Alix Gardner Catering

dublincookery@yahoo.com
(01) 668 1553

Are you planning a dinner party, birthday party, wedding, reception, cocktail party, or corporate entertaining?

With elegant but not necessarily expensive outside catering, I can help you.

If you are looking for the finest food, a reliable cook, and a memorable party, then I can help. I have been providing outstanding food for private parties in the Dublin area for our 20 years; I never do more than two functions a week, so you are guaranteed my undivided attention. Prices are surprisingly affordable and, though they depend on numbers and menu choices, you will find that they are far less than most restaurants or hotels. When it comes to food I look for the best flavour and then an attractive presentation. Having founded the first cookery school in Ireland back in 1978, I work hard to maintain my reputation for great food.

Whatever you require from a buffet to a full silver service banquet, I can supply it. Your menu will be tailor made after discussing your taste, budget, style and venue choice. Whether you would like your meal simple or sumptuous, with straight forward service or an imaginative presentation, I have the flexibility to cater a candlelit dinner for 10 or a 300 person fund-raiser. With a core staff of myself, two assistants and a team of waiters and waitresses, I can offer a far more personalised and flexible service than a corporate catering company.

You will be using " the finest specialist private party caterer in Dublin". You'll find that I am used to providing outside catering for private parties, wedding and birthday parties, as well as corporate catering services. Recently a client described my service as being like having a fine restaurant in her own home. So, if you are looking for a specialist wedding, party, reception or corporate caterer, please do contact me and let me help.

I hope the samples on this site will give you some tempting ideas of the type of food that I serve. My food tends to be more homely than most restaurants in presentation and, though I never embraced the idea that food is art, I do think that it should look attractive. Like any cook, my recipes are gathered from literally hundreds of sources. Through the cookery school I have been lucky to cook with chefs such as Guillame Lebrun of Patrick Guilbauds, Paul & Jeannie Rankin, Sophie Grigson and Lloyd Grossman. Through overseas Irish food promotions and on my travels I have picked up ideas from all over the world. If you would like almost any dish for almost any occasion, I am very happy to produce it: Simply tell me what you would like me to do. All of the dishes on the menus are interchangeable from one to another.

Free Consultation

Full Set-Up, Clean-up Service

Bar Service Available

Full Service, Family Style and Buffets

All China, Table Linens, Glassware

Casual & Gourmet Barbecues

Outside catering menus for
lunch parties & dinner parties

Elegant but not necessarily expensive.

Some Dinner Party Menu Ideas

Marinated Irish Seafood in Lime & Ginger
Rack of Mountain Lamb with fresh home made Pesto
Biscuit Baskets with Raspberry and Mango Coulis

Bruschetta with Avocado, Goats Cheese & Chili
Black Sole with Dublin Bay Prawns & Field Mushrooms
Three Chocolate Terrine

Smoked Salmon & Trout Mousse
Roast Fillet of Beef with a Dijon Mustard Sauce
Tarte de Pomme Normande

Roquefort Tartlets
Pheasant with Chestnuts
Sticky Toffee Pudding

Goat’s Cheese, Roasted Red Pepper & Pine Nut Salad
Duck Teriyaki
Mango Parfait with a Passion Fruit Sauce

Crab & Avocado Salad
Loin of Kerry Lamb in filo pastry with Mint, Garlic, Mozzarella & Spinach
Blackberry & Mascarpone Fool with Hazelnut Biscuits

Roast Tomato Soup with a Puree of Basil
Grilled Chicken with Pesto and Roasted Red Peppers
Pecan Pie

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Asparagus Salad with Parmesan & Balsamic Vinegar
Salmon & Ginger in Filo Pastry
Blackcurrant Mousse Gateaux

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Antipasto (Parma Ham, Salami, Avocado Hearts, Roasted Peppers, Anchovies, Olives)
Rack of Lamb with Cumin and Red Wine Sauce
Exotic Fruit Tartlets with Mango and Passion fruit

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Prawn and Melon Salad with a lightly curried mayonnaise
Fillet of Beef with Herbs & Spices
Sticky Toffee Pudding

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Goats' Cheese & Red Pepper Tart
Pork Piccata with Tomato & Basil
Blackcurrant and Mascarpone Fool

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Starters

Stir Fried King Prawns with courgette and ginger
Seafood Feuilletes
Devilled Crab in Filo Tarts
Asparagus Salad with Parmesan and Balsamic Vinegar dressing

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Main Courses

Rack of Lamb with Cumin and Red Wine Sauce
Pork Filet in Marsala
Breast of Duck with Plum Sauce
Salmon with Basil Oil
Cantonese Chicken with Shitake Mushrooms

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Desserts

Roast Pineapple with Coconut Ice Cream
Blackcurrant Mousse Gateaux
Praline Parfait
Hazelnut Meringues

These are just lunch party or dinner party menu suggestions. Please let me know if you would like to discuss them further. Menus can be designed to suit individual requirements - Our experience encompasses low budget menus and special menus (such as a Victorian dinner, a Welsh dinner, an Indian buffet, etc.).

All our dinners can be accompanied with our delicious handmade chocolates

Buffets

Hot

Beef Bourguignon
Beef with Cumin & Coriander
Beef Goulash
Beef & Guinness Casserole
Beef en Croute
Rogan Josh Beef Curry
Stir fried beef with tangerine peel
Lamb with Mangetout and Cashew nuts
Lamb with Cumin and Coriander
Moroccan Lamb
Lamb with Courgettes and Lemon
Lamb Creole
Chicken Tikka Masala
Caribbean Chicken
Chicken with Chorizo and Tomato
Red Thai Chicken Curry
Mexican Chicken
Chicken Cacciatore
Chicken Tagine
Pork in Black Bean Sauce
Pork with Coconut Milk, Chilli and Basil
Pork with Cider and Apples
Salmon en Croute with Ginger, Leeks and Spinach
Venison Casserole
Wild Rice and Rice or Potatoes Normande
Couscous with Apricots and Pinenuts
Vegetarian
Vegetarian Lasagne with red wine and walnuts
Courgette Feta and Filo pie
Vegetarian Curry
Falafel
Roast Vegetable and Goat's Cheese Flan
Tofu and Asparagus Stir Fry

Cold

Chicken with Avocado, Pinenuts and Pesto
Coronation Chicken
Chicken marinated in Coriander and Chilli
Thai Chicken Salad
Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Salad
Chicken, Papaya and Cumin Salad
Caesar Salad with Smoked Chicken or Prawns
Louisiana Blackened Chicken on Mixed Leaves
Cold Beef Stroganoff Salad
Beef en Croute
Chinese Beef with Tangerine Peel
Thai Beef Salad
Roast Fillet of Beef marinated in Teriyaki Sauce
Honey Baked Ham with Three Chutneys
Butterfly Leg of Lamb marinated with Fresh Herbs
Melon and Seafood Salad marinated in a Lemon and Ginger Dressing
Wild Irish Salmon with a Dill Sauce
Spicy Salmon Salad
Salmon marinated in Coriander and Chili
Salmon with Roast Pepper, Basil & Pinenuts
Smoked Salmon Quiche with Wholemeal Pastry
Crab Claws with a Green Goddess Sauce
Crab and Avocado Salad
Squid and Tamarind Salad
Duck and Orange Salad with a Soya and Ginger Dressing
Vegetarian
Halloumi Cheese Salad
Mediterranean Vegetable and Tapenade Tart

Salad

Mixed Leaves with Avocado, Asparagus, Rocket, Beansprouts, Cherry Tomatoes and Pinenuts
Tomato, Black Olive, Avocado, & Feta Cheese Salad
Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil drizzled with olive oil
Roast Pepper, Tomato, Goat's Cheese & Black Olives
Greek Salad with Cucumber, Tomatoes, Olives and Feta Cheese
Avocado, Chorizo & Tomato Salad
Spiced Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes and Chilli
Butternut Squash, Feta Cheese and Pinenuts
Tabouleh Salad
Panzanella
Roast Vegetables, Yoghurt and Toasted Pinenuts
Melon, Cucumber, Orange and Mint Salad
Three Bean Salad
Waldorf Salad
Carrot & Beansprout Salad
Potato, Chive and Parsley Salad with an oil and herb dressing
Potato, Apple Celery & Walnut Salad with a mayonaisse dressing
Garlic Bread & Focaccia

Desserts

Three Chocolate terrine
Chocolate Mousse Gateau
Chocolate Truffle Cake
Pecan Pie
Tiramisu
Grand Marnier Ice Cream
French Fruit Flan
Mille-feuille
Exotic Fruit Salad with Passion Fruit and Chinese Spice
Crème de Cassis Gateau
Irish Whiskey Meringue
Hazelnut Meringue
Pavlova
Hazelnut, Pavlova or Chocolate Roulade
Lime Soufflé
Tarte de Pomme Normande
Sticky Toffee Pudding

CANAPES for PARTIES, RECEPTIONS & FUNCTIONS

Cold

Goat’s Cheese Roasted Red Peppers & Pine Nut Tartlets
Avocado, Goat’s Cheese & Chilli Tartlets
Stilton & Walnut Tartlets
Crab Tartlets
Onion Marmalade & Goats Cheese Tartlets
Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese Tartlets
Prawn and Wild Mushroom Tartlet with Hollandaise Sauce
Blinis and Smoked Salmon
Smoked Salmon on brown bread
Focaccia
Cherry Tomatoes, Brie & Basil Leaves
Cherry Tomatoes With Cream Cheese
Tiger Prawns with Melon Balls
Duck Spring Rolls in Rice Paper
Leek & Parmesan Palmiers
Roquefort Tartlets
Curried Quail Eggs
Spinach Roulade with Cream Cheese and Pesto
Crab Claws With Goddess Sauce
Sushi
Shots of Sweet Potato, Chili and Coconut Soup
Red Pepper Mousse and Roast Pepper on Rye Bread
Chicken Liver Pâté with Pomegranate Seeds on White Soda Bread
Figs with Parma Ham and Roquefort cheese

Hot

Duck with Hoisin Sauce in Filo Tartlets
Falafel with a herb crème fraiche
Filo Pastry Parcels with Prawns With Ginger
Filo Pastry Parcels with Garlic Chicken & Dill
Thai fish cakes with Thai Dipping Sauce
Sausages in Chutney
Fillet of Beef and Yorkshire Pudding
Lamb with Pesto
Salmon with Lime and Coriander
Devils On Horseback
Tandoori Chicken
Spiced Prawns
Samosas
Mini Potato Cakes
Crab Cakes
Fish Cakes
Kofta Meatballs with a Minty Yogurt Dip
Fish and Chips (extra charge)
Sweet
Strawberries Dipped In White & Dark Chocolate
Chocolate Brownies
Pecan Pie
Lemon Tart
Cupcakes
Fresh Fruit Kebabs
Mini Meringues
Mini Profiteroles

Breakfast Canapés

Bagel topped with Cream Cheese and Smoked Salmon
Honey Roast Ham and Brie on Toasted Brioche
Granola with Berries and Honeyed Yoghurt in shot glasses
Mango, Strawberry, Pineapple and Mint Fruit Kebabs
Sweet Corn Fritters with Avocado Salsa
Mini Bacon and Egg Quiche
Figs with Parma Ham and Goats Cheese
Onion and Herb Scone with Herb Cream Cheese
Melon with Prosciutto
Mini Danish Pastries
Mini Cup Cakes
Scones with Clotted Cream and Strawberries

Bowl Food

Substantial food in a ramekin or bowl. Easy to eat while standing with just a fork, cocktail stick, chopstick or spoon.

The savoury dishes are served with couscous, aromatic rice, noodles or colcannon.

Meat

Red Thai Chicken Curry
Chicken marinated in Coriander and Chili
Stir-fry of Chicken with Cashew and Pineapple
Tandoori Chicken
Stir fried Beef with Orange and Chili
Beef and Guinness Casserole
Lamb and Cumin Casserole
Thai Pork Balls with Chili Dipping Sauce
Duck Teriyaki with Noodles
Shish Kebab with Minted Yoghurt
Malaysian Noodles with Prawn, Pork and Chicken
Venison Sausages, Colcannon and Onion Gravy
Chili con Carne

Fish

Seafood Paella
Seafood Pasta
Traditional Salmon Fishcakes
Crab Cakes and Chili Jam

Vegetarian

Sweet and Sour Pineapple, Peppers, Bean Sprouts and Rice
Roast Vegetables and Spiced Couscous
Soy and Ginger glazed Butternut Squash with Sesame Seeds
Samosa
Vegetarian Spring Rolls

Salads

New Potato, Avocado, Chorizo, Cherry Tomato & Spring Leaves
Caesar Salad with Smoked Chicken
Smoked Duck, Lamb's Lettuce, Orange and Soya Dressing
Blackened Chicken on Mixed Leaves
Roast Beef Teriyaki Salad
Salad Nicoise
Marinated Mediterranean vegetables with
Cherry Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Basil & Black Olives
Roast Peppers, Tomatoes, Goats Cheese, Pinenuts on Mixed Leaves Asparagus
Parma ham on a Rocket Salad
Prawns and Mussels marinated in Lime and Ginger with Melon and Tomatoes
Salmon with Basil Oil on New Potatoes, and Asparagus

Desserts

Fruit Kebabs
Brownies
Pecan pie
Meringues

Barbecue Menus

Chicken

Blackened Chicken
Chicken Satay
Thai Chicken Marinated in Coriander and Chilli
Barbecued Chicken Marinated in Lime and Ginger

Beef

Burgers with Garlic Mushrooms and Emmental Cheese
Chilli Steak Wraps
Balsamic Glazed Steak
Marinated Filet Steak

Seafood

Seafood Kebabs
Crab Cakes / Fish Cakes
Tuna Burgers
Squid with Green Chilli and Kaffir Lime
Salmon Filets with Tamarind Sauce
Salmon marinated in Lime and Ginger

Lamb

Kofta with Chilli and Yoghurt
Harissa Rubbed Lamb Cutlets
Butterfly Leg of Lamb marinated in Garlic and Fresh Herbs
Honey Lamb Kebabs
Spiced Lamb Burgers

Vegetables

Char Grilled Vegetables
Asparagus

Sausages

Venison Sausages
Wild Boar and Garlic Sausages
Lamb and Leek Sausages
Pork Bangers

Side Dishes

Tzatziki - Cucumber Yoghurt and Dill
Hummus
Sweet Chilli Sauce
Sweet Soya Sesame Dipping Sauce
Chilli Jam
Pineapple Salsa, Avocado Salsa, Tomato Salsa, Mango Salsa

Vegetarian

Falafel with a Minty Yoghurt Dip
Haloumi Kebabs
Lentil and Bean Burger with Tomato and Chili Relish

Price is determined by the main course - i.e. selection of meat chosen.

Salads

Salad of Mixed Leaves with Pinenuts and Sundried Tomatoes and a Balsamic Vinegar Dressing
Tomato, Black Olive, Avocado, and Feta Cheese Salad
Melon, Cucumber, Orange and Mint Salad
Tabouleh Salad
Carrot & Beansprout Salad
Potato, Apple & Walnut Salad
Garlic Bread & Focaccia

Desserts

Three Chocolate Terrine
Chocolate Mousse Gateau
Chocolate Truffle Cake
Pecan Pie
Tiramisu
Grand Marnier Ice Cream
French Fruit Flan
Mille-feuille
Exotic Fruit Salad with Passion Fruit and Chinese Spice
Crème de Cassis Gateau
Irish Whiskey Meringue
Hazelnut Roulade
Lime Soufflé
Croque-en-Bouche
Tart de Pomme Normande

Call Alix on +353 (0)1 668 1553 or e-mail dublincookery@yahoo.com to discuss your needs.

Alix Gardiner's, a specialist outside caterer providing personalised catering for private & corporate parties and events in Dublin. If you need a caterer for dinners, receptions, & parties, I can provide the finest food from hand-made canapés and finger foods to fabulous feasts served by my professional waiting team at birthday parties, weddings, hospitality events, product launches, P.R receptions, exhibitions, business events, private events, launches, meetings, and other special events

We are fully insured and carry public liability insurance. We are also HACCP qualified.

Alix Gardner's Cookery School
71 Waterloo Road, Dublin 4 - 01 6681553 - dublincookery@yahoo.com