parts of fall is the excuse to drink sparkling apple cider. Ginger syrup adds zing that really makes this drink pop.

¼ cup ginger syrup
1 bottle sparkling apple cider
4 slices fresh ginger, peel left on

In an elegant stemmed glass, pour ¼ of the ginger syrups. Drop one piece of ginger into glass. Fill glass with sparkling apple cider. Repeat.

Serves 4.