Hotbox Inside catering, the food world's riskiest business
Book - 2019
"Hotbox exposes the real-life drama behind cavernous event spaces and soaring white tents, where cooking conditions have more in common with a mobile army hospital than a restaurant. Known for their modern take on Southern cooking, the Lee brothers steeped themselves in the catering business for four years, learning the culture from the inside-out. It's a realm where you find eccentric characters, working in extreme conditions, who must produce magical events and instantly adapt when, ...for instance, the host's toast runs a half-hour too long, a hail storm erupts, or a rolling rack of hundreds of ice cream desserts goes wheels-up. Whether they're dashing through black-tie fundraisers, celebrity-spotting at a Hamptons cookout, or following a silverware crew at 3:00 a.m. in a warehouse in New Jersey, the Lee brothers guide you on a romp from the inner circle--the elite team of chefs using little more than their wits and Sterno to turn out lamb shanks for eight hundred--to the outer reaches of the industries that facilitate the most dazzling galas. You'll never attend a party, or entertain on your own, in the same way after reading this book."--Book jacket.
- Manchego Mayhem
- Not the sharpest knife in the drawer
- sidebar : prep facts
- The client is (almost) always right
- Fiesta in the palace
- The telephone chef, the glorious guys, and G.I Joe veterans frankfurter service
- Dinner in light and dark
- sidebar : sheet pan magic
- The big pink hippo
- sidebar : glass facts
- Sixteen hundred deviled eggs
- sidebar : working the hotbox
- Can I even eat this?
- No milk! (butter and cream okay)
- Great expectations
- sidebar : bathtub pasta salad
- The happy couple fancied themselves food curators
- sidebar : nuptials by the numbers
- Piercing the veil.