New Years Resolution

January 16th, 2012

2012 came on faster than I thought. The last I remember the girls were baking cookies and it was Christmas Eve 2009 .
Over the next few months I thought it would be fun to look back at some of our Wedding Celebrations and really focus on the unique story that each Bride and Groom tells about themselves, through their Wedding Celebration. Happy New Year , I look forward to telling the stories!
Cheers
Ken

Christmas Already?

December 24th, 2009

Hello World
It seems like just yesterday I was writing about Christmas in July and Poof it’s Christmas Eve.  It’s been a whirlwind of Summer, Fall,and Winter Weddings and Events since my last post.  You are seeing this on our newly designed website Kudos to Jacey Lucas at TenEleven Design for the design work and Fabrice Figlionli for his work making it all work! As I sit and blog my daughters are busy in the kitchen making cookies. Mom scurries about cleaning and getting ready for our open house this evening. My day started early trying to do some shopping that most would have finished earlier. Last night was designated for shopping but a visit to a local watering hole with long time friends put a stop to those thoughts. Of course the Christmas beers from Sly Fox and Tomme Arthurs (Lost Abbey Brewery) gift of the Maji were outstanding. As one of the partners of Memphis Taproom it’s my duty to try all the Chistmas beers I can. Over the weekend I was at Yards Brewery for our pre Eagles tailgate and Tommy Kehoe broke out the soon to be unveiled Old Bart Barleywine. Being the house caterer at a great brewery has it’s advantages.

On the menu tonight is an Apple wood Bacon European Cheese Fusion Fondue and it smells great. A little Yards Brawler is the beer of choice for that recipe blended with Primadonna , Old Amsterdam, Aged Canadian Cheddar and Swiss Ementhal and of course the Applewood Smoked Bacon.  Local sausages from Martins in Reading Terminal and hearty breads from Artie our Bread man featuring favorites from Sarcones and Metropolitan are great to accompany the fondue alongside  Hot Fresh Philly Pretzels.  Other Diverse favorites being served include Rigatoni  with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce and a bountiful seafood display(it is the night of the 7 fishes) with some assorted pick up hors d’oeuvres to nibble.  I just visited our cellar to pick our wines and especially our Vinatge Christmas Beers.  This year picks from the vault are 2002 Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, 2006 De Dolle Stille Nacht,  2007 Coresdonk Christmas Ale, 2008 Sammy Smiths Winter Warmer along side this weeks vintage Yards Brawler picked up at the Brewery Yesterday.  Well with the girls dancing around with Snoopy to Vince Guraldi’s Linus and Lucy it’s my cue to leave you all with The Best Holiday Wishes for all and a Healthy Happy Diverse NewYear! Good Food and Good Beer to All and To All a Good Night!

Christmas in July

July 22nd, 2009

Welcome to Summer in Philadelphia, finally hot and humid as we know it should be.  Should we sneak away to the beach or hike in the mountains?  No we’re Caterers and that means planning for Christmas and Holiday parties really begins in July.

Diverse Caterings Commissary is surrounded by great local farms and the produce this season   tempered by the rains and overall dismal skies in June, is ripening and coming to market.  Big beautiful blueberries, ears of sweet fresh corn and finally some Jersey Tomatoes.  When the Holiday Parties begin in December we will still be enjoying the fruits of our local farm but in mini Pot Pies and as sauteed medley of Root Vegetables,  tastings of Butternut Squash and Wild Musroom Lasagna and hearty winter soups.

Planning a Holiday Party can be lots  fun whether with a committee at your workplace or volunteering with a local organization, to help with Holiday meals for the less fortunate.  We are happy to contribute our services to The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund and their Toy Benefit , save the date!   www.dvlf.org/newsite/index.cfm

Fri, Dec 4
Toy – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Marketplace Design Center, 2400 Market Street, Philadelphia
– Annual winter fundraiser for DVLF and toy drive for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s HIV/AIDS unit

So if it gets a little to hot for you in July, turn your air conditiong on low dig out your Menorah,  or your Christmas Tree, and put together a list of friends, family and coworkers that you want to spend some quality time with and what makes them happy.

As far as the  planning for interesting small plate food offerings or the Carribean Holiday Theme Party, and holiday cocktails call us at Diverse Catering and Event Design to plan a party that helps everyone enjoy an eclectic fun experience.

Cheers!

Hello world!

June 13th, 2009

Welcome to our blog! Although we have been catering for a long time this is our first attempt at blogging. With that said, we are asking for your help.

Do you like the site?

What can we do to improve it?

What subjects would you like the blog to focus on?

We are here to offer advice to assist all, although we are Philadelphia Area Caterers, we welcome anyone that needs help to ask !

With Rain dominating the Philadelphia Area Outdoor Wedding Scene this spring and summer we are reminded that not only is a sprinkle on your wedding day traditionally Good Luck it also makes for a great party!
Guests pull a little tighter together under the tent, dancing get’s a little more energetic, and over heated guests need only to step out side the tent to enjoy Mother Natures Misting Fan.

My advice on a potentiall rainy wedding day is to plan with your caterer for all contingencies , then enjoy the experience without worrying too much about the weather. As I write this, I just spoke with this weeks clients about our A plan , B plan and a C plan for their wedding at Bartrams Garden on Saturday. We can seamlessly navigate from one to another as the weather changes but I like to review the plan 48 hours from the event so that the couple can feel comfortable with the plan.

Feel free to contribute with your comments , observations and advice to us.

Enjoy the Day!
Ken