Five Entertaining Tips to SAVE YOU TIME at Your Next Party!!

November 1st, 2016

With the holidays fast approaching, there’s a high probability that you’re contemplating hosting a special dinner or even a holiday celebration.  Nervous? Don’t be! Just think: lots of people manage to do it every single year, and somehow they survive.  So, if they can do it, YOU can do it!! And with our five easy (time saving) entertaining tips, there’s no reason why your next soiree shouldn’t be your BEST… holiday or any day!

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SERVE CHAMPS!!

There is nothing that can dress up your party more than some bubbly, the ultimate sign of a celebration! Having glasses of champagne waiting for your guests, whether at the front door or at an area reserved for cocktails, immediately adds a festive element to your home. You can still serve beer, wine, or mixed drinks, but champagne adds an immediate “welcome to the party” vibe. It’s kind of like confetti going off every time a guest walks in your door, but much cleaner! Best of all, you don’t have to stop what you are doing to offer or make your guests a drink as soon as they walk in. To really impress, add a strawberry and a sugar cube to each glass to create a champagne cocktail…BOOM!… you’ve just created your signature drink for the night. Yes, it’s that easy!

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INCORPORATE AS MANY “MAKE AHEAD” DISHES AS POSSIBLE!!

Give yourself a break and try to prepare as much the day or night before as possible. Make-ahead recipes are perfectly acceptable for entertaining, and a little secret, sometimes taste better than “day of” dishes because you let the flavors marinate and blend over a period of time. There are several salads, like potato and pasta, that taste much better prepared ahead and chilled than if you were to make them an hour before the party.  Cheese balls, dips, and pestos can all be prepared ahead of time, ready to be quickly incorporated into your appetizer tray a few minutes before the guests arrive. So, save yourself time and energy on the day of your party, instead spend that time enjoying a glass of bubbly before the guests arrive… see, you GOT THIS!

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DON’T BE SHY TO ASK YOUR GUESTS TO BRING SOMETHING.

It’s pretty much a given…  you invite someone to a party or dinner, their first question is “what can I bring?”  It’s perfectly acceptable (even encouraged) to let your friends know what to bring to your party… as long as they ask first.  Guests don’t like to come empty handed and chances are, they’ll probably bring something anyway… most likely wine! If they ask, tell them EXACTLY what to bring, as long as your requests are simple… HUGE time saver!

Also, if you are having many guests over, don’t feel obligated to cater to every dietary restriction.  If a guest has specific food allergies, you can ask them to bring something for themselves. For example, if they have gluten allergies, have them bring their own crackers or a side dish which you can incorporate onto your table and share with others. Chances are, your guest will be excited to share their item or prepared dish with other people at your party.

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SET THE TABLE AND DO ALL THE DECORATING, THE NIGHT BEFORE!

This little entertaining tip is known by all the experienced hostesses. Setting your table, the night (or even a few days) before your party, not only saves you time on the “day of”, but also gives you a chance to really play with your table design.  If you realize you are missing something or want to add a little something extra, you have plenty of time to find something vs. running frantically to the store. The same goes for cleaning and organizing the house before the party.

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OUTSOURCE, OUTSOURCE, OUTSOURCE!

There is no better way to save time, while planning your next party, than to realize YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING!! Outsourcing certain things, especially the tasks you may not necessarily enjoy, is perfectly acceptable and even encouraged!! Some hostesses have a simple system, preparing the dinner and delegating the dessert and appetizers to a caterer or grocery store, or vice versa. We know some hostesses that don’t prepare ANY food and outsource everything to a caterer. As a rule of thumb, if you have six or less guests, you can handle most things on your own and may want to purchase appetizers and/or desserts at the store.  But if you have more guests, consider outsourcing certain tasks to a professional caterer… Beauty of the Bistro, for example (yep, we just recommended ourselves!!).  Delegating certain things to professionals allows you, as a hostess, to focus on what you enjoy most about entertaining, spending more time WITH your guests than AWAY from them!

Beautiful Fall Wedding

October 25th, 2016

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Nothing touches our hearts more than a wedding celebration! At Beauty of the Bistro, we strive to make your wedding reflective of who you are as a couple!

You may have heard this before, but fall weddings are stunning!!  Many brides prefer summer months to celebrate their nuptials, but let us tell you… a fall wedding can truly take your breath away, and our most recent wedding is NO EXCEPTION!!!  Seriously… hay stacks, pumpkins, lanterns, falling leaves, sweaters, jeans, boots, plaid, a fire pit … you know, some of the best things in life.

This beautiful couple dove-tailed elegance and comfort beautifully.  From the barrels of hay,  red plaid pillows and blankets, to the pinecones, orange and red pumpkins, lanterns, and beautiful armoires… no detail was omitted.  We especially love the multitude of seating, conversation, and dining areas.  Creating an atmosphere which is intimate yet relaxed.  Beauty of the Bistro enjoyed catering this stunning affair and we are thrilled to have been a part of such an unforgettable day!

Thank YOU Kansas City Business Journal For The Shout Out!!

September 20th, 2016

Friends, we are so excited to be part of Round 2 in the Thomas Breakfast Challenge — Food Truck Edition.  That’s right, we’ve made it to round 2 and are now part of the top 25!!  We have one week until voting ends and we will know if we moved on to the top 10!  We so need your DAILY VOTE!! Would love to represent Kansas in this fun competition. Thank you to Kansas City Business Journal for a shout out! We are thrilled at all the support and love coming our way! http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2016/09/20/beauty-of-the-bistro-thomas-breakfast-battle.html?ana=twt

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WE STILL NEED YOUR VOTE!!!

Simply go to http://thomasbreakfastbattle.com

 Find Beauty of the Bistro food truck icon on the map (right on the border of KC and MO) and click on it

Enter your information and “vote” for us!  VOTE DAILY and you can win a prize INSTANTLY and your name will be added to the $5,000 grand prize drawing PLUS, free Thomas products!

WE ARE GOING TO ROUND 2!!!!

September 19th, 2016

We’re excited to announce that we’ve made it to round TWO of the Thomas Breakfast Battle – Food Truck Edition! Thanks to fans like you, who have supported us through the first round!  Now, we are in the 25!! Woo hoo, and even make it to the leaderboard.  So now, more than ever!  We REALLY need your vote.

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WE STILL NEED YOUR VOTE!!!

Simply go to http://thomasbreakfastbattle.com

 Find Beauty of the Bistro food truck icon on the map (right on the border of KC and MO) and click on it

Enter your information and “vote” for us!  VOTE DAILY and you can win a prize INSTANTLY and your name will be added to the $5,000 grand prize drawing PLUS, free Thomas products!

THANK YOU Fox 4 News for Shining the Spotlight on Us!!

September 15th, 2016

HOW GRATEFUL ARE WE??!!! Thank you Fox 4 for shining the spotlight on Beauty of the Bistro and our Thomas Breakfast Battle Featured Sandwich, The English Cowboy!!! PLEASE VOTE FOR US TODAY and maybe even win a prize for yourself as well!  http://fox4kc.com/2016/09/14/breakfast-sandwich-so-delicious-it-may-make-you/

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WE NEED YOUR VOTE!!!

Simply go to http://thomasbreakfastbattle.com

 Find Beauty of the Bistro food truck icon on the map (right on the border of KC and MO) and click on it

Enter your information and “vote” for us!  VOTE DAILY and you can win a prize INSTANTLY and your name will be added to the $5,000 grand prize drawing PLUS, free Thomas products!

Thank you KMBC News 9 For Sharing our Story!!!

September 13th, 2016

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Beauty of the Bistro is Representing KC in the Thomas’ Breakfast Battle!

September 12th, 2016

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We are thrilled to announce that Beauty of the Bistro is representing Kansas City in the Thomas’ Breakfast Battle, Food Truck Edition! This iconic brand invited Beauty of the Bistro to be part of it’s national breakfast competition and we are so honored to be part of it!!

• Last year, Thomas’ celebrated its 135th Anniversary with the inaugural Hometown Breakfast Battle competition — where 135 chefs from across the country battled it out to create America’s best breakfast recipe.
• In 2016, Thomas’ has taken the Breakfast Battle on the road with the Food Truck Edition.
• 50 food trucks from across the country, including our truck, have created one breakfast recipe inspired by the theme of their truck using a variety of Thomas’ English Muffins and Bagels as the main ingredient.
• Our goal was to create delicious, yet achievable and approachable breakfast recipe that fans can recreate at home.

Our Submission was the ENGLISH COWBOY!!  

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Created by Sidney Fish, owner of Beauty of the Bistro

Our signature dish, Cowboy Skillet is served on an English Muffin with Smoked Gouda Cheese and a Fried Egg! A new way to try your favorite dish. 

Serves 4

Prep and Cook time: 30 minutes

Thomas’ Original English Muffins, sliced in half

8 slices of Smoked Gouda

4 eggs

3 Links of Andouille Sausage, sliced

1 Red Bell Pepper, finely diced

1 Cup Mushrooms, sliced

1 Medium sized Zucchini, halved and sliced thin

¾ Cup of Fresh or Frozen Corn

Season to taste with Salt, Pepper and Oregano

Sauté the red pepper, zucchini, mushrooms, corn and sausage in a skillet with Olive Oil, until vegetables are tender.

While the above mixture is sautéing, fry 4 individual eggs, over easy, one for each muffin.

Toast the English Muffins, and butter each side.

Place a slice of Smoked Gouda on Muffin bottom, then spoon a generous amount of Sautéed vegetable and Sausage Mixture onto English Muffin. Top with the egg, a second slice of Smoked Gouda, then the muffin top. Place the completed dish on a panini grill or in the oven to heat throughout, until the Smoke Gouda begins to melt.

Serve with Jalapeno Aioli (Recipe following)

1 Cup Buttermilk

½ Cup Mayonnaise

1 small can of Green Chilies

1 T. Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing Mix

½ Cup Sliced Jalapenos

½ Cup Fresh Cilantro

Place the above ingredients in a blender, until smooth. Keeps fresh in a refrigerator for approximately 5 days.

WE NEED YOUR VOTE!!!

Simply go to http://thomasbreakfastbattle.com

 Find Beauty of the Bistro food truck icon on the map (right on the border of KC and MO) and click on it

Enter your information and “vote” for us!  VOTE DAILY and you can win a prize INSTANTLY and your name will be added to the $5,000 grand prize drawing PLUS, free Thomas products!

The English Cowboy – Thomas’ Breakfast Battle

September 12th, 2016

Here is the yummy Thomas’ Breakfast Battle submission.  It’s called the English Cowboy… MERCY!!!!

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Created by Sidney Fish, owner of Beauty of the Bistro

Our signature dish, Cowboy Skillet is served on an English Muffin with Smoked Gouda Cheese and a Fried Egg! A new way to try your favorite dish. 

Serves 4

Prep and Cook time: 30 minutes

Thomas’ Original English Muffins, sliced in half

8 slices of Smoked Gouda

4 eggs

3 Links of Andouille Sausage, sliced

1 Red Bell Pepper, finely diced

1 Cup Mushrooms, sliced

1 Medium sized Zucchini, halved and sliced thin

¾ Cup of Fresh or Frozen Corn

Season to taste with Salt, Pepper and Oregano

Sauté the red pepper, zucchini, mushrooms, corn and sausage in a skillet with Olive Oil, until vegetables are tender.

While the above mixture is sautéing, fry 4 individual eggs, over easy, one for each muffin.

Toast the English Muffins, and butter each side.

Place a slice of Smoked Gouda on Muffin bottom, then spoon a generous amount of Sautéed vegetable and Sausage Mixture onto English Muffin. Top with the egg, a second slice of Smoked Gouda, then the muffin top. Place the completed dish on a panini grill or in the oven to heat throughout, until the Smoke Gouda begins to melt.

Serve with Jalapeno Aioli (Recipe following)

1 Cup Buttermilk

½ Cup Mayonnaise

1 small can of Green Chilies

1 T. Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing Mix

½ Cup Sliced Jalapenos

½ Cup Fresh Cilantro

Place the above ingredients in a blender, until smooth. Keeps fresh in a refrigerator for approximately 5 days.

WE NEED YOUR VOTE!!!

Simply go to http://thomasbreakfastbattle.com

 Find Beauty of the Bistro food truck icon on the map (right on the border of KC and MO) and click on it

Enter your information and “vote” for us!  VOTE DAILY and you can win a prize INSTANTLY and your name will be added to the $5,000 grand prize drawing PLUS, free Thomas products!

A Busy Happy 2014 with Beauty of the Bistro!

December 21st, 2014
Please take a few minutes as we share some photos of our busy year!
We completed another wonderful food truck season. We have put the Food Truck to bed for a bit, but we’ll back soon!

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A Labor of Love

July 26th, 2014

I came across a photo today, that caused me to stop and reread it several times. When we are out in the Food Truck, many people stop to inquire about running this type of business. The words I read summed it up quite well. 

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My sister, Valorie and her son came for a visit. They live in Sydney, Australia. It had been 3 1/2 years since I had seen them. We were right in the middle of our busiest wedding season, so naturally, when she offered to help, I didn’t refuse!

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Valorie was quick to notice my hands didn’t quite look the same as she remembered, so she took a photo of our hands, side by side. Hmmm, can you tell which belongs to a food truck owner, and which hand belongs to a Psychologist?

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There are many sacrifices necessary to keep the Food Truck business moving in the right direction, but the most important one, as the photo above says- Love of Labor.