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Victoria Emmons Catering, Palo Alto

Melanie Wong | Oct 21, 200112:14 PM

VE Catering promotes itself as "Caterer to Queen Elizabeth" and was the caterer for the wedding dinner we attended last night in Mountain View. Since we get occasional inquiries here for recommended caterers, I thought it was worth mentioning.

The food was certainly above the average for such affairs. Noticeably heavy on the sauce and butter, but perhaps this was more due to the choices made by the couple. Ample amounts of butter and dairy in the appetizers - tiny slices of fresh boccacini topped with a sliver of cherry tomato and pesto on toast rounds, sable on a dollop of cream cheese, walnuts and brie baked in phyllo packets swimming with butter, mini tacos filled with chipotle-seasoned pork and tied with leeks, more buttery tarts filled with tidbits. On the main buffet table, crab cakes with rouille, roasted veggies with aioli, spinach crepes with creamy mushrooms sauce, poached salmon with dill sauce, chilled giant prawns with red sauce, grilled filet with horseradish sauce...soon my plate was swimming with these accompaniments. The cheese display was awesome with mountains of French fromage (the bride is Parisian) including TWO triple cremes in the assortment and good quality baguettes and biscuits.

The highlight was the St. Honore cake (will have to find out if this was VE's own creation or not) with crusty/tender puffs filled with unctuous custard and drizzled with crackly caramel. Other desserts of mini-cheese cakes, individual lemon tarts, and long-stem strawberries were also offered.

We counteracted the cholestrol-laden offerings by drinking copious quantities of red wine. (g)

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