DynCorp International’s (DI) Afghanistan Life Services Support (ALiSS) Food Service team pulled out all the stops for yet another holiday extravaganza at U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass’ Independence Day celebration event.
All hands were on deck at the U.S. Embassy, as the highly-trained ALiSS catering team of 40+ personnel executed and passed delicious canapes and hors d’œuvres for more than 600 guests. The event theme was “Music as Diplomacy – The Global Contributions of American Jazz, Rock N’ Roll and Country Music,” and DI met this challenge with close to a month of logistical planning.
The offerings consisted of cheese platters and crudités, watermelon skewers, slow cooked lamb lettuce wraps, goat cheese mashed potatoes, salmon sliders with olive tapenade, pulled BBQ chicken sliders and decorative devil’s eggs in red and blue, among others. The pièce de résistance, in addition to the 650 delicious cupcakes with custom fondant toppers, was the three-tiered chocolate ganache cake. A three-person team from Dubai’s Sugaholic Bakeshop, which previously held the Guinness Book World Record for the tallest cupcake display, was contracted to come to Kabul and worked tirelessly for over 15 hours through the night to assemble the 38” masterpiece of drums and an electric guitar.
“The guests were gasping at the elaborate display,” stated Ken Fox, Business Area Team Operations vice president. “An amazing job by the DI team, and a moment that I am sure will never be forgotten – that cake is a work of art. Thank you again for creating memories!”
In recognition of the ALiSS team’s effort in support of the 4th of July event, Ambassador Bass requested a photo with all the volunteers. Congratulations to the Food Service team for a job well done.
“A big thanks to DI Catering Manager Yudy Nunez and the team – they did an absolutely fantastic job!” said Robert F. Jennings IV, DI Vendor Relations senior manager. “The customer approached me at dinner to again thank us for the day’s events. The ALiSS Food Service team is second to none! Thank you for taking the lead.”