Month: June 2014
We love being a part of life’s important milestones through our catering and planning – weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, quinceañeras, graduations, baby showers, etc. – but here at Creative
Tastes we have an equal passion for executing flawless corporate events, too. Corporate catering usually offers its own set of challenges, and our team is highly trained in providing distinguished corporate clients with events they can be proud of. No corporate event is too big or too small for our group of award-winning chefs, event planners, and staff. We’ve done everything from catering breakfast meetings to implementing full event design and catering for multi-day conferences, and everything in between. Just to give you an example of the diversity of our clients’ needs, this week we’re working on a lunch meeting for 9, and a grand reception for 800. Honestly, we love it and wouldn’t have it any other way. The fact that no two events and no two clients are the same is what really keeps us on top of our game. The feedback that we get from our clients is equally motivating. Nothing makes us happier than a happy client.
“I feel confident at every event that no detail is forgotten. The on-site staff is professional and dependable. The entire catering team is a pleasure to work with. The food is heavenly. I am never disappointed and always received positive comments from the guests.” – Elizabeth, IPC
We recently revamped our corporate menus and we’re so excited about them that we’d like to extend 10-20% off to new corporate clients for the summer. We’d love to hear about your company’s catering needs and tell you a little bit more about the services that we offer. If you’d like to speak with us, or if you’d like to receive a copy of our updated corporate menus, just give us a call (305-256-8399) or email us at Inquiries@CreativeTastes.com We look forward to working with you soon!
Oh, and by the way, our corporate menus are really just the beginning! Our chefs are constantly dreaming up new menu items, and we’re inspired daily by our clients’ requests. If you’ve got something in mind – let us know! We have the skills and experience to ensure that every event is everything you wanted and more.
Our Dad’s BBQ Brunch was a hit! Every year we cater a few wonderful holiday brunches at Fairchild, like Mother’s Day and Easter, but there’s something about Father’s Day that’s just a lot of fun. Maybe it’s the chance to enjoy some more casual comfort food, or maybe it’s that we just really love taking some time out to honor the dads in our lives.
This particular Father’s Day was a blast. Our chefs served up some truly amazing dishes, like Sweet Soy-Honey Glazed BBQ Ribs and Chile Rubbed Brisket sliders. Chef Andrea’s Mac & Cheese was outrageously good – rich and creamy perfection. With so many great options, it was really hard to pick a favorite. If we had to choose, though, we’d have to say that the Design Your Own Bloody Mary bar was the life of the party. After all, what’s a brunch without some booze?
We’re always thrilled when our guests enjoy our dishes as much as we do. There are few things that inspire us the way that food does, and being able to share that passion with our guests and see them enjoy a great meal with their families and friends is the biggest reason why we do what we do.
If you were able to join us this year – thank you. It means the world to us that you chose to spend your Father’s Day with us. If not, remember we’re always available to help plan your next event. The 4th of July is just around the corner, and we’ve got plenty of great grilling & BBQ ideas that would be just perfect for a big Independence Day bash.
P.S. Don’t you just love Chef Andrea’s creative floral designs?? Perfect for any summer event, not just Father’s Day!
The 4th of July is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than outside by the grill? Here in South Florida we have the luxury of being able to cook outdoors year round, which is something we can sometimes take for granted. It’s easy to fall into the same routine of grilled chicken, burgers, and hot dogs. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it’s nice to shake things up and step outside of your comfort zone when it comes to food. hosting information Here are some of our favorite grilling & BBQ ideas this season (and don’t forget to read till the end for Chef Frank’s Top 3 Grilling Tips!):
1. Experiment with new flavors.
You’ll find grilled meats and barbecue all over the world. With so many great global barbecue styles, it would be a shame to just stick to store bought BBQ sauce. Mix it up and try incorporating Moroccan, Mexican, or Korean influenced flavors into your grilled dinners. Even just switching up the BBQ sauce for a fresh chimichurri or a smoky romesco sauce can turn the meal into something entirely new.
2. Try new cuts.
We all know about Rib Eyes and Skirt Steaks, but why not have some fun and try something different? Short Ribs are amazing on the grill, especially done with a sweet & spicy Asian-inspired sauce. Flat Irons and Tri-tips are two other excellent cuts that are definitely worth trying.
3. Reimagine your leftovers.
If you’re going to spend 8+ hours slow cooking a pork butt, you definitely don’t want to let any of it go to waste. Instead of just eating leftovers as is, consider stuffing leftover BBQ into grilled sandwiches, mac and cheese, scrambled eggs, or, our personal favorite, nachos. domain dns . The possibilities are endless.
4. Be adventurous.
Have you ever tried a Colombian-style hot dog? They’re pretty controversial here at Creative Tastes. Some of our staff is absolutely obsessed them, while others are skeptical of messing with the classic hot dog by adding pineapple sauce and crushed potato chips. The good news is that we’re taking our own advice – we’ll be serving up our own spin on the Colombian-style hot dog (with mangoes!) at this years Mango Festival. It’s so good, it’s sure to win over even the harshest of critics. Be sure to come try it!
The food is the most important thing, of course, but don’t forget to add a little red, white, and blue decor for the 4th, too. We really love the idea of freezing berries into ice cubes and scattering a few casual arrangements around the tables. It’s a nice touch without going overboard.
Now that you’ve got the inspiration, don’t forget to follow Chef Frank’s Top 3 Grilling Tips:
1. Use The Right Tools – You really don’t need a bunch of fancy gadgets when it comes to grilling. A pair of long handled tongs, 1-2 good spatulas, and a sturdy grill brush are the essentials.
2. Be Prepared – Have your platters, cutting boards, sauces, sides, etc. ready before you start grilling. If you’re grilling steaks, for example, once those steaks are on the hot grill you have very little say in when they’ll be ready. Most chefs would recommend that you let your meat rest before serving it, but you don’t want to be serving cold steak, either. You also don’t want to have a beautiful steak ready to come off the grill, only to find that you forgot to bring a clean platter out for the cooked meat. Having everything prepped and ready to go is key.
3.Think Beyond Meats – Tomatoes in foil packets, veggies skewered onto lemongrass or rosemary, tomatillos and peppers to puree into salsas, romaine for Caesar Salads, pizza, sweet onions, peaches to top with ice cream.. so many things can be cooked on the grill that it’s really a shame to limit its use to just the usual entrees and occasional corn on the cob.
Of course, if you’re throwing a big Independence Day bash, you might just want to call us instead. We’ll take care of everything, and you can just sit back and enjoy the day. Being able to be a guest at your own party is the BEST. Deviled Eggs with Key West Pink Shrimp, Goat Cheese & Caramelized Onion Empanadas, Mint Julep Ceviche, Churrasco with Chimichurri, Slow Roasted BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos, Chile Rubbed Brisket Sliders – you name it, we’ve got you covered.
You may have already heard about our Dad’s BBQ Brunch taking place this Sunday at Fairchild
Tropical Botanic Garden. Of course the food is going to be amazing (would you expect anything less from Chefs Frank
& Andrea?), but just in case you were wondering exactly what you can look forward to, we’ve got the full menu right here:
The cost per person is $47 dollars, and when you consider that it includes entrance into Fairchild (usually $25) along with all you can eat brunch, bottomless Mimosas, and an unlimited Bloody Mary bar – it really is the best value in South Florida. Not to mention the fact that it’s indoors, which is so important with our crazy Miami weather.
Reservations close Friday, but we still have spaces available. Call us today – this is one brunch you don’t want to miss.
Father’s Day is just over a week away. Do you have anything special planned yet? It’s always a little tough to come up with something that Dad will really enjoy. Let’s be honest – most of the men in our life would rather spend a nice
relaxing day at home than be out and about all over town. Our Father’s Day Brunch is the perfect compromise. Chefs Frank and Andrea are putting together a delicious BBQ-themed spread with Sweet Soy-Honey Glazed Ribs, Mac & Cheese, Corn on the Cobb, and a Slider Bar with Slow Roasted Pulled Pork, Mojo Chicken, and Chile Rubbed Brisket – and that’s just a small sample of the amazing offerings. Of course, no brunch is complete without breakfast, so all of your breakfast favorites will be included, too, along with UNLIMITED Mimosas and a full Bloody Mary Bar! What could be better? Entrance to
Fairchild is even included, so you’re free to enjoy all that the garden has to offer, as well. Dad gets treated to an amazing brunch (he deserves it!), we do all the work (who wants to spend the day washing dishes, anyway?), and you’ll still be home early enough to enjoy the rest of the day (especially great if the Finals go to Game 5!). Be sure to give us a call to make your reservations. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
Check out the full menu here.
Father’s Day Sunday June 15th, 2014
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden – Visitor’s Center Ballroom
Accepting reservations from 10:30AM to 2:30PM