wow, tha'ts a very broad question...there are just so many cultures and ethnicities there. diverse as diverse can be really. when i think of 'california cuisine' i think mostly of the wine country...truly it's a small country without borders. the creative way in which food is prepared and paired...bright, clean, simple.....like feeling the napa sun on your face with each bite or tasting the soil....
so, although these are not dishes, they are a few of my most favorite foods from a most warm and sunny place:
goat cheese from sonoma
olives and olive oil from napa
garlic and garlic chives
wood fired ovens and grills...the smell is intoxicating
hedges of rosemary
all things from the sea...abalone being numero uno and seaweed and salmon
need i mention grapes?
what type of catering event are you doing? where? heavy appetizers? dinner? plated/buffet? mid day reception?
not that this matters much but i will be wintering(working) in california this year so besides experiencing even more wine country foods i also look forward to new food adventures in new places...who knows...perhaps in six months i will have a new list of favorites
Edited by durangojo - 9/28/12 at 10:56am