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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Baltimore Museum of Industry Wedding Catering

Baltimore Museum of Industry Wedding Catering This past weekend we had the pleasure of catering Stephanie and Brian’s gorgeous wedding at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Although the weather was dreary during the day, it was absolutely perfect from the minute cocktail hour began. One of the many great things about catering at the Baltimore Museum of Industry is the waterfront view of the Inner Harbor. Guests mingled and enjoyed appetizers outside. We had an Orange Crush bar as a wedding signature drink, which fit perfectly with the Baltimore theme. To compliment the waterfront wedding reception, we had a canoe filled with beer that guests could enjoy alongside the pier. This Baltimore catered wedding was complete with a Raw Seafood Bar with fresh oysters, clams and crab claws. Guests also enjoyed many appetizers including scallops wrapped with bacon served with barbecue sauce, pretzel crusted chicken bites served with sweet mustard, and Baltimore’s favorite Natty Boh cheese fondue. Yum; we love doing Baltimore Museum of Industry Wedding Catering.

There were so many unique wedding decoration ideas that made catering this Baltimore Museum of Industry wedding such a treat. For one, guests were given Bloody Mary wedding favors. The wedding place cards were displayed on a shutter, which fit the rustic Museum of Industry setting perfectly. We also made whiskey barrel bars for the drink bar and the raw bar. If you are looking for wedding table setting ideas, you should check out the photos of Stephanie and Brian’s guest tables below. They had a chevron table runner that added the perfect touch of color to the table settings. Using a natural wood chair added a unique touch to the guest tables, as well. After guests were served their meals at their tables, guests hit the dance floor to enjoy the music of the live band. To top the wonderful evening off, Stephanie, Brian and their guests had the best seats in Baltimore for the massive fireworks display over the inner harbor from the Star Spangled Spectacular Event. We had freshly baked cookies, milk and cake waiting for Stephanie, Brian and their guests after the fireworks were over. Congratulations to the amazing couple! We had so much fun catering your Baltimore Museum of Industry wedding. Canoe Bar Baltimore Museum of Industry Wedding Catering


Maryland Crab Dip Baltimore Museum of Industry Wedding

Whiskey Barrel Raw Bar at Baltimore Museum of Industry

Whiskey Barrel Bar at Baltimore Museum of Industry

Bloody Mary Wedding Favors Baltimore Museum of Industry Wedding Catering

Placecards on shutters

Museum of Industry Chevron Table Setting with Natural Wood Chair

Museum of Industry Wedding Reception Setting

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Baltimore City Wedding Catering at Evergreen Carriage House

Baltimore Wedding Catering

As Monday marked the end of summer, we wrapped up our summer wedding catering season this weekend with amazing events all over Baltimore at the American Visionary Art Museum, the 1840′s Ballroom, and Evergreen Carriage House. We love being able to offer so many beautiful examples of Baltimore City Wedding Catering. We wanted to share Crystal and Chike’s Baltimore City catered wedding at the Evergreen Carriage House. Crystal and Chike’s wedding ceremony took place in Evergreen’s stunning upper gardens. Both beautiful and serene, this Baltimore City outdoor wedding left guests wondering if they were really near a metropolitan city at all. After the ceremony, guests were invited to Evergreen’s Carriage House for an indoor cocktail hour. As guests entered Evergreen’s Carriage house, they saw the eloquent table settings under the gorgeous tent. Guests tables were lined with classic white table linens and navy blue napkins. The bride and groom requested their menu cards inside guests’ napkins, which added to the wedding table setting perfectly. With amazing centerpieces done by My Flower Box, guests were eager to see what was to unfold at this beautiful Baltimore City wedding catered reception.

Crystal and Chike had many guests traveling from out of state, and even internationally. We had Baltimore City Wedding catering seafood favorites to welcome guests like our shrimp and grits, bang bang shrimp taco, and crab macaroni and cheese. Of course we had alternative appetizers to seafood like our jerk chicken skewers with pineapple curry sauce and vegetarian potstickers with ginger soy sauce. After appetizers and drinks, guests were invited to their tables to enjoy their field greens salad with dried cranberries, crumbled feta cheese, toasted almonds and raspberry vinaigrette. During this first course, guests listened to Crystal and Chike’s family and friends give amazing speeches and toast to the lovely couple. Following speeches, guests were served their choice of baked chicken breast topped with garlic lemon sauce, seasoned tenderloin of beef served with Cabernet sauce, or a roasted vegetable napoleon with roasted red pepper sauce. Guests enjoyed the rest of the night dancing with Crystal and Chike. Thank you to the wonderful couple for letting us be a part of their special day!

Sweetheart Table Flowers by My Flower Box


Wedding Reception at Baltimore's Evergreen Carriage House




Baltimore Wedding Reception Place Cards


Wedding Reception Menu Cards


Make sure to call Zeffert and Gold for any Baltimore City Wedding Catering needed in the future!

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Cloisters Castle Catering

We always love sharing our Cloisters Castle catering experiences. If you are not familiar with this venue, it is a gorgeous castle that was designed to reflect medieval Europe and is located in a remote wooded area in Lutherville, Maryland. The wedding we catered for Amanda and Zach on Friday, August 22 was such an eloquent reflection of the venue’s Gothic charm. Amanda and Zach’s wedding ceremony took place in Closters’ outdoor patio gardens. Following the ceremony, guests were able to enjoy cocktails and appetizers inside Cloisters. Appetizers included hot Maryland crab dip, baked brie en brioche on raspberry coulis, an assortment of bruschetta, and a charcuteri plate.

After cocktail hour, guests were invited to their tables. Each table was named after a castle, which guests loved and made finding their seats fun. There were vintage centerpieces at each of the guest table too that fit the Cloisters Castle catering perfectly. Fitting with the theme, guests feasted on flank steak with au jus; spice rubbed roasted pork with cider cream sauce; baby field greens salad with crumbled Gorgonzola, glazed walnuts, and balsamic vinaigrette; triple roast of Yukon gold, red bliss, and sweet potatoes; and a julienne of yellow squash, zucchini, carrot, and red pepper.

Amanda and Zach had a naked wedding cake for their guests to enjoy for dessert. Not familiar with the term naked wedding cake? Growing increasingly popular, naked wedding cakes forgo the traditional outer icing layer of a cake. We helped Amanda and Zach design their naked wedding cake with Baltimore Cakery. The top tier and bottom layer of the cake was Baltimore Cakery’s Little Italy flavor, which is a cinnamon cake filled with cannoli cream. The middle cake was Baltimore Cakery’s Number 8 flavor, which is a pear cake filled with gold ribbons of fleur de sel caramel.  Check out the photos of the naked wedding cake, and the other photos from Amanda and Zach’s Cloisters Castle wedding. Congratulations to the lovely couple!

Cloisters Castle Wedding Reception
Gothic Placecards for Cloisters Castle Wedding Reception
Wedding Details at the Cloisters Castle
Vintage Centerpieces for Cloisters Castle Wedding
Rustic Centerpiece Decor at Cloisters Castle
Naked Cake by Zeffert and Gold Catering
We’re always happy to help coordinate your wedding cake selections with any of our selected bakeries. We even hold the cake tastings at our office. Talk with your event coordinator to discuss wedding cake or dessert options. 

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Annapolis Wedding Catering

We had a fantastic weekend of weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and events all over Maryland and Washington, DC including an Annapolis Wedding Catering at London Town,  Ten Oaks Ballroom, Temple Isaiah, Belmont Manor, Evergreen Museum & Library, Wilson Point, Historic London Town and Gardens, The Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, and the American Visionary Art Museum. Although each event and wedding ceremony we catered was special, we wanted to share some photos from Annie and Jerry’s London Town catered wedding ceremony and reception.

London Town Wedding Ceremony Catering

The waterfront views offered at London Town makes for the perfect setting for this catered wedding and reception. The wedding ceremony took place in London Town’s gorgeous outdoor gardens, which overlooks the South River in Annapolis, Maryland. The waterfront view made for the perfect backdrop for the wedding ceremony and added to the ambiance of the cocktail hour. Our whiskey barrels were used as high top tables for guests to use during cocktail hour and throughout the night. In addition to the whiskey barrel wedding high top tables, Annie & Jerry used an antique door to display the seating chart for guests. Such a creative, DIY wedding idea. Guests were easily able to find their correct table for the seated service catered wedding reception. Instead of the traditional wedding guest book, Annie and Jerry had a gorgeous antique wooden bench for guests to leave messages for them. A perfect keepsake for the bride and groom!

We loved all of the wedding decor that matched the theme and fit with the venue perfectly. Of course, we can’t end without mentioning the menu for this catered London Town wedding ceremony. The reeption took place under the wedding tent. With this outdoor wedding reception, we served our mixed mesclun salad with crystallized ginger, sweet watermelon, crisp jicama, and citrus vinaigrette. This made for the perfect summer wedding salad that was a tasty and refreshing first course for guests. For this seated service wedding reception, guests had the choice between sliced beef tenderloin with Cabernet sauce, teriyaki glazed salmon on a bed of braised spinach, topped with caramelized onions; or a vegetarian option of portobello mushroom, zucchini, yellow squash, and red pepper with a balsamic glaze. Check out the photos from this amazing London Town Wedding Ceremony and Reception below. Please feel free to call Zeffert and Gold for your next Annapolis Wedding Catering Need!

London Town Wedding Catering Cocktail Setup
London Town Wedding Ceremony Catering Tent Reception
Summer Wedding Salad
Rustic Antique Door Seating Chart Baltimore Catering
Wooden Bench Sign In Table Wedding Reception
Rustic Box Wedding Cake Table

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Wedding Dessert Bar Ideas

Today is National Creamsicle Day, and it has us thinking about desserts. We all know that wedding cake is a wedding dessert tradition that is guaranteed to please your guests. However, there are plenty of ways to get creative with wedding desserts, if you’re looking for alternatives to the traditional wedding cake. Just as we work with our clients to customize their full wedding reception menu, we also help clients brainstorm unique wedding dessert bar ideas. This can be a fun way to top off the evening and impress your guests, while they are on the dance floor. Perhaps even motivate those who may shy away from dancing! Of course these dessert bar ideas are not just for wedding receptions. They can be used as dessert bar ideas for bar & bat mitzvahs, corporate events, outdoor events, or any type of event you are planning. Check out some of these delicious wedding dessert bar ideas!

Milk and Cookie Wedding Dessert Bar We make these cookies on site to tantalize your guests with the smell of fresh homemade cookies in the oven. We offer a variety of cookie options including chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin, and peanut butter cookies. Since it is a wedding dessert bar, we even offer three different types of milk to choose from. How many weddings have you been to where chocolate milk and strawberry milk is part of the dessert option?

Milk and Cookie Wedding Dessert Bar

Milk and Cookie Wedding Dessert Bar Photo credit to Photography by Brea.

Bananas Foster Station Fresh sliced bananas sauteed with butter, brown sugar and rum. Seriously, does it get any better? Actually it does; as we serve this warm, decadent dessert over ice cream. This dessert bar is fun for your guests, as our chef’s prepare the bananas foster to order. If you’re not a fan of bananas, we can customize this wedding dessert bar with your favorite fruit, like peaches. August is National Peach month after all… Bananas Foster Wedding Dessert Bar Photo credit to tPoz Photography

S’mores Bar We designed this S’mores wedding dessert bar, as a fun way for guests to get involved in the wedding reception dessert. Perfect for a summer wedding reception, this DIY s’mores table allows guests to roast their own marshmallow, and add as much chocolate as they desire to the graham cracker crust. Perfect for all ages.
Wedding Dessert Bar Idea Photo credit to Mikkel Paige Photography

Ice Cream Sundae Bar This alternative wedding dessert bar is another great idea to ensure that all of your guests love their dessert. Guests are able to choose from two flavors of premium ice cream, plus an extensive amount of toppings. These toppings include warm chocolate sauce, sprinkles, Oreo cookie crumbles, Heath Bar Crunch pieces, Reese’s Pieces, marshmallows, maraschino cherries — the works! Below is a Wedding Wire review from one of our clients, who had an ice cream bar at their wedding reception.

Wedding Wire Review Ice Cream Bar
Candy Bar “Love is sweet, so take a treat” We love helping design candy bars as a fun wedding dessert bar idea. There are so many ways to be creative with a candy bar. Guests can easily take home this treat, so this wedding dessert bar idea can serve as a wedding favor too!
Wedding Dessert Candy Bar
We hope these ideas help in your search for a unique wedding dessert bar. Be sure to talk with one of our event designers to see how you can incorporate a dessert bar at your next event. Our event designers are available to speak via phone at 410-944-4481.

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Evergreen Carriage House Wedding

Baltimore Evergreen Garden Wedding Ceremony Setup

We had the pleasure of catering Rhiannon and Ben’s Evergreen Carriage House wedding on Saturday, August 2. There was no better way to kick-off our August catered weddings than with this amazing couple. Rhiannon and Ben had their wedding ceremony and  cocktail hour in the gorgeous upper gardens of Evergreen Museum & Library. Instead of a typical wedding bar setup for cocktail hour, we created a rustic DIY wedding bar for this fun couple. The base of the rustic wedding bar was made from whiskey barrels, which we topped with an antique shutter to make a fabulous bar table.  Rhiannon & Ben had other great wedding ceremony ideas too like having one of their friends sing for the bridal party procession. Rhiannon and Ben’s guests were able to enjoy hors d’oeuvres including some of our tasty southern-style appetizers like our shrimp and grits, and our chicken and waffles with thyme infused maple syrup.

Following cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, guests were invited to Evergreen’s Carriage House for the wedding reception. This stunning space was perfect for the evening, as guests were able to enjoy our station-style wedding reception. On the menu for Rhiannon and Ben’s Evergreen Carriage House Wedding was our southwestern flank steak, carved by one of our chefs, and served with chimichurri sauce; Argentinean roasted chicken; warm potato salad; and quinoa salad. We also had a Risotto Station featuring creamy saffron risotto and herb risotto. Guests were able to choose from an abundance of toppings including grated Romano cheese, asparagus tips, maitake mushrooms, etc. Our chefs made each risotto plate to order, so guests could personalize their dish.

We even added a grilled cheese station to the wedding guests’ dinner options. Yes, Rhiannon and Ben won over their guests hearts easily with this wedding grilled cheese station. Guests were able to enjoy a bacon, cheddar cheese and avocado grilled cheese on whole wheat bread, and our tomato, mozzarella and basil grilled cheese drizzled with balsamic reduction on multi-grain bread. Our tomato gazpacho soup accompanied the grilled cheese to make the ultimate pair.

To top the night off, Rhiannon and Ben had a gourmet wedding doughnut bar, with a doughnut shaped wedding cake! The donuts for this evergreen carriage house wedding were made by Diablo Donuts and they tasted as good as they looked! Guests were able to choose from a variety of glazed doughnuts including a bacon maple doughnut that guests absolutely adored. We also had our milk and cookie bar with warm, freshly baked cookies that guests could pair with milk, chocolate milk and strawberry milk. Check out the pictures below to see all of the unique and creative wedding ideas. Congratulations to Rhiannon & Ben!

Rustic Whiskey Barrel Bar Baltimore Wedding Reception


Rustic Sweetheart Table Baltimore Wedding at Evergreen


Diablo Donuts Baltimore Wedding Cake


Donut Wedding Display


Boh and Utz Girl Wedding Glasses


Baltimore Wedding Favor Koozie

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National Watermelon Day Recipes

National Watermelon Day 2014
We hope you had the chance yesterday to celebrate National Watermelon Day! We look for any excuse to use watermelon, one of our favorite summer produce, in just about any recipe that you can imagine. This summer catering season, watermelon has made the perfect side dish at the company picnics we have catered, whether it’s sliced up to be the juicy side dish next to our grilled barbecue chicken or the perfect accompaniment to our Root Beer BBQ Pork Slider. At our catered crab feasts, watermelon is the refreshing dessert to cool down from the taste of Old Bay, and serves as a healthy alternative that kids and adults can agree upon. While watermelon is perfect as is, we can’t help but get creative with different watermelon recipes and ideas that would be the perfect way to celebrate National Watermelon Day, or if you’re like us – any day of the year.

1. Cucumber and Watermelon Salad infused with Maple Thyme Vinaigrette Our award winning cucumber and watermelon salad was featured at Governor O’Malley’s sixth annual Buy Local Cookout and in the 2013 Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Buy Local cookbook. We proudly use locally-sourced ingredients in our recipes. This recipe features red and yellow seedless watermelons, cucumbers and fresh thyme.

Cucumber Watermelon Salad

2. Mixed Mesculin Salad with crystalized ginger, sweet watermelon, crisp jicima, tossed in a citrus vinaigrette. 
There is no better way to impress your guests then with a salad course that is just as delicious as the entree. This simple, yet sophisticated salad will appeal to your guests, while they are enjoying the wedding party introductions, and the other heartwarming wedding speeches.

3. Strawberry and Kiwi Watermelon Daiquiri We love working with our clients to develop a signature cocktail for their catered wedding receptions. This strawberry and kiwi watermelon daiquiri can be paired with your favorite liquor to make this a refreshing cocktail for your guests to enjoy. This pairing would also go great as a smoothie, as a non-alcoholic option that can be enjoyed at any age.

Strawberry and Kiwi Watermelon Daiquiri


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