I believe the perfect color combination sets the tone for every wedding. Inspiring wedding combinations are endless — ranging from “fall harvest” (chocolate brown and burnt orange) to “bright spring” (crisp white with lemon yellow accents) to “understated sophistication” (shades of ivory and beige). The color possibilities are only limited by our imaginations! We want the atmosphere at our wedding to have a fun, summer, chic feel. So the colors I envision are….
In the ballroom, solid ivory linen with a circle of gold chivari chairs will feature a pink folded napkin and colorful flowers as a centerpiece. The cocktail and bistro tables on the patio will be a little more bold and daring featuring this funky linen!This was an easy and exciting part of the planning process as my vision was pretty clear, although I can’t say that it has been this easy with many of the other decisions….more to come on that!
“Wow – what an exciting and busy wedding season it has been! I’m so grateful to have worked with so any wonderful brides (and grooms) in planning and overseeing their celebrations. As I reflect on the sites, various styles and tastes of each, some highlights stand out” – Dave Thomas – Event Coordinator. email@example.com
“One very special wedding location was on Fishers Island – a more picturesque site you could not ask for. It was so much fun getting to know the family. Bringing the staff, the food and everything we needed on a Ferry was definitely an adventure! Forgetting anything is not an option when you’re catering an event on an island became our mantra.”
“Another unique location was center stage at the Katharine Hepburn Theatre in Old Saybrook. What a beautiful venue! A pre-opera brunch was served.” http://www.katharinehepburntheatre.org/
Check out the next installment reflecting on The 2010 Bridal Season – Fabulous Food!
Proceeds from The Festival of Trees and Music will benefit the youth in music initiatives supporting musical artistic development of youth, programs and services with in the shoreline community & New London counties. Visit their web site for more information on their initiatives. http://www.bringourmusicback.org/
If you’re still looking for something yummy for your Thanksgiving table, try one of our tried & true recipes. Our pumpkin soup is out of this world. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
(1) 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
6 ounces chopped celery
6 ounces chopped onion
3 ounces chopped carrot
4 ounces sweet butter
1 tbsp curry powder
½ tsp allspice
¼ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground cinnamon
32 ounces chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup heavy cream
Salt & pepper to taste
Sauté carrot, celery & onion in butter til onion becomes translucent. Add stock & seasoning then bring to a boil. Add pumpkin puree and reduce heat to a simmer. Continue cooking for ~ 20 minutes. Puree soup together with an immersion blender, food processor or blender. If using a food processor or blender, allow soup to cool first. Add cream while blending
For an element of surprise place toasted pine nuts, sultanas (or golden raisins) and sautéed crisp julienned Serrano ham on the bottom of the bowl. Pour soup over.
Linda is on her way to the warmth of Orlando Florida for the latest RED – Regional Education Day. Host Warren Dietel of Puff ‘n Stuff Catering has assembled two days of “red-hot” education and two nights of events.
Linda is especially looking forward to speakers Rebecca Grinnals and Simon T. Bailey. Rebecca, the owner of Engaging Concepts Consulting will be discussing “Capturing the Luxury Wedding Market” and Simon, author of Releasing Your Inner Brilliance is sure to capture the attention of his audience as he discusses “discovering how to motivate your team and bring out your company’s hidden brilliance”. We all can’t wait to hear about both seminars (and of course the night life) when she returns!
Well the seasons are changing, leaves are falling and the local growing season comes to a close with the danger of the first frost. As I cleaned out my summer garden I was reminded of the wonderful tastes of garden fresh produce. The use of local produce enhances every dish we as chefs can produce. I can still remember the taste of fresh spring asparagus picked that morning. Vine ripened tomatoes in all their glory in the heat of the summer. Living in Connecticut means a shorter growing season than some parts of the country so the challenge is how to save and incorporate those farm fresh flavors in the dead of winter. Some ways to save that mid summer flavor are making jams and compotes from tree ripened fruits, canning vine ripened tomatoes, making pesto from the final run of basil and dehydrating herbs and fruits. Produce is available year round but we all know that after being shipped across the country (or even from another country) the flavor profile starts to break down. The saving of fruits and vegetables when they are at their peek and abundant is a great way to incorporate some farm fresh flavor when the snow begins to fly. Well the good news this time of the year is I just picked all of my pumpkins from the garden and it’s time to get creative and start carving. Happy Halloween everyone!
The afternoon begins with a Chili Cook-Off. Chilli of all kinds are submitted and judged anonymously for the Hottest and Best Overall Flavor. Chilli has run the gamut over the years – from beef, chicken, and bean – to moose, bear, venison and reptile.
After “warming up” with the chilli and mass quantities of beer, the pepper contenders don their custom t-shirts and sit at a long table reminiscent of the “last supper.” Participants can consume as much white bread as they want….and drink as much beer or wine as they want to try to diffuse the heat; but they must eat the entire pepper (excluding the stem) in the time allotted.
This year, we are pleased to announce the first female winner – Raechel Brown – a member of our event culinary team. Throughout the year, she will proudly display her Pepper Trophy and gear up to defend her title next year!