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$$4 of Boss`s clients ARE coming to dinner and dunno where TO start !!Two are hip, young french couple,one is former resturant owner and one is a graduate of Yale law school!! oh yeah,ofcourse EVERY ONE IS A TRUE FOODIE!!!Yikes! I would like to keep it simple and inexpensive. I am a master with comfort food but please give any suggestion, u think will impress.p.s have couple of weeks to think about it.

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  1. What area(s) are you aiming at ?

    If west side of Vancouver works for you, I'd suggest Cafe Regalade on W. 4th:


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    1. re: LotusRapper

      Thanks, but Boss-man want's me to cook for them...

      he thinks I can win them over.


      1. re: hetook

        Then you should cook what you cook best - comfort food.

        1. re: hetook

          cook whatever you like to do, and do well. Do comfort food with really great ingredients :) Send the bill to the Boss, of course.

          1. re: KarenDW

            of course,but need some ideas..ideas that work.I plan on doing comfort but have not traveled nor seen T.V. in some time.What are current trends in the Foodworld?

            1. re: hetook

              Luckily, one of the current trends is comfort food. Upscaled mac and cheese, meatloaf...that sort of thing.

      2. I don't know what your favorite comfort foods are but...
        How about a simple roast chicken - or other meat you're comfortable with, roast vegetables, salad, good wine, lovely bakery store bought dessert.

        Sometimes simple is best but at the same time it can be extraordinarily delicious if well seasoned and carefully plated.... festive and elegant table setting, fresh flowers, etc. Bottom line: cook what you know and are comfortable making, as others have said.

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        1. re: Gio

          the table! Wow,that's one down! Merci beaucoup.

        2. Beef Bourguignon. The meat is cheap, the braise is easy, and you will be able to "set it and forget it" as it cooks itself once you've gotten it started. You're house will smell like heaven, too.
          You could even cook it a day or two ahead of time.

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          1. Well... I wouldn't want to be you. It sounds like you have everything to lose and practically nothing to gain. You are probably not going to be able cook something that some of these people haven't already had that was better.

            I would go with a braise. Short ribs or Swiss steak or maybe even Osso Buco. I wouldn't go for Coq au Vin or Chicken Cacciatore. It would be too easy to screw it up.

            You could go with the simple and classic roasted chicken.

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            1. re: Hank Hanover

              You are probably not going to be able cook something that some of these people haven't already had that was better.
              So not true!
              OP, don't be intimidated!!
              Can I tell you how many times I've eaten in a restaurant and though, "I can make this better"?
              Play to your strengths and have confidence. It's food people, no neurosurgery.

            2. Could you explain the situation some more? I don't know how to envision why a boss comes to order an employee to cook for clients. If I were to even offer to give my home space for a meal for clients, my boss would probably insist on springing for catering.

              In your case, all that I can imagine is that he knows your kind of food and wants you to make exactly that for them. Or? If so, follow the advice here to go with what you're comfortable with.

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              1. re: Bada Bing

                Boss- man never ordered but requested>because of pies,and dishes his wife loved.(thought I should market them).I have never cooked for them kind of folks before.I am really looking for new food-trend ideas.

              2. Dorie Greenspan commented in an interview on the Splendid Table that French home cooking involves a lot of comfort food, particularly stovetop braised dishes. Many homes, especially Parisian apartments have a small kitchen, and may not even have an oven. The rich sauces and the baking are left to the professionals. The French even have their own version of shepherds pie - hachis Parmentier ('hash' named for the guy who popularized potatoes).

                So you shouldn't be afraid to do what you do best, comfort food. Something that involves baking might add a Canadian touch. Any comfort food that highlights foods that BC is known for? Salmon? Local crab? Okanogan fruit and wine? Local cranberries and hazelnuts? Vancouver Chinese and Indian touches?

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                1. re: paulj

                  Yeah I'm with Paulj here. Salmon or halibut, if in season, and local produce like hazelnuts. Since you are known for pies, do one of your best. Think about buying other stuff if available to make your load reasonable. You might have your boss spring for good local wine. Maybe his wife would do fresh flowers and/or fruits for the centerpiece. If you do beautiful pies, that's what you should do. That's what your boss wants, I imagine.

                  I imagine this is well within your powers. Good luck.

                  1. re: sueatmo

                    Ok,this dinner is a favor I am providing .Without naming names,Boss &wife are powerful .Very gracious and kind,I was hoping they would attend dinner but, cannot make it due to hectic schedule.Right now,enroute to Byron Bay, Aust. on business.Staying on topic,I am helping with his regime, and there is, of course, compensation...work-related, you know.

                    1. re: hetook

                      I'd bet money that if they walk into your home and smelled comfort food, they'd be overjoyed.
                      I'd bet so many would think they have to serve caviar, but they're just people, and people love comfort food.
                      I think you're positioned to succeed!

                      1. re: hetook

                        Well, you go girl! I agree with monavano below.

                        1. re: sueatmo

                          Hey,hey i'm a dude. who doesn't mind serving comfort food,I'm just interested in new ideas.

                  2. Start with cocktails made with either Victoria Gin or Schramm Vodka or Gin. Perhaps an hors d'ouvre featuring dungeness crab. Main of Coq au vin, with a BC riesling, like Joie Farms or Dirty Laundry. Potatoes from pemberton. Honey and thyme glazed carrots from Aldergrove, Ingredients should be easy to find at Whole Foods/Capers, or Choices, or Greens Market in Kits. Make a pie, and serve a la mode with Mario's Gelato.

                    FWIW, I wouldn't worry about making anything the guests haven't had before, and rather focus on just making good food, which is locally sourced.

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                    1. re: KarenDW

                      now we're talk'in..come team lets go! need 2 watch $

                      1. re: hetook

                        not including the alcohol, the food bill will be less than $100 for 4 people.
                        coq au vin is not difficult to execute, and can be made the day ahead. ditto for boeuf bourgignon. For heaven's sakes, make it easy on yourself!

                    2. Braised lamb shanks are popular these days and can be done the day before. They are cheaper than osso bucco but still impressive. Serve with garlic mashed potatoes or creamy polenta and a green salad.

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                      1. re: Terrie H.

                        Lamb is something I have no experience with.Years ago,when living in U.K., I was invited to a West Afr. B.B.Q..They served Grilled Lamb that was out of this world. The only way, to duplicate , is to throw a habachi in the fireplace and try.

                      2. You can't go wrong with good ingredients.

                        If it was me, I'd do a prime rib roast (roasted low and slow to rare/mid-rare, since that's how foodies like it), mashed potatoes, a vegetable, homemade horseradish sauce, and my best dessert (for me, that's cheesecake).

                        Prime rib sounds expensive, but when you compare it with the long list of ingredients you need for other dishes, it's actually pretty affordable.