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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The Best Baltimore Team Building Event

Baltimore Crab Cake

Want to make your next corporate function the best Baltimore team building event? How about a “chopped” style crab cake building demonstration and competition? Yes, we are a fan of the Food Network’s popular show, and wanted to bring a Chopped style catering event to Baltimore. We did an event Monday evening at the Top of the World, at Baltimore’s World Trade Center for The National Association of Trial Lawyer Executives. This was an amazing team building event that had everyone excited, entertained, and of course well fed.

Guests were split up into 9 teams, and had the challenge of creating a delicious and award winning crab cake. Members of NATLE span from all over North America, so we didn’t leave them completely on their own to tackle this challenge.  Our Executive chef, Daniel Elardo, gave a quick history and demonstration about how we build our crab cakes. After the demonstration, teams were able to get any ingredients that they wanted from our pantry. They then had 25 minutes to build the crab cakes. After that, our chefs took the crab cakes in the kitchen and broiled one crab cake sample from each group to perfection. After the crab cakes were cooked, we displayed them so guests could enjoy a dinner sampling of their creations and those of other teams. Everyone really enjoyed this event and the fruits of their labor. Helping to make this the best Baltimore team building event, was our friends at Jazzy Blu who played great music for our guests the entire night. If you’re interested in planning a team building event for your next corporate networking event, or would like more information please contact us at 410-944-4481.

Baltimore Crabcake Building Contest


Custom Designed Aprons


World Trade Center Event Venue


Top of the World Event Venue

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Green, Sustainable, Local Catering

There is nothing better than using locally grown herbs, or fresh produce to create new recipes or add a new twist to personal favorite recipes. We work with our clients to design custom events and use green, sustainable, and local catering practices whenever possible. Our herb garden plants and fresh garden produce have been growing and providing inspiration for us in the kitchen since we planted our own outdoor garden three years ago. For us, it has been a fantastic way to incorporate organic ingredients in our homemade sauces like our tomato-basil marinara, and our pesto and herb sauce. It has also been great to add locally-grown fresh herbs to recipes like our herb crusted Corvina topped with beurre blanc and micro greens, or even our refreshing strawberry and basil lemonade. Using our own organic produce and herbs allows us to be even more creative with the custom-designed menus we create for our clients.

Iris Gold, Matt Gold, and Daniel Elardo, our Executive Chef, are three of our green-thumb team members that have helped to grow and maintain our outdoor garden of herbs and vegetables. In our outdoor garden we have herbs like Thai basil, rosemary, mint, basil, spicy oregano, tarragon, and rosemary. Our cucumber and tomato plants are bursting with great produce too. We even grow our own gourds to use in the fall catering season. Some of our summer garden vegetables like our heirloom tomato plant and our cucumber plant were two great finds by Iris and Matt at the farmers’ market in downtown Baltimore. We love to support local farmers and food vendors. The Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar is Maryland’s largest producers-only market. It is a fantastic way to spend a Sunday with family and friends and try locally-grown produce. Be sure to check back here and see some of our recipes inspired from our urban garden and how we’re using our locally-grown produce at our catered events.

Green, Sustainable, and Local Catering Heirloom Tomato Plant
Green, Sustainable, and Local Catering Heirloom Tomato Plant Urban Herb Garden
Green, Sustainable, and Local Catering Cucumber Plant

Green, Sustainable, and Local Catering  Herb Garden

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Baltimore, Maryland Themed Weddings and Events

We absolutely love catering weddings and special events in Baltimore, Maryland. It’s hard to believe how quickly summer wedding season is flying by. Although it’s bittersweet, we’re excited for Baltimore Restaurant Week, and wanted to share a few of our favorite Maryland themed decorations from some of the weddings and special events we have catered. Check back here early and often for tons of Baltimore Wedding Catering ideas!Baltimore Wedding Catering
We love showing our Maryland Pride through serving hometown classics like our Natty Boh Cheddar Cheese Fondue, Hot Maryland Crab Dip, and even our Cracked Crab Claw display. Fortunately for us, many of our clients love incorporating a Baltimore theme, or a Maryland theme in their weddings and special events too. We may be bias, but one of our favorite ways to create a Baltimore themed event is through the food. When one of our clients wants a Baltimore theme at their catered event, we work with them to design a menu that will leave their guests with a taste of Baltimore, Maryland.

Don’t worry, we don’t just focus on Baltimore catered food to create a Baltimore event. We also work with our clients on themed linen choices, and Maryland themed decor to exceed their vision of their Baltimore, Maryland themed event. There are local cake companies like SugarBakers or Baltimore Cakery that work with you to create your Baltimore themed event too.  We love how creative the bride’s and groom’s are that we work with to make their Baltimore catered wedding come to life. Check out some photos of Baltimore catered weddings and/or events that we have had the pleasure of catering and planning in the past.

Baltimore, Maryland themed wedding favors and decorations:

Baltimore Wedding Decor

Natty Boh Wedding

Baltimore Welcome Table

Crab Mallet Wedding Favor
Baltimore, Maryland themed drinks and desserts:

Baltimore Wedding Signature Drink

Baltimore themed wedding cakes

Crab Shaped Ice Sculpture
Baltimore Wedding Champagne Flutes

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Brimmer and Greg’s Summer Wedding on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

This Wedding Wednesday we are sharing some photos from Brimmer & Greg’s gorgeous wedding at the Brittland Manor on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. We loved working with Brimmer & Greg to make their family-style summer wedding & reception come to life. The ceremony took place in the garden facing the Chester River that provided an absolute picturesque background. Guests were then invited to the pool area for cocktail hour to enjoy delicious appetizers including cheese steak wontons, crab balls with spicy cocktail sauce, root beer barbecue pork sliders, asparagus wrapped in prosciutto, and shrimp tostadas.

Following the cocktail hour, guests were able to mingle under the enormous wedding tent lined with white lights, and out on the spacious hilltop to enjoy the incredible view of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. In keeping with the theme, guests were served family-style at their tables with plenty of grilled chicken, pasta salad, cucumber-watermelon salad, and green beans. Dessert was even hand-made by one of the couple’s family members. Brimmer & Greg were able to enjoy the rest of the night dancing the night away with their family & friends to the fantastic band. Congratulations to the lovely couple!

Waterfront Wedding Cocktails on the Eastern Shore

Canoe Boat Filled with Beer for Wedding Reception

Bow Tied Napkin Table Setting for a Baltimore Wedding
Maryland Tent Wedding on Maryland Eastern Shore
Wedding Favors, Fans, Programs

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A Fairy Tail London Town Wedding With Fun DIY Details

Wedding Lanterns and DIY Furniture

We are unwinding from another fun-filled, busy weekend here at Zeffert and Gold Catering & Event Planning. We were fortunate for the sunny weather on Saturday, as we were catering events all over Maryland in some fantastic venues (Ten Oaks Ballroom, Brittland Manor, Historic London Town and Gardens, Evergreen Museum & Library, Top of the World Baltimore World Trade Center, and even under a tent at a private estate). Check out some of the amazing pictures from Chris & Letti’s London Town Wedding!

To help you get through your Monday we are sharing some photos from one of our gorgeous wedding’s at Historic London Town and Gardens in Annapolis, Md. The lovely couple, Chris & Letti, took their guests on their love story throughout the wedding ceremony and reception. Adorable hand-written chalkboard signs with quotes from novels were used as part of the centerpieces on the guests’ tables, and spread throughout the reception. The couple also created an amazing family photo montage that was displayed on a rustic ladder that fit the theme perfectly. Craft beer, with labels that were personally-designed for the couple’s special day, was used as one of the wedding favors displayed on the guests table.

During cocktail hour, guests were able to mingle in the amazing setting and enjoy the views of the South River in Annapolis, Md.,  while enjoying an assortment of appetizers including scallops wrapped with bacon, Root Beer BBQ sliders, Chorizo & Caramelized Onion Grits, and Bang Bang Tacos with Miniature Margaritas. Chris & Letti even provided their guests with disposable cameras to play ‘I Spy, as a fun and helpful way to capture all of the wonderful moments throughout the reception. The night was topped off with a Deluxe Sundae Bar and a Coconut Caramel Wedding Cake that was made by the bride and her mother! Check out these photos to see just some of the amazing personal touches that were at Chris & Loretta’s London Town wedding.

Wedding DIY Signage


DIY Photography for weddings


Chalkboard Centerpiece Wedding Tables with Beer Favors


Baltimore Wedding Menu


Rustic Ladder with Photo Wedding Collage DIY







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