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What is a Micro-Wedding?

Weddings are arguably the most important day in a woman or man’s life. Most imagine their wedding day like a fairytale, while you and your partner are surrounded by loved ones, gorgeous flower arrangements, and a beautiful venue. That being said, fairytales are not cheap and can get quite hectic, putting extra stress on the special couple. What if there was an option to have the perfect wedding with less noise, less guests, and more money in your pocket? The answer is a micro-wedding.

A micro-wedding is the same fairytale wedding, but on a smaller scale. Micro-weddings have recently taken the wedding scene by storm for many great reasons. The greatest feature of micro-weddings is that they are so intimate, by only having 20-50 guests in attendance compared to the typical 150-200 guests at a traditional wedding. By having a micro-wedding, you will be able to spend more quality time with each guest. The couple gets to closely enjoy each other, loved ones, and the venue. Micro-weddings are a great option for not breaking the bank. By inviting less guests, the couple has more freedom in their wedding budget to make choices regarding planning. Instead of blowing half of the budget on feeding 150 mouths at a traditional wedding, with a micro wedding you have the financial freedom to spend more money on things like a singer or the venue. Destination weddings are also considered micro-weddings as well. Less money spent on a large venue or number of guests can now be spent on travel with a small wedding party of 10-20.

Micro-weddings are extremely versatile. There is almost zero stress in planning a micro-wedding, and the options are endless. The overall vibe is relaxed, magical, and intimate. With micro-weddings, less truly is more for the happy couple. Are you considering a micro-wedding? Contact us today for more details!

New Orleans Wedding Story: Heather & Spencer

Heather & Spencer’s wedding was all about classic Italian countryside charm.

Planning: Rena Sweeney – Alchemy Events, LLC

Photo by Rob Garland Photographers

So many wonderful vendors on this wedding!
Candles & lighting: Firefly Ambiance Candles & Decor
Rentals: True Value Rental/Just Ask Rental
Tent: Gulf Coast Tent Rentals
Video: Mary M. Cinema
Flowers: Bee’s Wedding and Event Designs
Reception Music: Boogie Falaya
Catering: Toulouse Gourmet Catering
Venue: Pitot House
Fireworks: AFX PRO

 

From the Chef: Christmas Dinner!

This holiday season, our chefs are sharing some of their own family recipes! Check this one out from Justin!

Beef tenderloin (serves about 15)

Have butcher clean one whole tenderloin (6-8#). Season with salt, pepper, Tony Chacherie’s, Montreal Steak Seasoning, Worcestershire sauce and let sit overnight. Preheat grill and sear on high heat both sides. Pour marinade juices into a skillet and add 2 tablespoons margarine and 1 cup red wine. Bring to a boil then baste the meat as it cooks. Reduce heat and cook until thickest center piece is medium rare (135 degrees). The tails will be medium. Let sit for 10 minutes before slicing.

Breaded cauliflower

Cut two heads of cauliflower. In a mixing bowl, make an egg wash of 3 eggs and 2 cups of milk. In another bowl, pour 4 cups Italian bread crumbs, 1 cup grated parmesan and season with Tony’s. Coat the cauliflower in the egg wash, then dredge in the bread crumbs.

Heat oil in either a fryer or a deep pot to 375. Drop in the cauliflower and cook until golden brown. Once done, remove from oil and set on a tray lined with paper towels and season with salt.

Shrimp reoulade salad
Dressing:
In the container of a food processor, combine 4 celery stalks, 4 green onions, 1 small yellow onion and 1 cup parsley. Pulse until finely chopped. Add 1/2 cup red wine vinegar, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup tomato puree, 1/2 cup creole mustard and 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce. Process until well blended, stopping to scrape down the sides a couple of times. With the food processor running, drizzle 1.25cup canola oil in a steady stream, processing until blended. Stir in paprika. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours, or overnight

Shrimp:

Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a large pot. Add 3 tbs salt, 2 sliced lemon, 2 fl oz liqiud seafood boil and 2 fl oz worchestire sauce. Let boil 10 minutes then add 3 ln 26-30 count peeled and deveined shrimp. Bring back to a boil and let cook 5-7 minutes, until shrimp turn pink. Drain the shrimp and run under cold water to stop cooking. Refrigerate.

Salad:

Thinly slice 2 heads of iceberg lettuce. Take the cooked shrimp and toss with the dressing. Place the shrimp over the lettuce, garnish with pieces of lemon and sliced green onion.

 

Bananas foster (serves four)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup banana liqueur
  • 4 bananas, cut in half lengthwise, then halved
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream

Directions:

  • Combine the butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a flambé pan or skillet.
  • Place the pan over low heat either on an alcohol burner or on top of the stove, and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.
  • Stir in the banana liqueur, then place the bananas in the pan.
  • When the banana sections soften and begin to brown, carefully add the rum.
  • Continue to cook the sauce until the rum is hot, then tip the pan slightly to ignite the rum.
  • When the flames subside, lift the bananas out of the pan and place four pieces over each portion of ice cream.
  • Generously spoon warm sauce over the top of the ice cream and serve immediately.

From the Chef: Brown Sugar Cinnamon Carrots

If you’re like us, you’re in the weeds planning Thanksgiving dinner. Here’s a unique & simple side dish recipe for turkey day!

 

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Carrots

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Feeds: 15


Ingredients:

3 lbs            Baby Peeled Carrot

3/4 cup       Butter

24 oz           Brown Sugar

2 tbsp          Dried Ginger

4 tbsp          Cinnamon


Instructions:

Bring 96 oz of salted water to boil. Place carrots in pot and boil for 15 minutes checking that carrots are al dente. Transfer to sauté pan. Add butter, brown sugar, ginger, and cinnamon. Cook until coated with butter mixture; about 10 minutes.

 

September 2017 Monthly Catering Delivery Specials

Check out our catering delivery specials for the month of September 2017!

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The Cannery’s Five Year Anniversary Party!

Every year The Cannery has an open house for New Orleans wedding vendors, event planners and brides. We’re so excited every year to be a part of it, but this year was even more special: it was their five year anniversary!

Venue: The Cannery

Flowers & Decor: Bee’s Wedding and Event Designs

Band: The Wise Guys

Rentals: Yur Event Rentals

Ghost Chairs: Chair Couture

Photos: Mike Lirette Photography

 

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One of Our Own Ties The Knot: New Orleans Wedding – Bailee & Ryan

We are so proud to share some images from our Marketing Coordinator, Bailee’s, fabulous New Orleans wedding to her beau, Ryan. The nuptials took place in a private ceremony at the Algiers Courthouse, and the following day the couple had a beautiful reception at the Bevolo Gaslight Museum! Photos below are by the wonderful Red Leaf Weddings!

 

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Looking Back: 2015’s Catering Trends

We’re feeling very nostalgic this December. We just wrapped up our 10th year in business and time isn’t slowing down for any of us. Here are our favorite 2015 wedding catering trends:

Signature Drinks

This is at the top of our list because it gives your guests a sneak peek into your favorite drink. Don’t be afraid to have two! The bride likes French 75s and the groom likes Old Fashioned’s? No problem. Let your friends and family try your favorites!

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French 75

Naked Cakes

While we don’t make wedding cakes, we LOVE the naked cake. I know myself personally, I don’t like much icing, so this is a super ideal option for me!

Munsterman Cake

Munsterman Cake

All Things Miniature

We’ve had so much fun with this one. Just looking back at our tasting a few months ago, our late night menu featured all things mini! Mini hotdogs, mini beignets, mini EVERYTHING!

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Late Night Munchie Menu!

Something Simple Turned Elegant

The simple eats – like grilled cheese – can become gourmet with the right ingredients! Pairing it with a miniature (see we love mini) cup of tomato soup and it becomes not only a delicious and simple eat, but it’s also almost nostalgic and comfortable for your guests.

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These are just a few things that we loved in the trends this year. We enjoy working with our brides and exploring ideas with them!