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A Very New Orleans Thanksgiving

Since November 1846, when Louisiana Governor Isaac Johnson declared November 26 a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer,” New Orleans has risen to the occasion in true Crescent City fashion. In a place where great food, music, architecture, and experiences are the norm, elevating what’s already stellar might seem like a steep slope to climb. …

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Party Trends and Celebrations

Celebrate Everything: 2022 Party Trends

We’ve all heard the expression, “any excuse to party,” and nothing could be more true in 2022. After all, we had two years of social distancing, isolating, working remotely, and generally trying to avoid people, family, and friends as much as possible. But now, with Covid virtually in the rear-view mirror, people are finding innovative …

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Why You Should Hire a Caterer for Your Holiday Party

The holidays are an exciting and busy time—emphasis on the busy part. Most of us have many gifts to buy, lots of wrapping, other parties to attend, and traditions to uphold. For many, friends and family are arriving from out-of-town, turning the holidays into not only a one-day event but a multiple-day stay. All of …

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Hauntingly Clever Halloween Party Catering Ideas

Everyone has a holiday party or a New Year’s Eve Party. But what about a chic Halloween party? Halloween is celebrated as a holiday where people can get creative, have a little fun, and indulge before the chaos of the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. Perhaps the scariest thing about planning a Halloween party is trying …

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Seated or Buffet: Which is Best for Your Wedding

You’ve spent months, many years, planning for the Big Day. If you’re like most engaged couples, you’ve invited a few too many guests to your wedding. You’ve spent an inordinate amount of time sweating even the tiniest details to ensure everything is perfect. On that day, after you’ve walked down the aisle and said your …

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How to Brand Your Corporate Catered Event

If you think like someone in marketing, you know that every piece of communication should reinforce your brand. This is as true for websites and collateral as it is for the events you throw for employees, customers, and prospects. Properly branded catered events reinforce your brand, keeping it front and center, and should fit your …

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cocktail trends

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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Planning a Small Wedding of Epic Proportions

Choosing to celebrate your big day with a small intimate wedding does not mean that it will be any less exquisite. The value of cherishing special moments with the people closest to us has been emphasized throughout the past couple of years. Weddings are one of life’s most cherished events that are even more appreciated …

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The Ingredient of The Year: Mushrooms

Mushrooms are truly having a moment and appearing more and more on both meat- and plant-based catering menus. The New York Times named mushrooms the 2022 Ingredient of the Year. Not only are they healthy, but they’re also very flavorful, versatile, readily available, highly sustainable to produce, and good for the planet. At Messina’s Catering …

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