Hi fellow ChowHounds. I am throwing a cocktail party for my parents, to celebrate their 75th birthdays this summer. I have a list of appetizers that I plan on making, but feel I need a few more ideas, especially vegetarian, not my strong suit! It will be for around 20-25 people.
Part of the problem is that I'm planning the party from LA and it will be in Florida, in early August. So, I am trying to take advantage of the fresh seafood & produce of that region, not my own. I will be traveling there in two weeks, so I'd like to have most of my menu set by then, and will then have to shop & search for most of the ingredients. My parents live on the Atlantic side, but don't have as many gourmet shops and abundant ethnic ingredients as we do here in Southern California. So some ingredients, Asian, especially may be hard to find.
Here's what I have so far, and it's still preliminary:
Chilled soup shooters: either Cream of Asparagus w/smoked oyster or Spicy avocado-Cucumber soup
Curried Cashews, or Rosemary Almonds, Warmed Green olives
Tropical Black Bean Salsa with chips
Foie Gras Pate on Brioche w/fig jam
Smoked salmon toasts or a cocktail shrimp plate
White Bean & roasted Eggplant crostini w/smoked paprika oil
Wasabi-lime Crab in Cucumber cups
Beef filet on mini yorkshire puddings w/Horseradish cream
Mini cubano paninnis on rye bread
Warm New Potatoes with melted brie & baby Arugula
Other veggie apps I've thought of, but don't know if they will go:
Marinated fennel salad - sounds a bit like a cole slaw, and was used to top crabcakes
Tomato Tea Sandwiches
Tomato salad with Cheese crisps
Arugula Salad w/ or w/out Pancetta & hard boiled eggs - this looks very interesting, you make a parmesan frico (cheese crisp) let it harden while curled over a spoon handle, then fill the cup with an arugula salad, crisped pancetta & a quartered hard boiled egg. It's one bite and looks great.
Obviously I know there's some overlap of ingredients. I just want to have a few recipes on the side, in case I can't find a particular ingredient, like arugula, for instance.
I appreciate any and all thoughts & suggestions, I have already gotten so many ideas from researching this site for a while now. Just thought I'd give it one more shot before I left for the East Coast. Thanks so much in advance!!