Menus, Prepared Dishes, Parties, & FAQs

Dinner Menu For Two...or A Few

Special Dinner For Two...or A Few

Cauliflower & Cashew Chowder

Cajun Seasoned Crab Stuffed Dover Sole with Herbed Rice Pilaf, Blistered Green Beans

Pear & Apple Crumble Marscapone Whipped Cream & Candied Pecans

Oysters Rockefeller with Zambuca

Filet Mignon with Shrimp and Pancetta Confetti, Truffled Risotto, and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Pistachio Cups with Chocolate Espresso Mousse

Winter Vegetable Stuffed Pastry 

Quinoa, Tarragon Zucchini Ribbons 

Key Lime Napoleon with Blackberry Coulis

Cucumber, Kale & Pomegranate Salad

Macadamia Nut Encrusted Salmon with Sugar Snap Pea & Pearl Couscous 

Port Poached Pear with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Cherry Reduction

Red Beet, Apple & Goat Cheese Napoleon with Balsamic Pearls

Duck Confit with Sweet Potato Hash & Huckleberry Sauce, Sauteed Kale

Chocolate Glazed Chocolate Torte with Chambord Whipped Cream 

Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms 

Cumin & Garlic Encrusted Rack of Lamb, Saffron, Leek & Garlic Cauliflower Mash, Seared Asparagus Tips

Baklava with Vanilla Bean Crema and Pomegranate Honey

** These can be offered from 2 to 12 people for a fine dining experience at home.  Contact Chef Sue for additional menu options.**

Family Menu

 A Family Affair

Moussaka with Herbed Mesclun Green Salad, Artisan Bread, Zabaglione & Berries

Apricot & Fig Balsamic Glazed Cornish Hens with Pancetta, Kale & Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Carrot Cake

Black Bean & Quinoa Burger with Pepper Jack Cheese & Tomatillo Chimichurri with Grilled Corn, Tomato, Cucumber & Arugula Salad 

Key Lime Bar Bites

Roasted Vegetable & Chicken Pot Pie with Filo

Smores Brownies 

Spaghetti Bolognese with Parmesan Crisps, Cherry Almond Biscotti & Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Shavings

3 Cheese Orecchietti with Prosciutto & Leeks

Toffee Brittle Ice Cream Cakes

BBQ Chicken, Bacon, Smoked Mozzarella  & Jalapeno Flatbread Pizza

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes 

Turkey Sloppy Joes with Smoked Provolone on Pretzel Rolls, Bacon & Ranch Cole Slaw

Caramel Chocolate Espresso Bars


Pasta Fagioli

Butternut Squash & Pear Soup

Tuscan White Bean, Kale & Sausage Soup


Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Soup

Scallop, Bacon & Leek Chowder

Crab & Roasted Red Pepper Bisque

Chicken Vegetable & Egg Noodle Soup

**  Meals can be prepped as Heat & Eat Prepared Dinners, or served.  Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options available. Contact Chef Sue for more menu options and family friendly meal ideas. **


Mix & Mingle 

Appetizer/Wine Party

Crab & Saffron Stuffed Mushrooms

Crispy Prosciutto & Bruschetta Flatbreads

3 Cheese & Sausage Empanadas

Salmon & Dill Mousse Cucumber Cups

Spicy Coconut Crab Cakes with Key Lime Dipping Sauce


5 Spiced Duck, Pear & Fig Pastry

Artisan Cheeses, Crackers, Fruits

Ahi Tuna with Rice Wrapped Grape Leaves, Cucumber and Sesame Wasabi Cream

Vegetable, Feta & Pesto Parcels

Brie Crostinis with Lavender Honey 

Buffett Style 

Thai Beef & Veggie Noodles

Chorizo & Seafood Paella

Eggplant, Artichoke, Roasted Red Pepper and Spinach Rigatoni

Chicken Marsala with Wild Mushrooms over Fusilli

Feta, Capers & Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Red Pepper Cream Sauce

Pesto Gnocchi with Sundried Tomatoes, Pine Nuts, Black Olives


Kale, Spinach & Roasted Squash Salad

Caesar Salad 

Caprese & Arugula Salad

Red & Gold Beet Salad with Kale & Pecans

Mesculin Greens with Pear, Walnuts & Gorganzola

Black Bean, Tomatillo & Corn Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

**For variations of any of the menu items, contact Chef Sue for more menu options.**

Heat & Eat Ready Made Meals

Below are dishes that are oven-ready. Perfect for seniors, those rehabilitating after hospitals stays, or those who just don't want to cook!  These can be tailored to be vegetarian, gluten-free.  Ask for customized dishes too.

Teriyaki & Sesame Seed Salmon with Wild Rice and Zucchini & Squash Medley

Herbed Encrusted Cornish Hen with Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Brussel Sprouts

Savory Texas BBQ Meatloaf, Creamy Cheddar & Bacon Potato Mash & Blistered Green Beans

Chicken Penne, Artichokes, Red Peppers, Shaved Parmesan & Pesto

Thai Beef Noodles with Cauliflower, Carrots, Bell Peppers, Snow Peas

Turkey & Vegetable Pot Pie

Crab Stuffed Haddock with Wild Rice & Quinoa & Garlic - Lemon Asparagus

Chicken Marsala with Pappardelle Noodles, Asparagus Tips

5 Bean & Lentil Chili with Cornbread

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Recipe of the Month

Keeping fit and enjoying warm summer days can life one's spirits, and eating healthy keeps us motivated.

Seafood is a great healthy food choice, and one fish that I love is Chilean Sea Bass.  If you can't get it, you can substitute haddock, sole, cod, even tilapia but you'll need to pay attention to cook time and it's color to ensure it doesn't get over cooked.


Click below for one of the most requested dishes:

Cajun Spiced Chilean Sea Bass over Succotash

Recipe of the Month


Our family is renting for the week.  How will you prepare meals at our vacation rental?

Cookware, utensils, and all food ingredients will be brought to your rental property. Meals can be prepared while you're out playing and have Heat & Eat Meals ready upon your return. Or if you'd rather, meals can be cooked and served to your family and friends.  It's up to you!

What are your fees? How much will it cost?

Fees are itemized by time/labor and food costs. Depending on type ingredients,  (example: wagyu beef vs chicken, organic vs non-organic) food costs will vary and chef fees will be either by day or hourly rate. 

When considering a party, having a budget in mind is essential in menu preparation.  For example, a dinner party can range from $20 pp up to $100pp or more, (not including alcohol) but it's all dependent upon the client's desires and budget.  Contact Chef Sue to discuss menu ideas that can suit your budget.

Can wine and beer be included in food costs? 

No. Valley Gourmet does not have a liquor license and cannot resell alcohol. Wine and spirits pairings can be suggested, but purchasing and delivery of alcohol will be arranged by the client.  Keep in mind alcohol costs when planning your party, as this can be a large line item in your overall budget.

How do we pay you? 

All major credit cards are accepted through PayPal.  Deposits are required to secure dates and to cover costs of food.  

What do I do if I need to cancel?

48 hour cancellation notice is required.  Full refund will be given if more than 48 hrs.  If less than 48hrs, deposits will not be refunded.  Upon cancellation, every effort will be made to return food if possible.  If after 48 hours, food already purchased will be billed to client.