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Innovative Corporate Event Catering (click for photos)
Posted on August 28th, 2009 - No Comments

Despite the doldrums of summer and being engulfed in the heat of a Florida August, Good Food Catering Company has been rather busy catering various events and parties in the Tampa Bay region.  Although the event catering has kept us from regular blogging, I wanted to share a particular highlight in the corporate event catering branch of our company.

In early July we were contacted by a prominent Ybor City design and advertising firm with  the possibility of catering an evening cocktail party mixer at their office, to be held in honor of one of their VIP clients.  Because the firm wanted something different and unique, they felt Good Food would be the perfect fit to bring tasty and approachable food along with our unique and modern look. After a couple of proposal revisions and a committee decision, the firm chose us as the top Tampa caterer to  be a part of their event.

Since the event was for nearly 100 guests and held in a confined office setting, we used three unique tablescapes, strategically placed throughout the office along with a full bar setup by uDream Events in the main foyer.  As an added touch and creative twist, we used the firm’s logo and colors as a template for a portion of the food signage and designs. The summer environment also gave us another opportunity to utilize wheatgrass for a light and refreshing “pop.”

The menu was designed to be refreshing and approachable party food that was easy to eat but also heavy enough to mix with an afternoon and evening of cocktails. Check out the menu (followed by photos):

Passed Signature Appetizer Bites
Fried Mac-N-Cheese Lollipops
comfort food meets class- our most requested item!
Seared Ahi Tuna
served on crispy wonton triangles with mango-wasabi sauce
Skewered Lamb-Beef Meatballs
with Tzatziki style yogurt sauce
Skewered House-made Italian Style Meatballs
in Marinara

Stationary Food Displays
Chicken Roban
Seasoned chicken sautéed in a rich, spicy cream sauce, tossed with penne pasta and chopped green onion
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
Citrus and Rosemary Chicken Skewers
Displayed in wheatgrass, with assorted sauces, served at room temperature
Vertical Vegetable Crudité
Not your boring veggie platter!  Served with a cool yogurt sauce and hummus for dipping

And for a visual:








If you’re a corporate event planner in the Tampa Bay region and you’re looking for unique and fun food for your next event or Holiday party, give us a call to discuss having us cater it.  And don’t forget about our innovative style!  813.731.0819.

Shrimp & Andouille Pasta… Almost Famous
Posted on March 19th, 2009 - No Comments

Yesterday I had the pleasure to visit with Staci Mandikas of Unique Event Design and learn about how she utilizes both classic and cutting edge designs to make every event and wedding “unique.”  I had originally met her at the Davis Island Garden Club bridal show a couple of weeks ago and wanted to spend some time getting to know more about her and the services she offers for for her clients in the Tampa Bay region.  In the process of checking out her website, I stumbled upon the fact the she hails from New Orleans, which gave us a few fun things to talk about.  It also gave me the opportunity to introduce her to my signature dish, Shrimp and Andouille Pasta.

When my wife and I began dating, I probably originally won her over through my cooking and my use of cream sauces, good seafood and of course, sausage.  When I was developing some dishes, I combined the three and ended up with one of my signature dishes.  It became so popular that it was being requested by many of my friends for every dinner party I threw.  And believe it or not, the media came calling.

Many of you know that I moved here as a result of Hurricane Katrina.  But you may not know that for many years, I wrote a blog about New Orleans food and culture.  It wasn’t long after moving to Tampa that  I was featured in a story for the New York Times and later the St. Pete Times.  A couple of months later I was contacted by a talent agency in New York City and was asked to submit some cooking videos for use on Yahoo Food.  I had nothing to lose, so I sent them two videos – one about the New Orleans Style Bloody Mary and the other one? You guessed it, Shrimp and Andouille Pasta.

The video never made me famous, but I had a lot of fun making it.  I can’t bring myself to watch the video, but for posterity, it is still found online even today.  Fortunately you’re still able to see it and can pretty easily re-create my signature dish.  And if you are hiring us to cater your next Tampa Bay event or wedding, we’ll be happy to serve it for you and your guests.  (The only difference is that in our catering operation we use penne pasta instead of the linguine that I would use at home.)  You can check out the video above and feel free to email me for a copy of the recipe for our soon-to-be famous Shrimp and Andouille Pasta.  Enjoy!


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