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3 Pot Pie Recipes You Need to Make NOW from Marcia Selden Catering

9 Jan

Marcia Selden Pot Pie

When we think of winter, we think of a few things: bitter cold, snow, snowboarding, snow days, hot cocoa, and . . . pot pies. Yeah, it’s hard to beat a dish that has every single food group in it. So, move over pizza, and make way for some baked goodness from our friends at Marcia Selden Catering. They were kind enough to share with us three awesome recipes for Sweet Corn and Lobster Pot Pie w/ Jalapeño Corn Bread Crust, Chicken Pot Pie w/ Stuffing Crust, and Beef Pot Pie w/ Egg Noodle Crust. Winter ain’t gonna suck this year with these creative recipes, plus they suggest getting creative with the recipes by filling up individual puff pastry shells in muffin tins, crepes, baking the filling into pizza dough like a calzone, or even stuffing a baked potato.

Sweet Corn and Lobster Pot Pie with Jalapeno Corn Bread Crust

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Killer Griller: Double Onion Bacon Burger Recipe from Marcia Selden Catering

22 May

Memorial Day is right around the corner and you know what that means:  time to fire up the BBQ!  Yes, it’s the official start of grilling time, so we asked Marcia Selden Catering if they could come up with a recipe for a killer burger to make all summer (or year depending on how heavy a carnivore you are) long.  Well, here’s what they shared with us:  The Double Onion Bacon Burger!  Check out this easy recipe from the good folks at Marcia Selden Catering:


We love burgers, and so do our clients! They can be dressed up, dressed down, and served for any occasion at (almost) any time of the day. This recipe has to be one of our all-time favorites, and we’re happy to share it with you. These burgers also make great sliders.

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Marcia Selden Catering Heads to Vegas for #CSES2014; Nicole Straight Dances with the Stars

14 Mar

We feel that catering businesses often don’t receive all the great press and recognition that they deserve.  They are part chef, part baker, part server, part host, and…well…it exhausts us to even watch them do their thang.  So, it’s great for us to see that Marcia Selden Catering of Stamford gets some great press quite often.  For six years in a row, they’ve won Best Caterer from Moffly Media’s Best of the Gold Coast awards and were honored recently by being chosen as Caterer of the Year by the Connecticut Restaurant Association.

And, here’s some more:  Robin and Jeffrey Selden will be a part of the world’s largest catering and events conference, Catersource and Event Solutions Conference & Tradeshow in Vegas (they won East Region Best Caterer last year).  In fact, they’ll be offering three workshops for the thousands of people from across the US and over 30 countries.  Robin will be working with Chefs Karen O’Connor and Elgin Woodman on an event called “3 Women Catering Chefs Whisk Up a Trio of Dinner Party Menus.”  Also, both Robin and Jeff will be presenting “Best Day of our Lives, Creating Unique, Customized Weddings” and “Orchestrating the Perfectly Organized Event.”

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Ultimate Holiday Cookie Contest and Party with Marcia Selden Catering

25 Nov

You know the holidays are around the corner when you or someone in your family busts out the cookie recipes.  It’s just an OmNomCT_logo.001unwritten rule:  cookies=holiday time.  And, it’s with that kind of spirit that we’re very excited to announce The Ultimate Holiday Cookie contest with Marcia Selden Catering!  You’ll have from DecemberWinston Flowers 2-10 to submit your holiday cookie recipe and photo to Marcia Selden Catering’s contest page tab on Facebook.  Then, on December 11 we’ll both pick our top 6 recipes that we’ll share with you and Marcia Selden Catering.

SLEC-20-logo-A-screenThe top 6 entrants will then prepare 5 dozen cookies for the sweetest of all holiday events on 12/15 from 2-3:30 at Winston Flowers in Greenwich.  This event is open to the public and requires you to come hungry because there will be lots of cookies toPlum Luv Foods logo taste and there will be refreshments to make it all go down smoothly.  And four awesome judges will be on hand to crown the Ultimate Holiday Cookie Champion!  First up is Lisa Maronian from Sweet Lisa’s Exquisite Cakes in Greenwich.  Both Lisa and her husband Stephen have appeared on Food Network Challenge and their creations have been featured on The Today Show and countless publications.  The second judge is  John Barricelli The SoNo Baking Company & Cafefrom SoNo Baking Company who has countless cookbooks and was the host of the show “Everyday Baking from Everyday Food.”  Third up is Chef Plum from Plum Luv Foods.  Chef Plum has become known for his Dinner Underground series, his run on The Taste, recently winning Guy’s Grocery Games, and for his brand new segments on “Better TV” from The Hallmark Channel.  And, the final judge is Robin Selden, who is executive chef at Marcia Selden Catering.  She’s got the golden touch when it comes to food and has helped to bring in countless awards, honors, and amazing meal experiences.

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Master Fall Soups + Holiday Treats w/ Nicole Straight of Marcia Selden Catering

7 Nov

Fall Soups Cooking Class with Nicole Straight of Marcia Selden Catering

You are no chef if you can’t properly put together a warm and comforting bowl of soup.  And, no, a can of Campbells or Progresso won’t cut it.  That’s because soup is a complex beast, full of layers of flavor, bases, differing textures, and varied cooking techniques and times.

To help you perfect this art, you’ll need to stop by to see Nicole Straight of Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning.  She’ll be at the Darien Community Association on 11/12 from 12:30-2 pm, showing how to make perfect fall soups.  Tickets are $90 for members or $100 for non-members.

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Nicole Straight of Marcia Selden Catering Talks BBQ and Dishes A Grilled Shrimp Recipe

24 Jun

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.

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12 Days of Holiday Recipes with Marcia Selden Catering

17 Dec

The holidays are upon us, and for those preparing a Christmas dinner feast, this is THE week to get your recipes down and go shopping.  There are the tried and true traditions of your family such as a beautifully glazed ham or the sweet potato crumble that could make you melt, but there is also room for new recipes, new desserts, and new sides that will wow your guests.

Lucky for all our readers, we saw an excellent opportunity before us:  12 days of holiday recipes.  Yes, Marcia Selden Catering of Stamford  (winners of the Chef’s Challenge) began posting recipes that had us drooling and wishing that it was Christmas day already.  We thought…wouldn’t it be awesome if we were able to take their 12 daily FB posts and put them together here for you?   Yes, it is awesome and we’d like to thank Marcia Selden Catering for allowing us to bring this all together for you, our dear OmNomivores!  So, these are recipes that you’ll definitely want to put into your holiday meal repertoire and are actually great dishes for any time of the year, too.

Enjoy!

Day 1:  Snowball Cookies

Day 2:  French Onion Soup

Day 3:  Gingerbread Rum Raisin Cupcakes

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Robin Selden: Chef of the Year @ The CATIE Awards

18 Mar
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Congrats, Chef!

We have worked with Marcia Selden Catering on many things over the year such as sharing recipes and coordinating a cookie competition. Throughout those times, we’ve had the chance to work with Executive Chef Robin Selden and it’s been a blast: especially when we ate all of those cookies together. ;)
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From Catering Intern, to Chopped, to Kitchen Pro: an Exclusive Interview with Hannah Bukzin of Westport, 14

20 Jul
If only she'd be lucky enough to get tomato as a basket ingredient.  It'll probably be something like Spam or blood pudding.

If only she’d be lucky enough to get tomato as a basket ingredient. It’ll probably be something like Spam or blood pudding when she competes on Chopped!

Think back to being a teenager and try to remember the things that you accomplished.  Maybe you had a job and maybe you did a few great community service projects, but let’s be honest.  You probably spent 1/4 of your time playing video games and hanging with friends, 1/1000 of those years doing HW, and 1/2 just putzing around.  But that’s not the case with Hannah Bukzin, 14, of Westport. She has already done some amazing things like win The Marcia Selden Ultimate Dinner Party Contest with Judges Marcia and Robin Selden as well as “Sweet GeniusRon Ben-Israel.  Also, she recently kicked off her summer internship with Robin, Marcia, Jeffrey, Nicole and the amazing crew at Marcia Selden Catering and has been having a great time.  And, yes, she’ll be on a little show airing 7/29 at 10 on Food Network that you might have heard of:  Chopped.  Hannah’s episode is Part Three of the Teen Tournament, so if she goes on to win she’ll face the three other winners at the Finale on 8/12 and pull in a $25,000 culinary school scholarship.  

Well, we had a chance to talk with Hannah about cooking, her favorite foods, what it’s like working with adults, interning, and more.  Here we go:  

When did you first realize that you loved cooking?
So, when people used to ask me this question I said, I’m not really sure.  But after some deep thinking I realized that it was probably around 6 or 7 years ago.  I was going through a stage where I only ate pasta and lettuce (as I used to say, a salad) for dinner.  I started realized what other people were eating and there were other foods out there!  I decided it was time for me to make a change, and voila!  I made my first piece of tilapia with some sautéed carrots.  I still have the photo!  My, have I come a long way from that.  
What’s your favorite dish to make, whether it’s simple or complex?
I get asked this question a lot and it’s really a difficult choice.  I love experimenting with different flavors but if I had to choose it would definitely be a marinated skirt steak with a homemade chimmichurri sauce- roasted potatoes on the side
We can’t get enough Latin food, but how about you?  What’s your favorite cuisine? 
Ironically I actually really like Latin food too!  I can tell you I love to eat Italian food better than anything else!  Cooking wise, though, I would say its not my favorite cuisine that matters as much as my style – classic dishes with a modern twist.  This can go with any and every cuisine that I cook.

The dreaded Mystery Basket!!! Photo from Foodnetwork.com

What are some of your favorite restaurants in the area?

I definitely love Local and Geronimo’s in Fairfield.  If I’m looking for comfort food its Grilled Cheese Eatery all the way—but I can’t eat there too much!!
 
What’s one thing that people really don’t understand about you being young and a protegé in the kitchen?
Wow, a protegé?  I didn’t know I qualified!  Well, it’s really difficult to understand how much it really takes to put yourself out there in the kitchen.  Many people I have worked with have strong personalities (which I love) and are much older than me.  It is difficult to sometimes stand out and really show that I am not just another annoying kid who walks in thinking she knows everything.  Despite this, I am lucky to have worked with some amazing people who have made me feel welcome and make my job of “being an adult in the kitchen” much easier.
How has the internship at Marcia Selden Catering been going? What are some of the amazing things that you’ve been doing there?
This internship is one of the best things I have ever done in my entire life.  I am so lucky and grateful for this amazing opportunity to work with fantastic chefs and people.  They definitely threw me right in!  I am doing things that I never knew that I could do—I told my mom that this isn’t an internship where they are babysitting me.  The chefs in the kitchen, Robin and Marcia are counting on me to put out great food that represents Marcia Selden Catering Company in the light they deserve.  I have done everything from plating up to-go meals to prepping for a wedding tasting.  Who knows what is coming next?
How did it feel to be selected for Chopped Teen?
It was absolutely amazing!  A once in a lifetime opportunity.  All I did was send in an application like thousands of other kids and I was elated when they called me!
Your episode will air on 7/29, but we’re wondering if you’d share anything that you learned from competing against the three other teen chefs and being on tv? 
Unfortunately, I can’t make any comment on the show but I did meet some amazing people and I can’t wait for it to air (even though I won’t watch it)!

We can’t blame Hannah for not watching!  The tension is already too much for us to bear, and we didn’t even compete.  If you can’t watch live or if you don’t have a DVR, you can also watch her episode on 7/30 at 1 am, 7/31 at 11 pm, 8/1 at 2 am, and 8/2 at 6 pm.  Lots of luck Hannah!

Marcia Selden Ultimate Holiday Cookie Contest Party, Finalists + Recipes

11 Dec

 

When we announced the Marcia Selden Ultimate Holiday Cookie contest and party we Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planningdidn’t realize how many amazing entries that we’d get! 16 amazing recipes were submitted and we wish that we could have had all of them compete, but we had to narrow down things to just six recipes for the judges at the Ultimate Holiday Cookie Party on 12/15.  So, we thought about flavor profiles, texture, and creativity and both of us created separate top 6 lists.  Oddly enough, we both had the same 5 cookies and decided on the last one together.  Here they are, with the People’s Choice winner mixed in, in no particular order:

  • Browned Butter Cookies by Evan Cassidy
  • Buckeyes by Lisa Eppley (recipe below) 
  • Chocolate Chestnut Cranberry Mocha Supremes by Ruth Kalla Ungerer (recipe below) 
  • Double Chocolate Raspberry Filled Cookies by Melanie Lowe (recipe below)
  • Kourambiethes by Joey Kuntz (recipe below)
  • Orange Cranberry Pistachio Cookies by Kim Butz (recipe below) 
  • Peppermint Patties by Katie Garfield
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