Category Archives: Best Chefs in Louisiana

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

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

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

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

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

The Knot

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

Messina’s

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

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,

Messina’s Catering & Events’ Own Executive Chef Leon West Inducted into the African American Chefs Hall of Fame

From serving future presidents to serving banquets of over 5,000 guests, Chef Leon has built an impressive career in full-service catering. Recently, he added an honor by being inducted into the prestigious African American Chefs Hall of Fame.  He joins the exclusive ranks of only 8 other African American Chef inductees including Leah Chase, Joe

Messina’s Catering & Events’ own Chef Mark Daniels Named one of the 2019 Best Chefs in Louisiana

Messina’s is proud to have our very own Chef Mark Daniels invited to participate in the American Culinary Federation of New Orleans’ (ACFNO) Best Chefs in Louisiana event on April 10, 2019. Chef Mark joined the likes of past honorees including Chefs Leah Chase and Paul Prudhomme.  This 9th annual event honors select chefs for