Usually when we write about bars, we’re referring to the cocktail variety. But in this article, Messina’s Catering and Events will talk about some of our favorite catering event food bars, and food stations. A food bar is a display that matches a certain theme of food for guests to choose from, and often customize.
At any event, whether it be a wedding, a corporate event, a gala, coffee is always present. Often as an after-dinner treat, coffee can be served from a bar or by catering servers. However it’s served, coffee is a requirement at any catered event. But why not take it up a notch? After all, it’s
Everyone loves brunch! What can be better than sleeping in a bit, and then enjoying a creative and decadently fun meal over mimosas and bloody marys. But brunch doesn’t have to reserved for restaurants. More and more brides and event planners are hosting brunch catering events! There are of course the practical reasons, like the
Curbed New Orleans recently ranked the most beautiful places to get married in New Orleans. Topping their list at number 1 is the beautiful Art Deco Lakefront Airport. Messina’s Catering and Events is the exclusive caterer at the airport. Poised on a man-made peninsula jutting out into Lake Pontchartrain, the airport is more than just
New Orleans is one of the culinary capitals of the US. Traditional New Orleans Fare is loved by more than just locals. Close your eyes and imagine sitting at a white-tablecloth clad table with a plate of blackened redfish, or sitting at a bistro table in a French courtyard sipping spicy gumbo, or outside on
The summertime heat is upon us. However, we don’t want that to stop us from enjoying outdoor garden parties and events! Extra care just needs to be taken in the event planning stages choose the right catering menu, the right venue, and the right layout. Additional care also has to be taken to monitor food
It’s important to make sure all of your guests feel comfortable at your event, regardless of any food allergies they may suffer from. While there are more than 160 foods that can cause allergic reactions in people with food allergies, eight foods are the most common. These eight accounts for 90% of all allergic reactions.
Whether you are planning an entirely vegetarian menu, or simply want to learn more on meatless options, providing multiple options on your catering menu is a good idea. A recent Gallup poll indicated that only 5% of Americans say they are vegetarian and 3% say they are vegan. However, with the rise in social consciousness
As consumers, we’ve seen the continued growth of craft beer and craft spirits, as well as a huge increase in microbreweries and craft distilleries around the country. These trends are also reflected in catering menus for special events. What’s next? What trends are we now seeing incorporated into our clients’ bar catering menus? Lesser-known Wines
Most people love a great party or wedding, but unique and thoughtful touches can take an event to the next level. Want to make your guests feel like they just attended the wedding of the year? If you think carefully about events that stood out in your mind, and what made them memorable, you’ll come
A significant part of any event is the food! Therefore, choosing the best caterer for the job should be at the top of your to do list when it comes to event planning. We’ve distilled all the things to look for in a caterer down into just simple 5 tips. Following these tips will ensure
You send out the invitations, you order the décor, you begin making your grocery list, but wait…how much food should you buy? One of the most stressful parts of party planning is deciding how much food and drink to buy and prepare. You, of course, don’t want to run out (what a faux pas!), but
Sometimes the best place to host a party is in your own home. Sure, you can invite people to a restaurant or to a beautiful event space. But having an event in your home is warm, it’s personal, but it can be terrifying to plan! Before your blood pressure gets out of control, there is
From those who make the choice to go gluten-free for lifestyle reasons, to those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities, many people today follow a gluten-free diet. Therefore, this is something every event planner needs to be aware of! It’s important to incorporate gluten-free catering menu options to ensure all guests can enjoy the event!
Food is not just about eating; it’s about discovering and exploring. And there is a great deal of emotions surrounding food! This plays an important role in catering and events because the more guests connect over the food and beverage, the more they are engaged and connected to the event. The more engaged they are,
We are honored to have been voted Best Caterer again by New Orleans CityBusiness readers! Each year, New Orleans CityBusiness readers cast votes for their favorite businesses in the New Orleans area, based on their own experiences. Messina’s was selected by readers in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The awards were presented on June 3rd at
The best wedding receptions can be as much fun as a night out on the town. Your closest friends and family, a beautiful venue, fantastic entertainment playing all your favorite songs, who wouldn’t have a great time! But all that partying and dancing can work up an appetite. And even the most health-conscious of us
Picture this: You invite guests to the historic Basin St. Station and greet them in the first floor New Orleans Museum with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. They take their time, and enjoy being surrounded by interesting exhibits and history. Then you whisk them up the elevator to the luxurious fourth floor where they enter the
Bigger isn’t always better! Many couples are choosing to wed in small, intimate celebrations, known as micro weddings. The definition of a micro wedding can vary depending on who you talk to, but it typically includes anywhere from 5 to 50 guests. These types of weddings tend to fall somewhere in between eloping and a
Trends evolve year after year, which keeps things fun and fresh! We like to think that trends don’t replace each other, they build on each other year after year. That means that each year, the roster of available wedding ideas grows and grows! One of the overarching trends we love is the level of customization