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Proof in the Holidays
27 September

The holiday season is rapidly approaching and there is plenty to celebrate with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Day of Ashura, Chinese and The American New Year. This is the time when a planning expert and chef to call your own can be a life saver, allowing you to savor the holiday cheer.

Chef Vagn Nielsen and his merry band of holiday helpers can make your holiday party truly special!

Extraordinary care is taken to design a holiday event that fits your specific needs. Football buffets for the skybox, appetizers at the office complete with an eggnog shooter for a holiday send off, virtually nothing is out of reach. Holiday luncheons, festive dinners, afternoon and evening holiday gatherings all put together with your pleasure in mind. Each menu is designed using the freshest, locally sourced and seasonal ingredients filled with the holiday spirit.

Proof of the Pudding designers know how to listen. They use the greatest care to create a holiday party so that it flows flawlessly. Photos with Santa, signature party favors, and decorations to set the tone as well as Latkes and Sufganiyot, Muhindi or Ear of Corn, Proof of the Pudding understands the importance of your traditions. The party can happen just about anywhere. Home, office or one of the incredible venues that Proof of the Pudding has access to.

With Proof of the Pudding in your corner holiday cheer abounds for everyone. Perfectly sumptuous food. Flawless service. Impeccable decor. Joy, happiness and satisfaction for you and yours.


Summer Winds Down, Fall Brings Dreams of Warm & Comforting Food
14 September

There is a bounty of savory soup ideas; such as filling an Acorn Squash with a creamy pumpkin soup is simple to prepare and delicious to eat. Surround the squash bowls with an Arugula Apple Slaw and heaven draws closer. The crunchy, peppery greens and tart apple are the perfect contrast to the silky smooth pumpkin soup.

Autumn harvest days may be filled with the warmth of kitchen and the gathering of friends and family. Cooler days have us longing for the comfort of warm and hearty foods. Dust off those crock pots and wipe off your Dutch ovens for a fall full of comfortable happiness and a belly full of savory satisfactions.

Acorn Squash bowls are well suited for many fall soups. Children and adults alike delight in having their bowl and eating it to!

Try filling acorn squash bowls with your favorite pumpkin soup. Fill them with beans and corn (the sacred three sisters) for an American harvest favorite served for thousands of years. Splash them with a little taste of fall enchantment, maple syrup and watch the delight. Soups and stews, chilis and goulashes, the fruits of fall inspire meals that surround us like a warm blanket. Kitchen cauldrons filled with bubbly goodness make for simple warming, magical meals.

Acorn Squash Preparation Tip- to make a squash bowl simply cut an acorn squash in half for small bowls or cut the top inch off for a large bowl. Cut a thin slice off the bottom of the acorn bowl so that it will sit without rocking. Clean out the seeds and fiber strings that surround them using a spoon or melon baller. Brush the inside with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and black pepper... Place the squash skin side up on a baking sheet. Bake in a per-heated 400 degree oven for 45 minutes to an hour. Make sure the squash is softened. Cook times will vary per size of the squash. Now fill with your favorite pumpkin soup.

As the seasons change and the corner is turned, new autumn delights await. A harvest of goodness contained in a bowl of deliciously comforting warm and delightful food packs a powerful punch. Fall is simply fabulous.

Proof of the Pudding Crispy Chicken Lollipop, Champagne Mustard
25 July

Proof of the Pudding is famous for their delicious Savory Bites menu. These passed appetizers make mingling a breeze for corporate and private events and the Crispy Chicken Lollipops are one of Proof's all-time favorites. It is made from the freshest chicken available, wrapped in a delicious crispy coating and then skewered individually to make a delightfully easy appetizer to handle. A sophisticated Champagne Mustard is drizzled on each skewer for a mouthful of heaven.

Here you see a platter full of these luscious Crispy Chicken Lollipops ready to make a trip through the crowd during an event at the World of Coco-Cola. Pleasing to children and corporate heads alike the Crispy Chicken Lollipop with Champagne Mustard is a signature favorite for Proof of the Pudding fans. Imagine biting into tender chicken with a perfectly crispy coating enhanced with a delightfully delicious Champagne Mustard. Mmmm...

Proof of the Pudding menus feature a large variety of passed appetizers made from locally sourced and farm fresh ingredients. Sweet Potato Chips support Smoked Salmon with Crème Fraiche, or maybe a Bang Bang Shrimp or choose from a dozen others that will set your event off. Chef Vagn Nielson and his superbly inventive team of Chefs live to create tantalizing menus tailored specifically for you.

Make your next event sizzle and pop with Proof of the Pudding's own Crispy Chicken Lollipop, splashed with Champagne Mustard. Sumptuous food is the quickest way to a person's heart and Proof of the Pudding lives to make this happen for you..

Proof of the Pudding Shrimp Cocktail and Coconut Shrimp
25 June

Proof of the Pudding reigns as a master of crustaceous creations. Classic Shrimp Cocktail Shots are an all time favorite with two enormous shrimp nestled on a classic cocktail sauce. Simply elegant. Be instantly transported to the Yucatan when Proof of the Pudding presents Coconut Shrimp Cosmo, a coconut encrusted jumbo shrimp riding high on a foundation of black bean and corn salsa, decked by a mound of rich, sumptuous melt in your mouth guacamole cream. This is accompanied by a fresh tortilla crisp so not a single tasty morsel is missed. Crab Louie with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, roasted peppers and a classic Louie dressing served in a champagne glass lends a turn of the century elegance and daring. One can almost smell the sweet salt air and feel the waves kissing your toes with each luscious bite.

These beauties of the sea are designed in an easy to handle manner to enhance mingling pleasure; the perfect starter for a wonderful event. Proof of the Pudding takes great care to insure freshness. They have made a long term commitment to locally sourcing the freshest of ingredients. This ensures that these tasty treats from the sea will delight and amaze even the most discerning palates. Proof of the Pudding Classic Shrimp Cocktail Shots, Coconut Shrimp Cosmo and Crab Louie will soon find a place in your culinary dreams of contentment.

Proof of the Pudding- Summer Inspiration
21 May

Atlanta Weddings are known for their sumptuous southern charm. Everything must be perfect for this day. Proof of the Pudding, their award winning chefs and event designers work hard to melt all the stress of this day away. Proof of the Pudding is directly integrated into the Venue Management of Atlanta's premiere Wedding sites. This makes for seamless service from the moment you begin planning this fabulous wedding day until the last plate is put away. It is your day, your way.

Delights on the latest summer menu include appetizers which float among the mingling guests. Savory Bites consist of Apricots with Goat Cheese and Almonds Drizzled with Honey or a hearty Bloody Mary Meat Ball held steady with a tantalizingly crisp Celery Stalk. Southern comfort can be found with the BBQ Pork bathed in a Southwestern Aoli riding along with Crispy Sweet Potato Chips. Sonoma Jack and Goat Cheese Fritters with a flawless Currant-Jalapeno Jelly make for a stunning start along with White Bean Hummus swirled with locally sourced Micro-Greens. We round out our summer starters with a Luscious Lobster Salad served on a Sweet Roll.

Incredible Entrees like the Braised American Kobe Beef Brisket in a Mushroom Demi Glaze or the Sesame Tuna with Roasted Corn Salsa and a Drizzle of Wasabi are just a taste of the summer main course offerings. Accompaniments range from a classic Southern Firecracker Slaw to cutting edge Herbed Quinoa Patties with plenty of other offerings designed to set off the most important meal of your life. Alluring desserts include a Peach Shortcake Parfaits with Luscious Layers of Lavender Cake, Fresh Peaches and Vanilla Bean Crème or Grilled Pineapples and Strawberries with a melt in the mouth Mascarpone Cream to finish the meal with panache.

Proof of the Pudding is the exclusive Venue Management team for more than a dozen of Atlanta's premier event locations from the Carter Presidential Center in the heart of Atlanta to Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club which can accommodate up to 2000 guests. In addition, Proof of the Pudding has close relationships with dozens of venues in the metro Atlanta area and throughout the South. This gives your wedding an exclusive advantage when it comes down to the tiniest detail, timing and execution for a flawless wedding experience. Proof of the Pudding is there in every way to help make your Wedding Day a magical experience.

Here's the proof: http://www.proofpudding.com/menuPdfs/2012%20SUMMER%20SEASONAL%20ITEMS.PDF

Proof of the Pudding Sooths the Savage Beast
16 May

The finest of Atlanta's Chef's gather every year to satiate the most discerning palates and hungry beasts for Zoo Atlanta's annual 'Beastly Feast' - Zootopia. Zoo Atlanta supporters gather to celebrate the unity of humans and wildlife on planet Earth. 'Zootopia' starts the evening out with a stroll through Zoo Atlanta, feeding selected animals and fueling the humans with some fabulous eats. This introduction to Zoo Atlanta's animal feeding program allows humans to interact directly with the animals.

The Ford Motor Company Fund and Patricia L Dickey have joined to make the 'Beastly Feast' one of Atlanta's premiere events of the spring. Ford Motor Company Fund has long been a supporter of Zoo Atlanta and partnered to help make it one of the consummate leaders in the world of human and animal interaction.

The Chef's of Proof of the Pudding dive into the beastly evening of adventure with a fabulous starter plate. Hickory Smoked Salmon paired with fresh Sweet Potato Chips, served in a paper bag, taking traditional fish and chips for a walk on the wild side. A Coconut encrusted Shrimp Martini enhanced by a delectable salsa bursting with Sweet Corn and Black Beans touched by the cooling comfort of a Guacamole Crème. All of this is brought together with a Gorgonzola Mascarpone Torte nestled on a bed of freshly picked Local Greens and a Curried Pasta Chip. Ahhh...

Live and silent auctions featuring splendid treasures, life changing travel and rich cultural experiences will complete an opulent night of mingling with 'Zootopia's' beasts, enjoying the feast and dancing the night away in the Ford Pavilion in the heart of Atlanta's own jungle.

Zoo Atlanta has a distinguished national reputation in animal care. It is one of the leaders of the pack in the preservation of endangered species. The generous donations from the 'Beastly Feast' patrons allow Zoo Atlanta to continue in its efforts toward conservation and education.
Proof of the Pudding and its sumptuous addition to the 'Beastly Feast's' faire helps to make this beastly evening an enchanted walk in the park!

Life between the Hedges in Sacred Sanford Stadium Will be Explosive this Year with the Bulldog's Powerful Backfield...
02 May

Fans will need all the energy they can muster as the SEC is college football's most competitive conference. Proof of the Pudding is known to sate the palates of those hungry Bulldog fans, serving awe-inspiring game day delights for the Premium seats including the SkySuites, Champions Club and the SkyClub.

Chef Jonathan Cheatam wows the crowds in the Premium seats with his Pasta-bilities. A sumptuous bounty of Farfalle, Penne and Tri Color Tortellini served with Bolognese, Alfredo and Marinara Sauces. For creating your Bulldog victory platter there is a Toppings Bar which includes fresh grated Parmesan cheese, chopped scallions, sundried tomatoes, chopped bacon, broccoli and cauliflower florets and grilled chicken strips. All served with fresh warm Italian garlic rolls and breadsticks.

Farfelle pasta has the shape of a little bowtie dressing up your plate. Penne is a favorite for those who like extra sauce as its ends act as a scoop picking up a little extra sauce with every bite. Tri Color Tortellini make for a colorful and nutrition packed pasta adding a festive touch to your game. Pasta gives fans plenty of energy for making that 12th man stand which is key to pushing your team over the goal line.

Bolognese sauce is a blend of meat and vegetables all in one and provides a balanced offensive attack. Alfredo sauce is a creamy, buttery Parmesan packed proven winner. Marinara is a tomato filled southern (Italian) sauce full of tradition as deep as Bulldog Red. Add a few toppings from the Toppings Bar and you have a winning combination that will stand up to the stiffest competition.

The Georgia Bulldogs are predicted to be one of the top teams in the SEC East. Georgia, South Carolina and Vandy are slated to have the most explosive offenses in all of college football this year. You won't want to miss a minute of play this fall. Proof of the Pudding has a reputation for incredible game day spreads and seamless service allowing fans to immerse themselves in all the action.


Chocolate The Symbol of Devotion
25 April

Atlanta weddings are known for traditional excellence and cutting edge flare. Take the best of something old and something new with Executive Chef Vagn Nielsen's delightfully decadent 'Double Chocolate Cupcakes. These sensuous combinations of Dutch chocolate cupcakes topped with gold dusted chocolate, nestled in a rich chocolate frosting are the cornerstone of a stunning tablescape.

Traditionally the chocolate groom's cake was sliced and boxed up for wedding guests to take home for a sumptuous reminder of the fabulous wedding they had taken part in. These Dutch chocolate cupcakes make fulfilling tradition a breeze. Each guest has a personalized piece of wedding cake, perfectly decorated and convenient to handle. The rich chocolate frosting is a luscious way to start the first day of the rest of your life.

Wedding cupcakes may act as the perfect accompaniment to your traditional wedding cake or a stand alone cupcake sensation. Chef Vagn Nielsen's delightful bite fulls are versatile and portable. Save a few of these double chocolate delights for that first anniversary and relive your special day.

Have your cake and eat it too. Chocolate is a symbol of devotion and love so finish off that big day with a boost to your future. Relax and enjoy.


Earth Day 2012 marks the 42nd Earth Day Celebration
20 April

Atlanta celebrates this day with a downtown cleanup, Beltline garden starting party and many other earthy gatherings. Proof of the Pudding lives the Earth Day promise everyday. Since its founding Proof of the Pudding has taking great strides in living with the earth by incorporating green practices in every step of their business from using earth friendly paper in the office to recycling cooking oil and composting.

Executive Chef Vagn Neilson takes great pains to source locally farmed products straight to the plate. Naturally raised organic meats and sustainable seafood are always on the menu. Proof of the Pudding leads the way in green business practices as founding board members of the Atlanta Food Table, Right to Hike and Relay For Life.

Let this Earth Day start you on the way to a more sustainable earth for us all. Celebrate the great big ball that feeds seven billion people everyday. This year people all over the world will picnic making this 42nd Earth Day the largest garden party ever. Peas and carrots, turn around and touch the ground. Celebrate.

Fried Green Tomato Slider
20 March

For a shout out from the south, a whisper from 19th century northern farmers and the spirit of Aztec culinary delights comes the 'Fried Green Tomato BLT'. From early spring impatience for the ripening of the tomato, to the last unripened fruits saved from the frost in fall, the Fried Green Tomato has graced many a southern table for the last 100 years or so. Today all across the country fried green tomatoes are popping up in sandwich combinations with the BLT slider at the top of the charts.

In the 1500's the Aztecs and other Native Peoples introduced Europeans to the art of encrusting green tomato slices with corn meal and frying. Northern farmers in the 1800's US popularized the Fried Green Tomato in both Jewish and Dutch farming communities when unripened tomatoes needed harvest before the fall frosts. Noted culinary writer John Cowan even included a recipe in his 1870 cookbook 'What to Eat and How to Cook It', a New York favorite.

The South is where the Fried Green Tomato has found its home. Chef David Bidwell of Proof of the Pudding has been wowing folks gathered for Atlanta Meetings with his Fried Green Tomato BLT sliders. These bite sized explosions of flavor make one instantly feel at home. Fried Green Tomatoes graced with a sultry Tombs County Vidalia Onion Slaw and finished off with apple-wood smoked bacon have been known to invoke visions of catfish jumping and a bit of easy living.

Spring's Fresh Dishes
14 March

We are very pleased to announce the introduction of our new spring menu! For your Atlanta corporate events, our professional chefs have prepared a delightfully diverse flavor combination of dishes to enhance and excite your clientele's experience.

Starting off with our passed appetizers, we present five lovely options including a PLT Bruschetta with Pancetta, Tomato, and Cabbage Slaw served on a Baguette. To continue the Italian flavors we have readied a Provencal Prosciutto wrapped Asparagus with Tarragon Aioli. A Beef Sirloin piece, as well as a Shrimp wrapped with Angel Hair Pasta paired with a Walnut Pesto, and Deviled Eggs with Truffle Oil and Chives wind out our openers.
For our main dishes, we are offering these succulent servings: Free Range Chicken and Ginger Broth grilled Skirt Steak with Salsa Verde. Yum! To reach the sweet taste buds, we have included a Glazed Ham with Apricot Mustard Sauce and Pineapple Chutney.
The accompaniments to our entrees bring a healthy and delectable pairing. Spring Orzo Pasta Salad with Asparagus, a Spinach Salad containing Sundried Tomatoes and Artichokes, as well as Avocado and Grapefruit will engage the palate. A mouthwatering Shallot Vinaigrette Spring Pea mixture with creamy Flageolet Beans flavored with Mint will also be offered, in addition to an Asparagus Sauté and Pea Pod Salad.
The desserts we have included in our menu to complete the culinary experience have a light yet luscious verve. Sorbet Shooters of Mango, Raspberry, and the ever popular Bellini will be available to chill and thrill. Berry Shortcake Parfaits created for the cake lovers out there are Angel Food Cake, Vanilla Bean Crème, and sumptuous Macerated Berries with Grand Marnier!
Our sensational spring menu is guaranteed to facilitate a lively and memorable affair, whether for your Atlanta corporate event or coinciding with designation management. Are you hungry yet?

Our Spring Menu

Sesame Seared Atlantic Salmon Over Local Grown Mixed Greens
12 March

Savoring this salad is a breeze with the helpful hands of skilled Chef Doug Kieley
The base of this nutritious and delicious salad is a variety of fresh local grown greens.
He tosses them together and serves the mixture on a chilled plate to preserve the
crispness of the salad while the salmon is being prepared.
Chef Doug Kieley heats the sauté pan to a sizzling temperature. As the pan readies,
he coats the marinated Atlantic salmon with sesame seeds. Adding a small amount of
sesame oil to the pan assists in providing the perfect texture on the surface of the
Searing the salmon seals in the intricate flavors. A few more minutes in the pan and it
is done. Now he is ready for the dressing.
The ginger sesame vinaigrette is prepared to enliven the palate with an Asian flair,
and to complete the dish. The chef drizzles the dressing over the pan seared salmon
salad. A lively tangy completion to a salad that looks as good as it tastes.
A medium body white wine such as a Pinot Grigio would pair well with this dish.