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Inside the Catering Minds!

May 9, 2016

We sat down with Andrew Gerstel of Windows Catering Company to learn more about what they are seeing in the catering kitchen! Have a delicious Monday !

 What food trends are you seeing in upcoming weddings?

Strolling Buffets!

Providing an interactive environment for guests to socialize in is always a great way to enliven an event, and what better way to deliver a culinary experience to your guests than having a moving feast? Build-your-own ceviche carts, rolling dim sum (or sushi) bars, and roving oyster shuckers are just a few ideas that we’re excited to pursue in 2016. And while I’m at it…who would want to belly up to a build-your-own ice cream sundae cart?

Nostalgic Nourishment

What food memories do you have from your childhood? Savory or sweet? Was it your Mom’s favorite casserole, or your favorite Aunt’s Crock Pot creation?  Dad’s spicy chili or his famous barbecue ribs? If you’re like me, Grandma’s banana cream pie is what comes to mind. Look for foods that evoke memories of years gone by to be incorporated into catering menus in 2016. It’s not comfort food, but rather food that brings back experiences in your life you want to recreate.

Oysters Need No Introduction

With cleaner waterways, better farming practices that mean little to no environmental impact, and great value for the cost, oysters have already become a popular addition to our menus – and they don’t intend to give up their popularity anytime soon. Preparation can be simple, and can vary in presentation by using them as a passed hors d’oeuvre or as a buffet item.  One of our favorite recipes uses a petite kusshi oyster from British Columbia with an absinthe vinaigrette…delicious doesn’t do it justice.

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What are the Benefits of cocktail style weddings?

Windows wants your wedding to be about YOU and your guests. The debate between a buffet and seated service-style is primarily about the vibe you want to create in the room. Buffet or stations – style service tends to lend itself more to a casual, interactive atmosphere. A served meal is more formal and does not create as much interaction between guests. When choosing between the two options you should also consider the variety of foods you’d like to serve…and of course your budget. Buffets, or stations, provide more flexibility in the types of cuisine you can offer.

Regardless of your choice of service, the menu you create with your caterer is a wonderful way to showcase who you are as a couple. For example, if you’re from the Jersey Shore, and you want Boardwalk Fries at your wedding, it is our job to recreate your desires and not push you into picking something standard. Many people chose off-premise catering for the freedom and creativity it provides. So if you like the variety that comes with buffets, do a buffet! If you desire a more classic duel entree with filet and lobster for each person that’s absolutely fine as well.

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Credits

  • Greg Powers
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  • Steve Legato Photography
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THE BLK TUX

May 5, 2016

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Need a tuxedo or suit? Lets just say we are crushing hard at DW today! The BLK TUX is the next big thing and we can’t say enough good things. From their amazing customer service to their remarkable looks, you can’t go wrong! If you have some time, take a look at their Suit Rental section to become more familiar!

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Bloomerent

May 2, 2016

Bloomerent connects hosts with florists in their area and then allows them to either list their centerpieces to be shared or pick from a list of available centerpieces to opt into. Customers are rewarded for sharing by receiving a portion of their money back, dependent on whether they are the first or second event. Florists receive leads from Bloomerent and make additional revenue as they repurpose fresh flowers for a second event. The process is a win/win solution for both customers and florists while offering a green alternative. Our very own, Sidra Forman is a part of this community!

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Bloomerent was founded to reduce floral waste, send florists new business and save customers money. Our service connects event hosts with a handpicked community of florists and allows them to share flowers arrangements between two events in close proximity. Flowers are used for only a few hours when they have a lifespan of 3-14 days. By sharing centerpieces, you not only give these blooms a second life but you save money for going green.

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  • Bloomerent

Same-Sex Engagement!

April 11, 2016

What advice would you give newly engaged couples?

John:  The wedding is about YOU.  Take all the advice you can get but ultimately, do it your way.

Steve:  Secure a wedding planner – early in the process – that you have a connection with.  Let the wedding planner focus on all of the detail and work through the stress so your wedding day is relaxed and fun.  Find a great photographer as you cannot be in all places at one time.

Steve and John met attending Dignity Washington services at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, which is Washington, DC’s Faith community for LGBTQ Catholics. After several weeks of talking after church services they agreed to dine together. On August 24, 1998, Steve and John met at Raku, in Dupont Circle. It was a long dinner that they now look fondly on as one of their most favorite memories. Certainly an evening filled with excellent conversation and laughter. After dinner they walked around Dupont Circle and then agreed to meet a few days later for a second date. Steve and John dated for 15 years but only because they were not legally able to marry in the Commonwealth of Virginia. They have a tradition of celebrating their anniversaries with champagne al fresco on their patio and  on their fifteenth anniversary of their first date, John got down on one knee and proposed.  They gave each other wedding bands after private vows to one another and faithfully wore the rings on their right hands in protest. Both were crying tears of joy. Marriage was still not legal in the Commonwealth of Virginia but the appeals were being heard at the State level.  They agreed to wait a year and then if nothing had moved forward in the struggle for marriage equality that they would get married in the District of Columbia.  Steve and John were preparing to look at wedding venues in Washington, DC when on October 6, 2014 the Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear an appeal of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Marriage was now legal in the Commonwealth and that is when the planning began….

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Planner: Kelley Cannon Events | Reception Venue: Hotel Monaco Alexandria | Photographer: Lisa Blume Photography 

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  • Lisa Blume Photography

Long View Gallery

March 28, 2016

Long View Gallery has 8,500 square feet of unique industrial gallery space perfect for the modern couple. Each wedding at Long View Gallery is customized to reflect the client’s taste, palate and style. No two weddings look the same, as every item is hand selected to arrive on event day.

“Creativity is key at our location as we believe anything dreamt is possible. Working with the best teams in the industry, every wedding at Long View Gallery is Pure Art.”

Long View Gallery. P’art Gallery. P’art Event Space. All Art.

 

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Victoria Oldak and Jeffrey Driscoll wedding on September 26, 2015. Photo by Paul Morse

Photo by Paul Morse

Victoria Oldak and Jeffrey Driscoll wedding on September 26, 2015. Photo by Paul Morse

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Victoria Oldak and Jeffrey Driscoll wedding on September 26, 2015. Photo by Paul Morse

Photo by Paul Morse

Victoria Oldak and Jeffrey Driscoll wedding on September 26, 2015. Photo by Paul Morse

Photo by Paul Morse

Victoria Oldak and Jeffrey Driscoll wedding on September 26, 2015. Photo by Paul Morse

Photo by Paul Morse

Credits

  • Abby Jiu
  • Paul Morse
  • Sweet Root Village

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