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Chef Jamie McFadden and the entire staff with Cuisiniers and BarJme are honored to have been nominated for “Best Caterer” and “Best Ongoing Chef Event” in Edible Orlando’s “Best of” awards for 2011! After nominations, winners are selected by YOUR votes! As a supporter of ours, we would greatly appreciate your vote – just follow this link (http://www.edibleorlando.com/2011/12/best-of-edible-orlando/) to cast your vote!
Thanks for letting us entertain you deliciously in 2011!
Dinner at the kitchen counter may never be the same. Award-winning executive chef Jamie McFadden of Cuisiniers Catered Cuisine and Events in Winter Park has teamed up with culinary colleagues Harold Henderson, Bryce Balluff and David Olin to create Bar J Me, an exclusive 10- to 12-seat dining experience open on select days.
It’s a chef’s table concept staged at a sleek L-shaped counter in front of the catering company’s kitchen. The interior lights are dimmed so the industrial shelves packed with the accouterments of the trade do not detract. All eyes are focused on the kitchen as the chefs prepare each course.
Small tasting plates are presented with an explanation of the food. Questions are encouraged. I was pleasantly surprised at how intimate the dinner was. Conversations among individual parties and new friends made at the counter were easy and enhanced the evening.
McFadden was initially inspired a few years ago by the gastropub dining trend. And momentum grew when the Cuisiniers team would cook together late at night back at their home base.
“We would be through putting things away and hungry,” says McFadden. “We’re chefs. We play with our food. We would experiment with whatever was on hand and come up with some really intriguing flavors. Eventually we knew this was a great concept for a dining experience.”
Seatings vary depending on the catering company’s demands but that just adds to the exclusive feel. You can’t drop in without a reservation. And all openings are posted at Cuisinierscater.com, Jamiemcfadden.com or BarJMe’s Facebook page.
It took a couple months to snag two seats in August and it was well worth the juggling. The tasting menu builds from a breakfast, lunch and dinner theme.
Breakfast included foie gras French toast fashioned from challah, candied bacon, rosemary-infused maple syrup and a bit of gastronomic wizardry in the form of fried egg foam; Scotch quail eggs encased in house-made sausage were plated with parsnip puree, kale chips, a carrot and cardamom puree; and beet-cured salmon with dill horseradish, crème fraiche and beet caviar.
The “Midday Munchies” menu reinvented the fish stick and cheese steak sandwich. For the sticks, a delicate shrimp mousse stood up nicely to the deep fryer and came with vegetable chips and smoked habanero remoulade. The Philly standby was turned inside out with tender brisket, gruyere cheese, sherried onions and finely diced bell peppers. We finished our “lunch” with duck carnitas — a crispy duck confit with lime crème fraiche and rich avocado and well-placed sparks of heat. Dinner plates were equally inventive with pickled celery meatballs, squid ink paella with smoky tomato sofrito and braised pork belly with a killer kimchi applesauce.
Dessert rocked with two mini ice cream cones: A honey-nut tuile cone with baklava walnut ice cream and a prosciutto cone with cantaloupe sorbet and lemon whip.
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The Dish on Dining
Bar J Me
Where: 5470 Lake Howell Road, Winter Park (in a plaza near the intersection with Howell Branch Road)
When: Times and dates vary
How much: $95 per person
Beverages: Bring your own wine with no corkage fee
Extras: Interactive experience, good for groups and private parties
Credit: American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa
Nestled within downtown Orlando’s endearing South Eola and Thornton Park districts, The MEZZ is the destination for distinctive corporate mettings, elegant weddings, unforgettable community events and private functions that demand a unique and unmatched setting. The MEZZ is urban elegance.
Offering approximately 7,000 square feet of multi-functional space, including the private Plum Room, The MEZZ can be masterfully sectioned to accommodate your affair whether intimate or epic.
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Cuisiniers’ has been selected as one of “The Best Central Florida Wedding Vendors of 2010” by TheKnot.com. The awards and rankings are calculated according to user feedback and forums on TheKnot.com. Jamie and the entire Cuisiniers’ staff would like to thank you all for your support!
You’re Invited to The Gallery at Interlachen Preview Parties
We invite you to join us at The Gallery at Interlachen Preview Parties, hosted by The Gallery at Interlachen and Cuisiniers’ Catered Cuisine and Events. Come experience all that the newest venue in Winter Park has to offer – fantastic artwork and great networking in an intimate setting.
Preview Parties will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, February 3rd and 4th starting at 5:00 pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Cuisiniers’ Catered Cuisine and Events.
Gallery at Interlachen venue information:
- 1200 square feet of meeting space
- Complimentary parking
- On-site audio/visual equipped
- Optional food and beverage packages
The Gallery at Interlachen is exclusively catered by Cuisiniers Catered Cuisine and Events. For more information, contact us at 407.579.2219
The Gallery is located at:
5510 Lake Howell Road
“In the Interlachen Village”
Winter Park, FL 32792