Catering Food

Food Recipes from the Avenue Catering Chef Team

New food recipes are tested every Friday at the corporate offices of the Avenue Catering Company. Each of our chefs have been trained in various parts of the world and bring a wealth of culinary knowledge into our kitchen. They are encouraged to present new recipes or to modify and modernize traditional food recipes.

Twelve previous clients are invited to taste the new food recipes during a lunch presentation. The food is than criticized by the clients and staff. The recipe becomes part of the Avenue Catering food recipe inventory or it is rejected.

A recent winner was Green Plantain Chips. The ingredients are as follows: two cups oil, two green plantains, peeled and very thinly sliced. The steps for preparing the green plantain chips are as follows: 1. Heat oil over medium-high heat to 160 degrees Celsius. Fry plantain slices just until they are beginning to turn golden, about one and one half minutes should do the trick. Using a slotted spoon, remove from oil and transfer to a cutting board. Cover with plastic and pound to about one quarter inch thickness. 2. Increase the heat of the oil to one hundred and ninety degrees Celsius. Fry pounded slices until golden brown, usually about two to three minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined platter to dry.

The chips can be eaten on their own or eaten with a cilantro lime mixture or tropical fruit salsa. They make a wonderful  appetizer, snack or hors d’oeuvres for get togethers.

The mission of our international chefs, at Avenue Catering,  is to present a food experience to our clients that offers simply perfect catering. Our food menus and our chefs reflect the diversity of our city.

 

 

 

Corporate Event

What to Consider Before Hiring Your Corporate Caterer?

The key to a successful event is planning. Items to consider in the planning stages of your event.

Determine the Number of People Attending

Before you can ѕtаrt mаkіng any mаjоr саtеrіng dесіѕіоnѕ, уоu nееd tо hаvе a rоugh іdеа оf how mаnу реорlе will bе аttеndіng your еvеnt. Thе total dоеѕn’t hаvе tо be fіnаl, and уоu ѕhоuld аllоw fоr a lіttlе wіgglе rооm, but an аррrоxіmаtе hеаd соunt will hеlр уоu аnd уоur саtеrеr ѕеt thе budget and event planning process.

Sау ‘Yes’ оr ‘Nо’ tо the Wеt Bar
Dереndіng оn thе еvеnt, you mау оr mау nоt want to рrоvіdе аn open bаr. If thе еvеnt уоu’rе рlаnnіng іѕ a buѕіnеѕѕ mееtіng оr trаіnіng ѕеmіnаr, you’ll рrоbаblу wаnt tо forego the аlсоhоl. Hоwеvеr, іf you аrе planning a sit-down dіnnеr, wіth рrеѕеntаtіоnѕ designed tо wоо new соntrасtѕ оr business partners, an ореn bar might bе a gооd thіng. Eіthеr wау, уоu nееd tо decide early, so you can fіgurе thе соѕt into уоur budgеt.

Sсhеdulеѕ and Tіmеtаblеѕ
Nаturаllу, уоu’ll be рlаnnіng out thе dау’ѕ асtіvіtіеѕ аѕ раrt оf thе рrераrаtіоn for your event. Timing іѕ іmроrtаnt, and if уоu are gоіng tо have multірlе ѕреаkеrѕ and presentations уоu’ll want tо ѕсhеdulе food ѕеrvісе аrоund thоѕе асtіvіtіеѕ. Thе sooner уоur еvеnt’ѕ itinerary іѕ ѕеt thе bеttеr. Obviously, thе dау’ѕ business tаkеѕ рrесеdеnсе, but wіth a fіrm tіmеtаblе in place, іt will bе easier fоr уоur саtеrеr to ѕеаmlеѕѕlу ѕсhеdulе сосktаіl ѕеrvісе, hоrѕ d’оеuvrеѕ, and thе main соurѕе.

Plan a Variety of Options
A ѕіzеаblе соrроrаtе еvеnt can play hоѕt tо hundrеdѕ оf реорlе, each wіth their оwn dіеtаrу wаntѕ аnd nееdѕ. It is іmроrtаnt to рrоvіdе enough variety to ѕаtіѕfу all оf your guеѕtѕ. Remember, mоrе аnd mоrе реорlе are gоіng vegetarian, ѕо you should аdvіѕе уоur caterer tо provide a few vegan and vegetarian options. Vаrіеtу ѕhоuld аlѕо extend to the drіnkѕ mеnu, аѕ many оf уоur guеѕtѕ may рrеfеr tо аvоіd аlсоhоl durіng the event. Remember, a diverse mеnu ѕhоuldn’t аdvеrѕеlу impact уоur catering budgеt. If уоu аrе wоrkіng wіth a rерutаblе catering ѕеrvісе, thеу should bе аblе tо deliver a dіvеrѕе mеnu at a reasonable соѕt.

The Avenue Catering company provides catering and planning solutions to all your corporate event needs.

 

Bridal Shower Lunch

Tips on Planning a Successful Bridal Shower

 

It does not matter if you’re a sister, a bridesmaid, a cousin or a colleague, if you’re throwing a bridal shower for the first time, it can be an overwhelming task! We have put together tips to help you plan so that you end up having a beautiful bridal shower for her.

• Keep the bride in sight
You must know that for the bride-to-be, a shower isn’t just a party; it’s a day she will remember forever. That said, you have to think about the bride’s favorite foods and drinks, her personal style, the activities she enjoys, and where she likes to hang out, and try to integrate those things into her shower theme. Whatever you plan, make sure you keep your sights on the leading lady.

• Do not do it alone
If you’re planning a surprise party, you will need to get the help of a trusted friend, sister, or mother of the bride, since they can assist with the date, guest list, and tactic for getting the bride to the surprise shower on time. No one expects you to go it alone. Spreading the responsibility helps lighten the load and the costs. This also gives you the chance to spend some pre-shower social time with the other women in the bride’s life. Even if you think you can pull off this gathering on your own, it’s a nice gesture to give others the opportunity to help. Just because you’ve been deemed shower hostess doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself, trust me, it will not only spare your pocketbook, but your sanity, too. Most importantly: Don’t forget to include everyone who’s helping as hostesses on the invitation!

• Carefully Consider Who to Invite
Do you want to have a traditional bridal shower? You should know that this typically includes all female family members of the bride and groom, girlfriends, bridesmaids, and sometimes even neighbors and co-workers. If you aren’t sure you want to host the entire clan (which is okay by the way), just remember that it’s proper etiquette to invite bridesmaids to the bridal shower. Note that as the hostess, you get to determine the size of the party and your budget concerns are principal when planning a bridal shower, so if you can only accommodate 10 people in your apartment, so be it.

• Keep it Personal!
The most interesting and enjoyable shower games are the ones that represent the bride and what you know and love about her. If you’re not sure what to do, remember that the people invited to the shower are those closest to the bride and groom, and come up with games that thrive on that connection. Before the shower, you can interview her fiancé and have someone video tape him answering the questions. During the shower, hand out the list of questions to each guest. Play the recording, and hit pause before he answers each question, and have guests guess the correct answers. (For added fun, also have the bride guess what her fiancé’s answer will be!). Also remember that while games are a necessary element of a bridal shower, you need to keep them to a minimum. Do not overdo it.

• Plan a simple menu
When planning a bridal shower, you should have an alternative that will work for everyone bearing in mind that some guests may have dietary restrictions. For example, serve a fruit salad alongside cupcakes so that vegans and gluten-intolerant friends can still enjoy a sweet treat.

• Provide a handy gift list for the bride
In all of the excitement, the bride will probably not remember which friend gave her the cute apron. Keep a list of who gave what so that the bride can write great thank you notes later. Furthermore, though everyone wants to see the bride open the gift they brought, but do they really want to be stuck in a circle for an hour or more while the bride fawns over the other 20+ gifts from everyone else? No. So, schedule time for gift opening, but make sure to keep it organized and

Backyard Wedding

Questions to Ask a Wedding Caterer Before You Hire Them

The planning leading up to your special day will be a lot easier if you like the people you hire. It is also important to like the food and equally like the catering company who is preparing the food. So we have compiled questions you need to ask your caterer before hiring them so that you have a trusting, friendly relationship that does not add to the stress of the planning process.

• Can the caterer provide references from previous clients?
References can tell you what you may not find out just by talking to the caterer, including what it’s like to work with this company or individual. So get at least two references who had a similar number of wedding guests and reception menu style.

• Does the caterer specialize in certain types of food, like organic, locally sourced, ethnic or gluten-free? Also does the caterer work with fresh, not frozen, food?
If you have a particular type of cuisine in mind, use a caterer who specializes in it. Not only will they have all the right resources but the caterer will also know how to properly prepare the food, meaning better and tastier results. The truth is asking a sushi chef to create a country-French menu probably isn’t going to end well. Ask these questions because a caterer may be willing to work with special dietary restrictions, but it could mean additional costs. If offering a special meal to certain family and friends is important to you, but the caterer’s fees are hefty, you might have to find room from elsewhere in your budget or look for another caterer.

• Does the caterer have a license?
If the answer is yes, this means the caterer has met local health department standards (always good!) and carries liability insurance. Also ensure the caterer also has a liquor license if you’re going to be serving alcohol. Liquor liability insurance if they’re providing alcohol is also important because anyone serving alcohol needs to have this type of insurance, including a wedding caterer. Liquor liability insurance will minimize how much you’ll have to pay if something goes wrong.

• Is the caterer working any other weddings or events on the same weekend or same day?
Sometimes, caterers will stack two or more events onto the same day or weekend. While this doesn’t have to be a deal breaker by any means, however you want to be sure that if the caterer does have other events, your wedding will get the staff and attention it deserves and requires.

 

• What’s the average price range and does the caterer offer packages?
A large portion of your budget will go to catering, so you have to take some time to carefully weigh your options when choosing a caterer. How many appetizer and entrée choices come with the package? Are costs itemized depending on the foods you choose or does the caterer offer an all-inclusive rate? Packages can save you some serious money, most especially if you plan on having a lengthy guest list. If your caterer does offer multiple packages, ask for sample menus to determine which one works best for you.

• Does the caterer offer tastings before being they’re hired? When will the tasting take place? And is there an extra charge for this?
Reading the reviews of a wedding caterer is one thing but tasting the food is another. Opt to do it beforehand if possible as it will allow you to make an informed decision and prevent you from getting locked in with a less than perfect caterer.

When it comes to planning your event, questions are never too much to ask your caterer, here are other questions you might ask are:
• How many weddings do you cater per year?
• Have you done events at my wedding venue before?
• Will I need any special permits for my event? If so, will you handle obtaining them?
• Will you provide a banquet manager to coordinate the meal service or an on-site coordinator who will run the entire event? If so, can we meet this person before the wedding?
• What is your signature fare?
• Given my budget, guest count, and wedding style, what food choices would you recommend?
• Will the food be prepared on-site or be brought in already prepared?
• How will you handle last-minute requests?
• What brands of alcohol will be served?
• Do you charge a corkage fee if we provide our own wine or champagne?• Is the champagne toast after the ceremony included in your meal packages or is it extra?• Will your staff serve the wine with dinner?
• How long will alcohol be served?
• Is coffee and tea service included with the per-person meal charge? What brands of each do you offer and do they include decaf and herbal tea options?
• How much do you charge for children’s meals?
• How much do you charge for vendor meals?
• Do you do wedding cakes? If so, is this included in the per-person meal price or is it extra?
• If we use an outside cake designer, do you charge a cake-cutting fee?
• If I decide not to serve cake, what are some other dessert options?
• Do you handle rental equipment such as tables, chairs, etc.?
• What types of linens, glassware, plates and flatware do you provide?
• Do you provide rental upgrades (i.e., chair covers, lounge furniture, Chiavari chairs, etc.)? What would be the additional fees?
• When will I receive a written contract?
• How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due? Do you offer a payment plan?
• What is your refund/cancellation policy?
• What information do you need from me before the wedding day?
• When would I need to finalize the menu?
• When will you need a final guest count?
• What are your water, electrical, and equipment needs?
• How long will it take your team to set-up and break down the event?
• What is the ratio of servers to guests?
• What time will you and your staff arrive at the site?
• How does the caterer arrange the food on the buffet or plate? Can you see photos of previous presentations from the caterer?
• Will your team handle all table settings? Will they light candles and put out place cards and favors?
• What is your policy on cleanup?
• How will your staff dress?
• How do you handle tips for your staff?
• What do you do with leftovers?
• How will you run this event?
• What other services do you offer?

The Avenue Catering company is happy to answer all your questions. We know that this is an important day for you. Our professional in house event coordinators will make your planning and decision making process stress free. We are here to take care of all your needs and make your wedding memorable.