Messina's Savory Cheesecake Bites

Catering Trend: Savory Desserts

Desserts are much more than just a way to end a meal and satisfy a sweet tooth.  While sweets dominate when most people think of desserts…things are changing. The fastest growing ingredients on dessert menus is bacon.  Yes, you read that right.  Bacon is up 137% on dessert menus according to a report by Datassential. 


Jarcuterie: A New Take on Charcuterie Boards in Catering

As we all know…charcuterie is all the rage.  Artful charcuterie boards populate our Instagram feeds and show up at the top of restaurant menus.  Cured meats, gourmet cheeses, toasted nuts, pickled veggies, and seasonal fruits all coexist as artwork together on a charcuterie board.  It’s a feast for the eyes as well as the taste

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10 Lunch Catering Ideas

Lunches are fun, and often less formal social events than their dinner counterparts.  Whether celebrating time with family and friends or a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, bridal or baby shower, lunch is in! “Let’s do lunch” has been a common business practice for decades in the working world whether it’s to woo

Messina's Small Party Catering

Small Party Catering Can Mean Big Impact

With the holidays right around the corner, most are in the process of planning their holiday parties.  With COVID still on the radar, many are opting for smaller, more intimate gatherings to celebrate the season.  But small doesn’t have to mean simple.  Often smaller gatherings allow more room in the budget for high-impact touches, they

Messina's Catering Hors d'oeuvres

The Next Big Thing in Catering: A Focus on Hors d’oeuvres

Hors d’oeuvres have been a celebration staple since first being introduced in France in the late 17th century.  Literally translated from “outside the work”, the modern-day version of hors d’oeuvres grew from their predecessors called entrements, which meant “between servings” and ushered in a new era of small bites. Although used interchangeably, there is a

Negotiating with your New Orleans caterer

Yes, You Can Negotiate with Your Caterer

In any negotiations, there’s always three possible answers–yes, no or maybe. When working with a caterer, don’t be afraid to negotiate.  By asking simple questions and doing a little homework, you can negotiate the quality, quantity and budget-friendly pricing that will make your next catered event a success-both in the impression you make on your

Messina's Feeding First Responders During Hurricane Ida

What it Takes to Cater Through a Hurricane

Hurricane Ida roared ashore in Louisiana as a category 4 storm on August 29th.  It became the second-most damaging and intense hurricane to strike Louisiana, behind Hurricane Katrina.  It made landfall on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The storm left in its wake more than a million people without power in Louisiana, widespread heavy

Batture Bistro and Bar Catering

How To Choose The Right Venue For Your Catered Event

Whether for a wedding, corporate retreat, or baby shower, where you choose to celebrate is just as important as how you choose to celebrate.  Event venues come in all shapes and sizes from country barns to city rooftops, and everything in between.  But these simple considerations can help you choose the right venue for your

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How Customer Service Can Make or Break Your Catered Event

You’ve checked everything off the list for your upcoming event:  Venue, check.  Catering menu, check. Entertainment, check.  Now the big day has come and it’s show time.  Your diligent planning and hard work are about to pay off.  But the most beautiful venue and the most delicious food can all be tarnished by poor customer

miniature foods catering menu

Think Small to Make a Big Impact at Your Next Catered Event

We all know the saying “good things come in small packages”.  This definitely rings true in catering!  Miniature foods are a great way to amp-up visual impact and give your guests more to talk about than the standard passed apps.  Whether the theme of your menu focuses on Americana classics, or exotic flavors from afar,

New Orleans Themed Events

How To Throw A Destination-Themed Event in The Big Easy

So, you want to throw an exotic destination-themed event?  Few places in the United States encompass so much variety in culture and charm as New Orleans.  It is a city comprised of so many distinct cultures. describes the city as “offbeat, unusual, loud and proud – all  part of the gumbo that has simmered

Messinas boxed lunch

Boxed Lunches Aren’t Just for Lunch Anymore

As COVID made us all a little leery of sharing anything—especially food—boxed meals rose dramatically in popularity and started popping up in socially-distanced board rooms and bridal showers all across the country.  Even with the pandemic’s spread now under greater control and a large chunk of the population vaccinated, boxed meals are here to stay