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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Crawfish Boil at the Home of John Besh

Posted by on May 17, 2016, 2:48 pm in Events, Recipes-Savory, Special Events | 0 comments

A crawfish boil, a beloved springtime event in southern Louisiana, at the home of Chef John Besh, where he talks about his foundation’s work.

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Kids at the Mardi Gras- a Few Sights and Sounds

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015, 2:21 pm in Celebrations, Seasonal Celebrations, Special Events, Travel | 2 comments

One of the best things about the New Orleans Carnival parades- watching the kids. Here are a few shots.

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What’s New in King Cakes?

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015, 10:30 am in Entertaining Trends, Food and Drink, Holiday Entertaining, Special Events | 1 comment

There’s been a surge of innovation in King Cakes recently, and in my dedication to you, I went out to sample some of them.

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Braised Lamb Shanks for Passover or Easter Week

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014, 6:41 pm in Holiday Entertaining, Recipes-Savory, Special Events | 2 comments

These Braised Lamb Shanks make for a very special dinner.

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Event Professionals Share Food and Drink Trends for 2011-Part 1

Posted by on Jan 4, 2011, 9:34 am in Entertaining Trends, Food and Drink, Small Pleasures Catering, Special Events | 1 comment

Event Professionals Share Food and Drink Trends for 2011-Part 1

Sharing predicted food and drink trends from event professionals for 2011.

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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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Alison and Aaron Wedding Party and Asian Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Posted by on Sep 14, 2010, 9:44 am in Books, Food and Drink, Menus, Recipes-Savory, Special Events | 3 comments

A Pan Asian menu for a casual backyard party to celebrate a newly married couple.

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Birthday Celebrations

Posted by on May 28, 2010, 1:32 pm in Celebrations, Special Events | 0 comments

Birthday Celebrations

Whether it's your 5th, your 15th, 50th  or beyond, birthdays are a great reason to celebrate! In fact, Wilton Enterprises (the people who bring us all those wonderful ways to decorate cakes), in their latest Celebration Report – I just love that they have a "celebration report"- states that birthdays, over the years, have remained the most attended celebration across the country. Milestone birthdays are special markers in our life- a time to honor ourselves and our journey, and they truly deserve special festivities. If it's your 50th, it can be a time to take stock, along with your loved ones, of how far you've come. If it's your 20th, it's a time to look excitedly at all that lies ahead. And is there anything better than witnessing the wide eyes of a 5 year old, as he views his very own beautifully decorated cake? A birthday is the perfect occasion for putting your own personal stamp on your party. Do you like Margaritas and Mariachis, paella and cava, elegant small bites and champagne? It's your day- so be creative. Let your caterer know the things that you love- your style, your likes and dislikes- and work with them to design your dream party. They can help you to carry the theme throughout, from the invites, to the food and cake, the décor, the music, and party favors. I can safely say that the more input of this sort you share with your caterer, the more engaging the process will be for them. We love a creative challenge. And most of all, make sure you enjoy your special day! Ciao, Gisele P.S. Please visit my other blog: painperdu...

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A Mother’s Day Brunch- with Mixed Berry Shortcake for Dessert

Posted by on May 8, 2010, 3:07 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Sweet, Seasonal Celebrations, Small Pleasures Catering, Special Events | 1 comment

Mother’s Day is the second busiest day of the year for restaurants, after Valentine’s Day. But my mother finds eating in a restaurant on Mother’s Day depressing, so we prepare a special brunch celebration of Mom at home.

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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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