Today we took a virtual trip to the trendiest Asian restaurants in the country. Along the way, we had West Lake Rice Porridge, Saucy Edamame Pods, Spiked Thai Iced Coffee with Tapioca Pearls, Chicken Katsu Don, and Kaya Toast. What a trip! Look for versions of these to appear on the Blue Bamboo menu as specials real soon!
This annual event benefits the Children’s Home Society Buckner Division, and we are happy to be a part of it every year!
It’s rumored that the event broke all attendance records this year, and the attendees had such wonderful things to say about all of the restaurants that participated. We already can’t wait until next year’s event!
It’s already time to start booking for the holiday season. This year, I can’t take credit for remembering. A guest called yesterday and told me she wanted to book an event for her company’s holiday party in December. I was completely caught off guard, but envious of her organization!
Every year at Blue Bamboo, we are excited to help bring our guests’ holiday event visions come to life.
Our holiday catering services at Blue Bamboo will delight even the most discerning guest. Our dedication to serving only the finest, specially-sourced ingredients, combined with thoughtful service and attention to detail, provides for an infinite array of unforgettable events in-house, or any setting of your choosing. We will have take-out catering available for those who want to bring something special to your host’s party.
Whether you are gathering friends for a festive holiday brunch, or gathering your colleagues for a relaxing holiday celebration over lunch, we are dedicated to providing good food, and welcoming hospitality.
Blue Bamboo’s private dining rooms are perfect for holiday parties and special events. From intimate holiday dinners with friends, to festive luncheon celebrations and formal dinners, we will custom-create a menu and a setting that fits your event and style. Our culinary team uses fresh, seasonal foods and presents with a dramatic flair. Customized pre-fixe or tasting menus are available as well as wine pairings. Our private dining rooms seat up to 12, 45, and 100 guests, and can be decorated to your desires. We will even assist you in party favor selections for your guests of all ages.
WJCT produces a series called “Hometown,” featuring local happenings around Jacksonville. Recently, they filmed one of our cooking classes. Here’s the link:
Today is National Taco day. A classmate from culinary school had the pleasure of working with Roy Choi, who started the whole Asian Taco craze in LA. Roy is also a fellow Culinary Institute of America Graduate. My classmate shared the technique, and a similar recipe to what he made so popular in Los Angeles. In our Blue Bamboo version, we use an Asian pear for sweetness and add a kiwi to help tenderize the shortribs in our recipe.
People often tell us we are a vegetarian freindly restaurant. That’s because the flavors that we serve on our menu are also very good when made meatless, too.
Today, is World Vegetarian day. In celebration, we have sourced some locally made tempeh. Tempeh is a fermented whole-soybean patty which originated from the southeast Asian country of Indonesia. It has a heartier texture than tofu, and is a little fuller in flavor. We like serving up our tempeh in noodle dishes or alongside some of our veggie stirfries.
A producer in Gainesville makes just about the best tempeh that we’ve tried. We’ll probably keep ordering this stuff because it is made locally, and it is a high-quality product. Come by and try it for yourself at Blue Bamboo. Happy World Vegetarian day!
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Chef Dennis Chan is the creator of Blue Bamboo, a great restaurant. He writes this blog as an outlet for his food ideas and to keep fans of Blue Bamboo, Hip Asian Comfort Food and his cooking classes up-to-date.
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