Category Archives: Catering Menu

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.

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

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

Catering Trend Flair bartending

2022 Catering Trend: Bringing the Catering Menu to Life

Of course, we all expect exceptional food and drink at any catered event.  But what if how it’s served is just as important as what’s being offered?  In 2022, we’ll see more catering menus come to life with interactive experiences that elevate the overall guest experience.  The goal is to make the preparation and service

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

Messina's Catering

What to Spend Your Catering Budget on To Get the Best Bang for Your Buck

Anyone with a big budget can throw a catered event with Wagyu beef, caviar, foie gras or lobster on the menu. An event like that is sure to turn heads!  But what if you don’t have a budget that opulent?  It certainly doesn’t mean you are relegated to budget caterers that serve rubber chicken. The

Messina's Vegetarian Menu Ideas

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

Messina's Savory Cheesecake Bites

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. 


Jarcuterie: A New Take on Charcuterie Boards in Catering

As we all know…charcuterie is all the rage.  Artful charcuterie boards populate our Instagram feeds and show up at the top of restaurant menus.  Cured meats, gourmet cheeses, toasted nuts, pickled veggies, and seasonal fruits all coexist as artwork together on a charcuterie board.  It’s a feast for the eyes as well as the taste

Messina's Sliders

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