Chicken Parmesean Sandwich
Tomato Caprese on Pesto Roll
Chopped Italian Salad
Greek Red Quinoa Salad
Pretzel Bites, Veggies & Hummus
Exotic Fruit Panna Cotta
Lemon Meringue Pudding
Blueberry Kouign Amann
Vegan Orange Blackberry Scone
Strawberry Pop Tart
Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf
It is hard to remember the exact details of visit number one to CRAFTkitchen, but what stood out most in November of 2015 remains noteworthy today, and that is the genuine hospitality and amount of care Jaret Blinn puts into everything he does whether it be cooking on-site, catering or his day-to-day duties as a family-man outside of the Restaurant entirely.
Now a staple of Henderson’s Food scene for nearly 3.5 years, a motto of “Food with personality delivered by people with passion” never in question and that commitment rewarded by regulars packing the Restaurant daily, it was predictably early that Jaret and Tami Blinn arrived with an order for twenty-five, everything carefully packed including serviceware with more than enough of each dish to go around.
Focusing once again on items able to withstand the office’s ninety-minute lunch divided into three shifts, a pair of Salads going over well as did Crudite and freshly-baked Pretzels with Hummus, it was trying out two new Sliders that attendees were rewarded by bold flavors, the Mozzarella and Tomatoes with Balsamic brightened by herbaceous Bread while Chicken Breast remained crispy beneath melted Cheese and lightly spiced Tomato Sauce.
Offering no shortage of Sweets, some for the group plus five seasonal updates from Jaret and Beth Ryan-Small to taste, it was by balancing Passion Fruit Glaze with Mango and creamy Vanilla that Panna Cotta achieved bright taste amidst silky consistency, a cup of Lemon Pudding atop Graham Crackers also tangy and pleasant while Caramel Budino expectedly stole the spotlight by being stiff enough to stick-a-spoon-up-straight, but smooth and light on the tongue.
Always happy indulge in a CRAFTkitchen Pop Tart, currently packed with Strawberry Jam and still the best riff on Kellogg’s classic tasted to date, it was next that a Vegan Scone made one wonder how such a thing can be created without Butter or Milk while Banana Bread delivered plenty of Baking Spices and light sweetness punched-up by Chocolate Chips.
Further impressed by an Apple Tart, thin slices atop Puff Pastry providing a pleasant textural contrast from top to bottom, it was with Chef Blinn’s seasonal Kouign Amann that lunch came to a close, the soft interior holding up well despite lots of filling while outsides shatter, crumble and flake to the tooth.
N/A: Making it blog policy to not ‘rate’ places based on catering alone CRAFTkitchen has always gone the extra mile to assure off-site dining is every bit as delicious as inside the Restaurant on South Eastern, and whether the budget is large or small there is something available for almost everyone and every bit of it is made with pride and passion.
RECOMMENDED: Chicken Parmesean Sandwich, Pretzel Bites and Hummus, Caramel Budino, Pop Tart, Kouign Amann.
TIP: See the website for sample catering items or contact the Restaurant directly with a budget and let them do what they do best.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.