Sweet Endings: Wedding Cake Vs. Dessert Table

Your guests have arrived. They had the honor of witnessing your beautiful union. They’ve enjoyed the delicious food you selected for the reception. They’re ready for something sweet.

Traditionally large multitiered cakes have been served at Weddings, but a new trend has been popping up in recent nuptial celebrations: Desert Tables. Over the years we’ve been able to see it all (or at least most of it), and we have to admit–we love both. Here are reasons for both types of desserts for your big day.

Dessert Table

DessertTable

  • It’s a new and interesting concept, and in some cases your guests won’t have been to a wedding that isn’t featuring a big Wedding Cake
  • A table full of desserts offers more variety, so if you have gluten intolerance or just a picky guest, there is more room for accommodation
  • Some Wedding Cakes can be bland, as the focus is on how it looks and not always on how it tastes.
  • Since you have multiple assets going on your table, there is  opportunity to create a more profound presentation
  • Just because you don’t have the cake doesn’t mean you don’t get the cutting ceremony: sub cup cakes or just a small 1 tired cake, you can still smash the pieces into each others faces
  • While the going price of Wedding Cakes can be roughly $5-$7 per slice, you can make that money stretch further with other types of dessert or candy
  • You can theme the desserts to your wedding (Michigan-based, tropical, vegan, color scheme, etc)
  • Things that can go on a dessert table: Candy (and get fun with it: retro candy, single/dual color candy, all chocolate…), Cupcakes, Dessert Shooters, Flavored Drinks, All Chocolate Theme (cakes, cookies, brownies, dark chocolate tasting, hot chocolate…), Pies, and more!

Wedding Cake

WeddingCakes

  • Wedding Cakes are the more traditional route, offering great (and fun) photo opportunities
  • Cakes are easier to serve in a sit-down style meal as they are uniform
  • Just because you have one dessert doest mean you can’t get creative. There are many ways to dress up a cake on the outside, utilizing colors, graphic elements, and non-traditional decor (flowers, toys)
  • You can save it (frozen) for over a year
  • Cakes are less complicated to orchestrate on the day-of, so that’s one less thing you have to worry about
  • You can select to have different flavors on different tiers, allowing more versatility for your guests’ tastes
  • Another cool way to bring more flavor is to opt for Bride and Groom’s cake (with different flavors for each)

How to Keep Things “Cool” in the Summer

Now that we’ve figured out how to prepare for the rain, how do we ensure our food stays fresh during the upcoming hot Summer months? Here are a few tips to make sure your guests are able to enjoy the delicious food you’ve selected for your event:

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Custom ice tray for Milk and Cookie dessert shooter created by our Administrative Chef, Paul, who is also a professional ice carver

Food

  • Be aware of your food placement. Take in to account how long your event will be and the movement of the sun. Your pasta salad may be covered in the shade when you put it out, but in an hour it may be directly in the path of the sun.
  • When choosing a cake for your big day, you may want to select fondant rather than buttercream frosting if you’re planning on being outside. Buttercream not only will melt under hot conditions, but it will attract bugs (that will also get stuck if they get too close to the cake).
  • Opt for salads that have an oil or vinaigrette base rather than dairy. Try a vinegar-based Asian Slaw rather than a traditional Creamy Cole Slaw for something that will stay fresh longer in the heat, and it will give your guests something new.

Ice

  • Never underestimate the power of ice on a hot day. When in doubt, always get more than you think you’ll need. You can get creative with your ice offerings, such as incorporating ice carvings (like the one pictured above)

Other

  • If supplying water bottles, have a marker nearby so guests can personalize theirs. This will cut down the amount of half used bottles that will be strewn about and abandoned throughout the event.
  • Offer your food in smaller containers. Rather than one large container of salad for 100 people, prepare four containers for 25 people that you can easily replenish so they’re not sitting out for hours at a time.

The Root of Flavor: Oils

The Root of Flavor–a series of posts on our blog–we’re going to breakdown some of your favorite flavors, and maybe even give you some new ideas on how to utilize these tasty items.

Today’s The Root of Flavor is about Oil. Whether you’re adding a drizzle to your salad or preparing for a full submerge for deep frying, there are many different oils to choose from, each with it’s own unique characteristics.

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Do you have a go-to oil for salad dressings or stir-frys? We’d love to hear about it!

Emergency Plan B: Preparing for Rain at Your Outdoor Event

You know the saying “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst”? Well we think rain on the day of your event is the perfect embodiment of that statement.

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While planning your big company picnic grill-out or your dream wedding under flowering trees in a garden, it’s easy to forget that your entire day can be drastically transformed by a change in weather, especially in Michigan. We all joke about snow in June, but a part of you knows that there is still a small chance it could happen…

Don’t be left out in the rain. Here are a few tips from our years of experience on how to create a Plan B for Cloudy with a Chance of Percipitation. Best case scenario? You won’t need to use it, but now you’ll have the knowledge.

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Tents – It is always good practice to have a tent at any outdoor event, even if you’re hoping to have an all-outdoor event. A tent keeps the food shielded from the wind and sun, it offers guests a place to sit in the shade, and it creates a warm and intimate conversing space.

  • Create 2 different floor plans for the tent: one for rain, one for clear skies. In case of rain it’ll be a snap to move tables and elements of your event under the tent without crowding the space. Was your wedding reception going to take place under a tree? The dance floor under your tent is a great place to exchange nuptials. Also scout out just-in-case spaces if you are utilizing an outdoor grill (garages are always a great alternative to the great outdoors).
  • Always order sides for your tent. This is a great way to block the wind in rain or shine, but it especially helps out with the rain. At an extra price of $200-$400, it’s not a huge expense to ensure your guests stay dry and non wind-whipped. If you’re 100% sure it won’t be raining, you are sometimes able to cancel your tent sides with a few days notice. Extra tip: opt for tent sides with windows, it will give the feel more more space, and you’ll still be able to enjoy your outdoor surroundings.
  • Enjoy your dry ground. Tents are normally set up at least a day in advance, so the ground won’t be soggy from the morning showers, and your guests will be able to enjoy your event with dry feet.

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Umbrellas – As a rain shield or a sun accessory, umbrellas are always a thoughtful element to offer your guests to ensure they are comfortable in whatever type of weather you encounter during your event. It’s easy to find them of any size, price, and pattern nowadays.

  • Utilize your Ushers. If the rain is going strong at the beginning of your event, arm your ushers, servers, or good friends with a few umbrellas to meet your guests at their cars and walk them to a covered area. Trust us, your guests won’t forget this extra hospitality.

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Bugs – If you have the fortune of seeing the sun come out and the rain recede on your event day, don’t forget that this is when mosquitos and other bugs like to come out. As we like to say “rain stops, mosquitos begin”

  • Fog the day before. There are many easy and inexpensive bug bombs you can utilize, and even if there’s no rain, it’s always good practice to try and rid your event area of as many bugs as possible.
  • Cut your grass before your tent goes in. A well manicured lawn will cut down the amount of bugs hiding in your grass, therefore limiting their access to the all-you-can-eat buffet that is your guests.
  • Offer spray. Before the event assemble a discreetly placed (and attractively put together) basket of multiple bottles of bug spray for your guests to use. We try not to use Citronella candles when possible because the smell can sometimes be overwhelming and negatively interact with the food served.

So fear not when you see that forecast of 80% chance of precipitation on your event day, you  know how to circumvent that obstacle. Now all you have to worry about is making sure the bathrooms are clearly marked…

The Root of Flavor: Spices Pt. 1

For today’s Root of Flavor we wanted to focus on Spices in a similar way we looked into herbs, however once we started researching, we kept going into more and more directions. To cover the basic spices, we had to split our list into two different posts. We’ve also decided to save some of the wider ranged items (pepper, curry, salt) for their very own features.

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WIN Free Lunch for 10 People from Katherine’s Catering

We’ve revamped our Online Ordering menus, and we want you to experience how easy ordering from your computer can be.

OnlineOrdering_WebFrom platters to boxed lunches to desserts–and everything in between–our online ordering menus have something for everyone. Simply place an order with our online system anytime before June 15 to be entered to win Lunch for 10 people on us. Each time you order, you will increase your changes of winning. To start browsing our menus, or to begin your order, click here. Happy Ordering!

 

Asparagus, Potato and Onion Frittata

Asparagus

Asparagus is to Spring as what Tomatoes are to Summer: a fresh sign of the season. It’s hard to go to any produce section or Farmer’s Market and NOT see these green beauties these days, and hopefully you’re taking advantage (keep this in mind: Michigan is the 3rd largest producer of Asparagus in the nation with nearly 25 million pounds grown annually). Whether you’re incorporating Asparagus into your diet on a daily basis or not, here is a recipe for one of our favorite Spring Fritattas:

Asparagus, Potato and Onion Frittata

Serves 6-8 guests

  • 4 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lb asparagus, washed, stems removed, blanched and cut into pieces
  • 2 C sliced potatoes, peeled and parboiled
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 Tbs milk
  • ½ C half and half
  • Dash nutmeg
  • Dash cayenne Pepper
  • ½ C Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ C white cheddar, grated
  • 1 Tbs fresh chives, snipped
  • Salt and pepper

Heat olive oil in a copper or oven safe skillet, add onions and sauté until golden brown. Add asparagus and potatoes, and sauté 3-4 minutes until crisp. Season with salt and pepper.  In mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, cream, nutmeg and cayenne.  Season with salt and pepper, then add Parmesan. Slowly and evenly pour egg mixture over the top of the potato mixture in the skillet, then top with white cheddar.

Bake 30 minutes in 375 degree oven, or until set.  Invert onto serving platter, sliced and garnish with chives,  Serve warm or room temperature.

Note: if you don’t have a copper or oven safe skillet, this can be baked in a well buttered baking dish or tart pan.

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The Root of Flavor: Herbs

We love food, really good food. In The Root of Flavor–a new series of posts on our blog–we’re going to breakdown some of your favorite flavors, and maybe even give you some new ideas on how to utilize these tasty items.

Today’s The Root of Flavor will focus on herbs. Herbs are the greens or leaves of a plant (not to be confused with spices, which we will get into another day). Herbs can be used in a fresh or dried form, imparting different flavors.

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DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

 

T minus 5 days until Mother’s Day: do you know what you’re getting Mom for her big day? Here are a few fun DIY projects you have plenty of time to complete before Sunday.

Painted Wooden Spoons - Little Bit Funky

Painted Wooden Spoons – Little Bit Funky

Picture Tiles - Crunchy Betty

Picture Tiles – Crunchy Betty

Striped Votives - Home Trends

Striped Votives – Home Trends

Starburst Mirror - Crafty Nest

Starburst Mirror – Crafty Nest

Jewelry Frame - Marc Atiyolil

Jewelry Frame – Marc Atiyolil

Full Mother's Day Brunch - Katherine's Catering

Full Mother’s Day Brunch – Katherine’s Catering

Ombre Candles - Momtastic

Ombre Candles – Momtastic

Personalized Casters - Martha Stewart

Personalized Casters – Martha Stewart

{ of course we had to include our Full Mother’s Day Brunch. Nothing is more DIY than a fully prepared meal that only needs to be picked up and heated }

Are you making your Mother’s Day gift this year? We’d love to hear about it!