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Passed Appetizer Catering Menu Tips

Posted on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

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Last week we catered a special event fund raising party featuring casino games, silent auction tables, a special guests and some great food and beverage. Since the purpose of the event was to raise money, providing casino games as part of the cocktail party like setting was a great way to entertain the guests and keep them there.

Since this was an evening event, a dinner buffet was also provided featuring some donated pasta dishes that we complimented with Parmesan crusted chicken tenders and:here. And because casino games were brought in, the appetizer catering menu needs to be designed with the games in mind so people can grab a bite to eat while still playing a game without getting messy or requiring eating utensils.

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Caprese Skewers

Fresh Mozzarella and Cherry Tomatoes drizzled with our seasoned marinade and fresh basil

 

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Spanakopita

A delicate phyllo triangle filled with spinach, feta & cream cheese and a touch of garlic

 

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Antipasto Station

Black olives, marinated artichoke hearts and button mushrooms surround pepperoncinis, provolone cheese, prosciutto ham and salami

 

The Passed Appetizers included

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Rosemary Cheese Straws

Puff pastry straws garnished with Parmesan cheese and a hint of rosemary

 

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Tequila Shrimp

Marinated Shrimp served with Creamy Tequila Lime Sauce

 Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

Fresh Strawberry, Hawaiian Gold Pineapple chunk skewered with cubes of Muenster and Gouda Cheeses

Several bars were set up throughout the room to make it easier to serve guests as they moved around the room. Two of the bars offered beer and wine, the third served two signature drinks and all were staffed with professional bartenders.

If you're planning a special event with casino games,

here are some party planing tips:

Passing one to two bite appetizers allows the guests to eat, chat, play some games and shop the silent auction without having to carry a beverage and a large plate and fork around. If both hands are full, there's little chance people will play any games or participate in the silent auction. A simple pop-in-the-mouth bite to eat while mingling works well for this type of catered affair.

The size of the crowd and any other buffet you may be offering will determine how many wait staff you'll need for appetizer passing.  Your caterer can help you determine the appropriate number of wait staff you'll need.  If the entire meal is going to be made up of appetizers, then you'll more than likely need more people as you will have more things to pass. More on appetizers as a meal

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Setting up beverages and bar stations throughout the room and as near to the silent auction and gaming tables as possible allows your guests to easily get a drink but more importantly to participate in the silent auction - the very purpose of the event.

 

 

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Custom Appetizer Station Catering in Dallas

Posted on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

We were Wright There!

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When asked to design an appetizer catering menu for Southwest Airlines, located at Love Field in Dallas, Texas to celebrate the Wright Amendment, we selected 6 new destination cities that Southwest can now fly nonstop. Researching those cities for what foods are popular,or what the area was known for, we selected the following catering appetizer station menu for this grand, historic celebration. Taking some history of the city, transforming traditional foods from that city into appetizers, allowed us to create a very unique menu. And, since guests would be arriving in shifts over a 6 hour period, using catering food stations allowed the appetizers to be fresh from start to finish.

mini_corned_beef_sandwichesBaltimore

Land of great corned beef and Corn Beef Row, we chose mini corned beef sandwiches and some great Cole slaw to celebrate this city. 

Chicago

What's more perfect than the Chicago Dog?  We created a mini version of this famous hot dog complete with all the toppers, a picture and directions to make them. As a side item to accompany those, potato salad seemed perfect.

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Since there is a strong Cuban presence there along with Florida producing over 70% of the United States' citrus supply, we created mini Cuban sandwich triangles and offered some fabulous citrus fruit to complement this city.

Las Vegas

With it's own Chinatown, which was developed nearly 20 years ago to preserve Asian heritage in Las Vegas which dates back to before Nevada was even a state, egg rolls and spring rolls seemed fitting to honor this city.We served those with some plum sauce and fresh fruit salad.

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Since Los Angeles was a Mexican territory until 1848 when it officially became a part of the United States we thought street tacos were the perfect fit for an appetizer.  BBQ beef and veggie street tacos and all the toppers were complimented with Mexican style rice.

Denver

And last but not least was the city of Denver. Because a trademark for the name "cheeseburger" was awarded to Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver, Colorado, we felt mini burgers were a must have on this appetizer menu. For those not eating beef, we also offered chicken sliders and then added a macaroni and cheese station to complete this city's menu.

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Thank you Southwest Airlines for allowing us to be part of your history!
No matter what the purpose of your event is, a custom menu can be created to compliment and highlight your theme. A full service catering company can create the perfect party appetizer catering menu just for you!

Topics: appetizer catering, appetizer food stations, food stations, special event food stations

Holiday Brunch Office Party Catering

Posted on Sun, Oct 12, 2014 @ 05:29 AM

Is Brunch the New Lunch for Holiday Party Catering?

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Lately, you can find catering trends for everything – for weddings, cocktail parties, corporate events and even family gatherings. Trends include service styles, menu themes and even menu items and their sizes.  Growing in popularity is the Breakfast for Lunch or what we’d like to call the Brunch for Lunch menu. This is a perfect menu idea for an office holiday party! Instead of a traditional continental breakfast or cocktail party so often served for corporate holiday parties, consider a holiday brunch reception.

Everyone loves breakfast! From eggs, bacon, sausage and potatoes to French toast, pancakes and waffles, there are so many breakfast options you can serve!  Why not change your corporate holiday lunch to a brunch and include these favorite foods? Accompany these favorites with some fresh salads, fresh fruits, yogurt and you can create a new and different corporate holiday brunch menu sure to please.

Brunch casseroles like quiches, frittatas and stratas are a great way to incorporate eggs into a lunch menu. Add some breakfast meats, bacon, sausage or ham, some breakfast potatoes and some fabulous salads. Fresh fruit salad is a must for sure.  However you can also add a great spinach salad – either a traditional salad with mushrooms, egg and hot bacon dressing, or, add one with fresh strawberries, walnuts, pecan or almonds, drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette for more modern salad. Salad greens topped with feta cheese, dried cranberries and nuts also create a perfect brunch salad.

Don’t stop with just an egg dish, add some French Toast, pancakes or waffles to the menu for the sweeter side of breakfast.  For a special touch, offer traditional syrups, jams, jellies, fresh berries or flavored butters like maple butter, for toppings. Stuffed French toast is another great item to add to a brunch menu. French toast can be stuffed with fruits, flavored cream cheeses or jams for a special treat.  Or, stuff the French toast with ham and Swiss cheese, called a Monte Cristo, for a more savory addition to a holiday catering menu. You can also use turkey and a variety of other cheese like Gouda to create this perfect brunch menu item.

breakfast_catering_dallasFor the continental breakfast contribution to the menu, add some great muffins, savory or sweet cornbread, biscuits and scones are perfect for a brunch menu. Coffee cakes and cinnamon rolls are another good menu choice to consider adding to your brunch menu. Because there are so many varieties of each of these, have your professional caterer offer suggestions and ideas on which menu items to incorporate into your office party catering brunch menu.

Beverage_Catering_HolidayBrunch beverages should include some great coffee, flavored teas and fruit juices. Punches also are a perfect beverage choice, served with or without alcohol, and there a hundreds of punch recipes that will complement your menu. Alcoholic beverage options commonly served a brunch include the Bellini, Mimosa and Bloody Mary. How many people you’re hosting will determine how many options you should plan on serving.

For something new for the holidays, try brunch for lunch and let's get started!

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Topics: holiday catering, holiday brunch menus

1 Week of Great October Catering Menu Ideas

Posted on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 @ 06:02 AM

October brings us many food ideas to incorporate into your corporate catering or special event catering menus. Just this month alone features the following food:

Eat Country Ham
National Apple Month
National Applejack Month
National Caramel Month
National Chili Month
National Cookie Month
National Dessert Month
National Pickled Peppers Month
National Pizza Festival Month
National Popcorn Poppin' Month
National Pork Month
National Pretzel Month 
National Seafood Month
AND, Vegetarian Awareness Month
Wow! The list alone creates several menus you can use to easily celebrate these holidays.

And there's more.  To the monthly food items, there are also Weekly Food Holidays for October which include

1st Week

No Salt Week
National Chili Week (a double treat since it's also National Chili Month!)

2nd Week:

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American Beer Week
National Food Bank Week
National School Lunch Week
National Pasta Week

Week 3:

Nation Kraut Sandwich Week
Pickled Peppers Week

Week 4:

Chicken Soup for the Soul Week

So that's leave the daily food days and again, the list is extensive so put your creative ideas together and call your caterer and get some new and fresh office lunch ideas for this month.

Oct 1.

World Vegetarian Day

What is the difference between vegetarian and vegan? Neither of them eat meat however some vegetarians will eat eggs and some dairy items, vegans avoid any menu item with animal products. So, for a vegetarian office lunch menu, try a Pasta Primavera, Caesar Salad and some freshly baked rolls or bread and celebrate! 

Pudding Season Begins

Now this is not what you think - no vanilla or chocolate pudding, but sausage,suet or other savory pudding is what this holiday is all about. 

Homemade Cookies Day

A great reason to pull out your favorite recipe and get baking!

Oct 2

National Fried Scallops Day

Since fried foods do not cater well, we don't recommend this one for catering menu ideas. We'll leave this one up to you to create and here's a recipe to get your started.  

Oct 3

National Caramel Custard Day.

Sweet! Smooth creamy pudding a little whipped topping and you've got a different dessert from the traditional bars and cookies.

Oct 4

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Quite a busy day with several food holidays. Starting with National Taco Day. A great reason to bring in hot meals for lunch.

Our Combo Soft Taco Bar is the perfect menu item to order for Thursday's office or special event banquet menu. Let your guests know you ordered this to celebrate the holiday!

Or bring in our Breakfast Tacos to start the day off with a celebration.

National Vodka Day

You can cook with it or create the perfect cocktail to enjoy this day.Here are about 1,600 recipes to explore.  Drink Responsibly though.

Cinnamon Roll Day

A great excuse to skip the cold cereal or breakfast bar and treat yourself to a little something sweet. Our cinnamon rolls are unique since ours are created in a twist and not the traditional round shape. These are a great addition to any continental breakfast catering you're planning.

Oct 5

National Apple Betty Day

Not really a pie, and not a cobbler but a sweet cinnamon and spice baked apple dessert. Served warm and for a real treat, add some ice cream.

Oct 6

National Noodle Day is today. So many types, so many things can be made for your office lunch catering, here are just a few ideas.

Oct 7

It's National Frappe Day.  Go get our favorite from your local small business and enjoy! Typically made with cold coffee and whipped topping, teas, juices and hot chocolate based frappes are becoming popular now too.

So, don't settle for the same old thing,
Let's create a menu
just for you!

 

Topics: corporate catering in dallas

Outdoor Wedding Catering Tips

Posted on Sun, Sep 28, 2014 @ 05:37 AM

wedding_party_rentalsWhen you plan an outdoor wedding reception, one of the most important uncontrollable factors is the weather! It's important to always have a back up plan if inclement weather occurs. You do not want to figure that out in the middle of the event hustling tables, linens, centerpieces let a lone all  your guests into a space that isn't prepared to acommodate all that activity.  Here are a few pictures of an outdoor wedding reception we catered this weekend. Congratulations to the Happy Couple!

The wedding catering menu included some appetizers that were made available immediately after the ceremony - a must for any wedding reception. Guests need something to do and nibble while the post-ceremony photos are being taken, and, as guests arrive to the reception hall. Remember, the bride and groom won't show up for at least 30 minutes - and that's conservative, more typically an hour. So, provide some beverages and some appetizers for guests as they wait for the grand arrival of the new Mr. and Mrs.! 

This couple chose some fresh fruit and cheese trays and a unique hot appetizer, our Cuban Sandwich triangles. These have a bit of meat and cheese, were cut small so they were easy to eat and they provide just the right amount of food before the lovely buffet dinner they served their guests.  

A Beef Sirloin Steak and Parmesan Chicken Medallions
Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes
A Seasoned Vegetable Medley with Broccoli, Cauliflower and
Carrots
Tradition Dinner salad with Salad Greens and accents of Fresh Garden Vegetables
Cranberry Feta Salad with Walnuts, Dried Dranberries, Feta Cheese and a Balsamic Vinaigrette
Golden Dinner Rolls
Iced Tea 
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The wedding reception food buffet tables were created with bright pink table linens and white table skirting, and then that accented with a touch of ivory. The buffet was set up out doors in an "L" shape on the patio which created a solid surface for guests to walk around. If you're setting up buffets in a lawn, make sure you select the flattest surface of the lawn, or, provide a solid surface of some sort of even if it's plywood, for guests to walk on. Those high heels will get stuck in too soft a surface, creating the great possibility of trips and falls. If you're setting up a buffet near a pool, take great care to be sure it's far enough away from the pool so your guests won't fall in while visiting the buffet. Your party rentals company or caterer can assist you with the details for your particular reception venue.

The round buffet guests tables were set up outdoors in a courtyard, creating a romantic setting for this intimate wedding. For outdoor receptions, it's always best to use floor length linens on all your party rental tables. The wind will and can cause shorter linens to blow off the table if not anchored down! Imagine having to reset all the tables again because of a small breeze right before the ceremony starts!  Have a heavy enough centerpiece and chairs tucked up closer to the table when setting up out door tables and linens.

   And of course, the wedding cake was the star of the table.

For outdoor weddings, the outdoor temperature, direct sunlight, and, as much as we don't want to think about it, bugs, can ruin the prettiest of cakes. Check with your wedding cake baker about what out door temperature is appropriate for your cake. If you can, you might consider setting the cake up in an indoor area to avoid it melting, falling apart, or being ruined by uninvited visitors.

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Are you planning an outdoor wedding? Let a professional caterer handle the details for they will know what food works and what food doesn't for an out door wedding reception.

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Appetizer Catering Special Event Menu

Posted on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 @ 05:23 AM

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Last week, we catered a special event appetizer party at the Irving Art Center in Irving, TX. The custom menu our client selected included an assortment of hot appetizers and party trays which were arranged on one large buffet table draped in black linens which we accented with colored sashes matching thier color scheme. We used the venue's existing tables and counters for the food and beverage tables avoiding the need to rent additional party items. 

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They chose some great party banquet linens for the cocktail leaner tables (also called highboys) which were made of spandex instead of the traditional and more bulky poly-linens. These party rental linens create a clean and more modern look compared to tradtional party linens. And, for an added touch, we tied complimentary colored sashes on the table bases to incorporated their color scheme throughout the space. 

Cocktail leaners should be placed with plenty of room between them so people can move about and mingle, yet still have a place to set thier plates while eating. Another advantage of using these tables is they eliminate the need to rent chairs for all your guests, however, the catering menu should include one to two bite food items that can easily be eaten with a fork.

This client selected the following party appetizers:

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Chicken Empanadas
A Mexican pastry turnover filled with shredded chicken & bell peppers and spices
 
 
Asian Chicken Blossoms
Crispy wonton filled with chicken, scallion, sesame and soy
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Cuban Sandwich Triangles
Grilled flat bread filled with ham, Swiss cheese and mustard
 
 
Black and White Hummus
A swirl of black bean and garbanzo bean hummus served with oven fired flat bread strips
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Fruit and Cheese Kabobs
Fresh Strawberry, Hawaiian Gold Pineapple chunk skewered with cubes of Swiss & cheddar cheeses
 
 
Fresh Garden Vegetable Trays
Garden fresh broccoli, carrots, cherry tomatoes, celery and cucumbers served with Ranch Dip
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Aspen's Supreme Dessert Sample

An assortment of all our mini dessert bars and gourmet cookies

 

All these menu items were small enough and easy to serve, eat and walk around with so guests could enjoy the event.

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Topics: appetizer catering, party halls, fruit cheese trays, Vegetable Tray Catering

4 Best Office Holiday Catering Menu Ideas

Posted on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 @ 05:52 AM

So you're having a party.  Now what?
We've compiled some Holiday Menu Ideas
to get your holiday party planning started.

Holiday Breakfast Menu Ideas

 

So you’ve decided to host a Holiday Breakfast and now you need a party menu.  Here are a couple ideas. Since it is the holidays, you should try and have some items that you wouldn’t normally offer any other time of the year. Instead of the biscuit sandwiches and breakfast tacos, consider a festive Baked French Toast,  a breakfast casserole like our Country Breakfast Casserole, or some quiche, then add some bacon, sausage or ham to complete the meal. Breakfast potatoes or hash browns add a nice touch and then some fresh fruits are always welcome on a breakfast holiday menu.

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Jazz up the beverages too! Hot chocolate, Hot Spiced Cider and Cappuccino stations with marshmallows, flavored syrups, whipped cream and spices add a festive touch to the ordinary corporate coffee service. Sparkling Holiday Party Punches, Cinnamon and Spice Breakfast Poinsettia Sippers and egg nog add a touch of special to a holiday breakfast celebration not to mention the classic Mimosa. Create a juice beverage station with iced orange, apple, cranberry and tomato juices and serve in champagne flutes  or other fancy glasses (a party rental company will have numerous options for you) for a more party like presentation.

Holiday Brunch Menu

Want a mid-morning Holiday Brunch? For this time frame, you can combine some holiday breakfast menu items and some lighter fare from holiday lunch menus to create the perfect holiday celebration.  A frittata or quiche with green and red peppers, onions and cheese, some seasoned breakfast potatoes made with red new potatoes, and some sausage and bacon. For the lunch portion, offer some cranberry chicken salad sandwiches, almond chicken sandwiches and some spicy ham sandwiches, a minted fruit salad and a fresh spinach salad bar with sliced egg, bacon bits, fresh mushroom slices, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, walnuts, and or almonds. Dressings to compliment the salad bar would be hot bacon dressing, an herb or raspberry vinaigrette, honey mustard dressing or citrus dressing.

For holiday beverages, a cranberry punch, spiced cider, flavored teas, coffees and waters would all do well for a holiday brunch catering.

Holiday Food Stations

For mid-afternoon holiday catering ideas, offer some food stations created with several appetizers, dips and spreads, dessert stations and beverages. Offering catering food stations allow your guests to mix and mingle, and enjoy creating the food items their way. It’s also a crowd manager in that people will move from station to station rather than lining up for a traditional buffet.  Great holiday food stations include:

Crostini Stations

Sundried tomato, assorted olive tapenades, smoked salmon, herbed shrimp and grilled asparagus all make a deluxe appetizer presentation and something everyone will enjoy.

Antipasto Stations

These are not only colorful; they have something for every taste preference including vegetarians and vegans. Olives, marinated artichokes, cherry tomatoes, cheeses, sausages and breads or crackers make a beautiful centerpiece and holiday food station.

Holiday Fresh Fruit and Gourmet Cheeses

Have your professional caterer prepare a festive cheeseboard surrounded by fresh fruits, gourmet cheese, breads, spreads and crackers. Not sure what cheeses you’d like, here’s a great Cheese Pairing Guide. Holiday decorations can surround the board and create a stunning holiday display.  Pair your selections with wines or holiday punches for a holiday cocktail hour.

Traditional Holiday Foods as Food Stations

If you’re stuck on the traditional “holiday turkey dinner” menu and want to offer A Taste of the Holidays, but don’t want to offer the actual meal, your holiday catering company can create food stations that incorporate the traditional flavors in appetizer form, and create holiday food stations with that. Here are just some ideas.

The Entrée:

Holiday Sliders (mini sandwiches) are all the rage so why not offer:
Turkey Sliders – serve with a cranberry relish or sauce
Ham Sliders with a spicy mayonnaise or honey mustard

The Starch

Herb Stuffed New Potatoes
Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

The Vegetables

Green Bean Bundles with brown sugar and bacon
Grilled Asparagus

The Salad

Smashed Red Potato Salad
Tomato Basil Salad
Fresh Fruit Salad

The Dessert

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Holiday Desserts for this menu can be a variety of mini cookies, dessert bars, mini pumpkin and pecan tarts, mini gingerbread muffins, or, consider a giant bowl of white chocolate mousse and fresh berries for dipping or, fresh fruit kabobs (for those who can't eat too much sugar)

 

The Beverages

Iced Teas, Coffees, Flavored Waters, Chilled Soft Drinks and Holiday Punch

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4 Must DO's For Office Holiday Party Planning

Posted on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 @ 05:40 AM

It's time!

There are just 17 weekdays in December before the Holidays begin!

Your corporate holiday event planning should begin NOW!

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1. PickYour Venue

It’s time to find your venue and reserve it.  The demand for places to hold a party or holiday gathering will be high. There are just 17 work days in December to host your corporate holiday party.  If you want to have your catered party on Friday or Saturday, the most common days for a special event, than that means you really have 6 weekend days available before Christmas to host your gathering unless you’re having a New Year’s Eve Party and then you have 1 day to pick like everybody else wanting to host a New Year’s Eve Party. Booking the venue should be the highest priority right now if you’re not hosting your corporate holiday party at your office. If you already have a venue, that's great..however you still need a caterer and a menu so skip to number 3.

2. Determine The Party Time

The venue’s availability will also influence what time you hold your party. If the day is the most important part, the time of the party would be second.  With only 17 business days and 6 weekend nights in December, the availability of the venue may push your party to an earlier time if the evening is already reserved.  Some venues won’t host two parties in one day; some give you 6 hour rental periods so it’s the venue that may have more influence on what you decide to do and when.

Your budget also will influence the time of day you have your party. If you have a limited budget, then a holiday breakfast menu or afternoon holiday snack menu would be a better menu to pursue. Share your budget with your caterer and let them create the perfect holiday menu to suit the event and guest count. Do not try and “stretch” your dollars to offer a meal that really isn’t supported buy your ideal budget. There are lots of creative ways to create party if you provide the most accurate information you can with your event planner or caterer.

3. Select Your Holiday Catering Menu

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Once you have the location, settled on the time of the event, then it’s time to start planning the menu.  Professional caterers and event planners will be able to help you and provide all the details you’ll need for a successfully catered holiday party. Holiday packages, themed menus, décor, wait staff, bartenders and party rentals can all be taken care of most efficiently with  a professional caterer and event planner. They too will have a high demand placed on them with just 23 days in this holiday season so start contacting your caterer now!

4. Reserve Reserve Reserve!!!

Even though you don’t have all the details worked out, it’s best to get your reservations confirmed, deposits paid, and then work on the final details. If you wait too long to reserve your party hall or banquet room, you may just lose the venue you wanted. And if you wait too long, you may lose the professional caterer you wanted. And if you wait too long, you may have to start your planning all over again.


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3 Best Outdoor Catering Plans

Posted on Sun, Sep 7, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

 Three most important aspects of planning any outdoor special event catering 

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Setting Up the Event

Catering an in-home special event has different challenges than one held in a typical party hall or banquet venue. The wide open spaces of the party venues allow a much easier "move in" and set up than the space a residence typicall offers. Veneus normally have a loading dock, or special parking for unloading and wide entrances that support moving tables, chairs, carts and catering dollies in and out that residences typically don't.  Floors in a banquet room are more durable and more than likely designed for food and beverage spills and moving party rentals in and around the space. Homes are not desinged for any of that so extra care must be taken when working in someone's home.

Having a Weather Plan

If any of the event is to be held outdoors, a weather plan should always be discussed for those just-in-case moments. Ignoring it can certainly lead to havoc when all of a sudden there is a downpour and 100 people are trying to get inside. A party venue more than likely can handle that since building codes stipulate how many doors must be available, a home is not typically built for an influx of 100 or so guests at once. Have a plan!

Planning The Catering Menu

Wether you're catering appetizers or a buffet, the plan for the menu should take into consideration, where the food will be and where the guests will be and how easily it will be for them to neatly get the food and drinks and roam around. This week we catered a great appetizer party for about 100 guests and because the food was displayed inside but the party was really outside, the appetizers were designed to serve easily allowing the guests to move in and around the house and go outdoors without making a mess. The outside cabana hosted the beverage area while the appetizers and desserts were displayed inside allowing the flow of guests to move more easily. The menu chosen for this event:

Tenderloin Teasers
Beef tenderloin medallion served in a Phyllo cup
with a buttery baked potato topping

Chicken Sliders
Mini chicken burgers served with Swiss and cheddar cheese,
ketchup, mayo, and spicy mustard

Shrimp Cakes
Tender shrimp, celery, bell pepper, and onion
served in a bite sized cake with our
homemade chipotle mayonnaise

Cuban Sandwich Triangles
Grilled flat bread filled with ham,
Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles

Herb Stuffed New Potatoes
New potato shells stuffed with sour cream and chives

Green Bean Bundles
Green beans marinated in brown sugar and
wrapped up in a thick slice of bacon

Cubed Cheeses and Fruits

Black Bean Salsa and Chips

Decadent Dessert Bars
Strawberry swirl cheesecake, fudge brownies,
raspberry sammies and sugar dusted lemon squares
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Corporate Catering Tailgate Themed Event

Posted on Sat, Sep 6, 2014 @ 07:34 AM

When asked to prepare a tailgate themed special event catering for about 200 guests, we combined some appetizers, salads, dips and chips to resemble a picnic. Based on some suggestions we provided, our client chose this custom catering menu:

Meatball Sliders
Chicken Wings
Corn Dogs
Macaroni Salad
Marinated Tomato Salad
Mexican Corn Salad
Potato Salad
Pineapple Mango Salsa
7 Layer Dip with Tri-colored Tortilla Chips
Orange and Vanilla Ice Cream Bars and Chocolate Fudge Bars

The decor we used was Red, White and Blue to support the All American Football Season. Complete with decorations, confetti and posters the company provided.

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Know how many buffet tables you'll need for your event?

Getting the Buffet Tables ready for the hot lunches about to be served. 

Using risers on a banquet table helps give the table dimension. We covered ours with red, white and blue fabric to incorporate the American Sports and tailgate theme the client chose.

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Placing all the food on the table from top to bottom:

Veggie Quesadillas (in chafer)
Corn Dogs (in chafer)
Meatballs for the Sliders (in chafer)
Rolls for the Sliders
7 Layer Dip
Tri-colored chips for the 7 Layer Dip
Pineapple Mango Salsa
Cinnamon Flatbread Strips for the Salsa
Potato Salad
Macaroni Salad
Mexican Corn Salad

Corn_dogs A staple of Texas, Corn Dogs are always a fun treat for corporate catering menus when a picnic or tailgate party theme is requested. 
Greek_salad Fresh Salads help round out the menu and this Marinated Tomato Salad features crisp romaine lettuce, fresh cherry tomatoes, some black olives, parmesan cheese all tossed in an herb vinaigrette
photo_5 There really are 7 layers in our 7 Layer Dip with lettuce, refried beans, cheddar cheese, sour cream, olives, avocado and tomatoes. You just can't see them all here but a pretty presentation just waiting for a tortilla chip.
Black_bean_and_corn_salad Our Mexican Corn Salad is a delicious blend of corn, black beans, green peppers, onion, and fresh cilantro. Great vegetarian menu item to have.
Ice_cream And or course, Ice Cream! We wanted to offer something that would compliment the tailgate party theme and not just another dessert bar so we suggested these. What a treat for the office!!
Event_starts And the hot lunch buffet begins. Load up that plate, and enjoy!  200 people were lucky enough to have this company sponsored luncheon.

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