I was invited to the Holiday Open House of Elyse’s Catering. Already the weekend before, when visiting Elyse, I had seen the busy preparation for this special event, and was eager to experience it.
When I entered “The Deli”, legacy term referring to its being former “Elyse’s Potpourri and Deli”, I saw many shiny eyes and soon found out why:
Guests were greeted with Champaign, apple cider, and mouthwatering appetizers such as Prosciutto Basil Wraps and Walking Shrimp Cocktails.
Bountiful decorations lead you into the kitchen where baked carved turkey with gravy, mashed yams, cranberry sauce and – hoho freshly backed pumpkin rolls – were offered. The hit of the event, I found, was a mashed potatoes bar where everyone could select the ingredients, bacon bits, cheese, glazed and green onions, sour cream…, and then wait next to the stove where Ryan finished the combination to taste.
Cherishing traditions, your taste buds could enjoy Hannukah dishes including Challah bread and poached salmon with dill sauce.
The Holiday dessert bar was a combination of childhood Christmas memories and new variations of them, such as pumpkin dot bars, eggnog tarts and homemade marshmallows: Rosy cheeks and rolling eyes in delish spoke for themselves.
It was getting dark outside when I left the deli. What a wonderful Holiday Season kick-off, I thought; looking back to the place full of light and festive decoration, the laughter and talking followed me to the car.
Elyse’s Catering, Inc.
3238 Capitol Blvd. S.
Tumwater, WA 98501