Special Events Menu

Gourmet Caterers is a Full-Service Catering Company providing Creative and Resourceful Catering and Event Planning services.
We Cater all types of events including:

  • Corporate Events and Luncheons, served or dropped-off
  • Picnics and Barbecues
  • Holiday Parties
  • Grand Openings
  • Birthdays
  • Weddings and Engagements – from traditional to extraordinary

Gourmet Caterers offers Diverse Menus with Exceptional Service and Attention to Detail. Our Catering, Event Planning and Venue Management Team are dedicated to providing the Highest Quality in Food and Service to our Clients. We will customize any Event to suit our Clients’ individual Needs. We provide the Expertise and Vision of the latest Concepts in Event Planning and Design. We provide Professional Wait Staff, Rentals, Beverage Service and Decor of the Highest Quality. We will make You a Guest at your Own Party.

Please call Nina Varkel at 949-246-2071 or our Event Coordinator, Nancy Lew, at 714-328-4938!
Their attention to detail will make your Event a Success.

Special Events Menu

Delivery Information and Charges

Upgraded Acrylic Plates, silver look cutlery and colored napkins can be added to your order for $3.50 per person.

China plates, stainless cutlery and glassware can be added for an additional charge, please call us for a quote.

Staffing – We recommend one or more attendant for 50 or more guests. Staff will be based on the number of guests. Servers are $25.00 per hour. Bartenders are $30.00 per hour. Staffing prices will vary on holidays. All events with staff will be charged a service charge of 20% on everything. Service Charge helps to defray costs on a full-service event and is not a gratuity.

Beverages – Alcohol can be served by our Bartenders. You may provide the alcohol or we will provide it at cost plus a small charge for the service.

Rental – We can provide any rental equipment needed. This includes tables, chairs, linen, china, cutlery and glassware.

Floral – We can provide floral pieces for the buffet or smaller centerpieces for your guest tables. Buffet flowers run from $90 and up. Table centerpieces start at $25 and up.

Leftovers are at the discretion of Gourmet Caterers. However, if client does take leftovers, it then is client’s responsibility for proper handling and refrigeration.

Gratuity for serving personnel is not included but greatly appreciated.

Miscellaneous – Client assumes responsibility for any damage to items caused by guests. Gourmet Caterers is not responsible for replacement or damage of client’s property used for or during their event at client’s request.

Cocktail Events
Served for Minimum of 40

Select 1 Meat, 1 Chicken, 1 Fish, 2 Vegetarian and 2 Desserts
$18.50 per guest


  • Beef Empanadas
  • Beef Kebobs with Sesame Dipping Sauce
  • Mashed Potato Martini topped with Mini Lamb Chop (add $5 per person)
  • Miniature Beef Wellington
  • Pulled Pork Sliders with Asian Slaw
  • Mini Reuben Sandwiches
  • Cajun Meatballs
  • Herb Crusted Beef Filet on Crostini with Cognac Aioli and Crisp Shallots
  • Teriyaki Beef Skewers


  • Chicken Curry on Pappadam
  • Pulled Chicken and Rosemary on Apple Crisp
  • Chicken Cigars with Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce
  • Chicken and Herb Potstickers with Mint-Chili Sauce
  • Chicken Pastry Pinwheels, with Savory Ground Chicken and Caramelized Ginger
  • Ginger Chicken-Lime Skewers /Skewers in a Teriyaki or Peanut Sauce
  • Chinese Chicken Salad, served in a Mini Martini Glass
  • Marinated Chicken served on a lollipop with a Parmesan crust
  • BBQ Chicken Slider


  • Ahi Tuna on a Sesame Chip with Wasabi Drizzle
  • Shrimp Shooter, Spicy Cocktail Sauce
  • Fried Lobster Mac N’ Cheese
  • Coconut Shrimp with Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce
  • Mini Sesame Crab Cakes with Aioli and Tropical Salsa
  • Crispy Shrimp Sate, Thai Chili Sauce
  • White Fish Salad with Crostini
  • Persian Cucumber, with Salmon Mousse accented by Caviar
  • Salmon Mousse Platter


  • Baby Artichoke Fritters with Tarragon Crème
  • Butternut Squash and Cranberry Tartlets
  • Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Turnover
  • Asparagus and Avocado Wraps
  • Cremini Mushroom Caps stuffed with Mascarpone, Stilton and Basil
  • Petite Brie en Croute, Cranberry and Pear Compote
  • Potato Cups stuffed with Raisins and Cashews
  • Seared Hudson Valley Apple Tart Tatin with Aged Goat Cheese
  • Mini Artichoke Hearts with Parmesan Cheese
  • Full Size Brie Wrapped in Pastry served with Hot Apple Filling
  • Crostini with Goat Cheese and Sweet Peppers
  • Pesto Caprese Skewers with Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil
  • Brie Raspberry Pastry Pockets with Toasted Slivered Almonds
  • Vegetable Samosas
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls with Sweet and Sour sauce
  • Sweet Potato and Ginger Roste with Chive Cream
  • Goat Cheese Lollipops with Spicy Marinara dipping sauce
  • Feta Torte with Roasted Red Peppers and Walnuts with Pita Chips
  • Artichoke Tartlet
  • Southwestern Pate with Scoop Chips
  • Watermelon Gazpacho Shots Soup
  • Roasted Pepper and Basil Quiche Bites


  • Mini Chocolate Mousse Cups
  • Blondie Brownie Bars
  • Lemon Squares
  • Carrot Cake Squares
  • Assorted Cookies
  • Tiramisu Martini
  • Double Chocolate Brownies
  • Fruit Cobbler, warm with Fresh Cream
  • Cream Puffs filled with Custard
  • Mini Cupcakes, Your choice of flavor & fillings
  • Mini Cheesecake Squares
  • Seasonal Fruit Platter
  • Biscotti, choice of Tropical or Chocolate dipped

Other Beginnings

Price to be quoted upon request

  • Dips/Pates – served with Crackers, Chips or Breads
  • Humus with Pita Chips
  • Artichoke Dip with Parmesan Cheese
  • Creamy Dill Dip with Fresh Herbs and Spices
  • Smoked Salmon Dip
  • Hot Parmesan Crab Dip with Crusty French Bread
  • Southwestern Walnut Pate with Scoop Chips
  • Feta Torte with Sun-dried Tomatoes, served with Bagel Chips

Served for Minimum of 40

Price to be quoted upon request.

  • Mushroom Cap Bar with fillings of Artichoke Puree, Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade, or Pureed Spinach
  • Slider Bar with Beef, Chicken, Crab or Vegetarian Patties, with Horseradish Cream
  • Fruit and Vegetables
  • Assorted Cheese and Crackers with Pickles and Olives
  • Roast Beef and/or Turkey with Mini Rolls, Grainy Mustard, Horseradish Cream and Mayonnaise
  • Toasted Bar with Marinated Chicken and Grilled Carne Asada, served with Shredded Lettuce, Sour Cream, Shredded Cheese, Tomatoes and Jalapenos
  • Mashed Potato Bar – Creamy Mashed Potatoes topped with Sautéed Mushrooms, Pesto, and Sun Dried Tomato /Olive Tapenade, Sweet Butter, Shredded Cheddar, Sour Cream, Chives
  • Baguette Bar with Goat Cheese and Olive Tapenade, Roasted Red Peppers with Basil, Creamy Mushrooms
  • Pancake Bar with Sweet Potato and Ginger Pancakes, Zucchini with Feta, and Potato with Sour Cream
  • Falafel with Salad, Humus, Tehina and Baba Ganoush
  • Salad in Martini Glasses – Deluxe Greens, Tomatoes, Slivered Peppers, Hearts of Palm, Baby Corn, Slivered Red Onion, Caramelized Nuts, with Champagne OR Sun Dried Tomato Dressing
  • Grill Station- A perfect summertime choice for any function. This chef active station features freshly grilled meat and seafood -- the perfect star for any meal. Choice of one fish & one meat or chicken: Lemon Zested Island Shrimp Kabobs, New York Strip Steaks, Grilled Salmon Filet, Marinated Skirt Steak, Swordfish Steaks, BBQ Chicken Breast Includes: Grilled Vegetables
  • Seafood Station – Served on a bed of ice, Crab Claws, Jumbo Shrimp, Clams, Oysters, Ceviche, or can be customized to your taste.
  • Pasta Express Station - Penne pasta sautéed to order with all three of the toppings below:
    • Seafood Marinara: a blend of shrimp, scallops & clams in the Chef's Secret Herb Sauce.
    • Cajun Fun: chicken & Andouille sausage with Cajun seasonings sealed in a medium roux.
    • Mediterranean Blend: a blend of tomatoes, Kalamata olives, onions, garlic, artichoke hearts, mushrooms & fresh basil. A dish your vegetarian guests will love!

Hot Meals
Served for Minimum of 30

Price includes Breads with Butter, One Salad, One Entrée, One Starch, One Vegetable, and One Dessert
Soup can be provided at extra charge
China, Silverware and Labor can be provided at an additional Charge


  • Mixed Deluxe Greens Salad With Assorted Peppers, Caramelized Walnuts and Sun Dried Tomatoes, With Italian Vinaigrette
  • Berry Salad with Deluxe Greens, Strawberries and Blueberries, with Crumbled Goat Cheese and Toasted Slivered Almonds, with Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • Healthy Caesar Salad with Parmesan Reggiano and Homemade Croutons
  • Mandarin Grove Salad – Assorted Mixed Greens and Spinach Leaves with sliced Mandarins and toasted Sliced Almonds, with a Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
  • Field Greens with Romaine Lettuce and Teardrop Tomatoes, Red Onion, Hearts of Palm, Fresh Herbs, with Red Wine Vinaigrette
  • Salad with Bibb Lettuce, Black Grapes and Shredded Red Cabbage with Hearts of Palm, with an Herb Dressing and a Sprinkle of Goat Cheese
  • Bibb Lettuce with Sliced Strawberries, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Avocado, and Red Wine Citrus Vinaigrette
  • Greek Salad with Romaine Lettuce, Black Olives, Pearl Tomatoes, and Feta Cheese, with Herb Vinaigrette


  • Roasted Prime Rib rubbed in Dijon and Cracked Peppercorns with a Cabernet Wine Sauce Au Jus ($25.00 per guest)
  • Horse Radish Crusted Prime Rib a Jus ($25.00 per guest)
  • Herb-Roasted Pork Loin Roast, served in a Balsamic Rhubarb Sauce – ($32.00 per guest)
  • Beef Brisket, slow cooked with BBQ Sauce ($23.00 per guest)
  • Citrus Short Ribs ($23.00 per guest)
  • Marinated Tri-Tip ($23.00 per guest)

Chicken ($23.00 per guest)

  • Medallions of Chicken Breast with Mushrooms and White Wine Reduction
  • Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Breast with Herbs and Mustard Cream Sauce
  • Chicken Breast stuffed with blue cheese, dates and roasted garlic with a port and butter sauce.
  • Roasted Chicken Breast with a Raspberry Herb and Stock Reduction
  • Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast with Sherry Vinaigrette
  • Chicken Breast baked in Plum Sauce with Fresh Ginger and Lemon Juice
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Chicken Quarters on the Bone with your Choice of Sauces Teriyaki, BBQ or Sweet and Sour

Fish ($25.00 per guest)

  • Poached Salmon with Dilled Sour Cream and Papaya Relish
  • Pomegranate-Glazed Fillet of Salmon
  • Grilled Orange Roughy with Tomato, Green Olive and Caper Salsa
  • Herb-Crusted Sea Bass with Fresh Tomato Salsa OR Macadamia-Crusted Chilean Sea Bass with a Mango Cream Sauce - $27.00 per guest
  • Sesame-Crusted Tuna with Ginger Cream - $26.00 per guest
  • Crab Cakes on a Bed of Mixed Greens with Citrus Ginger Salsa - $32.00 per guest

Starch: (select one)

  • Roasted Red Potato Wedges with Fresh Herbs
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Buttermilk
  • Potato Goat Cheese Au Gratin
  • Mixed New Potatoes and Fingerling Potatoes with Molasses and Fresh Herbs
  • Steamed Herbed New Potatoes with Butter
  • Spice-Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Walnut Toffee
  • Creamy Parmesan Polenta
  • Quinoa with Sliced Mushrooms, Fresh Herbs, and Toasted Pine Nuts
  • Mediterranean Couscous with Roasted Red Peppers, and Currants
  • Savory Wild Rice with Cranberries, Snow Peas and Toasted Pecans
  • Spanish Rice with Roasted Corn, Baby Peas and Chopped Peppers
  • Asparagus Risotto with Fresh Mint
  • Herb-Buttered Noodles
  • Pasta topped with a Wild Mushroom Ragu
  • Orzo with Sun Dried Tomatoes and fresh Basil

Vegetables: (select one)

  • Roasted Mixed Vegetables marinated in Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Roasted Root Vegetables with Walnut Pesto
  • Broccoli Gratin OR Steamed Broccoli tossed with Lemon and Butter
  • Mixed Grilled Baby Peppers OR Glazed Baby Carrots
  • Mixed Squash Medley OR Acorn Squash stuffed with a Pear Ginger Relish
  • Grilled Asparagus and Mushrooms with Soy Vinaigrette OR Blanched Asparagus tossed with Lemon Butter
  • Ratatouille – Mixed Vegetables cooked in Fresh Tomato Sauce
  • Haricot Vert with Carrots

Desserts: (select one)

  • Strawberry Shortcake – layers of Cake filled with Sliced Strawberries and Fresh cream
  • Lemon Tarts with Fresh Cream
  • Chocolate Profiteroles, filled with Custard and dipped in Chocolate
  • Chocolate Pecan Tarts with Fresh Cream
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Coulis
  • Chocolate Mousse Cup, topped with Cherry
  • Yummy Creamy Carrot Cake Slice
  • Chocolate Cheese OR Maple-Praline Cheesecake OR Marble Cheesecake
  • Tiramisu Martini
  • Hot Fruit Cobbler, Choice of Apple or Peach
  • Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding with Frangelico Crème Puree
  • Mini Chocolate Cakes with Chocolate Ganache Frosting
  • Cupcakes, your choice of flavors and fillings
  • Tray of Assorted Mini Pastries on table – add $4.00 per guest

Special Events Menu