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Raising The Bar: This Year’s Cocktail Trends

While the pandemic certainly wasn’t good for Americans’ livers, it was a boon for the spirits industry. But the American public has a way of righting itself after a long, collective binge, according to the cocktail trends we’re watching in 2022. At Messina’s Catering & Events, the bar has always been a focal point of …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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How to Make Coffee One of the Stars of Your Event

Coffee is a mainstay at just about any event, and is usually relegated to the end, served with desserts and cordials. But coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world with more than 400 billion cups consumed annually.  So, why not make it shine? Customized coffee sleeves Most coffee shops have them …

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Food and drink

Food and Drink: The Perfect Pair On Any Catering Menu

Unique food and drink pairings are more inventive than ever and have added a special “wow” factor to any full-service catering event.  With the nationwide explosion in the number of microbreweries, craft distillers, and U.S.-based vintners, America’s palette for both food and drink is more adventurous than ever.  What this means to the catering industry …

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Alcohol

Alcohol-Free Event Catering Ideas

Recently the term “Dry January” has been all the rage.  But for some, skipping booze is more of a permanent decision.  They call themselves the “sober curious” and they are reshaping event planning like never before.  More than 1.2 million people posted #soberlife on Instagram in 2019, and the non-alcohol beer industry is expected to …

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The Knot

Messina’s Named 2020 Top Wedding Caterer by The Knot

Each year, The Knot releases a list of the highest and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests.  The Knot, a leading wedding planning brand and app, has been releasing these awards for fourteen years.  Messina’s Catering & Events is proud to have been selected as a 2020 winner …

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