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Unique Hors D’oeuvres to Serve

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Whether you are planning a wedding, a celebratory brunch, a work lunch, or other event, the food is an important consideration. Whether you want the meal to be the center of attention or a classy addition that complements the event, taste and presentation matter. Read on to learn about some catering tips and unique hors d’oeuvres that will set your event apart from the rest. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Foods That Everyone Loves

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Just like any other trends, certain foods are popular at times and out of style at others. There are some dishes, however, that remain popular through the years and are a guaranteed success at any event. If you’re planning a party or even throwing a business meeting, here are 3 dishes that are sure to be a hit. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Solve the Biggest Party Problems with a Caterer

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When you plan a large party, you're bound to run into a few problems. There are many different things you have to plan and consider when throwing a party. The seating, decorations, music, and food are all things that require immediate attention. It's difficult enough trying to find the right decorations for your venue, and hire the perfect live music band. When you start thinking about what food to serve, and how you plan to cook it all, you'll easily get overwhelmed. Hiring a catering company can solve this problem for you. Read the rest of this entry »

Graduating? Celebrate Big with a Catered Party

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Your child’s graduation is an important milestone that deserves a celebration! However, it can be daunting for parents to try to take on all the planning themselves, especially if they would rather be spending the time with their new grad. A catered party can make it easier for everyone and give you a memorable party with minimal effort on your part. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Creative Catering Ideas for Your Event

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When you host a large event, one of the most stressful parts of the even can be providing food to all the attendees. You want to make sure the food is excellent and that it serves as a highlight of the event. One way to have food that stands out is to offer unusual catering dishes. These dishes are still delicious, but may use unusual ingredients or feature usual ingredients an unusual fashion. Here are a few unique catering ideas to consider for your next event. Read the rest of this entry »

The First Catered Meals

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If you've ever been to a major event, chances are that you've experienced a catered meal at some point. The idea of providing food to guests to celebrate in good times has been a tradition that goes back centuries, even as far back as the ancient Greeks. Back then, banquets were a celebration of culture and poetry, with wine being a major part of the event and food being a secondary portion of the festivities. On the rare occasions when catering was important, it was done to provide food to soldiers who were responsible for defending the city from attackers. Read the rest of this entry »

Steak, Fish, or Pastas – What’s Best for Main Courses?

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If you've ever thrown a catered party or event, you know how hard it is to come up with a main dish that will please the majority. There are some picky eaters out there! Follow these tips for a little help deciding what to serve your guests.  Read the rest of this entry »

2 Catering Options for a Kids’ Party

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When you think of a catered event, you may think of some high-end affair, like a wedding or corporate gathering. But the truth is, any event or gathering is better with food, and it's much easier to host the event if you don't have to do all the cooking. One type of event that often goes overlooked when it comes to catering is children's gatherings. Kids' parties are stressful enough without having to worry about cooking too, so here are a few suggestions to consider having catered for your next kids' party. Read the rest of this entry »

What Will Catering Be Like in 100 Years?

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Catering has a long history dating back to at least 1559 and possibly earlier. In the early days, the traiteurs who worked with middle classes and specialized in banquets and weddings were restricted as to the types of foods they could serve. Flash forward to today, and you can be served any type of food that you can imagine, including several types that might be outside of your knowledge. At Coburn's Catering, we find food fascinating, and while it is important to know where you came from, it is also important to know where the industry is heading. Here are a couple of ideas about where catering will be in the future.

A Dystopian View

Like something out of a science fiction movie or a Pink Floyd video, one possible direction catering could go is toward a Soylent Green type of main course followed by and equally off-putting pudding. As the population of the planet increases food gets so scarce that Charlton Heston will run around shouting "IT'S PEOPLE!"

Utopian View

Of course, nobody likes a Gloomy Gus. At the other end of the spectrum, we may see Star Trek-like matter energy converters that can create whatever food you want, as long as it is programmed into the computer. Everything else will probably be programmed to taste like chicken. No matter what the far future holds for catering, you can expect your next catered event to have something much simpler and tastier for you to sample.

Plated Meals vs. Buffet

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One of the hardest decisions you will make regarding your catering is whether or not to serve plated meals or offer a buffet for your guests. You need to consider who will be attending the event, the atmosphere that you would like to evoke, and the setting of the event. Presentation plays a large role in the satisfaction of your guests, but your preference matters as well. Ultimately, there are many different things to consider when deciding whether or not to get plated meals or a buffet.

Plated Meals

A general rule is to assume that almost everyone would rather have their food served to them rather than getting it themselves. If you are planning a fancy event or wedding, the majority of your guests will assume they’ll be waited on. Table service provides that uniform experience for everyone. Plated meals allow a consistent serving time for each person, and more time for quality conversations among the guests at each table.

Buffet

A buffet offers each guest the ability to get exactly what they want. If you're unsure about the portion size to give each guest, buffets offer the benefit of not worrying about it and letting the guests choose for themselves. Buffets come in handy when you don't know the dietary preferences of your guests. You can offer beef, chicken, and salads, and allow each person to get food for themselves. If you plan to have a laid-back event with intermingling socialization, buffets create the perfect setting for this atmosphere.