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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:

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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.


Wine vs. Beer Party
Posted on January 4th, 2009 - No Comments

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On New Year’s Eve 2008, Good Food Catering Company sponsored a Wine vs. Beer party, which set out to settle the debate as to which beverage is best to pair with food. Wine has long enjoyed the distinction and attention of being paired with foods, through the popularity of wine dinners, wine tastings and even the popular media. But the rise in popularity of craft beers over the past several years has opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for beverage and food pairings.

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For the challenge, we chose five savory dishes and two desserts, each paired with a respective wine and beer. Partygoers were given a scorecard that listed each of the dishes along with the beer and wine selections. Set up as food stations, the party was a relaxing way for guests to sample each of the dishes at a relaxed pace and sip on their favorite wines and beers. Here was the menu:

Caesar Salad

Wine: Sterling Sauvignon Blanc

Beer: Paulaner Hefeweisen

Manchego Cheese with Roasted Red Pepper

Wine: Rioja

Beer: Stella Artois

Pasta Carbonara

Wine: Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc

Beer: Murphy’s Irish Stout

Cajun Jambalaya

Wine: Chateau de Segries Rose

Beer: Dogfish Head 90-min IPA

Spicy Tuna Sushi Rolls

Wine: Cristalino Cava

Beer: Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale

Hickory Smoked Baby Back Ribs

Wine: Ravenswood “Zen of Zin” Zinfandel

Beer: Sam Adams Black Lager

New Orleans Style Bread Pudding

Wine: Taylor Cream Sherry

Beer: Abita Pecan Harvest Ale

Dark Chocolate

Wine: Deco Port

Beer: Old Rasputin Imperial Stout

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If you would like to host your own party, email me for a free copy of a basic party blueprint and some helpful ideas on throwing a wine vs. beer party. If you’d like us to do the work, give me a call and we can talk about how Good Food Catering Company can cater a very memorable Wine vs. Beer pairing party at your location. We can custom design a menu and depending on your selections, it can cost anywhere from $50 per person and above (minimum 20 guests), not including the beer and wine. I promise it will be the party of the year and the talk of the town!


Corporate Tailgate – Panthers vs. Bucs
Posted on October 15th, 2008 - No Comments

This past weekend, Good Food Catering Company was proud to team up with Designing Divine Events and Transportation to throw a dynamite VIP tailgate party before the Tampa Bay Bucs’ victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Although extremely hot outside, we couldn’t have asked for better weather and the party turned out to be a winner.  The food was fantastic and the presentation was classy, including linens and table decorations to match the colors of the two opposing teams.  In addition to the outstanding food, a luxury motor coach was brought in to provide air conditioned leather sofas and clean restrooms for all of the guests.

Menu

Sliced Cajun Grilled Ribeye
Carolina Style Pulled Pork

with mini Potato Rolls
Assorted Mini Quiche Cups

Sweet Potato Hash
Carolina Cole Slaw
Grilled Seasonal Vegetables
Cold Penne Pasta Salad


Assorted Dessert Bites
(cheesecakes and cream puffs)

And here are some pictures:

Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork and Sweet Potato Hash

Fresh Grilled Vegetables

If you are a corporate event planner and would like to throw a tailgate party for your executives, customers or VIP guests, give us a call and let’s talk about how we can impress them all with something different and unique.  (813) 731-0819.

Credits

Catering: Good Food Catering Company
Event Planning: Designing Divine Events and Transportation










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