Category Archives: Catering and Events

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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

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,

Catering

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

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

Catering

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

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

Wine

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

Bar

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. 

Coffee

9 Ways To Make Coffee a Star of Your Catering Event

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

Brunch

Brunch Catering Ideas

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

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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.