"Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it's a start." - Anthony Bourdain
Summer's silent clarion has sounded! In still spring moments, you can hear the subtle rumble as grills are dragged into their rightful stations. Cookout season is just around the corner. BBQ lovers and grill masters everywhere are making serious plans. Everyone loves a good cookout! They're simple, classic and easy to execute. Everything but the grilling can be done ahead of time. They can be pot-luck or partially catered. They are rooted in beloved comfort foods but can be tweaked to add flair. They're held in the great outdoors and foster relaxation and good conversation.
“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” – Tom Landry
"Logistics" refers to the precise details of the delivery of goods and services. In catering, it is the planning of the how, when, where and what of your event. Miscommunication and poor logistics are the most frequent cause of difficulties during an event.
"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." — C.S. Lewis
All seasons carry their own ineffable energy and perfection. The gentle glide from spring to summer shakes us from hibernation. The transformation of Spring is an infusion of hope. It breathes possibility and joy into our lives. It makes total sense that graduations are held in May and June. What a perfect time to celebrate accomplishments and to wish graduates all good things in future!
Corporate events differ from private events in that they are generally based around an objective and not a celebration. The meal should be tailored to the practical needs of the meeting type. Building a relationship with a reputable caterer will prove invaluable and simplify matters. The caterer you choose should be well-reviewed and have a proven track record serving corporate clients.
“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” – A. A. Milne
Yes, it's that time of year, again, gentlemen! So, how are you planning to show the woman in your life that you love and appreciate her this Valentine's Day? Did you make reservations at that expensive restaurant? Buy a sentimental card?
"Do not save what is left after spending but spend what is left after saving" — Warren Buffet
It's no secret that we are living through exciting and challenging times! The prices of staples have risen across the board and food is no exception. Challenging times drive innovation. They spur us to pivot and to create new solutions. We asked Caroline's Fine Foods owner and CEO, Caroline Arend, for advice on how to keep catering costs down without compromising quality. We'd like to share her clear and practical approach to successfully entertaining on a modest budget. She gave us some great creative tips and menu items she regularly offers her her budget-savvy clients:
"Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way" — Booker T. Washington
It's no secret that finding the right caterer can be a challenge. Placing your special event in the hands of others can be a leap of faith! How do you know who to trust or who to pass on? The experts at Caroline's Fine Foods offer the following guidelines drawn from long experience. These suggestions will help you navigate your next event with flying colors.
"Smile, breathe and go slowly" — Tich Nhat Hanh
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the weight of planning a holiday gathering? Are you wondering how you'll get it all done in time and do it well without sacrificing your sanity in the time allotted? It's ironic that with all the time-saving devices we have at our fingertips today, we still find ourselves caught in the headlong rush Thanksgiving and Christmas bring. We asked executive chef Caroline Arend of Caroline's Fine Foods for some creative recommendations and tips to ease your way.
Are you wondering what a special events caterer can help you with and how to go about finding the right catering company? We interviewed the special events manager at Caroline's Fine Foods for a helpful breakdown and some expert tips to take the guesswork out of your next event.
Thanksgiving is almost here! Even if you aren’t planning to head out to be with family and friends this year, you can make a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner at home. Roast these lovely autumn squashes for a special occasion, or just make them part of your autumnal family dinner. We go over our favorite autumn squashes and how to roast them to perfection.
Ready to make this next Thanksgiving dinner a little less stressful? Try these tried-and-true tips from our kitchen and homes to yours, complete with a detailed timeline!
Wedding food bars or fix-it-yourself bars are all the rage right now and for good reason. They allow your wedding guests to show their creativity and customize their food. Plus, they’re just fun! Fall and winter in particular lend themselves to food bars, and there are tons of seasonal options available that can add another layer of atmosphere to your wedding.
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