Holiday Extravaganza

Cypress Chamber tasting panel wowed by proposed Holiday Extravaganza entrees

Sandra of the catering staff at Take 5ive Grille & Bar at the Navy Golf Course. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

A panel of members of the Cypress Chamber of Commerce sat down at Take 5ive Grille & Bar at the Navy Golf Course ready to closely critique proposed offerings for the Chamber’s Holiday Extravaganza.

After all, the Extravaganza is meant to show off the Chamber having fun. Fabulous food, fabulous prizes, and fabulous friends!

As one of the tasters, my top-shelf concern was whether the proposed entrees — chicken piccata and flat iron steak — and the plated dinner salad would be gluten-free. Truth be told, I get weary of being forced to eat a vegan entree when the only thing keeping me from chicken is breading, or from beef is gravy. Salad is frequently killed for me by croutons sprinkled on top in the kitchen, rather than served separately and on the side.

When I explained my fears, the eyes of Sandra in catering lit up. Not only are their veggie plates gluten-free, but so are the proposed entrees and the plated salad.

I felt like I had hit the jackpot.

But something even better came next — a picture-worthy plated salad of mixed greens, blueberries, strawberry slices, and candied walnuts. Crumbled feta cheese is served on the side.

A plated dinner salad of mixed greens, blueberries, sliced strawberries, and candied walnuts. Feta cheese crumbles optional and on the side! Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.
A plated dinner salad of mixed greens, blueberries, sliced strawberries, and candied walnuts. Feta cheese crumbles optional and on the side! Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

(As a tasting panel, we shared a single salad and serving of each of the entrees.)

Believe it or not, the best had not yet been served!

Sandra went off to the kitchen to check on the status of the two entrees that will be served buffet-style at the Extravaganza with sides of roasted potatoes and grilled asparagus. The first from the kitchen was chicken piccata good enough to fight over.

Chicken piccata with roasted potatoes and grilled asaparagus. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.
Chicken piccata with roasted potatoes and grilled asaparagus. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

I did maintain proper manners and shared with my fellow tasters.

The chef himself brought out the second entree — flat iron steak with the same two sides. Oh my gosh. The steak and fixings were gluten-free and delicious. I again considered breaking decorum and going en garde with my place setting.

Flat iron steak, one of two buffet entrees at the 2019 Cypress Chamber Holiday Extravaganza. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

The only reason that I didn’t lick my plate was a threat from one of the other tasters to post a photo of me doing so to Instagram!

So: just for the food you must attend the Cypress Chamber Holiday Extravaganza. You can purchase tickets online at the Cypress Chamber website.

About Take 5ive Bar & Grille

If you remember the clubhouse and meeting facility food from not long ago, you may take my food review with a cup of kosher salt.

The facility is the responsibility of Navy MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation). When the new clubhouse was built, somebody thought it would be best operated by an outside company specializing in that sort of thing.

Not!

Complaints rolled in and bookings fell off.

MWR took over the facility operations. They renamed it and upgraded the menu.

The first thing you might notice (or maybe the last, with the receipt): no sales tax! (Government property and facility.)

It’s open for breakfast (6 a.m. to 3 p.m). It’s open for lunch (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). And it’s open to the public! (Happy Hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.includes reduced-price munchies like beef sliders, fried calamari, and wings.

Ask about their banquet facilities, too.

The Navy Golf Course (and clubhouse facility) can be reached at the west end of Orangewood Avenew off of Valley View Street, 5660 Orangewood Aveneu in Cypress. Despite being its nextdoor neighbor, they are not actually a part of Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, although golf balls regularly sail over the fence onto the “back forty” of the JFTB.