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The Ingredient of The Year: Mushrooms

Mushrooms are truly having a moment and appearing more and more on both meat- and plant-based catering menus. The New York Times named mushrooms the 2022 Ingredient of the Year. Not only are they healthy, but they’re also very flavorful, versatile, readily available, highly sustainable to produce, and good for the planet. At Messina’s Catering

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Christmas in July: Start Planning Now for the Holidays

While you may be soaking up the sun and making summer memories now, it’s also a great time to begin planning your holiday parties. The holiday season is magical, but it’s also one of the busiest times of the year. By planning your Christmas/holiday soiree or chic New Years’ Eve party now, you can relax

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Wedding Weekends: The Newest Wedding Trend

Chances are your wedding day was or will be the happiest day of your life. What if it wasn’t over in just a day? What if your wedding could stretch over a long weekend, with lots of opportunities for families and friends to bond over your declaration of love for one another? Weekendlong weddings are

Specialty cocktail bars

A Toast to Specialty Bars

There’s no question that food and drink are the typical stars of the show at any catered event. But all too often, bar service can be a little lackluster — with the usual offerings, vodka, bourbon, standard mixers, a specialty drink, beer, and wine. When you think about it, bar service should be center stage

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Top Ten Considerations When Catering a Luncheon

The mid-day catered event is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, impress a client, or show your appreciation for employees and colleagues. It can also be a little easier on the catering budget as lunches tend to be primarily food-centric and don’t involve a hefty bar bill or expansive dessert displays. Plus, lunches

Dessert Charcuterie Board

What’s Trending: Dessert Charcuterie Boards

We all know about cheese and meat charcuteries and even seacuterie boards filled with ocean fare, but a new trend is emerging that’s the sweetest of them all. Sweet tooth, meet the dessert charcuterie board, an inviting collection of confections that can fit virtually any catered event and any theme that is one of the

Retro cocktails

Retro Cocktails Deserve a Spot at Today’s Catered Events

Two-Martini lunches. Mint Juleps on Derby Day. Mai Tais on the beach. These iconic cocktails conjure up a simple and often more indulgent experience. But they are making a comeback at many catered events and for a good reason. They were good back then, and they are just as satisfying today. The Originals As mixology

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Drink and Appetizer Pairings for the Ultimate Cocktail Party

It’s no secret that an open bar will add to the festivities for any catered event or a wedding. Sure, Uncle Bob is prone to Maker’s Mark and ginger ale, or your corporate guests might order a Moscow Mule because it’s trendy, but offering a limited drink menu that pairs each with a specific appetizer

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Heritage and Heirloom Cuisine is Making a Comeback on Catering Menus

You are fortunate indeed if you are lucky enough to have inherited your grandmother or great-grandmother’s stained, annotated, and lovingly worn recipe cards. Those heritage recipes are often staples of your family’s kitchens for generations. You may not know who first introduced authentic Mexican tamales or Greek spanakopita to your familial table, but you’re certainly

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Themed Weddings

Want to make your big day uniquely your own? Themed weddings are a great way to do just that and can provide the perfect palette for creating an unforgettable event. Having a theme to guide you can help you decide on everything from the color of your bridesmaid dresses to the food and drink your

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Catering Trend: What’s New in Individual Servings

While COVID may seem to be in the rear-view mirror as more and more people get their first, second, third, and even fourth vaccines and the infection and hospitalization rates continue to decline, some of its side effects are here to stay for a long time. That includes individual servings on catering menus, a trend

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Stress-Free Hosting: Your Trusted Caterer’s Guide to Food and Beverage Calculations

Parties are supposed to be about having fun, but that doesn’t apply to the host all too often. Especially if you’re trying to tackle it yourself, they are a lot of work, and hosting a celebration comes with its challenges. First, there’s the planning. Is there a theme? Who’s on the guest list? What’s the

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Veggie-Forward Catering Menus Are Here to Stay

According to Technomic’s Center of the Plate: Seafood & Vegetarian report, 41 percent of those surveyed say they are eating more vegetables than they did a year ago. Of those, 16 percent say they eat more vegetarian and vegan options. Some call it more mindful eating and have a renewed focus on better quality ingredients.

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Outdoor Catering Events Are Here to Stay

The pandemic encouraged events to move outdoors, and as it turns out, this has become a preferred way to celebrate even as Covid restrictions ease. Hosting an outdoor event or celebration can be an exceptional experience that offers endless possibilities. While outdoor events have many advantages, a venue that provides alternative indoor event space is

Soulet Muse

Meet Messina’s Newest Catering Venue: Soulet Muse

New Orleans’ Uptown and Garden District areas are shaded by centuries-old live oaks and magnolia trees, narrow lights with multi-story homes, and the air is alive with the heady scent of jasmine. Soulet Muse, one of Messina’s newest preferred catering venues, is at the heart of the Garden District on historic Magazine Street. It beckons

Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

Upscale Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

When many of us think of Cinco de Mayo party themes, we think of Corona and guacamole. However, Cinco de Mayo can lend itself well to a grand catered event with the proper preparations, catering menu planning, and some authentic Mexican estilo (style). Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day.

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What’s the Difference Between Cajun and Creole?

New Orleans is a cultural gumbo and one of America’s most diverse yet blended cities. You see it in the architecture, taste it in the food, enjoy it in celebrations, and hear it in the dialects spoken only in the Crescent City. Understanding the difference clarifies how each origin has indelibly left its mark on