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Tips For Planning A Large Corporate Event

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Planning A Large Corporate Event

Corporate events can be major tasks to organize, and it should come as no surprise that many people can quickly start to feel overwhelmed by the amount of work required for these events. For those that have never organized one of these events, it is critically important to have a sound plan for organizing these private parties. To help make this easier, you can utilize the following couple of tips. Create A List Of Known Food Allergies Among Your Guests The food is often one of the highlights of any social event. Yet, there are many people that may have food allergies. These allergies can range from minor to life-threatening, and it is critical for event planners to be aware of their guests allergy needs. To this end, it is important to have guests lists any food allergies that they have when they RSVP to the event. By consulting with your guests about these allergies, it is possible to ensure to have foods that all of your guests can enjoy. As an additional precaution, event planners should make it a point to list any known allergens that are in the dishes being served. Without this step, your guests will be unable to accurately known if a particular food is safe, which can cause them to experience a reaction or to skip foods that are perfectly safe. Plan For Potential Problems It is an unfortunate fact of life that the best plans often encounter problems. Yet, the costs involved with planning a large event can make these problems catastrophic to the planner. This is especially true in instances where the event must be cancelled. Many organizers are unaware of the fact that they can purchase an insurance policy to cover them in the event the party must be cancelled. When you are protected by these insurance policies, you will be compensated for any deposits or expenses you had to pay to organize the event. While the covered reasons for cancelling can vary from plan to plan, it is possible to purchase one that will protect you against the most common reasons for cancelling, such as bad weather or damage to the facility. The responsibility for organizing a large corporate event does not have to overwhelm you. If you take the time to research the food allergies of those attending the event as well as making sure to purchase an event insurance policy, you can help ensure that your event goes as smoothly as...

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Becoming A Part Of Food Recovery From Your Restaurant

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Becoming A Part Of Food Recovery From Your Restaurant

In America, about 36 million tons of food was wasted in 2012. This equates to approximately $165 billion worth of food going to the garbage that may have been used to feed all of the one in six Americans who do not have enough to eat. If you own or run a restaurant, you are likely to see much of this waste, as it is estimated that full-service restaurants see up to 3.11 percent of total food used going to waste each day. It is even worse in fast-food restaurants as this percentage can jump to about 9.55 percent. This leads to a possible yearly waste of about 150,000 lbs of wasted food per restaurant.    However, food recovery can happen at your establishment to help feed those who are less fortunate. Here are some reasons that you can become a part of a food recovery program (such as New Horizon Foods) that helps to feed others. The waste not plated Approximately 4 to 10 percent of the food that is wasted in your restaurant probably happens before the food is even plated. This comes from trimmings, incorrectly plated food or other mistakes in serving. These are often thrown out but could, in fact, be used for serving to others as the food itself has not spoiled. Other prepared food that could be recovery includes the surplus that has been prepared but was not required for use.  Considering that serving sizes have increased from 20 years ago anywhere from 23 percent to even up to 100 percent in some cases, this is a lot of food to go to waste. These can be given to shelters, soup kitchens or other volunteer organizations that focus on meeting food needs of hungry Americans. Saving your money Not only is helping to feed others a great way to feel good about yourself and your contribution to the growth and stability of the community, it can also help you to save money. In fact, making a business inventory donation to a charitable organization can make you eligible for a tax deduction depending on the size of your business. Finding new ways to make use of the trimmings and peelings during food preparation might also be able to save you money on purchasing more stock for food preparation.  To get the food where it needs to go, there are online donations markets that you can post to, which will then alert nearby food service programs via text messaging or emails so that pickup can be arranged. This saves you the cost of having to dispose of the food yourself while feeding others and reducing your business’ contribution to carbon emissions from excess...

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Creating A Spectacular And Unforgettable Wedding!

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Creating A Spectacular And Unforgettable Wedding!

Your wedding is one of the most important and memorable days of your life. You want everything to be perfect on the day of your wedding so it is essential that you pick the right location. Depending on your budget and the amount of guests that you invite, there are many different options for unique, creative venues where you can have a remarkable and unforgettable wedding.    A Traditional Hotel Venue A hotel is a multifaceted facility that can accommodate the varied requirements of a wedding ceremony and reception all in one location. One option for a wedding at a hotel is to have the marriage ceremony in an outdoor, garden setting and then have the guests move into a banquet hall for the reception. A hotel will cater all of the food and drink for your wedding as they already have chefs and waiters on staff. Additionally, if you are expecting family and friends from out of town, a hotel can provide your guests with room accommodations in the same location as your wedding. For those reasons, a hotel can be a perfect site for a truly impressive and memorable wedding.  Non-Traditional Venues in Nature For a truly creative and non-traditional wedding, consider having it on a beach or in a natural setting like a botanical garden, conservatory, or in a city, state or national park. When hosting a wedding in a natural setting, you can rent a tent, tables and chairs to provide a comfortable place for your guests at the reception. You can have more options for different types of food and drink at a non-traditional wedding, from simple, elegant fare to traditional family favorites. Having a wedding in a natural setting might take a bit more organization and planning, but the result could be very personal and quite extraordinary.  Other Non-Traditional Venues You are only limited by your imagination when hosting a wedding at a non-traditional venue. Some distinctive locations and facilities to consider are: a local landmark such as a historical building or library a luxury sailboat, riverboat, yacht or ferry an art museum or theatre  a private home or estate an art gallery  a film studio  a private club or lodge an airport hanger an equestrian center (where all of your guests could be on horseback) A non-traditional location can be ideal for an imaginative and meaningful wedding. In a non-traditional venue, you have great creative license to personalize your decorations, food, flowers, music and entertainment to reflect your aesthetics, taste, and theme. You can even ask your guests to participate in your wedding by dressing up in costumes to fit in with the theme and setting that you have chosen. This could be a source of fun and involvement for you and all of your guests. Contact a local venue, such as McHale’s Events & Catering, for further assistance. Whether you chose to have a traditional or non-traditional wedding, the location plays an integral part in the success of your event. Hiring a wedding coordinator might also be a wise decision as they have the experience and knowledge to help you organize and plan your wedding and suggest things that you may not have considered. With careful planning and thought, you can create a meaningful and unforgettable wedding that will be remembered and...

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Five Life Events For Which BBQ Is Perfect

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Barbecue, or BBQ, is definitely a celebrated comfort food. There are so many variations on the sauce and so many meats that can be slow roasted or grilled with it, and it leaves you with such a satisfying taste. If you love BBQ but wonder how appropriate it is to hire BBQ catering services in your area, here are five events for which it is completely appropriate. A Country Wedding Couples who love country music and a riotous good time may choose to have a country wedding. If they do make that choice, then a BBQ caterer is perfect for the reception meal. It is also appropriate for the engagement party, should they have one. Most people enjoy a good BBQ, and caterers offer lots of different meats in various sauces for your event. Memorial Day, July 4th or Labor Day Many Americans get together for at least one of these holidays and spend time with family over a cookout. Unfortunately, that means the person doing all the grilling and barbecuing has to stand over a hot grill for an hour or more. If you plan on holding a family gathering during one of these holidays this year, consider a BBQ caterer instead. Then you can join the rest of the family in conversation or relax in the shade. Family Reunions Summer is the preferred season for massive family reunions because the kids are out of school and most families plan to travel anyway. When your second, third and fourth cousins crawl out of the woodwork, you have to plan on a lot of food. You cannot possibly cook a buffet in your own home or even at a park, and it takes a buffet to feed everyone. Again, a BBQ catering service is perfect, because most caterers do all the work, provide all the meat and side dishes, and then do all of the cleanup as well. Graduation Parties From high school to college, graduates are looking to party and eat a lot of good food. In the Southern half of the U.S., this means barbecue, and lots of it. Even if you live in the North, that does not mean you cannot partake of the same traditions. You can make it easy on yourself by hiring a caterer to feed all of those hungry teens and young adults. Charity Events Some charity events sponsor a “price per plate” event whereby attendees pay a lot of money to dine and help out the cause. A BBQ catering service (such as Bassett Caterers) can provide the food for such a benefit. You may even be able to convince the catering service to donate some of their profits to the cause if “x” number of people attend the event....

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How Can I Take Better Care Of My Deep Fryer?

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether you are getting ready for a fish fry or picnic with your fraternal organization or run a restaurant that cooks food using a fry master or similar deep fryer, you will need to take good care of it in order to remain safe and to get the best cooking performance. Following these tips will give you the benefit of using this deep fryer to the fullest, so that you are able to maximize on this investment and keep it in great use for years. This guide will help you exponentially, so that you’re able to make delicious food and protect your property and health: #1: Keep A Fire Extinguisher Handy At All Times Since deep frying foot with hot oil can be dangerous, you need to always make sure that you have a fire extinguisher heavy. Since this deep fryer uses oil and extreme heat, you will need to know that you are using the right type of extinguisher, to put out the fire, rather than exacerbate it. In the case of a deep fryer, you should keep a Class K extinguisher handy, for best results. Never cook on the deep fryer without a Class K extinguisher within 30 feet.  #2: Get A Fire Inspection If You Will Constantly Use The Deep Fryer Calling in a licensed and insured fire inspector will give you peace of mind as you use your deep fryer. They will not only inspect the deep fryer itself, to make sure that there are no parts out of place that pose safety hazards, but they will also inspect the cooking area and property itself. This will help you to avoid fire hazards overall and give you peace of mind.  #3: Learn The Proper Way To Clean Your Deep Fryer Cleaning your deep fryer is the most useful thing that you can do, both in terms of cooking quality and safety. There are some steps you can take to this end, including cleaning the element after every cooking encounter, thoroughly scrubbing the exterior with soap and water, using only recommended cooking temperatures and to boil the fry pot between 3 and 6 month intervals. When you properly clean your deep fryer, you give yourself the freedom to operate it often, without worry of malfunction or hazard.  Follow this guide so that your deep fryer serves you better and serves as a great investment. To learn more, contact a company like K & D Factory Service Inc. with any questions or concerns you...

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