The Perfect Summer Party Flavors

James Bartle of Sandy James gives us three palate pleasing picks for your summer celebrations

by: Alexis Posada-TeStrake

Summer days call for poolside parties. James Bartle of Sandy James Fine Food Productions offers up a few of his favorite summer party flavor picks to ensure your sunny day celebrations are a savorable success!

#1 The Summer Salad

Nothing compliments al fresco celebrations under the sun like a crisp, cool summer salad. Spotlight on the

Romaine Lettuce, Florida Avocado, Indian River Grapefruit Salad


Romaine  Lettuce (Chopped) | Avocado (Sliced) | Grapefruit (segments) | Fennel (Shaved) | Roasted Red | Pepper (Julienne) | Pickled Red Onion (Shaved) | Feta Cheese (Crumbled)

Citrus Vinaigrette:

1.5 Cup Orange Juice | 0.25 Cup Lemon Juice | 0.25 Cup Lime Juice | 2 Tbsp. Honey | 1 Tbsp. | Kosher Salt | 1/2 Tbsp. Black Pepper | Lemon Zest of 1 lemon | Lime Zest of 1 lime | Orange Zest of 1 Orange | 3 Garlic Cloves | Garlic Clove | 2 Tbsp. Yellow Onion | 4 Cups Vegetable Oil

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#2 Banana Leaf Wrapped Black Grouper

A visually stunning, flavor-packed entrée that makes for the perfect dish for your warm-weather gatherings.

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1 lb. Fresh Grouper | 2 tbs Lemongrass | 1 Cup Pine Nuts | 1/2  Cup Parmesan | 1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil | 1 tbsp. Butter 1 Garlic Clove | 2.5 Oz Basil | Salt and Pepper to taste


Portion, season, and sear the grouper | Place on banana leaf, top with a tbsp. of butter & wrap | Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes (or until fully cooked)

# 3 The Cool Cocktail

Everyone needs something to sip while they soak up the sun and this Skinny Jalapeño Cocktail is the ultimate thirst quencher with a kick.


1.5 oz Casamigos Blanco Tequila (Infused Overnight with Fresh Sliced Jalapenos) | 0.5 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime | 0.5 oz Agave | Pinch of Chopped Cilantro | Chili-Lime Sea Salt

Pour Tequila, Agave, lime juice and Cilantro over Ice in Cocktail Shaker & shake vigorously

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Option B? Sit back, relax, and leave it to the experts at Sandy James Fine Food Productions handle the cooking!