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Eight Things Your Caterer Doesn’t Want You to Do During Your Wedding Food Tasting

Make your meeting efficient and successful by avoiding these bad habits. Your wedding food tasting is one of the most important to-dos on your pre-nuptial checklist—this is the time when you’ll choose the perfect menu for your cocktail hour and reception. While the tasting itself is a fun and exciting experience, professional wedding caterers say that there are a few things to know before heading to yours, including several essential things the pros don’t want their couples to do. To make sure you and your caterer are on the same page, and to ensure a smooth, efficient appointment, do your best to avoid the below. Related: Things Your Caterer Wished You Knew Don’t Invite Your Entire Wedding Party “Do not invite the world,” suggests wedding planner Andrea Correale, founder and CEO of Elegant Affairs. She suggests limiting your tasting to just the bride and groom—and maybe your parents—she says. Don’t Be Tardy “Don’t be late,” Correale says. It’s not just rude—it could also mean that you don’t get to have the full experience. “Be mindful that we often have other events and appointments scheduled,” which means if you show up an hour late to yours, your caterer might not be able to accommodate you because they have another client coming in later that day. Tastings should be two hours max, she adds. Don’t Forget to Inform Your Caterer About Any Food Allergies “If someone is attending the tasting that has any kind of food allergy or restriction you should let us know ahead of time,” Correale advises. Even if they won’t be attending the tasting, let your caterer know about food allergies they’ll need to...

Long Island Restaurants Offering Take Out or Delivery for Easter or Passover Meals

All dressed up with nowhere to go for Easter or Passover this year? Social distancing may mean that large family gatherings will be put on hold for Easter brunch and Passover seders this year, but Long Island families can still enjoy a delicious holiday meal from a variety of local restaurants at home. Restaurants are shifting gears for the spring holidays, offering contact-less options for Passover and Easter meals across Long Island. Order ahead and pick up outside or opt for a stoop delivery. Some establishments are even including gifts! For other family dining options when we’re back up and running, see our list of Long Island restaurants where kids can eat free; dining destinations that offer entertainment for kids; and with warmer weather coming, great places to dine outdoors with children. Off the Block Meats is offering a special holiday menu along with their traditional menu for pick-up or delivery.  Elegant Affairs — Glen Cove While they’re not kosher, Elegant Affairs has a vast Passover menu for your seder plate, including wine. As Seen on...

Where to order takeout Easter and Passover meals in NYC

Although restaurants remain shuttered and large gatherings are prohibited, Passover and Easter festivities are forging ahead. With help from local New York City restaurants, catering companies, and delicatessens, handmade holiday meals can be delivered to your doorstep, keeping family traditions alive from the safety of home. Ahead, find places for to-go Seder dinners and Easter brunch and baskets, from Eli’s Market to Economy Candy. Elegant Affairs NYC and Hamptons-based catering company Elegant Affairs is known for serving diners at high-end social events. Now the company, run by Andrea Correale, will bring its home-cooked catering options to your home for the holidays. The Passover feast-to-go menu includes a “Seder Plate” option for $40, as well as platters of appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts with enough portions for up to 20 people. As seen on...

Inside the Collapse of New York’s Catering Industry

Holly Sheppard of Fig & Pig Catering got her first cancellation on Monday, March 16. It was already too late. “We’d cooked 600 pounds of shepherd’s pie, 100 pounds of salad, and 18 quarts of dressing,” she recalls of the work already completed for a corporate client. “All this food, ready to go.” Understandably, much of New York City’s economic panic around the coronavirus has focused on the survival of the area’s restaurants, but there’s another segment of the hospitality industry that’s suffering — and with even less ability to pivot or offer other products. What happens to the city’s special-events caterers when there are no special events for the foreseeable future — no galas, no weddings? “We all had thriving 2020 businesses, and within seconds,” Sheppard says, “I had no weddings through May.” In some ways, folks planning events in April and May have it easy, caterers say. There’s no question their events are canceled. It’s the summer weddings and graduations that are more stressful, for both the caterers and the clients. “One of the issues that we’re seeing is that everybody’s trying to reschedule for September, which is difficult because there’s only so much you could do,” says Andrea Correale, the founder and president of Elegant Affairs. Surprisingly, she and several other caterers tell Grub Street they’re asking clients to hold tight to their June bookings. “We’re actually still planning full steam ahead — our June weddings, they’re not, as of yet, rescheduling. I think that there is this hope that this will pass and that we’ll be allowed to resume social gatherings hopefully by June 1,”...

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....



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