As a corporate event & meeting planner, I am always on the lookout for event spaces and services on my travels. While on the media circuit for the World Food Championships at The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL, I found one company in particular that would be great for my rolodex.
Tillie Pan’s love of hosting parties and event planning plus David Pan’s drive and desire to be the best at his culinary craft equals Orange Beach Concierge. Tillie came from the aesthetics and medical device sales and marketing world. When you are dealing with doctors, it takes talent, finesse, organization, and knowledge of your product inside and out to be a success. Her 8-year career in that field demonstrates her drive. Chef David graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Mendota Heights and worked his way from Washington on the Pacific Coast all the way to Alabama on the Gulf Coast. He knows his craft well utilizing French techniques and refreshes palates with the latest trends in the foodie world.
Orange Beach Concierge has been in business for three years and just found a space of their own a few months ago at The Wharf. They now have a space to meet clients, cook in their own kitchen space, and entertain. They offer a wide range of personalized services including catering, concierge, corporate retreats, event designing, personal chef, private dining, and staging services supporting individuals, businesses, vacationers, and property owners alike. This service will be great for the World Food Championships with so many corporate sponsors descending upon Orange Beach this November.
Here is a sample menu that you could have at your next event:
Bruschetta made with a balsamic reduction, tomatoes, basil, and garlic atop crostini. Fresh, juicy tomatoes burst with sweetness along with pungent garlic. The sweetness and acidity of the balsamic add another layer of flavor and fresh basil turns it up with herbaceous flair. Rating: 4.5/5
Brie and Marmalade Bites starts with a phyllo cup filled with orange marmalade, brie, and herbs. It is a light bite and would be great as a passed hors d’oeuvre for a wedding or corporate event. The creamy brie combined with the sweetness and citrus flavor of the marmalade pair perfectly together. Rating: 5/5
Caesar Salad is made with fresh romaine lettuce tossed with house-made Caesar dressing with anchovy. I love Caesar salad but it is very hard to find a place that makes it correctly. If you do not like anchovies, do not order a Caesar salad. It is just not a Caesar salad without it. Chef David makes a great Caesar salad dressing, not too thin and not too thick. The perfect viscosity to cling to the lettuce. I love that Chef David makes a crostini seasoned with butter, salt, and pepper instead of chunky, clunky croutons. It’s easier to eat and elevates the salad as well. Chef David, you need to bottle and sell that dressing! Rating: 5/5
Chicken Marsala is made with mushrooms, shallots, garlic, and parsley served over angel hair pasta. Chef David showed me how he gets the perfect gloss and sheen to his sauce by adding butter at the end and whisking it in sauce off heat. You could actually see the change in the sauce which was amazing!
The chicken gently bathes in the sauce and really infuses the flavors into the chicken. It is tender and unlike any chicken marsala I’ve ever had. But that sauce is like liquid gold. It clings to the angel hair pasta like silk sheets. You can’t help but lick the plate afterwards. I could see this on a fine dining establishment’s menu. It is so refined and delicious! Rating: 5/5
Chocolate Fondant (Americans refer to this as a chocolate lava cake or molten chocolate cake) is basically a bi-product of a flourless chocolate cake and a soufflé. Chef David served his with macerated strawberries and strawberry coulis. If you go to my Instagram, I have a video of the chocolate “lava” flowing from the cake. I have tried many of these in my lifetime, but I think this was the best. I don’t know if it was because I had right out of the oven but it was just amazing! The perfect ending to a perfect meal! Rating: 5/5
If you are a resident and/or planning a wedding or event in Orange Beach, contact Orange Beach Concierge and get ready for an amazing event!
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 4 out of 5 stars
For more information:
4790 Wharf Pkwy Ste F206
Orange Beach, AL 36561