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2022 Catering Trend: Bringing the Catering Menu to Life

Of course, we all expect exceptional food and drink at any catered event.  But what if how it’s served is just as important as what’s being offered?  In 2022, we’ll see more catering menus come to life with interactive experiences that elevate the overall guest experience.  The goal is to make the preparation and service

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Most Popular Foodie Hashtags to Follow

We are all guilty of it–snapping a quick pic of our food before we dive in.  That’s why Instagram, Facebook and TikTok are loaded with food imagery. Plus, food-based social media accounts have huge followings that help drive food-related hashtag trends.  At Messina’s Catering and Events, we follow these what terms people are tagging and

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Vegetarian Catering Menu Ideas That WOW!

Vegetarian, vegan, meat-free, plant-based….however you refer to it, the number of Americans that are eating more vegetables has been on the rise for some time. Some do it for health reasons, some religious convictions, and others do it for concerns over animal welfare and the environment. The best New Orleans caterers have been on the

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Jarcuterie: A New Take on Charcuterie Boards in Catering

As we all know…charcuterie is all the rage.  Artful charcuterie boards populate our Instagram feeds and show up at the top of restaurant menus.  Cured meats, gourmet cheeses, toasted nuts, pickled veggies, and seasonal fruits all coexist as artwork together on a charcuterie board.  It’s a feast for the eyes as well as the taste

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10 Lunch Catering Ideas

Lunches are fun, and often less formal social events than their dinner counterparts.  Whether celebrating time with family and friends or a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, bridal or baby shower, lunch is in! “Let’s do lunch” has been a common business practice for decades in the working world whether it’s to woo

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Small Party Catering Can Mean Big Impact

With the holidays right around the corner, most are in the process of planning their holiday parties.  With COVID still on the radar, many are opting for smaller, more intimate gatherings to celebrate the season.  But small doesn’t have to mean simple.  Often smaller gatherings allow more room in the budget for high-impact touches, they

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Tip From A Caterer: Food and Drink Calculator

Have you ever thrown a party where you way over-bought everything? You had liquor in the cabinet you’ll never drink following the soiree, and leftovers that would feed a professional sports team.  We’ve all been there.  Live and learn.  The most foolproof way to avoid this is by hiring a professional to cater your next

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The Next Big Thing in Catering: A Focus on Hors d’oeuvres

Hors d’oeuvres have been a celebration staple since first being introduced in France in the late 17th century.  Literally translated from “outside the work”, the modern-day version of hors d’oeuvres grew from their predecessors called entrements, which meant “between servings” and ushered in a new era of small bites. Although used interchangeably, there is a

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The Art of the Cocktail Party

Alec Waugh insists in a 1970 Esquire essay that he invented the concept of drinks before dinner in the 1920s.  Fast forward just a couple of decades and the art of cocktails has a culture all its own.  From specialty mixologists that prepare cocktails with the flair of stage performers, to cocktails with ingredients as

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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

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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