Category Archives: Beverage

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Catering Trend: What’s New in Individual Servings

While COVID may seem to be in the rear-view mirror as more and more people get their first, second, third, and even fourth vaccines and the infection and hospitalization rates continue to decline, some of its side effects are here to stay for a long time. That includes individual servings on catering menus, a trend

party food

Stress-Free Hosting: Your Trusted Caterer’s Guide to Food and Beverage Calculations

Parties are supposed to be about having fun, but that doesn’t apply to the host all too often. Especially if you’re trying to tackle it yourself, they are a lot of work, and hosting a celebration comes with its challenges. First, there’s the planning. Is there a theme? Who’s on the guest list? What’s the

Craft cocktails on catering menus

Craft Cocktails Are Booming

It’s not surprising that New Orleans is riding the wave of the craft cocktail craze. After all, Creole apothecary Antoine Peychaud invented New Orleans’ famous Sazerac at his shop at 437 Royal Street. The cocktail was tweaked over time, Peychaud’s favorite French brandy, Sazerac de Forge & Fils, was substituted for Rye-whiskey or bourbon, and

Afternoon Tea Catering

Want Something Different for Your Catered Event? Think Afternoon Tea!

A highly civilized ritual established in Britain in the early 1804’s, afternoon tea was more than just a way to stave off hunger before an evening meal, it was a celebration of elegance and sophistication. Initially developed as a private event for ladies climbing the societal ladder, Queen Victoria elevated it to a more formal

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

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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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

catering menu

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

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

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

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