The White Apron
Twenty-year-old White Apron Catering has accumulated a pretty impressive list of clients: Chanel, Cartier, the Harvard Alumnae Club, Hermes, J.P. Morgan, and Yours Truly. And you can take it from the latter: The $6,000 we spent on a party for a couple of family newlyweds last weekend was worth every penny. One doesn't, however, need to fork over that kind of dough to sample their exquisite appetizers: the tiny Kobe cheeseburgers or the salmon pinwheels, the Palm Beach cheese puffs or the mushroom tartlets. Just like Gloria Steinem or the unnamed "visiting dignitary" who enjoyed the sample menus posted on its website, you may partake. Stop by the shop on Dixie Highway, where every week, White Apron offers a changing lunch and takeout menu. When we dropped by one recent Thursday, we found grilled free-range chicken with Parmesan sandwiches and ham salad with baby greens en croissant (each $8.50); dinner entrées of beef braciola stuffed with spinach Fontina ($14) and Caribbean jerk-style chicken ($14.50); butternut squash, apple, and pear soup ($4.50); and roasted sweet potato salad with coconut curry dressing ($8.50 per pound – this one was so beloved at last week's party that guests were begging for the recipe). Whatever you take out will be elegantly wrapped in kitchen paper with a rakish raffia ribbon and packed in a handsome paper tote – these folks do nothing halfway. And the pre-prepped hors d'oeuvres in the cold case make throwing a party as easy as – well — mini pecan pies.
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