Withe the final show of the Broadway season, Miss Saigon, underway, Starlight Theater’s V.I.P dining area, hosted by Plaza Catering, offers their take on an oriental gourmet buffet, guaranteed to please summer theatergoers, while continuing the high standards previously set and maintained in five previous production’s events.
The evening’s gourmet feast began with a salad bar with all the accompaniments to build your customized version of a Caesar salad, and the added salad for the Oriental, Miss Saigon, an Asian chop salad with a ginger soy dressing.
Then, diners chose from the main menu items, which took them beyond the realm of American cuisine with reminiscent tastes of the oriental cuisine. And, for kids, a special buffet that finds more adults than kids partaking includes a to die for version of macaroni and cheese.
The Miss Saigon menu:
Featured Salads: Asian chop salad with a ginger soy dressing and Caesar Salad
Very Veggie Garden Bar : House salad with carrot, onion, tomato, beets, red pepper, celery and croutons accompanied by a variety of house dressings.
Fresh From the Kitchen: Red curry rubbed chicken with a spicy honey garlic sauce; Roasted vegetables with timbale spice: Asian apple pork loin; Fried rice; Glazed carrots; Rigatoni with eggplant; and Fried spring rolls
Kids Menu: Macaroni and Cheese, Spaghetti; and Hot Dogs
A Fine Finish: Key lime mousse and mixed sherbets (pineapple and strawberry)
Drinks: Tea, water & lemonade; and a full bar with soda, beer, wine, cocktails
and coffee (additional charge)
Get ready for flavor when you start this buffet. The rotisserie chicken with a touch of curry and garlic was tender, juicy, and so moist. The dish has a finishing flavor that sneaks up on your palette and if you take the time the after flavor builds after each bite. A wonderful beginning to the buffet. The roasted vegetables had a very sweet and mellow taste with a hint of maybe some lime to give them the acidity they needed to burst with flavor.
Pork loin can get dry but with the sauce and the right temperatures, the pork was tender, moist and full of a full bodied flavor. The fried rice came accompanied with peas and very finely vegetables throughout. The texture was very light and could be a meal alone. The grains fell apart and each carried a delicate flavor that enhanced the other selection. For vegetarians, fresh made fried spring rolls had the crunch outside, as expected, and a light undisclosed flavor within. They were a popular item and worthy of seconds.
Next was a rigatoni with eggplant that would grace any upscale Italian restaurant.
The sauce, fresh and hearty, married well with the mozzarella cheese. Perhaps a hint of Romano cheese helped add a new flavor to this dish. And, the pasta cooked al dente stood up to the sauce and cheese in the dish.
For dessert on a hot evening, sherbet was a treat. A rainbow sherbet as well as a pineapple sherbet cooled things down. And an added treat, key-lime mousse provided a sweet and light finish to the meal. Diners could be seen discussing the sweet treat and going back for more.
Overall, the dining choices were extraordinary. The food was served in double lines and with two separate stations so guests experiences no lines. The focus on the guests showed in the presentation and layout of the buffet line.
The food deserves to be in 5-star restaurants. The quality of Plaza Catering selections matches that of any fine dining–anywhere
Starlight’s new dining option comes with a new, exciting menu for each show as the season progresses. Before each show, guests may partake of selected menu items to match the theme of the show. As stated, each brings a new menu to pre-show dining.
“Starlight strives to ensure that the same high quality we bring to the stage in the form of Broadway productions is found throughout the venue and that includes dining. Our patrons enjoy great food and are increasingly more health conscious,” said Denton Yockey, president and executive producer. “Plaza Catering is bringing Starlight some fresh dining options at an affordable cost tailored to Kansas Citians’ summer palates.”
Plaza Catering customized dinner menus for each of Starlight’s six Broadway shows that include hot buffet items, salad selections, a veggie garden bar, upscale desserts and separate children’s menus. The full-service dinner and bar will be available in Starlight’s Club that has indoor and outdoor seating. Plaza Catering will also provide self-serve Bistro Fare items such as pre-made salads, delicious sandwiches, veggie snack trays and hummus. Starlight continues to provide concession stand favorites and pre-packaged salads and sandwiches on the Encore Deck provided by Aramark, the company that provided the concessions for the past few years.
The revitalized menu debuts this season after Starlight Theatre partnered with Plaza Catering, an offshoot of Cinzetti’s Italian Restaurant in Overland Park, to provide some newer and more gourmet options for Starlight customers. Cinzetti’s launched in Kansas City three years ago and expanded to Denver, Chicago, and Scottsdale.
“We’re a full-service caterer that cooks for freshness,” said Rolfe Loomis, general manager of Plaza Catering and Cinzetti’s. “A lot of our produce is locally sourced; some is organic. In fact, all of the salads we will be serving at Starlight will be organic, and all of our recipes are made from scratch.”
With a watchful eye to the freshness, nutritional and health concerns of many, Plaza Catering roasts most of its own meats (including chicken) that are all natural and organic – no hormones or antibiotics.
“The foods we serve are basically the healthiest, freshest options we have in the health food industry,” Loomis said.
“The Starlight experience is more than just seeing a show under the stars. It’s coming early to enjoy a nice dinner or light snack, watching the pre-show entertainment amongst our fountains and gardens, shopping in the Ovation store and taking a free tour of the venue,” Yockey said. “We’re making the experience even better this year by adding Plaza Catering as our new dining partner. I’ve had their food and it’s great. I can’t wait.”
As stated, Miss Saigon comes with specially selected menus. Plaza Catering and Starlight Theatre offer to following to prepare you to enjoy Miss Saigon (8p.m.) Sept 7-13.
“Guests should be encouraged to think about the convenience of dining with us before each show – we’ve got everything they’re looking for right here at a great price. Convenience, value and a delicious meal await everyone beginning at 6 pm before each Broadway show night. We have a host of menu items that will remain for each show and some that will change,” Plaza Catering said.
For dinner reservations: Call: 816.363.7827 or add to your cart during online check out
Walk-ups are welcome, subject to availability. Seating begins at 6 p.m. Prices do not include soda, coffee or alcoholic beverages. Starlight walk-up guests may save $1 off of each walk-up dinner price of $19.75 by making advance reservations at 816.363.STAR (7827). Reservations must be made by 3 p.m. the day of the selected performance. Please note: Pre-payment for dinner is required when reservations are made.
“With an extensive menu for each show, we are pleased to be able to accommodate those who prefer or require vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free dining choices. Guests should feel free to let us know when they arrive what their preference is and we’ll guide them to the appropriate menu items,” Plaza Catering said.