Breakfast Catering Checklist

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Here’s an easy Breakfast Catering checklist to help make your catering a success.

What time will the guests arrive?

Catering should be scheduled for delivery and set up to be complet 15-30 mintues prior to guests’ arrival

Is this a VIP guest list?

NO
Use company provided disposable plates, cups and utensils
Use your own caterer’ basic disposable place settings
Buy your own disposable place settings

YES
Use higher quality disposable place settings. Ours are clear acrylic plates and coffee mugs and silver colored disposable utensils

Use china, flatware and glassware

Set up will take longer as will clean up and you’ll need to have more than your head count. You should have about 5-10% more place settings than your guest count should someone drop a napkin, not wish reuse a glass or want a second fork.

Napkins – always have about 10% more napkins than your guests count in case someone dropped one, wiped up a spill with one or went back for seconds and won’t reuse the one they originally had.

Glasses – you should plan on about 1.25-1.5 glasses per person along with the same for coffee cups/saucers or mugs. Some people just won’t reuse these so depending on how long our meeting will last, these are a must for beverage refills.

What breakfast menu should you serve?

Did they stay at a hotel the night before and does that hotel offer a free continental breakfast?

Yes
Your breakfast menu should be on the light side and more of a meet and great menu like a simple pastry assortment, some fruit or yogurt. Coffee, bottled water and juices would be appropriate to have available too.

No
If your guests had no access to some sort of breakfast prior to your meeting then a more substantial breakfast should be offered and include:

Main entree – eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, sausage or a breakfast casseroles like quiche, frittatas and/or oatmeal

Breads – pastry, bagels and cream cheeses, coffee cake and muffins

Fruit – either a fruit tray, fresh bananas, berries or fruit cup should be included not only to round out the meal, but for those who prefer not to eat sweets or need a gluten-free option. Yogurt along with granola or cubed fruit is a great alternative to consider adding too

Beverages – Coffees, assorted juices and bottled water are must haves for your menu. Though people will have had coffee more than likely prior to arriving, it’s always a good idea to have some available for the meeting.

Bottled water – plan on at least one bottle of water per person as a minimum. The longer the meeting, the more you’ll need.

Other beverages – if your meeting is a bit longer and will last up until a lunch break, adding iced teas, soft drinks and more juices would be wise

Ice – you will need plenty of ice not only to chill the drinks but also to put in the glasses used for tea and soft drinks. Some people will have juice on ice so plan on providing plenty of ice. If you only have access to a small ice machine, ask your caterer to provide more.

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Extraordinary Box Lunch Catering

Box Lunch Catering can be more than a sandwich and chips!

We were asked to create some upscale and unique box lunch catering menu ideas usingbest box lunch catering Bento boxes as the container. Since the request included offering three different entrée choices, an accompanying sauce, one starch, a vegetable and a salad, and some sort of bread, we first had to find the boxes that would hold all of that.

We sourced the boxes, got the dimensions of the compartments and then developed the recipes for the rest of the meal and created an extraordinary box lunch. For dessert, something simple was requested so we put two cookies tucked in a bag  which were placed on a napkin by the side of the box, not in the box. The end result: an upscale, jazzy box lunch that makes a statement visually, and that was tasty and perfect for an executive working lunch.

These can also be served when you want to make a big impression with prospective clients and customers, or for executive bus tours, air planes, jets, or when a catered plated meal or buffet service isn’t an option.

 

Hbox lunch catering beeferbed Rubbed Beef Tenderloin

Herb rubbed grilled beef tenderloin steak served on a bed of spring lettuce with horseradish sauce

Grilled Orange Chickenbox lunch catering with chicken

Grilled marinated chicken breast served on a bed of spring mix with orange garlic marinade

 

Grilled Chipotle Jumbo Shrimpbox lunch catering shrimp

Jumbo chipotle marinated grilled shrimp served on a bed of spring mix  and a mild chipotle sauce

 

 

Orzo Pasta

Seasoned orzo pasta with green and red pepper accents

Grilled Oiled Flat Bread

Composed Salad

Asian Cucumber Salad accented with fresh peppers, carrots, edamame and toasted sesame seeds

Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon sprinkled with feta cheese served with balsamic vinaigrette

Gourmet Rocky Road Cookie

Chocolate cookie with white and semi-sweet chocolate chips, marshmallow bits and walnuts

Gourmet Sugar Cookie

Old fashioned buttery and sweet sugar cookie

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Outdoor Wedding Catering

Breakfast Wedding Catering

Outdoor Wedding Catering created for another happy couple!

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This week we had the honor of creating an outdoor wedding reception for Josh and Jessica and luckily the weather cooperated. The ceremony area was created with a path way of flower petals creating the aisle leading her to her soon-to-be husband. And a giant tree, decorated with a beautiful, draping floral garland created a very special spot for the actual ceremony. To coordinate with her outdoor theme, she chose burlap looking floor length linens, and redwood chairs to compliment the “woodsy” look.

Since the wedding was in the morning, the bride chose a breakfast menu featuring mini chicken and waffles, breakfast casseroles, biscuits, bacon, sausage and gravy. She also wanted mac and cheese, fresh fruit along with a great variety of breakfast breads and pastries. Beverages included coffee, juices, iced tea and mimosas all of which were served from an outdoor cabana makeing it easy for the guests to take.

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And for the cake?  Doughnuts of course.  Their favorite – good old fashioned glazed doughnuts created the “cake” while the chocolate cake doughnuts and white iced doughnuts were arranged on surrounding platters for variety.  A sweet way to celebrate their “I do’s”

A beautiful day, a beautiful venue, a beautiful new life! Congratulations Josh and Jessica!

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Wedding Catering with a Breakfast Menu

Wedding Catering with Breakfast

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Last week we had the privilege of creating and serving a Wedding catering at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. What did the bride want? Breakfast! So we cooked up some great breakfast Casseroles with plenty of eggs, cheese, sausage and ham and for those who can’t eat meat, a vegetable frittata. Baked French Toast and Breakfast Potatoes rounded out the hot portion of the menu. To that, we added an array of fresh baked pastries, mini muffins, coffee cake,  party size bagels and fresh fruit. To compliment the breakfast menu, beverages were coffee, iced tea, fresh juices and mimosas.

With most wedding celebrations including a cake, and because this wedding catering dallaswas a breakfast, we suggested a doughnut cake to keep with the breakfast theme. The bride was thrilled with that idea and asked if we could use her choice of flavors – plain cake doughnuts, blueberry cake doughnuts and chocolate cake doughnuts. But, she also wanted a two tier cake with her cake topper on it so, that’s exactly what we used.

To create the cake, we layered the doughnuts on a cupcake tower and toped that off with a simple white two layer cake, which created a show piece, just what wedding cakes do. To tie the white cake into the doughnut look we sliced several doughnuts in half and pressed those onto the tiers to complete the wedding “cake”. And then to make is easier for guests to select their doughnuts, we placed the cupcake tower on a lazy Susan so they could spin the tower around and select their perfect doughnut.

You can do the same with muffins, bagels, croissants or any other breakfast pastry you want for your breakfast wedding catering.

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.! May you have a very happy and wonderful life!

 

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How to get the best catering quote

how to get the best catering quoteHow to get the best catering quote you can

We frequently get catering quote requests for a party or gathering and are asked how much it will cost. With that requests comes no details, leaving the caterer no information to prepare the quote so, here’s how to get the best catering quote you can.

If you’re planning a business meeting, party or reception and want to know how much it will really cost you to hire a caterer that will depend on the scope of your event. Before you contact a caterer, gather some basic details about the event and be prepared to share all of that information with them. The more details you provide the more accurate and realistic your quote will be.

How Many Guests are you expecting?

There is a huge difference between a meeting for 10 executives and a wedding reception for 300 people. Typically, caterers will have volume discounts for larger groups which is why the caterer needs to know approximately how many people are attending? Depending on the policies of that caterer, there can be some adjustments to the head count but you should ask what happens to the price if only 200 guests are confirmed when the quote was for 300 people.

What style of catering do you want?

Do you want a buffet, action stations, passed appetizers, or a plated and served meal? You can mix and match these styles of service, however for the quote, you need to tell the caterer what you want or, have them offer suggestions to you based on your menu and the purpose of the special event. Because different catering styles require different staffing levels and culinary skills, there is more than likely a price difference between a wait-staff managed buffet and a culinary trained chef executing an action station.

What venue are you planning to use?

Will your event be held in your current office space, residence, rented venue or outdoors? This matters because of the amenities that may or may not be available for your food and beverage. Many “behind the scenes” details can be provided by a rented venue which is why the caterer needs to know where you’re planning on hosting your event. Are there tables and chairs, do they provide linens? Do you even need linens? Do they have ice? Is there a sink, running water, staging area, and or a caterer’s kitchen?

Venues can also dictate other specifics like does the caterer have to complete the room set-up and clean-up or does the venue’s staff? Some require no disposable place settings, meaning only china, glassware and flatware can be used, some require eco-friendly place settings only. Some have strict delivery rules and times. Some have strict schedules regarding what time a can the caterer get in, what time the event have to be cleaned up and what time must guests depart? Is there reasonable parking, ample access time for event set-up? All of these requirements affect how the caterer will produce your event and why your caterer needs to know where you’re hosting your event.

Will beverage service be needed?

Some offices may have their own coffee, water and soft drinks, but can’t provide it in the meeting room. Some venues won’t have anything. Some venues will allow caterers to provide non-alcoholic beverages, but no alcohol. Some venues will allow full bar service, some will limit alcohol to beer and wine only. Your caterer will more than likely know what venue allows what, so tell them exactly what you want to provide and they’ll know what they can include on your quote.

What is your budget?

So many people are fearful of providing any kind of budget information with a caterer yet, this is one of the most important pieces of information you need to share with your caterer to get an accurate quote. The budget will indicate what level of service will be most suitable for your event. Knowing your budget, no matter how modest or lavish it is, is vital for any caterer so they can provide suggestions, alternatives, or creative ideas to produce your ideal end result – the meeting, party or reception you imagined.

So, now you’re ready to contact a caterer about your next event.

Happy planning and have a successful event!

 

How to Grill Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes can be prepared so many ways: mashed, baked, whipped or grilled and we’ve served them all. Having recently served these as grilled wedges, we wanted to share

How to Grill Sweet Potato Wedges:

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Here’s how we made ours:

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  1. Select medium size sweet potatoes with no bruises or blemishes and with as few curves as possible.
  2. Wash and if desired, peel them. Peeling the skin off isn’t necessary and you can do this step ahead of time since sweet potatoes down turn brown like other potatoes would.
  3. To cut sweet potatoes into wedges start by cutting the potato in 1/2 lengthwise
  4. Turn halves cut side down and cut in 1/2 again creating a quarter of a potato
  5. Take each 1/4 section and flip so the peeled or skin side is on the cutting board and the thin side is up and then cut in half again. Once you’re done you should have at least 8 potato wedges per potato. You can also slice the potato into coins or circles if you prefer that shape. Because you don’t want all the food being served to be the same shape, cut your potatoes to compliment the rest of your menu.
    See how to cut potatoes compliments of North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission.
  6. Place wedges in a bowl and drizzle with some oil (we used canola oil). Do not drench them or the oil will make the potatoes gray once on the grill.
  7. Turn the grill on high to get the grates hot. Once the grates are hot, place the potato wedges directlly on the grill grates for about 3 minutes. Flip the wedge over and grill the other side for 3 minutes. This is just to get the grill marks on the potato but not to completely cook them.
  8. Once the wedges are grill marked on both sides, place grilled wedges in a heat safe pan, dish or an aluminum foil pouch. Bake in a pre-heated oven until the potatoes are soft – about 20 minutes.  You want the potatoes soft which depends on the size of your wedges. Thicker potatoes will need more time, thinner ones might only need 10 minutes in the oven.
  9. Once they’re done, remove from the oven, toss with a little melted butter, brown sugar and a hint or cinnamon sugar.
According to our client we had a home run and we hope you will too!

How to Create an Outdoor Wedding Catering Menu

The Outdoor Catering Area

Catering an outdoor wedding menu starts with the actual outdoor area.
Where is it, what does it have there, and what do you need to be able to serve a catered meal? Is there any cooking equipment there like a grill? Running water? Work tables? If not, those things will have to be either rented or provided by your caterer in order to prepare your food.  And what is needed will depend on the menu you select.

The Weather

Weather is always a factor when planning an outdoor reception so a rain plan should be developed for the just-in-case moments Mother Nature might provide. Some sort of shelter should be in the plan whether the venue you chose has an indoor area available that can accommodate the number of people you’ll have or if you have to rent a party tent, some consideration should be made for your guests…just in case. The same applies to areas with no real shade. On a bright and sunny day, guests will want to get under some shade after a while so consult a party tent rental company first to see what your local ordinances are for erecting tents and the do’s and don’ts of hosting a party using a tent.

The Outdoor Catering Menu

Just about any catering menu is suitable for outdoors provided the preparation equipment is available and the necessary staging and food tables are there or can be brought in. Guest tables and seating also need to be set up and once all that is situated, any menu should be able to be prepared and provided.

We recently were asked to catered an outdoor wedding anniversary party at a client’s home who was lucky enough to have plenty of space for guests to go inside should the weather turn inclement and an outdoor kitchen complete with a pizza oven! With the weather on our side, we created a custom menu to take full advantage of the oven and outdoor grill. The client allowed us free reign on the menu so we decided to start with some flatbread pizzas as the appetizers so guests could be entertained watching us prepare and bake those outside. Once the were finished, we passed the different pizza slices to guests as appetizers.

We selected three varieties of flatbread pizzas:

outdoor catering appetizerFresh Pear and Gorgonzola Cheese

On warmed flatbread, we sprinkled mozzarella cheese, fresh pear slices and candied pecans then baked for about a couple of minutes. Once out of the oven we topped with fresh baby greens and house made balsamic glaze

outdoor wedding cateringHerbed Portabella Mushroom with Fresh Mozzarella

Chock full of fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage and parsley, we sautéed the sliced baby portabella mushrooms and refrigerated those overnight. The day of the party, we layered the pizza with fresh mozzarella, then the mushrooms and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and baked.

Open Faced Smoked Salmon

Flatbread toasted with sesame seeds and when cool, layered with Greek yogurt, very thinly sliced tomato, onion and cucumber. On top of that we placed the client’s favorite smoked salmon and then garnished with capers.

On to the dinner menu using the outdoor grill, we served a wonderful and tender fresh herb marinated beef tenderloin which the client wanted made into sliders on our freshly baked rolls.  With that we also prepared lemon pepper shrimp, grilled sweet potatoes and vegetable kabobs. A dinner salad of baby greens, dried cranberries, feta cheese and walnuts was served with balsamic vinaigrette and desserts completed the meal.  Since the husband loves coconut, a two layer coconut cake was sliced and served while the wife’s favorite is chocolate so a triple chocolate mousse tart enrobed in semi-sweet chocolate was created just for her. Sweet endings to a sweet celebration. Congratulations Tom and Dorothy on 30 years of marriage.

And what our client said:
…just wanted to let you know that your team knocked it out of the park last night. Everyone raved about the food, especially the appetizers – just wonderful. Dinner was great too. The beef was perfectly cooked, the rolls were just right, all the veggies delicious and everyone did a great job servicing and cleaning up. I would love to know how the sweet potatoes were prepared….

Office Open House Catering

Open House Catering

Why Host an Open House?

Office Open Houses are a great way to show your clients appreciation for the patronage they’ve shown you and show off your accomplishments in obtaining a new address. If you’re moving to a new location, recently moved or even just expanded your current office space, warehouse or showroom, hosting an Open House Catering is great way for your clients to get to see your new location, get to know your staff, where you work and a behind the scenes look at what you do and how you do it.

Who to Invite?

Other guests and dignitaries should be considered on the invitation list like your local Chamber of Commerce staff and economic development employees, key vendors, and local government officials.  If you used the services of real estate professionals to assist you in the purchase, rent or lease of your new address, be sure to include them on your guest lists too. The more people you invite from the different facets of your business, the more buzz you’ll get and word of mouth is priceless!

We had the privilege of catering Mojo Media Labs for their Open House to show off their new location. Even though they moved within the same building, their new suite was something to be seen. Panoramic views of Las Colinas, wide open work spaces and a very accommodating staff made this Open House catering a success.

Where Should the Food and Beverage Go?

We recommend that you place menu items throughout youBest open house catering dallasr space, so as guests tour the facility, there are treats for them along the way. You can also use exisitng furniture for buffet stations like a, board room table, reception area counter and in rooms or areas you really want your guests to see. You caterer can help you with what should go where. It’s a great way to create the path guests will take to see all the areas you want the to see.

What Open House Catering Menu?

What kind of menu did they wish to offer their guests? Something easy to carry, eat and walk around with so they could explore the different office areas. To accomplish that, we set up two buffet stations, one on either side of their large space so guests could get a bite or two no matter which part of the suite they were in. The items were small and bite sized with little sauce to avoid spills and drips as people traveled around the suite.

If you have a theme in mind, a professional caterer can help design a perfect menu with items that coordinate with your theme. Use your company history, logo, location or even your favorite foods as inspiration for creating your menu.

Buffalo Chicken Bites

Mini buffalo chicken bites filled with blue cheese and celery

Veggie Spring Rolls

Chopped cabbage, celery, mushrooms, carrots and water chestnuts wrapped in a delicious spring roll wrapper

Asian Cocktail Meatballs

Asian inspired cocktail meatballs with a tangy soy plum dipping sauce

Zucchini Feta Bruschetta

Diced fresh tomatoes, zucchini and green onion marinated with herbs served with garlic toast slices

Fresh Fruit Kabobs

Fresh Cantaloupe and pineapple chunks skewered with a fresh strawberry

Mini Fudge Brownies

Decadent fudge walnut brownies studded with chocolate chunks

Mini Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bar

Smooth white chocolate cheesecake swirled with fresh raspberry puree on a chocolate cookie crust

Finally, to thank your guests for attending your party and to provide them a token or two, make up gift bags with branded items in it to hand to your guests as they depart. It will allow them to carry your company name with them and remind them of your business and hospitality.

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Catering – Better than restaurant food delivery

What’s better than restaurant food delivery? Catering!

Restaurant food delivery or catering – which is better? A Catering service is providing food and beverage service to off-site locations like venues, party halls, private residences or offices. They also cater different types of events like Business Catering, Special Event Catering and Wedding Catering. Depending on the catering company’s menu and culinary abilities, they can and may provide breakfast catering menus, banquet menus and or wedding reception menus.

The Actual Delivery

A caterer will tell you a food delivery is not the same as a catered one. Most caters will deliver your order, unpack all your menu items, place settings and whatever else was ordered and set it up for you. A restaurant more than likely will deliver your food in bags or boxes, leaving you to unpack it and set it up. Restaurants may use their own food delivery personnel, or a hired delivery company but caterers typically use their own staff to transport and deliver food using insulated food carriers or other special equipment.

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Business meeting catering can be upscale with china, flatware and glassware, complete with wait staff, or, more of a working lunch with a hot lunch buffet set up for guests to serve themselves. When time is limited and guests need to “work through lunch” box lunches can also be a great corporate catered meal. Most restaurants won’t have the ability to provide different levels of service, professional caterers can. You can opt different types of delivery service with wait staff and bartenders, or a drop-off, set up (for guests to help themselves) and then a return trip to clean it up.

Special Event Food Delivery

Caterers are also in the business of providing an experience that coincides with the type of event you’re having, restaurants probably can’t.  For special occasions like grand openings, anniversaries, ribbon cuttings and wedding receptions, it’s a caterer’s responsibility to gather all the details of your event, suggest suitable catering menu items, prepare, provide, deliver and set up all of your food and beverage and any needed serving equipment. In some cases they will add décor to enhance the overall event. Special Event, Party Catering and Wedding Catering can also be formal, casual or designed with a theme in mind. Restaurant food delivery probably can’t do all that.

Serving Your Food Delivery

plated catering serviceThe actual serving of your menu depends on the service you want, and these types of events typically include wait staff to monitor the food and beverage and serve your guests. If you’re offering cocktails or other alcoholic beverages, professional bartenders can be provided by most catering companies. Restaurant food delivery probably won’t include all of that.

Food Delivery Menues

Caterers also have menus for all occasions and all budgets from economical to extravagant. So, if you’re looking for places that deliver food, restaurants are one option; but caterers are your best one. They’ll simply have it all!

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Custom Appetizer Catering Menu

Custom Appetizer Catering Menu

We prepared a custom appetizer catering menu for a client who needed something different from what they’ve had the past couple of years and since we keep detailed notes on all our catered events, we were able refer to those and create something a bit different for them this year. So, for this all important event, held at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, we mixed it up a bit with different foods from different countries so they could have a bit of fun with it and they did!

The menu featured Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free items that would satisfy numerous dietary restrictions and we served some of the Cheeseball Pops without nuts for those who might be sensititve to those.

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Mini Chicken Cordon Blue

Breaded chicken breast strips stuffed with ham and melted Swiss cheese

Mini Meatloaf Bites

A party size bite of Moms favorite meatloaf topped with a dollop of garlic thyme mashed potatoe

Cocktail Party Potato Pancakes

Seasoned shredded potato cake served with sweet apple butter

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Bacon and toasted almonds with melted Swiss cheese on party toast

Caprese Skewers

Marinated mozzarella skewered with fresh cherry tomatoes and fresh basil

Sapankopitas

Phyllo triangles filled with spinach, feta and  cream cheese with a touch of garlic

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Our trio of assorted fresh salsas:
Zucchini Feta Bruschetta served with garlic party toast
Mango Pineapple Salsa served with cinnamon flatbread strips Spicy Cucumber Salsa served with garlic flatbread strips

Celebration Cheeseball Pops

Cheddar and cream cheese balls rolled in nuts, served on a pretzel stick

Fresh Fruit Kabobs

Skewers of cantaloupe, pineapple and a fresh strawberry

Mini Party Cheesecakes

White chocolate raspberry, chocolate hazelnut, Dulce de Leche, vanilla bean, key lime, mango and pomegranate party cheesecakes

Mini Toffee Cake Squares

Layers of moist date sponge cake topped with whipped cream and a luscious toffee sauce

Tiny Texas Peach and Cherry Cobblers

Individual tumblers of cobber, topped with a party size crust, garnished with whipped topping

And the client said:

The new menu was stellar, your staff is amazing and the entire presentation added so much to this important event for us. We had so many compliments on the food and I’m sure we will have of opportunities to refer the company to others in the community.

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