9 Creative Catering Ideas for Virtual Events and Small Gatherings

Enjoy event-worthy meals at home with these offerings from caterers in North America. From at-home pop-up experiences to backyard BBQ boxes, catering companies are getting creative when it comes to serving clients and customers. Here are some clever culinary ideas and meal delivery packages for graduations, virtual galas, corporate meetings, and more. Wolfgang Puck Catering’s ‘Just the Appetizers’   Photo: Sebastian Garcia eaturing Wolfgang Puck’s signature appetizers, this package includes a spicy tuna taco kit; smoked salmon lollipops with dill crème fraiche and caviar; a mini burger kit; margherita flatbread; an Asian salad kit; and mini white chocolate cherry cookies, brownie bites, and mini berry hand pies. It’s available for parties of four to 24 for $35 per person (plus a $10 fee for delivery), and is only available in the Los Angeles market. Wolfgang Puck Catering’s ‘Best of Awards Season’   Photo: Sebastian Garcia You don’t need to don a gown to indulge in some of Wolfgang’s most popular award season dishes, including his legendary chicken pot pie (pictured); cavatappi truffle mac ’n cheese; miso-glazed salmon with carrot ginger puree; and stone fruit and burrata salad, plus roasted nuts and jalapeño popcorn to share, as well as his signature bon-bons. Cocktails, wine, and beverages and extra dishes can be added on for an additional charge. The package is available for parties of four to 24 people for $45 per person (plus a $10 fee for delivery), and is only available in the Los Angeles market. 12th Street Catering’s Celebration Boxes   Photo: Courtesy of 12th Street Catering Philadelphia-based 12th Street Catering is now offering Celebration Boxes, individually packaged boxes featuring different...

Celebrate Dad With These 7 Unique Father’s Day Activities You Can Do at Home

Breakfast in bed is great, but why not get creative and try a new activity that’ll make this Father’s Day one to remember. Graduations, birthdays, and holiday celebrations look a little different this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. OK, a lot different. Virtual events have filled the gaps, of course, but it can be hard to muster joy when you’re forced to celebrate at home. Still, the dear old Dad in your life deserves to be celebrated on Father’s Day, which means you might want to try to up the ante this year. Sure, breakfast in bed is great, but why not get creative and try a new activity that’ll make it a day to remember? To celebrate this season, here are seven inventive ways to fete Pop on Father’s Day. 1. HAVE AN INFLATABLE POOL PARTY     Try this idea for dads who are missing out on a trip to the beach or a day at the community pool. Kick back and stay cool with a large, inflatable pool ($45, Target), some music blasting from the house, and a cooler of cold drinks. “Some pools are even small enough to fit on a balcony or the patio,” says Drew Henry of Design Dudes. 2. BRING THE BACKYARD BARBECUE TO YOU              Photo by Derviss Design   Burgers and brats on the grill are the classic go-to meal for Father’s Day, but you can take it to the next level by ordering an expertly cooked meal to go—and supporting a local restaurant. Do some research to see which local barbecue restaurants are open for pickup or delivery. Some restaurants...

What To Get For Father’s Day In 2020

You’ve put your old man through a lot during your time on this planet. And the poor old guy has always been there for you, no matter how big of an asshat you were. Don’t you think that he deserves a reward? With Father’s Day coming up let’s skip the sad tie this year, OK? Instead, let’s get something that your dad will actually love and—who knows?—actually get some use out of. Read on for our suggestions.   The Long Drink Traditional Long Drink is a citrus soda with a premium liquor kick, an incredibly crisp and refreshing taste. Alc. By Vol. 5.5%. The roots of ‘long drink’ go back to the 1952 Summer Games in Helsinki. The small and poor country was still recovering from World War II. Still, the Finns wanted to give tourists an unforgettable experience. However, the officials had a concern: how will we serve drinks quickly enough to all the visitors!? As a solution, they came up with a revolutionary idea of a new liquor drink, and so the first ‘long drinks’ were born. Finally, this legend has been brought to America by the next generation of Finns who want the world to experience the refreshing and unique Finnish Long Drink. The Long Drink is currently available in Connecticut, Georgia, Nevada, New York and New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Pennsylvania with ambitious growth plans in the near future.   NiceStuff Clothing When you want to wear a t-shirt but the occasion requires a tailored button down, the shirt to own is our short sleeve stretch shirt for all-day performance. Tailored using soft, yet structured...

How To Host a Socially Distant Barbecue in Your Own Backyard

We’re all itching to get outside and be social this summer, but it has to be done the smart way. Here’s how to entertain safely this season. While the novel coronavirus may have people canceling big graduation bashes, birthday parties, or other large get-togethers this season, as many states start to reopen and allow small gatherings of up to 10 people, homeowners are more than ready to break out the grill and have a little fun. While meeting with anyone outside your home’s inhabitants could raise your exposure levels to COVID-19, meeting outdoors has lower risks than convening inside, due to increased air circulation. “As long as you’ve been quarantined and are meeting with others who’ve followed similar practices, it makes the situation low-risk for transmission of the virus,” says Andrew Janowski, M.D., an instructor in pediatric infectious diseases at Washington University School of Medicine. Furthermore, there are many things you can do during your gathering to keep it as safe as possible. So if you’re determined to do some true face time with your friends or family, here’s how to host a socially distant backyard barbecue or gathering that can help keep everyone as safe as possible this summer. Spread wide—even outside   Photo by Innovative Construction Inc.   Don’t sit on top of one another—instead, double up on furniture, with a picnic table and a folding table so each family has its own personal space. “Talking induces significant production of saliva droplets from the mouth, but being outdoors helps reduce the chances that the virus could spread more so than in a confined space,” says Janowski. “Arrange seating that forces...

Weathering the Storm (Part 1)

How seasoned caterers are facing the COVID-19 crisis   Chef Dewey LoSasso of Bill Hansen Catering was interviewed by a Miami television program about the Cinco de Mayo-themed “Celebration in a Box.” By Sara Perez Webber 2020 wasn’t supposed to be this way. The COVID-19 crisis and the resulting devastation in the industry have waylaid all the plans catering companies may have had for the year. Yet even while they’ve had to make tough, emotional decisions, caterers are responding to the times with characteristic grit and optimism. Catering Magazine interviewed the following longtime caterers in late April. They shared how their businesses are coping with the crisis, their advice to others in the industry, and how they’re planning for the new normal. Bill Hansen Catering & Event Production Coconut Grove, Fla. • billhansencatering.com At Bill Hansen Catering & Event Production, CEO Bill Hansen has overseen a variety of initiatives to keep staffers working and position the company for the eventual reopening of the economy. The company began Family Meal Delivery in mid-March, offering three-course meals, custom-crafted by Corporate Chef Dewey LoSasso. Response to its Passover Seder Meal Delivery was so strong that the company was expecting as many as 300 orders for its Mother’s Day Delivery Package, featuring a family-style menu and such options as a floral bouquet and crafted cookie box. Celebration in a Box also launched recently, with the first version a Cinco de Mayo delivery package featuring all the fixings for tacos and margaritas. The interruption in business has also provided an opportunity to focus on long-term projects. The Bill Hansen sales team is taking a sales training program, Cardone...

Baking During Quarantine? 11 Things Your Kitchen Needs

  Does it seem like every post in your feed showcases a crusty sourdough boule? Or a focaccia garden? (See photo below, and you’ll get the idea.) With so many Americans quarantining at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, it seems like everyone’s baking up a storm. Reducing the number of trips to the grocery store is one good reason to stock up on baking supplies. But there’s another that’s more psychological in nature: Baking can be a balm for the soul. “Especially now, there’s something very satisfying about creating your own dough and using your hands to make bread and baked goods that you can feed to others,” says Andrea Correale of the catering company Elegant Affairs. Want to get on the baking train? Equip your kitchen with the right gear so your baking is easier and more fun, whether you’re making fancy French baguettes or a simple batch of muffins. 1. Standing mixer     Any baker worth her salt will invest in a standing mixer, lest she break her arm trying to mix \ dough to the right consistency. And if yours is a gorgeous robin’s-egg blue like this one, you’ll brainstorm a dozen other cooking projects just so you can use it every day. This 10-speed appliance has optional add-on pieces for rolling out pasta and shredding cheese, plus it comes in candy apple red and silver ($349, Amazon). 2. Bread knife   Sure, you can use any ol’ knife to cut bread, but a serrated one is made for the job and can swiftly slice through a dense outer crust. The German Wustof brand is high-quality, which means this...