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Loves Healing Power Amid This Covid-19 Crisis

  Love certainly conquers all. Covid-19 has made a negative impact on our world however the intrinsic value of love has proved more powerful.   In an effort to support you during these uncertain times, we exchanged with 20-year veteran event planner Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs Caterers. Correale’s service is uniquely experienced in catering and event planning amidst past public health crisis. Here she shares some insightful advice for those looking to plan a special occasion event. Have you ever faced any challenges that we are currently facing where the public health was in jeopardy? When and what was it? “We have faced weather-related issues where the execution of weddings was uncertain but not health-related. I think this is a first for everyone. We have catered large public events for thousands of people where we were required to work extremely closely with the health department but nothing as vast as this.” What precautionary measures did you and your staff have to take to secure the health and safety of her staff, client and guests? “We began by sterilizing our kitchen and offices. We practiced work at home policies, where applicable, and all of the other practices recommended by government officials. An over-abundance of hand sanitizing stations for our staff is now required. Management is trained to ensure cleanliness and hygiene in a heightened way. It is our priority to keep our clients and their guests safe. We do not allow anyone to work who is experiencing any signs of a sore throat, cold, cough, chills, etc. etc.  We do not allow anyone to work who has a family member that is ill with...

Elegant Affairs Caterers Offers Home cooked Meal Delivery service For Tri-state Residents

    With most individuals’ shelves hopefully stocked with non-perishables and essentials, we’ve all noticed how barren the shelves full of poultry, meats and fish are barren. Thankfully in the tri-state, we can still access our favorite restaurants and support small businesses by ordering in meals. Local Long Island caterer, Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs Caterers is offering a solution for those looking for well-rounded, nutrient-rich and protein-packed dishes during this time.     Andrea recently announced her “Tired of Take Out” menu where families and individuals alike, in NYC and the Hamptons, can order fresh dishes from Elegant Affairs on daily with weekly and monthly subscriptions available. The menu is released each Friday for the following week and includes dishes like  Lemon Oregano Spring Chicken, Spring Pea Orzo, Kale Caesar salad and more. They are offering take-out and delivery options, providing discounts for those in the high-risk category of 60+. You can view this week’s menu HERE:     The full-day meals are priced at $25 per person (with a minimum of 4 per order) plus tax and delivery. Those looking to subscribe can receive a discount of 10% off for one week, and 15% off for a one-month subscription. As seen on...

Elegant Affairs Offers Advice on Entertaining Amidst the Coronavirus

RSVP ‘maybe’? Coronavirus puts wedding industry on edge NEW YORK (AP) — Guests are jittery, travel is tangled, and soon-to-be brides and grooms are facing tough choices because of the coronavirus outbreak: postpone, cancel or forge ahead with their weddings? Uncertainty as virus cases grow in the U.S. and elsewhere has sent ripples through the wedding industry, from photographers and caterers to harried wedding planners and venues. Rescheduling or canceling raises a world of questions. What are the odds that vendors will all be available on the same new date and time? Will couples lose money, in deposits and beyond already paid? Standard wedding insurance doesn’t cover anxiety over a spreading virus that has come with restrictions on travel and large gatherings in spots around the world. Some insurance companies are fielding a barrage of queries over how policies work in such a unique situation. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover. In the wedding world, vendors are feeling the pinch. Caterers are holding on with extra care. Andrea Correale, president and founder of the Elegant Affairs catering and event firm in Manhattan, said she is doubling and tripling hand washing stations for workers, placing hand sanitizer in coat check and registration areas, and offering baskets of sanitizer on tables for guests. She’s also creating more distance between guests at tables, so a round table that usually seats 10 is now set up for...

TLC Online: 50 States of Late-Night Wedding Snacks Featuring Andrea Correale

Late-Night Eats with Regional Flair Dancing all night long can certainly build up an appetite. More and more brides and grooms are offering a delicious taste of their love in the form of late-night snacks as the band or DJ winds down. What better time to show off your favorite hometown grub or guilty pleasure than at the end of your wedding? Here are some great ideas across the country. Washington: Cherry Pie Fingers The state of Washington is known for its sweet rainier cherries. You can serve mini pies or turnovers, but these pie fries are undeniably cute. Pie crust “fries” can be served with a delicious cherry dipping sauce to indulge your guests.  ...

Andrea Correale’s Expert Advice on Hosting a Modern Bridal Shower on Brides.com

Like weddings, modern bridal showers are all about experiences these days. So we totally understand if you’re not the type who wants to sit and play cheesy (albeit sometimes fun) games or open up gifts in front of a big audience. Some of these activities and traditions have barely changed at all since your grandmother’s own bridal shower, so we’re pretty sure even she will greatly appreciate some fresh ideas being worked into the mix. Rest assured, you’ve got plenty of options with our modern bridal shower ideas. Your girls will surely thank you for your merciful act of saving them from another cookie-cutter bridal shower, especially if they’re attending more than one this year. Host a Wine Tasting With a Professional Sommelier MorningWild Photography What’s a bridal shower without some bubbles? Instead of the standard mimosas though, invite a wine specialist to guide the group through wine tasting 101. You can even theme the tasting around a place you have traveled or where you’ll be honeymooning. Caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs shares the example of focusing on Tuscany: You can set up long farm tables and serve a family-style, Italian meal, paired with different Tuscan wines for each dish....

Beignet Bread Pudding Recipe Featuring Andrea Correale on HGTV

Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs Ingredients 1 box beignet mix 4 cups whole milk 8 eggs 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup brewed coffee Instructions 1. Make beignets according to the box and set aside. 2. Grease a small baking pan and tear the beignets into pieces. 3. Scatter the pieces in the pan and make sure all areas are covered. 4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, coffee and sugar until combined. 5. Pour over the beignet pieces and press down to make sure it’s all covered. 6. Cover and let sit overnight. 7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 8. Bake uncovered for 45-60 minutes until set....

“5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Founded Elegant Affairs,” With Andrea Correale

Have an attorney review your client contract to ensure you are covered. Once we moved a client’s furniture to be nice and ended up damaging it. Needless to say, it was expensive to replace, and I had nothing in my contract to hold us harmless. As part of my series about the leadership lessons of accomplished business leaders, I had the pleasure of interviewing Andrea Correale. Andrea is the founder and president of Elegant Affairs, a full service off-premise catering and event planning company. She received her training through the Hotel and Restaurant Management program at New York Institute of Technology. After starting her own business at age 16 in the catering industry, Andrea had made it her goal to inspire home cooks to make the ordinary, extraordinary using simple ingredients in unexpected ways. Andrea’s commitment to providing the best food, service and overall experience is exactly why Elegant Affairs is known as the go-to caterer in Manhattan and the Hamptons. Elegant Affairs has been honored to serve many amazing celebrity clients including: Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Nick Cannon, Adam Sandler, Alec Baldwin, Christy Brinkley, Kevin Costner, P. Diddy, Jimmy Fallon, Billy Joel, Debra Messing, Rose Bryne, Jonathan Cheban, TLC, Nelly, Bebe Rexha and Flo Rida. Andrea has also worked with corporate giants such as Amazon, American Express, Audible, American Heart Association, Cirque du Soleil, DuJour Magazine, Ferrari Maserati, Google, HBO, Jimmy Choo, Niche Media, Open Road Media, Ralph Lauren and Urban Daddy. Andrea’s creativity, passion, knowledge and skill set has prompted appearance requests from Bravo, CBS, FOX, HGTV, MTV, NBC, VH1, News 12 Long Island and PIX11....

Family Super bowl snacks featured on NYMetroParents.com by Andrea Correale

Ideas for your football watch party that are family-friendly, healthy, or vegan. While we don’t know who’s huddling up for Super Bowl LIV, which is scheduled to be played Feb. 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL, one thing’s for certain: You’ll need lots of yummy, family-friendly Super Bowl snacks to enjoy during the game. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly snacks, healthier snack options for your Super Bowl party, or a guest is vegan, we’re serving up plenty of tasty Super Bowl snack options. And more power to you if you’re just there for the commercials, the half-time show (Hello, JLo and Shakira!), and snacks! Healthier Macaroni and Cheese Muffins By Andrea Correale Makes: 72 muffins Ingredients 2 cups whole wheat elbow macaroni 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1 egg, beaten 1 cup skim milk 1½ cups reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded 1½ cups part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded ½ cup whole wheat breadcrumbs 1 Tbsp. olive oil ½ tsp. salt Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. In a small bowl, mix breadcrumbs, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, and salt together. Set aside. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook for 8 minutes, until al dente. Remove from the heat, drain, and return to the pan. Add 1 Tbsp. of olive oil and the egg and stir until the pasta is evenly coated. Add cheddar cheese (reserve some on the side for the top), milk, and mozzarella cheese into the pasta and mix until completely coated. Spoon the pasta mixture into the prepared muffin...

Stuffed Pepper Recipe Featured on HGTV.com

Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs, Eric Striffler Photography Ingredients 4 Holland peppers, hollowed out 1 cup uncooked long-grain rice 2 cups chicken broth 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken thighs 1 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/2 pound Andouille sausage 1/2 small onion, chopped 1/2 small red bell pepper, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 3 plum tomatoes, chopped 2 green onions, sliced (green part only) Instructions 1. Cook the rice, but substitute the water for chicken broth. Let the rice cool completely. 2. Cut chicken thighs into 1-inch pieces and sprinkle with Creole seasoning. 3. Heat oil in a large skillet, and cook chicken until lightly browned. 4. Add the onion, bell pepper and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent. 5. Increase the heat to high and add the rice. Stir constantly until thoroughly heated. 6. Add in the tomatoes and green onions. 7. Stuff into the hollowed-out peppers and serve....

HGTV Featuring Andrea Correale’s Beignet Bread Pudding Recipe

Nothing’s more traditional than a New Orleans-style beignet. Celebrity caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs turns this classic French Quarter treat into a warm, baked dessert to celebrate Mardi Gras.   Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs Ingredients 1 box beignet mix 4 cups whole milk 8 eggs 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup brewed coffee Instructions 1. Make beignets according to the box and set aside. 2. Grease a small baking pan and tear the beignets into pieces. 3. Scatter the pieces in the pan and make sure all areas are covered. 4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, coffee and sugar until combined. 5. Pour over the beignet pieces and press down to make sure it’s all covered. 6. Cover and let sit overnight. 7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 8. Bake uncovered for 45-60 minutes until set....



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