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Best Options for Gluten-Free Catering Menus

Gluten-free diets are here to stay.  According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, one in 100 people worldwide are affected by the disease and face two times the risk of coronary artery disease and four times the risk of small bowel cancers than the rest of the population, so sticking to a strict gluten-free diet is

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Bring Full-Service Catering Home

Few gatherings can be as special as those you host in the comfort of your own home.  But hosting an event at home doesn’t mean you have to go it alone.  One of the biggest tasks in pulling off any memorable party is in the food and drink you serve, so why not delegate that

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How to Artfully Serve Individual Portions

If you search the hashtag #jarcuterie on Instagram, you’ll get more than 300 results. That’s just one indication of how popular “grab-and-go” options are on catering menus, and the trend will likely continue in 2021.  Jarcuterie is just one trend, others include skewers, shot glasses, waffle cones and popcorn buckets.  Sweet to savory, the individual

Appetizers

How to Host an Hors d’oeuvres-Only Menu for Your Next New Orleans Catered Event

Oftentimes the hors d’oeuvres are guest’s favorite part of an event.  So, why not make them the star?  Make your next event a cocktail hour that doesn’t end.  Forget the full meal, serve a large variety of hors d’oeuvres for your event.  This allows guests to mix, mingle, eat and drink; all without the formality

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Graduation Brunches are a Tasteful Way to Celebrate

Mid-May into June marks graduation season. Whether you’re applauding a student for earning their PhD or a young teenager leaving middle school for their high school career, it’s a milestone moment for the student as well as their family.  With so much to look forward to, graduation is a reason to celebrate!  And what complements

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How to Host A Catered Outdoor Event in Any Weather

There’s a reason it’s called the “great outdoors.”  Outdoor celebrations have a unique air about them–they just feel more open and are often highlighted by breathtaking views. No matter what Mother Nature dishes up, you can take the right steps to plan and host the perfect outdoor New Orleans catered event just about any time

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Messina’s Catering is Once Again Open at the Famed New Orleans Lakefront Airport

Messina’s Catering & Events suffered dual blows in 2020 as the exclusive New Orleans caterer for the Lakefront Airport.  First, the pandemic hit and forced them to temporarily close one of New Orleans’ most popular breakfast and lunch spots, Messina’s Runway Cafe, along with four other special event spaces at the airport for eight months.

Dessert-Only Catering Event Ideas

Dessert-Only Catering Events Are A Sweet Option

Want to really impress your guests with something different?  How about a catered event solely designed to please the sweet tooth?  Dessert-only events are gaining in popularity and for good reason.  They’re colorful, visually stunning (hello Insta!), and oh so much fun! Dessert-only Variety When desserts are the star of the show, the key is

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Batture Bistro + Bar – The Ideal Place for an Intimate New Orleans Celebration

As Covid-19 vaccinations rise and new case numbers fall, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced an easing of restrictions on March 10, 2021–welcome news for those craving the chances to get together again.  As New Orleans enters a modified Phase 3 of its reopening plans, Restaurants and businesses are allowed 75% occupancy under new guidelines,

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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

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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

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Food and Drink: The Perfect Pair On Any Catering Menu

Unique food and drink pairings are more inventive than ever and have added a special “wow” factor to any full-service catering event.  With the nationwide explosion in the number of microbreweries, craft distillers, and U.S.-based vintners, America’s palette for both food and drink is more adventurous than ever.  What this means to the catering industry

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

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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 to the New Graduate

If your child is about to graduate, congratulations!  It’s a huge milestone in your lives.  Other than their wedding, this will probably be one of the biggest parties you throw for them.   It’s a celebration that will create memories that last a lifetime.  New Orleans caterers like Messina’s Catering and Events can help you host

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Add Fire to Your Next New Orleans Catering Event

Barbecue is hot right now—not just coming off the grill, but on catering menu at events around the country.  New Orleans is at the epicenter of this trend, fueled by its history and penchant for spicy, regional foods and plethora of fresh, locally sourced ingredients.  It’s now quite common to see caterers roll in everything