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How to Host a Garden Wedding

The fresh air, sunshine, gentle breezes, and foliage teeming with blooms are just a few of the things that can make a garden wedding so magical.  There are few things more memorable than watching a couple recite their vows beneath a century-old, grandfather oak tree or at the water’s edge in the soft light of

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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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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.