Category Archives: 1. From Margot’s Table to Yours food catering services and accolades

4 dinners in August for a wonderful group of 8


Accolades first; Menu below

“Margot-You need a halo! The food is unbelievable.  Thank you! I am getting too fat!  See you Friday.  XXOO Jean”


I am so grateful for your Delicious food and feel so spoiled

Thank you-I won’t be losing weight.

The meal was beyond delicious.



Fabulous fantastic dinner!

Thank you-we are so thrilled and spoiled-


Thank You-


“And thank you!!! We are rolling home many pounds heavier and we are all 

So appreciative of your meals 

You spoiled us and I can only imagine how much work that was for you.

And that cake!!!!


Thank you!


Menus for the dinners

Dinner One:(Think Italian) Sun. Aug. 16

Oven Baked Salmon with Cashews & Spicy Yogurt Sauce and Dill Mustard Sauce

Asparagus and Prosciutto Strata

Mixed Salad with Margot’s Lemon Dressing

Margot’s Homemade No Churn Coffee Ice Cream

Buttery Italian Almond Rounds (cookies)

Melting Moments (cookies)

Chocolate Truffles

Balsamic Strawberries


Dinner Two :(Think USA) Mon. Aug. 17

Rick’s Slow Cooked Pork

Turkey Sausage and Potato Salad

Corn, Arugula and Tomato Salad


Vanilla ice cream


Dinner Three: (Think Indian) Tues. Aug. 18

Curried Cornish Chicken Thighs

Curried Pink Lentils

Roasted Coconut Carrots

Mixed Salad with Jicama and Mango

Linzer Torte

Vanilla Ice Cream


Dinner Four: (Think Louisiana) Fri. Aug. 21

Frogmore Stew with homemade Louisiana Seafood Cocktail Sauce

Pickle Back Slaw

Chocolate Dump Cake

Vanilla Ice Cream


When The Mustard Lady Comes To Town



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WHEN THE MUSTARD LADY COMES TO TOWN. Here, in Sun Valley, Idaho, the real mustard lady is Lois Allison. For all of you locals who have been buying and enjoying Sun Valley Mustard, Lois was the developer of this fine product. She did it just as Bill Hewlett and David Packard did— in the garage–only it was in her tiny garage on Warm Springs Rd. in Ketchum. The mustard has since gone through several transformations but when I buy a jar, Lois definitely comes to my mind.

Lois still owns that garage and attached dwelling but now resides most of the time in Santa Barbara, CA. However, she did finally make it back up to her beloved Sun Valley and to celebrate her arrival plus an upcoming 90th birthday in Sept., I threw a little ladies get together at my place.

The dishes I prepared were the following: (appetizer) Gorgonzola and Walnut Stuffed Mini-Peppers (main dish) Cheese Soufflé with fresh Hagerman Corn, Onions and Jalapeno Peppers, (thirst quencher) Lavender Lemonade and (for desert) the “ b-d” cake was a Chocolate Pear Custard Tart with Almond Shortbread Crust along with a bowl of Poached Pears and homemade no-churn chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Brought by guests were additional appetizers of smoked ID trout on rice crackers along with cheddar cheese, various breads to go with the soufflé, 2 wonderful salads, wine, champagne and Prosecco.

Donna Beaux arrange a fabulous slide picture show on her computer featuring of course, the guest of honor, Lois.

The weather was perfect so need I say we all had glorious time and did not leave hungry??!!!!!  It was fun for all!!!!

From Margot’s Table to Yours Menu for the Grand Tasting at the Sun Valley Harvest Festival (rated by Fodor as one of its Top 10 Fall Festivals)


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Margot will have her lavender recipes on her blog by Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 so be sure to check in next week.

“Let Lavender Make Your Day”

Menu Presented By

“From Margot’s Table to Yours” B&B Styled Catering

For The Sun Valley Harvest Festival Grand Tasting at Carole’s Dollar Lodge on Sunday, September 22, 2013 which benefits The Sun Valley Culinary Institute

Margot’s theme choice of Lavender is in keeping with the Sun Valley Harvest’s mission.

Lavender is regional, sustainable, healthy and delicious.


Participating with Margot will be regional Idaho lavender expert Donna Anderson

 Owner of Lavender Acres located in the heart of the Treasure Valley in

Meridian, Idaho

(Questions about lavender? Make sure to ask Donna)



Lavender Bites

Main Course

Lavender Linzer Torte


Thumb Print Cookies with Margot’s Homemade Raspberry Chocolate Lavender Jam and Other Assorted Lavender Sweet Delights


Lavender Lemonade

An Italian Inspired Dinner Catered by Margot for Milt and Pat for 8 guests


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Milt’s and Pat’s Menu For An Italian Inspired Dinner on Friday, August 9, 2013


Antipasto Platter featuring Hard Sonoma Jack, Almonds,  Dry Uncured Salami, Prosciutto, Hot Capocollo, Roasted Tomatoes, Mozzarella Balls, Assorted Olives, Pickled Asparagus, Pickled Artichoke Hears, Pickled Mushrooms, Fresh Cherries, Toasted Garlic French Bread Slices and Bread Sticks


Manicotti featuring Pat’s Home Made Crepes and Margot’s Homemade Marinara Sauce and Manicotti Filling

Melange of Oven Baked Vegetables with Basil


Fresh Blueberry and Strawberry Cup with Homemade No-Churn Blueberry Ice Cream

Thumb Print Short Bread Cookies with Margot’s Homemade Raspberry, Chocolate and Lavender Jam

Catered by Margot Van Horn

“From My Table to Yours”

Offering Special B&B Styled Menus

Making It Easy for Mom to Enjoy Her Family Here in Sun Valley


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Above, some of the dishes served

This assignment was just what I had envisioned my catering services to supply.  Mom Robin J. was here briefly with her family of 7.  She has always done it all but wanted a break from cooking so as to be able to relax and enjoy her family more.  The following is the 7 day plan she and I came up with.  It was fun for me and I think that the family really enjoyed these dishes.  I cooked them all here in my condo and Robin came over daily at about 4pm to pick them up.  I wrote out directions for her as to how to serve, etc. I also gave her a soft notebook with all of the recipes. 

Easy food serving is the name of the game!!!!

Description of Catering for 7 Performed by Margot’s Table to Yours for the Johnstons

June 28th—Complimentary pint of homemade no-churn Mango Ice Cream and 1/2 a loaf of Strawberry-Nut Quick Loaf

June 28, Friday           Planning and Grocery Shopping                         4 hours

June 29, Saturday       Grocery Shopping; Pat’s Plumped                     2 hours

Raisin Cookies;Prepping

June 30, Sunday          Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes;                          4.5 hours

Overnight Scrambled Egg Bake;

Mélange of Oven Baked Veggies

July 1, Monday          Shopping; Mac&Cheese a la Italiana;

Bouillabaisse for 8 & Rouille                                 7 hours

July 2, Tuesday      Smoked Salmon w/ Endive Platter with                4 hours

Cream Cheese Dill Sauce, Bagels, Artichokes

and it’s sauce;

Fennel& Rosemary Beef Tenderloin w/Creamy

Mustard Sauce;

Pommes de Terre a la Provence in 8 Ramekins

July 3, Wednesday      Pat’s Plumped Cookies; Linzer Torte                  2.5 hours

July 4, Thursday           Shopping                                                                   0.25 hour

July 5, Friday                Chicken Marengo; Rice                                           2 hours

Total hours spend                                                                                           26.25

A 5 Day Prepared Meal Selection For Terry


Menu for Terry Owens for the week of 4/15/13

From Margot’s Table to Yours


Organic Sweet Baby Lettuces with Homemade Classic Dijon


Main Course

Rolled Flank Steak Stuffed with Portobello Mushroom and Spinach


Ricks Slow Cooked Pork Chops


Side Course


Mélange of Oven Baked Vegetables and New Potatoes with Basil



Bon Appétit



Catered by Margot Van Horn

“From My Table to Yours”

Offering Special B&B Styled Menus

NexStage Theatre’s Academy Awards Menu


The nexStage Theatre’s

Academy Awards Menu

Sunday, Feb. 24th 2013:  50 attendees starting at 6PM



Margot          Shrimp with Orange/Marmalade Sauce & Red Sauce

Margot           Smoked Salmon in endive with dill/sour cream sauce

Margot          Mushrooms with Sausage and/veggie stuffing

Renata                      Spring Rolls

Prue                          Devilled Eggs with Caviar

Prue                Sausage/slices on sticks

Renata/Prue: Crudities & dips

Renata/Prue: Cheese platter, baguette, grapes, roasted almonds

Mary Clare     Truffle honey parmesan, baguette & warm olives

MaryClare      Hors d’oeuvres with Brie, Melon and Proscuitto

Linda               Caesar Salad Lettuce cups

Linda               Chicken Terrine with baguette




Linda               Melting Moments *

Linda               Oreo Truffles*

Linda               Panacotta cups

Margot           7 Layer Magic Bar squares

Renata/Prue Profiteroles with chocolate sauce

Prue                Oange chili Popcorn




“Oscar cocktail” with sparkling wine & vodka, fresh lemonade

Sparkling water,  red & white wine & beers.



Some Accolades for Margot’s Catering Services


From Prue Hemmings, NexStage Theatre for Awards Event on 2/24/13 via email:

Dear Margot:

The party was a smashing success and your contribution was greatly appreciated.

You kept your sense of humor throughout, despite all our stressing and changes.

I will definitely write a letter of recommendation from nexStage the moment I can catch my breath. 

Many thanks,

Prue H


“And a bigger thanks for last night—we’re still talking about how great the food was this morning. Our kids LOVED the soup….” Neil Zussman  2/2013

From Pat Wilson in regards to my catering a future dinner and the one I did for her:

“..  Good luck on another successful dinner.  Ours was certainly wonderful” Pat Wilson 2/2013 

From one of the guests present at Pat’s dinner:

“Darling Pat,

Such a lovely evening with eight compatible people.  Dinner was marvelous, you and Margo created a splendid meal”

Shari and Randy

(in regards to the picture I emailed to Pat for the my planned plating design)

“Beautiful!!!  What a masterpiece you have created, Margot…cannot wait.” Pat Wilson

Linzer Torte w petals IMG_3241Sue Engelmann for Sotheby via email  1/2013

“Hi Margot, Thanks again for doing such a great job on Tuesday!”

Ruth and Gunnar Lie—Phone Message  12/2012

“Everything was just wonderful.  There wasn’t one thing we didn’t love. Our son in law said I would like to cook with her because she used ingredients that are different.  I can’t wait to do it again next year.  I love some of those dips for the shrimp.  I could eat the orange marmalade one with a spoon.”






From Margot’s Table to Yours Catering Food Preparation Services


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For our Sun Valley/Ketchum Guests and for parents who want to spend more quality time with their families without worrying about the cooking, I provide my specialty of providing small intimate or family dining experiences whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner or après ski. All you need to do is to pretend that you are staying in a bed and breakfast and that I am your innkeeper.  My experience has been as an innkeeper at my own bed and breakfast inn in Paso Robles, CA for 5 years as well as having been a Realtor and mother before that.( I have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.) My passion has evolved into cooking and as well as providing wonderful experiences for people. My rates vary with what you require, but are generally very reasonable.  Also included if you wish is a booklet with the recipe used for your dining and a picture of your group.

For more information, please visit my blog:

References below and more given upon request

“Margot’s breakfasts were absolutely gourmet and first class.  Always using fresh ingredients, she made a variety of items that would please a wide variety of tastes.  Breakfast was a very warm and cozy affair, with lively conversation on what everyone’s plans were for the day.”  Jennifer Martin–CA

“During the time that we have known her, Margot has always acted with the utmost honesty and integrity.  Catering seems like a perfect match for her skill set, as well as her natural warmth and graciousness.” John Schreiner and Ingrid Nelson -CA

“Margot is an intelligent, caring person who does the best everything she can to make people happy and feel comfortable.”  Corinne Gamble

“Margot is very committed to her profession as an inn keeper and takes great pride in her work.” Nancy Le Claire–CA

“I found that Margot ran a well ordered business and went beyond my expectations in service to her guests.” Philip Lockyer-CA

“You have an uncanny knack at making people feel delightfully welcomed-not to mention your marvelous breakfasts!you go above and beyond for your guests.”