An expatriate of New Orleans – and professional chef – who has lived in Los Angeles since her childhood, blogs about the journey from New Orleans to Los Angeles back to New Orleans, and points along the way.

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Calás for Mardi Gras

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014, 5:19 pm in Food and Drink, Shameless Self Promotion- Sharing Successes | 5 comments

I’ll be sharing the story of Calás on the air waves on Mardi Gras weekend!

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Bread Pudding with Sautéed Pears for Fall

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013, 11:35 am in Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet, Shameless Self Promotion- Sharing Successes | 0 comments

Here I am demoing Bread Pudding with Sautéed Pears on Daytime TV!

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Appetizers to Pair with an Artisan American Whiskey and Pulled Pork on Sweet Potato Biscuits

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011, 3:44 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory, Shameless Self Promotion- Sharing Successes, Small Pleasures Catering | 6 comments

Appetizers to Pair with an Artisan American Whiskey and Pulled Pork on Sweet Potato Biscuits

A menu designed to complement a new American whiskey inspired these Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork in Barbecue Sauce.

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A Little More Joy of Baking, LA Helps LA and Fig Frangipane Tart

Posted by on Oct 6, 2010, 1:41 pm in Food and Drink, Shameless Self Promotion- Sharing Successes, Special Events | 4 comments

Sharing a few of the great dishes we served at L.A. food bloggers LA Helps LA tasting event to benefit Gulf Restoration Network, highlighting products sent by our great sponsors.

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A Lovely Early Springtime Menu to Celebrate a Milestone Birthday

Posted by on Mar 17, 2010, 3:39 pm in Celebrations, Food and Drink, Seasonal Celebrations, Shameless Self Promotion- Sharing Successes | 3 comments

I was privileged, earlier this week, to cater a party celebrating the 90th birthday of a beautiful lady. Her friends (and their community of caretakers) and family dropped by throughout the afternoon to share and sing “Happy Birthday” to her- over and over again. You see, the birthday girl has a touch of Alzheimer’s, but she greatly enjoyed the festivities nevertheless, repeatedly telling everyone how much she loved them. Her daughters asked that the food be classic American (no fusion, spicy, exotic ethnic flavors) given the median age of the group. I might add, that I believe people especially appreciate the tried and true classics in uncertain times, so I heartily agreed. The menu also reflected the early arrival of spring which we’re in the middle of here in L.A. On the menu : Demi-tasse sized servings of Fresh Spring Pea Soup (a lovely shade of green, perfect for a spring afternoon) garnished with Creme Fraiche and Mint Pesto. (Yes! You can serve soup at an hors d’oeuvre party. And a special thanks to the Cabazon Crate and Barrel Outlet Center for rushing these espresso cups out to me). BTW, you can find a recipe for the Pea Soup at my L.A. Examiner Party Planning column). Chive Scented Gougeres (classic cheese puffs made with the same Pâte á Choux dough as Profiteroles– you remember those from our last post, right?- just add 1 C. of grated Gruyere cheese and a couple T. of snipped chives to the batter). Mini Shiitake Mushroom and Fontina Cheese Paninis Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon garnished with Sour Cream and Chives   Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce garnished with little sprigs of a beautiful curly Red Mustard I picked up from Coleman Family Farm at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market   Little Sliders of Shredded Braised Short Ribs with Horse Radish Cream And for dessert: Mini Lemon Curd Tarts Almond Apricot Bars Triple Fudge Brownies Photo Courtesy of Patti Londre at www.WorththeWhisk.com oh- and Birthday cake, of course,  decorated with anthuriums, the birthday girl’s favorite flower, provided by Suzi Babbin Finer-birthday girl’s cousin, and decorator at Hansen’s Cakes. Isn’t it lovely? I sure hope I’m as lucky as this when I’m 90. Bon Appetit, Gisele Oh- and btw, please visit my other blog , too. www.painperdublog.com P.S. My client sent this note a couple of weeks after the event. Wanted to share it with you. Hi Gisele, “Thanks to you and your top-notch team for making Mom’s birthday a glorious occasion. The food was superb, and the service pleasant and thoughtful. We so appreciate your accommodating the special needs of nonogenerian and centenarian guests! With much appreciation of a beautiful party.” All best, Diane Harris...

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Stirring It Up in Los Angeles for Haiti Relief

Posted by on Feb 23, 2010, 12:24 pm in Food and Drink, Shameless Self Promotion- Sharing Successes, Small Pleasures Catering, Special Events | 1 comment

Stirring It Up in Los Angeles for Haiti Relief

Thanks to all of you who supported Small Pleasures Catering and the people of Haiti by attending Los Angeles’ Stir It 28 event. It was a great time- lots of yummy food (courtesy of Small Pleasures, of course, and The Cheese Impresario, as well as the food blogging community of L.A.), wonderful libations (courtesy of The Liquid Muse, Grey Goose Vodka, Sutter Home Wines, and Fre-Wines). Oh-and a very special thank you to Greg of sippitysup who opened his lovely Hollywood Hills home to us. Even the weather, while iffy for a moment, cooperated. The energy amongst the food blogging community kept the Greg’s lovely kitchen buzzing. I am still amazed that such a vibrant and supportive community has developed in L.A. in such a short time, and it all started on line! And, as it was a food blogging event, there were cameras snapping the whole time, so here are some great pics to share with you. All I can say is- okay, when’s our next event?   Here's Small Pleasures' Bruschetta and Dessert bar, with display design by the fabulous Tom Coffey, one of our company's talented team members. Click here to check out our complete menu. Photo Courtesy of Patti at WorththeWhisk Tapenade and Sun Dried Tomato Red Pepper Pesto – Photo Courtesy of Eric Charbonneau and Grey Goose The Baked Brie with Caramelized Apples was a big hit! Photo Courtesy of Eric Charbonneau and Grey Goose As were the profiteroles- more about them in my next post! Photo Courtesy of cinemon girl Here's our featured team- Chrystal Baker of DuoDishes, who organized our L.A. segment of Stir It 28, Greg Henry of sippitysup, me (your small pleasures catering chef and chief bottle washer), Natalie Bovis-Nelsen, aka The Liquid Muse, Christophe Name of Grey Goose, and Barry Lynn Krich, aka The Cheese Impresario   Ah- and there were plenty of our next generation of foodies on hand- here I am with my favorite young apprentice! Photo Courtesy of Patti at Worth the Whisk...

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An Autumn Tea Party Offers Great Value

Posted by on Oct 12, 2009, 5:54 pm in Food and Drink, Seasonal Celebrations, Shameless Self Promotion- Sharing Successes, Small Pleasures Catering | 0 comments

An Autumn Tea Party Offers Great Value

It’s a gloomy, cool day here in Los Angeles, and even though I’m not a regular tea drinker, my thoughts often turn to a cup of tea on days like this. So I spent some time writing an article about tea parties. I often associate tea parties with spring time, and indeed, that is a lovely time for a tea party. But each season offers its own special appeal, and autumn is a lovely time to break out your fine china and linens, play some soothing chamber music in the background, and take advantage of the harvest for tea treats. A tea party is a cost effective way to entertain, and because tea parties are so associated with refined elegance and charm, you, the hostess or host will come out smelling like a rose. They are also versatile and can be expanded into a brunch or luncheon by including a selection of fruit and cheese, salads, or a poached salmon for a more substantial meal. For autumn tea treats I would go with mushrooms, pumpkins, apples, pears and figs, all available in abundance at the local farmer’s markets now. I would also include cheeses, I like to pair smoked and blue cheeses with autumn produce for dainty little bites- a Fig or Pear and Gorgonzola Tea Sandwich on walnut bread, a Smoked Mozzarella and Wild Mushroom Tart, Mini Pumpkin Muffins with Chunky Apple Butter, Smoked Turkey on Rosemary Biscuits with Cranberry Chutney. BTW, an after Thanksgiving tea party is a perfect choice for an overworked hostess wanting to recharge her batteries and reconnect with close family and friends. I have always loved catering tea parties, and I think I do a pretty good job at it, too. A long time client of mine who has thrown several tea parties over the years, wrote this lovely review for me after one of hers. “Saw someone who attended our party today, and she said the food was better at our house than her Easter brunch at the Peninsula Hotel. Another unsolicited compliment (you’re good.)!”    -Best Regards,     Nan...

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A Tropical Themed Party for a Warm Summer Evening

Posted by on Aug 28, 2009, 10:12 am in Food and Drink, Menus, Shameless Self Promotion- Sharing Successes, Small Pleasures Catering | 0 comments

A Tropical Themed Party for a Warm Summer Evening

A catered birthday party with a menu designed to accompany Margaritas and Mojitos, the only drinks the client intended to serve.

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Introducing the New L.A. Party Planning Examiner

Posted by on Jul 14, 2009, 1:09 pm in Shameless Self Promotion- Sharing Successes, Small Pleasures Catering | 0 comments

Gosh, it's been a busy few weeks, but I just want to take some time to share some great news. I have recently been named the L.A. Party Planning Examiner at Examiner.com. Please check it out for great tips on throwing fantastic parties among other ideas. Also, we catered a fabulous Margarita and Mojito themed party this past weekend, with great Mexican and Caribbean food. As soon as we get the pics, we'll share them with you. Bon Appetit! Giselesmall pleasures...

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I Do Radio

Posted by on Jun 13, 2009, 3:19 pm in Celebrations, Shameless Self Promotion- Sharing Successes | 0 comments

Hello All, I just wanted to let you know about a great resource- I Do Radio- with host Rev.Angela Butts Chester of Chester Ministries and Blessings All Around located in Long Beach, CA. Rev. Angela's mission is to celebrate the the stages of our lives in ceremony. Now there's something I can really get behind. I truly believe in the power of celebration. Her show, I Do Radio, features wedding advice from all angles, and this morning she interviewed- me! You can click on the link below to listen in. Rev. Angela Interview BonAppetit!...

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