So you're having a party!
Where do you start?
So many times a client will contact us about a party they're planning and don't know where to start. Telling us you're having one is a beginning; however any caterer will need all the details about and for the event in order to help you. For the most accurate quote you can get from a caterer, look at these 8 questions and answer as many as you can before you call your caterer. Most professional catering companies will make sure they have the information they need to serve you properly, and they all need to know the following before any real accurate pricing of your special event can be provided. Answer what you can and then contact your caterer for specifics.
What is the purpose of the special event?
Is this a celebration, corporate training meeting, working lunch, retirement party, corporate banquet or wedding reception? Each of these special events have their own unique purpose and any professional caterer will know the difference and be able to suggest appropriate menus and service that will enhance the outcome of your event. Will this be a Breakfast, Lunch or Banquet or an Appetizer Reception?
What is the budget being used to plan the special event?
One of the most important questions is how much money you have to spend? Your budget needs to be sufficient enough and realistic for the plans you're making so start noting all the things you'll need or want for the event and put dollar amounts to those items and see what our budget really is. And the menu or meal price is just part of the over-all event pricing. To that price is the cost of wait staff, any delivery and set up fees, take down and clean up service all typically wrapped up in what's called a service charge. So a $10 meal is just that - the meal. Add in all these other real costs and your meal will probably become more like $14-$16 and that's the number you should use for your budget. A service charge is not nor should it be a hidden charge. Most caterers will tell you what their service charge is so ask them about it.
Who are you inviting?
Are you hosting a special event with all your friends and family? Is this a VIP corporate client appreciation celebration? Is this a grand opening for a new store or office building? Are you launching a new product or service? Or, is this a celebration of a milestone in your life like wedding reception? These details also matter when you initially begin planning your special event and will definitely help your caterer in the event menu deisgn and management of the guest flow.
Will there be seating?
Is this a walk-and-talk, mix-and-mingle corporate special event or a formal affair? A seated dinner or a grand reception? The food and beverage catering possibilities may be restricted based on your answers to this very important event detail. You would not wish to serve a steak dinner with limited or no seating available for guests to sit down and actually cut their steak so small appetizer size items are what you'd want. Your caterer should be able to recommend appropriate menu items that compliment your event.
Catered Food Stations
Trendy and great for cocktail parties, grand openings, and wedding receptions catering and for events. Stations create entertainment for guests too and are particularly usefull when time permits and when guests are first arriving to your event.
Plated Meal Catering Service
For more formal affairs like a business luncheon or board of directors dinner, and where there is ample budget, a plated meal offers a restaurant like experience in the venue of your choice.
Banquet Buffet Service
Buffets are an economical choice for catered lunches, dinners or banquets and for groups of all sizes.
What menu to serve?
Sometimes, depending on the event, a theme can be created to compliment your gathering. If you're hosting a banquet celebrating a milestone, tell your caterer that and let them suggest items that will incorporate the theme in the food choices.
If you have a cuisine in mind, tell your caterer that. The menus they have or can prepare are vast so share what you want and the caterer can take that and design a menu to suit your request.
It's just as important to share what you don't want too. For example, you're hosting your event in a special venue that has a very expensive carpet and they don't allow dips or sauces for fear of ruining the carpet. That's an important detail for menu planning so the more you know what you do and don't want, the better your caterer can help you.
And how much do I need?
Several factors influence the answers to these questions to ensure you're offering just the right catering menu that will complement the purpose of the special event. The actual time allotted for cocktails, dinner, breakfast or whatever the meal, will help guide caterers to the amount of food you need to offer for that time period.
The time of day you're hosting your event will also be a consideration for a light lunch is not necessarily a full buffet. If you have limited time, food stations might not be the choice since guests typically create thier own item from the station and there may not be enough scheduled time to get all your guests served. Your caterer can guide you with what will work and what won't for the actual service time you have for your event.
So, help your caterer help you best! Let them know as much as you do about your event and they should be able to get your the best quote for all the service you need.
Now we're into November and it's really time to get your holiday catering details finalized. Hopefully by now, you've thought about your date and reserved that with your professional caterer. If not, it may not be too late, but contact them now to see what's still available on their ever filling special event holiday catering calendar.
Holiday Breakfast or Brunch Catering
Some great ideas for that you can find on our earlier blog.
Holiday Lunch Catering
Food stations or buffet style menus allow your guests to interact and create their ideal holiday lunch with the items at each station. It also means you don't have to offer as much food as a full dinner so if budget is an issue, this may be a better option than trying to offer a dinner.
When planning a lunch, you may not want to duplicate what many will have at home. Many people still want the oven roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn and salads just like you'd have if you were at a family dinner. If you want to offer this kind of menu, you can offer a modern twist on this old fashioned favorite.
Roasted Turkey Sliders
Oven roasted turkey, sliced thin to be stacked on a freshly baked mini sandwich roll.
Add some great cranberry relish, turkey gravy or even stuffing to put on top of the turkey to create the flavors of the traditional holiday dinner.
Slices of cold or warmed baked ham, Swiss, Cheddar or Havarti cheese, stone ground mustard, honey mustard, mayonnaise and white or wheat rolls, or even cheddar biscuits create a fun way to eat this traditional holiday menu item.
Beef will always be a holiday favorite so consider offering a platter of grilled tenderloin, some great horseradish sauce, mushroom ragout, caramelized onions, Béarnaise sauce, or even bleu cheese and crumbled bacon could be offered to create an amazing station. Soft tender rolls, croissants, or potato rolls would work well as bread options.
Party Potato Options
Herb stuffed new potatoes - boiled new potatoes are hollowed out and then stuffed iwth seasoned mashed potatoes
Duchess potatoes - mashed potatoes are piped onto a cooking sheet like a rosette and then baked. This dresses up any holiday catering menu and impresses your guests
Sweet potatoes - you can create these as rosettes too, or try piping these swirled with regular mashed potatoes for a unique twist to a traditional menu item.
Imitate the ever popular Mashed Potato Martini Bar using sweet and regular mashed potatoes and add toppers like sour cream, real chives, herbed butters, bacon and cheese
For the sweet potatoes, add brown sugar, toasted walnuts, even maple syrup and marshmallows will add some fun to your holiday menu.
To round out the lunch menu, add some green bean bundles wrapped in bacon, or some asparagus with a red pepper ribbon. Another favorite is green bean casserole which could be offered baked in a pan, or a mini version in a phyllo cup to make serving a bit easier. Broccoli au gratin, corn, peas, grilled squash or just about any other veggie would be an appropriate addition for lunch.
Salads with fresh veggies, fruit salad even ambrosia have been popular holiday salad ideas. Pea salad, Broccoli Salad, Layer Salad, Tomato Basil Salad, Chopped Salad or even a tradition Garden Salad will work - especially for those opting not to eat meat.
Seems no holiday gathering is complete without the sweets. Instead of tradition fruit pies, try some tarts with pecan, pumpkin, cherry or apple with a large bowl of sweetened whipped cream nearby so guest can top their own tart. Or hand pies are gaining in popularity. These are two crusted pies (looks like a cookie) stuffed with your requested fillings, baked to a golden brown and designed to be picked up and eaten. NO plate needed here, but you can still offer one.
Gingerbread is also a spiced cake perfect for the holidays. Just the aroma that emits in a room makes it feel like the holidays! Small cup-cake size ginerbread is perfect for this type of lunch catering. Don't forget to have some whipped cream or even spiced applesauce available for guests to top off their treat.
Cookies. How many holiday cookies are there? Too many to include here. Sugar, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Blossoms (peanut butter cookies with a Herhey's kiss on top) Thumbprint, Peppermint, Candy Cane, Cherry and the list could go on and on. Cookies are a fun yet simple way to offer a dessert for a holiday catered lunch.
You could ask your guest to provide a dozen of their favorite cookies along with copies of the recipe to exchange at the end of lunch. Simply arrange all the different cookies, prop up the recipe near each plate and allow your guest to sample whichever they want and let them know to take a copy of the recipe home with them.
For more help with your menu
Happy Holiday Lunch Planning
It's really time now to start planning your holiday gathering. With so few days left until holidays start...it's now time to pick you party menu. Here are some menus to spur your imagination.
Breakfast Holiday Buffet Catering
A great quiche, crepes or a breakfast casserole, some fresh pastries and muffins, fruits and juices, coffees, hot teas and even a salad or two depending on what time you'll be having this.
Baked French Toast
Country Breakfast Casserole
Let your guests top their oatmeal with:
Scallped Apples, Chopped Nuts, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Butter, Milk and even Chocolate Chips or fresh Banana Slices and Berries
Danish, Muffins and Coffee Cake Slices
Create with either citrus or seasonal fruits cut up as a salad or skewer fruit for a fancier look
Chilled Orange, Cranberry, Grapefruit and Apple Juices
Coffees suh as Cappuccino, Mocha, White Hot Chocolate,
add some gourmet flavored creamers, sugar cubes or chocolate stirring spoons for a special touch
No time to create a hot breakfast buffet? Then consider a Continental Breakfast with breads, pastries and fresh fruits and juices
Gourmet Coffee Cake Slices
Marble, Cinnamon Sugar, Lemon and Orange Poppyseed
Almond, Cheese, Fruit and Cinnamon Raisin
Blueberry, Cranberry Orange and Lemon
Gourmet Cinnamon Rolls
Fresh Fruit Salad
Citrus fruits and berries, or melons, pineapple and
berries with a yogurt based dressing
Signature Drinks to Compliment any Breakfast Menu
To add a little extra sparkle to your menu, consider adding a signature party beverage
Peach juice and some champagne makes a perfect brunch cocktail and dresses up any menu and compliments a lighter breakfast fare.
Perfect choice to comlplement casseroles, pancakes and other breakfast foods.
Simple and easy, some fruit juice and champagne and a bit of garnish and you have light party drink.
Just about any fruit juice, fruit punch and chamagne garnished with fresh fruit slices or a fruited ice ring and you have a pretty and fun breakfast punch idea
Sweet Sunrise Mocktail (no alcohol)
This easy beverage is made with orange juice, granadine and a fresh slice of orange and you have a party drink perfect for continental style breakfast.
If you're offering coffee on the menu, and it is a party after all, consider offering Irish whiskey, a hint of brown sugar and some whipped cream for a dressy addition to the beverage choice
Depending on where you're hosting your event, you may need additional tables and chairs. Banquet tables, guests tables, chairs, linens and even place settings can all be provided by a professional caterer or local rental company who can provide you all the details for your specific special event. There will be a demand on holiday linen colors so the sooner you reserve yours, the better.
Note from a pro:
Enjoy your party! So many people try to host a party on thier own party and end up being exhausted by the time the party starts. Consider contacing your local professional catering company to prepare and provide all you need including professaionl wait staff. Wait staff will set up, serve and then clean up the entire party so you can enjoy your time being with your guests instead of serving your guests and replenishing food trays and party platters.
Do not do your own bartending...you'll never be with your guests if you do. Use Professional bartenders for any alocholic beverages you decide to offer and let them serve and replenish your guests beverages. Caters can also coordinate or provide party rentals, linens, place settings, wait staff, bartneders and decor. All you have to do is ask. Haven them customize a quote for all the services you want and then decide. You'll have a much better time at your own party.
Your holiday event planning
should begin now.
With temperatures soaring, it’s hard to even think about the holidays, however, if you want the very best in a holiday party, now is the time to start your planning.
It’s time to find your venue and reserve it. The demand for places to hold a party or holiday gathering will be high. With Thanksgiving being Nov. 28th, that leaves 3 ½ weeks to host your holiday party in December. If you want to have your party on Friday or Saturday, the most common days for a special event, than that means you really have 6 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 from like everybody else wanting to host a New Year’s Eve Party. Booking the venue should be a high priority for you now. If you already have a venue, that's great..however you still need a caterer and a menu so skip to number 3.
2. 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 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.
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 successful party. Holiday packages, themed menus, décor, wait staff, 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 6 weekend nights for a holiday party.
4. Reserve Reserve Reserve!!!
Even though you don’t have all the details worked out, it’s best to get your deposits down, reservations confirmed 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.
So you’re planning a party, corporate catering event or other special event and need a catered meal. Whether it’s a breakfast catering, lunch banquet or plated dinner meal service you’re not sure what to do or what professional caterer to use let alone how much food to offer or how to offer it.
Here are 5 simple questions your caterer should ask to get you the most accurate quote possible:
What time is the party?
The time you’re hosting this will influence how much food will be needed to feed your guests adequately
How many people are attending?
Always provide an estimate for the number of people you’re expecting. This should include you, the guests and any other service provider participating in the event. For example, if you’re having a guest speaker, a videographer, photographer or even a DJ, decide whether you’ll provide them the same meal as your guests will be enjoying, or ask you caterer for a box lunch or dinner they can eat during their break from the event.
What Menu do you want?
Of course the food will be part of the expense of the catered meal however there are many things that influence the actual price of your event. Once you’ve shopped your caterer’s menu and selected the menu you want to serve, other items need to be discussed before any caterer can truly give you an accurate quote.
What kind of service do you want?
Your breakfast, lunch or dinner menu will be presented on banquet tables for all your guests to travel down and assemble their own meal from the items you’ve chosen for them. This is the most economical service to offer as it requires less professional catering staff to serve all your guests. Beverages and desserts can either be included with the buffet, or separate tables for these two items can also be set up to allow for a bit better guest flow at the buffet tables.
Plated Meal Service
This is the most formal service for your catered event. Guests are seated at tables and served their pre-plated meals by professional wait staff just like a full service restaurant. This is also the most expensive service so you should budget accordingly.
Passed Menu Items and Appetizers
This service is growing in popularity and being requested more and more. It does control the amount of food you’ll need, however it does add to the wait staff required to plate and pass the items of your choice. Your caterer should tell you what items work well for this type of service and how many wait staff will be needed to serve your audience in the time allotted for this portion of the meal. Once these are served, and it’s time for the actual meal, you need to decide if want to serve a plated meal or have them enjoy a catered buffet.
Food and Action Stations are a good alternative to passed appetizers and most of these don’t require quite as much staff as the passed service will. These also create some sort of entertainment for your guests with them interacting and creating their own menu item at the station. These Action stations do need to be manned with a chef or other professional catering attendant so that needs to be included in your budget as well.
What Place Settings Do You Want?
This is the more formal place setting to use and can range from basic white banquet china to numerous other color and shaped patterns. There are so many options out there you’re sure to match the theme or colors that will complement the event. Be prepared to budget plenty of money for this though as prices start typically at $8 or more per person and that’s just the place setting. When opting for this level of service, more wait staff will be needed to properly service your event.
Disposable place settings are gaining in popularity for banquets, receptions and other special event caterering because it’s the most economical option available.
Just as china/glassware has many options, there are many disposable place setting options available today in a variety of colors and shapes and sizes that you’re sure to find what compliments your catering event perfectly. Because these items are disposable, less wait staff will be needed to serve your guests properly.
Other Charges and Fees
Though all the items above will influence the actual price of your event, caterers have other charges and fees involved for their services in addition to just the menu price. There is delivery, set up, breakdown and clean-up just to name a few, so make sure you’re getting an actual and accurate quote for your event from your caterer and not just a sample quote.
Vegetable Trays for special event catering or office catering offer color, texture and an economical way to an appetizer or snack option to the catering menu. How much of that will be eaten is questionable. These colorful party trays are also called crudités which sounds more expensive, however, that's French meaning uncooked or raw, so ultimately this type of party platter is raw vegetables, sliced or whole, typically served with some sort of dip, dressing or vinaigrette. With even it's fancier name, the amount that will actually be consumed is probably less than you think.
There are other ways to add a vegetable options
to your vegetable tray catering menu.
Hummus has gained great presence in menu trends lately and is not only vegetable based, it is good for you and offers a healthy option just like the veggie trays of yesterday. Hummus is pureed chickpeas which can be flavored a number of ways, typically with garlic and a bit of olive oil, sometimes with hint of lemon and or tahini (sesame seed butter), it makes a great spread that can accompany fresh veggies, pita bread, flat bread or crostini. You still get the vegetable item, only served in a more modern way.
This more gourmet spread dresses up your catering menu and can replace or compliment an assortment of fresh vegetables. Tapenade is made with finely chopped olives, capers, anchovies and olive oil and can be enhance with red peppers, onion, artichoke and other ingredients to create a perfect dip or spread for vegetables, crackers, crusty bread slices or party toasts.
Also called antipasta, in Italian this means "before the meal" so it's a great option for an appetizer. These platters often include cured meats like proscuitto or salamis, marinated vegetables like squash, bell peppers, mushrooms, pepperoncini peppers, olives and includes cheeses like provolone or mozzarella. Bruschetta, anchovies, crostini and other breads accompany these platters so the guests can create their own appetizers from the platter selections by layering their selections on the crostini, toasted bread or crackers and then drizzling a bit of olive oil on their creation for a perfect "before dinner" treat. This type of party platter offers more versatility than a vegetable tray.
You can ask your professional caterer to customize this platter any way you'd like. You can leave off the meats and cheeses if you truly need a vegetarian menu item and add more vegetables like asparagus, tomatoes or even eggplant.
You can also skewer items together to create some fun and to offer an easy way for guests to enjoy this appetizer. No matter what you select for the items, your caterer can create a fabulous presentation with an assortment of these Antipasto Skewers.
Here are some ideas and recipes to reference when planning your Easter holiday catering celebration. Whether you're serving for family or guests, a special holiday catered meal, or one your prepared yourself, here is a collection of great resources to use when designing your catering menu and your table settings. If you don't want to prepare all of this yourself, ask a professional caterer and they'll be glad to prepare it for you.
Ham. With Easter fast approaching, ham seems to take center stage for Easter Dinner so here are some helpful hints and recipes to create your perfect Easter dinner. Maybe the most popular menu is ham, some sort of herbed or scalloped potatoes, some great green beans or asparagus, fresh salad, a variety of breads and some fabulous dessert.
Starting with ham. There are so many types of hams, just selecting that can be daunting. Fresh, cured, smoked, cured and smoke, country and even turkey ham all have distinct meanings. Check out this great reference for “all about ham” .
Then to cook the ham, should you roast it, glaze it or even boil it? For more on how to prepare your ham read How to prepare the perfect ham.
Now, should you glaze your ham? And if you do, what flavor should you use? Apricot and Honey, Butter and Brown Sugar, Pineapple, Maple syrup or even cherries? The sky’s the limit so here are some recipes to help you decide: Recipes to glaze ham
Lamb is another popular meat to serve for Easter. Should you buy a leg, shank, chops or the ultimate Rack of Lamb? Know how to create a crown roast? You need two racks and you tie them together, meat facing out to create this elegant centerpiece.
The Sides and Salads
Then, what to serve with a Lamb Easter Dinner? Check out A sample Easter dinner featuring lamb along with pictures and recipes will guide you on creating a fabulous Easter feast.
For inspiration on the rest of your menu, look at these fabulous pictures and ideas: http://whattoservewith.com/baked-easter-ham/. For a more meal, pictures and recipes go to the best ever Easter Dinners.
The sweet ending of your meal can range from cake, cookies, cheesecake, pound cake, pudding and just about any other dessert you’re thinking. Beautiful pictures and recipes so you can pick the best one for your guests: Best Easter Desserts
For even more menu ideas and table setting ideas, this will give you some great ideas: Easter Menus and Table Settings
Photo: Sang An
Here’s a Holiday Catering Special Event we just produced for a corporate catering event. It was for a large office building where not everyone really knew each other and the hosting company wanted their guests to stay and enjoy themselves. To get people to mingle and stay a while, we created a fun activity for them to do which sparked conversation and a lot of fun. We created a festive menu that mirrored a holiday dinner but all in bite sized offerings making is easy to grab, eat and still mingle.
All beef meatballs served in festive cranberry sauce
Mini Turkey "Sliders"
Build your own with cornbread stuffing and gravy
Sweet and Mashed Potato Puffs
Whipped sweet potatoes with a hint of cinnamon, made into bite sized treats
Mashed Potato Puffs
Bite sized country seasoned mashed potatoes
Green Bean Bundles
Fresh green beans marinated in brown sugar and wrapped up in bacon
Holiday Dessert Bar Collection
Then to keep the guests entertained allowing them to stay at the event, we created two action stations that offered them something to do, which allowed for fun conversation and them staying at the party a little longer than just a few minutes. Our stations were tables packed full of dry ingredients needed for Chocolate Chip Cookies or Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies. The guest took a bag, layered the ingredients in the bag, following the little card we made telling them how much of each ingredient to put in a bag. We also tied the measuring utensil to the basket for color, but also to be sure if the guest dropped it, it wouldn’t fall on the floor. When all the ingredients were in the bag, they simply twist tied the bag with a pre-tied bow and then attached a prepared sticker with cookie baking directions and a holiday wish from the host on the bag of the bag. It was a simple idea and yet the guests had so much fun, they want to do it again next year.
Here is the Chocolate Chip Station
And the Cranberry Oatmeal Station
You too can create a simple activity and there are loads of recipes this would work. Just a little imagination and you too can have something to do at your event!
A continental breakfast is probably the most popular corporate breakfast catering requested. Combine some great pastry with fresh fruit, juices and coffee and you have a somewhat simple breakfast menu to offer your guests. For the holidays, a continental breakfast is still popular however; there are ways to dress this up so you can create a more festive breakfast. Add fresh seasonal berries, fresh squeezed juices, gourmet and flavored coffees along with upscale flavored creamers and even cappuccino or a gourmet hot chocolate or white hot chocolate can add a touch of special to what would otherwise be a somewhat ordinary breakfast catering.
Eggs can also take center stage in a number or ways. Great breakfast casseroles with eggs, cheeses, sausage and/or bacon like a Frittata, Quiche or Migas casseroles can be added to the menu for a more deluxe corporate breakfast menu. Baked French Toast is another elegant casserole to consider which can be topped with warmed maple syrup or fruit sauces and powdered sugar. Crepes and cheese blintzes are yet another option to consider for adding an upscale menu item to your breakfast. Or, create a buffet with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham or even steak, breakfast potatoes, an assortment of breads like biscuits and croissants and gravy or Hollandaise or Herbed Cheese Sauce and you’ve got a great catered breakfast.
These are also a popular breakfast request when you have to have the very best. Professional chefs prepare omelets for your guest to order. Your guest will select ingredients like diced ham, bacon, sausage, and fresh vegetables like green peppers, onions, tomatoes, and mushrooms along with a variety of cheeses and the Chef prepares that to order. Think of it as a salad bar for eggs. To successfully offer this, the amount of time you have to feed your guests should be considered along with the number of chefs needed to properly prepare the required number of omelets. If you budget is not ample ask your caterer how to create a buffet with pre-made omelets your guests can top with the same choices you would have had if they were being made to order.
Bowls of flavored and or plain yogurt, sliced and diced fresh fruits, berries, granola, raisins or other popular toppings can be displayed similar to a sundae bar and your guests will create a parfait just the way they like it! To really dress this up, offer a martini or margarita glass or even a champagne flute for them to use for creating their perfect parfait!
Oatmeal is yet another fun idea to consider including on your menu. Piping hot oatmeal with brown sugar, raisins, butter, fresh berries, dried cranberries, walnuts, pecans and even maple syrup can dress up this very versatile cereal. Add milk, cream and or some great fruit preserves and you’ve offered a unique and festive way to offer an ordinary breakfast staple.
This can be done either with already prepared pancakes and waffles or, with these made to order at the event. Your budget will dictate which option is best for you. Toppings like whipped butter, honey butter, jams, jellies, maple syrup, fruit syrups, sweetened berries, spiced apples, whipped cream, cinnamon sugar and yes even nuts! Think of a pancake house menu and all the varieties you can get there, well that selection can help you build the menu of toppings you wish to offer at your event. Don’t forget the bacon, ham or sausage too for a complete meal!
With a buffet of scrambled eggs, sautéed green peppers, onions and mushrooms, sliced tomatoes shredded cheeses, bacon, sausage and ham, your guest will be able to make an ideal sandwich just the way they like it. For the bread portion, you can offer buttermilk biscuits, four tortillas, flat bread, bagels, croissants or just about any bread you want.
There are a couple of ways to accomplish this. You can rent commercial espresso/cappuccino machines and hire baristas to prepare beverages at your event, or, you can have the beverage you wish to offer your guests catered in like you would gallons of coffee.
When baristas are custom making each cup of cappuccino, espresso, mocha or hot chocolate, your guests are not only impressed but entertainment as well! Check your local area for companies that specialize in this or, ask your professional caterer for help finding these services in your area.
With the beverages brought in already prepared it’s simple to offer toppings like caramel, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, sprinkles or whatever toppings you’d like your guests to enjoy and let them build their own perfect cup! Either way you decide, this is still a special treat for all those guests you’ve invited. You can even offer them a special gift of a personalized mug, or a holiday mug they’ll use for their beverage, but, be able to keep as their gift from you!
Happy Holiday Planning
Incorporating seasonal fruits and vegetables into your catering menu can make for a delicious meal that will help get your guests in the spirit of the season. As fall sets in, cooler temperature and more moisture help create great conditions for many vegetable crops to grow.
Many plants are suited for the fall climate. Beans, broccoli, beets, carrots, green peas, spinach and most varieties of melons, squash and pumpkin are considered fall vegetables, so the taste of these is sure to be satisfying. Produce that’s abundant in the fall is typically packed full of nutrients and health benefits. Here are some examples that are in season and would be perfect in a number of dishes at your next party or catering event:
Kale is one of the most nutritious vegetables and does well in chilly temperatures because the cold weather keeps it sweet. This hearty green is full of antioxidants, vitamin K, vitamin A, and even vitamin C. It’s also high in fiber, with just one cup containing nearly 20% of the recommended daily allowance.
Figs first harvest comes in summer, but they also have a short second season in late fall, making them a perfect alternative sweetener in recipes. They can also be found dried year-round, making for a delicious treat (they taste just like Fig Newtons, but are natural!). Figs are also a good source of fiber and potassium, the mineral that helps control blood pressure. This fruit is naturally low in calories, at just 74 calories for 100 grams and are still packed full of vitamins.
Pumpkins are the most common winter squash and typically come into season in September. They are low in fat and full in disease-fighting nutrients like alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, which are known to boost immunity and decrease the risk of heart disease. Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of zinc, vitamin E, and omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
Looking for recipes? Food & Wine provides a great tool that helps you find tastes of fresh fall produce. You can search by the type of fruit or vegetable you might want to try, or you can always create your own. However you choose, adding nutritious fall produce to your catering menu will create delicious bites and meals that are full of natural, healthy flavor.
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