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The COOLEST ideas from the CommuniCater!

It’s in your email inbox NOW!  The September/October volume of the  ICA CommuniCater

This edition of the  CommuniCater is filled with

  •  a “cool” cover story created by Chef Elgin Woodman of A Joy Wallace Production
  • comprehensive coverage from the 2011 CaterArts Conference
  •  a fabulous profile of Chef/Owner Debby Stein of Cartewheels Catering
  • a thorough look at the pros and cons of trendy camera apps by Cade Nagy
  • sales and marketing strategies

and SO much more.  Lots of delicious recipes too– and we saved Debbie Stein’s beautiful and savory Venetian Seafood Salad recipe for our ICA blog readers!

Venetian Seafood Salad

Seafood Poaching Liquid:

1 Celery Stalk

1 Medium Onion, halved

1 Medium Carrot

1 Bay Leaf

3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice (about one Lemon)

1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

2 quarts Water


1 lb C cleaned Calamari cut into rings and tentacles

½ lb Sea or Bay Scallops, foot removed

1 lb medium to large Shrimp

1 lb Octopus

To poach the seafood you will need a large saucepan fitted with a colander insert. In the bottom of the pan combine the poaching liquid ingredients and bring to a boil.

Place Calamari in the colander and cook in the simmering water for 2 minutes. Remove from the water and set aside. Place Scallops in the colander and cook until opaque, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove and place in the bowl with the Calamari. Large Scallops may be cut in half after cooking, bay Scallops may be left whole. Place Shrimp in the colander and cook until pink, about 3 minutes. Remove from water, peel, devein and cut in half horizontally, adding to the other cooked seafood.

Remove the colander from the pan and place the Octopus directly in the saucepan, adding more water if necessary to completely cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and gently simmer until tender, about 40 to 50 minutes. Transfer Octopus to a bowl and rinse under cold running water until completely cooled, about 5 minutes. Use your fingers and a small paring knife to remove the outer skin. Discard the hard mouth and head sac. Cut tentacles and octopus on the bias into 1 inch pieces and add to the cooked seafood.


1 cup julienned tender Celery

1 cup julienned Carrots

½ cup julienned Red Bell Pepper

½ cup julienned Yellow Bell Pepper

1 Scallion julienned white part only

2 Tabelspoons Chopped Fresh Parsley

2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Basil

2 large Garlic Cloves minced

6 Tablespoons Freshly squeezed Lemon or Lime Juice

1 Tablespoon White Wine Vinegar

½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

½ teaspoon Kosher Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Combine all with the cooked Seafood. Can be served on a bed of Field Greens. We also serve it in a Martini Glass.

 Variations: Steamed Mussels may be added. To extend the recipe and add a new texture dimension, ½ cup cubed, peeled, cookedIdahopotatoes and/or ½ cup cooked or canned cannelini beans (drained and rinsed).  Although it isn’t traditional, a hint of chopped cilantro (about 2 teaspoons) can also be added.


The CommuniCater is an informative resource and *MEMBERS-ONLY* benefit of your ICA membership.   Read yours today!

Success and Regards,
Jody Wimer, JPC Event Group
ICA Marketing and Communications Chairperson


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A CaterArts “Sneak Peak!”

The CaterArts conference is just around the corner filled with culinary tips, inspirations and a bevy of top pro chefs sharing their skills!    Chef Elgin Woodman of A Joy Wallace Production has been gracious to share a sneak peak recipe from her upcoming session with Ron Dando of Thomas Preti Events to Savor on bringing your dishes to life with scintillating sauces and accompaniments.

{Chef Elgin Woodman  Photo Credit:  Roy Llera}


“Tuna Nicoise”


1 lb Fresh Tuna

2 tbs Mustard Seeds

½ tsp Dijon Mustard

2 oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to Taste

2 lb Yukon Gold Potato

Juice of one Lime Juice

1 tbs Aji Amarillo

3 tbs Mayonnaise      

Salt and Pepper to Taste

80 French Green Beans

16 Quail Eggs

16 Grape Tomatoes

32 Nicoise Olives

1/2 cup Mayonnaise

1/4 cup Pitted Nicoise olives

Micro Greens and Lemon zest for garnish

Chive Oil to Drizzle


Marinate the Tuna in the Olive oil, Mustard seeds, and Mustard for ½ hour. Season with Salt and Pepper. Sear on a hot pan, turning it to get a nice even sear along all the edges. Extreme caution must be taken to not overcook it. When seared, cool.

Boil the potatoes, skin on, until tender. Peel the potato. Dice half of the potatoes and pass the other half through the ricer. Toss with mayonnaise, lime juice, Aji Amarillo and season with salt and pepper. These last ingredients can be modified depending on your taste. You can make it tangier or less tangy by increasing or eliminating the lime juice. You can also adjust the spiciness level with the Aji Amarillo. Using a ring mold place the potato in the mold and chill.

Blanch the green beans. Cook and peel the egg.


Push the potato out of the mold and place it on the plate. Top it with the green beans. Slice the tuna and place it on top. Toss the micro greens with lemon zest. Paint the plate with olive mayo and herb oil. Finish the plate with the quail eggs, nicoise olives, and grape tomatoes.


Thank you Elgin for sharing– it looks stunning and delicious!  And makes me glad I am registered for CaterArts…

Success and regards,
Jody Wimer, JPC Event Group
ICA Marketing and Communication Chairperson

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