Holiday Reception

Begin your event with a One-Hour Premium Open Bar and Hors d’oeuvres.

Hors d’oeuvres

Display of Fruit, Cheese, Crudité, and Vegetarian Antipasto

In addition, our professional staff will butler the following to your guests:

Chinese-style Pork Belly Buns • Bacon-Wrapped Scallops •

Chilled Tenderloin Crostini • Arancini Balls with Marinara Dipping Sauce • Petite Lamb Chops

Chef Attended Pasta Station

For parties of 50 or more, upgrade your cocktail hour by including a Chef Attended Pasta Station.

Choose two pastas, two sauces and two add-ins:

Mini Penne Pasta • Cheese-filled Tortellini • Bow-Tie • Gemelli

Marinara • Tomato Vodka Cream • Herbed Olive Oil • Alfredo • Pesto

Sweet Sausage • Grilled Chicken • Pecorino Romano • Baby Spinach • Toasted Pine Nuts • Artichoke Hearts • Roasted Sweet Peppers • Broccoli Florets • Sweet Peas • Sliced Mushrooms • Herbed Seasonal Vegetables • Diced Virginia Ham • Oven-dried Tomatoes • Kalamata Olives

Additional $10 per person.

An additional $125.00 Chef’s Fee (per Chef) will be charged for each Chef Attended Station.

Holiday Buffet

After the Holiday Reception, guests will be invited to dine at their leisure beginning with:


Caesar Salad

Mozzarella & Roasted Peppers

Grilled seasonal vegetables tossed with imported couscous, pesto vinaigrette

Seafood Presentation

Mussels, garlic wine broth (two per person)

Oysters on the Half-Shell (one per person)

Clams on the Half-Shell (one per person)

Iced Gulf Shrimp (three per person)


Entrées include Chef’s seasonal vegetable medley, au gratin potatoes, and oven-fresh rolls.

Chicken Française • Seafood Saint Jacques over Pasta Shells

Penne Pasta Florentine

Chef Attended Carvery

Roasted Whole New York Sirloin of Beef • Butter-Basted Turkey Breast

Served with Butter Twist Rolls and Appropriate Condiments

Sweets & Coffee Station

Elegant display of:

Desmond Bread Pudding with English Custard • Variety of Petite Cheesecakes • Cakes • Mini Pastries • Chocolate Truffles • Gingerbread Cookies

Coffee and Tea • Hot Chocolate served with Whipped Cream, Peppermint Chips, Chocolate Shavings

Holiday Buffet Pricing – $94 per person. Minimum of 40 guests required.

An additional $125.00 Chef’s Fee (per Chef) will be charged for each Chef Attended Station.

Additional Beverage Packages are separate.

Holiday Dinner

Join us for an exquisitely prepared four-course dinner. Entrées include Chef’s seasonal vegetable medley, oven-fresh rolls, relish tray, coffee and tea.


Please select one appetizer:

Cheese Tortellini alla Vodka

Sliced Seasonal Fruit with Pomegranate Drizzle

Desmond Signature Salad

Chilled Exotic Greens, Mandarin Oranges, Dried Cranberries, Sliced Almonds, Cherry Tomatoes, Cheddar Cheese, our Signature Creamy Garlic Dressing

Dinner Entrées

Parties with 30 people or less choose two entrées; parties with over 30 people choose three entrées.

Holiday Stuffed Chicken Breast – $79 per person

Cranberry walnut dressing, sauce Supreme, oven roasted rosemary new potatoes

Filet Mignon – $91 per person

Char-grilled filet topped with a wild mushroom confit, sauce Béarnaise, Scrimshaw potato

Potato Encrusted Salmon – $85 per person

Atlantic salmon fillet encrusted and baked in shredded potato, chive beurre blanc, caviar rice

Oven Roasted Vegetable Strudel – $78 per person

Baked phyllo strudel, roasted red pepper coulis, herbed couscous

Braised Short Rib – $83 per person

Angus short rib, garlic homestyle mashed potatoes, rich demi-glace

Surf & Turf – $97 per person

Filet mignon and salmon fillet, caviar rice, lemon beurre blanc


Please select one of the following elegantly prepared desserts:

Desmond Bread Pudding with English Custard • Opera Cake • Pear William Cake • Cheesecake Tower with Berry Compote

Special Touches

Impress your guests with one or more of the following Desmond Special Touches.


Complement your dinner with a refreshing and palate cleansing sorbet before your entrée for an additional $4 per person


Can be added to your Dinner Service for an additional charge.

Shrimp Cocktail – $13 per person

Three chilled jumbo Gulf shrimp, traditional cocktail sauce

Maryland Crab Cakes – $11 per person

Pan seared, roasted red pepper coulis

Wild Mushroom Ravioli – $7 per person

Braised fennel cream sauce, parmesan croustade

Extended Open Bar

Extend your open bar for $4 per person for each additional hour.

Beer, wine, and soda bar may also be extended for $5 per person for each additional hour.

Other Additions

After Dinner Cordials & Cognacs – $9 per person

Assorted flavored coffees and cordials

Please ask your event planner for a wine list to complement your holiday party selections.

Contact our Event Planners  • Download our Holiday Parties Menus 2016