It’s May, which means graduation season is almost here! And with that comes graduation parties. Planning an open house for your graduate can be a lot of fun, but also a little stressful. One search on Pinterest brings up a never-ending page of ideas and to-do’s. It’s a lot. So, we combed through all of this […]
In the Kitchen with Chef Janell
Janell is our in-house chef extraordinaire and creator of flavor-bursting dishes. We popped into the kitchen while she was making lunch–cajun shrimp over zoodles–to talk to her about menu inspiration, what foods she’s craving now and just how many cookbooks she owns. Catered Creations: When did you begin cooking? Janell: I remember baking cookies for […]
Top 10 Charcuterie Boards Under $50
We recently shared how to make a delicious charcuterie board. A key piece to creating a beautiful spread is the platter. So, we gathered some of our faves that won’t break the bank. A wooden board is always a classic, but you can also mix things up with slate, marble, iron and porcelain. Happy shopping!
How to Make a Charcuterie Board
Charcute-what? Charcuterie (SHärˈko͞odərē) is a delicatessen-style cured meat with origins in French cuisine, including favorites like ham, bacon, sausage, and pâté. Charcuterie is most often served with breads, cheeses, fruits, and pickled vegetables, creating an elegant party starter. Charcuterie boards are perfect platters for your get-together because you can make them ahead of time (read: […]
Event Spotlight: AON at the Gerald R. Ford Museum
This month we catered the AON client appreciation party at the stately Gerald R. Ford Museum. The menu was a mix of southeast Asian and Mediterranean fare. Servers passed spring rolls and crispy shrimp shooters while guests sipped the evening’s drink-of-choice, a Singapore Sling. This gin-based cocktail is a heady concoction of citrus and cherry—flavors that […]
Romantic Risotto: A Valentine’s Dinner for Two
Looking for Valentine’s Day plans with your date? Rather than going through the stress of trying to score reservations at an over-crowded restaurant, cuddle up at home (the snow isn’t stopping anytime soon) and cook a meal together. Our chef, Janell, recommends this classic risotto recipe as the perfect romantic dinner for two. Risotto may […]
Healthy catered events are easier and tastier than you might think!
With New Year’s resolutions still fresh in the mind of most people, it’s a great time to apply some fresh thinking to your upcoming affair and make sure it’s a healthy catered event. “Most times, all you have to do is ask,” said Patti Zylstra, owner of Catered Creations in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “For a […]
Great Gatsby-themed wedding reception a grand and glamorous event!
When Allie Zylstra and Ryan Mowery decided to tie the knot in late 2017, they didn’t have to look far for an experienced wedding caterer. “Hey mom! Can you cater our wedding reception?” asked Allie. “I’d be honored,” said her mother Patti Zylstra, owner of Catered Creations in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “I may even give […]
4 Reasons to Host Your Post-Holiday Party in January!
After a busy couple of months in November and December, hosting a post-holiday party in January may be the last thing that comes to mind. But, many are discovering it’s one of the first things you should put on your New Year’s schedule! These affairs are gaining in popularity. Here are four good reasons why […]
How to Prepare to Meet with an Event Caterer
So, you’ve decided on the occasion. Perhaps you’ve set a date and chosen the venue. Of course, the food and beverages you cater will be key to the event’s success, your guests’ enjoyment …. and your satisfaction. To make the most of this opportunity, here’s how to prepare to meet with an event caterer. In […]