Real Food is good food.

REAL FOOD catering + lunch

  1. MAIN





  6. phone 540.661.7261



  9. 12267 Old Gordonsville Rd.

  10. Orange, Virginia 22960

At Real Food we customize every menu to the specific event. We work hard to get to know the client and their guests and craft a menu that will delight both. We consider the season, location and budget of the event as we create the menu. 

Below are several sample menus to give you an idea of what we do.

Sample Cocktail Party Menus


Braised Retreat Farm lamb on biscuits with parsley pesto and                             shaved Parmesan

Spanish potato and corn omelets with paprika-pepper relish

Jumbo lump crab cakes with poblano pepper aioli

Truffled ratatouille and goat cheese filled crepes

Red chile-rubbed pork tenderloin skewers with honey-ginger dipping sauce

Heirloom tomato and watermelon salad with black pepper croutons, basil, and balsamic reduction

Black bean and scallion purée with crackers and crudite


Pork and chicken liver pate on puff pastry crisps

Beef tenderloin on yeast rolls with caramelized onion sauce and baby arugula

Salt-roasted shrimp cocktail with ginger-plum dipping sauce

Butternut squash, sweet potato and pear skewers with lime zest and ancho chile

Baby potatoes stuffed with basil and roasted garlic goat cheese

Cheese platter with olives, roasted peppers, roasted Japanese

eggplant, crackers and crostini

Mini apple and honey tarts with toasted almonds

Sweet cream puffs filled with spiced chocolate mousse

Sample Multi-Course Dinner


Potato crisp Napoleon with lobster-mascarpone filling and lobster-chive sauce


Roasted chicken consomme with smoked bacon and croutons


Warm wild mushroom salad with frisee greens, poached egg and herbed balsamic reduction


Spinach-wrapped red snapper filet with lemon-butter sauce carrot ribbons and fried shallots


Braised beef short ribs with Syrah sauce, Jerusalem artichoke puree and parsley


Roasted pears with Point Reyes bleu cheese, almond brittle and black pepper honey

Sample Buffet Dinner Menus


Molasses-bourbon glazed quail on baby greens with roasted sweet potatoes

Baked rockfish filets with Retreat Farm cippolini onions and watercress cream

Pork loin with black pepper-honey sauce and toasted peanuts

Stone-ground grits with smoked tomato sauce

Sauteed baby green beans with herbs and Everona sheep cheese

Yeast rolls with maple butter

Pecan pie with creme Anglaise


Spanish cod and mussel stew with tomatoes and saffron

Baked chicken strata with wild mushrooms, apples, rosemary and gruyere cheese

Whole roasted herbed ribeye with roasted garlic demi-glace

Caramelized onion and dried tomato tart in potato crust

Roasted mixed vegetables (salsify, carrots, Brussels sprouts, red peppers, haricot vert)

Romaine and purple endive Caesar salad with black pepper croutons

Bittersweet chocolate mousse and orange sable cookies

Spiced banana bread topped with baked apples and caramel sauce

All photographs this page courtesy

Jack Looney Photography