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What a Caterer Needs to Learn from You

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Every catered event is different and requires a caterer to know several different points of interest about the crowd. But what is most important to everyone is the kind of food available. The information that a client needs to give to a caterer has become infinitely more important these days as food allergies have become more prevalent. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for a Great Catered BBQ Event

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Great Texas barbecue doesn’t just happen by mistake. It takes years of practice and experimenting with recipes to get it right. For nearly 70 years, Coburn’s Catering has been feeding Texans and their guests at special events like wedding receptions, business luncheons, corporate conventions, and yearly events like the Fort Worth Stock Show.

But how do you create a great catered barbecue event? Here are some tips. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Unique Catered Food Ideas

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Whether you are planning a work lunch or a wedding dinner, the food is an essential component of any major event. Food options that are delicious, unique, and appealing to the eye will really make a statement, improving the environment of any event. Try these 4 unique catered food ideas to make your event stand out. Read the rest of this entry »

Ideas for Your Next Holiday Party

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The holidays are upon us, and with them come a lot of parties and family gatherings. While some people love cooking for big holiday events, others prefer to hire a caterer to do all the cooking, which gives them time to simply enjoy spending time with their friends and family members. If you're planning a catered party for the holidays, consider the following themed party ideas to take the event to the next level.

Holiday Movie Theme

There are a lot of great holiday movies out there, so pick your favorite one and use that as the theme for your party. You could have a How the Grinch Stole Christmas party, and encourage your guests to dress up as Whos or the Grinch himself. Or, you could use the beloved Christmas movie Elf as your inspiration. Have everyone dress up as elves, and decorate your home the way Buddy decorated the department store. There are many movies to choose from, so get creative!

A Time of Giving

For many people, the holidays are a time to give to others and spread good will to those around them. If you want to emphasize this at your party, make it a charitable event. For example, you could become Secret Santas for a less fortunate family in your area. Let your guests know in advance that they should bring a gift, and give them some information about the family members--kids' ages and genders, favorite colors, wish list items, etc. You may even want to assign gifts for each guest to bring. You can spend the party wrapping gifts, then deliver them to the family's home at the end of the night. It will be a special and touching event.

Top Cool Drinks for Warm Weather

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Though summer is past, it still gets pretty warm here in Texas. While other people may be serving up hot apple cider and hot chocolate at their upcoming parties, that doesn't always seem like a refreshing option when you're dealing with the classic Texas heat and humidity. Here are some suggestions of cool drinks to serve at your next party to keep your guests refreshed despite the heat.

Iced Tea

There's a popular quote used in the Southern states: "Iced tea is the house wine of the South." You can never go wrong serving up this quintessentially Southern drink at your party, regardless of whether it's hot or not. It goes great with any food you're serving, and if you serve up both sweetened and unsweetened varieties, you're sure to satisfy all of your guests.

Lemonade

Lemonade is a classic warm-weather drink, and is loved by children and adults alike. Plus, with a variety of flavors that blend various fruity tastes, you can have several different options for your guests to choose from. You can even offer unique and unusual options like cucumber lemonade. Adding a bit of cucumber juice to this drink makes it even lighter and more refreshing while adding a unique flavor twist.

There are many beverage options you can choose from at your next catered party. Contact us for some suggestions on what drinks you should serve.

 

Tips for Selecting the Best Party Food

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If you’re planning a special event like a graduation or birthday party, the menu should be at the top of your priority list. Your guests will remember what was served long after they go home, and the success of your dishes can make or break an event. Here are some tips to help you choose the right food for the right crowd.

Know Your Guests

Your guests’ tastes should determine the makeup of your menu. Young, health-conscious people will appreciate a selection of vegan and vegetarian options. Older guests, on the other hand, will usually prefer more traditional staples like meat and potatoes.

It’s also important to know if any of your guests have dietary restrictions and cannot eat gluten, dairy, nuts, or other products. Be sure that there are alternatives for anyone with special dietary needs so everyone can enjoy the party equally.

Know Your Budget

It’s important to set a budget for yourself up front and work with your caterer to make sure you stay within your limits. There are plenty of tasty options that aren’t as expensive as a multiple-course fine dining event. Buffets are often a good option when dealing with a tight budget. You can choose which foods you want or don’t want, and there will be enough options for all your guests to walk away satisfied.

Incorporate Regional or Seasonal Themes

One way to make your menu stand out is by playing up local or seasonal themes in your dishes. Summer is the time for cold drinks and light lunches, while winter brings rich, warm flavors and hearty meats and stews.

Buying local is another way to incorporate a regional flare in your menu. Choose fruits and vegetables that are in season to be featured prominently in your dishes. If you’re traveling for your event, ask your caterer what local dishes your guests might enjoy sampling.

Your Guests Love to Choose

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Are you hosting a catered party or event soon? Still deciding what to serve? Before you narrow your list down too far, just remember how many different types of people will be coming and that their food preferences are all different. Giving your guests a wide selection of food options will leave them full, happy, and talking about your event for weeks.

Hire a Caterer with Options

First and foremost, make sure you're getting a caterer that has many options for you to choose from so you can pass down those choices to your guests. Meat lovers, vegetarians, or those with allergies can still find food they love as long as there is a wide variety. Then you can rest easy knowing that everyone who comes will find something they like.

Don't Limit Portions

If it's in your budget to have a buffet-style meal, go for it! Elegant and laid-back events alike can benefit from allowing guests to eat until they're full. Many catering companies very reasonably-priced buffet options complete with drinks, beautiful decorations, and tableware.

Serve Hors d’Oeuvres

If your event doesn't call for a full meal but you still want to serve some kind of snack, a wide selection of catered hot and cold hors d’oeuvres can fit any occasion.

What to Ask Your Prospective Caterer

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If you're planning a catered event, you know that if you choose the right caterer, there will be very little for you to worry about during the actual event. But how do you know you're choosing the right caterer? How will you know you can count on them to take care of every detail while you simply sit back and enjoy yourself? Ask these questions before you hire a prospective caterer.

What Is Your Specialty/Most Popular Dish?

First and foremost, you hire a caterer because you want delicious food that people will talk about even after the event is over. Discuss with your prospective caterer all of the food options they have as well as their most popular dishes. If you know of any vegetarians attending, make sure they will have plenty of food choices as well.

What Is Included in the Quote?

When you talk about your event and the number of people you will be serving, make sure you know exactly what the quote they give you includes. It might include the food and nothing more, or it might include all of the dishes, utensils, service, and more. Make sure you only pay for what you need, yet don't be fooled into thinking you'll get more than what you're actually paying for.

Do You Offer a Wait Staff and Cleanup Services?

If you don't want to worry about the cleanup, make sure the prospective caterer offers those services as well as wait staff during the event if you need it.

Behind the Scenes: What Goes into Catering an Event

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You just attended a memorable event. The table settings were gracious, welcoming, and perfect in every way. The food was delicious and flawlessly presented. It looked, smelled and tasted just right. The music and sounds of the evening put you completely at ease. If all these elements came together just right, the chances are pretty good that the event was catered. What went on behind the scenes to create such a deeply satisfying experience? Read the rest of this entry »

How to Pair Food and Wine for Your Catered Event

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When it comes planning a catered event, pairing food and wine is often one of the biggest challenges. You want to make sure to have a variety of vintages that your guests will enjoy, but a selection that will also complement the food on your event menu. There is a general rule of thumb for selecting wines depending on when your event will be. For events held during the spring and summer, divide your selections evenly between red, white, and rose wines. For winter and fall events, feature dark reds more prominently and always have at least one option for champagne. Read the rest of this entry »