August 2013 Newsletter

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Alligator Pear Catering 
 ...a refreshing taste in catering and event production with innovative cuisine, quality local ingredients and exceptional service.  

It's almost time to begin planning for the holidays.
Contact us to make your next occasion a one of a kind culinary experience!

Classic New York Style Margherita Pizza 

Pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)
All-purpose flour, for dusting
3 cup Tomato Sauce (recipe follows)
1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Fresh basil leaves
Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced into thin rounds
Cornmeal, for stone
Special equipment: Pizza stone

Place a pizza stone in the oven. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F, allowing the stone to get hot.

Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface into approximately an 8 to 10-inch round and 1/4-inch thick. Ladle the sauce onto the dough and spread it over top, leaving about a 1-inch border around the edge. Top with the tomatoes, oregano, some basil leaves and mozzarella rounds.

Carefully remove the pizza stone from the oven, and dust with the cornmeal. Place the pizza on top of the stone and pop the whole thing in the oven. Bake until crust is golden and the cheese has melted, about 10 minutes.

Cut into wedges and serve immediately.

Basic Tomato Sauce:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 red onion, small dice
4 tablespoons minced garlic
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons red wine
1 (28-ounce) can whole plum tomatoes
1/2 cup water

Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, until onions are soft and translucent. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and add the basil leaves, red wine, and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Note: cool the sauce before using it to make pizza.

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse


Days filled with sunshine, topped off with cool evenings - summer is great in Los Angeles.  As each day begins to get shorter and Labor day is almost upon us, there is still time to plan that last summer fling!  Venture out and enjoy the splendor of beautiful Southern California.   

Fresh Summer Salad

Created by Abi for a recent FOX Studios event, this salad of fresh greens, roasted beets, mango, blackberries, and kiwi with a light citrus vinaigrette, is bursting with color and flavor.

This month we had the pleasure of celebrating the birthday of our
fabulous Executive Chef Monique!
LouieScreening for FX's "Louie"    
  at the Academy of Television Arts
  and Sciences 
See more "Louie"on FX
   photos courtesy FX


 APC helped to create the New York vibe for  "Louie" 

  with Pizza, Pizza & more Pizza!pizza dough

Chef Santy's hands creating pizza magic! 

MDA Telethon
coming to ABC on September 1st 
see more

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