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You could say Main Line mom Tara Buzan knows her way around the kitchen.
The 35-year-old Berwyn native and Shipley grad is the former owner of Wayne’s popular British café A Taste of Britain and created a boutique catering company called Easy Elegance. Buzan boasts a bachelor’s degree in hotel, restaurant and travel administration from the University of Massachusetts.
Buzan sold her café in 2011, took some time off to raise her 4-year-old son and his now back on the Main Line’s thriving culinary scene with her new venture: To The Table Catering.
AroundMainLine.com: Where did the concept of To The Table come about?
Tara Buzan: I wanted to bring my love and passion for food and cooking into other people’s homes.
AML: How is To The Table different from other caterers?
TB: You will be working one-on-one with just me. I will be the one you plan your menus with, speak to, and, most importantly, the one cooking your food and making sure your experience is fantastic.
AML: What makes a great cocktail/dinner party?
TB: Being able to enjoy yourself- make dishes that you are confident about and don’t need to stress over. The more relaxed you are the more relaxed and at home your guests will feel.
AML: You are not “just a caterer.” You also will create tablescapes and set the stage for a special event. Talk about that.
TB: I enjoy planning a dinner party or event loosely around a theme. By incorporating simple touches to your dinner table, this will add a great impact. I love adding bowls of fresh fruits or vegetables to the dinner table! It’s unexpected and a great conversation starter.
AML: What are some of your most popular menu items?
TB: For summer, gazpacho soup shooters, asparagus crudite shooters with lemon hollandaise, pork tenderloin with mango salsa, beef tenderloin sandwiches with caramelized onions, horseradish sauce, and brie (served hot on a croissant) watermelon, basil and feta salad and strawberry cheesecakes in mason jars.
AML: Come fall, there are so many fun seasonal foods to play with. What are you planning?
TB: I’m working on that now. Personally love making chicken curry-love making my own spice blend for it and serving it over mashed cauliflower. I’m playing around with using spaghetti squash more and more as a substitute for pasta. One of the families I cook for has a daughter who is gluten free and this is a great option for her and the whole family to enjoy-plus its nutritious. I also enjoy making bolognese (using all vegetables or ground beef and pork). Lamb Ragu is another favorite topped with a dollop of ricotta and fresh mint.
AML: If friends come over for a summer dinner, what do you whip up?
TB: Tomato brushetta, cheese platter with olives and prosciutto, BBQ chicken thighs, panzenella salad and corn on the grill with herbed butter.
AML: Finally, you’re a foodie. What are your favorite local restaurants?
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Contact Chef Tara at: email@example.com or call her cell at 610-220-4696.