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What Type of Food Do You Serve at a Cocktail Party

While the most essential ingredient to a great cocktail party is arguably the cocktails, we would argue that the food is a close second!  And in New Orleans, we’re all about amazing food and an even better party!  So, what kind of food is best suited for a cocktail party?  Variety and Compact Size At …

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Holiday Cocktails

Holiday Cocktails to Warm You from the Inside

Horrible horrible horrible customer service. Stay away from Advisar doors at all costs. Apparently a great product if you are lucky enough to get it delivered right the first time. If not, strap in for a roller coaster of excuses. 17K in doors and we receive a defective product that wont close or seal properly, trim that is the wrong size and months of waiting while our home looks like a crime scene. We are considering paying another installer to rip these doors out and send them back in their current unfinished state.

Update: Mike from Advisar responded to my concerns that Im willing to take my complaints to BBB and Consumer Affairs with “go ahead, make your complaint, take it up with your contractor”. And then further advised that the doors are indeed defective and will likely need to be replaced with newly manufactured doors. This company does not seem to care about the product they make or the consumer that purchases it. Mike followed up with a personal call to me to let me know they are remanufacturing the doors and will be ready to remove the defective doors and install new in 6 more weeks.

cocktail trends

Raising The Bar: This Year’s Cocktail Trends

While the pandemic certainly wasn’t good for Americans’ livers, it was a boon for the spirits industry. But the American public has a way of righting itself after a long, collective binge, according to the cocktail trends we’re watching in 2022. At Messina’s Catering & Events, the bar has always been a focal point of …

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Retro cocktails

Retro Cocktails Deserve a Spot at Today’s Catered Events

Two-Martini lunches. Mint Juleps on Derby Day. Mai Tais on the beach. These iconic cocktails conjure up a simple and often more indulgent experience. But they are making a comeback at many catered events and for a good reason. They were good back then, and they are just as satisfying today. The Originals As mixology …

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Messina's drink and appetizer pairing

Drink and Appetizer Pairings for the Ultimate Cocktail Party

It’s no secret that an open bar will add to the festivities for any catered event or a wedding. Sure, Uncle Bob is prone to Maker’s Mark and ginger ale, or your corporate guests might order a Moscow Mule because it’s trendy, but offering a limited drink menu that pairs each with a specific appetizer …

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drinkable desserts

Stunning Drinkable Desserts Heighten Any Catering Menu

The cocktail category is huge, and different cocktails serve a different purpose at social events.  There are aperitifs that are served before a meal.  There are cocktails meant for drinking with food.  There are slow sippers meant as a night cap.  Then there’s a whole other category of cocktails, called dessert drinks, that are rich …

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Messina's Basin Street Station Coffee Bar

How to Make Coffee One of the Stars of Your Event

Coffee is a mainstay at just about any event, and is usually relegated to the end, served with desserts and cordials. But coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world with more than 400 billion cups consumed annually.  So, why not make it shine? Customized coffee sleeves Most coffee shops have them …

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Food and drink

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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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 …

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