Hosting an Elegant Catering Event in Honor of Awards Season

Get your acceptance speech ready, because you’ve got the award for Best Award Viewing Party in the bag. November through February is the entertainment industry’s awards season including the Emmys, Golden Globes, Grammys, Screen Actors Guild, and of course, the Oscars.  Messina’s Catering and Events shares tips on hosting an absolutely fabulous, elegant catering award-winning

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Messina’s Named 2020 Top Wedding Caterer by The Knot

Each year, The Knot releases a list of the highest and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests.  The Knot, a leading wedding planning brand and app, has been releasing these awards for fourteen years.  Messina’s Catering & Events is proud to have been selected as a 2020 winner

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Messina’s Named One of Four Preferred Caterers at the Prestigious Sazerac House

Housed in a newly restored historic building at Canal and Magazine streets in the French Quarter, the Sazerac House opened on October 2, 2019 with a gleaming vista of white tile, cast iron and woodwork the color of bourbon.  The six-story building includes 3-story interactive museum, catering and event space, office space and a fully

Holiday Catering

Hottest Holiday Catering Menu Trends

It’s pumpkin spice season.  Soon to follow, gingerbread season.  Sweater-weather brings with it the desire for food and drinks that make the oncoming holiday season extra special.  After all, the holiday season is a time for celebration!  And celebration means great food and drinks! No one is questioning the importance of ham, roast turkey, oyster

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Messina’s to Provide Beverage Management for the Prestigious Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Boudin, Bourbon & Beer

One of the region’s top food and music festivals, Boudin, Bourbon & Beer brings together over 70 of the nation’s best chefs and a star-studded music lineup to New Orleans on November 8, 2019.  Messina’s Catering and Events is proud to have been selected to provide beverage management services as well as coordinating the on-site

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The Best Fall Cocktails for Your Catering Event

It’s sweater weather and those crisp, cool fall days have us mesmerized by the changing leaves and all things autumn. When planning your event, bring in fall’s magic with seasonal drinks that give a more powerful kick than pumpkin spice lattes. From hot drinks to warm up the festivities to cool libations with an autumn

Messina’s Co-Owner Becomes Only Certified CPCE Caterer in New Orleans

The Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) is a nationally recognized certification program and the mark of excellence for catering and event professionals.  The Program was established by the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE). Stacey Messina, Co-Owner & VP of Sales of Marketing for Messina’s Catering and Events, recently passed the exam,

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The Art of Portable Catering Food

Most events start out with a welcome, or cocktail reception.  Whether it be for a wedding, where guests await the bride and groom to return from their photos.  Or at a corporate event, where it’s a chance to network before being seated for dinner.  Regardless of the type of events, guests use this as a

Halloween

How to Host a Hauntingly Chic Halloween Party

Fall is in full swing and we all know what that means – the holidays! Halloween starts off the holiday season, and it’s not just for kids. Adults love this spooky holiday too. So instead of waiting for Christmas to throw a sophisticated grown up bash, impress this holiday with an adults-only Halloween party. And

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3 Unique Catering Event Venues & Halls in New Orleans

When you think of Catering Events, most of us about a convention center, a hotel ballroom, or maybe a private dining room at a local restaurant.  But those are expected!  Think beyond the typical banquet hall to create a more memorable event for your guests.  Whether you are hosting a wedding, rehearsal dinner, corporate event,

Winter Foods

Winter Foods to Add to Your Catering Menu

No doubt, certain foods immediately come to mind when we think of winter. They are hearty, warm, and some of our favorite comfort foods. Fruits like apples, pears, pomegranate, and cranberries go with the icy season. Also at the forefront are veggies such as pumpkin (hello pumpkin spice late!), potatoes and squash, along with mulling

Tea

How to Host an Afternoon Tea Themed Catering Event

As the great author Henry James exclaimed, “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” We agree with Mr. James. If you’ve ever fancied a cup of tea, you’d agree too. Tea events are quite the treat, oozes sophistication and can be bloody fun

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Wedding Caterer Bar Trends

Cheers! Santé! Prost! Sláinte! Salud! It’s joyous, it’s celebratory, and it’s a must to celebrate your special day. No matter how you say it, libations are an important part of your wedding.  Messina’s Catering and Events shares some of the top wedding bar trends to get those glasses clinking! Satellite Bar Trending now are satellite

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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

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

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Hosting a Farm to Table Catering Event

Farm to Table events are quite the rage. Everyone wants in on them. Why? Aside from being a new and unique trend, farm to table events are beautiful with a focus on community, connection, and of course food. Messina’s Catering and Events shares some helpful tips when planning a catered farm to table event. Locally

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How to Cut Costs on Your Catering Menu

Sticking to a budget is essential, and it’s no secret that food and drink make up the majority of most special event budgets. But when your budget is tight, how do you still pull off a noteworthy function?  Messina’s Catering and Events shares their secret tips to cut costs on your catering menu. Appetizers &

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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