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Food Etiquette and Fine Dining Faux Pas

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Whether you are dining on delicate French food or rib-sticking barbecue, having good dining etiquette is essential, especially if you want to leave a great impression with your guests, colleagues, friends, or even potential clients. Follow these tips the next time you attend or host a dinner party, or any gathering that includes food. 

Follow the Host's Lead

If you're a guest, make sure to follow the host's lead when it comes to sitting down and beginning your meal. This ensures you don't take a seat that wasn't meant for you, and helps your host maintain control of his or her get-together. Additionally, wait until all guests have been served before picking up your fork to eat. 

Keep It Clean

As soon as you take your seat, place your napkin on your lap. Even if the food you're eating isn't particularly messy, it can help you avoid embarrassing stain situations if something does happen to fall onto your lap. 

What to Avoid

While there are a few main things to remember to do, there are also a few things to remember not to do at the dinner table. Blowing your nose, playing with hair, or even applying lipstick are faux pas while sitting at the table. Instead, excuse yourself at a good time and take care of these tasks away from other guests who are trying to eat. 

3 Wedding Budget Priorities to Plan For

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Planning a wedding can be a pricey endeavor these days. If you're trying to stick to a budget, you are likely looking for places that you can cut back. But, there are a few places where you don't want to limit yourself. Keep reading to learn what 3 items you need to prioritize in your wedding budget.
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Get a Taste – Sampling a Future Caterer’s Products

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Having your special event catered leaves you with a lot more time to spend on other details. Choosing the food that will be served, however, is still up to you. When working with a caterer--especially for the first time--it’s a good idea to schedule a tasting session to make sure the caterer is the right fit for your event. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Make a Beautiful Display

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You're in charge of creating a breathtaking display when the caterer brings the food. Where to start? Try working from the bottom, up. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Tips for Stress-Free Catering

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Big events require big planning. Food, decorations, music, service, seating, tableware--the list of details to consider and manage is overwhelming. Hiring a caterer to help coordinate all those details is a great solution to keeping everything in check, but even hiring a caterer comes with its own stress points. Here are 4 tips for stress-free catering: Read the rest of this entry »

5 Wedding Buffet Ideas That Work for Everybody

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Buffets give your guests plenty of options to choose from while still letting you stick to your budget. Because of this, they’ve become the go-to solution for many weddings. Here are some of the most popular buffet items your guests are sure to love! Read the rest of this entry »

Think Like a Caterer – Advice for Your Next Event

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Everyone needs to plan an event now and then. Occasions such as birthday parties, family dinners, and office lunches pop up and require even the most unlikely candidates to step in and be party planners. When you find yourself needing to be the host, here are a few things you can do to think like a caterer: Read the rest of this entry »

Should You Offer Gluten-Free Food at Your Event?

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Celiac disease and gluten intolerance have become much more widely recognized in recent years--which is also bringing to light just how common these conditions are. If you’re planning a special event, it’s important to recognize that gluten can cause a serious reaction in those with celiac disease, so it’s important to provide gluten-free options for these individuals. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Vegan Foods to Try at Your Next Catered Event

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Hosting an event for a large number of people is extremely stressful; doing so when you want to serve an all-vegan menu can be downright maddening. Trying to find foods that everyone will like that stick with your strict dietary restrictions may seem tough at first, but there are many delicious options you can try. Here are just 3 that you might want to consider for your next catered event.

Crackers and Vegan Spreads

A platter of cheese and crackers is a classic appetizer at many events. But with a vegan menu in mind, cheese is off the table. Luckily, there are some delicious options you can use to substitute for the cheese. With tasty spreads like hummus and almond feta, that cheese won't be missed at all. Add a few extras like marinated olives, red peppers, nuts, fresh and dried fruit, and some sweet jam, and you'll have a spread to delight everyone.

Vegan Lasagna Roll-Ups

Lasagna is a wonderful comfort food, but it's packed with non-vegan ingredients--egg, cheese, meat, etc. With a few smart tweaks, however, you can make this dish suitable for your vegan menu without sacrificing flavor. Almond ricotta is a tasty replacement for standard ricotta cheese, and you can even venture to try walnut ground "meat".

Vegan Tiramisu

A number of tasty desserts can be modified for a vegan menu. If you're looking to impress your guests, try serving a delicious vegan tiramisu. This healthy twist on the classy Italian dessert uses tofu as the central ingredient, and is dusted with rich cocoa and coffee.

The 5 Worst Parties in History

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Every party host knows that the details make or break the party, but over the course of history, some parties have decidedly missed the mark. Read on to learn more about the 5 worst parties in history and how you can avoid party flops with a little help from Coburn’s Catering.

Deadly Dinner Parties

The day before Britannicus, the stepbrother of the emperor Nero, turned 14, the Roman emperor hired an assassin to poison the poor boy at a dinner party held in his honor.

Boston Tea Party

Tea parties are fun. Fights for freedom from taxation that involve destroying an entire shipment of tea from the East India Company are not fun.

Overconfident Diners

While many people are wary of the poisonous qualities of pufferfish, actor Bando Mitsugoro believed himself to be immune. At a dinner party with friends, he feasted on four orders of the deadly delicacy and did not survive the encounter.

Any Birthday Party for a Christmas Baby

Let’s be honest. If you were born on Christmas, all of your birthday parties get pushed down the priority list during the busiest season of the year.

Let Them Eat Cake

While not actually a party, or even an event eating actual cake, these infamous words are often misquoted or misunderstood. The situation was not fun for anyone involved.

Rather than going down in history as one of the worst parties of all time, or even as simply mediocre, the right food and the right setting can set you up for a night of friends and fun.