Our first experience with Marcia Selden Catering was when they were in the heat of battle. Robin, daughter of Marcia, was making maple coated mixed nuts, maple pulled pork tacos, and maple panna cotta, using maple syrup from Stamford Museum & Nature Center. They won that year and next year and we’d often run into the Marcia Selden crew at various events. When it comes to cooking and putting events together, this team rocks. And, speaking of the team, there’s a new addition to the family and her name is Nicole Straight. Nicole has worked with other catering companies, but has joined Marcia Selden Catering as their Marketing Manager among other duties (more on that soon). We recently asked Nicole about some BBQ tips and she shared her wisdom with us. Plus, as an added bonus, she has shared a killer Marcia Selden recipe for Grilled Shrimp with Lime Jalapeno Aioli.
How are you liking working at Marcia Selden Catering?
Beyond amazing! They are incredibly professional, wildly innovative and really fun. It’s great to be able to market the company during the week, and throw my chefs coat on to work parties on the weekends.
What do you like about grilling?
Primarily that you can be outdoors and cooking at the same time. I also like that you can basically cook everything on “one burner” meaning, you can grill your veggies, protein, or even dessert! Also, if you’re having guests, you can all hang out outside together.
What is your absolute favorite thing to grill or bbq?
Arghhh, so hard to choose one thing! Grilled pizzas are the bomb, I also love to grill ginormous shrimp, and of course ribs, always ribs…
Any tips for grill and bbq time management to make things easier?
Prep, prep, prep…make sure your grill is nice and hot so it’s waiting for you not the other way around. This will also buy you time to get your platters ready, season your food, get your tools clean, and of course get a nice cold beverage. Also… pull up an extra table by the grill, unless you have a mac daddy grill, there’s generally not a lot of “counter” space for all of the things you’re grilling.
What is the most common mistake that you think people make when grilling?
People don’t let their grill get hot enough, then try to rush the process. Enjoy being outside, enjoy cooking over open fire.
~Grilled Shrimp with Lime Jalepeno Aioli~
½ teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
3 pink peppercorn
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons peanut oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon fresh ginger
1 diced shallot
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sliced scallions
Combine everything in a bowl, add shrimp and marinate for at least an hour. Grill over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes per side.
1 teaspoon diced jalepeno
½ cup of lime juice
Simmer for 5 minutes then strain.
Add mix to 1 cup herbed mayo with zest from 1 lime. Serve with grilled shrimp.
*Goes really well with brown sugar grilled pineapple with a hit of sriracha.
For more information about Marcia Selden Catering, contact them at (203) 353-8000 or like them on FB.
Marcia Selden Catering and Event Planning
65 Research Drive
Stamford, Connecticut 06906
Awarded Catersource ACE East Region Best Caterer of 2013
Voted The Gold Coast’s “Best Caterer” & “The Knot” Best of Weddings 2013 Pick