A couple weeks before the event, we went over to Mark’s Club to test out our recipes with the amazing kitchen team. Here’s how it went down:
Ben Hughes, Mark's Club Head Chef and Adrian Martin, Birley Group Executive Chef
Chef Adrian and his team started prepping pretty early.
Making the sofrito for the main course, Baked Stuffed Lobster from My Father's Daughter...
Stuffed and ready to bake.
We joined shortly after (with coffee).
The first version of the wedge salad – the taste was great and though it was beautifully presented, we found it a bit too fancy for our New England style dinner. So...
We put it on a plate and got rid of the edible flower.
We also thought it’d be a little more authentic with smaller bits of bacon and a chunkier blue cheese dressing.
This is really pretty, but not American-style shrimp cocktail. #culturaldifferences
Tasting the mini lobster rolls. They’re delish, but we decided the buns should be buttered and toasted.
The tested canapés + notes. The oysters and mignonette are great, but hoping to serve some smaller ones at the party.
We decided to serve the fried clam canapés in their shells, with the tartar sauce between the shell and the clam, so you could get it all in one bite.
The vegetarian main course option: Black Truffle Mac'n'Cheese. This tested perfectly, with no changes necessary.
And the lobster. Adrian and team presented the lobster two ways – one with the whole lobster still intact and the other with just the tail. We decide to go with just the tail to keep things simple.
We wanted to serve a cold, crunchy coleslaw on the side to complement the lobster. This was great, but needed just a touch more acidity, so we added some lemon.
More sides – grilled asparagus and corn. Simple and perfect.
Talking bread. We agree on a Boston brown bread for the bread basket. We tested a few different rolls to go with it, but decide on garlic bread instead. Describing to Chef Adrian how it’s made.
And finally, desserts. Our inspiration for the key lime pie was Martha Stewart’s version, which is the best. The crust on ours was spot on but the key lime factor needed to be kicked up a few notches. On the shortcake – a biscuit in England is a cookie (as shown above). We opted for the real deal - buttermilk-style American biscuit for the event.