seacuterie boards

Why seacuterie boards are swimming their way onto today’s catering menus.

Move over charcuterie, there’s a new kid in town – the seacuterie boards.  While this may be a new concept to some, the first seacuterie was served by Brooklyn Chef David Burke in 1988.  It featured gravadlax – that cured salmon that’s been a Scandinavian staple for centuries – with a distinctly American twist.  Burke’s

outdoor events

Hot trends for catering New Orleans spring and summer outdoor events.

Spring will soon be upon us here in the Crescent City.  The azaleas and dogwoods will be in bloom.  Courtyard dining in the French Quarter will be in full swing, and tourists and residents alike will go are window shopping up and down Magazine Street to enjoy the fresh, spring air. It’s also festival and

Food and drink

Food and drink: The perfect pair on any catering menu.

Unique food and drink pairings are more inventive than ever and have added a special “wow” factor to any full-service catering event.  With the nationwide explosion in the number of microbreweries, craft distillers, and U.S.-based vintners, America’s palette for both food and drink is more adventurous than ever.  What this means to the catering industry

appetizers

Check out these appetizing catering menu appetizer trends.

Appetizers at catered events are nothing new.  They have been a favorite component of successful full-service catering menus for more than a decade.  Today, caterers are thinking beyond the stuffed mushrooms and peeled shrimp.  Whether passed or served at stations, appetizers are a great way to give guests a wide range of flavor sensations that

full-service

Best Gluten-Free full-service Catering Menu, Go Global

In many cultures around the world, gluten-free is the norm rather than the exception.  While gluten-free catering menus are a relatively recent phenomenon in the U.S., in countries like Mexico, Thailand, Greece, Italy, and India, gluten-free foods have been a staple of the diets around the world for centuries. If you’re planning a full-service catering

New Orleans

New Orleans Catering Trends In 2020

Every new year brings new trends to catering menus.  This year is no different, with a smorgasbord of exciting changes taking shape.  Caterers like Messina’s Catering and Events is among the Top New Orleans caterers embracing these trends, which will be adding a unique flavor to everything from destination weddings to corporate retreats. Skip the

Catering to the new graduate.

If your child is about to graduate, congratulations!  It’s a huge milestone in your lives.  Other than their wedding, this will probably be one of the biggest parties you throw for them.   It’s a celebration that will create memories that last a lifetime.  New Orleans caterers like Messina’s Catering and Events can help you host

catering menu

Add fire to your next New Orleans catering event.

Barbecue is hot right now—not just coming off the grill, but on catering menu at events around the country.  New Orleans is at the epicenter of this trend, fueled by its history and penchant for spicy, regional foods and plethora of fresh, locally sourced ingredients.  It’s now quite common to see caterers roll in everything

catering

Tips for planning a successful New Orleans catering event.

It’s a new year, and with it comes lots of trends in catering a New Orleans destination wedding or event.  There’s gluten-free, booze-free, farm-to-fork, and lots of other new catering traditions taking hold.  But some things will never change just because the calendar year does. Some of the factors in a successful, full-service catering event

Food

New Orleans Caterer: Nothing Should Outshine the Food.

Well, except for the bride, of course.  At any wedding or event, incredible food makes for lasting memories.  By putting menu items and their presentation front and center, you can craft an overall experience that will linger long after guests depart. In New Orleans, food has stolen the spotlight for centuries.  Today’s catering trends call

Choose A New Orleans Caterer Who Can Deliver The Diverse Flavors Of The Big Easy.

New Orleans has always been a crossroads of cultural diversity.  With strong influences from French colonialists as well as Cajun, Creole, Caribbean, French, African, and Spanish settlers, the foods that have made the city famous are equally diverse and a melting pot of flavor.  Nearly 100 years ago, Mark Twain wrote “New Orleans food is

Alcohol

Alcohol-Free Event Catering Ideas

Recently the term “Dry January” has been all the rage.  But for some, skipping booze is more of a permanent decision.  They call themselves the “sober curious” and they are reshaping event planning like never before.  More than 1.2 million people posted #soberlife on Instagram in 2019, and the non-alcohol beer industry is expected to

bowl food

Catering Your Special Event with Bowl Food

Self-proclaimed foodies all agree – bowl food is in! It’s hot (and cold), trendy, and so the thing to do at special events. Even the Royals are in on bowl food. What food? Bowl what, you ask? Don’t worry, Messina’s Catering and Events gives you the scoop on the ins and outs of bowl food.

wedding

How To Say “I Do” To The Right Venue And New Orleans Wedding Caterer

You’ve found your soul mate and have selected one of America’s most romantic and fun-loving cities for your destination wedding.  In a city steeped in history and bejeweled by stunning architecture, breathtaking views and upbeat traditions, choosing the right venue in the Crescent City can seem daunting – unless you know where to look.  Here

Planning

Planning An Event At Home? Leave The Catering To The Pros.

Planning an event whether it’s a baby shower for 20 or a silver wedding anniversary celebration for 200, delegating the catering to the pros can be the best way to please your guests while lightening your load.  Many people operate under the misconception that in-home catering is too expensive or that they don’t have enough

Eco-Friendly

Messina’s Catering Offers Some Tips for Eco-Friendly Planning

Climate change is a topic that’s become more top-of-mind in recent years than at any other time in history.  As we all become more aware of the fragility of our planet, it becomes more important than ever to weave eco-friendly transformational change into our daily lives. This goes for events, especially.  The days of releasing

Why Your Catering Company Needs to be Licensed and Insured

In life, things happen. The good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s important to make sure you do your best to protect those you love and of course, yourself. Choosing a caterer is no different. For your special event, it is important to ensure that your caterer is licensed and insured in order to limit

Meat

Messina’s Catering Is Satisfying the Meat-Free Palette

It’s impossible to miss this trend.  Drive through any Burger King and burgers aren’t the biggest menu item wooing current fast foodies.  They’re being wowed by a burger that tastes exactly like a burger but isn’t made from beef.  The King isn’t alone in this trend with its new Impossible Burger.  From McDonald’s P.L.T. (which

Appetizers

Hosting an All Appetizers/Heavy Hors d’oeuvres Event

Although used interchangeably, did you know that technically there is a difference between hors d’oeuvres and appetizers? Bite sized foods served before a meal that are hot or cold are considered hors d’oeuvres. They are to be eaten before dinner, not filling to interfere enjoying the meal, and tend to be savory. Think nuts, crudité,

Lunch

The Best Lunch Catering Ideas

Have you heard? The lunch party is the new dinner party. You heard that right. Lunches are the fun, less casual way to have a social event, whether it’s to spend time with family and friends or to celebrate an occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, bridal or baby shower. And “doing lunch” has always