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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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The dog days of summer are upon us and with it comes gatherings and parties (with social distancing of course)! This time of year brings baby showers and weddings, birthday parties and of course 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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You’ve got an important business luncheon on the calendar: the first you’ll have planned for your company after receiving that long-anticipated promotion; you canNOT screw this up. If there ever was a time to be over-prepared, this is it.

The where, you’ve got figured out.

All who will speak at the event know where and when to be.

Linens and tables and chairs, check.

The ‘from whom will the food come’ is settled, of course:

Northern Virginia’s Go-To Corporate Event Caterer, Silver Spoon

So that’s it, right?

Well, I can’t speak to the logistics of event planning, but I can tell you this: When you let Silver Spoon Caterers do the cooking for your next corporate luncheon, we’ll work with you to plan the perfect menu that’s just the right mix of casual and extravagant, and sure to impress your colleagues and clients.

But that’s not exactly IT when it comes to a successful corporate luncheon:

There’s also manners, and behavior best practices. Keep these important tips in mind when planning your next corporate luncheon in northern Virginia.

Brush up on your guests’ business.

What does he do? Why, specifically, did she go out of her way to come to your corporate luncheon in Fairfax? Do you homework, so you can speak with confidence about your guests’ business and current industry trends.

Don’t assume you’ll leave the event as best friends.

Just because you and a business guest hit it off at your corporate luncheon doesn’t mean it’s appropriate to invite her out for drinks the next day. Keep your business relationships all business, all the time.

Watch what you say about the competition.

Sure, your company is hosting the event for the sole purpose of convincing prospects to bring their business to you. The talk is all about the benefits and value you provide for your clients and customers; it should stay that way. Never speak ill of your competition.

Never ever talk with your mouth full.

Mama raised you better than that. It seems like common sense, but you might be surprised how many otherwise incredibly successful executives never learned that it’s a no-no to talk with food in your mouth. To avoid this faux pas at your next corporate luncheon, take small bites, and only speak when you’ve swallowed.

Be kind to the catering staff.

How you treat the help speaks volumes about your character. The goal of your corporate luncheon is to impress your clients and guests; if you’re rude to the catering staff, trust us when we say you’ll impress no one.

Planning a corporate luncheon in Fairfax VA?

Call the corporate event catering experts. Call Silver Spoon Caterers.

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It’s that time again: Summer!

And what happens in the summertime?

Lunch!

Okay, well, lunch happens every day, all year — but not quite how it happens in the summertime. Summer lunch means a picnic lunch. And a picnic lunch means… a boxed lunch.

What better way to thank your employees for all their hard work than with a picnic-style boxed lunch from northern Virginia’s caterer: Silver Spoon Caterers.

Boxed Lunch Catering in Northern Virginia

Silver Spoon has the best of the best boxed lunches to offer for your next corporate event in Fairfax. Our highly trained catering consultants have our clients’ needs front of mind, and we’ll take care of every detail.

All you have to do is chow down.

The boring business lunch turns fun in an instant when you lay down a picnic blanket and throw a football through the air. (That’s right. Work can be fun.) Oh, and don’t forget the food: Boxed lunch catering options from Silver Spoon Caterers are delicious, and nutritious.

Boxed lunch options from Silver Spoon Caterers include:

The Sandwich Boxed Lunch

  • Signature sandwich
  • Bag of chips
  • Decadent cookie
  • & your choice of side

The Wrap Boxed Lunch

  • Signature wrap
  • Bag of chips
  • Decadent cookie
  • & your choice of side

The Panini Boxed Lunch

  • Hot pressed to order panini
  • Chips
  • Decadent cookie
  • & your choice of side

The BBQ Boxed Lunch

  • Slow roasted pork or pulled chicken (or a combination of both)
  • Chips
  • Decadent cookie

Boxed lunch side dish options include:

  • Caesar salad
  • Cavatappi pasta salad
  • Garden salad
  • Greek pasta
  • Greek salad
  • Sesame ginger noodle salad
  • Home style potato salad
  • House chips
  • House salad
  • Macaroni salad
  • Southwestern salad
  • Orzo salad
  • Basmati rice salad
  • Pesto pasta salad

If you find yourself in need of catering for a corporate lunch event in Fairfax…

Silver Spoon Caterers has just the boxed lunch for the job.