Cocktail Events and Open Houses - Artfully Simple

Use our sample menu as a guide or order ala carte to create your own. Remember, you can always speak with Chef Gretchen directly to custom tailor a menu to your specific needs. She can personally help you design your event from start to finish.

The Classics

Vegetarian option * Indicates available vegetarian option

  • Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail...Jumbo shrimp served simply with cocktail sauce and fresh lemon or tossed in Creole seasoning with our spicy tomato remoulade, or half and half. $155 / Five Pounds
  • Sweet & Sour Meatballs...Bite-sized cocktail classic, dressed with our sweet & sour sauce, honey BBQ, or Carribean jerk with pineapple chutney. $75 / 100 pieces
  • Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts... $56 / 100 pieces
  • Stuffed Mushrooms...Choose from: Southwest Black Bean & Roasted Corn*, Guggisberg Swiss & Almond* or Sausage & Swiss. $64 / 50 pieces
  • Grilled Chicken Strips...Boneless Chicken Breast strips grilled with Italian herbs and served on a bed of Orzo pasta tossed with fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes & lemon vinaigrette. Also available Buffalo style with house made blue cheese dressing & celery. $112 / 50 pieces
  • Vegetable Plate...Carrots, Celery, Broccoli, Cucumber and Peppers with our Parmesan ranch dip or roasted red pepper hummus. $36 / 18" platter
  • Fresh Fruit Platter...Fresh fruit, the best of the season, served elegantly. $58 / 18" platter
  • Ohio Cheese Plate & Crackers...Aged Cheddar, Provolone, Smoked Gouda, garnished with fruit and served with crackers. $32 / 15" platter
  • Spiced Nuts...Cashew and more sauteed in our house spice mix with a hint of spicyness. $16 / per pound
  • Salsa Tray...three pints of your choice: Classic Salsa, Fresh Cilantro Salsa, Fresh Avocado Salsa, Mango & Black Bean Salsa, Sweet Corn & Raspberry Salsa, Roasted Red Pepper or White Bean Hummus, or Black Bean Dip. Served with white corn tortillas chips. $32 / per tray
  • Sandwich Wraps ...Choose one or two per platter: Turkey & Cheddar Club, Roast Beef & Provolone, Italian Club, Chicken Pesto, Roasted Turkey & Brie with Cranberry Chutney, Turkey Reuben, Buffalo Chicken, and Veggie Greek*. $65 / (and up) per platter
  • Mini Sandwich Platter...Choose one or two per platter: Turkey & Cheddar Club, Roast Beef & Provolone, Italian Club, Ham & Swiss. $55 / (and up) per platter
  • Sliders...From Classic Cheddar or Mushroom Swiss to Fresh ground Bison with Cabernet Onions & Smoked Cheddar or Crab Cakes with Lemongrass Aioli $2.25 / (and up) per slider

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An Upscale Twist

  • Asparagus Tips...wrapped in Prosciutto with our signature lemon tarragon cream. $74 / 50
  • Smoked Trout Mousse...Smoked Trout from Chef Gretchen's family's farm in Urbana, Ohio whipped with garlic, cream and spices. Served with garlic croustades. $48 / 1 quart
  • Mini Greek Salad Cups...English cucumber cups stuffed with caramelized red onion, Roma tomatoes, Greek Dressing and crumbled feta. $83 / 50
  • Gorganzola Grapes...black grapes topped with whipped gorgonzola cream $47 / 50
  • Crab Stuffed Tomatoes...lump crab salad tossed with capers, fresh dill, diced red onion and lemon zest aioli.  $120 / 50
  • Savory Phyllo Tartlets....always a crowd pleaser. Choose from: $65 / 50
    • French Brie with apricots, cranberries, caramel and almonds;
    • Roasted Tomato with fresh pesto and asiago;
    • Wild Mushroom & herbed goat cheese;
    • Asparagus, bacon & Swiss;
    • Michigan cherries, gorgonzola cream & candied walnuts;
    • Spinach, Feta & Pinenut;
    • See desserts for sweet tartlet ideas.
  • Spinach & Artichoke stuffed Tartlets...The great flavor of our classic Spinach & Artichoke dip in a bite-sized form. $65 / 50
  • Herb Baked Goat Cheese....Chevre goat cheese rolled in Italian herbs atop a garlic croustade with our spicy roasted red pepper puree $65 / 50
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu Skewers...Grilled Chicken skewers laced with Canadian bacon and served with our Dijon Swiss cream sauce. $120 / 50
  • Mini Twice Baked Redskin Potatoes...Baby redskins re-stuffed with your choice of sour cream & scallion or chipotle cheddar. Bacon optional. $75 / 50
  • Stuffed Shrimp...Bacon wrapped with an apple, pepper stuffing. $120 / 50
  • Gorgonzola & Sirloin Rumaki...Hand rolled Gorgonzola meatballs wrapped with crispy bacon. $78 / 50
  • Caprese Platter...Fresh tomatoes dressed with basil infused olive oil, sea salt, and balsamic glaze. Layered with fresh mozzarella and served with a pile of field greens tossed in fresh lemon, sea salt, shaved Parmesan & olive oil. $55 / 18" platter
  • Beef Carpaccio...Thinly sliced Beef Tenderloin seasoned with sea salt and fresh lemon juice, topped with a pile of field greens tossed in our house balsamic vinaigrette and garnished with lemon aioli and freshly shaved Parmesan cheese. $62 / 18" platter
  • Smothered Brie....French Brie cut in bite-sized wedges and smothered with Apricot preserves, dried Cranberries, slivered Almonds, and drizzled with Caramel. Served with Crackers $29 / 1 pound
  • Gourmet Cheeses....Ask about our current selection from local Ohio Cheese Houses. Paired with locally harvested honey and preserves. $24 to $38 / 1 pound
  • Mediterranean Antipasto ...Thinly sliced salami and proscuitto, smoked gouda and aged asiago, Giardiniera (pickled Italian vegetables) and one pint of the following: Roasted Garlic Hummus, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Red Bean & Garlic Dip, or Herbed Feta Puree served with Pita or Garlic Croustades. $65 / 16oz
  • Grilled Shrimp Salad...Served chilled and bursting with flavor. Parprika, Garlic, olive oil, sea salt, scallions, oven-roasted tomatoes, fresh lemon. $85 / 50
  • Grilled Beef Tenderloin cocktail...Whole beef tenderloin, dry rubbed with our house seasoning and grilled to order. Sliced baguette, tomato, greens, and your choice of two accoutrements: bourbon blue cheese dip, caramelized sweet onions, chianti braised red onions, citrus aioli, classic horseradish sauce, wild mushroom saute. $178
  • Shrimp Cocktail Shooters...Jumbo shrimp cocktail in individual shooters with cocktail sauce and fresh lemon. $90 / 50
  • Flank Steak Bites...Thai Sesame with napa cabbage salad - OR - Chianti caramelized onion & crumbled Bleu $110 / 50
  • Kanapki Sandwiches...Served open-faced on fresh baguette. Choose from: Roasted Turkey with Bleu Cheese & Apple Chipotle Chutney or Beef Tenderloin with caramelized onions and horseradish cream. $55/2 dzn $55 / 2 dzn

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On the Sweet Side

  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries....Dark Chocolate with white chocolate drizzle and visa versa $16 / per 12
  • Mini Fresh Fruit Tartlets...classic French custard filling topped with a variety of fresh fruit and sweet glaze $76 / per 45
  • Chocolate Mousse Phyllo Tartlets...topped with fresh cream and Ghirardelli dark chocolate shavings $65 / per 45
  • Raspberry & Chocolate Cream Phyllo Tartlets...our house raspberry reduction folded into dark chocolate mousse topped with fresh cream and a raspberry $68 / per 45
  • Lemon Cream Phyllo Tartlet Cups...dusted with lemon hard tack sprinkles $65 / per 45
  • Strawberries & Cream Phyllo Tartlet... $68 / per 45
  • Pumpkin Mousse & Gingersnaps.... $58 / for 4 dozen
  • Chocolate Mousse & Raspberry Coulis...topped with brownie bites $72 / for 4 dozen
  • Classic Cheesecake Cups....two-inch cups topped with your choice of: fresh berries & cream, our house vanilla cream topping, our sweet-tart Michigan Cherry sauce or one of our fresh berry sauces (priced per four dozen) $96 / for 4 dozen
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Cups...(priced per four dozen) $96 / for 4 dozen
  • Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cups...topped with chocolate mousse $96 / for 4 dozen
  • Mint Chip Cheesecake Cups...opped with chocolate mousse. $102 / for 4 dozen
  • Turtle Cheesecake Cups....layered with pecans and swirled with caramel and chocolate $115 / for 4 dozen
  • The Nutty Irishman Cheesecake Cups...Frangelico & Baileys swirled into the batter and layered with chocolate ganache and topped with fresh cream $115 / for 4 dozen
  • Key lime pie bites...this smooth tangy one-inch custard bite is always a crowd pleaser $68 / for 4 dozen
  • Lemon Icebox bites...similar to key lime except with fresh squeezed Meijer lemons $65 / for 4 dozen
  • Double Fudge Chip Brownie Bites... $55 / for 4 dozen
  • Andes Mint Brownie Bites...our Double fudge chip brownies topped with mint chocolate frosting and Andes mint slivers. $65 / for 4 dozen
  • Reese Cup Brownie Bites...our Double fudge chip brownies topped with peanut butter & chocolate frosting and chunks of Reese's Cups $65 / for 4 dozen
  • Caramel Pecan Blondie...all the richness of a brownie without the chocolate! $65 / for 4 dozen
  • Toffee Caramel Brownie...our Double fudge chip brownies swirled with caramel and topped with toffee. $65 / for 4 dozen
  • Walnut Fudge Brownie Bites...our Double fudge chip brownies topped with Dark Chocolate frosting and chopped walnuts $65 / for 4 dozen
  • Raspberry Cream Swirl Brownie Bites.....our Double fudge chip brownies swirled with our raspberry sauce and cheesecake batter. $72 / for 4 dozen
  • Gourmet Cookie Platters...choose from: Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter, Sugar Cookie and many others $42 / for 4 dozen
  • Dipped Cookie Platters...your choice of cookies half dipped in chocolate. Our favorites cookies for this are shortbread, coconut macaroons and peanut butter and chocolate chip. $60 / for 4 dozen
  • Mini Cupcakes...available in lots of choices from Classic chocolate, Red Velvet & Carrot Cake to Lemon cake with fresh strawberry cream icing and Double Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes. One-inch cupcakes- $48/ four dozen - Two-inch cupcakes $48 / for 2 dozen
  • Crème Brulée Cups...4oz presentation, bruléed on-site and topped with fresh cream & berries $102 / per 48 cups
  • Mini Tiramisu Squares... $84 / per 48 squares
  • Buckeyes...O-H!...Creamy peanut butter hand-rolled & dipped in rich chocolate, I-O!  $48 /

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Sample Menus

Sample Menu 1

Savory

Southwest Stuffed Mushrooms

Shrimp Cocktail Shooters

Savory Phyllo Cups...Roasted Tomato with fresh basil & pinenut pesto Michigan Cherries, Crumbled Bleu & Candied Walnuts

Grilled Tenderloin...sliced thin atop a baguette garnished with field greens, bleu cheese, and smoked sweet onion purée. Added Balsamic Glaze & Rosemary Aioli; Port Wine & Fresh Thyme

Sweet

White & Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Mini Tiramisu Squares

Cheesecake cups

Brownie Bites...topped with chocolate mousse and raspberry coulis


Sample Menu 2

Savory

Beef Carpaccio...thinly sliced Beef Tenderloin seasoned with sea salt and fresh lemon juice, topped with a pile of field greens tossed in our house balsamic vinaigrette and garnished with lemon aioli and shaved Parmesan.

Phyllo Tartlets...Roasted Tomato with fresh basil & pinenut pesto and Asparagus, Bacon & Gruyere Swiss

Caprese Platter...the ripest tomatoes of the season layered with fresh basil & buffalo mozzarella, lightly drizzled with balsamic reduction. Served with a pile of field greens tossed in fresh squeezed lemon, sea salt, shaved Parmesan & olive oil.

Sweet

Mini Tiramisu Squares

Turtle Cheesecake Cups...layered with pecans and swirled with caramel and chocolate

Mini Fresh Fruit Tartlets...classic French custard filling topped with a variety of fresh fruit and sweet glaze


Sample Menu 3

Savory

Vegetable Platter...Carrots, Celery, Broccoli, Cucumber and Peppers with our Parmesan Ranch dip

Salsa Tray...Fresh Cilantro Salsa, Sweet Corn & Raspberry Salsa and Black Bean Hummus. Served with white corn tortillas chips

Fresh Fruit Platter...fresh fruit, the best of the season, serverd elegantly.

Mini Sandwich Platter...Turkey Cheddar, Italian Club and Roast Beef

Sweet

Raspberry Cream Swirl Brownie Bites...our Double Fudge chip brownie swirled with raspberry sauce and cheesecake batter.

Buckeyes: O-H!...Creamy peanut butter hand-rolled & dipped in rich chocolate... I-O!


Sample Menu 4

Savory

Asparagus Tips...wrapped in Prosciutto with our signature lemon tarragon cream. Wow!

Smoked Trout Mousse...Ohio raised Rainbow Trout from Chef Gretchen’s family farm in Urbana whipped with garlic, cream and spices.

Mini Greek Salad Cups...English cucumber wheels, scooped out and stuffed with caramelized red onion, julienne Roma tomatoes, Greek Dressing and feta cheese

Mini Twice Baked Redskin Potatoes...baby redskins scooped and re-stuffed with chipotle cheddar & bacon.

Sweet

Chocolate Covered Strawberries...dark chocolate with white chocolate drizzle

Classic Cheesecake Cups...two-inch cups topped with fresh berries & cream


Sample Menu 5

Crab & Artichoke Dip served with Pumpernickel Wedges

Smothered Brie...served at room temperature with gourmet crackers, topped with apricot preserves and dried cranberries, slivered almonds, and caramel drizzle

Black Bean Hummus with vegetable crudites & toasted pita wedges

Balsamic Grilled Portabellas & Goat Cheese crumbles...marinated in fresh herbs

Spinach, Feta & Pinenut Savory Phyllo Tartlets

Smoked Trout Mousse on garlic croustades

Chilled Shrimp Cocktail

Marinated Cucumber Cups stuffed with tomatoes, onions, and feta

Gorgonzola & Pear stuffed Phyllo Pockets served with a cranberry cream dipping sauce

White & Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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