We hope that everyone had a safe and fun 4th of July weekend! We had an amazing holiday weekend at Zeffert and Gold Catering, and wanted to share pictures from one of our Saturday Baltimore weddings, at the American Visionary Art Museum. Sejal and Greg’s gorgeous wedding wow’d all of their guests, as the couple incorporated many cultural rituals from the bride’s Indian heritage into the ceremony and throughout the reception. Greg partook in a traditional Baraat wedding procession, as he rode on a white horse throughout the streets of Baltimore. The lovely couple couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day for their summer american visionary arts museum wedding.
Another stunning feature of this wedding was the Mehndi Stage that was draped in bright colors that captivated all of their guests on the third floor of the American Visionary Art Museum. The bride and groom were able to sit on the Mehndi Stage to watch the dances their guests had choreographed for them. The final routine even had enough people to cover the entire dance floor!
The guests were able to enjoy traditional Lebanese and Indian Punjabi cuisine, before returning to the dance floor to celebrate the marriage of Sejal and Greg for the rest of the evening. Thank you to the lovely couple for allowing us to be a part of their special day.
This past weekend, we had the pleasure of catering Mark and Ariel’s wedding at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The fun & chic decor at this wedding and reception won over the guests, as they were able to lounge comfortably and in style on plush sofas at the wedding reception. The couple had an amazing candy bar display, and a decadent ice cream sundae bar for their guests. The perfect way for guests to satisfy their sweet tooth at a summer wedding in Baltimore. There were so many personal touches from this beautiful wedding. Thanks to Beth from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom for the awesome event design! Check out the photos below!
What do you get when you combine a teacher with a man who loves buffalo wings? You get the wedding that we had the pleasure of catering this past Saturday. Fred and Nicole tied the knot at the Mansion House at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. What an amazing and special place for a wedding! Guests were treated to a picturesque ceremony at the Zoo’s Lakeside Pavilion. They were then invited to the Mansion house where they were greeted by a penguin and a Flemish rabbit. Along with the Zoo’s animal ambassadors friends and family of the newlyweds were able to dine on delicious appetizers including shrimp cocktail shooters, smoked mozzarella topped marinated mushrooms, brie en brioche and of course buffalo wings among other things. During cocktail hour guests were happy to find out that their table assignment cards were actually Berger cookies! Fred and Nicole had an awesome entrance with their bridal party and then went right into their beautiful first dance. After four toasts and speeches from both fathers, it was time for the main course. Guests were able to enjoy their choice of marinated prime rib, all Maryland jumbo lump crab cakes or Parmesan crusted chicken topped with a basil beurre blanc. After the meal everyone wasted no time getting on the dance floor and enjoying the rest of the night. We wish Fred and Nicole a lifetime of happyness and thank them for letting us be a part of their awesome Baltimore wedding!
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We know it’s that time of year where weekends are full of summer picnics, pool parties, weddings in DC, and other Baltimore outdoor parties that have you running all over the place. Now with 4th of July right around the corner you may be searching for summer grilling ideas, or how to host the perfect summer cookout. If you’re next on the list of your friends to host an outdoor barbecue, or if you’re throwing a 4th of July party, we have some tips that will ensure that the only thing your guests are talking about is the delicious food.
So what goes into planning one of our summer catering events?
1. Refrigerated trucks: If we’re catering one of your outdoor summer events we utilize a refrigerated truck, so your food stays cold even if it’s blistering hot outside. This ensures that the food we serve to your guests is as fresh and satisfying as it would be if it were being served inside your house. All food stored in our refrigerated trucks are also served at a safe temperature at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Ice-filled ServingDishes: We realize if you’re planning your own outdoor event you most likely do not have access to a refrigerated truck. A great tip to keep your side dishes looking good for your guests is to serve them in an ice-filled serving dish. All you need is a large serving dish that is deep enough to hold a layer of ice, and place your salad bowls (pasta salad, coleslaw, cucumber salad, etc.) right on top. This will keep your guests from feeling weary about trying one of your side dishes in the heat, and is easy to refill with ice if necessary.
3. Divert the Insects: If you’re concerned about having an outdoor event because of unwanted insects making your guests lose their appetites, then this tip is for you. Our Executive Chef Daniel Elardo recommends creating a diversion away from your food arrangement to keep those annoying insects away. A way to do this is to take remains of a watermelon or another type of fruit that you are not serving your guests and place it away from where your guests will be eating. This will draw the insects attention to that remote area, and not where your guests are plating their foods.
4. Follow the Temperature Guidelines for Cooking: Summertime is ideal for experimenting on the grill. We follow specific guidelines to ensure we know when our food is completely cooked. This handy graphic from the Federal Food Safety Information can help take the guessing out of wondering when your protein is completely cooked. Click here to save this for your cooking.
5. Keep Your Protein Moist: Serving hamburgers at your outdoor event? We love creating an onion bath to keep our hamburgers and other types of meats from drying out, while they are displayed out in the sun. We create a mouthwatering mix of beef broth and sliced onion rings that keep our burgers moist.
6. Use Separate Serving Tools: Whether you’re in charge of prepping the food, grilling the food (or both) make sure to use separate tongs. One tong should be designated for any raw meat that you are preparing, and an additional tong should be used while grilling the protein. This ensures that the food you’re making is safe for your guests to eat.
7. Keep it clean and sanitized: You may be hosting the event, but you should still find time to enjoy the event as much as your guests. Keeping is clean will help minimize your list of worries, or to-do’s throughout the party. Plan to have a sanitized solution to clean up any areas that you cooked on, and may now be utilizing as a place for your guests to eat. As Chef Dan says, “Clean is free of visible dirt, sanitized is free of bacteria and micro-organisms that you can’t see.” So how do you make sure that the surfaces you’re utilizing are clean AND sanitized? Create a warm solution of chlorine for two minutes. (Use two tablespoons of five and a quarter percent bleach per gallon of water.) Helpful Hint: The water should be 75 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Additional food safety guidelines can be found here.
We’d love to hear about your upcoming summer event, or if you have any questions please comment below. We’re available for questions via phone (410-944-4481) as well.
If the Maryland crab themed wedding topper is any indication of how charismatic this wedding was on Friday, then you will absolutely adore the rest of the wedding decoration ideas that this bride and groom had for their wedding at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. From the custom-made Maryland Crab escort cards to the personalized crab mallet wedding favors, the guests were able to celebrate the bride and groom, the Maryland way.Even the threat of storms in the area was no match for this couple, as the wedding ceremony took place outside with the Baltimore Harbor as the gorgeous backdrop. The couple was able to celebrate the night with their friends & family, who put their crab mallets to use early. Guests could use their crab mallet to signal for the couple to kiss, as another Maryland spin on a wedding tradition. The table names were named after local iconic places like Fells Point, Federal Hill, etc. We loved being a part of Pam & Michael’s special night. Congratulations to the newly married
So much goes into the wedding planning process that at times it may seem overwhelming. After you finalize the guest list and seating chart, the last thing you want to worry about is if your guests are going to make it to their right table. Take some inspiration from some of the weddings we’ve catered, with these creative DIY ways to make your escort cards. It’ll ensure that your guests know where to go, so that your time is better spent celebrating with your friends and family.
1. Vintage Dolly Escort Cards If you’re looking to add the perfect touch of black and white to your wedding, then check out this beautifully designed vintage place card holder. The place card holder is aligned with personal black and white photos with lines of wire that hold the guests’ table information. A fun way for your guests to look at photographs, while finding their table information. This couple had a vintage trunk card holder, which fit perfectly with the theme as well.
2. Custom Baltimore Spice Blend. Whether it’s Old Bay or another custom made Baltimore spice, these DIY bottles are a fantastic way to send your guests home with a taste of Baltimore. This couple wrote each guest’s table information on a tag attached to the bottle, so it served as a wedding favor and as an escort card. Having the escort table and wedding favor be a 2-in-1 is a great way to save space at a wedding.
3.Match your escort card holder with your wedding theme. This gorgeous custom-made escort card holder was the perfect addition for a wedding at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The rustic escort card board held time card/ punch cards, which was a fun way for the couple’s guests to find their tables. There are endless ways you can personalize your escort card holders to match your venue.
4. Crab and Ivy Wedding Place Card Holder These escort cards are a tasteful way to incorporate a Maryland theme at your wedding reception. Lined on an ivy backdrop, each place card has a Maryland blue crab that will be a familiar site to local guests and a warm welcoming to your out-of-state guests.
5. Outdoor Wedding Mossy Place card Holders Whether you’re having a summer wedding in the warm outdoors, or a breezy fall wedding, these adorable place card holders will complement any type of outdoor wedding. The sliced “tree trunk” on top of the mossy table top will be a breeze to set-up, and will leave your guests enthralled with how charming your wedding décor was for weeks to follow.
Kelly and Ryan were one of the most amazing couples that we have had the chance to work with. We met Kelly and her mom at a Cloisters Castle open house last year. We immediately knew that this would be an awesome couple to work with and we were lucky enough to cater their wedding this past Saturday. Kelly and Ryan both looked amazing and enjoyed themselves to the max. They were dancing, eating, and drinking the entire night, just thoroughly enjoying the energy from their friends and family celebrating such an amazing and momentous occasion. Another one of my favorite aspects of this wedding was the hand crafted decorations that Kelly and one of her bridesmaids created. Check out the detail in these pictures. We wish Kelly and Ryan a lifetime of happiness!
Take a break. Yes, we said it. It’s summer, and it’s the perfect time for you and your coworkers to take a break from the mundane work week and treat yourself to a catered event everyone will remember. At Zeffert and Gold Catering we offer a variety of corporate event services that we customize to fit your budget. Our Event designers will work with you to develop a delicious menu to meet your event needs. From corporate holiday parties to company summer gatherings, we work with you to customize your menu, linens, and décor. We even offer catered drop-offs, so that lunch is delivered to your corporation, or event location, at the time of your event.
So, how can you get planning your next corporate holiday party? Call us at 410-944-4481, and speak with one of our event designers today. Share with us your holiday party ideas, and we’ll work with you to create themed party food that will be the culinary reward that your coworkers have been looking for. We will also put your mind at ease by answering any questions that you may have related to fun party rentals, space planning, and tenting. From upscale picnics with delicious skewers and kabobs to company bull roasts with fresh grilled pit beef, we will work with you to plan the perfect corporate event.
For more inspiration in planning your corporate holiday event, check out our Pinterest page to get party food ideas that we have made for weddings & receptions, bar & bat mitzvah’s, outdoor events & picnics that may spark your imagination for your corporate holiday party.
Want to celebrate Cinco De Mayo with your friends and family, but still be able to avoid the crowds? Use these 5 DIY techniques to throw your own Cinco De Mayo celebration.
1. Cinco De Mayo Decorations:An easy way to brighten up your party is to hang these bright colored paper decorations. Large floral designs with a variety of colors, and patterns is an affordable way to add your personality in your decor. Don’t stop with just hanging decorations, you can customize everything from your centerpieces, silverware, chair cushions, and more.
2. Piñata:Sure, hanging a piñata filled with treats is a classic way to celebrate a party with friends, but what if you had a different kind of piñata at your party? Piñata sugar cookies is a delicious dessert for your guests that are filled with surprises, and will surprise your guests too. These sugar cookies can be filled with M&M’s, skittles, or any bite-sized candy of your choice. People will be anxious to get their hands on the recipe.
3. Double dip, all you like: Individual dips and appetizers are the perfect way to entertain your friends and keep everyone full and happy. These seven layer dip cups will compliment your Cinco De Mayo party perfectly, and they are extremely easy to make. Visit Smarty Had a Party to see how to make these party favors.
4. Cilantro Jalapeño Margarita: Finding a kick for your party doesn’t have to only come from your food. This spicy jalapeño margarita is a twist on the classic drink that will accompany your food nicely at your party. Personal additions like cucumbers is another way to make the house drink a specialty for your guests.
5. Tequila. Whether you partake in Cinco De Mayo for the food, or drink these shrimp margarita tacos are the perfect merriment to steal the show at your party.
If you don’t feel like staying in, there are plenty of options for going out on Cinco De Mayo too. Like a bacon wrapped “taco shell” from El Rey’s in DC. Yes, this 5 Pork Taco is one delicious way to spend the day.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. We’ve all heard of the wedding “must-haves,” and some brides dream that their wedding needs to include all things traditional. Then there comes along certain brides that want to go against the norm, and truly make their special day their own. This was exactly what Sonja and Matt wanted for their wedding ceremony and reception at the Rockwood Manor in Potomac, Md. The beautiful, scenic venue located in a remote area of Potomac Maryland allowed for the bride and groom to hold their wedding ceremony in the outdoor garden area. The wedding began with the couple recreating the scene from, “Say Anything.” The ceremony was then orchestrated by the bride and the groom, and involved the couple welcoming their guests, sharing about themselves, and detailing their love story from their own perspectives. It was a beautiful way for their guests to learn about the couple, and their relationship. Guests could also contribute their “voice” in the ceremony by holding up their “Me,” signs so that when the couple asked questions like, “How many of you went to school with me?,” the audience could respond and all guests could see how everyone knew the couple.
The uniqueness of the ceremony didn’t stop there, as the bride and groom proclaimed their vows to each other by picking pre-written vows out of a dog bowl. These vows were written by the bride for the groom, and the groom for the bride, but also included some vows that their friends wrote to contribute to the couple’s ceremony. These good-humored promises to each other included things like, “Do you promise to at least TRY to put the toilet seat down when you leave the bathroom?,” to, “Do you promise to go to the newest sci-fi movie with me, as soon as it comes out in the theaters?” The ceremony was filled with laughter to say the least.
After the ceremony, the guests were able to enjoy butler-passed appetizers in the courtyard, and then a station-style dinner that included a pho station, a pasta station, and a slider station. The ceremony may not have been traditional, but the guests were able to finish the night with some good-old fashion dancing. The cupcake treats and a specialty coffee station, just added a little twist to the reception. Not to mention, it was all topped off with grilled cheese and tomato soup, so the guests could enjoy a late night snack.
Whether traditional, or unique, we are happy to customize your wedding in a way that fits how you want it to be. Learn how you can make your wedding your own special day by calling us at 410-944-4481.