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Nov 28, 2011 07:28 PM

Chowhound Rescue Needed !!! - moved from British Columbia board

$$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.