Wine trip catering

Some of you know, and some may not, my partner and I are starting a business that melds his love and work with mine. The new business is a Wine Tasting Group that travels to several local wine countries. Craig selects the wineries, and my catering company supplies the lunches. We’ve been doing this informally for about 6-7 years and decided to make it a business.

Recently we traveled to Walla Walla Washington to taste (and purchase) some fabulous wines. This year I decided to do “themed” lunches. Day one was Asian inspired. Day two was California/Italian inspired, and Day three was French/Greek inspired.

I featured glimpses of each day’s meals on my Facebook page as a preview of what was to come. There was such a huge response to each of these pictures; I decided to share a few of the recipes for the salads.


Day one was a

Asian Bow Tie Salad

Chicken (is optional-I left out)
3-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (optional)
1 bottle kikkomans teriyaki marinade and sauce

16oz bow tie pasta
10 ounce fresh spinach
6 oz dried cranberry
3 11 oz cans mandarin oranges, drained
16 oz water chestnuts, drained
1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
1 bunch green onion, chopped
1/4 cup sesame seeds
6 oz honey roasted peanuts

1 cup oil
2/3 cup teriyaki sauce
6T sugar
Salt & pepper
2/3 white vinegar

Blend dressing and cook pasta al dente.  Allowed cooled pasta to rest in dressing for 2 hours before adding other ingredients.

Marinate chicken in teriyaki sauce over night.  BBQ chicken until done.  Cut into bite size pieces, cool. Toss all ingredients, serve immediately.

Day two was a
Caprese Style Salad

Sorry this is sideways, I couldn’t get it to flip!

12 oz perllini size fresh mozzarella (if you can’t find this size, use chiligene or whole size, just cut them down to a cherry tomato size)
12-16oz small cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber peeled, seeded and diced
8-10 leaves Basil, chopped
1-2 oz balsamic vinegar
1-2 oz olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Drain the mozzarella and coat with spices and olive oil. Add vinegar and allow to marinate for an hour or so.
Add tomato cucumber and basil, serve immediately.


Day three was a

Greek Pasta Salad

16 oz orzo, cooked al dente, drained and cooled.
1 cucumber peeled, seeded and diced
12-16oz small cherry tomatoes, halved
8 oz pitted kalamata olives , sliced
8 oz feta
2 tablespoons fresh or dried oregano

Mix together all ingredients and toss with Dressing, below.

Greek dressing.

2 fresh garlic cloves, minced then crushed
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard (Grey poupon)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (not bottled)
1/2 teaspoon sugar
5 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon basil leaves (optional)
1/4 teaspoon oregano leaves (optional)


Mix all ingredients together and shake well to mix.
For a creamier dressing, add all ingredients except oil to a blender. Pulse several times to mix ingredients. With blender running on high, slowly pour oil into blender until mixture is creamy. Refrigerate.