Not Your Typical Holiday “Office Party”

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Is your company thinking of celebrating the holiday season with an employee party?  In addition to your office conference room,  there are a variety of off-site options!  J. Scott Catering, in partnership with several Chester County venues, can offer a variety of spaces to fit your office party needs. Whether it is a celebration for 50 or for 1000 employees, we are here to help.

Several of our corporate clients have held their holiday celebrations at The Phoenixville Foundry.  The Foundry is a perfect setting for larger groups and is an elegant backdrop for festive gatherings.  For this particular client’s Winter Gala, J. Scott provided a sampling of passed hor d’oeuvre’s including Smoked Salmon Tartare on a spoon, Curry Chicken Pizza, Mini Cheese Steaks, Pecan Crusted Chicken and Roasted Tomato Asiago Bruscetta.  For the dinner buffet, the client selected a made-to-order pasta action station, a carving station including garlic rosemary prime rib  and smoked turkey breast. Tasteful and elegant!

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Mini Cheese steak

J. Scott Catering Passed Hors D'oeuvres

Smoked Salmon Tartare

J. Scott Catering Passed Hors D'oeuvres

Tomato Asiago Bruschetta

J. Scott Catering Food Station Options

Pasta Action Station

In addition to The Foundry, our clients have hosted their holiday events at location such as luxury car dealerships, the American Helicopter Museum, local art museums, galleries and centers, the Adventure Aquarium, the Duportail House, wineries and the Chester County Historical Society.  Our clients who run small businesses have even hosted their employees in their homes.

We are here to help!  Please call us today and speak to one of our expert Event Planners to schedule your corporate holiday event!

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Holiday Party Planning-Start NOW!

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The holidays will be here before you know it!  You know the phrase, “Shop early for best selection”-this applies to holiday party planning too.  You’ve already made the decision to have a holiday gathering; you have decided upon a date; it’s time to reserve J. Scott Catering to cater your event!  Why now? Because others don’t wait until the last minute!  Our goal is to provide you with the excellent service you deserve and come to expect from J Scott Catering.  Our Event Planning professionals will work with you to plan a Thanksgiving dinner for 20 or a holiday party for 200.  Our expert Chefs and Catering Staff will take the burden of fixing and serving meals from you so that you can spend time with your guests.  After all, it’s your party-you deserve to enjoy it!

In keeping with simple elegance, here is an easy, festive Champagne cocktail recipe that looks fabulous with minimal preparation!

Champagne Cranberry Cocktail

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  • 6 dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled

    Place cranberries in Champagne flute. Pour Champagne over berries. Serve immediately.

     

    Please call us today so that we can help to make your holiday entertaining less stressful and more relaxed!

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WE WON!!!

American Metalcraft Pintrest Winner

J Scott Catering “Pin To Win” Contest Winner

J . Scott Catering was recently chosen as the winner of American Metalcraft’s “Pin To Win” contest on Pintrest!  We pinned several of our favorite menu items featured in American Metalcraft’s  Mini Cast Iron Pot.  Our winning entry included our original recipe for Wild South Carolina Shrimp and Grits.  Our culinary team uses their vast knowledge of industry trends to not only provide a unique presentation but also unexpected recipes.  We thought you would enjoy our winning recipe to add to your collection-your guest’s will be thoroughly impressed!

Wild South Carolina Shrimp and Grits

4 cups water or chicken stock

1 cup grits

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 tbsp. butter

1 lb. Carolina shrimp peeled deveined

6 slices apple smoked bacon

Lemon juice to taste

1 tsp. garlic

1 tbsp. chopped parsley

1 bunch scallions

Bring water or stock to a boil. Slowly add grits while whisking. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until liquid is absorbed while stirring occasionally after liquid is gone. Whisk in butter and cheddar cheese. Season with salt with salt and pepper and lemon.  In saute pan, cook chopped  apple bacon reserving some fat.  Sweat garlic in fat, add shrimp and cook until tender. Check seasoning and adjust.  Place grits in bowl, top with sauteed shrimp and bacon. Garnish with parsley and scallions.

Don’t forget about dessert!  At a recent wedding, our culinary team created exceptional desserts back in American Metalcraft’s Mini Cast Iron Pot.  The bride and groom wanted to provide guests with an alternative to wedding cake, our team used seasonal fruit to create individual tars, pies and cobblers.  Because each handle was covered with its own mini oven mitt, guest’s were able to pick up their preferred dessert and carry it back to their table.  Doesn’t a mini apple cobbler or mini pumpkin pie sound great for dessert after your Thanksgiving meal?

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Rustic Skillets with Mini Pies and Cobbler

Let J. Scott Catering do all the cooking this holiday season while you spend time with your guests.  We offer full service catering for your Thanksgiving and holiday party planning needs. When it comes to culinary creativity, skill and innovation, think J. Scott Catering for your next event!

 

Thank You Notes

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Receiving positive feedback and thank you notes from our clients is why we love what we do! Whether it is a raving review on our Wedding Wire page or a hand written thank you note, we appreciate the time our clients take to thank us personally for their big event.

Here is a recent “Thank You” note from one of our brides, Stephanie:

“J. Scott was hands down worth every penny. Simply put, they made my wedding an incredible, magical event. We worked with Kristen, who was on the ball about everything, responsive to all of my questions and really put me at ease. She and her team made our wedding day stress-free, she didn’t bother us with questions about every little detail (but of course checked with us in the event something had to change). Everyone raved about the food and the service. The service to our VIP crowd (bridal party and close family) was amazing and beyond all expectations. As the bride, I never had to go to the bar, our VIP waiter made sure I (and the rest of the VIP group) had enough food/drinks no matter where I was. Kristen is so enthusiastic and really cares about your event going well. J. Scott is not just a catering company, they become your event coordinator by making sure all other vendors are on the same timeline, deliveries are on schedule, and nothing goes wrong. Halfway through our event, Kristen noticed we were running out of a type of beer and went and secured another case for us – and that’s really just one example. Those sorts of things are really what take an event to the next level. I really can’t rave enough about J. Scott, if I ever plan another event in the Philadelphia area I would absolutely go with them again!”

 

We are also grateful to our corporate clients who take time out of their busy schedules to personally thank us for a catering job well done. Here is a recent email we received from Amy:

“Good morning Kristen, I would like to thank you for another fabulous event.  The food, setup, staff were excellent, as well as the weather!  Loved the linens and flower arrangements too!  You are a pleasure to work with and I know when you are involved it will be a seamless process.  The guests had a fantastic time.  Looking forward to our next event in early December.  Warm regards, Amy”

 

Thanks to Stephanie and Amy for their kinds words!

 

Your Rehearsal Dinner-At Home!

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Many couples spend hours planning for their wedding day. And for good reason! They want their special day to be absolutely perfect! Consequently the rehearsal dinner can become an afterthought. Not anymore!

J Scott Catering recently catered a very special and personalized rehearsal dinner at the client’s home, which is a unique occurrence in 2014.  Many years ago, brides not only had the rehearsal dinner in their homes, but also the wedding reception. Over time, this became the exception rather than the rule.  We would like you to consider bringing this tradition back!  Thankfully, because of our experience and expertise, having a rehearsal dinner in your home need not be a challenge.  For example, our client decided to offer guest seating by providing tables and chairs set up on their outdoor patio.  The look was absolutely stunning! To allow for more seating, our client chose to offer guests buffet rather than plated dinner service.  The goal being a place setting for every guest.  In the absence of a covered patio, you may want to consider renting a tent.

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Do you have a small backyard or are looking for a unique rehearsal venue?  Many local businesses rent their facilities for special events.  Here is a list of options that you may not have considered: local restored barns; DuPortail House; Hilltop House; art galleries; design centers; museums and luxury car dealerships.  When it comes to planning your rehearsal dinner, think outside the box and make this event, like your wedding day, unique to you both!

 

Summer Isn’t Over Yet……

It’s hard to believe that the end of summer is fast approaching!  It seems like yesterday we were busy planning graduation parties and backyard barbeques.  Thankfully, we still have some warm weather to look forward to before the leaves begin to change! 

For those of you who may be hosting friends and family for one last get together before cooler weather sets in, we thought we would provide you with some interesting beverage options.  We have found these drinks to be a hit with our clients and would like to share them with you! 

A favorite drink this summer has been White Wine Sangria infused with fruit served in a pitcher or cambrio beverage dispenser.  Warm-weather fruit continues to be plentiful which makes for an attractive presentation with little effort. You may even want to add some sparking water to make it a spritzer!

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Lemonade is in! We have offered several flavors to our clients, but the most popular flavors  are Vanilla Rosemary and Watermelon.  Again, little effort, lots of flavor.  Here are our time-tested, non-alcoholic recipes! (Feel free to add your favorite spirit too!)

 

Vanilla Rosemary Lemonade in Mason Jars

 

Vanilla-Rosemary Lemonade

1/2 cups sugar

1 vanilla bean, split

3 small fresh rosemary sprigs

3 cups water

3 cups fresh lemon juice (about 26 to 30 lemons)*

Garnish: fresh rosemary sprigs, lemon slices (optional)

Preparation

  1. Combine sugar, vanilla bean, 3 small fresh rosemary sprigs, and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a light boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool 30 minutes. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a large pitcher, discarding solids. Stir in fresh lemon juice. Cover and chill 3 to 48 hours. Stir just before serving over ice. Garnish, if desired.
  2. * 3 (7.5-oz.) containers frozen lemon juice, thawed, may be substituted

Mint Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon Lemonade

Yield: 4-5 servings

Ingredients

4 cups seedless watermelon, chopped

1 1/2 cups lemon juice

1/2 cup sugar

6 cups cold water

 

Preparation:

Blend together chopped watermelon and lemon juice in blender until very smooth.

  1. Pour into large pitcher. Add sugar and cold water and stir well. Pour over ice.

 

Now that we have the beverages taken care of, what about the food?  Nothing says “End of Summer Party-Philly Style”, like having Wiz Wit cheesesteaks!  We bring the grill and the classic – and some innovative – ingredients to create mouthwatering, Philadelphia-style sandwiches. Plus, we offer all of your favorite barbecue menu options with a gourmet twist.

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We hope you enjoy these last few days of summer surrounded by family and friends!

Summer Showcase

Last week, J Scott Catering held an event to showcase our culinary capabilities and event planning expertise on the 14th floor in a room with stunning views of Center City Philadelphia.  More than 70 hospitality – industry guests came to sample a variety of our most popular Hors D’oeuvres and Desserts and to meet our expert Event Planners.

This was a great setting for a showcase as it was floor to ceiling windows which overlooked the city of Philadelphia- what a great spot to dine and mingle!

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Our guests were wowed by our display of the many appetizer selections placed on our custom black ladders.  These selections included:
-Boston lettuce and raddichio with herbed heirloom cherry tomatoes, sweet onion jam, julienne cucumber, spiced pecans, and feta lemon horseradish dressing

-Roasted fingerling skillet with cherry bacon, arugula, sherry vinegar and shaved parmesan

-Mozzarella en Carozza: prosciutto on brioche with salt and vinegar chips

-Soft Polenta Cake Skillet: sautéed wild mushroom, fried egg and arugula

-Warm Tomato soup with triple grilled cheese

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For desert we featured grilled peaches, goat cheese mouse, and strawberry syrup. And a vanilla custard and  graham cracker batter with fresh berries served in hinged jars.
Our staff passed our signature drinks of summer peach tea, vanilla-rosemary lemonade, and watermelon lemonade.

Wedding Trends of 2014

Décor:
Pink is back! Not bright, hot pinks, but nudes, blushes, and peaches are becoming extremely popular in 2014 weddings. Another popular wedding color trend is cream and ivory; very natural, elegant, and bright. As for prints, chevron continues to be popular, but we are also seeing more trellis, floral and bold stripes. Peonies seem to be the beloved flower this season. They are lush and go with the trendy blush colors. Also, add some personalization to your special day! Some ideas for adding a personal touch: using your monogram, having a display of your photos throughout your years together, naming tables after the places the two of you have traveled together, and incorporating your beloved pet is, of course, a must to most couples!

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Food:

One-bite hor d’oeuvres and pairings are what guests love to have during cocktail hour. Two great options to serve are mini lobster tacos paired with Patron and mini burgers paired with beer. The late night snack is a long lasting trend which will start to become a staple at all weddings. Cheese steak grills, ice cream sundae and milkshake bars are late night snack options offered by J. Scott Catering and are always a hit.

As for favors, try something that is edible. Macaroons are becoming more and more popular. For example, if you choose to go with the trendy blush wedding color, you may want to give your guests a light pink macaroon elegantly wrapped as their favor. They are chic and tasty at the same time!

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Fashion:
Conservative bridal gowns are making a comeback. For warmer weather, cap sleeves are one of the most desirable gown styles. For a winter wedding, brides have begun to choose lace long sleeved gowns. These classic styles will be timeless in wedding photos.

Why should the groom dress the same as the groomsmen when the bride doesn’t dress the same as her bridesmaids? Make your groom feel special by having him wear a colored tie while his groomsmen wear black or possibly a different tux style. For the bridesmaids try a mismatched style such as wearing the same color and material, but different style of dress- one shoulder, strapless, halter. This allows your bridesmaids to choose a flattering style while still looking coordinated.

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We hope you are able to use these trends to assist in the planning of your upcoming wedding!

Popular New Food Trend

A popular new trend at upscale events is offering fun, comfort food to your guests. Our cheese steak grill is just what you need to add a “wow” factor to your special occasion. With our custom made-to-order cheese steak grill, we bring the “wiz wit” concept to the suburbs of Philly and into your own backyard. We are the only company serving Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery and Chester Counties, that can make any party a Philly-style celebration.

With the grill, guests’ have their choice of beef, chicken, or vegetarian; American, provolone, or cheese wiz, and toppings including mushrooms, onions, and peppers. Our grill can be used for corporate events, graduation parties, birthday parties, family celebrations, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, and a late night option at weddings. And it’s not only for cheesesteaks; it can be used for breakfast buffets, post-wedding brunches, sausage fests…  the possibilities are endless!

Using our grill is a great way to add a unique and fun touch to your party. Contact us today to get more information on booking our grill for your upcoming event!

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Youth Group at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

On Friday we catered to a 1300 person youth group event on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. All 1300 kids did the infamous Rocky run up the steps to the event and were in awe when they arrived to the top and saw what was awaiting them; stations upon stations of food, beverages, music, and games. Tables were lined with bright and colorful linens and complimented with an assortment of different floral arrangements.

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 The line for our cheese steak grill grew rapidly as kids wanted to try an authentic famous Philly cheese steak. With our custom, made-to-order cheese steak grill they had their choice of beef, chicken, and vegetarian, and offered with Cheese Wiz, American cheese, provolone cheese, sautéed onions, peppers, and mushrooms- all of the works!

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Our food stations included Spring Rolls, an Italian Market, Fresh Fruit, and Desserts. We offered a variety of spring rolls including beef cheese steak, chicken cheese steak, and vegetarian paired with sriracha ketchup, sweet chili ranch, and sweet onion cream. Our Italian Market station featured roast pork sandwiches with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone with a gluten free option which was wrapped in collard green leaf. The Italian market station also had authentic South Philly tomato pie. Our fresh fruit salad was served in miniature Phillies baseball helmets; it was the perfect touch for a Philly theme. For dessert, guests enjoyed Rita’s Water Ice and an assortment of Whoopie Pies including cream, peanut butter, and chocolate. Since it was such a large event we decided to be eco-friendly and use all earth friendly products including bamboo plates and biodegradable flatware and napkins.

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The kids spent the rest of the night dancing to DJ Bizz and playing corn hole thanks to the Philadelphia Cornhole League. We were so happy to be a part of this well known youth group’s event and giving them a true Philadelphia experience!

Hosting a Summer Cookout

Summertime means cookouts with family and friends! Hosting a party can be a little stressful, so we have a few tips and ideas to help make your summer parties go smoothly.

Food
Of course, grilling is a must! What’s a summer cookout without hamburgers, hotdogs, and steaks on the grill? Better yet, why not why not offer your guests a variety of cheesesteaks cooked to order on our custom cheesesteak grill? In addition, we offer a variety of unique hor d’oeuvres that will really wow your guests. Mini caprese salad skewers, crab and mango salad in a crisp apple cup, watermelon pomegranate shooters- all light and refreshing summer treats are a very popular option.

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Crab and Mango

Drinks
It’s hot outside! Your guests will need to stay hydrated and refreshed throughout your event. They will be delighted with a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. Try using unique containers such as glass dispensers to store drinks such as lemonade and iced tea.

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Entertainment
Music and games. It’s as simple as that! Create a festive playlist on your iPod, connect it to speakers and you have a party! If you’re looking for more musical variety, we are able to offer a great list of our preferred DJ’s that have our clients raving! Corn hole, kan jam, croquet, bad mitten, volleyball- the list goes on for games for an outdoor summer cookout.

We would love to help you plan your summer event! Please contact one of our Event Planners today!

A Posh Wedding

It was such a joy to see Sarah and Kevin say their “I Do’s” and celebrate at the Phoenixville Foundry this weekend! The couple chose a black and white theme which made for an amazing ambience. The white crinkle linens with black napkins, silver beaded chargers, and black stem glassware were jaw-droppingly beautiful complimented by the high floral arrangements done by Sommerfield Design. The décor had everyone in awe. The couple wanted to incorporate their loved ones into their big day, so we displayed pictures of both the bride and groom’s family members on their own wedding days in our beautiful book shelves decorated with small flower arrangements and tea light candles.

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During cocktail hour on the mezzanine, guests enjoyed hor d’oeuvres and sipped on the signature blueberry mojito drink. Our staff passed a selection of hor d’oeuvres including Moroccan beef skewers, Vietnamese chicken spring rolls, macaroni and cheese tartlet, crab and mango salad, herbed shrimp cocktail, and roasted apple and blue cheese on brioche. Guests also enjoyed stationary hor d’oeuvres of classic antipasto and a sushi bar. After cocktail hour, guests made their way into the ballroom for dinner and dancing. The first course was a baby arugula salad with strawberries, figs, almond crusted shellbark hollow, farm goat cheese, shaved fennel, roasted shallot, champagne in strawberry vinaigrette. Entrees included guests’ choice of pan seared filet of beef in a garlic and rosemary merlot demi-glace, citrus soy glazed salmon, garlic crusted ranch chicken breast in artichoke, rosemary, and tomato oil, and a penne pasta in a olive oil and garlic sauce.

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Once dinner was over the party started! Guests danced all night long to Silver Sound DJ and had so much fun taking pictures with the Tapsnap photo booth. The bride and groom sure did keep their guests entertained!

For desert we featured a make your own sundae bar along with a beautiful and delicious cake from Clay’s Bakery. Guests’ had their choice of strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate ice cream for the sundae bar. Toppings included wet walnut sprinkles, heath bar crunch, M&M’s, coconut, chocolate and butterscotch syrups, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries. The sundae bar wasn’t the only fun food station of the evening; the couple surprised their guests with a late night snack from our made-to-order cheese steak grill!

As the night came to an end, guests said their goodbyes and made sure to grab their mini wine bottle favors.

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Thank you Sarah and Kevin for letting J. Scott Catering be a part of your special day!

Bride and Groom

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Andrea and Michael were such a great couple to work with! The couple celebrated their big day at Radnor Hunt this past Saturday and added many sweet and personal details to their wedding day, such as an ice sculpture of their monogram and one of their bulldog as well. How amazing!

Bulldog Ice Sculpture

We served stationary hor d’oeuvres during cocktail hour which included a raw seafood bar and a Chester County artisan cheese board. Beautiful flowers by Kati Mac design were placed throughout cocktail area and the ballroom. We can’t wait to receive the professional pictures by Danette Pascarella Photography! In the meantime, here are some of our shots from the day!

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Be sure to check back for part two of Andrea and Michael’s big day!

Catering for a Cause

Catering for a charity event always gives us a rewarding feeling. The event was held at the Phoenixville Foundry on Friday and it was such a fun event to cater!

Cocktail hour passed hors d’oeuvres included mini meatloaf bites, mini stilton and bacon cheesecakes on a cracker crust, hoisin barbeque duck flatbread, coconut crusted chicken skewer, warm brie and pear wrapped in phyllo, and mini pizza with artichoke confit. We also debuted our new farmers market inspired crudité display which had an assortment of seasonal fresh garden vegetables accompanied by roasted red pepper and spinach dips. During cocktail hour guests were able to walk throughout the parking lot where vintage cars were on display, but it didn’t stop there! Cars were also on display inside the Foundry with the auction tables.

Crudite Display

The tables were lined with textured charcoal grey linens and light yellow napkins along with purple lush flowers and yellow daisies. Guests started with a baby arugula salad with sliced pear, maytag blue cheese, honey bourbon pecans, red onion, and honey raspberry vinaigrette. Following the first course was a dual entrée of braised short ribs with cheesy polenta and fried shallots and a whole grain mustard marinated fillet of wild salmon with a chive essence and micro arugula. The other entrée choice was a seasonal vegetable risotto with grilled leeks, porcini broth, and toasted brioche. Both entrées were accompanied by caramelized brussel sprouts and scalloped potatoes au gratin. Desserts included a gourmet cupcake station with an assortment of cupcakes by Dia Doce and a fresh fruit display.

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Our bar served a pomegranate sparkler as the specialty cocktail for guests which was vodka, pomegranate juice, topped with seltzer and garnished with a lime wheel and pomegranate seeds- so refreshing for a summer event!

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Using Unique Displays for Corporate Events

J Scott Catering was honored to cater dinner for a prestigious medical school and hospital’s welcome reception honoring a doctor for his outstanding work in the medical field.

As guests arrived in the sophisticated and modern lobby, they were sure to notice our pastel green and blue patterned table linens! In addition, guests were greeted with an assortment of hor d’oeuvres and cocktails. J Scott wait staff served beef skewers with a scallion dipping sauce, goat cheese tartlets made of melted leeks and tomato jam, coconut crusted chicken with a chili sauce, and bacon wrapped scallops with a horseradish dipping sauce. Guests couldn’t get enough of our bacon wrapped scallops and beef skewers! The stationary hor d’oeuvres included petite pails filled with shrimp cocktail and sautéed scallops, spring crudité, along with miniature cast iron skillets containing teriyaki salmon over spiked brown rice. Our stationary hor d’oeuvres were displayed beautifully on our large ladders and complimented with unique flowers artfully arranged by Sommerfield Designs
For desert, guests enjoyed an assortment of mini key lime pies, tiramisu, petite vessels filled with chocolate mousse and berries, cookies and crème, and fruit extravaganza.

The evening was a great success! We truly enjoy working with this medical school/hospital and look forward to catering an event for them in the future!

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