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.
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.
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! 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:
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!
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.
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