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“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...

Bartenders Answer The Age-Old Question: ‘What Should I Spike My Eggnog With?’ Featuring Andrea Correale

If you’re anything like us, as soon as Thanksgiving is over (or sometimes even before), you get a craving for eggnog. At no other time of year does this thick, heavy, thoroughly-spiced, egg-based drink seem like a good idea. But, there’s something about the holiday season that makes us want to grab a half gallon from our local grocery store (or even make our own). The way we see it, is that if it’s good enough for Clark W. Griswold, it’s good enough for us. And, like Clark, we need a bit of booze added to the mix. Andrea Correale, owner of Elegant Affairs Caterers in Glen Cove, New York Rye Whiskey is my absolute favorite thing to mix into a spiked eggnog holiday beverage. I really like the Stroudwater Distillery brand. They age their whiskey with an accelerated aging process that presents really well and blends with the creaminess of the eggnog like no other. Source As seen on...

The Only 6 Things You Need to Throw a Holiday Party at Home – Featuring Andrea Correale

Pulling off a holiday party at home can seem stressful, but it’s made infinitely easier if you remove a few things from the equation. Namely, the dining table and chairs. Oh—and nix the forks and knives. No, we’re not suggesting people sit on the floor and eat with their hands. Instead, skip the sit-down affair and host a cocktail party with a few key essentials, including the right glassware and serving pieces, so your soiree is headache-free. Your first step in this party process is to clear some space in your coat closet or designate a spot for guests to put their things (a guest bedroom works here). “There’s nothing worse than having people drape their jackets over the backs of your sofa and chairs, because it takes away from the beautiful event you’ve set up,” says Roxy Te, CEO and founder of Society Social. Next up, pull out (or pick up) the following items to outfit your bar and kitchen. Then, plan to serve your party bites on a buffet—a good use for your dining table. This option is more affordable, and it gives you the chance to style a pretty vignette or centerpiece, notes Te. Make serving guests at your fete easier with these choices—and you’ll have more fun at your own party. All-purpose wine glass Sturdy, stemless wine glasses for the win!Crate&Barrel Nope, most of the time, you don’t need red and white wine stemware—and a simple glass like this one ($3, Crate&Barrel) can even hold a mixed drink. “Unless you’re serving champagne, try using one round wine glass as your all-purpose go-to at a cocktail...

Thanksgiving leftover recipes: Pie dough fries and sweet potato marshmallow cupcakes – with Andrea Correale on GoodMorningAmerica.com & ABC News

Don’t let any of your delicious sides, scraps or seconds from Thanksgiving go to waste! If you’re still recovering from a turkey and potato-induced food coma, these recipes are an easy way to whip up a fresh plate for round two — or three. We’re not judging. Celebrity caterer Andrea Correale, owner of Elegant Affairs, shared her inventive recipes to cure leftover food fatigue and fill you back up. Check out the recipes below — from dessert “fries” that you can dunk in cranberry sauce, to turkey meatballs that combine various ingredients — there’s bound to be a new twist you’d happily gobble up. Pie Fries These crispy and sweet strips of pie dough are perfect to dunk in any extra pie filling or even some sweet and tart cranberry sauce. Andrea Correale/Elegant Affairs Pie fries to dip into any leftover pie filling as a sweet post-Thanksgiving treat. Ingredients: Refrigerated pie dough Melted butter ½ cup sugar 1 tbsp powdered sugar 1 can of your favorite pie filling Directions: Roll out pie dough and cut into strips. Brush pie dough strips with melted butter. Mix cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle on top of pie dough strips. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown. (Time varies depending on thickness of crust). Allow to cool, then dip into your favorite pie filling. Optional: Put pie filling in a mini crock pot and keep it warm. (MORE: How to solve a Thanksgiving cooking crisis) Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting Andrea Correale/Elegant Affairs Leftover Thanksgiving sweet potato cupcakes with marshmallow topping. Make sweet potatoes even...

Pumpkin Recipes: Dinner Party Ideas – Featuring Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs

Fall time is pumpkin time, and its sweet, creamy taste works in savory dishes or dessert. See these party-ready pumpkin recipes: Fettuccine in Mini Pumpkins and Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares. When the temperatures start to cool down, the taste of pumpkin just fits right in. Here are two recipes perfect for entertaining from celebrity caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs. The Pumpkin Fettuccine ups its cuteness factor by being served in a mini pumpkin, a great way to kick off a dinner party, or to serve as a side dish. For dessert, the mix of pumpkin puree into a traditional cheese cake gives it holiday flair. Fettuccine in Mini Pumpkins PREPARE THE PASTA 8 oz whole wheat fettuccine — Bring a big pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside. MAKE THE SAUCE 1 generous TB unsalted butter 1 TB flour 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 CUPS low-fat milk 1/2 tsp rosemary, finely chopped 3 oz mascarpone cheese 1 CUP pumpkin puree 1/4 tsp sea salt freshly ground black pepper — Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add butter. Once sizzling, whisk in flour and stir to create a roux, until bubbly and golden, about 3 min. Add garlic and cook for 30 sec. Add in milk and rosemary. Stir constantly and increase the heat a little bit, if necessary, until the mixture begins to bubble and thicken, about 5-6 min. Add in mascarpone, pumpkin, s +p, whisking until smooth and thickened into a sauce. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Add cooked pasta to pan and toss...

Sienna Miller talks working with the NYPD for ‘21 Bridges’ – with mention of Andrea Correale

Please try to pay attention North Shore Animal League. Elegant Affairs’ Andrea Correale serving Billy Joel, Rachael Ray, Howard Stern bone-shaped treats … Chanel store designer Peter Marino shopping tchotchkes at Lillian Gorbachincky’s gallery of fine & functional art … NYC TV Festival, director Steve Stanulis premiered “Race Against Time,” a doc about Charlie Sheen’s former controversial doc, Dr. Sam Chachoua, which also stars Bill Maher and Mehmet Oz....

Elegant Affairs’ Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving Tips as Featured on Forbes.com

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to celebrate with our family and friends and express gratitude for what we have. This holiday season, let’s also show our gratitude to the planet we call home by reducing our carbon footprint with these quick and simple tweaks: Incorporate more plant-based food. Livestock agriculture and meat production release a significant amount of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming. Even if you prefer to serve turkey as the main dish, you can cut down on the overall meat intake by adding more plant-based side dishes to the menu. “There are plant-based alternatives to every traditional Thanksgiving dish out there, all the way down to a roast,” says Chloe Coscarelli, award-winning vegan chef and author of Chloe Flavor and The Complete Vegan Cookbook. You can also do quick ingredient swaps to make traditional holiday dishes more plant-based. For instance, swap chicken broth for vegetable broth in a soup base, top your sweet potatoes with vegan marshmallows instead of regular gelatin-filled marshmallows, trade butter for olive oil in your veggies or use coconut milk instead of regular milk in your mashed potatoes, suggests the Cupcake Wars winner. In addition, “you can substitute your traditional sausage stuffing for stuffing made with carrots, celery, lentils and onions,” suggests Andrea Correale, celebrity caterer and founder of Elegant Affairs. Here are a few plant-based Thanksgiving recipes to get you inspired.   Opt for a pasture-raised turkey. “If you’re looking to serve the most sustainable turkey this Thanksgiving, a pasture-raised turkey is the way to go,” says Heidi Diestel, California-based turkey farmer and owner of Diestel Family Ranch. “These...

Reader’s Digest: Why Using Your Microwave’s Popcorn Button Is a Bad Idea

Pressing the “popcorn” button couldn’t be easier, but it almost definitely won’t yield the best popcorn. Here’s what you should do instead. Anyone who has ever had a kitchen can most likely sing the praises of the microwave. You can have a ready-to-eat meal with the push of a couple buttons (and potentially a towel or oven mitt to remove the sometimes scorching hot tableware). And some of those buttons are even labeled specifically with the oft-microwaved food they’re designed to cook. They’re supposed to make your life easier—just press the button that corresponds with the food you’re cooking and call it a day. But sometimes they’re not actually the best amount of time to cook those foods, and this is especially true when it comes to the popcorn button. Chances are your popcorn button does not give the correct amount of time for cooking popcorn. Microwaves do vary, but your popcorn button probably runs the microwave for around two minutes and 30 seconds or a little less. And the general consensus is that this is way too long to cook your popcorn. Using the popcorn button—or any timer—is one of the mistakes you’re making while cooking popcorn. So how long do you microwave popcorn? Don’t use the microwave—use the popcorn. “Read the package of the popcorn to see the time that is required to cook it,” suggests Becky Beach, a food and lifestyle expert/blogger. “Each brand of popcorn is different, so pay close attention.” Some popcorn brands’ instructions won’t even give you a time but will instead say to listen for the “pops.” “You must listen to it, and when the popping slows down, take it out,” confirms...

Unique Food and Beverage Options Please Attendees and Keep Clients Coming Back for More – Featuring Andrea Correale

Experts say attendees today want to engage and connect with their food. As corporate and other meeting and event attendees become food savvy, crave variety, and demand a wider range of flavors, unique food and beverage options are now viewed as an easy avenue to please attendees and keep clients coming back for more. Of course, food and beverage trends depend on the event being held. Cuisine for a convention group is definitely much different than a corporate social event or a board meeting. MEMORABLE FOOD EXPERIENCES According to Andrea Correale, celebrity caterer and president of Elegant Affairs Caterers, Off-Premise Catering & Event Design, today’s meeting attendees are far more food savvy. “They are expecting restaurant-quality cuisine in a catered setting,” says Correale, who has provided multileveled, luxe-catering to notables and brands like Billie Eilish, Bebe Rexha, Mariah Carey, Jimmy Fallon, Ralph Lauren and Jimmy Choo. Correale says that today’s meeting planners are all looking for healthy and fresh choices, including vegan, gluten-free alternatives and plant-based foods. “Salad bars are popular, but over the top with elaborate selection and choices,” she says. “Event planners should consider exploring: vegan sushi bars; California-style, open-pit barbecues; Impossible Burger bars; and Korean food.”...



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