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I Scream for Ice Cream

May 1, 2017

What is more fun than sundae bars, ice cream trucks and boozy milkshakes? Incorporating them into your wedding, of course! Everyone will be pleasantly surprised (and guiltily satisfied) by this sweet indulgence. Give your guests the freedom to create their own ice cream sundae with an ice cream station. From cherries and whip cream to sour gummies and sprinkles, there are toppings for everyone to create their own delicacy. Ice cream trucks are also a fun and interactive treat. Have one stop by for a refreshing “cool-down” during dancing. Don’t forget one of our favorites, boozy milkshakes. They are the perfect late-night surprise to pass through the party and can easily be made kid-friendly.

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Photography: Paige Jones + Ruth Eileen

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Photography: Marianne Taylor Photography

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Fall Foods

November 4, 2016

Now that the fall weather has finally kicked in, it is the perfect time to share some fall food trends and menu ideas to get you excited about the holidays and make you look like a star when hosting a holiday gathering. Bon Appétit!

Pumpkin on Everything (and we mean everything!)

Pumpkin Dip

“Served in a roasted pumpkin, this hearty dip can be eaten on crackers, bread, or baby carrots.” Check out Martha Stewart for a yummy recipe.

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Carolina Charm

Pumpkin Pasta (Umm… yes please?)

A quick and simple recipe for a super creamy pasta is a go-to dish for a special evening.

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Avocado Pesto

Rigatoni with Roasted Pumpkin and Goat Cheese

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Martha Stewart

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

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Martha Stewart

Pumpkin, Basil, Goat Cheese and Fig Tart

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Country Living

Chili, Chili, and more Chili!

Harvest Chipotle Chili

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Midwest Living

Pumpkin, Beef, and Black Bean Chili

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Country LivingRyan Liebe Photographer

Slow-Cooker Brisket Chili

Southern Living | Hector M. Sanchez

Incorporating Pumpkin in International Foods

Pumpkin Lasagna

Food & Wine | Photography: Karen Mordechai

Thai Red Curry with Kabocha Squash

Eat, Live, Run

Chipotle Roasted Pumpkin, Mushroom and Kale Quesadillas

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Closet Cooking

Back to Basics

You can also incorporate a fall flavor into your everyday meals– pumpkin grilled cheese anyone?

Pumpkin Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Pumpkin Pancakes with Spiced Maple Syrup (Because who doesn’t want pumpkin on their pancakes?)

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Chipotle Pumpkin Veggie Burgers

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Peas & Crayons

Let’s Blow this Popsicle Stand

July 29, 2016

The summer heat is on full blast here in the District, and we’re craving a sweet way to cool down!  Boozy popsicles are popping up everywhere this summer.

Outdoor cocktail hours can be brutal on guests during the dog days of summer.  Surprise your guests with a custom popsicle stand!  Rather than a typical signature drink, your guests will love these refreshing, frozen cocktails.  Extra points for including a personalized popsicle stick joke!

We can’t wait to try these tasty new flavors.

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Bourbon and White Peach Popsicle | Get the recipe at Beach House Kitchen

 

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Prosecco Popsicles | Pick your favorite type of bubbly and throw in a fruity popsicle | Photo by Ruben Chamorro for Cosmopolitan 

 

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Strawberry Basil Moscato Popsicle | Get the recipe at A Night Owl

 

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Blueberry Mojito Popsicle | Get the recipe at Broma Bakery

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Spicy Mango Margarita “Poptail” | Photo by Stephanie Todaro | Get the recipe at laurenconrad.com

Credits

  • Mary Ann Dwyer
    The Beach House Kitchen
  • Kimberly
    A Night Owl
  • Sarah Fennel
    Broma Bakery
  • laurenconrad.com

Modern Matrimony- Real Wedding of Michelle and Eric

May 18, 2016

Michelle + Eric knew they wanted a beautiful, modern and classy D.C. wedding. In her words, nothing Etsy allowed! She chose to go with an elegant black and silver color scheme and even incorporated fun, modern centerpieces that were not overly done.  This tied in perfectly with their venue at Arena Stage, and truly represented their taste perfectly!

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 June 26, 2015

Wedding Planner: Nicole Medrano |  DJ and Lighting: Dan Goldman | Ceremony and Reception: Arena Stage | Florist: Loda Floral Design | Catering: RSVP | Hair and Makeup: Alison Harper & Company | Bridal Gown: Karen Willis Holmes/Purchased: Love Couture Bridal | Bride’s Shoes:  Stuart Weitzman/ purchased: Nordstrom |  Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew |

 

Credits

  • Astrid Photography

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
    Top Image
  • Steve Legato Photography
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