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The Nuevo Latino Gala

Recipe: The Nuevo Latino Gala

Remarks:

    I created this menu for four couples, one of whom was the highest bidder at a silent auction to benefit Hospice. From a variety of theme choices, they picked "fancy Mexican." I stretched "fancy Mexican" to mean anywhere from Cuba to Venezuela and across the Caribbean to make the food even more interesting. I posted the easy, fancy foccacia elsewhere on this web site, and eventually I'll post the other recipes too.

Ingredients:

    Drink of the Day
    The Mexican Melon Ball

    Appetizers Upstairs
    Zola's nuts, Cuban-style
    Grilled, tequila-marinated tuna and avocado "focaccia" with a red onion-balsamic drizzle

    Appetizers at the Table
    Spicy Boca del Rio shrimp with a mango-mint mojo "cocktail" sauce
    "Surprise" tamales with a tomato-New Mexico red chile sauce

    Dinner
    Cuban marinated pork tenderloin on a bed of Caribbean black beans with plantain, pineapple and serrano salsa

    Dessert
    Coco Cabana served in a dark French chocolate cup dripping with Ghirardelli ganache on a bed of raspberry-Chambord coulis, accompanied by a chocolate-dipped shortbread cookie

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