Catering Trends to Follow During COVID 19

Pre-COVID-19 life seems like forever ago. The possibilities for wedding and catering planning were endless before covid. Guess what? They still are! Still dream big, be creative and imagine the most unique and delicious wedding menu ever! Whatever you imagine will just need minor adjustments when planning. Our two main goals for covid wedding catering are guest safety, and delicious food. Let us show you how to accomplish those!

First, make sure you have your theming in order. Take into consideration your venue and the setting. Think about if you want to incorporate the culture of the location of your wedding into the cuisine. For example, if your wedding is at the Cannery in New Orleans you will have to decide whether you want to incorporate New Orleans food into the menu or not. You could choose to not incorporate the local cuisine into the menu at all. Take into consideration your budget for catering as well. After you have started to think about all of the elements of your wedding, begin to write down ideas you have for catering. Be as creative as possible. Maybe you want a gourmet version of you and your spouse’s favorite home cooked meal? Maybe you want gourmet French food or a Brunch menu. Write down as many ideas as you can think of and then start to narrow down into your favorites. One you have narrowed down to your final idea, begin to plan out your finalized menu. Remember to have options for people with special diets if you choose.

Now, take your finalized menu and make sure that your catering is covid-19 friendly. The simplest step to ensure safety of the guests is to make sure that all catering and serving staff is covid 19 negative before working the event. Also do temperature checks on the day of the event to ensure the safety of your guests. Now onto serving. The biggest adjustment on catering due to covid 19 will be needing the catering staff to pre plate food. For example, there is no way that having a chocolate fountain with fruit to dip in it by guests will be safe under CDC guidelines. There will need to be an attendant at any type of interactive food stations. Catering staff will need to dip the strawberries upon request and hand them to the guests on a plate or plate them in the kitchen before serving out at the wedding. Also you probably can not have those large glass drink containers that usually hold lemonade or cucumber water. Also charcuterie boards or grazing tables will need an attendant to plate food for guests. Drinks will need to be poured by catering staff or individually packaged. As for dessert, people have done a more creative alternative for wedding cake. Wedding hosts are ordering individually packaged desserts like small individual cakes for guests to eat then or to take home. It will only take small adjustments to make sure your menu is safe during covid 19.

Your wedding during covid 19 can still be very successful. You may not even notice a difference. Stay positive through the process of planning a wedding through these different times. Contact Toulouse Gourmet Catering today to plan catering for your wedding today!

Engagement Party Ideas

The wedding date is set! Now you are trying to plan all the other festivities related to your wedding. The second most exciting event next to the wedding is the engagement party. Planning your engagement party is just as fun as planning your big day without the stress of planning THE big day. What is the centerpiece of the engagement party besides the happy couple?…the food!
Let me tell you about some engagement party food/theme ideas that are so unique and could fit you and your partner perfectly!

A really popular venue for engagement parties is your own backyard (or a friend of family members)! Your own backyard, plus beautiful themed decor, plus great food, plus the people you love as guests equals the perfect ambiance for a successful engagement party.

A super easy option is a backyard barbecue! There’s not much setting up to do or decorating, just enjoying the food Toulouse Gourmet will cater for you and your guests.

A backyard luau has awesome potential! Imagine looking at gorgeous hibiscus flowers, and palm trees while dining on tropical drinks and Luau style food catered by us.

What about a brunch themed engagement party? We can definitely cater brunch too! Just to name a few more engagement party ideas for a foodie couple: a sweets themed party, French themed with tons of cheese boards, an around the world party with cuisine inspired from all over the map!

The themes go on and on making the possibilities endless. You always could keep it simple with no theme at all really, just basic decor such as balloons and white table cloth tables in the backyard. Of course we could cater you more standard party foods like pastas, salads, and finger sandwiches.

Contact us today for more details.

How Our Venue Has Changed Hygiene Policies Since COVID-19

Toulouse Gourmet catering is still open through the pandemic. Since the pandemic has begun, we have updated our hygiene policies to ensure the safety of our guests. We want to ensure you that we are taking all of the cleaning and necessary safety precautions in order for you to feel comfortable ordering and eating food from us.
In preparing and serving food, we must first abide by rules regarding COVID-19 set by the local government and the CDC. From there, we will establish any further precautions we will set within our kitchen to protect the health of our guests.

What are we doing to keep our customers safe? Let us proudly tell you! With our catering, Toulouse Gourmet, has always prepared dishes in a thoroughly clean kitchen. Our previous health inspections have passed as exceptionally clean. As of now, we are following every extra safety precaution to protect our guests from COVID-19. Before entering our kitchen, we take our kitchen staff’s temperatures and make sure they have zero symptoms before working, especially before serving food at an event. Our kitchen staff has been trained in preparing food safely. Our janitorial staff is cleaning and disinfecting our entire kitchen around the clock to ensure the safety of our workers and guests.

If Toulouse Gourmet employees are to be serving our catering to guests at an event, we especially make sure that our employees are cleaning their hands thoroughly, are wearing gloves and masks, and are constantly re-sanitizing common areas where food is being served.

We want you to enjoy great food and trust that we are keeping your and your guests safe. You will not notice a difference in the quality of our food. Your favorite dishes from us will taste just as delicious as before with the added comfort knowing that we prepared the food with every safety precaution.

Are you considering ordering catering from Toulouse Gourmet? Contact us today to place an order or to discuss more details!

Return of the Dinner Party!

Dinner parties are a great way to bring loved ones and friends together. Planning and hosting a dinner party can quickly become stressful, especially cooking. Planning dishes and preparing them is where hosting a dinner party may become overwhelming. The host must prepare enough food for the amount of guests while trying to please everyones tastes and preferences. An easy way to host a stress free dinner party where you can just show up, eat, and enjoy the company of your guests is by ordering catering from Toulouse Gourmet. Toulouse Gourmet Catering will deliver the food right to you!

Let us be your gourmet caterer! Let us cook and serve gourmet food that you and your guests love. We serve the freshest ingredients and will customize a menu for your dinner party! We offer appetizers, entrees, desserts, sides, salads, and so much more! Our catering will also be your mixologist and create delicious, beautiful drinks. We can definitely do that too! Not only is planning your dinner party and catering with us easy, but it is fun! We have so many great food options to make your dinner party exactly how you want!

Everyone will have a great time and will LOVE the food. Take all the complements for hosting the most Pinterest-worthy dinner party of all time. You can thank us later. Are you considering a dinner party? Contact us today for more details.

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