The menu consisted of: mini taco trio (1)cauliflower with ancho chilies and crema mexicana (v), (2) roast duck with mango salsa and (3) poblano chili, corn & zucchini with salsa verde (v); almond coriander soup with tortilla strips (v); and chicken with apricot almond mole, quinoa and sautéed zucchini.
“The magazine requested as many vegetarian options as we could provide. Mexican food is full of vegetarian options, but thanks to the myriad of spices, nuts, and chilies in the recipes, one can easily come up with interesting alternatives to the traditional dishes.” says Amanda Smith, owner and operator of Amanda Smith Caterers.
“We have been making the almond coriander soup prior to my joining the company, it was actually my predecessor’s recipe, and I thought that there was no way that his recipe could work as it is so simple but, in fact, it is one of the best soups we make. Very subtle and always an eye popper whether we serve it as a soup shot or first course” ads Executive Chef, Federico Perez.
Amanda was born in Mexico to an American Mother (from Boston) and Mexican father who met at Georgetown. She grew up between Mexico City and New York, attended the hotel & restaurant school at Cornell University and then spent 17 years living and traveling all over the world. “I actually sent Emma (at New York Magazine) a Thai menu as well” says Amanda “I spent a year and a half living in Bangkok when I worked at the Mandarin Oriental and I love to prepare Thai food when we have the chance. Actually, our first party in Greenwich in 2011 was Southeast Asian, from soup to nuts, a fundraiser for 250 guests for the not for profit organization, Room to Read. She must have liked the Mexican one more!”
Amanda Smith Caterers is a full-service catering and event planning company established in New York in 2002 that expanded to Connecticut in 2011. “Expanding to Connecticut was a dream and our charming new location on the Post Road is just perfect,” says Amanda Pilar Smith, owner. “We love the town, the community, and the easy access from the I–95,” she says, referring to the space they moved into in March of this year just off exit 11.
Servicing both corporate and private clientele, Amanda Smith Caterers provides individualized attention to every client. From intimate dinners at home, to corporate luncheons, and weddings for 500, Amanda is always involved “When thinking about our menus, we pay careful attention to our clients wishes, the seasons, and what is fresh.
We have established a great relationship with an organic farm in Fairfield run by the Grant family where we source much of our produce”, she adds.
Amanda Smith Caterers
1480 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820
tel. 203 202 7669
contact: Amanda Pilar Smith