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

Sequel Weddings

Sequel Weddings: Now Celebrate “We Did”!

Covid-19 put many events on the waiting list for 2020 and early 2021.  But for couples who were eager to commit their love to one another, many opted to go ahead with their wedding plans–often before a Justice of the Peace or by eloping rather than professing their love before a large and loving crowd

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The Next Big Thing in Catering Menus

In-person events are carefully coming back to life and bringing with them exciting new trends on the catering menu.  These new trends are also being coupled with some cautionary steps to keep guests, hosts, and catering and venue staff safe.  While it’s true that the pandemic reshaped the way we think about gathering, eating and

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COVID Vaccine Wedding Etiquette

On August 16, 2021, The City of New Orleans announced new COVID restrictions at all indoor venues must now require proof of vaccine or a negative PCR test before they can enter. Proof of vaccination can be the original or digital photo of the CDC Vaccination card or physical or electronic test results from a

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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

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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

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Disposable Elegance: Single-Use Dinnerware Has Upped Its Game

Matching elegance with efficiency isn’t always easy to do. But with the right sourcing and creative inspiration, it can be achieved for your next catered event.  For those seeking elegance with the ease of quick cleanup, consider disposable dinner wear that blends seamlessly with the event.  Disposable dinnerware has come a long way from its

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One Bite Wonders: Let the Food Be the Bowl

In these post-COVID days of touchless restaurant menus you access from your phone and boxed lunches in place of buffets, single-serve dishes are more popular than ever.  Done properly, it also greatly reduces waste by removing the need for plate ware.  This post explores those one bite wonders that go way beyond the tried-and-true deviled

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Serve Up More Fun at Your Next New Orleans Catered Event with These Theme Ideas

A catered event isn’t just an event–it’s a party!  Themes can make any gathering, from wedding rehearsal dinners to corporate retreats, more memorable and encourage more interaction among guests.  New Orleans-based Messina’s Catering and Events offers some fun theme suggestions that can make your next event one your guests will not soon forget. The first

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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

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Destination Weddings are Back in New Orleans

Besides Mardi Gras, the French Quarter, and jazz, New Orleans is also known as one of America’s most popular wedding destinations.  The reason many couples choose The Big Easy as the place to tie the knot is simple–they’ll be able to host a wedding highlighted by unique traditions, incredible cuisine, stunning venues, and can take


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