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By the end of January, let’s be honest, nearly everyone has already fallen off the New Year’s resolution wagon. But not you. Not this year. You’re committed to make healthier food choices, and that means catering healthy meals too. As your premier corporate event caterer, we hear it all the time: “It’s so hard to eat healthy when I’m constantly attending banquets, and networking events, and dinners out with clients.” And the truth is, while it may sometimes be more difficult to do so, it’s not impossible.

Choose healthy catering options for your next corporate function.

Opt for whole-grain (over white) bread, rice, or pasta — that’s a big one. Use low-fat, low-salt, and reduced-sugar alternatives. And three: Serve fresh fruit and vegetables. It’s really that easy. Not convinced? Let’s get specific.

Breakfast

Even your Fairfax VA healthy catering partner can recognize that breakfast gets tricky. Say, “catered breakfast” and what do people expect? Pastries, that’s what people expect. And pastry, you can provide when you opt for items like whole grain muffins, or scones.

Consider a few other healthy breakfast options:

  • Cereal — Think whole grain, like Raisin Bran or Corn Flakes.
  • Fruit — Serve fresh, seasonal fruit in a salad, whole, or in pieces.
  • Yogurt — Some like it plain; others like it flavored. Opt for low- or no-fat varieties.
  • Eggs — Scramble them. Boil them. Poach them. Or serve omelets.
  • Vegetables — They’re not just for lunch and dinner any more.

Hot Dishes

You already know the basics: Less processed junk, and more real food. It’s how you eat at home, and it’s what we’ll serve your guests.

  • Soup — Choose vegetable or legume-based soups, and broth over cream.
  • Vegetables — They’re great, and they’re yummy to the tummy any time of day! They can be steamed, microwaves, grilled or roasted.
  • Pasta — Yes, pasta! As long as it’s whole grain. Opt for tomato or vegetable-based sauces, and use only small amounts of low-fat cheese.
  • Meat — It’s all about the meats: Beef, lamb, pork, poultry. Choose lean cuts, and opt for low-fat cooking methods (grilled or roasted) over other methods that require the addition of fat. Serve hot entrée dishes with healthy side items like a salad, fresh vegetables or a baked potato.

Even dessert can be healthy when you choose fruit.

Silver Spoon Caterers makes fresh, seasonal fruit tarts and pie — just decadent enough to be delicious.

When you’re planning your next corporate event and searching for healthy catering options but aren’t willing to sacrifice flavor, call Silver Spoon Caterers.

Let’s talk about how healthy food choices can look, and taste great, too.

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Casual corporate events provide the perfect opportunity to connect with team members and make important announcements. These events can significantly improve employee morale and workplace productivity.

The right food and catering service can help turn your casual event into a meaningful experience that your team members will talk about for years to come.

Corporate Event Catering

Casual events do not require a full meal. In fact, serving a full meal can make your event feel more formal. Hors d’oeuvres are the ideal choice for casual corporate events. These portable, one-bite snacks allow your guests to sample a variety of food while getting to know each other.

Silver Spoon Caterers provides a wide range of hors d’oeuvres for casual corporate events. We offer vegetarian, gluten free and vegan options to ensure that all your attendees are fully satisfied. The following choices are perfect for casual events.

  • Coconut Shrimp
    Delicious shrimp surrounded in crispy breading with white rum and coconut milk
  • Mini Crab Cake
    A classic favorite, our mini crab cakes are served with lemon-caper aioli
  • Basil and Red Chili Beef Skewers
    These delicious skewers are made from high quality beef prepared with basil, red chili, and ginger
  • House Burger Sliders
    These bite-sized burgers are served on pretzel and brioche buns with sharp cheddar and dijonnaise
  • Puff Pastry Frank
    Similar to pigs in a blanket, our puff pastry franks feature an angus hot dog wrapped in golden pastry and served with a selection of condiments
  • Memphis BBQ Pork Cup
    Our savory Memphis-style BBQ pork served in a cornbread cup and topped with sharp cheddar
  • Yakitori Chicken Skewers
    Japanese-style chicken skewers prepared with Szechuan peppers, soy, scallions, and local honey
  • Black Bean Sliders
    This vegetarian choice features a delicious black bean patty on brioche silver dollar rolls, served with sharp cheddar and dijonnaise
  • Garden Mushroom Tart
    Vegetarian tart made with shitake and cremini mushrooms and manchego cheese
  • Gazpacho Soup Shooter
    Delicious cold soup featuring roasted red bell and jalapeno peppers

Silver Spoon Caterers offers catering for corporate events in Northern Virginia and the DC metropolitan area. We offer a wide range of menu choices as well as vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. Our staff is well prepared to handle both large and small corporate events.

Please contact us for more information about corporate catering.

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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.

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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Whether your conference is just a few hours long or an all-day event, you will want attendees to stay focused and alert. This becomes impossible when they are allowed to become hungry or thirsty.

The right catering company can make or break your event. Good catering can be a welcome relief from a long day of meetings or training, effectively refreshing and recharging attendees for the rest of their day. Bad catering can lead to indigestion, blood sugar crashes and several other problems.

Many catering companies offer corporate catering however, not all caterers are created equal. Finding the right catering company is crucial to the overall success of your conference. The following conference catering tips can help you choose a corporate caterer for your event.

Corporate Catering Experience

Corporate catering is very different from wedding catering. A conference is not the right environment for party food. Your chosen caterer should be one that has ample corporate catering experience.

Special Dietary Requirements

Food allergies can be life-threatening and dietary restrictions should never be taken lightly. When planning a corporate event it’s important that nobody feels excluded. A quality caterer should be able to accommodate dietary requirements so that all attendees can be safe and satisfied.

Quality Food and Service

The food and service at your conference will probably be remembered long after the event. You will want that memory to be a good one. A fantastic corporate caterer always provides high quality food, diverse menus and reliable service.

Corporate Catering in Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland

There’s a lot of planning that goes into a conference. The key to success lies in the details. Every detail needs to be perfect, including your food and beverage selection. When you work with a conference catering company like Silver Spoon Catering, you can let the professionals handle the food while you focus on the most important aspects of your conference.

Silver Spoon Caterers offer high quality corporate catering to Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. Our experienced chefs and staff can provide your conference with a variety of options guaranteed to please even the pickiest attendee. We have many years of corporate catering experience and we are able to accommodate almost any dietary restriction. Please contact us for more information!

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Juggling drink tickets, making small talk, being careful not to spill anything, trying not to say anything embarrassing…

Networking events offer a myriad of pitfalls as well as opportunities. Attending a networking event can be exciting and stressful enough. Hosting an event is still more exciting and stressful.

How can you host a successful, comfortable event for guests? One of the many elements is choosing the caterer with care.

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 in Fairfax 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.

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Spring is on its way (we hope) and with it will come parties! Party party party! Baby showers and weddings, birthday parties and soon, summer barbecues. You’re getting excited to show off your brand new patio; to break out your favorite serving dishes; and to throw the affair of the season… when somebody says those two little words: gluten free.

Accommodating guests with dietary restrictions can be tricky, but especially when you’re planning to host someone with celiac disease: It’s important to understand that his or her gluten-free diet is more than a lifestyle choice, but a medical necessity. The adequate, safe preparation of a gluten-free meal depends upon more than a few modification to the regular menu; think cross contamination.

Even the slightest bit of gluten from a bowl, a spoon, or cooking oil can cause a person with celiac disease to react. It’s not enough to simply remove the croutons from the salad, but you must make a separate salad entirely, separate entrees and desserts, too. That’s why Silver Spoon Caterers recommends leaving the cooking to the professionals. That is to say, us.

Silver Spoon Caterers is experienced in catering to the gluten-free crowd; we take pride in developing delicious menus to suit every dietary restriction and delight the palate.

Tasty (& totally gluten-free) menu options from your Fairfax VA party caterer

Appetizers

Hummus — served with fresh cut vegetables

Grilled vegetable tray — eggplant, zucchini, squash, red pepper and red onion marinated and grilled

Beef medallions — shoulder tenderloin sliced and topped with caramelized onion & balsamic reduction, garnished with roasted red pepper

Cocktail Shrimp — served with lemon wedges and cocktail sauce

Antipasto — skewered antipasto, green olive, roasted pepper, artichoke, sliced salami with vegetable crudité and roasted pepper dressing

Entrees

Mesquite roasted turkey breast — with black bean and corn salsa, served with roasted sweet potato spears, grilled mixed vegetables, tomato & cucumber salad

Greek-style chicken kabobs — with bell peppers and onions, accompanied by a Greek salad and tzatziki sauce

Mediterranean chicken — seasoned with fresh herbs, stuffed with roasted red pepper, crumbled feta cheese, chopped kalamata olives and fresh basil; served with a vegetable medley

Mediterranean mixed grill — beef kebabs and chicken souvlaki served with tzatziki sauce and market vegetables, accompanied by hummus

Hungry for a gluten-free catered meal in Fairfax Virginia?

While gluten-free eating continues to grow in popularity (and, for some, necessity) try to remain flexible when planning to serve the rye-averse and carb connoisseurs alike. Call Silver Spoon Caterers with plenty of advance notice, and come to us with some idea of what you’d like to serve; not only will your flexibility and preparedness make our jobs easier, it’s also the best way to ensure everyone leaves the party happy, fed, and healthy.

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As northern Virginia’s premier event caterer, we’ve had the express pleasure of meeting, serving, and dining with many wonderful people. Silver Spoon Caterers truly has the best clients, and it truly makes our jobs worthwhile when those clients leave their feedback and reviews online.

Silver Spoon caters the events northern Virginians love to attend.

“I have been using Audrey’s catering services at Silver Spoon for the past several months now and they have exceptional service. Not only that, but Audrey does an amazing job and treats me like a 5-star customer.”

“My company used Silver Spoon Caterers for a digital marketing breakfast event we had at Reston Chamber. The food was excellent. They arrived early to set everything up and they helped keep the food area clean throughout the presentation. We got great reviews from our attendees. Highly recommend them for your corporate catering event.”

“Silver Spoon catered my graduation party and I must say I was extremely impressed. I had over 200 guests attend and Silver Spoon definitely came through! They arrived early and instantly began setting up their chafers and decorating, even helping me arrange center pieces and set up since I had fallen behind schedule. I received so many compliments on the food and the presentation was perfect – people were especially intrigued by the colored carrot flowers (such a nice decorating idea!). I will definitely be using Silver Spoon again!”

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Thank you for your continued patronage of Silver Spoon Caterers!

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As someone who was recently in your shoes herself, first things first let me say, “Congratulations!” The year you’ll spend planning your wedding will be the most exciting, the most fun, and probably the most stressful year of your life. Take a few moments to enjoy it, because soon you’ll be twirling around the dance floor with your new husband, and even sooner, it’ll all be over, and your new life will begin.

Enjoy your engagement.

Have fun planning your wedding.

And know this:

Beyond the groom, and the dress, and the venue, the single most important component necessary to pulling off a memorable wedding is the food. Many of your guests will have traveled to witness this happiest day of your life, there’s no better way to say ‘thank you for celebrating with us’ than with a scrumptious meal — from no other than Fairfax, Virginia’s own Silver Spoon Caterers, of course.

As the ever-so-helpful wedding caterer that we are, we think it’s important that you know what we know will help us help you. So when you call to talk about hiring Silver Spoon to cater your wedding in northern Virginia, ask us these questions:

Wedding Catering Basics

  • Would you be available to cater my wedding on [THIS] date?
  • How many weddings do you cater each year?
  • What permits will I need for my event? Will you help me obtain them?
  • Will you provide a banquet manager to coordinate the food service? What about an on-site coordinator to run the entire event?
  • Can, or will you assist with other elements of planning my wedding (such as choosing other vendors, or event design)?

Wedding Catering Questions Related to Food & Presentation

  • [This] is my budget, and [this] is my guest count. What food and presentation options can you suggest to suit my wedding catering needs?
  • Do you offer event packages, or is everything sold a la carte?
  • Can you accommodate my specific dietary restrictions, and those of my guests?
  • Are you open to developing a theme menu, and if yes, will you provide some, or all of the décor?
  • What will be the difference in cost if we choose to offer passed appetizers, as opposed to a solely stationary appetizer display?

Questions Related to the Business of Wedding Catering

  • What will be the ratio of servers to wedding guests?
  • How much time will be required for set-up, and what is your cleanup policy?
  • What is your refund or cancellation policy?
  • Can you provide a list of references?

We’d be happy to! Silver Spoon Caterers has been feeding happy brides and grooms (and their guests) for nearly two decades.

As northern Virginia’s favorite wedding caterer, we’re standing by make the best day even better.

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When planning any event, food and refreshments are an important consideration. Lucky for you, northern Virginia is a wealth creative, culinary styles and trends; not to mention that at the heart of our little corner of suburbia sits yours truly: Silver Spoon Caterers. We pride ourselves on out-of-the-box thinking, delicious food, and nothing short of menu planning perfection.

So, without any further ado:

Consider a few delicious ways to spice up your next lunch catering event.

Fusion food is fused with flavor.

Why not combine Mexican food, and Chinese food? Or French, and Indian? Fusion and ethnic dishes add a flair of the exotic to what might otherwise be a rather humdrum catered lunch.

Worried about too much flavor?

Is there such a thing, really? We don’t think so. But worry not. Even the herbiest, tangiest cuisines can be prepared with mild spice and a variety of flavors to suit even the shiest of palates. When you choose to include fusion dishes in your next lunch catering order from Silver Spoon, you’re sure to make your menu stand out, and leave a lasting impression on all who dine.

Terrific theme = terrific themed lunch event

Lunch doesn’t have to be boring. Throw an Alice in Wonderland / Mad Hatter’s tea party-themed lunch banquet just to thank your employees for another wonderful, mad year, why don’t you?

Talk with the lunch catering experts — That’s us, at your service in Fairfax VA — about a food and drink menu that fits with the theme of your event. Every detail, from the décor and table settings, and the appetizer to dessert contributes to the event’s success. Fresh, lively presentation and hearty, delicious flavors are the perfect way to keep your guests talking, and your employees happy.

Allow lunch guests to choose their own adventure.

Everyone loves to be in control. Food tables and stations are great, as they allow lunch guests to pick a plate, and go to town: A little of what they like; a lot of what they love; and none of what they don’t.

Buffet-style catered lunches are a bit hit among the professional crowd in northern Virginia not just because of the variety of food options, but also because diners and event guests can come for a bite to eat, and get right back to the grind as they please.

Catering a lunch event in northern Virginia?

The clear choice for lunch catering in northern Virginia is Silver Spoon.

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It’s CHRISTMAS… in March.

While everyone everywhere else in northern Virginia is concerning themselves with spring, and wine trails, and cherry blossoms, and allergies, we here at Silver Spoon Caterers are counting down the days until ol’ Saint Nick comes back to visit. (In case anyone’s wondering, the countdown clock is set to nine months. That’s 274 days and 11 hours, to be specific.)

Silver Spoon Caterers loves everything about Christmas.

The lights, the tree, the gifts, the excuse to indulge — dare we say? — the snow.

And the parties. Especially the parties.

We love throwing them, and attending them, and catering them. Catering Christmas parties is what we do best, and though we still have to wait a few more months before we can cater another: The plans for our menus, and table settings, and buffet displays are well underway.

It’s never too early to start planning the party of the year.

Your corporate Christmas party, that is.

View a sample of Silver Spoon’s finest 2014 soirees, and call northern Virginia’s premier event caterer to lock in your date for 2015. You provide the people, and the place, and we’ll take care of the rest.