Food

Whether you are working with a boutique catering and event planning company (like LUX Catering & Events) or not, tastings (or taste tests) are a common part of the catering and event planning process. Almost all caterers provide either paid or complimentary tastings as part of the event planning process, allowing there is still plenty of time between when you start your event planning relationship with your caterer and your event. While it's unlikely, if your caterer doesn't offer you one there are several important reasons why you should request one or choose a caterer that offers one. While each company has different policies or experiences with their tastings, at LUX Catering and Events we see our tastings as an integral component in the road we share with our clients in the event planning process and consider our tastings the pre show of our boutique catering experience that will culminate in their stunning event! Here is what you can expect from your boutique catering experience when working with Utah's premier caterer and event planner  as well as why all catering clients should request a tasting before they book a caterer. Boutique catering from LUX Catering & Events - the premier Utah catering and event planning company

It's that wonderful day again where we are encouraged to celebrate the classic and historical spirit that pairs so wonderfully with delicious food. But we are at a loss of exactly how to celebrate today, so we devised a list of all the ways we could celebrate wine. Here is what we are reading or planning for our day: Celebrate Drink Wine Day around Utah with Lux Catering and Events  

It's National Taco Day (don't ask me why it's not falling on a Tuesday. Someone messed up...). We recently had fun creating a new appetizer to add to our menu featuring mini carne asada tacos served on top of sliced limes and cinched closed with mini clothes pins! We couldn't help but share thanks to what day it is: Mini taco appetizers from Lux Catering and Events - Utah's Premier caterer and event planner.

It's World Vegetarian Day! To celebrate, we took a look through our archives for an easy yet delicious recipe we could share with our vegetarian friends. Talk about a hard decision! We take thrill in creating new menus and reimagining old dishes anew for our vegetarian and vegan clients. We want to ensure that each bite is delicious and contributes to a beautiful experience regardless of your diet limitations. Thus, we have a lot of recipes to choose from! Fresh produce goes into each menu at LeCroissant catering and events - Utah's premier vegetarian and vegan caterer!

National Cherries Jubilee Day is here and we are highlighting our live action cherries jubilee crepe station! But before we get to the yummy pictures...

A Brief History of Cherries Jubilee

Cherries jubilee is a dessert that consists of cherries in a sauce, usually a simple syrup, flambéed in some kind of liquor (typically brandy, or kirschwasser). It is served as a dessert topping, usually on ice cream (or our favorite: atop warm, freshly made crepes). Cherries jubilee is generally credited as being created by chef Georges-Auguste Escoffier for Queen Victoria's Jubilee celebrations in the late 19th century - hence the name!  

Our Marketing Director, Katie Sanchez, recently took a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth! While there, she kept an eye open at what tips caterers and event planners could learn from the entertainment giant. Here's Katie: "I've been visiting Disneyland almost yearly since I was 4. I am no stranger to the magic, attractions, and treats the park has to offer. However, beyond the shiny castle and your favorite characters roaming the grounds, Disneyland is a major operation to carry out every single day of the year; an organism that must run smoothly and quickly to keep on top of the show. With an average of 16 million guests per year, Disneyland has the large task of feeding - and appealing to the senses - of all these guests! [caption id="attachment_630" align="aligncenter" width="600"]LeCroissant Catering & Event's Marketing Director, Katie, at Disneyland taking notes for caterers and event planners everywhere! My most recent trip to Disneyland with my mom and dad.[/caption] So what can caterers and event planners learn or adopt from Disney when it comes to feeding and appealing to guests? Disneyland, and Disney in general, is a brand with a die-hard loyal following. How can you as a caterer or event planner, infuse the same wow-factor into your events and make your guests loyal to your company?

We had a fun and savory tasting session yesterday for a new client featuring a bunch of new small plates we created to add to our menus! The evening began with the traditional meat and cheese board but filled with local Utah spirit - our cured meats came exclusively from Creminelli's Fine Meats and included prosciutto and two different kinds of salami. Our cheeses were also all locally sourced and included our own signature flavor, Black Pepper Chive, created in conjunction with Heber Valley Cheese (keep your eyes peeled for a future blog post featuring our newest cheese flavor made exclusively for LeCroissant Catering & Events!) as well as Barely Buzzed  from Beehive Cheese. Our meat and cheese assortment was served alongside our fantastic focaccia bread, baked in-house in our bakery, as well as bruschetta, and house-made hummus with freshly baked pita bread! Lastly, our guests also enjoyed caprese salad skewers with fresh, thickly-sliced mozzarella cheese and drizzled in balsamic vinaigrette. Caprese Salad Skewers with fresh, thickly-cut mozzarella and drizzled in balsamic vinegar and olive oil. But enough about the starters, on to the main courses and our delectable new small plates...

National Hamburger Day - of course it's necessary to have a day just for that delicious American staple equal if not surpassing apple pie and baseball. But how did the hamburger first become associated with America...

A Brief History of the Hamburger*

Putting a piece of meat between two slices of bread is not an invention of recent centuries. Similar foods had existed in Europe as far back as Genghis Khan, specifically minced meat made into patties (can you say steak tartare) that him and his followers then introduced to Moscow, Russia. Russian ships brought recipes using steak tartare to the Port of Hamburg; the city states that now comprise Germany adopted this minced meat and began making their own dishes. Hamburg being an important port in the 18th century for those traveling from the Old World to the new brought with them to America their recipes including the meat patties. While not yet a hamburger, a similar idea was set in place by the 4th Earl of Sandwich, an English aristocrat, in 1765 when he requested his meal to fit between two pieces of bread so he could eat and keep his hands clean while playing cards.