Gluten-Free Polenta Stuffing Croutons

I love Thanksgiving time. The weather starts to get colder and the leaves are mostly gone from the trees. The mornings are crisp and the chilly evenings are accompanied by a fire in the fireplace. Not to mention the delicious food that comes with the season: pumpkin pie, turkey, and stuffing! I could go on and on… At our house, we do not hold back the abundance of food at the Thanksgiving table. I love the traditional feast. I’ve tried new ways to reduce fat, gluten, and sugar,…

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The wine has been delivered, the linens are prepared, and all the food pick-ups, drop-offs, and cooking stations are planned out and accounted for. Last week was the first full week of preparations for the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race scheduled for August 5th. We were extremely excited to be a part of the festivities again this year and meet and serve all the amazing volunteers and runners affiliated with this magnificent event. Saturday morning was the day of the race. We provided all the…

We have the honor of being the exclusive caterer at the 2013 Taste of the Nation VIP Reception at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport.  The event benefits a number of different charities including The Good Shepherd Food Bank, Opportunity Alliance, Cultivating Community, as well as Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. One of the dishes that we are serving is a Seared Duck Breast with a Fresh Cherry Barbeque Sauce.  This sauce would go great with any poultry – serve it at your next summer barbeque or…

In early May, Nancy and I needed to go to Southern California on business. I decided to show her a part of California that is totally unique from what you find in Northern or Southern California. California is made up of five distinctive regions and personalities. There is Northern California, Southern California, the Inland Empire (Reading to Bakersfield), the Sierras, and the land of the Rancheros – the Central Coast/Santa Ynez Valley. I wanted Nancy to see this area, as I know it, and to experience two quality…

The Kitchen Tour has never disappointed, and this year was no exception. Thank you to all who supported us and the event this year, especially all you mothers out there who celebrated your special day with us! We had an amazing time with all of you! We were lucky enough to cook in the Kitchen Cove showroom on Forest Ave, where we did a demonstration with lots of samples!  We also teamed up with Baxter Brewing Co., a sponsor of this event, to create a delicious dish using…

In the past, we have participated in Kitchen Tours in the Southern Maine area, most recently in Falmouth.  Last year, we were honored to cook in Prospect Design’s fabulously designed kitchen at 308 Foreside Road.  There, we made Lobster Salad Cucumber Canapes, and they were a hit!  We loved participating in this event and decided that, if the opportunity arose, we would definitely do it again. So, we are pleased to announce that CVC Catering will be a part of the first Portland Kitchen Tour!  The 2013 kitchen…

Every year Chuck and I go to Las Vegas for the Annual Catersourse Convention. As we leave Vegas this year I look back at the wonderful opportunity to learn so much and just what we have just experienced. I also recall the wonderful hotel we stayed in and the awesome food that we ate. We continue to rave about The Cosmopolitan Hotel. It is truly a pleasure to stay there. This year we were upgraded to a suite on the 52nd floor with a wrap around balcony and…

I am sitting in my recliner next to our Christmas tree and in front of a great fire as I write this blog. It is blizarding out there and I am thankful for the roaring fire. Since it is nearing the end of 2010 I think it is a good time to look back at this year and say I have a lot of things to be thankful for. We celebrated our 10th year at our cafe and catering business. It is hard honest work. Not only are…