Lua suggestions

Discussion in 'Professional Catering' started by banqueteer, Feb 10, 2003.

  1. banqueteer

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    I've got a Lua coming up in a couple of weeks. I pretty well know what I'm going to use for decorating but I'm looking for more ideas or a couple of things I havn't thought of ...Thanks for any input.
     
  2. suzanne

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    You mean, like roast pig? Lomi lomi salmon? Spam-and-pineapple kebabs? Taro chips (miles better than poi! ;) )
     
  3. tigerwoman

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    how about baby pineapples on the stem for decoration.
     
  4. banqueteer

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    Yes it's a pig roast lua. The menu is all worked out. I'm looking for decorating ideas. Do you know where I can get the miniature pinapples? The centerpeice is going to be carved fruits and veggies done into a large centerpiece. I'd like to incorporate those into it. What kind of leaves are safe to use under the fruit display? Banana leaves?
     
  5. tigerwoman

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    where are you located?

    I sometimes see them in the speciality produce markets

    you can try asking your wholesale produce supplier to get a case for you.

    As for banana leaves, can get these and other very large exotic leaves in the wholesale flower markets at a reasonable price and if you have another event soon you can reuse them (doesn't have to be a tropical theme, it still looks ultra cool as an overlay.

    I have this very old address for buying direct from Hawaii - so I cann't promise it's valid - for me since I live in NYC, it's easier and cheaper to go down to the floral district early in the morning - just make sure you have your resale number, because some places won't sell retail and this way they don't charge you the tax either.

    Here's an old source (from early 90"s)

    Starr Farms
    PO Box 464
    Kurtistown Hawaii 96760
    808 966 8884
    Gary

    However I am sure a search on google for exotic tropicals will turn something up

    What I also find very cost effective and pretty are the cheaper stems of orchids (that here in NY all the Korean greengrocers sell 4-5 stems for about $5-6 and at the market are $8 for 8-10 stems depending on length and color)

    They come in a myrad of colors and you can pluck them off the stem and dot them around the table and greenery.

    I also have a ton of wooden tropicals that I imported from Bali years ago that have more than paid for themselves. Ditto for the carved wooden banana leaves, mangos, eggplants etc in great colors and shapes. I may know how to get those so PM me if you are interested.

    Other things you might find useful from the florist are moss and that brown "savannah moss" that you can stuff into edges of baskets and trays

    I also use wheatgrass alot. I buy it at the farmers market because it is cheaper than the floral market. Last week we bought some seeds to try to grow it ourselves in interesting shapes so we don't have to deal with the crumbling earth when we cut it down. It works well on the center of trays with any sort of flower "sprouting out" so you could sprout tropicals (really just stick the stem in and it stays)

    Hope this helps

    http://www.imagestation.com/album/pi...?id=4291084839

    I am not sure how to put in a link, but this may work to bring you to SONY Image Station, where I have a catering album stored. You will need to register with SONY Image Station before you can view the album, but that will also give you free priveledges to store your own photos there and let others view them on line (if they register).

    I don't seem to have any pictures of the bali trays on this album, I'll see if I can dig any up - again when is this event?


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  6. shroomgirl

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    Straubs in Clayton has baby pineapples
    Jay's International on S. Grand or Global on Lindbergh have great tropical garnish or go down to Floral row
    The asian stores on olive are good sources for interesting shtuff,
    World Bazaar on Brentwood or Pier One are also great resources.
    I'm using grass skirts to rim tables....and some grassy shtuff to poke up in the corners.
    Brett Palmier from Biver Farms in Edwardsville grows wheat grass and delivers to St. Louis couple times a week.... I bet you can piggy back an order and pick it up at one of the stores he sells too. I bought it a couple of years ago for $11 a flat, not sure what he charges now but should be in the ball park.
     
  7. momoreg

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