Be There or Be Square

Hip to be Square

Photo Courtesy of Travis Keyes

We’re celebrating all things square this week, just like our favorite photo sharing app (Hello Instagram!) We love this Instagram worthy set up of a square room, brightly colored backdrop, and oh, it just happens to be on its side, making it that much more photo worthy. Design your own space with items unique to your event.

3 Square Meals – In 1

Photo Courtesy of J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Mom always said get your 3 square meals a day. We went with sandwiches, because they are naturally square, and this recipe combines a little meat, fruit, veggie and spice.

INGREDIENTS
For the Pork:1 1/4 pounds boneless pork loin or top sirloin, cut into 8 (2 1/2 ounce) portions

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

For the Miso Slaw:

3/4 pound green cabbage (about 1/2 head), cored and thinly sliced

1/3 cup rice vinegar

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon white miso

 

For the Chutney:

3/4 pound firm but ripe plums, halved and pitted (about 5 small plums)

2 scallions, ends trimmed

1 jalapeño pepper

Vegetable or canola oil

2 teaspoons whole grain mustard

3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves

2 tablespoons honey

Sugar, to taste

 

To Assemble:

4 crusty sandwich rolls, split

DIRECTIONS

For the Pork: Working 1 piece at a time, sandwich pork between layers of plastic wrap and pound with a meat pounder or heavy skillet until about 1/4 inch thick. Season generously with salt and pepper and set aside.

 

 

For the Miso Slaw: Combine cabbage, vinegar, and white miso in a medium bowl and toss. Season to taste with salt. Set aside.

 

For the Chutney: In a large bowl, drizzle plums, scallions, and jalapeño with oil and toss to coat. Season with salt. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals evenly over the charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Alternatively, set the burners on a gas grill to the highest heat setting, cover, and preheat for 10 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate.

 

Place plums, scallions, and jalapeños directly on the hot side of the grill and cook, turning, until plums, scallions, and jalapeño are charred and softened, 4 to 7 minutes, removing each to a platter or cutting board as they’re done.

 

Add grilled plums to a large mixing bowl. Stem and seed jalapeño, then finely dice and add to plums. Chop up scallions and add to plums. Stir in mustard, mint leaves, and honey, using the back of a wooden spoon to mash plum. Season with salt and pepper, then stir in enough sugar to make the chutney fairly sweet (about 2 tablespoons, depending on how sweet the plums were). Set aside.

 

Grill pork, turning, until just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Toast bread on grill.

 

To build sandwiches, pile miso slaw on each bottom bun, then top each with 1 piece of grilled pork. Spoon some plum chutney on top, then top with remaining grilled pork. Spread plum chutney on top buns and close sandwiches. Serve.

Old Square

 Photo Courtesy of Vicky Wasik

Literally translating to Old Square, the Vieux Carre is a classic New Orleans style drink th’s anyhingbt square.

INGREDIENTS
1/2 teaspoon Benedictine
1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
1 dash Angostura Bitters
3/4 ounce rye whiskey
3/4 ounce cognac
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
DIRECTIONS
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice; stir well for 20 seconds and strain into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Square Walls

 

Photo Courtesy of  Craig Barritt

Since we’re talking all things square and Instagram is our number 1 square photo sharing platform, why not take those hashtag branded shots and share them with your event via a social wall. Social Walls are done with a website or app aggregator that searches for key hashtags and broadcasts them to a URL. This can then be displayed via a projector for all to see.

 

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