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Have you ever been to a formal event where, after tasting the food, you felt the urge to use the sentence “This is absolutely divine!” for the first time in your life? Then you have been to an event that was catered by a professional company!

Throughout our lives, we are faced with organizing at least several important events - engagement parties, weddings, baby showers, business receptions. And organizing events can be very expensive and time-consuming. So we try to makes cuts in every department, and perhaps one of the first things that comes to mind is the catering. Who needs it when you can buy the food yourself. Everything will be so much cheaper, right? Actually, that is far from being correct.

Here are five important reasons why you should hire a caterer!

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Reason No1: It will save you money

It may sound counter-intuitive but it’s true. When you go through a caterer’s price list, and you add up all the guests that you expect, you start to think that the overall price is very expensive. Yes, the organization of an event in itself is expensive, and the costs increase proportionately to the number of attendees. There is simply no way around it.

At first glance, it say seem cheaper to buy the food yourself but what about its preparation? How much time would you have to spend on it? Who will help you? Do you have all of the appropriate pans and pots? What about all of the spices that will make everything taste better? Where will the plates come from - would you have enough for all of your guests? How will you keep everything warm? And more importantly, who will serve it?

So many questions! The caterers have all the answers. They are professionals, and they know how an event works. They provide their own plates, and staff who will make sure that those plates stay always full. Additionally, they can prepare the food ether in advance or on the spot, while the event it taking place, so that everything is fresh and delicious.

Reason No2: It will save you time

This one is kind of obvious for anyone who has ever been burdened with the task of being a host. Organizing events can be exhausting - both mentally and physically. There are so many things to consider: the invitations, the theme, the decorations, the sound system, the DJ, the entertainment, and so many others. And let’s not forget the food! It’s one of the most important parts for a successful event.

There are too many things, and too little time to do them in! Nothing ever goes as planned, and the time gets shorter and shorter. Everyone knows that a good leader knows how to delegate. So why not do just that?

Professional caterers are experts in their field and their only goal is to ensure the delicious satisfaction of your guests. Let them worry about the food being fresh, and being served on time. They know what they are doing. Relax and take care of the rest. Leave the hard part to them!

Reason No3: It will be more delicious than you could have ever imagined

We would like to think of ourselves as people who know good food. After all, we all eat it, and we all enjoy it. However, you might be missing a small detail. Unless you are a chef yourself, you have a preconceived notion of what types of food go together and/or are available at the local supermarket. So when you make the grocery list, you will add only certain foods. This is completely natural but it will leave your tables looking very dull and flat.

Caterers, on the other hand, have spent countless hours negotiation deals with suppliers, and trying out various combinations of food that at first may look strange but are in fact very delicious. If you have been to a catered event before, you know what we are talking about. Taking a bite out of a canapé with unknown ingredients and thinking that “it’s divine”. Only after do you find out that it contained a type of cheese you only heard about in movies, and it was combined with a piece of fruit that you never saw before.

Delicious!

Reason No4: You will be the talk of the town

What differentiates a good event from a bad one? The food. Whether we like to admit it or not, food can make or break a party. As many events take place in the evening, most people are hungry. But if what you serve is not held to a standard, many will be left disappointed.

There is one universal truth - if we have a bad experience with something, we will make sure that everyone knows about it. On the bright side, the same is valid if our experience was amazing. Which one of the two feedbacks would you rather hear?

If the food at your event was prepared and served by a caterer, your hardest task of the night will be to accept compliments. And who wouldn’t like to do that?

Reason No5: You should also enjoy the party

As we already mentioned, organizing events can be tiring, to say the least. You have to put so much effort into them. And unfortunately, that effort doesn’t end when the party starts.

On the contrary - many things need to be looked after and checked. Most hosts of events do not have time to sit down, and eat even a bite. They have to run around dealing with the latest disaster, or making small talk with their guests. By the end of the night, the organizers are exhausted and hungry.

This is where the caterers come in. They know what events are like, and will be able to assist you perfectly. You might even be able to take a bite of their delicious food!

All in all, catering is something that we think we don’t need but it turns out to be the thing that saves our lives. When we want a haircut, we go to the hairdresser. When we need to fix our teeth, we go to the dentist. And when we need to feed the crowd on our event with amazing food, we go to the caterer. Simple as that. Now, go, and organize the event of the century!

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The leaves are turning, the air is getting crisper, that can only mean one thing. Fall is just around the corner and with fall comes football. Football games bring together families and friends who want to root for their favorite teams. Get-togethers and football parties are an absolute must in the fall. There are the definite essentials that you need for any tailgate or football party the first being the proper set up to watch or stream the game, the decorations and most importantly the food.

First let’s start off with some great game day decorations that will make your get-together truly memorable. Most of these are DIY and are perfect to use for future football parties.

 

  • Football Party Mason Jars - These are great to hold utensils, napkins and other essentials for your food table. The great thing about painting your mason jars are that you can paint them in your favorite team’s colors, make them a football, paint a game plan on them or even dress them up as a referee! These make a cute addition to any table and a perfect way to show your team spirit.
  • Football Party Food Labels - make football shaped picks that make it easy for your guests to know what each dish of food is. It’s festive and practical!
  • Football Field Party Table - this is a great way to kick up the festive attitude with a gridiron table dressing! This makes your table that neatly has all your snacks and food laid out look that much more appealing! It’s a super cute and fun idea and the best part is it leads to a quick and easy clean up at the end of the night!
  • Game Day Paper Chain - This is perfect for any game day party. The best way to complete this is to grab some brown and white construction paper and make little footballs with the brown construction paper and interlock the footballs with the white construction paper. These can be used to decorate anywhere you desire. It’s a fun and inexpensive way to make your party football ready!  
  • Astroturf Yard Line Bunting and Coaster - Use some astroturf scraps to make a yard line bunting to hang wherever you please, it makes a great addition to any football themed party. Another great idea is to use the astroturf scraps for coasters. You can make them yard lines as well and they are a great and festive way for your guests to place their drinks! 

 

The next item up for a perfect football party is the games. You want to make sure that you keep your guests entertained during commercial breaks and halftime. There is no better way to entertain them than having these three games ready. A lot of fun will be had and your guests will enjoy every minute of your football party.

 

  • Football Commercial Bingo - This is a great game to continue throughout the football game and for the duration of your party. It’s also great because you can create your own BINGO card or there are many templates you can find online. You choose different companies commercials and when they come up during the commercial break you mark them on your bingo sheet! It’s a great way to keep guests entertained through the commercial breaks.
  • Rate the Commercial - this is geared more towards a Super Bowl party, as there are specific commercials made for that game, but it would work for any football game. Give your guests paddles or popsicle sticks or whatever you would like to use, and have everyone rate the commercials on a scale of 1 to 5. It’s bound to lead to laughs and fun.
  • Bean Bag Toss (Cornhole) - this game is a staple to any football party. It’s fun, it’s a team game and it’s great to play during halftime. There are ways to make your own or you can buy an already made set. The game consists of two wood or plastic platforms with a hole in it on either side and guests have four bean bags to toss and score points. It’s a load of fun and will make your football party one of the best.

 

 Now, on to the most important part of any football party, the food! Food is so important when it comes to a football party. You should, of course, provide a meal (we are offering some great specials this season). But, on top of that, you might want fun appetizers and lighter meals because your guests will most likely want to snack and eat throughout the game. Here are some of the most have snacks at any football party. 

 

  • Mini Pigs in a Blanket - Another staple of any football party is pigs in a blanket and while these are a more simple dish, they are a crowd pleaser. Make them even more on-theme by making them shaped like little footballs.
  • Meatballs - These are a great comfort food and a great way to appeal to all your guest’s tastes. Meatballs are great for a chilly fall day spent watching football.
  • Corn Salsa and Chips - While suggesting corn salsa, any salsa that appeals to you can be used. Chips and salsa is a great snack to have and compliments any other appetizers or hors d'oeuvres you may have selected for your party.
  • Hot Dip - now hot dip is a general term, but that’s because there are many types of hot dips you can choose from, such as spinach artichoke, but as long as you have some type of hot dip your guests will be happy. It’s an excellent snacking food to have available for your guests and something they can continue to munch on throughout the game and party. 

 

These are just some suggestions that will help you to have a wonderful and fun football party. Whether you are watching a big game, such as the Super Bowl or just having a small get-together with friends and family, any combination of the above will make for a fun and delicious football party. And one that will be remembered. So, this fall get your team’s jersey out, dust it off and enjoy football season and your football party!

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                  The words “this is over our budget” are probably words that you use often as you are planning a function, including a birthday party, wedding, or even a family reunion or get together.  Sticker shock is very common for many, including myself when I am out shopping.  There is a lot that goes into the cost of something, and there is a reason why something is set at the price it is, and for a consumer, that can be hard to understand.  Sometimes all it takes for us to understand something is to educate ourselves a bit. 

 

           b2ap3_thumbnail_5.JPG       When it coms to catering, you, the client, is left with little work to do once you have chosen a menu and time frame and have confirmed everything with your caterer, and let’s face it, choosing a fun and delicious menu is the fun part!  There are quite a few different factors that go into the cost of catering, which is why it is important to keep an open mind as you make your decision on what caterer to choose for your special event. 

 

                 

The first thing to keep in mind is that the event coordinator you are working with needs to get paid, that is of course a reality.  They get paid to work with clients who need catering.  Another item you need to keep in mind is that caterers have base expenses that need to be covered in revenue in order to operate, and these expenses include staffing, the building or kitchen they run, and vehicles and other equipment to name a few.  All caterers have these same expenses.

 

                  More importantly than the base costs, is the fact that you, the client, get to simply show up to the location you tell the caterer to arrive to, and enjoy yourself without having to worry about ANYTHING.  You get to just be in the moment and mingle with your friends and family.  You don’t have to cook the food or go get the food, it all comes to you!  A typical catered meal can cost anywhere from say $14 to $34 (on the high end).  What do you pay for a meal when you go through the drive-thru at a fast food restaurant?  Even a fast food cheeseburger, fry, and soda can cost you nearly $9 now a days. You need to drive to a fast food or sit down restaurant too.  Therefore, when you think about paying a few more dollars per person for food that gets brought to you, and even maybe cooked right on-site in front of you, the price doesn’t seem so bad.  When working with a hand picked caterer and customized menu, you get incredibly great quality and you get so much more for your value when using a caterer, and that is something we don’t really think about as we are price comparing.  Better yet, you don’t have to set up an entire buffet, or clean it up at the end, this is taken care of for you in the cost you are paying for the food.

 

                  Many people often want to try and cut some corners too, and choose the option that is going to save them the most money, however, is cutting corners and choosing the cheapest something you really want to do for your wedding, for example?  A wedding is one of the biggest days of your life, and it is an event that people remember forever.  It probably isn’t wise to give up a good quality meal or the right amount of service and staff just to save a few bucks as trying to cut your expenses too much could lead to greater issues in the end.

 

                  These are all factors to keep in mind as you are considering different caterers for your event, and remember that the price will most likely be higher than the drive-thru at the fast food chain, or even a meal at sit down restaurant, but that is because there is little work that you, as the client, need to do, which means you can spend your time enjoying your special event instead of worrying about the food.

 

 

 

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Exquisite edibles to enjoy during your solar eclipse celebration

All eyes will be to the sky this coming Monday, August 21, when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, blocking all or part of the giant star for up to three hours. It is the total solar eclipse of 2017 – the first in the United States in 38 years!

The path of total solar ‘blackout’ will move through portions of 14 states – stretching from Lincoln Beach, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. However, all North Americans, and even parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will be treated to at least a partial a partial solar eclipse, with the moon covering part of the sun's disk during Monday’s spectacle in the sky.

Such a rare sight calls for celebration, and nothing sounds more suave than a sophisticated eclipse soiree! But after stocking up on verified eclipse-viewing glasses, equipping your guests with a list of eclipse-exploring mobile apps, and creating a stellar playlist (complete with Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’), you’ll want to ensure that you have the perfect menu to accompany the phenomena. After all, no party is complete without a smorgasbord of goodies, and the solar eclipse holds no exception!

Let’s remember that the actual event will be passing through the United States during the daytime, depending where you are located:

  • Western United States: The first in the country to see the eclipse will be along the coast of Oregon around 9:04 a.m. PDT. The moon will completely cover the sun there by 10:17 a.m. PDT
  • Rocky Mountains: The eclipse will begin in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, at 10:16 a.m. MDT, with the moon blocking out the sun completely by 11:36 a.m. MDT
  • Central United States: In Southern Illinois, a partial eclipse will begin around 11:50 a.m., with maximum coverage at 1:19 p.m. and culminating at 2:45 p.m.
  • Eastern United States: The coastal areas of South Carolina will be the final place in the United States to experience a total eclipse, with the peak eclipse occurring around 2:47 p.m. EDT and the shadow of the moon moving offshore shortly after 4 p.m. EDT.

As most of the direct action takes place during the earlier hours of the afternoon across the entire country, it’s important that you offer both savory and sweet options for your guests – it’s too early in the day to do JUST sweets, and too late not to provide them at all. Being during the day, you also don’t need to feel obligated to serve a full entrée. Small snacks and bites will fit perfectly.

Grilled eggplant and “moon”-zzarella

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Belisimo! Your guests will grant major creativity props for this eclipse-inspired appetizer!

Slice an eggplant into ½ inch thick rounds (the eggplant will be your moon), brush with olive oil, and throw those babies on the grill! You can also roast them in the oven at 420F for about 10-13 minutes. While the eggplant cooks, slice a ball of mozzarella into ½ inch thick rounds (the bright mozzarella will act as your sun).

Layer the eggplant and mozzarella on a serving platter caprese-style. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and garnish with some fresh basil.

The contrast between the dark eggplant and the white mozzarella mimics the same idea of the eclipse… the two objects, similar in size and shape, aligning with one and over and covering each other. Viola! A quick and easy catered app.

Get lunar-fied with pizza moons

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This one’s super easy and a great finger food option.

Preheat oven according to directions on crescent roll packaging. Unroll the dough on a flat surface. Top each triangle of dough with shredded cheese and a few slices of pepperoni. Sprinkle on a bit more cheese, and roll into crescent shape. Place pizza “moons” on a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. Top with Parmesan cheese.

Since your party will most likely be outside, these pizza moons offer an easy, hand held way to enjoy a lunar-themed snack.

Explore the skies with pretzel-ations

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Have kids coming to the party? This little offering acts as both a snack and a craft for the kids.

Use mini pretzel rods and mini marshmallows to create pretzel constellations. Let the children make their own crazy combinations, and have some pre-made designs out on display for inspiration (and decoration).

Party snack catering doesn’t get easier than this – and the kids will thank you, too, for being the cool party host.

Soar into space with rocket dogs

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Time to break out that dough once more! Pre-cook hotdogs to your liking. Wrap a regular sized hotdog in Pillsbury Bread Stick Dough and bake it according to the instructions on the dough package. 

Push a skewer through the hot dogs when done and top with a triangle of cheese. Instant. Rocket.

Now let’s add something sweet…

Get galactical with galaxy popcorn

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Your guests will get a kick out of this one – which is a lot easier to make than it looks! For it, you’ll need microwave popcorn, three bags of candy melts (black, lavender, and blue) that can be brought at your local craft store, and edible star sprinkles.

Take a bag of microwave popcorn and prepare as per the instructions. Melt the bag of black candy melts in microwave and gently combine popcorn with melted, black candy until coated. Next, spread popcorn in a single layer onto a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Melt ¼ cup blue melts and ¼ cup lavender melts and drizzle each over the popcorn. Sprinkle edible stars on top, then refrigerate for 10-15 minutes. Break up into bite-sized pieces and serve!

Edible eclipse cookies

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You’ve eaten these guys for as long as you can remember… but did you ever realize how perfectly they fit into an eclipse-themed party? Whether you decide to buy these black and white cookies from a bakery or make them from scratch, they offer the perfect, celestial balance of dark and light – and fit the feel of the party perfectly!

Let’s not forget a libation…

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Whether you are celebrating in the path of eclipse totality or viewing partial coverage from your party place, the ‘Perfect Solar Eclipse’ cocktail is absolutely delicious and a great way to mark the occasion.

Simply mix 4 oz of sparkling clementine or orange soda with 1 ½ oz dark rum. Pour over ice and garnish with an orange slice.

Want to get even simpler than that? Stock up on some Blue Moon beer, of course!

With the main event just days away, the above snacks are quick to pull together, delicious for everyone, affordable, and add the perfect catered touch to your eclipse viewing party’s snack table. In fact, with such creativity and ease, your guests will most likely deem the party out of this world.

When’s the next solar eclipse event after Monday? You’re guests are sure to be wondering when they’ll be able to come back for more!

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The holidays are fast approaching, the next meeting is around the corner, something came up last minute, or maybe you just have too much on your plate. The hardest thing to do is delegate, but delegate we must and why not hire a professional to take care of the food. A caterer is a great person to have at your fingertips. They take care of every little detail for you and give you a piece of mind, so you can move on and tackle your next task. A handy little checklist to use when hiring a caterer should include the following:

 

 

  • Are they available for catered lunches or parties?
  • Have you tasted their food?
  • Do they provide a variety of food?
  • Are they able to accommodate any special dietary needs?
  • Do they need a kitchen or are the self-sufficient?
  • Is their staff knowledgeable?
  • Are they trustworthy?
  • Will they be on time?
  • Can they provide all types of beverages? Desserts?
  • Is the staff friendly?
  • Do they have experience with you type of event?
  • Can they provide their own rentals such as linens, tables, or tents?
  • Is their contract easy to understand?
  • Do they have great food presentation?
  • Can they work with your budget?

 

No matter what your profession or where you live find a caterer and see what they have to offer! And…if you happen to be in Minnesota give Unique Dining Catering a call!

       #RealPeopleRealFoodRealFun

 

Emily

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A lot of time and detail goes into the days leading up to your wedding, which for most, can be stressful at times. Planning a wedding doesn’t just come that easy, but you can bet there are resources out there that you can utilize to get the most out of your special day and the time leading up to it. Every person involved in the planning process for your wedding can be of great use to you!

Let’s start with the venue. What are your responsibilities for the day? Are you to show up and everything is set up for you, or are your responsible for all set up and tear down? This is a discussion you will want to have. If you are responsible for putting up all of the tables and chairs, and then taking them all down at the end of your event, you may want to consider another venue so you don’t have to worry about taking care of this. Courtyards of Andover is a great example of a venue that has an all-inclusive room fee, meaning you just have to show up and enjoy yourself!

I want to discuss catering next, as catering is also a big part of your wedding day! If your venue doesn’t have an exclusive caterer, you are also going to be responsible for going out on the search for the perfect caterer. Of course great quality food and a budget friendly investment are going to be the most important factors of choosing a caterer, however, you also want to think about the overall services that they offer. Are you responsible for providing buffet tables or tableware, or do they? Are you responsible for all clean up or is this something the caterer takes care of? These are all important pieces of information to learn as you do your research, as the right answers can save you from a major headache at the end of the day.

Another great resource to take advantage of would be an event planner (if you hire one). They generally know so many people in the industry so they will have contacts and recommendations for just about any service you might need for your wedding day, from caterers, to venues, to photographers, and DJ’s, they are a great resource when it comes to planning and crossing off items on your to-do list.

 

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I have been in and out of many Minnesota businesses lately and now that the weather is warming up so is business. Which means meetings! Meetings that need food and catering. Most people love all the variety Unique Dining Catering provides; the struggle then becomes what is the right serving style. I thought a few quick tips to help you decide what kind of catering style is right for you would be helpful right about now!

Boxed Lunches~ This is a great way to serve your group when your meeting is on a tight timeline and can’t afford to take a meal break. It also allows the flexibility of grab and go. Do you have enough space for a buffet? Boxed lunches are a great space saver too!   

Buffets style~ Casual at its best! It's all setup before your even enter the room. Each person can pick and choose exactly what they want. This option is perfect for a group with special dietary needs, picky eaters or just to offer a fantastic smorgasbord of different items.

Family Style~ An elegant buffet with the coziness of home! Have a group that is new to each other? What better way to bond than over food! Generous portions making the rounds all while being able laugh, talk and enjoy each other’s company.

Plated~ Going formal, but traditional! Usually this is an elegant evening affair with unique and impressive food! This is not the typical office event, but it is nice to be able to pull this off when needed for a special occasion.

 Your options are limitless with Unique Dining Catering, and we'll be happy to talk over all your different options to make sure you have the service style that is perfect for your meeting or event!

       #RealPeopleRealFoodRealFun #cateringminnesota

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Summer is upon us again and it’s that time of year to start planning and having your company picnic. These are great events for your company to show sincere appreciation and gratitude for your team members. According to Paul Spiegelman from Inc. magazine, having a company picnic shows your commitment to your employees, it breaks down walls, shows you support families, inspires gratitude and makes your employees feel rewarded.

With all of these benefits, a company picnic should be a top consideration for your summer planning. There are so many different ways to have a great picnic. Having on-site grilling/roasting always increases the fun because the ambiance created is so perfect to the festivities. Your employees will enjoy the build up to mealtime as the aromas linger in the air and they can interact with the catering staff and learn great roasting methods at the same time.

Here are a few menu ideas and themes to help you get started!

“Classic” Pig Roast- On-site roasted whole pig with a second meat option like turkey or chicken. For side dishes consider potato salad, baked beans and coleslaw.

Brats and Burgers- Grilled on site with summer pasta salad, baked macaroni and cheese, and a fresh fruit bowl.

Slow Roasted Beef Brisket with Grilled Chicken Breasts- serve roasted red potatoes, roasted vegetables and fresh watermelon slices.

Country Hoe Down- BBQ Chicken, spare ribs, baked macaroni and cheese, baked beans, corn cobbettes, coleslaw and cornbread.

State Fair- Pork chop on a stick, fresh fruit skewers, whole pickles on a stick, roasted sweet corn, mini corndogs, and chocolate covered bacon.

These are just a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing as you begin the planning process. You can always give Unique Dining Catering a call and we’d be happy to provide you with many other options.

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Providing games and children activities is always a good idea as well. Face painting, bouncing houses, dunk tanks, etc. all up the ante in terms of fun. The goodwill you earn from the families of your employees will definitely make everything worthwhile.

 

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There is a lot that goes into planning a wedding, or any other event for that matter, some of which can be pretty stressful as there is often a lot on one’s to-do list all at once. One of the most important parts of an event is definitely the food! No one wants poor quality food that isn’t a hit. You want tasty, good quality food that gets you compliments for years down the road! There are three areas that you want to make sure to consider while searching for the perfect caterer for your special event: Specialty, Food Quality, and Reviews/Ratings.

Each caterer has their own area in which they specialize, and this is one thing you probably want to look in to. It could be BBQ, small lunches that just get dropped off, extravagant events with passed appetizers and plated meals, or it could just be desserts. Think about your overall expectations of service and needs, and discuss this with potential caterers to see if they are a fit and able to meet these wants and needs.

Food quality as briefly discussed above, is very important for most. You want your guests to enjoy the food and rave about it! Good food leaves a good impression! This leads me right into reviews and ratings! The first thing I recommend doing when researching caterers is taking a look at their reviews and ratings on sites like Facebook and Google, along with reading testimonials on their website. This will give you some good initial insight into their service standards. You will see ratings on these sites too.

Once you have discussed your vision and service standards with potential caterers and feel like they might be a good fit, you may want to consider setting up a tasting if you still need a bit more convincing. Most places offer group tastings, and this is a great way to try some food options and get a good idea of the caterer’s quality of food.

When you find a caterer that specializes in good food and service, don’t let them go!

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Breakfast is not just for breakfast anymore!Written by Emily Boettcher

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” My mother always said. You probably heard that too. Were they right? I would like to think not! Unfortunately, most studies prove them right. Even more unfortunately I do not always have time to grab that important meal as I am scrambling to get everyone out the door and to work on time. Fortunately, I work for Unique Dining Catering; the best part about working for a catering company is the FOOD! On those mornings when I don’t have time to for breakfast there is nothing better than walking in to the kitchen and hearing Chef say, “Grab some eggs and French toast!” What would it mean to your crew if you had breakfast waiting for them in the morning? Would it be easier to manage your group? Would they be a better team? Would they start going the extra mile? Would you have less turn over? I would like to think absolutely! Give it a shot see what results you get and hey, if your group isn’t in early enough for breakfast, breakfast for lunch is always a huge hit! Maybe our moms were onto something after all!

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How to Have an Amazing Graduation Party: Top 7 Ideas in Your Minneapolis Graduation

If you are graduating from high school, you want to make sure that you are able to have the best options for your party, and that means that you need to have a lot of imagination as well as a lot of creativity to have the best possible party. Here are the top 7 ideas for your Minneapolis Graduation party.

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1. A Decade Theme Party: When you are looking for a fun idea, you want to consider all of the options that are out there for you with a decade party. You could have a 40’s party, a 50’s party, an 80’s party or any other theme you may like. Have all of your friends come and dress as an official decade, these are just some of the great ideas that you could choose from with many graduation ideas that are going to be perfect for all of your needs.

2.  An International Party: Have everyone come to a Minneapolis Graduation party dressed in their favorite country’s garb so that you will be able to see the influences that are out there for each of your friends. This is a fun way to also what other things people would like to see in order to be a part of if they were to choose a country that represents their personalities.

3. A Futuristic Party: Let everyone come to the party in the clothing of their favorite futuristic society or alien society. This will be a lot of fun so that you will be able to have great costumes as well as a bunch of fun graduation ideas that are perfect for everyone.

4. A Historical Party: There are many ideas out there as well that are perfect for your needs if you are looking for the best options out there. You could have all of your friends come to your private shindig as their favorite historical character and see who they pick. The choice of your friends will represent their best choices as well as the options to ensure that you are able to enjoy the party with one of the most fun party ideas in Minnesota when you are planning your party.

5. Time Warp Parties: A Time Warp party is a lot of fun as it is a party that will allow all of the attendees to warp to another time. The most fun part about this idea over all other graduation ideas is that you are able to have a party and not worry about telling anyone when the time warp will be. What makes this very fun is that everyone can show up dressed in a different time and also in a different period. This will be one of the best Minneapolis Graduation party ideas. From this idea, you will also be able to add other incarnations of this idea so that it is possible that everyone will be able to create their own story.

6. A Superhero Party: Have everyone come to the Minneapolis Graduation party dressed as his or her favorite character from a comic book or a superhero franchise. You will be able to learn more about your friends and see some amazing costuming as you see the way that all of the costumes interact and work together to create an amazing impression for others.

7. A Rock, Rap, or Punk Rock Party: Have all of your guests come to the party as their favorite stars from the music scene. This will be a lot of fun and lead to some really memorable photos for all of the people who are celebrating at one of the most talked about Minneapolis Graduation parties.

You only have the chance to graduate one time; that is why it is very important to make sure that you are thinking through all of your choices and that you have the best choice for your party. Think about all of these amazing ideas and remember that this could be one of the best for you when you are planning your very own Minneapolis Graduation party. When you get creative, you will have a party that you will remember for years to come and that others will continue to talk about.

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Why You Should Consider Company Picnic Catering

Companies in Minneapolis often hold picnics as a way to strengthen teamwork and boost the morale of the employees. A day of fun and laughter can make employees feel good about each other, about themselves, and their work. But a company picnic means feeding all the employees. This is a tedious process, especially if you have lots of employees. To make your life easier and ease your worries regarding the food, you can employ a company picnic catering service.

Spouses and kids of the staff are also invited to company picnics. That means there will be a lot of mouths to be fed during the event. This can be overwhelming without professional help, and that’s why it is recommended to hire a Minneapolis catering service for the event. It is the better alternative to preparing the food yourselves.

It is important that you serve great food during the picnic. It should be fresh and well-prepared. Aside from the activities and games, the food served during the event is something that people will remember. You don’t want people to remember the picnic because of its awful food, right? With a Minneapolis catering company, you can forget about the food and just enjoy the picnic. You can also be sure that the food is safe for human consumption. The caterer can guarantee that no one will be rushed to the emergency room because of a bad case of food poisoning.

 

How to Find a Company Picnic Catering Service?

Just like finding a caterer for any event, you can look for an employee appreciation catering service through a local business directory or by asking around. You can also check online to find companies offering Minneapolis catering services. There are lots of caterers in the area. You should make sure that they provide the food that you prefer, and can cater to the venue of the picnic.

Create a short list of company picnic catering services that you think can serve your employees with great food. Contact those companies in the list and inquire about their services, as well as the costs. Make sure that they are able to service the location of the picnic.

 

What Company Picnic Catering can do for You?

There are lots of benefits that a Minneapolis catering company can bring to the table. To start with, you and your employees will be able to enjoy great food. It is also a cost-effective way of feeding a large group of people. Just think of all the time and money you have saved by not preparing the food on your own. Imagine buying the ingredients and then cooking all the food for everyone. It will take hours just to prep the ingredients.

The caterers will do the food preparation in their own kitchen, and then transport it to the venue of the picnic. You don’t even need to provide them with space where they will prepare the food for your company.

Setting up where the food will be served will also be the concern of the company picnic catering service. They will ensure that there is a table for the food. More often than not, the menu for the picnic will be pies, salads, and sandwiches. However, modern picnics do mean any meal that is eaten outdoors. Barbeques and other foods cooked outdoors are also appropriate for this type of event. The catering service will provide you with choices when it comes to the menu. You can choose e the foods you want to serve during the picnic, as well as the set up of the tables.

And because they take care of everything when it comes to food, you can enjoy the picnic more. There will be less worries because you know that the food is taken care of. They will also ensure that everyone is well-fed during the picnic. 

A Minneapolis catering company that specializes in picnics can make your event go smoothly. They have the experience of working on such events that they know how to please their clients. They can provide suggestions on how the event will be handled so that there will be no issues or problems from start to finish.

A company picnic catering service is a valuable resource that you should use for your next employee appreciation event. Not only will they be able to provide good food, but they will handle all aspects of the preparation and service. They will also clean up after the event. That way you can put all your focus on the picnic.

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Company picnics are a great way to bring family and friends together with the work location and ensure that everyone knows each other outside of the office. Company picnics ensure that there is a time and a place to allow employee appreciation and a good balance with work and life. Company picnics can be full of all kinds of great activities that will allow you to build confidence and interact with people that you would not be able to on a regular basis.

There are many beautiful parks which are perfect for you in Minneapolis and allow you to have access to many of the best options out there for your company picnics. You will want to make sure that you take the time to reach out to all of your employees as well so that you will be able to plan all of the activities that are out there for you and are able to reach out to your other company members and see if they have ideas that they would also like to see at the events.

When you are able to enjoy time having fun at company picnics, it adds to a greater sense of appreciation for everyone who is going to be a part of the event and allows you to love the time that you are spending with others as well. Company picnics are a great time to allow you to continue to build and spend time with others so that you will have access to a great working environment.

 

Get Ideas from Your Employees for Company Picnics

There is no reason that company picnics have to be boring and not a lot of fun. Spend time working with your employees so that you will have the best ideas and you will be able to have a great time with your employees appreciation efforts. Make sure that you do not stick to the traditional models of company picnics as there is no reason that you are not able to have access to many of the best options out there and enjoy yourself with nontraditionally themed parties and fun events that will make your entire staff want to come to Minneapolis picnics.

Once you have scheduled one or two of these events, you will love the options that are out there and are available for you when you are planning company picnics. You will have at least 3-5 different options that are going to be perfect for all of your needs, and you will be able to enjoy every moment that you have when you are planning the company picnics in advance with different themes. You can also plan them in different locations depending on the locations, and the weather needs that you are facing. There are many options out there that will allow you to have an amazing time and will let you have the best options in the entire city of Minneapolis. Time to start planning now!

 

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Graduations: Celebrating Life’s Milestones

Learning how to drive. Going out on a holiday with friends. Landing your first job. Spending your first paycheck. Having your own home. Driving your own car. Finding your true love. These are just some of the milestones that we achieve at different ages in our life. If there is one more that we can add on the list, it would be graduations. Whether it is graduating from elementary, high school or college, it is a reason for celebrations. With such, there is no wonder why it is a big deal in Minneapolis, much like how it is in other states.

 

The Importance of Graduations

Why it is that graduations are widely celebrated? This is especially important for the person who has graduated. This is a sign that he or she has achieved something. Especially from a college graduation, it means that the individual has withstood many years of studying and has now finally reached a point where a new chapter is about to open. It signifies transition from one point of their lives to another. It can also serve as your gift to people who have shown their support to you through the years. It is the fulfillment of a dream – not only of your own dreams but also the dreams of others for you. It is a one-in-a-lifetime event that should be celebrated in the best way that is possible.

It is also important for parents. Given the fact that they have financially sustained education of their children, graduation is a sign that they are finally over such stage of their life. More so, it is an opportunity to show how proud they are of their child for being able to achieve such milestone.

 

Celebrating Graduations in Minneapolis

Because it is a special point in a person’s life, it is just right to prepare for grand celebration of graduations in Minnesota. In this case, there are several things that can be done. One can go on a trip out of the state or out of the country to celebrate graduation. This can be an excellent choice for those who are looking for a gap year. Parents can give their child a new car as a celebratory gift. You can also go shopping to congratulate yourself.

The most common way of celebrating graduations in Minneapolis is perhaps throwing an intimate party with family and friends who are special to the person who graduated. It can be a simple dinner in a favorite restaurant in the neighborhood or a get-together at home with meals prepared by a preferred caterer. Hosting dinner and drinks are also a common tradition. Eating, drinking, singing, ad dancing, all while reminiscing on the struggles before graduation can make a good celebration!

 If you would like help catering your Minnesota Graduation please contact the team at UDE Catering.

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Graduations bring lots of changes to one’s life. There are several choices that you need to make as you embark on a new phase in your life. And one of the choices will be choosing the right Minneapolis catering service for your graduation party.

Organizing a graduation party in Minnesota requires a lot of work. When done right, you will be able to hold a party and enjoy it at the same time. Employing the services of the right catering company will ensure that all the details of the party will be taken care of.

 

 

Why Hire a Minneapolis Catering Service

A catering company can save you time. Preparing food takes a lot of planning. A professional catering service in Minnesota can help do all the planning and food preparations for you. The company can do all the things that need to be done for the party, from the type of food to be served, the amount of food to be prepared for the graduation party, and how the food is presented. That way you will be able to enjoy the party with your guests.

When you choose a reputable Minneapolis catering, you will get your money’s worth. It allows you to save on the costs of preparing food because the caterer measures all the ingredients with precision. You also don’t need to worry about the extra amount of food and leftovers, because the catering company will ensure that the amount of food is enough to feed all the guests.

The catering company will also provide all the kitchenware and cutlery. The lack of utensils is one of the problems that people face when they choose to prepare the party food themselves. But with the caterer, you are rest assured that there are plates and utensils for everyone.

They provide good customer service to make sure that the guests are satisfied. The caterers ensure that the waiters or waitresses they hire have good communication skills required to interact with the guests of the graduation party. 

Lastly, you don’t need to worry about cleaning up after the graduation party. Cleaning after the party is hard to do and something that people want to avoid at all costs. You need to consider the leftover food, used utensils, tables, and chairs. When you choose to hire a catering company, you don’t need to worry about all the mess that guests have made. The caterer may do that for you.

 

How to Find the Right Minneapolis Catering Company

Finding the perfect catering company for your party can be a challenge. You need to ensure that the food is of high quality and delicious. And of lots of choices in Minnesota, looking for the right one is a very tedious process. Below are some tips to help you choose the Minneapolis catering service for your special day.

 

Create a Guest List

Before anything else, it is important that you establish a guest list first. That way you know how many people will be going to the party. This is also one of the things that a catering company will ask you. That’s why it is vital that you know the number of guests who are expected to attend the party before considering any other details.

 

Ask Family and Friends

When choosing a catering company, you should ask recommendations of family and friends. They might have a good experience with one of the catering companies in Minnesota. You should ask them about the worst and the best thing about the catering service. The information can help you make a smart decision in the future.

 

Have a Short List of Potential Minneapolis Catering Companies

The next step is to create a list of catering companies in Minnesota that can deliver to your chosen location. There are catering services that can only travel to a specific distance. Once you have a list, interview the caterers to find out if they can deliver what you are looking for. Please consider using Unique Dinning Catering for your graduation party and check out the graduation catering specials. 

 

Schedule a Taste Testing Session

A taste testing session can help you choose the right catering company. If the caterer doesn’t provide taste testing, then you should remove the company from your short list. It is important to know the taste of the food before it is served at the graduation party. The taste testing session will give you the change to find out the flavor and quality of the food that you are going to serve at the party.

Most reputable Minneapolis catering companies are happy to schedule a taste testing session, and will provide a sample menu for the graduation party. You can bring someone to the session, and the feedback from your friend or family member can help you make a smart decision when choosing the right caterer for your graduation party.

 

Make Your Decision

Once you have sampled the menu from various caterers, the next step is to make your choice. Discuss with your chosen Minneapolis catering service the requirements for your graduation party and ask for an estimated cost. Be sure that you are happy with your choice, and the catering company can provide you with all you need for the party.

And you should have detail in writing. You should read the contract before finalizing the deal. From the menu items to the service, everything must be included in the contract. At this point, you can also negotiate the price of the catering service. Once you are sure that all the details that you have discussed are included in the contract, then it is safe to sign it to seal the deal.

As you can see, a Minneapolis catering service can provide you with peace of mind. You don’t need to worry about feeding your guests because the catering company will take care of that for you. Then you can take you mind off it and enjoy the party with your friends and loved one. Graduations are special occasions that should be celebrated. Hiring the right caterer in Minnesota will ensure that the event will be more special and memorable for you and your guests. 

 

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Team at Unique Dinning Catering 

 

 

 

 

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 The Top Best Things Food Caterers Do

Definition: A caterer is someone who arranges the delivery, preparation and presentation of food for clients. If you've ever attended a bridal shower, fund raiser, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception or a bar mitzvah that had beautifully prepared and presented food, chances are that event was catered.

 

10 Things that make up good food caterers

Like many careers, catering takes a combination of training, hard work, and carefully honed skills to succeed. While there is much in common with being a chef, caterers face many additional challenges. Caterers have to handle such business matters as accounting, marketing and customer relations, in addition to the quality of the food.Online directories like Culinary Training feature a variety of courses that are specifically tailored for people entering this highly competitive field. Finding a way to stand out, and integrate sound business savvy with inspired culinary vision, is a big part of the challenge. But thereafter, a successful catering career is ahead.

 

What Makes a Good Food Caterer?

 

Cooking

At its most basic level, catering is all about food. No matter how beautifully the venue is decorated or how carefully the place settings are arranged, clients won't return if the food is awful. You also need enough cooking experience to make recipe substitutions, plan menus, and safely prepare, reheat and transport large amounts of food.

 

Food safety

A good caterer (and their staff) should be aware of and comply with the most-up-to-date food safety laws in their particular state. The Food and Drug Administration is in charge of food safety regulations throughout nation, and FoodSafety.gov allows you to find your state agency. Further training in this field is offered many culinary institutes and local colleges.

 

Customer Service

Caterers work with clients to design a menu. Being courteous, tactful, and diplomatic is necessary, as you may need to persuade a client to substitute an ingredient or change a dish. Good communication and people skills are also vital to building up a client repertoire and catering a successful event. A satisfied customer is the best recommendation, and word-of-mouth remains some of the most effective advertising out there.

 

Flexibility & Creativity

Recipes may need to be adjusted to cope with food allergies, and cooking methods may have to be altered to conform to religious dietary requirements or personal preferences. An imaginative and adaptable person will be able to triumph in these situations, and instill confidence in their clients in the process.

 

Leadership

A caterer has to manage a staff of cooks, servers, cleaners, and dishwashers, while ensuring their team is aware of their schedules, place settings, serving customs, and food safety regulations. It may also be necessary to provide direction and advice to customers.

 

Motivation

Caterers must be enthusiastic and proactive, to promote themselves and bring in business. During the busiest times of year, a caterer may work long hours, seven days a week, which demands stamina. It's also important for caterers to motivate one's employees (and stay motivated themselves) in moments when business is slow.

 

Financial planning

Fluctuating work is part of the job. The often busy periods, such as weekends and holidays, must be balanced with the times of year when business is only trickling in. Being able to financially plan and weather the slowdowns is particularly important to a caterer.

 

Business Management

More than just cooking, a catering service has to be a profitable business. The administrative tasks in catering deal with pricing services, accounting, taxes, managing employees, ordering food, and organizing schedules and budgets.

 

Marketing

Your food may be delicious, but the phone won't ring unless people know about you. Getting your business noticed is important and in catering, a good network of contacts is essential. You'll have to liaise with florists, venue organizers, event planners and a variety of other services that it takes to pull of a large event, but this also acts as your network of referrals.

 

Attention to detail

A caterer may also be in charge of some décor, table arrangements and food presentation. Setting up, running and clearing the dining room all fall under the task of a caterer. Here's where you can impress your client and all of their guests - who are all potential clients themselves.

Taking time to study the field of catering and learn about its particular challenges and demands can make all the difference between failure and success. If you love cooking, interacting with people, and have a flair for parties, a career as a caterer may be a good choice for you.

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