10 Creative Halloween Party Menu Ideas

We wanted to get in the spirit of Halloween and share 10 creative Halloween party menu ideas that will impress — and hopefully spook your guests. While we may not be serving some of these fun Halloween party menu ideas, we love incorporating the fall theme in our menus this time of year. From our hot apple cider to our apple cider sangria, there’s plenty of ways to warm up your fall menu. We love adding fall twists to our popular menu items like with our acorn squash bruschetta and our pumpkin bruschetta. Our pumpkin bisque topped with pepitas is almost as incredible as our Gorgonzola and Pear Ravioli with a Pumpkin Marsala Alfredo Sauce. Of course you can’t forget about dessert. Especially when it involves pumpkin s’mores, apple fritters drizzled with chipotle caramel sauce, and pumpkin bites topped with maple bacon frosting. We are always coming up with new menu items, which is why we design customize menus just for your event. Contact an event designer today to start planning your fall event.

Now on to the 10 creative Halloween Party Menu Ideas…

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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Walker’s Overlook Wedding

Walker's Overlook WeddingAll photos in this blog post belong to Richard and Tara’s Photography 

We love sharing the first time we work at a location, especially when it is as beautiful as this Walker’s Overlook wedding. Walker’s Overlook is a large historic property on a gorgeous farm in Walkersville, Maryland. Taryn and Brad’s Walker’s Overlook wedding was the perfect combination of eloquence and rustic charm. The ceremony took place outside with the perfect mid-September weather. We placed two of our wine barrels behind the bridal party, and placed beautiful flower arrangements on top. It added to the theme of the wedding, and was the perfect rustic touch to the wedding ceremony. This Walker’s Overlook wedding reception took place under a lighted wedding tent that was complete with white paper lanterns. To off-set the white, the guest tables had navy table linens with a burlap table runner. With ample outdoor space on the farm, Taryn and Brad had plenty of lawn games for their guests to enjoy. Corn hole, ladder golf, and jumbo Jenga were among the options.

Of course we had to design a menu that would be as fun as the wedding entertainment. For cocktail hour, guests enjoyed macaroni and cheese balls with marinara sauce, Asian spoon with seared tuna, Asian slaw, avocado, and wasabi sauce, miniature shrimp tacos with avocado, pretzel crusted chicken with honey mustard. graham cracker crusted squash squares and coconut chicken with mango sauce. Taryn and Brad’s signature wedding drink was a Caramel Apple Sangria. If only every drink could be as delicious, right?

Taryn and Brad had a stations style menu with a slider stations. On another station, we had teriyaki glazed salmon and chicken marbella. To round out the menu, we had a salad station which featured our Asian noodle salad, quinoa salad, and field green salad. We also had kosher meals for those who requested a kosher meal. We are always happy to accommodate any type of food request.

Since guests couldn’t solely rely on the Caramel Apple Sangria as dessert, Taryn and Brad had an adorable wedding cake from Sugar Bakers that was flavored dulce de leche and chocolate mousse. They also had an assortment of cupcakes including carrot, yellow cake, cannoli, and smith island flavored cupcakes. We enjoyed catering Taryn and Brad’s Walker’s Overlook Wedding so much. Congratulations to the both of you!

Walker's Overlook Wedding
Walker's Overlook Wedding
Walker's Overlook Wedding
Walker's Overlook Wedding
Walker's Overlook Wedding
Walker's Overlook Wedding
Walker's Overlook Wedding

To see the all of the photos from Taryn and Brad’s Walker’s Overlook Wedding go to, http://richardandtaraphotography.com/taryn-brad-walkers-overlook-wedding/

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American Visionary Art Museum Wedding

AVAM Barn Wedding Baltimore Catering

I know it may seem like we brag about our clients some times, but that’s only because we work with some pretty wonderful people. We had to share Emily and Jessica’s American Visionary Art Museum wedding. Their wedding ceremony took place at the American Visionary Art Museum’s Barn. If you’ve never been to this Baltimore museum there is a beautiful, patio and sculpture garden. It’s the perfect space for an outdoor bar and high top tables for your guests. Emily and Jessica had tan linens with coral accents, which made for a great color scheme for a fall wedding. For appetizers, guests enjoyed hot Maryland crab dip, bruschetta bazaar, brie en brioche, and an assortment of antipasto. Emily and Jessica chose a stations style wedding reception. The three stations for this American Visionary Art Museum wedding were too delicious not to share.

-Middle Eastern Bazaar:
- Chef prepared falafel served in a fresh pita with house made yogurt tahini sauce
- Hummus and babaganouch served with pita petals
- Couscous Salad
- Roasted marinated vegetables featuring sweet potatoes, zucchini, eggplant, yellow squash, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, an red onion

- Argentine Bogota Nights
- Pork drummies with chimmique sauce
- Argentinean roasted chicken flavored in a blend of fresh herbs, with a hint of rosemary
- Warm potato salad
- Quinoa Salad with avocado, diced tomato, corn, black beans and cilantro

- Grilled Cheese and Soup Station
- Brie and Pear grilled cheese wedge on whole wheat bread
- Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil grilled cheese wedge
- Butternut Squash Bisque

Cupcake Dessert Table Baltimore Catering

Amazing cupcake display!

Moscow Mule Signature Wedding Drink Baltimore Wedding

Guests loved the signature drink!

Warm Wedding Favors

Guests were given pashminas to keep warm if they were chilly.

Dancing Shoes Baltimore Wedding Favor

If anyone wanted more comfortable shoes for dancing they were taken care of!

 

We wish this amazing couple all the happiness in the world!

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American Visionary Art Museum Wedding

American Visionary Arts Museum Wedding CeremonyThere are some couples that we work with, whose weddings reflect perfectly at the venue that they choose. The wedding decor, the food, the personality of the couple — all of it were destined for where they chose to have their wedding. This was the case with Anna and Rob’s American Visionary Art Museum Wedding in Baltimore. This couple incorporated modern touches with a funky, artistic flair that melded with the unique Baltimore museum so well. The beautiful bride and her bridesmaids all carried jeweled brooch flower bouquets, as they walked down the aisle inside the American Visionary Art Museum. No need for added decor for this indoor ceremony, as the signature pink poodle float and other of the museum’s kinetic sculptures served as the fun backdrop for the ceremony.

After the ceremony, guests headed upstairs to the reception area. Guests tables had a black and white chevron table runner that added the perfect touch to the tables. The centerpiece for the tables were varied types of flowers with abstract vases. The food matched the modern decor, as we had our pulled pork sliders, scallops wrapped with bacon served with barbecue sauce, vegetarian pot stickers, chicken and waffle with a rosemary infused waffle, and our crowd favorite bang bang shrimp tacos. For the main course guests had the choice between our Maryland crab cake with smoked gouda cheese and roasted red pepper, sliced beef tenderloin, or our portobello mushroom napoleon.

Of course the night would not be complete without dessert. Anna and Rob added the perfect touch of Baltimore to their American Visionary Art Museum Wedding with a Natty Boh groom’s cake. Their eloquent wedding cake was topped with a Natty Boh and Utz Girl wedding cake topper. We also had a chocolate fountain with fresh strawberries, pineapple, sliced bananas, pretzel rods, graham cracker sticks and marshmallows.  Congratulations to Anna and Rob! We loved catering your American Visionary Art Museum wedding.

AVAM Wedding Centerpiece

 

Stone Ceremony

 

Wedding Welcome Table Baltimore

 

Customized Wedding Favor Candy Bar

 

AVAM Wedding Cake

 

Natty Boh Wedding Cake at AVAM

 

American Visionary Arts Wedding Reception Catering

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Shade Trees and Evergreens Wedding

Shade Trees and Evergreens Wedding
The leaves are turning, and are adding the absolute perfect splash of color to our fall weddings. Our weekends have been busy in October with gorgeous weddings and events like this past Saturday’s Shade Trees and Evergreens wedding. Ashley and Steve were such a pleasure to work with, and we were so happy the rain cleared just in time for their Shade Trees and Evergreens wedding. Ashley and Steve’s wedding ceremony was breathtaking, as the ceremony took place lake side surrounded by a picturesque landscape. Shade Trees and Evergreens is surrounded by trees and sits in a valley, which offers a serene and intimate setting for a wedding.

After the ceremony, guests headed to the beautiful wedding tent for cocktails and appetizers. The color scheme for this wedding was so tasteful with navy linens and coral accents. The flowers and centerpieces complimented with these colors, as well. Ashley and Steve embraced the fall weather and had hot chocolate and apple cider for their guests to enjoy. Not only that, but the wedding place cards were Apple Pie flavored cupcakes with each guest’s name and table information placed on the cupcake. A Shade Trees and Evergreens wedding that begins with dessert is hard to beat.

Guests got to enjoy appetizers such as our shrimp tostado with our mango salsa, orange chicken skewer, scallops wrapped in bacon, sirloin wrapped asparagus, and root beer barbecue pork slider. For the main course we served three stations that fit with the cool, crisp autumn evening. One station was our Pasta Bar which featured tortellini and penne pasta, with the option of our vodka rose sauce, or our bolognese sauce.  Guests also enjoyed our carving station which featured chef carved turkey and marinated flank steak. Our personal favorite was the grilled cheese stations with pear and brie grilled cheese; and tomato, mozzarella and basil grilled cheese with a tomato soup shooter.  The rest of the evening, Ashley and Steve spent dancing with their family and friends. Congratulations to the lovely couple. Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!

Shady Trees and Evergreens Wedding Reception
Wedding Cupcake Place cards
Placecards
Wedding Gift Table
Shade Trees and Evergreens Wedding Table

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Where To Have Your Holiday Party In Baltimore

Holiday Party in Baltimore

Looking for a venue for the company holiday party, but tired of booking the same local ballroom or restaurant? This year, why not reward your team’s creativity with an equally original location? From funky speakeasy’s to an upscale arcade, let Zeffert and Gold help you create an awesome holiday party in Baltimore that will leave your employees counting down the days until next year.

Speakeasy Baltimore Holiday Party Catering

Here Are 8 Ideas That Are Sure to Please:

Library: Whether you are a book lover or not, Baltimore is home to an array of beautiful historic libraries that would make for an eloquent venue for your holiday party in Baltimore. Since we design custom menus we can work with you to create a holiday menu that will reward your guests for all their hard work this year.

Arcade: The saying age is just a number is one that rings true especially during the holidays. Why not host your holiday party in Baltimore at an arcade? Your coworkers will appreciate any company outing that involves skee-ball and a delicious Baltimore catered menu.

Museum: Hosting your holiday party in Baltimore at a museum is a fantastic way to combine food and entertainment. There are so many unique museums in Baltimore that your guests will appreciate the company holiday party being at a venue that they can explore.

Speakeasy: Take your holiday party in Baltimore down memory lane by hosting it at a speakeasy. These fun and nostalgic venues that are a tribute to the 1920′s Prohibition era, are sure to be a unique venue for your guests.

Sports Complex: Are your coworkers an athletic group of people, or just the type that do not want to sit still at an event? Consider a sports complex for your holiday party in Baltimore. We’ll have gourmet sliders & sausages waiting for you, after your turn in the batting cage.

Winery/Brewery: Another way to get in the holiday spirit with your coworkers is to host your company party at a winery or brewery. There are so many great options in Baltimore. We are happy to pair your menu with any type of beer or wine.

Barn: With a chill in the air, hosting your holiday party at a warm, rustic barn would be a venue idea your guests may not be expecting. With hearty winter meal options, and perhaps a hot cocoa bar, your guests will be happy you were put in charge of planning the company holiday party in Baltimore.

Historic Mansions: Spend some time with your coworkers at an eloquent venue that will reward them for all their long hours this year. We work at some amazing mansions all over Maryland. Venues tend to offer discounted rates during their off-peak seasons, so don’t let the word “mansion” deter you if you are on a budget.

For a complete list of venues where we have catered in the past, please visit our website. Please contact us if you are planning a corporate holiday party in Baltimore, or would like information on building a menu for your holiday event. Remember we specialize in building customized menus for your next event needing catering in Baltimore.

 

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Historic London Town Wedding

London Town Waterfront Wedding Reception
It was beautiful weather for catering Melisa and Mike’s Historic London Town wedding this past Friday, September 26th. Melisa and Mike had a nautical themed wedding that fit perfectly with their waterfront venue at Historic London Town and Gardens. The guest tables were covered in light blue linens and navy blue napkins. There was a starfish placed on each guest’s napkins. Not only that, but the wedding place cards were made from sand dollars. Melisa and Mike utilized their colors and theme so tastefully for their London Town wedding! The combination of blues at the guest tables looked spectacular under the white wedding tent. Plus, the guests had an unforgettable view of the South River in Annapolis the whole night. Their wedding centerpieces included a vintage lantern with a tall white candle and seashells and rocks spread around the lantern.

There were so many personal touches to this wedding too like the “engagement wine.” Mike and Melisa chose the Ingleside Cabernet Sauvignon and the Blue Crab White to serve at the wedding reception because they were the two bottles of wine Mike and Melisa shared the night Mike proposed to Melisa. What a great wedding idea! Mike and Melisa had a special signature cocktail at their Historic London Town Wedding that they created for their guest too. They even made chalkboard wedding signs that added a sincere touch. We were a softy for their quotes like, “They have found their Happily Ever After with each other and wish the same for all of you!”

The menu we designed for this Historic London Town Wedding included our parmesan crusted chicken with basil buerre blanc and sliced filet mignon with a Cabernet Sauce. Melisa and Mike had a four-tier wedding cake that was topped with two miniature adirondack chairs and had seashells and starfish flowing down the front of the cake. You have to check out these photos to see this beautiful this Historic London Town Wedding. Congratulations to Melisa and Mike!

London Town Outdoor Wedding Reception
London Town Wedding Reception
Lantern Candle Sea Shells Wedding Centerpiece
Sand Dollar Wedding Place cards
Wedding Chalkboard Signature Drink Sign
Bride and Groom Red and White Wine Wedding Drinks
Sea Shells Beach Themed Wedding Cake Zeffert and Gold Catering

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Baltimore Outdoor Wedding Evergreen Museum & Library

Evergreen Carriage House Wedding Reception
We had so much fun catering Teresa and Doug’s outdoor wedding at the Evergreen Carriage House in Baltimore. Teresa and Doug’s Saturday evening outdoor wedding ceremony took place in Evergreen’s gorgeous gardens. After the lovely couple said their “I do’s,” guests were able to enjoy cocktail hour in the upper courtyard area at Evergreen Museum and Library. We helped Teresa & Doug design a menu that resonated with local guests and welcome those who were not from Maryland, with hometown favorites like a Raw Oyster Bar and Oyster Shooters. There was plenty of seafood options like shrimp tostada with fresh mango salsa, cinnamon seared tuna on a seaweed salad topped with avocado, wasabi cream and sesame brittle, and cocktail crab balls offered with lemon aioli and/or spicy cocktail sauce. There were plenty of options for guests who were not a fan of seafood like mini pork tacos and acorn squash bruschetta. In addition to enjoying drinks and appetizers, guests could play bocce ball and corn hole in Evergreen’s gorgeous lawn area. It’s hard to beat delicious food, drinks, and outdoor wedding lawn games at this Baltimore outdoor wedding!

The fun continued at the reception at Evergreen’s Carriage House. Teresa and Doug’s reception was decorated with such elegance with mint table linens and a burlap overlay for the guest tables. The color scheme fit the Baltimore outdoor wedding perfectly. We added our own custom DIY whiskey barrel bar inside of the carriage house too. Teresa & Doug had a stations style wedding reception, so guest could mingle around and try lots of different options including,
-San Antonio Fiesta Station featuring Tequila lime chicken with chipotle sauce, BBQ beef brisket with spicy cucumber salad. Sweet jalapeno cornbread. Chipotle caesar salad.
-Pampas Grill Station featuring chef carved herb crusted leg of lamb, southwestern marinated flank steak served with minted greek yogurt and chimichurri sauce. Warm potato salad.
-Canal Street Station featuring teriyaki glazed salmon on a bed of braised spinach, topped with caramelized onions. General Tso’s Chicken. Vegetable fried rice. Asian slaw. Szechwan String Beans.

If you’re interested in a stations style wedding reception, check out some of the other options we have available on our website. We specialize in designing custom menus. Contact one of our event designers to start building your menu. We want to give photo credit to Angie’s Frozen in Time Photography. Thank you to Teresa for sending us these amazing photos! Congratulations to Teresa and Doug!

Burlap Wedding Table Setting
Zeffert and Gold Stations Style Wedding Reception Menu Board
Whiskey Barrel Wedding Bar

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Corradetti Glass Studio Wedding

Long Tables at Baltimore Wedding

We are so excited to share these photos from Jody and Michael’s Baltimore Corradetti Glass Studio Wedding. Corradetti Glass Studio is located in Clipper Mill. The intimate wedding ceremony took place inside the Corradetti Glassblowing studio. Between the white string lights and the eloquent glass sculptures, Jody and Michael had the perfect backdrop for their Sunday evening wedding. Not to mention the exposed brick walls and bamboo hardwood flooring adds to why Corradetti Glass Studio is such a charming Baltimore venue. After the ceremony, guests could stroll through the studio to see all of the amazing artwork and enjoy appetizers. We had our sweet and sour meatballs, artichoke dip, vegetable crudites and brie en brioche on a raspberry coulis for guests to enjoy.

Jody and Michael’s beautiful wedding focused on unifying two families together. We had long tables joined around the room, so the bride and groom could enjoy their dinner sitting with family and friends. The wedding table setting was beautiful with  ivory linen and turquoise napkins. Mobtown Florals really made this Corradetti Glass Studio wedding complete with amazing flowers and centerpieces. The centerpieces were the perfect splash of green from the ivy and other earthy compliments. Did we mention Jody and Michael exchanged their vows under a rustic tree branch chuppah? It was a stunning, modern jewish canopy with beautiful flower arrangements. It fit this Corradetti Glass Studio wedding perfectly.

For dinner, we served grilled chicken on avocado puree, topped with our corn and tomato relish. The chicken was accompanied with roasted potatoes and green beans. After dinner guests hit the dance floor, while we prepped the dessert table. Keeping with the family-style, rustic theme, we served an assortment of delicious pies, in addition to Jody and Michael’s adorable wedding cake. Congratulations to Jody and Michael! We loved catering your Corradetti Glass Studio wedding.

Chuppah Corradetti Glassblowing Studio Wedding Baltimore

 

Wedding Cake Baltimore Wedding

 

Long Table Wedding Setting

 

Baltimore Wedding Time Party Sign

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Baltimore Event Site Managers Luncheon at Irvine Nature Center

Last week we had the pleasure of catering the Baltimore Event Site Managers luncheon at Irvine Nature Center. This catered corporate event was a fantastic way to connect local venue managers and caterers within Baltimore, Maryland. We are so fortunate to work with so many great site managers, including at Irvine Nature Center. If you are not familiar with this venue, it is an incredible facility in Owings Mills surrounded by 1,200 acres of land held in conservation easement. While there are many features to love at Irvine Nature Center, we adore that it is a green facility and they promote eco-friendly weddings and events. Zeffert and Gold Catering is committed to sustainable and green practices. By taking green initiatives like composting all food scraps and coffee grounds, donating leftover foods to a local food bank, and using compostable or recyclable paper goods like our palm leaf disposable items, we are able to reduce our environmental footprint.  Our partnership with Irvine Nature Center only further enhances our commitment to sustainable practices.

This corporate luncheon was a fun and fantastic networking opportunity for everyone that attended. The menu for this catered luncheon included our breast of chicken on avocado puree topped with a corn and tomato relish. Being a Baltimore caterer, we of course had to include a Maryland seafood option. We served our Baltimore Seafood Creole, which includes a seafood trio of crab, scallops and shrimp.  House cured and smoked salmon with our lime and cilantro quinoa was served as well. The meal was topped off with an assortment of macaroons and our strawberry basil lemonade.

Contact us if you are planning a corporate luncheon or networking event. Whether you are incorporating a theme or seasonal ingredients, we specialize in designing custom menus. We work with you to decide the style of service that will fit your event, design a menu and all of the logistics of the event.

Charcuterie and Cheese Plate Irvine Nature Center Luncheon
Fresh Summer Salad Irvine Nature Center Luncheon
Grilled Chicken with Tomato Corn Relish Irvine Nature Center Luncheon
Strawberry Basil Lemonade Glass Dispenser Irvine Nature Center Luncheon
Assorted Macarons Zeffert and Gold Catering Dessert Platter

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