Get to know our new Executive Chef Tim Goddu’s style with one of his signature recipes: Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Braised Short Ribs and Roasted Pearl Onions. Yields 2 Entree or 4 Appetizer Portions For Gnocchi: 3 lbs. sweet potatoes Cheesecloth Butcher’s Twine 1 ¼ tsp. kosher salt 2 to 3 qts. all-purpose flour 3 egg yolks Wash, perforate, and bake sweet potatoes at 350 degrees until cooked through; time will depend on size. Let potatoes sit and cool before peeling and ricing onto sheet pan to cool….

We are thrilled to introduce to you CVC’s newest Executive Chef, Tim Goddu. Tim comes to us after many years of experience in all aspects of the kitchen. Most recently, Tim served as the Executive Sous Chef at Rudy’s of the Cape in Cape Elizabeth, ME. Tim’s love for cooking sort of “fell into his lap” in 2000. After snagging a job as a dishwasher at a banquet hall in Holyoke, MA, Tim instantly fell in love with the excitement of the kitchen. After just five months washing…

Homemade Chocolate Truffles, Valentine's Day

Don’t let the thought of making exquisite chocolate truffles for Valentine’s Day scare you; it’s easier than you think! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, homemade chocolate makes the perfect gift. Here is my recipe for homemade chocolate truffles – a treat sure to make your loved one smile. Equipment Medium size glass mixing bowl Microwave oven Small saucepan Rubber spatula 8” x 8” glass baking dish Melon baller Sheet pan Parchment paper 3 pie pans 2 mixing bowls Heating pad Cooking thermometer Powder-free vinyl or latex…

Goulash Recipe, Hungarian Goulash

The holidays are over and the long, Maine winter has set in. But cold winter weather gives us an excuse to make bold hearty meals, like Chuck’s goulash soup – one of my favorites! Warm your kitchen, and your tummy, with this comforting goulash recipe. Serves 6 People INGREDIENTS 5 slices bacon, chopped 3 lbs boneless chuck, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 4 medium onions (about 1 1/2 pounds), finely chopped 6 garlic cloves, minced 1 lb Baby Portobello Mushrooms, sliced 3 tablespoons…

New Years Foods

Here at CVC we’ve toasted the New Year and are looking forward to the year ahead.  With that in mind, we want to help you kick off 2017 right by drawing your attention to some well-known foods recognized far and wide to lend themselves to good fortune or prosperity in the upcoming year.   Greens If you’ve resolved to eat healthier in the new year, leafy greens are a great place to start! Not only are leafy greens healthy, but they also resemble money, and will supposedly bring…

Holiday Catering

The holiday season is in full swing, and while you might be feeling jolly as you blast your favorite holiday tunes in the background, it’s possible that when you begin to plan your holiday parties, you might start feeling stressed. Everyone wants to plan a holiday party that will dazzle their guests, but the combined pressures to decorate, organize a menu, cook, and bake for the party can become overwhelming. But have you ever thought about catering your party? We’re here to assure you: catering is not a…

Gravy, CVC Catering

This month, I’ve decided to have our gravy guru Zach McBean tackle the time-honored tradition of making gravy from your Thanksgiving drippings. Enjoy, and let us know how it turns out! – Nancy That oh-so-special time of the year is fast approaching. Thanksgiving means time with family and friends, the last throes of fall giving way to snow, and the panic-stricken moment when you realize it’s time to turn that pan of shiny roasted meat juices into gravy. Now personally, I love gravy….a lot. I mean, I will…

salmon, Thanksgiving Alternatives

Since at least the mid-19th century, Thanksgiving has been the turkey holiday. Turkey is a traditional staple at Thanksgiving feasts nationwide, with an average forty-six million turkeys eaten on Thanksgiving Day across the United States. Though turkey is in popular demand, it’s not everyone’s favorite meal. If you’re interested in turkey alternatives for your Thanksgiving meal this year, here are some suggestions: 1. Chicken – If you don’t care for turkey, try chicken this Thanksgiving. You can prepare chicken however you like: roasted, grilled, rotisserie, baked, the list…

fall recipes apple ginger tonic cvc catering

Along with pumpkins, the fall harvest brings a bounty of orchard fruit as well, like apples: nice crisp cold apples. Though common, apples are extremely nutritious – hence the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples have TONS of antioxidants, helpful molecules that prevent our cells from becoming damaged. One in particular, called quercetin, has been shown to reduce the death of neurons, which could improve dementia and other neurological issues. Current research is showing that eating apples regularly may help prevent breast cancer, stroke,…

Summer grilling is a must during Maine’s brief hot and humid season. The warm weather and summer treats don’t seem to last long enough here, which is why grilling is such a fun way to cook while the weather permits. What’s grilling without a tasty side of potato salad? I’m a huge fan of buying local Maine potatoes and whipping together my homemade grilled Maine potato salad recipe. All you need are potatoes, my Sherry Honey Vinaigrette dressing, and some fresh chives and parsley to enjoy this summer…