Mezze Platter!

Mezze! Mezze! Mezze! Delightful Mediterranean appetizers to enjoy with family, friends, beverages, and conversation. Quinoa tabbouleh, Moroccan black olives, sheep’s milk feta, pickled red onions, and of course, some delicious pita to start your meals with flavor galore! Click the link in the bio or visit www.MinasHospitality.com for the recipes. Here’s to keeping it simple, fresh, and elegant.

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Traditional Middle Eastern Kebabs

The Fourth of July is on the horizon. Here is a flavorful, and healthy alternative to the customary burgers, and hot dogs. When choosing your beef for Middle Eastern Kebabs, it pays to speak to your butcher. Ask for them to source “bottom flap sirloin”, traditionally known in New England as “steak tips”. Any summer party gets better because this cut of beef is one of the most tender, and succulent.

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Fried Green Tomato 3 ways

It's definitely "Summer in the City". Tomato Three Ways, is a great way to face the heat. Fried green tomatoes, paired with my very own crowd favorite, Spicy Tomato Jam, drizzled with Sauce Choron, and finished with a topping of Florida stone crab. Sauce Choron is a derivative of hollandaise, one of the French "Mother Sauces, created by the simple addition of some form of a tomato product. This dish is a mouthwatering way to celebrate summer.

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Orange Ricotta Cake

My "favorite-ever", the classic Ricotta Cake. Truly is a simple to execute, and very impressive dessert to serve. The orange blossom glaze takes this indulgence to a standard that is sure to please any palate. 

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Traditional Hummus

My mantra is “Simple, Fresh, & Elegant”. This picture represents that we can easily produce an easy, tasty delight for our palate, as well as healthy fuel for our bodies. Chickpeas, kosher salt, lemon, tahini (sesame butter), cumin, and garlic... that’s it! 

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Crab Cake with Grapefruit, Fennel, Avocado and Mache

For you, by popular demand! Here is a delicious, easy to execute crab cake recipe sure to impress, and delight your peeps. The light, and flavorful addition of fennel and grapefruit really brightens the dish to stand out above the rest! Please share your thoughts as feedback is always appreciated. Here’s to keeping it simple, fresh & elegant!

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Labneh

Labneh, also known as yogurt cheese, is a strained variation of traditional yogurt. The process of salting and hanging the yogurt in cheesecloth for 48 hours, removes the whey, leaving behind a thickened (slightly softer cream cheese) and much more flavorful product.

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Strawberry & Arugula Salad

Such a "Simple, Fresh & Elegant" salad to enjoy with fresh and seasonal strawberries. The peppery arugula contrasted with the tangy Balsamic Gastrique is something to be desired!

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Classical Beef Wellington

Happy Christmas! Here for everyone today is a dish that truly is my idea of a celebration! Gather the family around for an elegant presentation that is sure to delight everyone. Pair with a simple horseradish sauce to add a little extra bite or lighten things up with an herb pesto! Make sure to talk to your local butcher about the specifications needed to serve a consistent roast to your guests on your Merry day! 

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Chicken and Chanterelles

Discovering the abundance of Chanterelle Mushrooms North Florida has to offer was a pleasant surprise as a Boston transplant Chef learning the land. The ingredients on the plate are simply made to accommodate the delicate flavors and textures the locally foraged mushrooms have to offer. It does not hurt to use locally sourced heirloom corn for the Polenta and Chickens if they're available! 

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Quail Confit Salad

A delicious combination of sweet, salty, crunchy and creamy. This dish was created as a method to elegantly serve shredded quail in a salad while using it as a method to search out and filter any buckshot from within the freshly hunted catch. A fantastic photo that just floats on the plate!

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Truly an honor to be selected as one of the Chefs for the 2017 Naples Winter Wine Festival

Being chosen as one of the 12 premier Chefs for the 2017 Naples Winter Wine Festival was such an honor that will not soon be forgotten. Sharing a marquee with Celebrity Chefs such as Wolfgang Puck, Tom Colicchio and Jose Olivera (just to name a few) is beyond anything I could have imagined 10 years ago. It is only up up and up from here, but this moment in my career will always be remembered as a point of excellence.

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Ladies and Gentleman, your 2016 Tallahassee Top Single!

Once again, a special time in my career to be a part of a true one-of-a-kind experience that in the end was great fun for a great cause. Working with the Kearney Center, a local shelter aimed to assist the homeless in Tallahassee, we were able to raise over seven thousand dollars! Clearly I was hard at work to raise awareness for the cause and happy to do it!

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Tallahassee Magazine Palate Pleasures success!

It was truly an honor to be selected as one of the participating Guest Chefs to be included on this amazing evening. Working alongside my mentor Chef Art Smith was simply an added bonus to the night that brought together a wonderful group of people with some truly world-class wine!

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