Dessert Only

Hosting a Dessert Only Catering Event

We’re not going to sugar-coat this…or maybe we are!  Dessert only parties are sweeeet!  Desserts by nature are beautiful, colorful, and make for a great reason to host a cocktail party!  But no need to fret the details, Messina’s Catering and Events has provided some insight to make planning your dessert only event, well, as


Wedding Food Trends

Long gone are the days when guests headed to wedding with “rubber chicken” dread. Couples today are all about providing a foodie experience for their guests. Food plays a huge role in wowing the crowd, and today’s trends are all about innovative, interactive, and impressive statements. Wedding Brunch A fun and cost-effective way of staying


Catering & Event Planning: The Anatomy of a Cheese Course

Cheese and entertaining go hand and hand.  Go to a cocktail party at a friend’s home, and you’ll usually find a beautiful cheese and cracker display.  Visit a local restaurant, chances are there is a rustic charcuterie and cheese board on the appetizer list.  Cheese is versatile, there are countless varieties with varying textures and

Labor Day

Labor Day Catering Menu Ideas

Although the first day of Fall is September 23rd, Labor Day is the unofficial celebration of the end of summer for many Americans and start of the school year.  Officially, Labor Day is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.  It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made


How to Choose Wine for Your Event

“Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures” notes Michael Broadbent, British Master of Wine and critic.  Wine is an integral component of any occasion. With so many varieties, selecting the right for your event may seem daunting. Before calling on your nearest sommelier, Messina’s Catering and

Comfort Food

Ways to Incorporate Comfort Food into your Catering Menu

Let’s face it. While we all love the light bite of a swanky canapé, some events call for some savory and delicious comfort foods. To ensure your guests don’t stop at the nearest drive-through after your event, satisfy and impress them with some comfort food selections sprinkled into your catering menu. Not only are these


Catering Bars that Have Nothing to do with Alcohol

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. 

Lakefront Airport Exterior

Messina’s at the Lakefront Airport Named Most Beautiful Place to get Married

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

Famous New Orleans Dishes to Add to your Catering Menu

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

5 Tips for Outdoor Catering in the Summertime Heat

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

Working with your Caterer to Accommodate Food Allergies

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.

Creative Vegetarian Catering Menu Options

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