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Tips on the Pairing of Wine

Toronto catering companyThe sign of a good Toronto corporate catering company is the ability to offer you advice on the pairing of wine with the food being prepared for your event.

Certain types of food do not go well with certain types of wines. Do you know why red wine does not pair well with fish? Red wines contain tannin and when combined with fish will leave a metallic taste in your mouth. Can you imagine what a dinner disaster this would create?

Wine should either compliment or contrast your food. Wine pairing with food requires the understanding of the chemical elements present in the wine and the components of the food. What are the ingredients in the food? How is the food cooked and what is the taste and texture of the finished food? A caterer must be a good cook and a sommelier at the same time to be able to combine food and wine. The objective is to make food and wine taste better when consumed together.

Consider the following simple guide to wine pairing for your personal needs:

1. Red wine for beef, cheese, cured meats, duck, lamb, pasta, pizza, risotto.

2. White wine for chicken, fish, shell fish and turkey.

3. Sweet wine for desserts

For a more in-depth guide to wine choices check out

Avenue catering is a full service corporate catering company. We understand the importance of maintaining a corporate brand image. All our catering and event planning solutions insure a successful event. We can meet the challenges of all dietary requests. We can modify all our menus or create new ones to accommodate halal, kosher, vegan, vegetarian and allergy requested foods

Avenue Catering is a Toronto catering company which provides catering solutions and event planning solutions to all your corporate events. We respect your budget and try not to exceed it.

Christmas dinner party

Christmas Party Alternative to Traditional Foods

Christmas dinner partyAvenue Catering listens to the needs of their clients. A corporate client requested that we design vegetarian finger foods for their Christmas party. They wanted to offer their employees a healthy alternative to traditional Christmas cuisine

Our catering team created the following vegetarian finger foods:

Wild mushroom, truffle and Gorgonzola arancini ball with tomato salsa (hot)
Caramelised onion and goats cheese tartlet (hot)
Spicy pumpkin soup with chilli and ginger in a shot glass (hot)
Halloumi skewers with parsley and lemon salsa (hot)
Wild mushrooms with roasted butternut squash on crisp toast (cold)
Roasted butternut squash, maple goats cheese, pumpkin seeds (cold)
Goats cheese, cranberry and pistachio pop (cold)
Roasted grape crostini with goats cheese and walnuts (cold)
Honey roasted pumpkin with poached pear on pumpernickel (cold)
Stilton and broccoli tartlet
Tomato, mozzarella and basil pesto skewer
Mango chutney and cheddar palmier
Cranberry and Brie tartlet
Roasted parsnip and quinoa cake
Roasted pumpkin, sage, walnut & goat’s cheese tartlets
Spanakopita filo triangles filled with fresh spinach, feta, mint & dill
Mushroom bruschetta.
Mango salsa.
Sweet potato fries.
Vietnamese spring rolls.
Red peppers stuffed with goat cheese.
Pepper Jelly on crackers with cream cheese.
Baked polenta bites topped with sautéed mushroom and caramelized onions.
Tortilla roll ups with a variety of finely chopped veggies mixed into cream cheese.
Toast cups filled with mushroom sautéed in butter with port.
Corn and feta potato cakes.
Mini Khasta Kachoris
Aloo Samosas
Fried Idlis with Chutney
Cucumber hummus bites
Broccoli cheddar bites
Buffalo chick pea tortilla bites
Spinach ricotta puffs
Lentil fritters
Spicy baked tofu nuggets
Caprese skewers with balsamic drizzle
Sweet potato and ginger parcels
Chilli peanut Vietnamese rolls.
Bombay potato bites
Mini baked potato bites|
Sweet potato rounds with goat cheese and cranberries.
Aubergine rolls with pesto.

We set up a magnificent buffet display for 175 employees. The Christmas party dinner was very successful. The employees enjoyed sampling new foods.

Avenue Catering offers simply perfect Toronto catering solutions to all your entertainment requests.

Tips for a Successful Company Christmas Party

Planning a Company Christmas Party

You have been delegated the task of planning your company Christmas party. Panic sets in because last years Christmas party was a total disaster. Everyone is expecting you to perform miracles.

Don’t panic. The Avenue Catering Company has created the following checklist for you to consider.
1. What is your budget? The amount of money you can spend will determine the type of Christmas party you can have. You need to know the resources which are available to you.
2. Select a Date. Offer several date options to your employees. Most Christmas parties are held in the second and third week of December. Some companies hold their parties in the first week of January for budgetary reasons. Event venues offer tremendous promotional discounts during that time.
3. Determine the type of Christmas party you want to host. Are you going to plan a lunch during the day? Are you planning an evening affair? Will family members be invited? Will the party be off site at an event venue or will it be at your place of business?
4. You need to find a venue. The holiday season is a busy time for event venues. You are competing with other companies and social events for space. The earlier you book a venue, the better your chances for securing a facility to host your party. Most companies begin their search in August. Arrange for a site visit with the venue to discuss your needs. Make sure the venue has in house catering. Insist that everything that you discuss becomes party of your contract. Do not be shy with your negations.
5. You must decide on alcohol consumption. Are you going to have a cash bar, host bar, predetermined paid drink tickets or no bar? Remember that the availability of excessive free alcohol may lead to regrettable employee behavior.
6. Are you going to have a DJ, musician or just an ipod with music?
7. Don’t forget the “thank you” speech.

Avenue Catering makes it easy for you. We can present you with a wide variety of Christmas options that will suit your budget and your taste. We have been planning company Christmas parties for over a decade and can provide you with Toronto catering and planning solutions.

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.