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.
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.
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.
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.
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.