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Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and you shouldn’t settle on a mediocre wedding cake just because you can’t decide what you want! It’s always a good idea to take a look at what’s trending to help inspire you so you can choose the best cake for your wedding day.

Since it’s been almost four years since our last article on wedding cake trends in 2019, we wanted to come back and take a look at what’s going on in the world of wedding cakes in the upcoming year.

Big Cakes

A lot of couples seem to really be sticking to the idea of “go big or go home” in their wedding, especially regarding their cake! Some of these massive multi-layered cakes can reach up to five feet tall and can have a different flavor in each layer.

This is great for weddings with lots of guests because you can be sure that there’s something for everyone to enjoy. It is worth noting that with a cake so enormous, there will be a lot of preparation involved in making sure it’s stable and getting it where it’s supposed to be. Often, it requires a whole team just to get the cake to the venue safely.

Semi-Naked Cakes

One trend that can suit just about anyone’s wedding style is the semi-naked cake. Having only a thin layer of frosting on the outside, these cakes can be decorated according to the theme of any wedding and still look fantastic.

Many couples choose this kind of cake for the visual appeal, while others choose it because they aren’t a fan of frosting but still prefer a bit of it over a fully naked cake. Whatever the case, these cakes are a great choice for any wedding, no matter the taste of the couple or their guests.

Boho Cakes

A boho-themed cake adheres to a more natural, free-spirited look that can pair wonderfully with a vintage-themed wedding. They usually incorporate gold flakes, neutral, and earth-toned colors, differing textures, and lots of floral elements. There is still so much variation available, though, that a boho cake is a great decision for couples who aim for a more earthy but still classy vibe for their wedding. The sky really is the limit with these cakes, because you can tie in a boho theme for a cake of any size or shape.

Birchwood Cakes

With a vanilla frosted exterior and designs that make it look like a piece of wood cut straight from a birch tree, birchwood cakes are a fun choice for couples with a rustic theme to their wedding, especially if their venue is a barn or a cottage.

Many couples also choose to have their initials “carved” into the tree-like cake for a classically adorable touch. Not only do these cakes perfectly suit a laid-back, nature-loving couple, but they can also be dressed up to bring a bit of natural flair to a more formal wedding.

Colors for a Wedding Cake

So many couples these days are opting out of the traditional white wedding cake and going for something brighter and more out of the box. Some of these colors are still light-colored and fit the expectation for a wedding cake: pastels, blush pink, champagne, or “dusty” versions of other colors. However, some couples choose something very different and go with darker colors like navy, teal, or burgundy for their cake. These colors can be the base for the whole cake or just sprinkled in as a detail, but they’re guaranteed to make your cake stand out.

Cake Toppers

In addition to untraditional wedding cake colors, a lot of couples are also leaning towards wedding cake toppers that are out of the norm. Instead of the classic bride and groom cake toppers, we’re seeing the couple represented as animals or video game characters. Or, rather than having themselves on the cake at all, some couples choose funny quotes and sayings to put on top of their wedding cake. We’ve entered an era of more casual, comfortable weddings, and cake toppers seem to be reflecting that.

Hire the Right Caterer

Whatever style of cake you choose for your wedding, it is absolutely essential that you pick the right caterer to make it for you. At Silver Spoon Caterers, we absolutely love getting the chance to work with you on your wedding cake design and make sure everything is exactly the way you want it to be on your special day. Contact us now for more information about our wedding cake catering services!

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Whether you are trying to find the perfect menu for your wedding, or something new and different for your spouse’s 50th birthday, choosing the right food can be difficult. But, it doesn’t have to be.

For quite some time, health experts have been trying to show us the health patterns of those who live in Mediterranean regions such as Spain, Greece, and Southern Italy. Beyond just the health benefits, Mediterranean food is beloved around the world for its bold, mouth-watering flavors.

Let’s take a look at how you can add some Mediterranean flair to your event that will have people talking.

Things to Know About Mediterranean Catering

When looking to add some delicious  Mediterranean-style foods to your upcoming event menu -, there are a few things that you need to consider before deciding on your options.

Healthy Doesn’t Have to Mean Bland

Just because you are throwing a party doesn’t mean it has to be all potato chips, pizza, and hot dogs. Mediterranean food brings a ton of bold flavors, while being extremely healthy for you and your guest in multiple ways.

Mediterranean food consists of healthy ingredients, while also containing lighter meat choices such as poultry and seafood. It also contains a healthy amount of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and brown rice. In a variety of ways, these healthy recipes combine ingredients in both creative and delicious combinations.

Some of the easier combinations that many start with when looking to add some of that Mediterranean flair are avocado bruschetta, falafel, Greek salad, or a kabob platter. Whatever your thinking, there are plenty of options to give you guests for any occasion.

Vegetarian Options

First, make sure that you are providing at least one vegetarian option, and catering to the vegan diet is also a good idea.

Include Healthy Choices

Depending on the event, some guests might be up and moving around, possibly dancing. This is where healthier and lighter options come into play. With as many delicious healthy options Mediterranean foods provide, you can be sure you aren’t weighing anyone down.

Consider Drink Pairings

Certain drinks and wines just taste better with certain foods. With the options of seafood, chicken, and lamb, Mediterranean foods can be easily paired with your drinks and wine choices.

Clean Eating

You want to make sure that at least some of your event or party foods are able to be easily handled and consumed so there is not much spillage and mess. A spilled pasta sauce or dripping sandwich can really ruin someone’s evening.

Mediterranean Catering ChoicesThere are many foods that you can choose to  add that bold, tasty Mediterranean flavor to your menu, but here are a few recipes and options that your guests will love.

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

If you are looking for something to replace the boring old pasta that gets served at many a wedding or birthday party, the Mediterranean Orzo Salad is the perfect substitute. Refreshingly vegan, this salad contains bright cherry tomatoes, herbs and of course, olives.

Grilled Chicken Souvlaki & Tzatziki Sauce

For those who are looking for more protein in their catering options, souvlaki is a beloved Greek dish because of its bold flavor. Souvlaki is skewered, making it very easy to eat without  making a mess. When you add the zesty tzatziki sauce that Greeks usually use on either pita bread or souvlaki, you will pack a savory punch to every bite.

Kolokithokeftedes

These zucchini fritters are made with olive oil, feta cheese, and spiced with dill. A light, crispy appetizer that has become very popular for any number of catered events.

Baba Ganoush

This Mediterranean staple is made  with eggplant, tahini, garlic, olive oil and lemon, your guests will be heading back to the table with more pita bread, or chips to keep the dipping going all night long.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Grape Leaves

Extremely nutritious and healthy, grape leaves with their mild, tangy taste stuffed with the creaminess of goat cheese is a hit at any occasion. As with the souvlaki, stuffed grape leaves are easily handled and leave little to no mess.

Remember, wedding or event food can be a real make or break issue for guests. With this in mind, opting for a Mediterranean cuisine for your upcoming event can offer a crowd-pleasing menu full of popular options for everyone.

Contact Silver Spoon Catering to get the party started with some sampling so you can craft the perfect menu.

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Plant-based eating may have been considered a religious or fringe practice in the past, but it has become very mainstream today. Companies that cater to a plant-based lifestyle are growing at a rapid pace.

Consumers who follow plant-based diets are hungry for healthy, sustainable, delicious food free from animal products. The following companies deliver for those on a plant-based diet.

Amy’s Kitchen Inc.

Amy’s Kitchen has been producing nourishing and satisfying plant-based foods since 1987. Amy’s pre-made foods are staples for many vegetarians and vegans. Amy’s kitchen produces shelf stable and frozen plant-based meals and has a catalog of over 250 foods created with organic, non-GMO ingredients.

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM) has been influencing the way plant-based products are delivered to consumers for over 100 years. They specialize in transforming plants into the products that plant-based consumers are looking for. In 2022, ADM is one of the world’s largest companies producing alternative plant-based products.

Beyond Meat

The Beyond Burger is considered one of the best meat alternative burgers on the market. Its claim to fame is that it looks and cooks like a real meat product. Beyond meat products are found next to real beef products in grocery store meat cases. Beyond meat is a complete protein source made free from GMOs, soy, and gluten.

Daiya Food, Inc.

Daiya foods was founded by two friends who shared the idea that plant-based eating was better for our health, the planet, and animal welfare. The company began by creating dairy-free alternatives made from plants. Daiya’s most popular products are its mozzarella and cheddar style shreds that have been acclaimed for their similarity to animal-based cheeses.

Tofutti Brands, Inc

Tofutti is a well-known plant-based company that has been serving customers since 1981. The company produces dairy-free frozen treats, sour cream, and cheeses. Tofutti Brands caters to consumers who are lactose-intolerant, vegan, and kosher. The company’s plant-based ice cream sandwiches are wildly popular among dairy-free eaters. They replicate the texture and flavor of these beloved dairy treats.

Plamil Foods Ltd.

Plamil Foods is a British food company that is committed to producing products that are made entirely with animal-free ingredients. The company believes that the people who consume its food should enjoy it without having to worry that the products contain something that they need or want to avoid.

Danone SA

Danone began producing yogurt in Spain in 1919. In 2017, the company purchased WhiteWave and began offering plant-based products and beverages made from soy, almonds, coconuts, rice, and oats. The company also offers plant-based alternatives to yogurt and cream.

Eden Foods, Inc.

Eden Foods began in 1969 and is the oldest natural and organic food company operating in North America. More than 90% of Eden’s products are sold in co-ops, natural food stores, and supermarkets. Eden’s most popular products include its EdenSoy range of organic soy milk and its Japanese food staples.

Vbites Food Ltd

Vbites is a UK-based company that has been producing plant-based meat alternatives since 1993. Vbites is focused on sustainability and produces products that deliver the taste and texture of meat, fish, and dairy products without the dietary, environmental, and agricultural welfare concerns of animal-based products.

Vitasoy International Holdings Ltd

Vitasoy is a Hong Kong-based beverage company that has been producing GMO-free, soy-based products since the 1940s. The company began producing soy milk and has expanded to include beverages such as tea, soft drinks, and tofu. Decades after its inception, Vitasoy remains committed to providing sustainable products that are good for its customers and the planet.

Call Silver Spoon Caterers for Your Next Event

Silver Spoon Caterers is the premier choice for private catering for weddings, parties, corporate events, and more. Our experienced team creates delicious spreads to suit any diet or food preference, and we will work hard for you to ensure the safety and satisfaction of every guest. If you want to discuss our Vegetarian and Vegan options, or hear more about how we can make your next event a success, contact us today.

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A baby shower or gender reveal is a joyful gathering that encourages people to eat and be merry. Regardless of the seating style, your guests will appreciate the opportunity to celebrate, relax, and catch up with friends and family. Be sure to plan a large variety of foods so that there is something for everyone. Offering a variety of foods will ensure that there are no awkward moments for the vegetarian cousin or neighbor with celiac disease who cannot find anything suitable to eat.

As the shower host, your first consideration should be to the mom-to-be. Don’t forget that during pregnancy, many foods are temporarily off-limits. These include alcohol, undercooked meats, fish, eggs, soft cheeses, and lunch meats. While many of these things can be included in your menu, you’ll want to make sure that the guest of honor is taken care of.

There are so many ways to create a crowd-pleasing menu that will provide for everyone in attendance and make sure that your event is a memorable experience for both you and your guests.

Here are a few things to keep in mind in the planning process.

Keeping Things Casual

When planning your event, consider choosing a time of day that is not traditionally reserved for a large meal. By doing this, you can offer your guests appetizers and portable food choices that are both simple and delicious. A sample menu for this style of event may include:

·         Tea, coffee, water, or juice

·         Charcuterie platters with a variety of meats, cheeses, and crackers

·         Seasonal fruit trays

·         Finger sandwiches

·         Various hors d’oeuvres

·         Deviled eggs

·         A selection of desserts

This is a good idea for several reasons. Giving your guests a choice of different foods allows them to pick options that suit their tastes and dietary preferences. Another benefit is that it reduces the amount of plates and flatware that you will need. This can help you stay within your budget while providing your guests with food prepared by professionals.

Offering a variety of finger foods will help make sure that there will be something delicious for all your shower guests to eat. You should speak to your caterer ahead of time so they know you are including options that will suit both picky eaters and those with dietary restrictions.

It’s a good idea to offer five or more different foods and plan for enough food so that each guest will have at least two items each to eat. It is always a good rule of thumb to have more food to offer than not enough!

Spread Things Out

When you have a large group gathered in one space, it’s a good idea to spread out your food offerings throughout the party room. This allows your guests the chance to mingle and still have an opportunity to pick up different food offerings as they pass by the various platters around the room. Your guests will be more likely to move about the room freely, rather than gathering in one space. And by spreading out the food around the party space, you all but eliminate the chance that a line will build up for the “food line.” This will keep the party flowing and make sure that everyone will have a chance to sample the delicious foods that you have chosen.

A Traditional Approach

For a more traditional approach, you may prefer to host your shower at a regular mealtime and serve your guests a full meal. You can choose whether guests will be served their meal or walk through a buffet line.

If you opt for a more traditional sit-down style event, the right professional caterer will be more than happy to help you create a menu that will be crowd pleasing and delicious for all tastes and preferences. A sample menu for a sit-down shower or gender reveal may look something like this:

·         Water, coffee, or tea

·         Salad

·         A choice of entrée for both meat eaters and vegetarians

·         Fresh bread or rolls

·         A dessert

Keep in mind that when choosing a sit-down meal option, you can still offer your guests appetizers that can be spread out around the room before the meal is served, allowing them plenty of opportunities to mingle with each other.

A Classic Shower Theme

You can never go wrong with simple, classic styling for your baby shower or gender reveal. A classic theme is a great way to include your color scheme into your event through items like colored cake, cupcakes, or cookies. This way, your menu remains elegant and classic while still presenting your guests with some flairs for this big day.

The decision to host a casual or sit-down event really comes down to your personal preference. Whatever you decide, it’s a good idea to speak with your caterer about your food, drink, and serving options.

Hire The Right Caterer

Planning a baby shower or a gender reveal celebration involves a lot of moving parts. One way to add a touch of elegance and make your celebration a successful event is to hire a professional caterer to handle the menu. Not only can you customize your menu, but as the host, you will be free to leave the planning, shopping, and prepping of the food to the catering staff so that you can relax and enjoy the festivities.

Choosing a professional to cater your shower will allow you to focus your energy on the many other tasks that an event host takes on. Whether you decide to offer casual appetizers, a buffet, or a full-service meal, the experienced catering professionals you’ve chosen are prepared to handle every aspect of your event from start to finish. When it comes to planning the menu for your event, you can make choices that fit perfectly within your budget, the time of your event, theme, location, and food sensitivities. Even if you are a professionally trained Chef or work in the food industry, you don’t want to spend your time prepping and serving food, you want to sit back and enjoy the day.  Hiring a professional caterer will make this part of your party planning simple and enjoyable! Silver Spoon Catering is that right professional caterer. Contact us today to book your ba

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When you are planning a special event in your life, you want every aspect of the day to go off without a hitch. Events like weddings, graduations, and baby showers will create memories to share with your family for years to come, so you deserve for everything to be perfect.

Sometimes coordinating every last detail of an event can be overwhelming and detract from the experience of your special day. Using private event catering will take the burden off you and make your day unforgettable.

Here are 3 reasons why private event catering is the best choice for your occasion:

Food is Always the Star

Regardless of what type of event you are planning, food is always the main attraction. From weddings to bar or bat mitzvahs to holiday parties, everyone wants to know what’s on the menu. Planning a menu, estimating portions and getting all the food prepared properly and on time is quite an undertaking. Then, add other event hosting tasks on top of that and you’re risking a disaster with the most important element of your event.

Private event catering companies have expertise in menu planning, and they can help you figure out the right type of food to serve at your event. They will offer you options from their menu, or they will work with you on a custom menu if you have something special in mind. A private event catering company is skilled in prep work and menu execution on a large scale. You can devote your attention to hosting your event and trust that the food will be delicious and on time.

Food prepared by private event catering leaves a lasting impression with guests. The curated menus and professional presentation give any event an elevated feel. Your guests will know you took the time to make their experience special.

Save Yourself the Stress

Before you even get around to thinking about food, there is already so much to take on when starting to plan an event. You want your event to be a good experience for your guest, but you should also be able to enjoy these memorable occasions. Events are also expensive, and it is important that you get to enjoy your investment.

Using private event catering takes the responsibility and pressure off you so that you can focus on enjoying your event. When you provide food for your event yourself, you must plan a menu that everyone will enjoy, calculate ingredient quantities, and spend hours preparing and cooking food on the day of the event. That leaves little time for any other tasks that need to be completed before your guests arrive.

With private event catering, the decisions requiring your input are made days or weeks in advance of the occasion. On the day of the event, you have more time to decorate, greet guests, or simply enjoy the event you’ve worked so hard to put on. Saving yourself stress in any way possible is a worthwhile investment.

Quality Service and Food Safety

You want your guests to be happy and enjoy the food at your event, which means they need to be attended to when they have questions or requests. if you do the food yourself, you will find yourself pulled in a million different directions during the meal service. A private event catering company can bring a full staff of servers to make sure your guests are served quickly, and they can deal with special requests or questions about the food. Having quality service for your guests is essential to creating a memorable experience.

In addition to help with service, private event catering companies are also trained in safe food preparation and handling. Food for your event is prepared in advance off site and transported to the venue. There are safety standards in place that dictate the correct temperatures for cooking and storing certain foods to ensure they can be safely enjoyed.

While you may have the best intentions in preparing food yourself, the risk remains that standards aren’t being followed, which could end up in an illness for you or your guests. It is also possible for allergy issues to arise from improperly labeled or cross-handled food.

Foodborne illnesses and allergies are not the only safety concern these days. With much of the country still dealing with the pandemic, safety is a top priority for serving food at events. A private event catering company is up to date on the best and most updated practices for how to prepare and serve food safely to reduce any possible exposure to COVID-19.

Call Silver Spoon Caterers for Your Safe, Stress-Free Event

Silver Spoon Caterers is the premier choice for private catering for weddings, parties, corporate events, and more. Our team works hard for you to ensure the safety and satisfaction of every guest. If you want to hear more about how we can make your next event a success, contact us today.

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While 2021 wasn’t as challenging as 2020, most small businesses, especially in our industry, were still facing COVID protocol challenges. Silver Spoon continued offering boxed meals, while finding creative ways to provide safe and healthy catering options. Thankfully business was starting to “get back to normal” as people rescheduled weddings, parties, and events.

We had a lot to write about last year, from tips on Sunday Funday brunch, to tips on holiday, wedding, and corporate catering.

Thank you for reading our blogs and supporting us once again. To recap, here is a quick summary of our most popular blogs from 2021.

5 Tips for Catering Your Sunday Brunch

The start of football season is here again and having your Sunday brunch catered is a great way to start your football “Sunday Funday” off right. Even if you’re not watching the game but you want to get family and friends together to enjoy the fall weather, a catered brunch is the way to go. […]

It’s Not Too Late to Throw a Last-Minute Graduation Party

Whether graduating from Middle School, High School or College, celebrating your child’s graduation is an important and a once in a lifetime experience! Besides a wedding, a graduation may be the second most important party you throw for them. Although some people take weeks to plan a graduation party, if you haven’t planned your party […]

What to Serve at Your Fairfax VA Networking Event

As Covid19 numbers decline many businesses are welcoming their employees back into their offices, as well as planning corporate events. Although the corporate world is not 100% back to normal, many people are eager to get out of their house and back to networking to promote their business or look for partners that can help […]

Planning A Safe Outdoor Corporate Event

Some of the best companies in America have become successful because they have great products, services, and an outstanding corporate culture. Their employees work well together as a team and form a special in-person bond. However, with the Covid-19 pandemic the ability to create and sustain a corporate culture through online meeting and conference calls […]

11 Things to Consider When Hiring a Wedding Caterer

Looking for the right caterer for your wedding? There are few things you want to consider. Aspects like the style and theme of your wedding, different kinds of menus, and the costs associated with each part of your catering should all be top of mind considerations. Your caterer should also be one of the first […]

How to Make Corporate Catering Affordable

Who says business catering has to cost a fortune? The Coronavirus pandemic has puckered up corporate catering budgets harder than a lemon heavy kombucha. The tough economic fallout has not been lost executive catering companies, many of whom are experiencing their own revenue being sliced and diced. Still, employers are dedicated to providing tasty and […]

A family, minority, & woman operated business since 1997, Silver Spoon Caterers serves the social and corporate communities of Northern Virginia and the D.C. metro area with determined care and expertise. From major social functions to fundraising galas; national conventions to intimate gatherings; corporate meetings to community celebrations, Silver Spoon takes pride in executing unique events, giving our clients unbeatable value and lasting memories.

Silver Spoon Caterer’s mission is to build a growth-oriented company focused on positive partnerships with clients, venues, staff, management, owners, vendors, and the community. Our main goal is to succeed as a team-oriented business, producing and serving a high-quality product with a commitment to excellence in service, planning, and quality. We strive to be the “Best Of” in all aspects of our business. Our positive partnerships within the industry have become our proven “recipe” for success. Through continuing efforts, Silver Spoon will become a Green and Organic Caterer.

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A company Christmas party provides your employees with a unique opportunity to get to know each other and your company. This can significantly boost employee morale.

When planning your holiday party, the food is one of the first things you’ll need to consider. Planning menus, shopping for ingredients, preparing food and serving guests takes a lot of time and effort. In fact, it’s often the most stressful part of planning a company party.

The right caterer can make your party a success. Hiring a caterer allows you to focus on other important aspects of your event. This makes it possible to throw a Christmas party that your guests are sure to remember.

The right holiday theme can help take your company party from ordinary to extraordinary. Your guests are sure to appreciate the extra effort you put into planning. The following are our favorite company Christmas party themes.

Masquerade Ball

 Throw a truly magical company party with this fun theme. Encourage your guests to come adorned with their own decorative masks. A masquerade ball theme includes traditional Christmas colors with lots of gold and purple thrown in. This type of party calls for appetizers, hors d’oeuvres and finger foods. We have a number of options for you to choose from on our holiday catering menu.

Santa’s Workshop 

Get your employees into the Christmas spirit with a holiday party that encourages giving. Have your employees and their guests each bring a toy to be donated to a local toy drive. Decorate your venue with red and white, twinkling lights and festive greenery. Offer your guests comforting entrees such as Parmesan crusted chicken or bourbon maple glazed ham.

White Christmas

 Transform your party into a winter wonderland. Decorate with white ornaments, white linens, white tableware and sprigs of flocked greenery. Offer your guests light colored dishes for the best effect. Good choices include cauliflower steaks and a roast turkey feast.

Please keep Coivd Guidlines in mind while hosting your event:

Keep Surfaces Clean & Sanitized

Although cleanliness is important whenever serving food, it’s even more crucial during a pandemic. Event planners could benefit from developing and enforcing procedures aimed at preventing the spread of disease.

  • Do Not Allow Guests to Serve Themselves
    When guests serve themselves, they spread germs from one person to the next via serving utensils. Instead of serving guests buffet-style, consider having your event catered and designate one person to serve each guest. Another popular option, you can provide guests with pre-made boxed lunches. These pre-made meals provide guests with the perfect portion while keeping meals separate.
  • Encourage Frequent Hand Washing
    Make sure that both guests and staff have easy access to handwashing stations.
  • Make Sure Your Staff Wears a Mask
    Although it’s not possible to eat while wearing a mask, event planners should make sure staff wear masks at all other times. .
  • Clean & Disinfect Serving and High Touch Areas

Clean and disinfect all high touch areas before, during, and after the event. Make sure to use quality CDC-approved cleaners and disinfectants.

Keep Staff and Guests Informed

Even with the best precautions in place, you can’t make your event truly safe without communicating your plans with your staff and guests. Make sure everyone knows the procedures you’ve put in place before your event. Signs can let guests and staff know how to properly wear PPE and maintain at least six feet of distance between themselves and other guests. Signage can also direct staff and guests to handwashing stations.

Silver Spoon Caterers offers catering services for weddings, parties, corporate events, and more. Our team works hard to ensure the safety and satisfaction of every guest. Please contact us to learn how we can help make your next event a success!

Silver Spoon Catering offers holiday catering services for company parties. Our holiday catering menu features a number of choices including gluten free and vegetarian options. Please contact us for more information about holiday party catering.

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As Covid19 numbers decline many businesses are welcoming their employees back into their offices, as well as planning corporate events. Although the corporate world is not 100% back to normal, many people are eager to get out of their house and back to networking to promote their business or look for partners that can help their business.

Networking with Covid19 adds additional complexities to hosting a networking event. Along with complying with vaccine mandates and whether to require masks, you must plan for how you will handle drink tickets, what kind of food and drinks to serve as well as activities to get people “mingling”.

Attending a networking event can be exciting and stressful all at the same time. Hosting an event is still exciting, but can be a lot more stressful. One of the easiest ways to reduce your stress level is by hiring a full service caterer to handle all of your drink and food preperation, serve guests and handle all the clean up.

When working with a corporate event caterer to plan the menu, do what you can to make the eating easy on your guests. Here are a few food items to avoid serving or consuming at your next networking event. Avoid the embarrassment of broccoli in teeth or bolognaise on sports coats.

Avoid:

  • Items that feature heavy, bold sauces like ribs or spaghetti;
  • Items such as pastry covered in powdered sugar;
  • Items that contain seeds (A poppy kernel isn’t the best accessory.);
  • Items that require the use of a fork and knife.

Instead, opt for bite-sized items that can be eaten easily with a toothpick or fingers; serve lighter pasta dishes (Think penne or ziti in an oil-based sauce.); and offer guests the choice of a plate or a bowl. You want your guests to mingle and make connections, to eat and enjoy themselves. The key is convenience. Stage the space with plenty of napkins. And don’t forget about the trash; make sure bins are plentiful.

Planning a networking event that needs catering in Northern VA? Consider the menu options available from Silver Spoon Caterers:

  • Coconut shrimp (made with white rum and coconut milk)
  • Lump crab empanada (made with puff pastry)
  • Mini crab cake (served with a lemon-garlic aioli)
  • Signature meatballs (all beef, served with client’s choice of Cran-BBQ, Romesco with Manchego, or Teppanyaki sauce)
  • Caribbean chicken skewer (marinated in Caribbean spices with grilled pineapple)
  • Asparagus & Phyllo (hand rolled filo with ricotta & Parmesan)
  • Garden Mushroom Tart (made with shitake & crimini mushrooms and manchego cheese)
  • Mini Zucchini Cakes (served with an herb aioli)
  • Fresh Fruit & Cheese Platter (artisan display of seasonal fresh fruits and a variety of international and domestic cheeses with crackers

Our carefully curated menu and well trained staff have what it takes to make a networking event hassle-free. From hairnets to nitrile coated gloves our staff will provide the best hospitality and service for your event.

A family, minority, & woman operated business since 1997, Silver Spoon Caterers serves the social and corporate communities of Northern Virginia and the D.C. metro area with determined care and expertise. From major social functions to fundraising galas; national conventions to intimate gatherings; corporate meetings to community celebrations, Silver Spoon takes pride in executing unique events, giving our clients unbeatable value and lasting memories.

Silver Spoon Caterer’s mission is to build a growth-oriented company focused on positive partnerships with clients, venues, staff, management, owners, vendors, and the community. Our main goal is to succeed as a team-oriented business, producing and serving a high quality product with a commitment to excellence in service, planning, and quality. We strive to be the “Best Of” in all aspects of our business. Our positive partnerships within the industry have become our proven “recipe” for success.

Call SilverSpoon Caterers in Fairfax, Virginia, at (703) 935-4531 for more information about our catering services.

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The start of football season is here again and having your Sunday brunch catered is a great way to start your football “Sunday Funday” off right. Even if you’re not watching the game but you want to get family and friends together to enjoy the fall weather, a catered brunch is the way to go. In this post, we will cover how catering for brunch can elevate the Sunday experience for you and your guests.

Catering can add an element of entertainment and allow you to enjoy your day with friends and family, rather than having to spend it in the kitchen or a crowded restaurant. It can be as simple or extravagant as you want and there are options that offer something for everyone.

You don’t have to do all of the work yourself or even leave your own house. You can choose from options that come with silverware, plates, and glasses, so all you have to do is show up and eat. Or you can choose a catering option that includes cooks, servers, and bartenders.

Here are 5 tips for catering your Sunday brunch

The Menu

First things first, what are you serving? You want to choose something that fits your style and what you know your guests will enjoy. You want to choose a variety that will satisfy everyone’s taste buds but you don’t want your guests passing up on something because they’re scared it’s going to be too strange for them. If you plan on having a lot of children at your party, you might want to consider opting out of serving anything too exotic and stick with the basics.

The Number of Guests

How many guests are you having for brunch? If it’s a smaller group, you might be able to get away with ordering only enough food for the people who you know will be there. However, if your guest list is larger and includes other people’s friends and family members, you might be expecting guests who weren’t formally invited. It’s best to go with a bigger catering option for that kind of party.

The Time of Day

What time are you having brunch? If it’s in the morning, then you should consider catering breakfast. However, if your party is in the early to midafternoon, you should consider food options that are more meal-time agnostic, meaning they can be enjoyed for breakfast or lunch.

The Time of Year

The time of year can also affect your brunch menu. For outdoor parties held in the fall you should probably go with items that are heartier and can be easily enjoyed outside.

The Location

Lastly, where are you having your brunch? Is it at your house or is it being held in a park outdoors? Will there be power available for cooking on site? All of these factors play heavily into the menu options you should choose and whether you need already prepared food or if you can offer food that is cooked on location.

Book Your Sunday Brunch Catering

Brunch catering is easy and stress-free! It’s the best way to entertain guests for Sunday brunch without having to do all of the dirty work yourself or even having to leave your house. Book your Sunday brunch today with SilverSpoon Catering. We’ll see you there!

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Some of the best companies in America have become successful because they have great products, services, and an outstanding corporate culture. Their employees work well together as a team and form a special in-person bond. However, with the Covid-19 pandemic the ability to create and sustain a corporate culture through online meeting and conference calls has been challenging.

Although people are starting to go back into their offices, many companies are requiring mask wearing and social distancing; not the best way to bring back that bonding corporate culture. However, a great way to get the team together again in a safe way is by having an outdoor corporate event. Whether it’s a meeting, seminar or just a good old fashion cookout for the team.

That being said, outdoor events add a level of uncertainty and risk to the event. You’ll have to account for the type of weather you may experience. You may have to research and accommodate facilities which may not have power. You may have to rent outdoor toilets. There are a lot of things to think about.

Here is a quick three-step checklist to be sure that you’re not missing anything.

Venue

Research your venue to make sure your guests will be comfortable. This might mean visiting the venue ahead of time to scout for potential issues.

Does the area have ample seating? Electrical power? Is it accessible to people with limited mobility? Is it near a parking lot, convenient for setup and teardown? How close are the bathrooms? Is there plenty of shade, or will you have to rent a tent so that people have a place to get out of the sun, or to continue the party if it rains?

Consider a “housekeeping kit” with Lysol and paper towels, broom and dustpan, lots of garbage bags and a spare extension cord or two in case of the unexpected.

Menu

Unless your venue has tables as well as places to sit, you’ll most likely rule out foods that require a fork and a knife. Finger foods and appetizers are easier for people to eat standing up, and you might aim for foods that only require a napkin, not a plate.

You will also want to consider what foods can be easily kept at the proper temperature for long periods of time. Lighter, cooler fare will be better received than heavy, hot dishes, and they’re easier to manage anyway.

If renting toilets for the occasion, consider having a separate wash station with clean water, Purell, and soap.

Entertainment

While many groups can comfortably chat a whole afternoon away, the event will be more memorable if you can organize some entertainment. Whether it’s a few games or a DJ, give some thought to this in the early stages.

If you are allowing children, you might consider hiring childcare to run games and challenges just for the kids while their parents socialize with freedom.

Corporate events provide the perfect opportunity for coworkers to get to know each other outside of the office. These events allow employees to feel like part of a team. This can have a significant impact on morale, work relationships and company loyalty.

Company picnics are an excellent way to make your corporate event fun and memorable for your guests. The following tips can help you throw an unforgettable corporate cookout.

Fantastic Food

Every great corporate event has one thing in common: excellent food. Cookouts always have plenty of options for guests to choose from. Popular dishes include:

  • Memphis Style Pulled Pork
  • Barbeque Chicken Sandwiches
  • Burgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Veggie Burgers
  • Shrimp “on the barbi”
  • Grilled Vegetables
  • Salads (leaf, pasta and fruit)

Socially Distanced Corporate Events

Make sure that you have a variety of games and activities set up for everyone to enjoy. Some ideas include:

  • Ladder Golf
  • Corn Hole
  • Croquet
  • Badminton
  • Kickball
  • Potato Sack Races

Your company cookout just isn’t complete without the proper décor. Southern décor is robust and rustic and pays homage to the diverse natural landscapes of the region. Create the perfect look and feel by sticking with this gorgeous tradition. Decorate for your event with checkered tablecloths, Mason jar centerpieces and sunflowers.

Northern Virginia Catering Company

Silver Spoon Caterers provides exceptional food and service to corporate events of all shapes and sizes in Northern Virginia. We offer a variety of menu items to choose from and we are well equipped to handle special dietary requirements. Our experienced team takes care of all the details so that you are able to focus on the important team-building aspects of your event. We coordinate every step, from menu creation to serving. Please contact us for more information about our corporate catering services.