The BizBash Top 1000 People in the U.S. Event Industry

Chosen for their work on corporate events, associations, trade shows, event strategy, and more, these people represent the best of the meeting and event industry in the U.S. Ian Zelaya October 16, 2019 Graphic: Carolyn Bouchard for BizBash Introducing the BizBash 1,000, the people with the biggest impact on meetings and events across the United States. Last year, it was difficult to keep ourselves to just 500 people in our first edition of the list. So we decided to double the amount of people to celebrate. These individuals plan everything from galas for national art museums to massive trade shows, pop culture conventions, and festivals. They also produce and design Instagram-worthy events for big brands, live music productions, and sporting events, as well as multimillion-dollar weddings. Some of them offer innovative (and mouthwatering) food and beverage ideas, while others provide education programs and strategy tips that benefit everyone in the industry. It was our mission to celebrate the best of the best in a diverse and growing industry, while offering a compilation of people to connect with for ideas, inspiration, or guidance for your future events. CATERING Andrea Correale, Elegant Affairs, President & Founder, New York...

20 Things You’re Probably Doing in the Kitchen That Chefs Wouldn’t

Chefs spend almost every day in the kitchen perfecting recipes and creating new ones—so they know how to make a great meal. Here are some common kitchen and cooking mistakes chefs try NOT to make. Buying or making too much food KucherAV/Shutterstock “Most people make or buy too much food. You should serve the 10-12 oz of protein per person, 8 oz. of vegetables, and 8 oz. of starch, and a cup of salad per person.” —Celebrity caterer, Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs Caterers. These are the foods that professional chefs would never order. Overcooking veggies Africa Studio/Shutterstock “People have a tendency to overlook their veggies. Veggies should be firm al dente. If serving broccoli or cauliflower, for example, cook them so that they still have a crunch.” —Celebrity caterer, Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs Caterers Making fish ahead of time Andrii Koval/Shutterstock “If you are serving fish as an entree don’t make it ahead of time and then reheat. It’s best to prepare and season the fish and cook it right before you serve it. The quality will be much better.” —Celebrity caterer, Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs Caterers Source...

Pumpkin spice things up: Try these unique pumpkin recipes this season

As  seen on PIX11 NEW YORK — ‘Tis the season for pumpkin. Everywhere you look, it’s the flavor of choice for everything from lattes to muffins. You can treat yourself to pumpkin treats right at home with the help of celebrity caterer Andrea Correale from Elegant Affairs. Here are the recipes for several fun, unique dishes: Pumpkin ice cream  (yield: 1 quart) Ingredients: 1 cup fresh pumpkin puree 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 cups heavy whipping cream 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar 5 egg yolks 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ground ginger 1/4 tsp. salt Pinch of ground nutmeg Instructions: In a bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or up to 8 hours. In a heavy 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 1/2 cups of the cream and 1/2 cup of the brown sugar. Cook until bubbles form around the edges of the pan, about 5 minutes. In another bowl, combine the egg yolks, cinnamon, ginger, salt, nutmeg, the remaining 1/2 cup cream and the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar. Whisk until smooth and the sugar begins to dissolve. Remove the cream mixture from the heat. Gradually whisk about 1/2 cup of the hot cream mixture into the egg mixture until smooth. Pour the egg mixture back into the pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon and keeping the custard at a low simmer, until it is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon and leaves a clear trail when a finger is drawn through it, 4 to 6...

(Pumpkin) Spice Things Up with Recipes from Celebrity Caterer, Andrea Correale

Fall is here! This means that the season of pumpkin-everything is finally here and we couldn’t be more excited! It is time to bring out your best chef skills and get ready for a night of winding down and getting comfy in the kitchen with these incredible pumpkin recipes. Impress your friends with a Fall themed dinner perfect for Fall birthdays and other festivities. A perfect fettuccine or Ravioli to make after a day of pumpkin picking in the chilly weather will give your friends and family an unforgettable Fall day. Andrea Correale, founder and president of Elegant Affairs dished out five delicious recipes to cozy up with as the leaves turn orange and the weather cools down. Andrea has been producing custom-designed, award winning New York catered events for more than 20 years, catering to dozens of celebrities including Mariah Carey, Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Fallon, and Billie Eilish – to name a few! Below you will find complete recipes and instructions for: Pumpkin Ravioli Looking for a healthier version to raviolis? This recipe shows a great way to stuff raviolis with something other than the expected ricotta alternative. These homemade raviolis are also easy and quick to make. They use wonton wrappers, which are light and less calories than the pasta version. Pumpkin Pie Trifles A go-to dessert that takes minimal effort and can be prepared a head of time, Trifles are my favorite because you can easily make these ahead of time and place in the fridge and are inexpensive. Pumpkin Fettuccine Adding pumpkin to ordinary pasta takes this American favorite and makes it seasonal. Serving it...

31 Christmas Cocktails to Drink This Holiday Season

From festive martinis to eggnog, these are the hands-down best cocktail recipes for your Christmas party. North Pole Nog Elegant Affairs Ingredients 6 oz eggnog 1 oz spiced rum 2 oz bourbon 1 tbsp ground cinnamon, for garnish Cinnamon stick, for garnish Instructions Add spiced rum and bourbon to eggnog and stir to combine. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Top with cinnamon stick, for garnish. From Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs www.townandcountrymag.com Here’s the Cocktail You Should Be Serving at Your Christmas Party...