With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start planning end of the year celebrations. Buying gifts for family, choosing where the festivities will be held and deciding on the featured entree are just a few of the hectic items on the agenda. Take some of the stress off of your plate with Master Chef Wolfgang Puck’s tips, recipes, products and services. Impress for less this holiday season with elegant touches that will liven any party yet won’t break the bank.

Fresh and Simple Starters

Appetizers are a great way to start a holiday event whether throwing a cocktail party or an intimate formal dinner. For larger parties, Wolfgang suggests keeping it simple and using fresh ingredients to create an array of passed canapés as an elegant and delicious way to begin the festivities. Make your own crostini with a fresh baguette and create various toppings like prosciutto with parmesan cheese or sun dried tomatoes and capers. Casual dining and comfort foods like Mini Cheese Burgers and Mac n’ Cheese bites will be essential when spending time with your nearest and dearest in the cold Winter months. For a sit-down starter, enjoy the holidays with one of Wolfgang’s homemade soup recipes or purchase a Wolfgang Puck® Organic and All-Natural Soup from your local grocery store for an even speedier prep. Serve in a demitasse cup accompanied by mini grilled cheese for a clever presentation that guests will love. Adding a sprinkle of fresh herbs or spices are great ways to put your own personal touch on Wolfgang Puck’s soups, stocks and broths. It saves on time and is a great base for dozens of delicious meals to feed the family throughout the December weeks. Wolfgang has many recipes that will appeal to any guest which are cost-effective and great for the season. A few small bites include:

• Potato Galletes with Sour Cream and Smoked Fish

• Black and Green Olive Tapenade with Italian Crostini

• Panko-Crusted Shrimp with Cilantro-Mint Vinaigrette

• Savory Squash Soup

• Mini Prime Burgers with Remoulade and Aged Cheddar Cheese


Quick and Easy-Bake Frozen Appetizers

Need a little extra time in the kitchen? Wolfgang Puck® new 11” Thin Crust Frozen Pizzas and Frozen Appetizers are easy to pop in the oven and ready to present in minutes. Develop a family style menu around Wolfgang Puck’s Frozen Asian Appetizers with favorites like Chicken Potstickers and Mu Shu Pork Spring Rolls. Let your favorite Chinese or Japanese restaurant do some of the work by ordering sushi platters and noodle dishes to complete the menu. If appetizers are running low, Wolfgang suggests simply cutting a pizza into smaller bites for easy to pass hors d’oeuvres. Add a home-cooked touch by finishing the pizza with a drizzle of olive oil and fresh torn basil or wrap spring rolls with lettuce for an added crunch. Wolfgang’s frozen lines contain nothing artificial and each selection retails from $5.99 - $6.99. Selections include:

• All New 11” Tuscan Style Pizza- A thin crust topped with a classic tomato, basil and garlic sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, and fontina cheeses, uncured pepperoni, soppressatta salami and Italian sausage

• All New 11” Four Cheese Tomato Pesto Pizza- Honey-infused crust topped with classic basil pesto sauce, sliced tomatoes, mozzarella, fontina, parmesan and goat cheese

• Arancini - Italian risotto balls blended with shitake mushrooms and three cheeses

• Chicken Potstickers- chicken and vegetable Chinese-style dumplings- includes garlic chili ponzu dipping sauce

• Mu Shu Pork Spring Rolls- a mixture of shredded pork, green onions, carrots and Chinese-style seasonings rolled in a crunchy paper thin wrapper


Holiday Brunch

A brunch or breakfast is an intimate and economical way to celebrate with family. Take a tip from Wolfgang and host an omelet buffet for larger parties. Get the kids involved in the food festivities while they choose from a selection of ingredients. Sautéed vegetables, diced ham, crumbled crisp bacon, cooked baby shrimp and cheeses are just a few of the possibilities for the special day. Create a unqiue French toast entrée using a good quality brioche or Challah bread and encrusting with nuts of your choosing, transforming the traditional dish into an extraordinary meal. Wolfgang suggests an alternative to the traditional breakfast dish by serving a selection of holiday bread puddings. A Strata, a savory bread pudding, is an easy-to-make winter dish, completely customizable with your favorite ingredients. As a grand finish, serve a decadent chocolate bread pudding to enjoy while the family opens presents. Sample recipes include:

• Strata with Tomatoes and Gruyere Cheese

• Southwestern Strata with Sausage

• Chocolate Bread Pudding with berries

• Pistachio-Crusted Vanilla French Toast


Gifts & Goodies

Whether a homemade treat or budget-friendly product, Wolfgang offers great gift ideas for the holiday season. Bake some of your favorite cookie recipes (or Wolfgang’s) and package in beautiful boxes for an affordable way to show friends, family, and colleagues you care. Include the little ones by using their artistic talents to decorate take-out style boxes before assembly. Wrap desserts in colorful tissue to complete the look and protect the goodies. As a child, Wolfgang helped his mother bake cookies in the weeks leading up to the holidays. This left more time to spend with family and also perfumed the house with the sweet smell of the holidays. Wolfgang also offers culinary tools for under $30 on the Home Shopping Network (www.hsn.com) for the budding home-cook that are easy on the purse strings. Send Wolfgang Puck ultimate Universal Gift Cards to friends or colleagues as an end of the year perk. Cardholders are able to visit any of the 15 Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group restaurants with the ease and convenience of one collective gift card. Guests may use the card for food and beverage purchases in addition to obtaining merchandise such as Wolfgang Puck cookbooks available at select restaurants. With fine dining locations from coast to coast, the Wolfgang Puck gift card is a convenient accessory for the ultimate dining experience. Not only are these fantastic ideas to get holiday shopping checked off the list, it leaves extra time to spend with loved ones. Gift recipes and tools include:

• Old-Fashioned Ginger Spice Cookies

• My Mother’s Linzer Cookies

• Classic Holiday Butter Cookies

• Wolfgang Puck 3 Quart Mixing Bowl and Grater Set ($28.90)

• Wolfgang Puck Automatic Peppermills ($29.90)

A hospitality leader for decades, Wolfgang Puck’s brand has become synonymous with luxury and trendsetting offerings all over the country. The Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group (WPFDG) continues to set a standard for cuisine, service and style. Beginning with the opening of Spago in 1982, Wolfgang’s success has been repeated in various locales. Catering high profile events, Wolfgang is the authority on all things culinary and brings his seasoned experience into your home. For the easiest holiday party of all, just call us. With services available across the nation, Wolfgang Puck has creative ideas to enhance any winter event regardless of your budget. For more information on the above recipes, catering services and restaurants, please visit www.wolfgangpuck.com/recipes/holidays-with-wolfgang-puck.

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With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start planning end of the year celebrations.  Buying gifts for family, choosing where the festivities will be held and deciding on the featured entree are just a few of the hectic items on the agenda.  Take some of the stress off of your plate with Master Chef Wolfgang Puck’s tips, recipes, products and services.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009