Category Archives: Catering and Events

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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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

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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

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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

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Hot Trends for Catering New Orleans Spring and Summer Outdoor Events

Spring will soon be upon us here in the Crescent City.  The azaleas and dogwoods will be in bloom.  Courtyard dining in the French Quarter will be in full swing, and tourists and residents alike will go are window shopping up and down Magazine Street to enjoy the fresh, spring air. It’s also festival and

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Check Out These Appetizing Catering Menu Appetizer Trends

Appetizers at catered events are nothing new.  They have been a favorite component of successful full-service catering menus for more than a decade.  Today, caterers are thinking beyond the stuffed mushrooms and peeled shrimp.  Whether passed or served at stations, appetizers are a great way to give guests a wide range of flavor sensations that

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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

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New Orleans Catering Trends In 2020

Every new year brings new trends to catering menus.  This year is no different, with a smorgasbord of exciting changes taking shape.  Caterers like Messina’s Catering and Events is among the Top New Orleans caterers embracing these trends, which will be adding a unique flavor to everything from destination weddings to corporate retreats. Skip the

Catering to the New Graduate

If your child is about to graduate, congratulations!  It’s a huge milestone in your lives.  Other than their wedding, this will probably be one of the biggest parties you throw for them.   It’s a celebration that will create memories that last a lifetime.  New Orleans caterers like Messina’s Catering and Events can help you host