catering

Tips for Planning a Successful New Orleans Catering Event

It’s a new year, and with it comes lots of trends in catering a New Orleans destination wedding or event.  There’s gluten-free, booze-free, farm-to-fork, and lots of other new catering traditions taking hold.  But some things will never change just because the calendar year does. Some of the factors in a successful, full-service catering event

Food

New Orleans Caterer: Nothing Should Outshine the Food

Well, except for the bride, of course.  At any wedding or event, incredible food makes for lasting memories.  By putting menu items and their presentation front and center, you can craft an overall experience that will linger long after guests depart. In New Orleans, food has stolen the spotlight for centuries.  Today’s catering trends call

Choose A New Orleans Caterer Who Can Deliver The Diverse Flavors Of The Big Easy

New Orleans has always been a crossroads of cultural diversity.  With strong influences from French colonialists as well as Cajun, Creole, Caribbean, French, African, and Spanish settlers, the foods that have made the city famous are equally diverse and a melting pot of flavor.  Nearly 100 years ago, Mark Twain wrote “New Orleans food is

Alcohol

Alcohol-Free Event Catering Ideas

Recently the term “Dry January” has been all the rage.  But for some, skipping booze is more of a permanent decision.  They call themselves the “sober curious” and they are reshaping event planning like never before.  More than 1.2 million people posted #soberlife on Instagram in 2019, and the non-alcohol beer industry is expected to

bowl food

Catering Your Special Event with Bowl Food

Self-proclaimed foodies all agree – bowl food is in! It’s hot (and cold), trendy, and so the thing to do at special events. Even the Royals are in on bowl food. What food? Bowl what, you ask? Don’t worry, Messina’s Catering and Events gives you the scoop on the ins and outs of bowl food.

wedding

How To Say “I Do” To The Right Venue And New Orleans Wedding Caterer

You’ve found your soul mate and have selected one of America’s most romantic and fun-loving cities for your destination wedding.  In a city steeped in history and bejeweled by stunning architecture, breathtaking views and upbeat traditions, choosing the right venue in the Crescent City can seem daunting – unless you know where to look.  Here

Planning

Planning An Event At Home? Leave The Catering To The Pros.

Planning an event whether it’s a baby shower for 20 or a silver wedding anniversary celebration for 200, delegating the catering to the pros can be the best way to please your guests while lightening your load.  Many people operate under the misconception that in-home catering is too expensive or that they don’t have enough

Eco-Friendly

Messina’s Catering Offers Some Tips for Eco-Friendly Planning

Climate change is a topic that’s become more top-of-mind in recent years than at any other time in history.  As we all become more aware of the fragility of our planet, it becomes more important than ever to weave eco-friendly transformational change into our daily lives. This goes for events, especially.  The days of releasing

Why Your Catering Company Needs to be Licensed and Insured

In life, things happen. The good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s important to make sure you do your best to protect those you love and of course, yourself. Choosing a caterer is no different. For your special event, it is important to ensure that your caterer is licensed and insured in order to limit

Meat

Messina’s Catering Is Satisfying the Meat-Free Palette

It’s impossible to miss this trend.  Drive through any Burger King and burgers aren’t the biggest menu item wooing current fast foodies.  They’re being wowed by a burger that tastes exactly like a burger but isn’t made from beef.  The King isn’t alone in this trend with its new Impossible Burger.  From McDonald’s P.L.T. (which

Appetizers

Hosting an All Appetizers/Heavy Hors d’oeuvres Event

Although used interchangeably, did you know that technically there is a difference between hors d’oeuvres and appetizers? Bite sized foods served before a meal that are hot or cold are considered hors d’oeuvres. They are to be eaten before dinner, not filling to interfere enjoying the meal, and tend to be savory. Think nuts, crudité,

Lunch

The Best Lunch Catering Ideas

Have you heard? The lunch party is the new dinner party. You heard that right. Lunches are the fun, less casual way to have a social event, whether it’s to spend time with family and friends or to celebrate an occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, bridal or baby shower. And “doing lunch” has always

Hosting an Elegant Catering Event in Honor of Awards Season

Get your acceptance speech ready, because you’ve got the award for Best Award Viewing Party in the bag. November through February is the entertainment industry’s awards season including the Emmys, Golden Globes, Grammys, Screen Actors Guild, and of course, the Oscars.  Messina’s Catering and Events shares tips on hosting an absolutely fabulous, elegant catering award-winning

The Knot

Messina’s Named 2020 Top Wedding Caterer by The Knot

Each year, The Knot releases a list of the highest and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests.  The Knot, a leading wedding planning brand and app, has been releasing these awards for fourteen years.  Messina’s Catering & Events is proud to have been selected as a 2020 winner

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Messina’s Named One of Four Preferred Caterers at the Prestigious Sazerac House

Housed in a newly restored historic building at Canal and Magazine streets in the French Quarter, the Sazerac House opened on October 2, 2019 with a gleaming vista of white tile, cast iron and woodwork the color of bourbon.  The six-story building includes 3-story interactive museum, catering and event space, office space and a fully

Holiday Catering

Hottest Holiday Catering Menu Trends

It’s pumpkin spice season.  Soon to follow, gingerbread season.  Sweater-weather brings with it the desire for food and drinks that make the oncoming holiday season extra special.  After all, the holiday season is a time for celebration!  And celebration means great food and drinks! No one is questioning the importance of ham, roast turkey, oyster

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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

Holiday

Holiday Catering Design Trends for 2019

The holidays are upon us.  And begins the season of decadent food, parties and family.  This time of the year is about reconnecting and showing gratitude for the people in our lives.  Throwing a party is a great way to do that!  Whether hosting your event in your home, at a venue, or in a

Cocktails

The Best Fall Cocktails for Your Catering Event

It’s sweater weather and those crisp, cool fall days have us mesmerized by the changing leaves and all things autumn. When planning your event, bring in fall’s magic with seasonal drinks that give a more powerful kick than pumpkin spice lattes. From hot drinks to warm up the festivities to cool libations with an autumn

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,