Summer Parties by Shiro of Japan!
If you’re entertaining at home this summer, there’s a way to lighten your workload and wow your guests in a single stroke: Hire a restaurant chef to cook in your backyard.
Of course, most restaurants are happy to deliver cooked food to your home. But having a chef on the premises takes the party to a whole new level.
When Hope Duarte of Sands Point threw a party to celebrate her daughter’s high school graduation, she hired Shiro of Japan in Carle Place to make sushi. “Not only was the food fantastic,” she said, “it was basically like hiring a magician for the adults.”
401 Old Country Rd., Carle Place, 516-997-4770
DETAILS What could be more opulent than a poolside sushi chef, doling out glistening morsels to guests. Shiro of Japan, one of Long Island’s oldest sushi restaurants, regularly dispatches sushi chefs to parties with 40 to 3,000 guests. “We’ll set up a miniature sushi bar that looks just like in the restaurant,” said partner Peter Faccibene. He said most clients serve sushi during cocktail hour, following it with a main course.
MENU Shiro will provide any variety of sushi, from California rolls and tuna maki to the highest-end fish. Also available: salads and hot dishes such as yakitori, negimaki, katsudon and ramen.
COST If sushi is served during cocktail hour only, Faccibene said, it ranges from $13 to $25 a person, but it’s higher if no other food is served. The price includes one sushi chef and one assistant, suitable for up to 50 people. More people would require an extra chef, so figure $150 for each additional 50 guests. Kimono-clad servers also are available for $150 each.