Penne pasta with blush sauce, chicken and vegetables. Photo: Allison Jarrell
Penne pasta with blush sauce, chicken and vegetables. Photo: Allison Jarrell

NYC Café & Catering
31888 Plaza Drive, Suite C-3, San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.0071, www.nyccafeandcatering.com

For local foodies who struggle to choose between pairing their pasta with a light tomato sauce or a rich, creamy alfredo—your prayers have finally been answered.

Al Shan, owner of NYC Café & Catering in San Juan Capistrano, is now bottling and selling his homemade blush sauce, crafted with local ingredients like onions, garlic and herbs. Initially, the creamy tomato sauce was only available on the restaurant’s dining and catering menus, but after receiving positive feedback over the last eight years, Shan decided to make blush sauce available to the masses.

NYC Café & Catering’s blush sauce. Photo: Debra Wells
NYC Café & Catering’s blush sauce. Photo: Debra Wells

It isn’t hard to see why the sauce has gained a following locally. It’s rich, but not too heavy, and is full of robust flavors—the cream and garlic balanced seamlessly with fresh tomato and herbs. That combination pairs well with pasta, seafood and lasagna, and for those with dietary constraints, Shan’s blush sauce is gluten free and all natural with no preservatives.

To pick up a bottle, stop by the café, or check out the San Juan Capistrano Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Yorba Street between Camino Capistrano and El Camino Real.—Allison Jarrell

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