Responding to special orders and requests for catering

If in recent months developing Galya Loves Food products for sale at retail locations in Toronto has proven highly gratifying, it has also led to wonderful opportunities and interesting people I wouldn’t have otherwise met.

For example, we’ve received numerous special orders from individuals and requests for catering. We’ve found that despite the challenges and restrictions due to COVID-19, there’s still great potential to grow Galya Loves Food as people always appreciate the pleasures of the palate, especially during trying times.

Cauliflower Tabbouleh with pomegranates, pistachios and green tahini dressing

The latest catering order we received was from a couple for the wedding of their daughter earlier this month that took place outdoors in the backyard of their beautiful home in mid-town Toronto. After presenting them a range of options for hors d’oeuvres, entrées, main course and desserts, they made their selection, all of which they insisted be gluten-free. For the 15 people in attendance, my daughter Shani and I made the following dinner menu, some of which can be seen in the photographs here.

Aviv Salad with organic arugula, endives, roasted pecan nuts with silan, cherry tomatoes and pomegranates, with green tahini dressing
What we we prepared for the wedding, with the respective ingredients listed

Butternut squash soup with shallot, maple syrup, nutmeg, vegetable broth, chives, roasted pine nuts, extra virgin olive oil and salt

Aviv Salad with organic arugula, endives, roasted pecan nuts with silan, cherry tomatoes and pomegranates, with green tahini dressing

Wild Forest Hummus: Tahini, chickpeas, wild mushrooms, garlic, roasted pine nuts, lemon juice, parsley, sumac, za’atar, cumin, extra virgin olive oil and salt

Labaneh with roasted pears with mint, sesame oil, apple vinegar, rosemary, sumac and za’atar

Green tahini with fresh herbs

Pistachio-Crusted Salmon with silan, sumac, za’atar and fresh herbs

Machane Yehuda Cauliflower with za’atar, sumac, silan, fresh herbs and pine nuts

Gluten-Free Cauliflower Tabbouleh with pomegranates, pistachios and green tahini dressing

Mujadara with stir-fried onions and garlic, red lentils, rice, pine nuts and pomegranates

Baked Eggplant with pomegranates, fresh herbs, pine nuts and green tahini dressing

Gluten-Free Date Cookies with sesame, hazelnuts, pecan nuts and pine nuts

Halvah Mousse with pomegranates and roasted pine nuts

Mujadara with stir-fried onions and garlic, red lentils, rice, pine nuts and pomegranates
Butternut squash soup with roasted pine nuts

I’m of course not objective but from what I could see during the evening and the highly positive feedback I received from the mother and father of the bride, and from the bride herself, the food was extremely well received by the guests. It’s always a great feeling to contribute to the success of an event.

Sorbet with passion fruit and fresh mint
Stir-fried green beans sunflower with pistachios, pine nuts and fresh herbs

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