It's Summer at LAFW


July 14, 2010


I'm sitting at my desk today and it's so sunny and warm outside.  For the first time this summer, I am really wishing I was out enjoying the sun! I was getting worried that LA's June/July gloom was going to ruin my tomato crop.  I've got LOTS on the vines, but right now they are all green.  Now I'm sure they will ripen beautifully!  July is also bridal shower month.  I am booked with one shower after another.  They really are such wonderful occasions as I often have three generations cooking together.  One of the best things about my summer events is that I often have help from my children.  They're on break, so we spend a lot of time together.  My to-do list often becomes the family activity for the day.  It's great to share the business with them.

My daughter Sarah has become my staff photographer. I post lots of her pictures on LAFW's Facebook page.  She's got an amazing eye and my clients have really enjoyed her work.  Hop on our fan page, take a look and become an LAFW Facebook Fan!  I also post a little something about what's going on in our kitchen everyday.  If you like my newsletter, you'll like this too!


In this months newsletter, get some inspiration for the next shower you need to throw, take a peek at a refreshing salad recipe, and have a look at an amazing cocktail perfect for the summer.  Looking forward to cooking with you soon! 


Shower the Bride with Food and Fun Culinary Activities


shower buffetWe are in the middle of the traditional wedding season, but as we all know, people get married all year long.  An LA Food Works event is a great option for a shower, no matter when the wedding date is set.  Whether you want to do a unique ladies luncheon, a interactive couples shower or fun engagement party, cooking is a great way to bring friends and family together!  We can create a special menu of the bride and grooms favorite foods or everyone can come and make lots of delicious appetizers.  With never a dull moment, our events are a wonderful alternative to the traditional, and maybe not so exciting shower.  Our quaint and comfortable venues are perfect for groups of 8 to 100 people.  You bring the champagne and we'll bring the fun.  Together you will have the ingredients for a shower that will blend your friends and family in a way everyone will most definitely enjoy!

shower group

For more information or to book your event,
Rose LeBoeuf at




Asian Chopped Salad


This is one of our most popular salads.  We've been making it for years and I get so many compliments every time we serve it.  It's really more like a slaw with the shredded Napa cabbage.  However, the sweet and sour vinaigrette does well with lettuces too.  You can substitute packaged slaw mixes and pre-shredded carrots if you're short on time.  I often add shredded chicken or grilled shrimp to make this appetizer salad a main course meal.  I'm sure this recipe will become an instant favorite in your personal cookbook!  

  Salad Dressing:
 2 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons sesame oil
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/2  cup slice almonds
1/4  cup sesame seeds
8 green onions-sliced thin 
2 carrots
1 head Napa cabbage
1 head romaine lettuce 

Asian Chopped Salad
Whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved; set aside.

Heat a large skillet and toss in almonds and sesame seeds; cook until just lightly brown. Remove from heat and set aside.

Finely shred carrots, cabbage and lettuce using food processor or by hand.

To assemble salad, toss together cabbage, green onions, carrots, almonds and sesame seeds with dressing.

Per Serving: 249 Calories; 22g Fat (75.3% calories from fat); 5g Protein; 12g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 151mg Sodium.


Cocktail Time!
Limoncello Cocktail
There's nothing like a cool, refreshing cocktail on a warm summer afternoon.  And who doesn't love a cold glass of lemonade when it's hot? This past weekend, I married these loves and came up with this concoction.  So easy to make...just pour over crushed ice 1.5 ounces vodka, 1 ounce limoncello, 2 ounces lemonade and 2 ounces Pelligrino.  Stir and serve with a fresh lemon wedge.  So delicious, but be careful...these grown up lemonades go down way too easy and sneak up on you way too fast!
Enjoy and Happy Summer!

WANT TO USE THESE TIPS AND RECIPES IN YOUR E-ZINE, BLOG OR WEB SITE? You can, as long as you do not alter the information in any way and include a credit that reads "by Rose LeBoeuf,, Interactive Cooking Classes, Parties, and Corporate Team Building Events for Groups Looking for a Fun and Unique Dinning Experience." 

 LA Food Works Events 

Ideal for Team Building, Holiday Celebrations, Client Entertaining, Birthday Parties, Showers and Private Gatherings.  Let LA Food Works make your party one which your guests will not soon forget!


 No previous cooking experience required!
Just willingness to put on an apron,
get your hands a little messy,
indulge in some great food
and have lots of fun playing in the kitchen!


We also happily design Custom Cooking Parties. If you have a group of 8 or more foodies who love great food and playing together in the kitchen, contact us and we will design a custom menu or theme class for you and your group.

 Our interactive cooking parties both unify and entertain...perfect for any occasion that requires great food, interesting activities and lots of fun!


For information or to book your event, contact Rose LeBoeuf at 310-288-0100 for an event planning kit, pricing and date availability.