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Solid Starts

At all ‘On-site’ cookouts we prepare both a special first taste while the food is being prepared and also a sweet dessert bite to say, ‘Thank you,’ once the meal is through! For ‘Catered’ cookouts, hosts choose either a first taste -or- last bite. While these elements make a thoughtful and tasty addition to your guests’ experience, adding some solid starters can set the tone and tease the appetite.

 

Are we missing something? Want to make a modification? If you have something else in mind – that’s great! We love to be creative and love to collaborate. Let’s hear your ideas. It’s very likely that we can make it happen!

REEL & RANCH COOKOUTS

FROM UNDER THE SEA

SHELLFISH RAW BAR

Chilled lobster tail, cocktail shrimp, raw oysters, mignonette, cocktail sauce, lemon and Tabasco.

BACON WRAPPED LOBSTER BITES

Cold water lobster tail wrapped in hickory smoked bacon with lemon and spicy ‘LA Sauce’ remoulade.

JUMBO LUMP CRAB CAKES

Lots of crab with only a little bit of breading, lemon and our signature spicy ‘LA Sauce’ remoulade.

DEEP FRIED OYSTERS

Fresh crispy corneal crusted oyster, flash fried with our spicy ‘LA Sauce’ remoulade for dipping.

REEL & RANCH COOKOUTS

BETTER FOR LAND LOVERS

ARTISAN CHEESES

Selection of fine artisan cheeses with dried fruit, pickled vegetables, honey, nuts and crackers.

THAI CHICKEN SATAY

Charcoal grilled free range chicken breast skewers with peanut-lime dipping sauce.

TERIYAKI BEEF SKEWERS

Tender prime beef ribeye marinated in our house teriyaki and charcoal grilled.

PAPAS BOLITAS

Fully loaded mashed spuds balled & fried with cotija-jalapeno crema, cilantro and lime.

REEL & RANCH COOKOUTS

FRESH FROM THE GARDEN

TOMATO CAPRESE BRUSCHETTA

Heirloom tomato, mozzarella pearls, basil, garlic, EVOO and parmesan on crusty toast.

WILD-MUSHROOM TOAST

Wild-mushrooms with chevre, EVOO and fried garlic on crusty toast.

TOASTED GARLIC & BLUE CHEESE

Spreadable whole-roasted garlic cloves, sea salt, olive oil, toasted blue cheese and crusty toasts.

SMASHED AVOCADO TOAST

Smashed ripe avocado with crumbled cotija cheese, garlic, sea salt and lime on crusty toast.

REEL & RANCH COOKOUTS

FREQUENT QUESTIONS ANSWERED

After many cookouts, we have learned that each one is a little different. We all have different tastes, different visions and different needs. For most cookouts, we present meals in a serve yourself ‘better-than-buffet’ style.  Action stations are attended by chefs who can help serve, suggest & answer questions while guests select what they want from the offerings displayed.

How much does a cookout really cost?

Cookouts vary in price depending on season, how many people will be fed, what types of items or additional courses are selected, and a few other site and service-related factors. In order to ensure we are giving you the best & most accurate pricing possible we should talk specifics, let's chat!

What kind of area or space is needed to host a cookout?

We have found, where there is a will there is a way. We use a variety of set-ups and cooking techniques to pull off a great cookout in nearly any venue or cooking area. For an ‘On-site’ cookout an open outdoor cooking area is required. Depending on the venue our team can help determine if an ‘On-site’, ‘Catered’, or Hybrid style cookout would work best for properly catering you event.

How far in advance should I reserve my date?

Wedding receptions and other large events typically book 6-12 months in advance. Smaller cookouts book a bit closer to the event date. Weekends, holidays and other popular dates often book quickly… some more than 12 months out. If you want to plan a cookout, we should talk ASAP. The more time we have to plan the better! Reach out today to discuss possibilities and availability!

What happens if it rains on the day of my event?

Reel & Ranch cookouts are typically rain or shine events. This is real slow food catering and once we get started it is impossible to stop the process. Thankfully here in Southern California a whole day of rain is something we don’t often need to worry about. Our cooking and service areas are covered and do just fine in case of any passing sprinkles!

What is the difference between 'first tastes' and 'solid starts'?

Our signature 'first taste' is a bite sized portion sent from our kitchen team to each one of your guests. It is meant to say thank you and to tease the upcoming meal. ‘First taste’ items are complementary and are selected by the chef. 'Solid starts' are traditional appetizer style first course options. Solid starts make great additions to cookouts and are selected in advance by event hosts.

WHAT MAKE US THE BEST?

This is How We Roll!

When we cook for your friends and family, you all become a part of our extended cookout family. More than a great meal, this is a culinary experience and when we come for a cookout catering, we are here to feed your people.

 

We prepare special first tastes while the food is being prepared and sweet dessert bites to say, ‘Thank you,’ once the meal is through! Your choice & our pleasure!

FIRST TASTE

$6 - 12

PER PERSON VALUE

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Jerk Chicken Wings

Spicy Ceviche Shooters

LAST BITE

$6 - 12

PER PERSON VALUE

Miniature Cannoli

Cinnamon Coffee Rolls

Fresh Baked Cookies

Spicy Pig Candy

EVERY EVENT IS DIFFERENT

Choose a package perfect for yours

$ 79

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Catered Cookout
Service

Better for Large or Indoor Events

Includes First Taste or Last Bite

Custom Printed Display Signage

Better-than-Buffet Style Service

Arrive 2 Hours Before Event Time

$ 99

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On-site Cookout
Catering

Interactive Culinary Experience

Includes First Taste & Last Bite

Printed Menus & Display Signage

Better-than-Buffet Style Service

Arrive up to 24 Hours in Advance

$ 59

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Drop-off Cookout
Delivery

Better for Smaller Informal Events

Includes 2 Gourmet Side Items

Buffet Style Food Label Signage

Premium Disposable Cutlery & China

Arrive 1 Hour Before Event Time