At the Chinese Tea House in Newport, RI A New Orleans Birthday

Talk about a challenge, our chefs at Russell Morin Fine Catering needed to impress guests from one of the food capitals of the world. They decided to have their menu match the intimate interior of The Chinese Tea House in Newport, RI which was where the party took place.

The Tea House featured stunning farm tables lined with autumn hued florals and twinkling candles of all sizes. In an effort to both impress and fit the venue, we chose to start with an oyster bar that featured Moonstones, Wellfleets, and Malpecs along with wild countnecks(baby cherrystones). All were sourced from our premier seafood supplier Foley’s of New Bedford. The guests then enjoyed the menu below served with wines flown in specially from one of the attending guest's vineyard! The crowning glory were these individual birthday cakes which replicated the Tea House (which were done in-house!).

Newport Tea House cake replicas done by Russell Morin Fine Catering
Newport Chinese Tea House cake replicas done by Russell Morin Fine Catering

The MENU:

Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Fried Oysters with Melted Leeks, Tomato Concasse and American Caviar
Hot and Crunchy Almond Chicken with Soy Dijon Glaze
Bacon Wrapped Quail with Dried Plum and Maple Thyme Glaze
Cheese Crisps with Roquefort Crusted Chevre, Tomato and Basil
Asparagus Frito Misto with Roasted Garlic Aioli

Dinner

First Course
Avocado and Mango Timbale
Served in a pool of Avocado Vichyssoise
Garnished with Seeded Lavash Crisps and Maldon Sea Salt
With Jumbo Lump Crab Timbale

Entrée

Szechuan-Salt Rubbed Filet
Grilled Scallion and Shiitake Mushroom Compote
Grilled Sweet Potato Planks
Steamed Asparagus Spears
or
Glazed Sea Bass with Ginger Butter
on Mirin Marinated Cucumber Ribbons
Jasmine Rice Pilaf
Baby Beta Carrots

Dessert

Individual Tea House Birthday Cakes
Yellow Butter Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream Filling and European Buttercream Frosting