Let’s Go on a Caper with Capers

MM Veal Piccata

You’re dying to know..you can’t fool Lula.  What in the world ARE capers?  Answer – capers, sometimes called caperberries, are the unopened, pickled flower buds of the trailing Capparis spinosa shrub that grows in desert regions.  Most of these shrubs grow in the Sahara and surrounding regions.  They can be found, however, in various climates that are dry and arid – southern France, for example, and any other place (Texas comes to mind) with similar climate.

There are 170 or so species, and we know they’ve been used in cuisine since around 600 BC.  The younger the caper, the better.  In France, gourmets pick the berries every two days off of the shrubs to ensure the best flavor.  Capers are one of the primary ingredients in any “piccata” dish.   Lula’s for Lunch..and More! Catering uses capers in our Chicken, Veal (it goes without saying free range!), Pork, and Salmon Piccatas, as well as in our Tuna Tapenade Salad and our Nicoise creations.  You can find these selections at our Lula’s for Lunch website and order them any time – because capers come pickled they are not “seasonal” – though people tend to prefer light, refreshing piccatas throughout spring and summer.   Which is happening now.  Put a little piquancy in your life!  Enjoy!

Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering Wins Angie’s List 2014 Super Service Award!

 Lula’s Receives High Honors as Only Regional Caterer Awarded Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014
SSA_2014_highresCincinnati, Ohio  April 9, 2015 – Customers have spoken—rating Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering, a Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky catering service run by Chef Lori Pierce, as the top in service for the Greater Cincinnati region. Lula’s for Lunch…and More! earned a 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award, the only caterer in this region to receive this award, and was recommended by the local marketplace and consumer-review site for an exemplary year of service reflected by its “A” ratings.
Celebrating a 10-year anniversary in June, Chef Lori has been a local pioneer in the seasonal, farm-to-table food movement and believes in “Scratch, Local, and Seasonal” preparation coming from sustainable supplies. Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering specializes in serving exceptional food for distinctive events serving 10 to 100 guests. Chef Lori takes pride in providing menus custom-designed for client preferences. She works with an array of clients from large multi-national corporations to non-profit organizations and individuals, making their events one to remember.
To win an Angie’s List Super Service Award, a business must meet strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines. Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.
Commitment to Service
“I want to thank our customers for recognizing Lula’s with this important honor,” remarked Chef Lori Pierce, owner of Lula’s for Lunch. “We know that every event is special for a different reason, and at Lula’s, we strive to find what is unique for each and bring that flavor to life with global cuisine that is fresh, healthy and seasonal.”
 About Angie’s List
Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

About Lula’s for Lunch…and More!
Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering creates delicious and inventive cuisine to impress your guests and clients in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. Their custom menus delight an intimate dinner for 10, a celebration for 100, and anything in between. Preparing the cuisine directly in your home, office or venue, Lula’s for Lunch…and More! always strive to serve the freshest, healthiest food, from free-range protein to pesticide-free vegetables. Chef Lori Pierce (Lula) has been delighting palates with her unique, boutique creations in the Greater Cincinnati area for more than 25 years. A native of the Deep South and eager student of global gastronomy, Chef Lori believes her degree in music and love for the creative arts, as well as world travel, has led to her continued success in the kitchen.
Contact:
Lori Pierce, Owner
Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering
859-360-0251
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Chicken Smothered in Grief

OK, odd title I know.  But if it piqued your interest, look at the entire menu here:

Despair with Crystallized Ginger, Chicken Smothered in Grief, Hopelessness Covered in Paprika,   and Dill-Encrusted Misery !!

If this menu tickled your funny bone, check out a book that is not at ALL about food called “Trailer Trash, with a Girl’s Name” here  written by our very own Cincinnati Native Stacey Roberts.  I laughed out loud on EVERY page.  It made me think, in particular, of the couple of dishes I just KNOW we can all relate to – when our mother repeatedly made some dish that we hated but everytime we said we hated it, she said “But you LOVE Creamed Cabbage!” – this is the particular dish I remember most hatefully and yuckily.  I would love to hear your fond reminiscences of whatever your mother (or father for that matter) made that you had to choke down.  Of course, we at Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering never make ANYTHING that you don’t LOVE!!!!  HAPPY MEMORY LANE, EVERYONE!