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Taking Care of Business

Chafing DishesEntertaining isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when people get together and talk shop, but there are certain times when your business’ continued success requires it. Business’ needs vary, but, occasionally, lubricating vital client relationships, luring new prospects, or just having some face-to-face-time to hammer out the details of a current project means food will be involved in the work setting. It can raise some problems you wouldn’t face at home or in another social venue, so these situations deserve some airtime.

When was the last time your business entertained, for any of these reasons? Do you remember what went right and what failed? Many times, space is tight, not so conducive to the prep work that’s required. Without attractive trays or proper serve-ware, a less-than-spectacular impression results, when all is said and done. Not exactly what you were going for, right? Certain foods need to be warm or crispy-cold to be their best, so the right equipment is essential. It’s probably why so many otherwise smart businesses opt for a quick take-out solution. But beware: It’s the rare entertainment scenario that’s pushed forward by paper bagged food! And, by the way, what kind of message are you giving those significant others when you serve it up this way? These opportunities are perfect to communicate how much you value everyone’s participation!

Consider how much time the business-event planner (you, maybe?) has to dedicate to this whole proposition. Consider your company’s resources, too. Realize that the planner’s hourly wage is part of the price paid when you do it yourself. Make notes about the goals, ingredients, and necessary equipment, from start to finish, and make it memorable…in a good way.

The office may not be as comfortable a venue as home, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a bore. Getting your resources in line well ahead of time is the key. Where will it be? For how many people? What serving dishes will work best? What is the most inviting arrangement of colorful tableware, considering the circumstances? The layout needs to be a help, rather than a hindrance to the business function. How can you ensure that there will be enough food, beverages, and ice? Planning it all ahead avoids unwelcome surprises at the event.

A call for professional help, even for a working lunch, is often the best way to go. You get back to your most pressing tasks and enjoy that work-related event instead of sweating it! If you need help, I’d be thrilled to make you look like a star! And, who knows? Weren’t they thinking of promoting you?

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Weddings and Special Occasions Bliss!

Wedding!Spring and summer have long been the stage to salute special occasions. Wherever we are, the gradual warming of the weather and blooming plants just seem to signal promise. Couples set their nuptials, seniors graduate, and, some lucky dogs begin their retirements during this time of year. So, your big affair is happening at some other time of year? Not to worry: the following will still probably hold true. Along with all of the excitement and anticipation wrapped up in these huge life changes, there’s usually a little trepidation, too. We know where we’ve been, but what’s ahead? We’re not so sure, but we’re still ready to CELEBRATE!

Milestone parties, whether for graduations, engagements, weddings, or beyond, reflect our sense of personal style and distinction. We want this to be a time that is always remembered…in a good way! Marking life’s moments in spectacular ways mean different things for each of us. The range is immense, from a unique backyard barbeque or house party, to an off-the-beaten-path venue, with tenting, a dance floor and musical quartet, and all sorts of creative options in between. Specially selected menu items, décor, and other extras add dimension. The numerous diverse possibilities and logistics all require time-conscious planning and execution for the memories to be positive

What is it worth, for your peace of mind, inner gourmet, and sense of aesthetics, to have a seasoned helping hand in the orchestration of your stellar event? A savvy event planner and caterer brings years of know-how, timing, and connections to tried-and-true service providers and unique product knowledge for your benefit. It is doubtful that you would find some of these on your own. When you choose an event planner and caterer with these skills, whose genuine caring shines through, your special event is as good as done.

Got something special in mind? Let’s talk! My clients have reasons for their raves! Check them out, but, in the meantime…

Congratulations!

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Abolish Your Slavery to Passover: Liberate Yourself and Your Guests!

Sunshine in the SpringAs the spring sunshine begins to overpower the wintery gray skies, there’s excitement in the air. Brighter skies seem to put people in a better mood and outdoor entertainment possibilities are in sight…at least, until the heat or humidity are do us in! But, before all that, there’s that large, looming, family-and-friend filled extravaganza, unparalleled by any other time of year: Passover!

The inevitable crunch of matzah and preceding period of preparations might just bring on more than a little nervousness. When this holiday’s on the horizon, it’s not just the sheer numbers of people who will grace our tables that can create stress, but all the details that put hosts’ and hostesses’ teeth on edge. When the time comes for seders and meals, it seems a little sad to identify too much with our previously enslaved ancestors, especially since so many years have come between. We love the time together, the story and culture we share, and the gratitude we feel, maybe even the preparation… to a point. Just what is that point for you?

Sometimes, just not having to manage all of it, alone can provide the freedom we need to really enjoy it. Who wants to show up feeling haggard and annoyed right when the holiday is starting? Not you. Wouldn’t it be energizing for host and hostess, this year, to relax a little more, before it all begins, by having some of the details handled and served up so deliciously?

Liberate yourself! The ancestors were redeemed from slavery, why not you and your guests?! Give yourself a break and venture forth into some new Passover culinary ground, simultaneously. We can fix you completely furnished seder plates and provide tasty new dishes, alongside traditional fare. We are sure any number of our Passover menu selections will become new-found favorites.

Have you ever had Sephardic Date Haroset? What would your guests think about some unique appetizers like Matzah Meal Polenta drizzled with Sautéed Mushrooms, or enticing entrées and sides like Tangy Cranberry Pot Roast, Savory Quinoa with Herbs and Mixed Olives, or a surprising Pineapple-Horseradish Salad? Even if they don’t finish their vegetables, which is doubtful, no one will refuse that fabulous Chocolate Mousse Cake before tracking down the affikomen! These are just a sampling from our currently posted, “Passover Selections” in the “Events, Unlimited” area of the site.

For many items, given enough notice, we can even ship your out-of-town selections to you! Come, take a look, and free yourself up to revel in the redemption and celebration along with family and friends whose company you cherish.

Chag sameah!