Baking During Quarantine? 11 Things Your Kitchen Needs

  Does it seem like every post in your feed showcases a crusty sourdough boule? Or a focaccia garden? (See photo below, and you’ll get the idea.) With so many Americans quarantining at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, it seems like everyone’s baking up a storm. Reducing the number of trips to the grocery store is one good reason to stock up on baking supplies. But there’s another that’s more psychological in nature: Baking can be a balm for the soul. “Especially now, there’s something very satisfying about creating your own dough and using your hands to make bread and baked goods that you can feed to others,” says Andrea Correale of the catering company Elegant Affairs. Want to get on the baking train? Equip your kitchen with the right gear so your baking is easier and more fun, whether you’re making fancy French baguettes or a simple batch of muffins. 1. Standing mixer     Any baker worth her salt will invest in a standing mixer, lest she break her arm trying to mix \ dough to the right consistency. And if yours is a gorgeous robin’s-egg blue like this one, you’ll brainstorm a dozen other cooking projects just so you can use it every day. This 10-speed appliance has optional add-on pieces for rolling out pasta and shredding cheese, plus it comes in candy apple red and silver ($349, Amazon). 2. Bread knife   Sure, you can use any ol’ knife to cut bread, but a serrated one is made for the job and can swiftly slice through a dense outer crust. The German Wustof brand is high-quality, which means this...

Fare You Would Only Usually Get Served at a Black-Tie Event: 9 New York Caterers Currently Offering At-Home Meals

  In times of uncertainty, we look to our communities more than ever for ideas, insight, and guidance. At PartySlate, we will continue to share inspiring events and beautiful ideas throughout this difficult time, all the while looking forward to rejoining our friends and family to celebrate our life’s milestones — and yours. Eating delicious cuisine just got a whole lot easier. While parties and milestone events remain postponed, 7 of New York City’s top caterers are offering their exclusive catering menus for pickup or delivery. At Wafels & Dinges, the team tells us how they are adapting to the ‘new normal’ by offering normally-catered meals to families. Shaivi, Director of Sukhadia Caterers, goes on to say, “The recent situation has pushed us to come up with creative ideas. We are doing all of this by staying safe, keeping our staff safe, and exercising as much caution as possible.” Meanwhile, President Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs also discovered new ways to assist the community with a Stay-At-Home Market offering the finest quality groceries. Some catering companies are even finding ways to bring their meals to those one front lines. Kayla Castellano, Senior Events Sales Manager of CxRA, tells us how their chefs are busy preparing meals for city healthcare workers. As one nurse says, “I am obsessed with everything you’ve given us . . . Food is so important and I am SO grateful for all of the vegetables and nutrition you are giving us, especially at a time when we’re all trying to stay healthy.” So whether you put on a cocktail dress for a virtual Zoom dinner party with friends — or don a...

Long Island butchers, fish markets and more pivot to delivery

Man cannot live on takeout alone and, at some point, even the most stove-averse Long Islanders are going to have to start cooking. The good news is that some big-time restaurant suppliers, in an effort to shore up their flagging business, are now delivering to regular folks. Many local food purveyors are ramping up or initiating takeout services so you don’t have to go to the market, and some enterprising restaurants and caterers are even getting into the grocery game. In general, these companies offer quicker and more dependable delivery than regular supermarkets whose stock must be ordered through Instacart. But they are all overburdened in this new age of takeout so be prepared to be patient. GENERAL GROCERIES Baldor Specialty Foods: You’ve been eating Baldor provisions for decades without knowing it: it is one of the Northeast’s largest wholesale importers and distributors of fresh produce and specialty foods, a staple supplier of fine restaurants and markets. Now Baldor is making its vast inventory of specialty food available directly to consumers. All the staples are here, as well as foie gras, fiddlehead ferns and beef cheeks and pretty much anything you have ever eaten. Free delivery to all of Long Island with a $250 minimum. More info: baldorfood.com The Chef’s Warehouse: One of the tristate region’s leading food service suppliers is now offering you 10-packs of frozen Neapolitan pizzas, 1-pound cans of jumbo lump crab meat, 5-liter tubs of gelato plus meats, produce, dairy and grocery items. Delivery takes up to four business days; trucks come to Long Island on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; free delivery for orders over...

Long Island caterer Elegant Affairs pivots to home delivery of groceries, heat-and serve meals

For Andrea Correale, “crisis mode doesn’t mean sitting around and crying.” The founder and president of Elegant Affairs Catering was watching her business evaporate as weddings, parties and corporate gatherings were first discouraged and then outright forbidden. And so she considered the two sides of her business, clients and suppliers, and came up with a plan to help both of them. Clients are staying home, she figured, and they need groceries for cooking, and family-style meals for when they can’t cook. Meanwhile, her food suppliers were no longer supplying restaurants. “I started to call my purveyors,” she said, “and I asked them to tell me what provisions they had that were not in huge gallon pails.” That was the genesis of Elegant Affairs’ “Grocery and Dinner Delivery” service, which launched three weeks ago. Over the course of 48 hours, Correale built a website that offers about 150 grocery items and homestyle dinners. She delivers all over Long Island. “Grocery to go” stocks about 150 items, from almond milk and apples to chicken breasts and Chips Ahoy cookies. There are garbage bags and Gatorade, romaine lettuce and rack of lamb, canned tuna and, yes, toilet paper. For now, there’s even hand sanitizer. (Wine, beer and liquor are also available, but, per state law, must accompany an order of prepared food.) She also noted that many clients were getting “tired of takeout. It’s a pain to arrange every day,” she said, “and a lot of people were looking for a meal that was healthier and homier.” That was the inspiration behind what she calls “the dining club”: Four days a week...

Take a Break from Take Out with Andrea Correale’s Dining Club

Andrea Correale, New York City and Hampton’s celebrity caterer created her “Tired of Take Out” dining service with Elegant Affairs Caterers. Although it’s important to support our community’s restaurants, sometimes we need a break and, importantly, an alternative. Correale’s service offers families and individuals the ability to order fresh meals and dishes from Elegant Affairs daily, through carry-out and delivery, with weekly and monthly subscriptions available with the service. In the past, Elegant Affairs Caterers assisted with FEMA disaster relief following Hurricane Sandy, setting up an onsite kitchen with food service. Correale’s dedication to serving and feeding the community continues with “Tired of Take Out,” offering various food carry-out and grocery delivery options. There are special Passover Seder (which includes kosher wine) and Easter menus. Weekly, on Friday, a menu is released with meals beneficial for your health like Lemon Oregano Spring Chicken and Spring Pea Orzo. For her services, there are discounts available for those 60+, catering to not only health but safety of those at high risk. Full Price Meals are $25 per person (minimum of 2 per order) plus tax and delivery fees. If you are looking to subscribe you can receive a discount of 10% off for one week, and 15% off for a one-month subscription. Elegant Affairs Caterers Grocery-to-Go and dinner menus are available through the website here. For a glimpse on the types of meals or inspiration for what to cook using the groceries-to-go, below are a few recipes from Andrea Correale:   Scrambled Egg & Veggies Muffin  1 dozen eggs ½ cup Green or Red Peppers (chopped, fresh, or frozen) ½ cup...