Category Archives: Catering Menu

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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Vegetarian Catering Menu Ideas That WOW!

Vegetarian, vegan, meat-free, plant-based….however you refer to it, the number of Americans that are eating more vegetables has been on the rise for some time. Some do it for health reasons, some religious convictions, and others do it for concerns over animal welfare and the environment. The best New Orleans caterers have been on the

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Catering Trend: Savory Desserts

Desserts are much more than just a way to end a meal and satisfy a sweet tooth.  While sweets dominate when most people think of desserts…things are changing. The fastest growing ingredients on dessert menus is bacon.  Yes, you read that right.  Bacon is up 137% on dessert menus according to a report by Datassential. 

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10 Lunch Catering Ideas

Lunches are fun, and often less formal social events than their dinner counterparts.  Whether celebrating time with family and friends or a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, bridal or baby shower, lunch is in! “Let’s do lunch” has been a common business practice for decades in the working world whether it’s to woo

Messina's Catering Hors d'oeuvres

The Next Big Thing in Catering: A Focus on Hors d’oeuvres

Hors d’oeuvres have been a celebration staple since first being introduced in France in the late 17th century.  Literally translated from “outside the work”, the modern-day version of hors d’oeuvres grew from their predecessors called entrements, which meant “between servings” and ushered in a new era of small bites. Although used interchangeably, there is a

miniature foods catering menu

Think Small to Make a Big Impact at Your Next Catered Event

We all know the saying “good things come in small packages”.  This definitely rings true in catering!  Miniature foods are a great way to amp-up visual impact and give your guests more to talk about than the standard passed apps.  Whether the theme of your menu focuses on Americana classics, or exotic flavors from afar,

New Orleans Themed Events

How To Throw A Destination-Themed Event in The Big Easy

So, you want to throw an exotic destination-themed event?  Few places in the United States encompass so much variety in culture and charm as New Orleans.  It is a city comprised of so many distinct cultures. describes the city as “offbeat, unusual, loud and proud – all  part of the gumbo that has simmered

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Boxed Lunches Aren’t Just for Lunch Anymore

As COVID made us all a little leery of sharing anything—especially food—boxed meals rose dramatically in popularity and started popping up in socially-distanced board rooms and bridal showers all across the country.  Even with the pandemic’s spread now under greater control and a large chunk of the population vaccinated, boxed meals are here to stay

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One Bite Wonders: Let the Food Be the Bowl

In these post-COVID days of touchless restaurant menus you access from your phone and boxed lunches in place of buffets, single-serve dishes are more popular than ever.  Done properly, it also greatly reduces waste by removing the need for plate ware.  This post explores those one bite wonders that go way beyond the tried-and-true deviled

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How to Artfully Serve Individual Portions

If you search the hashtag #jarcuterie on Instagram, you’ll get more than 300 results. That’s just one indication of how popular “grab-and-go” options are on catering menus, and the trend will likely continue in 2021.  Jarcuterie is just one trend, others include skewers, shot glasses, waffle cones and popcorn buckets.  Sweet to savory, the individual


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

graduating student

Graduation Brunches are a Tasteful Way to Celebrate

Mid-May into June marks graduation season. Whether you’re applauding a student for earning their PhD or a young teenager leaving middle school for their high school career, it’s a milestone moment for the student as well as their family.  With so much to look forward to, graduation is a reason to celebrate!  And what complements

Dessert-Only Catering Event Ideas

Dessert-Only Catering Events Are A Sweet Option

Want to really impress your guests with something different?  How about a catered event solely designed to please the sweet tooth?  Dessert-only events are gaining in popularity and for good reason.  They’re colorful, visually stunning (hello Insta!), and oh so much fun! Dessert-only Variety When desserts are the star of the show, the key is

seacuterie boards

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

outdoor events

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