Category Archives: Catering and Events

catered luncheon

Top Ten Considerations When Catering a Luncheon

The mid-day catered event is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, impress a client, or show your appreciation for employees and colleagues. It can also be a little easier on the catering budget as lunches tend to be primarily food-centric and don’t involve a hefty bar bill or expansive dessert displays. Plus, lunches

Dessert Charcuterie Board

What’s Trending: Dessert Charcuterie Boards

We all know about cheese and meat charcuteries and even seacuterie boards filled with ocean fare, but a new trend is emerging that’s the sweetest of them all. Sweet tooth, meet the dessert charcuterie board, an inviting collection of confections that can fit virtually any catered event and any theme that is one of the

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

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

Messina's Heritage Cuisine

Heritage and Heirloom Cuisine is Making a Comeback on Catering Menus

You are fortunate indeed if you are lucky enough to have inherited your grandmother or great-grandmother’s stained, annotated, and lovingly worn recipe cards. Those heritage recipes are often staples of your family’s kitchens for generations. You may not know who first introduced authentic Mexican tamales or Greek spanakopita to your familial table, but you’re certainly

Messina's catering individual servings

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

veggie-forward catering

Veggie-Forward Catering Menus Are Here to Stay

According to Technomic’s Center of the Plate: Seafood & Vegetarian report, 41 percent of those surveyed say they are eating more vegetables than they did a year ago. Of those, 16 percent say they eat more vegetarian and vegan options. Some call it more mindful eating and have a renewed focus on better quality ingredients.

New Orleans Wedding

Outdoor Catering Events Are Here to Stay

The pandemic encouraged events to move outdoors, and as it turns out, this has become a preferred way to celebrate even as Covid restrictions ease. Hosting an outdoor event or celebration can be an exceptional experience that offers endless possibilities. While outdoor events have many advantages, a venue that provides alternative indoor event space is

Soulet Muse

Meet Messina’s Newest Catering Venue: Soulet Muse

New Orleans’ Uptown and Garden District areas are shaded by centuries-old live oaks and magnolia trees, narrow lights with multi-story homes, and the air is alive with the heady scent of jasmine. Soulet Muse, one of Messina’s newest preferred catering venues, is at the heart of the Garden District on historic Magazine Street. It beckons

Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

Upscale Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

When many of us think of Cinco de Mayo party themes, we think of Corona and guacamole. However, Cinco de Mayo can lend itself well to a grand catered event with the proper preparations, catering menu planning, and some authentic Mexican estilo (style). Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day.

Messina's Crawfish Cheesecake

What’s the Difference Between Cajun and Creole?

New Orleans is a cultural gumbo and one of America’s most diverse yet blended cities. You see it in the architecture, taste it in the food, enjoy it in celebrations, and hear it in the dialects spoken only in the Crescent City. Understanding the difference clarifies how each origin has indelibly left its mark on

Local New Orleans Food

Cater Like a Local

If 2021 has taught us anything, it’s “you can’t always get what you want,” also lamented by the Rolling Stones more than 50 years ago. Supply chain issues have impacted everything from grocery store shelves to restaurant kitchens. Still, there is one place you can find ingredients that exceed your greatest expectations and are readily

Chateau LeMoyne

Introducing Messina’s Newest Catering Venue: Chateau LeMoyne

While the Chateau LeMoyne may be new to Messina’s Catering and Events, it’s certainly not new to the Crescent City. Chateau LeMoyne is a grand Antebellum-era Southern mansion that dates back to the mid-1800s. Located at the center of the famed French Quarter, Chateau LeMoyne is a nostalgic blend of wrought iron railings on white

New Orleans king cake catering

Catering and the Mardi Gras King Cake: The History and Evolution of this Infamous New Orleans Tradition

What started as a treat for French and Spanish royalty, the infamous King Cake is now the signature confection served all over New Orleans during Mardi Gras season. But what is king cake, why is it so popular, and what different varieties does it come in? At Messina’s Catering and Events, king cakes have graced

mardi gras ball catering

The Pride of New Orleans Carnival: Mardi Gras Balls

The general public knows Mardi Gras Day as a day of big parades. But there’s more to the entire Mardi Gras Season which lasts for weeks leading up to Mardi Gras Day. Many Krewes host grand Mardi Gras Balls, which are often private, VIP events where Kings and Queens are coronated, debutantes are formerly introduced

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