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Mardi Gras Sweet Sixteeen at The Regent – Brandon Catering
Posted on March 18th, 2013 - No Comments

We were thrilled to cater a Mardi Gras Sweet Sixteen party at The Regent in Riverview, Fl. Kevin Lacassin, owner and Executive Chef, is a New Orleans native, which made this a perfect fit for our company.  We developed a great station style layout to showcase the exceptional cuisine and flavors of New Orleans. Station style is a great option for large events because our stations are designed to minimize lines at the food stations and allow guests to sample different foods. We also had an interactive dessert bar with traditional New Orleans Beignets and King Cake.

We were so excited to work with a great team of event professionals to transform the ballroom into Bourbon Street. Event Design created a wonderful setting for the party by draping and up-lighting the walls in the classic Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. The centerpieces incorporated colorful feather plumes, masks and the tables were named after famous New Orleans streets. Ideal Design Events supplied great Mardi Gras props such as the benches and vintage style street lamps. The awesome spandex linens were by SS5 Productions.

ME Photographs

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Menu

“New Orleans” Martini Bar

“Creole Style” Red Beans and Rice

with smoked sausage

Strawberry Spring Salad Martini

spring greens, fresh Plant City strawberries, pecans and crumbled feta cheese,

tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette, served in a martini glass

Cajun Station

Blackened Chicken

Boneless skinless chicken breast, sliced and Sautéed with onions and peppers in

a creamy Cajun alfredo sauce

Creamy Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes &

Fresh Roasted Mardi Gras Vegetable Medley – Purple, Green & Gold

Green Italian Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Purple Potatoes, tossed with olive oil and

seasoned simply with Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper

 Pasta Creation Station

This attended station gives your guests a choice of a fantastic seafood pasta and a rice based Cajun Jambalaya

Cajun Jambalaya

Authentic Cajun style jambalaya made with long grain white rice, blackened chicken and spicy smoked sausage, cooked in a cast iron pot

Shrimp Roban

plump Florida pink shrimp sautéed in a rich, spicy cream sauce, tossed with shell pasta and chopped green onion

Dessert Station

Beignet Bar

authentic New Orleans style beignets, dusted with powdered sugar

plus a selection of sauces for drizzling – milk chocolate, white chocolate and raspberry

New Orleans Style King Cake

Drizzled with warm crème anglaise

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ME Photographs

Photography: Marc Edwards Photographs, Venue: The Regent, Centerpieces, Drape, Uplighting and Lobby décor: Event Design, DJ: Big Beats Entertainment Mardi Gras Props: Ideal Design Events,  Linens: SS5 Productions Inc,  Bar: Catering by Lundys, Cake: Let Them Eat Cake


Featured: Glamour & Grace
Posted on January 1st, 2013 - No Comments

We teamed up with our friends Lauren of Every Last Detail and Laura of Ashton Events for a Emerald Green Engagement Party Inspiration photo shoot.

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EmeraldPhotoShoot

Thank you Becka, Studio 222 Photography, for sharing the wonderful images with us!

Studio 222 Photography


Corporate and Social Events Done the RIGHT Way!
Posted on February 8th, 2011 - No Comments

I recently came across an article in Inc Magazine titled “How to Host a Customer Event” and thoroughly enjoyed seeing a mainstream business magazine approach a subject so important but often overlooked in the business world.  The purpose of a corporate or social event can vary, but it ultimately has one goal – Make a Great Lasting Impression.  My favorite line from the article sums it all up:

“Experts say the key to hosting a successful event is pinpointing the reason behind it—identifying a measurable goal that everything is geared toward accomplishing.”

Whether it is the launch of a new fashion boutique, a new advertising campaign, the opening gala of a museum or celebrating the expansion of a company, each component of the event should complement the others.  When it comes to catering top-notch events, the menu and format needs to leave a great impression with the guests.  After all, it’s all about the lasting impression, right?  I read about the food spread provided for a recent museum opening and frankly I was, well, underwhelmed.  Would this excite you?

“…including a sushi bar in the lobby, carving stations and dessert and a raw bar, vegetables, fruit, and cheese on the waterfront patio”

Sounds like a catering menu from the early 90′s.    Here’s our take on a great themed event menu:

” the Florida themed event featured dynamic chef-attended food stations serving interesting and fun small plates of food to delighted guests.  The stations included a South Beach Steakhouse with Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Arroz Congri and Fried Plantains as well as a Floribbean Surf and Turf Saute with Margarita Grilled Chicken in a Tequila Cream Sauce over Lobster and Shrimp Infused Rice, served in small white box adorned with the custom designed event logo…”

Which event would you rather attend?  Which event would you rather produce?  Give us a call to talk about how to make a lasting impression on your guests, customers, employees or clients for your next corporate event.


Completely “Cocktail Party” Style Receptions – GREAT Food at Affordable Prices
Posted on December 3rd, 2010 - No Comments

Let’s face it, great catered food at a party can cost a bundle, but it doesn’t HAVE to.  While many events are planned with sit down dinners or elaborate station style menus, we’ve found that just as many are embracing the idea of a fun and relaxed cocktail style reception.  Instead of asking guests to sit at a table and enjoy dinner with 7 other guests, it allows each person to mingle and socialize with everyone else in the crowd.

And without stationary appetizers and heavy china plates, your guests will be free to roam the room and enjoy flavor-packed bite-sized hors d’oeuvres, butler passed by our smiling uniformed servers.  Besides entertaining guests that will profusely thank you, what does this mean for you?

No heavy china, no stationary setups and less labor = fewer costs and focus on the GREAT FOOD!

Don’t believe us?  Here’s a sample menu that will please even the most discriminating palate (and stomach) while also making the event fun and approachable.

Menu

Fried Mac-N-Cheese Lollipops
comfort food meets class- our most requested item!

Caprese Salad on a Skewer
mozzarella, grape tomato and basil skewered on an extra virgin olive oil “pipette”

Seared Ahi Tuna
with  spicy wasabi sauce and seaweed salad on crispy wonton triangles

Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork Sliders
with carmelized Vidalia onions, creamy slaw and our secret BBQ sauce

Mini Chicken and Waffle Bites
boneless fried chicken bites on mini waffles, with house made pecan-maple butter

Thai Chicken Salad
on a wonton crisp

Strawberry Spring Salad
spring greens, fresh Florida strawberries, pecans, blue cheese and balsamic vinaigrette
passed in a white “Chinese” to-go box

Chipotle Chicken Mini Crispy Tacos

Chopped grilled chicken breast with crispy cabbage and smoky chipotle salsa

Need a visual?  Here are a few photos to wet your appetite.

Fried Mac-N-Cheese

Looking for great food?  Contact us about your last minute holiday party, upcoming corporate event or wedding reception! 813-731-0819


Summer Catering – Hot Weather and Cool Food (click for photos)
Posted on July 16th, 2009 - No Comments

Just recently, Good Food Catering Company was commissioned (pun intended) to cater a 50 guest cocktail party for the Coast Guard Foundation, held at the Coast Guard Base on the water in St. Petersburg. Since the temperatures outside were hovering in the low 100′s, we created a great summery spread of cold and room temperature foods that helped our guests beat the heat, sip on some cold cocktails and enjoy the Good Food.

In addition to the great food, we dressed up the decor with some crisp white linens, yellow daisies, clear glass blocks and patches of wheatgrass. Thank you to our friends in catering for the decor ideas and inspiration – CuisinEtc and Charlotte Berwind Fine Foods, both in New York, as well as Carte Wheels Caterers in Texas.

Also a big thank you to uDream Events for event services, rentals, beverages and bartending; as well as Erin Nutini for the great photography!

Having a summertime event and need Tampa Catering or Tampa Wedding Catering? Give us a call and we’ll help you cool off with great food.

Enjoy!
Menu

Passed Signature Appetizer Bites

Seared Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna
served on crispy wonton triangles with mango-wasabi cream

California Sushi Rolls


Stationary “Cool Foods” Display

Caprese Salad on a Skewer
mozzarella, grape tomato and basil, with balsamic vinaigrette dipping sauce

Chorizo Skewers
Niman Ranch organic chorizo with manchego cheese and roasted red pepper

“Make Your Own” Bruscetta
Crostini with choices of olive tapenade and traditional tomatoes and basil

Watermelon Gazpacho Soup Shooters
Refreshing chilled summer soup of watermelon, tomato and cucumber, served in a shot glass

Lemon and Rosemary Chicken Skewers

Vertical Vegetable Crudité
Not your boring veggie platter! Served with a cool yogurt sauce for dipping

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Lemon and Rosemary Chicken Skewers

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“Make Your Own” Bruscetta Bar

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Watermelon Gazpacho Shooters

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Chorizo Skewers with Manchego and Roasted Red Pepper

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Summer Foods Tablescape

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Refreshing House-Made Lemonade

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Good Food Catering Company was established to provide superior culinary experiences for events, weddings and celebrations in the Tampa Bay Region.