Lucques Catering, helmed by the much-lauded Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, has been chosen to cater the Screen Actors Guild Awards for the fourth year in a row. The theme is “going green”, no surprise considering Goin did a stint at the famous Chez Panisse under Alice Waters.
Guests will have the choice of a vegan plate of Roasted Beets and Blood Oranges with Feta and Black Olives, Cauliflower Couscous with Pomegranite Salsa, and Farro with Kale, Young Broccoli, Currants and Pine Nuts, or a dinner consisting of sustainable salmon and Niman Ranch beef tenderloin accompanied by Roasted Beets with Black Olives and Feta.
The meal will be paired with the surprising choice of Gallo Signature Series Napa Valley Chardonnay and Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir, and unsurprisingly with Tattinger Brut la Francais.
Normally at press events small bites of select courses are passed, but Lucques delighted us all with a large family-style buffet. My favorite dish was the beets, sourced from Tamai Farms. The slow roasted salmon with green rice, labneh, capers and nasturtiums received rave reviews. Parsley, mint, chives and cilantro combine to color the rice green. Another popular dish was the cauliflower couscous fragrant with coriander, cumin and curry.
Lucques definitely proves that eating fresh and sustainable is not only the right thing to do, but also yields superior flavor.
The 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live coast-to-coast on TNT and TBS Sunday, January 27 at 5pm Pacific Time.