Americans still love their barbecue—even if how they order it may be changing By Sara Perez Webber There’s no doubt about it—Americans love to grill. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults own a grill or smoker, according to a 2020 survey by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. And the lockdowns of last summer gave them plenty of time to practice their craft during … [Read more...] about THE STAYING POWER OF BBQ
When it comes to grilling and smoking outdoors, it’s important to have equipment you can trust. Grills and smokers must be hardy, portable and efficient. Most of all, they must produce the mouthwatering meats that keep your clients hungry for more. CFE has rounded up a selection of caterers’ favorites for you to consider for your next outdoor feast. The ultimate catering … [Read more...] about Outdoor Cooking Equipment
Growing in popularity, the fresh, flavorful cuisines of the Mediterranean Rim offer up the perfect foods for outdoor gatherings By Sara Perez Webber The outdoors is “in” these days, as open-air spaces allow for social distancing, not to mention a healthy dose of sunshine and fresh air. While not all cuisines mesh well with this more casual, often on-the-go type of … [Read more...] about Mad for Mediterranean (Part 2)
Marcia Selden Catering wowed guests from an open kitchen at a 50th anniversary party evoking Parisian glamour By Sara Perez Webber CATERER: Marcia Selden Catering & Events • marciaselden.com EVENT PLANNER: Anthony Taccetta Event Design • anthonytaccetta.com EVENT DETAILS: Last July, Marcia Selden Catering & Events, based in Stamford, Conn., helped bring Paris to the … [Read more...] about C’est Magnifique!
How two off-premise catering companies found success specializing in an entertainment niche—photo shoots and film productions By Sara Perez Webber Better Being betterbeingnyc.com When you see celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga on magazine covers in the supermarket check-out line, you may be looking at the end result of a process that included … [Read more...] about Success Stories – Ready for Their Close-Ups
By Michael Stavros, director of business development at M Culinary Concepts It seems that everyone these days is trying to develop a strategy for reaching the elusive “millennial” audience. While it’s safe to say that the term is becoming overused, it’s helpful for caterers to understand who they are trying to reach, so they can develop food offerings tailored to the … [Read more...] about Embracing the Food Truck Generation
Grilled Stuffed Pears with Mascarpone and Bacon Recipe created by Chef Geoff Kelty, Eddie Merlot’s, Columbus, Ohio YIELD: 12 (1 pear half with 2 to 3 tablespoons filling per person) Poached Pears INGREDIENTS 4 cups granulated sugar 4 cups white wine Juice of 3 lemons 3 vanilla beans, split and scraped 6 Bartlett USA Pears, cored and halved METHOD 1. Combine sugar, white … [Read more...] about On the Grill – Ideas and Inspiration for Your Next Cookout