Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Signature Drinks for Your Event !

We have seen a big trend the past few years in both weddings and events towards Signature Cocktails! What is so fun and unique about them is that there are really no rules, they can be whatever your heart desires. Many couples chose Signature Cocktails that are in the color palette of the event or that have some significance to them, maybe a fave drink of theirs or a drink they had on their first vacation together or on their first date. "His" and "Her" drinks are also popular. The options are endless.

Martini with Blue Curacao To Match The Wedding Colors!
Signature Drinks for Brunch Event
The same is true with corporate events ,  open house events, engagement parties, birthday parties, you name it. You can limit your bar options (and costs) by providing one or two signature cocktails for guests in lieu of a full bar.  Creating fun names for the drinks also adds to the "signature" touch. At a recent Open House for Nuvo Room, we created the "Nuvo-Tini" as a signature drink for attendees. 
When selecting your Signature Drinks, keep in mind that they do not have to be liquor based. You can easily do a Signature Sangria, Champagne based cocktails or even non-alcoholic based drinks.
Our event designers are happy to make suggestions for your event and to offer advice on what selections might best compliment your event.

Friday, February 14, 2014

I Do Linens - Now does Linens in Dallas!

We had a wonderful opportunity to meet with the fabulous folks of Atlanta based "I Do Linens". After seeing their samples and swatch book, we have been dreaming of all the ways we can incorporate these linens into upcoming events. Take a look at some of the amazing table covers they offer:

In case you didn't know, we L.O.V.E. shiny things ! This square block sequins is just gorgeous.
Again, BLING! Sequins linens are a current trend we have been seeing in weddings. Even if its just for a sweetheart table (to add a little extra pizzazz) or for the cake table.
The sparkle just makes us happy.

When we first saw this we thought it was feathers (which would be pretty amazing , actually) but at closer look you can see its layers of tulle. A cake tutu! Love it!
This is,by far, one of our favorites. The rosettes are huge and show stopping! Simply gorgeous.
We are looking forward to offering the I Do Linens line to our clients!


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

"Balloons & Bubbly" - The FOOD!!

If Yum-mazing isn't a word , it should be! That's how delicious the food was at our last open house.  Our attendees were fed like royalty, starting with tray passed hors d' oeuvres including our fabulous Mac and Cheese Balls , Mini Bites of Chicken & Waffles and Tasty, Bite Sized, Ground Lamb Burgers.
Multiple food stations of mini plates gave guests the option to graze the food at their leisure.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Onion Fig Balsamic Glaze

Asiago Stuffed Chicken Roulade in Cream Sauce
with Creamy Potato Gnocchi
Braised Short Rib with Cognac Demi-Glace on Goat Cheese Potato
We also offered Adorable Miniature Chicken Pita Sandwiches  and
Kobe Beef Slider with Fried Pickle Spear.
Jenny Layne Bakery provided a selection of mini desserts,
 including the most adorable whoopie pies ! 
Our open house menu definitely captured some of what we are seeing in wedding trends. Mini plates are a popular option for less formal events and receptions. Slider Stations are still a huge hit and are often requested with our Mac and Cheese Station.  We are also seeing a lot of requests for the Braised Short Ribs . The combination of a more familiar cut of meat served family style or plated has been on the rise as brides are looking to incorporate more comfort foods into their menus. Our Braised Short Rib is a phenomenal option for this. The meat practically melts in your mouth.
So, by now you know, no one left this event hungry. You should also mark your calendar for our next Open House so you can sample some of the deliciousness as well.

Monday, February 3, 2014

"Balloons & Bubbly" Design & Decor

Our most recent Wedding and Event Open House was hosted January 30th at Nuvo Room. We always love to pick a theme and then let the ideas flow. Catherine came up with the theme of "Balloons and Bubbly" , so off to Pinterest we headed. Between Maggie and myself, we started pinning like crazy and chose a color palette of mixed metals and white to compliment the venue.
Our floor plan consisted of a large , double sided head table which we accented with an incredible balloon chandelier and a low arrangement of clustered mason jars with tea light candles.

The balloon chandelier consisted of approximately 80 balloons of various sizes.

We chose gold lamour linens for our guest tables along with our silver chiavari chairs. We preset silver chargers on the tables, white napkins and gold and silver menu cards. The standing cocktail tables were draped in alternating gold and silver lamour linens and tied with accenting organza sashes.
In addition to Nuvo Room's in house centerpieces, the floral designers at Events and Experiences provided a mix of white floral centerpieces for the guest tables.
We were all swooning over this beauty ! We are huge fans of crystal and BLING!
They incorporated fresh floral touches into these centerpieces as well.

Nuvo Room provided the backdrop for our "floating" cake table and our favor table. The adorable take away favors matched the theme as well. We came up with the idea of doing a Bubble Gum Bar!(don't you love it!?!) Mixed metallic and white gum balls in a variety of candy jars and vases. (think candy station 2.0)

Another fun (and inexpensive) decorative piece was the Nuvo Room swing ,
 draped in silver balloons. 
Wait till you hear about the menu!!
Check back for more posts from this and other fabulous events!


Monday, November 11, 2013

Holiday Hoopla!

The holidays are fast approaching ! Its time for a whirl wind of social and business functions. This holiday season we are offering up some delicious menu options. As always, our service makes it easy to be a guest at your own party. Our (amazing) team of service staff will swoop in , set up , take care of your guests every need, pack up (post party) and clear out. You will be astounded at the no muss, no fuss entertaining option.
These are just a few of the fabulous items we are offering up this holiday season!
Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Aioli
Thai Chicken Satays
Endive Filled with Goat Cheese, Pecan & Fig
Raspberry Brie En Croute
Caviar Topped Baby New Potatoes 

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Skewers

Our extensive holiday and hors d' oeuvre menu offers something for everyone. One of our favorite things is working with each client individually to create the perfect menu for their event !

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Water Color Weddings: An Open House

Please join us Thursday, September 12 at Nuvo Room for our quarterly Weddings Preview event! The open house is held from 5:00-8:00PM and is your chance to see the Brides of North Texas Fall/ Winter Watercolor Weddings spread come to life!


In addition to seeing the amazing Nuvo Room and Culinary ArtCatering in action, we have invited several of the same vendors from the shoot to participate in the event and showcase their products and services.

Some of the participants will be:

 Brides of North Texas  ,  North Texas’ premier wedding magazine. These ladies know everything about what is hot and happening in the Dallas wedding scene! Check out their blog for inspiration and ideas!  You will also be able to pick up a free copy of their magazine which features the Watercolor Weddings shoot!   

 Feather and Twine Photography , one of the best wedding photographers in the Dallas market! This dynamic duo has an unique style and personality that captures the special moments and nuances of every  bride and groom they work with. Be sure to check out their blog as well!  

Hakim Sons Films will provide a cinematic experience that you can enjoy for years to come. They are one of the most innovative names in the business and their passionate team excels in wedding videography. Hakim Sons uses state of the art technology to help make sure each video is unique and amazing.

Sugar Bee Sweets  is back again!  We can’t get enough of these scrumptious cakes that are as beautiful as they are tasty! Sugar Bee boasts an unparalleled quality and attention to detail. Personalization is key, you won’t find any pre-made cakes here. Contact Sugar Bee to see the amazing cakes they can provide!

 Rod Baker DJ , the man and the growing legend.  DJ Rod was recently featured in the Knot’s “Best Of 2013”. He brings over 20 years of experience to his clients and to each and every event.  This DJ can rock the party and get them dancing like no other. PLUS he has some super , high tech equipment that it the perfect look for the modern bride.

Natalia Issa is a North Texas based hair and make-up artist and one of the sweetest ladies we’ve met! Natalia’s passion for her work shines through at any given moment. She is able to work on location or at her home studio and can accommodate any size wedding party. Take a look at her blog to examples of her beautiful makeup!

 We + You Studios is a creative powerhouse. Their paper goods were featured in the Watercolor Weddings shoot and they will be bringing some of their amazing paper goods to our open house event.  Their unique stationary is a great option for any bride. Each collection is customizable and offers brides the opportunity to create any paper goods needed throughout the wedding and reception.

My Live Photos  - SAY CHEESE!  We love their open air, candid photo booth concept . There aren’t any buttons or timers involved. Their rep chooses which pictures to take – which leads to a few fun and hilarious memories! My Live Photos provides photo booth props for your photo taking experience. As soon as the photos are snapped view them on the large monitor, download them, and share! The icing on the cake? They’re ecofriendly -- no photo-strips will be printed or discarded.  

RSVP today to reserve your space! We look forward to seeing you then.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Rendez Vous Recap!

Thank You so very much to each of our wonderful guests! Rendez Vous went so well because of both our guests and our enthusiastic vendors!


Chef Yossi hand crafted each menu item and came up with a delicious, French Inspired menu. The night began with passed hors d’oeuvres. The Hors D’oeuvres included our Glazed Lamb Chop; Sea Salt and Rosemary Pomme Frites; Herb and Cheese Savory Beignets; Beef Wellington Tart; and our signature Cinnamon Beef Lollipop. Guests loved the fantastic presentation and the amazing flavors of these little delights!




While enjoying these delicious treats, guests also were able to custom select their own drinks! The bar list consisted of fresh juices for infusing with Champagne or Martinis, guests chose their flavors and watched as bartenders created amazing drinks before their eyes! Options included Lychee, White Peach, Raspberry, Mango and Coconut.


Perfect for a hot summer night guests nibbled from the fancy Fromage Display complete with French and European inspired cheeses and spreads. The meal began with Salad Wedges With Bleu Cheese Served With Julienne Apricots, Diced Pear, Roasted Almonds, And Lingonberry Dressing.



Guests then meandered through the Mini Plates stations and guests were treated to a Crepe Filled with Mushroom Ragout drizzled with Chive Crème Fraiche; Sixteen Spiced Petit Filet topped with Port Wine Demi Glaze and Candied Pecans on top of Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes;  Apricot and Thyme Glazed Canard (duck) Breast with Cumquat Orange Marmalade on Top of a Gouda Cheese Risotto Cake.



One of our more popular dishes of the evening as the: Fennel Coated Baked Sea Bass accompanied with Potato Gnocchi Topped with Spinach Cream Sauce.  And finally, they were able to try our Savory Waffle with Chicken Coq Au Vin Topped with Champagne Dijon Cream Sauce.


After an amazing meal guests were treated to our fun, delicious “Pucker Up” Station- a variety of lemon candies and sweets with lemonade! Guests also tried our French Macarons, Mini French Pastries, and our amazing Espresso and Cappuccino Station. What a sweet way to end the night!


  Photo Credit: David Cheney