Category Archives: Catering and Events

Foodie Hashtags

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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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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9 Tips for Hosting a Party at Home Using Caterers

During the pandemic, we’ve all gotten a lot more used to doing things at home.  And many of us have been spending our time at home renovating and updating our homes.  Now that many of us are back to entertaining, some may still prefer the comfort and familiarity of home.  And some may want to

Negotiating with your New Orleans caterer

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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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

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What it Takes to Cater Through a Hurricane

Hurricane Ida roared ashore in Louisiana as a category 4 storm on August 29th.  It became the second-most damaging and intense hurricane to strike Louisiana, behind Hurricane Katrina.  It made landfall on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The storm left in its wake more than a million people without power in Louisiana, widespread heavy

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COVID Vaccine Wedding Etiquette

On August 16, 2021, The City of New Orleans announced new COVID restrictions at all indoor venues must now require proof of vaccine or a negative PCR test before they can enter. Proof of vaccination can be the original or digital photo of the CDC Vaccination card or physical or electronic test results from a

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How Customer Service Can Make or Break Your Catered Event

You’ve checked everything off the list for your upcoming event:  Venue, check.  Catering menu, check. Entertainment, check.  Now the big day has come and it’s show time.  Your diligent planning and hard work are about to pay off.  But the most beautiful venue and the most delicious food can all be tarnished by poor customer

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Disposable Elegance: Single-Use Dinnerware Has Upped Its Game

Matching elegance with efficiency isn’t always easy to do. But with the right sourcing and creative inspiration, it can be achieved for your next catered event.  For those seeking elegance with the ease of quick cleanup, consider disposable dinner wear that blends seamlessly with the event.  Disposable dinnerware has come a long way from its

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Serve Up More Fun at Your Next New Orleans Catered Event with These Theme Ideas

A catered event isn’t just an event–it’s a party!  Themes can make any gathering, from wedding rehearsal dinners to corporate retreats, more memorable and encourage more interaction among guests.  New Orleans-based Messina’s Catering and Events offers some fun theme suggestions that can make your next event one your guests will not soon forget. The first


How to Host an Hors d’oeuvres-Only Menu for Your Next New Orleans Catered Event

Oftentimes the hors d’oeuvres are guest’s favorite part of an event.  So, why not make them the star?  Make your next event a cocktail hour that doesn’t end.  Forget the full meal, serve a large variety of hors d’oeuvres for your event.  This allows guests to mix, mingle, eat and drink; all without the formality

Outdoor catered event

How to Host A Catered Outdoor Event in Any Weather

There’s a reason it’s called the “great outdoors.”  Outdoor celebrations have a unique air about them–they just feel more open and are often highlighted by breathtaking views. No matter what Mother Nature dishes up, you can take the right steps to plan and host the perfect outdoor New Orleans catered event just about any time

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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