Mina Ebrahimi, owner and founder of Saint Germain Catering, has been selected as a winner of the 2014 Enterprising Women of the Year Award. Ebrahimi’s award is in the category of “more than $5 million and up to $10 million in annual sales revenue.” This award is given by Enterprising Women magazine, the only women-owned magazine in the country that is geared specifically toward women business owners.
The Enterprising Women of the Year Awards provide annual recognition for the most accomplished women entrepreneurs not only in North America, but also around the world. Nominees for these awards consist of women business owners who experience rapid growth in the business world, provide support or mentorship for other women entrepreneurs, and have become community leaders.
Known as a very prestigious program for the recognition of women business owners, the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards are presented during the 2014 Awards Celebration and Conference. This events was held at the Ritz Carlton Sarasota, located in Sarasota, FL, from March 2nd – 4th. Not only does this event honor and recognize the recipients of this award, but it also provides an incredible networking opportunity for women leaders in business on a global scale. The conference offers workshops as well as corporate learning labs and sponsor exhibits.
The annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards, which recognize the finest women entrepreneurs in North America and around the globe, is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners.
To win, nominees must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities. Many of the honorees also serve as leaders in key organizations that support the growth of women’s entrepreneurship.
Do you like attending parties, weddings or galas? Do you ever think who is behind planning all these extravagant parties? The answer is event planners. They are the ones that make events successful. Events can vary from weddings, birthday parties, fundraisers, corporate events, festival, concerts or galas. Some event planners may choose to specialize in a certain style of events such as weddings; however, some may plan it all. Depending on the event, planning may consist of one or more of the following: budgeting, establishing dates, selecting and reserving the event site, arranging décor, food, entertainment, acquiring permits, and coordinating transportation and parking. Event planners need to be patient, dedicated and hard working. There are many characteristics that an event planner must have in order to succeed in the industry.
Whether a client orders sandwiches or needs to plan a full scale event from Saint Germain Catering, they like everything to be just perfect says company Vice President Sarah Miller. Sarah is also in charge of coordinating all catering deliveries, both social and corporate, from start to finish. She’s accustomed to making sure that the food is exactly what the client orders, whether it’s for a company CEO networking event or a full scale gala for 500. Having been in the hospitality business for over 20 years; 15 of which have been in event planning and catering. “ After I planned my first event, I was hooked. I love the creative aspect of planning a function, the excitement of meeting people from all over, working with outside vendors and entertainers, and arranging corporate dinners, receptions and social functions.”
Crazy is a great work to use to describe a day in the life of a caterer and event planter. The only way that caterers and event planners can survive it is by being type A, over achievers and have their game faces on all the time Whether it’s planning those menus for clients for an in office or needing to get up early on a weekend to make sure all the weekend’s special events are ready, a person like Sarah Miller definitely stays busy. The ultimate goal of a caterer is to exceed the client’s expectations by helping them to create a successful event and a memorable experience. In addition to client satisfaction, you hope for repeat business and a long lasting business relationship.
According to the National Restaurant Association, catering is one of the fastest-growing segments of the restaurant and food industry. A day in the life of a catering vice presiden like Sarah can be, as they say, a hard days work. Since Saint Germain Catering handles both social and corporate catering, they are not impacted by the seasons.– MacDougall just Their business often requires long days to not just prepare the food, but also to transport it to the site and coordinate services such as linen, flatware, glassware, tents and much more.
Sarah typically starts her day between 2:30 and 3 a.m. to expediate breakfast deliveries and supervising a team of 30 staff members, meaning food prep, packing platters, and delivery. Constantly checking, double checking and triple checking all the details that go into each order. When a client comes into contact with Saint Germain whether they are looking to set up an event or just order a drop off meal, she will discuss the parameters of the clients needs and come up with a specific situation. Important things she considers include what type of event it is, how many people are attending, if there is a theme desired, and what the customer feels is a good budget or price range. Using her in-depth knowledge of the company’s catering menu, Sarah can help the client craft the perfect menu for the event. In some cases, this may include tastings of the possible dishes to let the client review the skill and quality of the chefs, especially when it comes to weddings or events.
Once an order has been placed, received and processed, she is then in charge of getting a catering team together to manage and staff the event. This may include waiters, bartenders, servers, and chefs, all of which may be under the direction of one of Saint Germain’s event captains. In most cases, she will also be in charge of readying items related to catering, including chairs and tables, linens, floral centerpieces, flatware, and dishes and working with our support vendors. “What I like best about my job is having a vision for an event and seeing it executed successfully” Sarah states. “I enjoy collaborating with all the individuals needed to make the event happen, there is not a practice trial, you get one shot to pull it off. I like to see the guests and my clients leave the event knowing that we met and exceeded all their expectations.”
With a different event or even several hundred events on many days, the working life of a catering coordinator can be quite exciting.
The world of corporate catering is unique from the demands of social catering and event catering. Whether you are dealing with a client with individual lunch meetings a training seminar with 200, the quality of the food matters a great deal to both personal image and company morale. Saint Germain Catering has built is target focus on corporate catering for the past 15 years and serves clients throughout the Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia area. Corporate catering that offers higher quality meal options for clients and employees can be not only impressive, but motivating on a level that few other skills can match. Mastering the art of corporate catering in itself can be challenging so there is a huge importanced placed upon finding an experienced caterer. By working with Saint Germain Catering, we can help you create the perfect meal that will wow your co-workers, clients or employees.
With socialcatering, the idea is to keep everyone fed with the foods and meals that they love and enjoye at home or when dining out. The same can be said of corporate catering, but there are added things to consider. What if you’re catering for a breakfast before a big presentation? Will it be a working lunch? These catering options stand out as being extremely important in menu planning, as they can not only affect the performance of those who actually eat the food, but the general mood of the event.
Corporate catering still offers many options just as social catering. Active chef stations like Waffle Bars, Sundae Stations or Pasta Bars are all popular themes that can come into mind. Whether you are seting up a hot and cold buffet for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The first is that they can create a contrast of flavors and textures as well as meeting dietary needs. The second is that they can serve two different types of guests; those who prefer cold foods like salads and sandwiches, and those who are interested in prepared meals such as warm Chicken Picatta. Some guests, for example, may forgo a rich desert in favor of fresh fruit. In corporate environments, where one needs to be quick on his or her toes, options like these can make all of the difference. Be sure to include lots of variety for all the meeting attendees and guests.
Corporate catering can also be said for the types of meals being provided on a daily basis to a company. Does your firm have a daily tray of bagels or muffins that goes out each day? Whether you’re having new hire orientation or a holiday celebration, nothing tells your staff that you care more about them than a high quality, catered meal. Catering can be great for staff appreciation days, holidays, office celebrations, special parties, or even just suprise lunch. They can help your employees to save a little on their usual lunch bill. Catering meals in house to your staff also gives your employees the opportunity to mingle amongst one another. This can create an atmosphere where brainstorming can take place , new contacts can be made, and a greater appreciation for the company can be formed.
Just like social catering, presentation matters as well. If your catering service offers special presentation options, consider them. Offer clients the option of china or ceramics over disposables. Have a client that supports green initiatives, offer then compostable cutlery to help support their company wide beliefs.
When most people think of Saint Germain Catering, they think of the great service, our attention to detail, or our delicious food with lots of flavor. Around the catering industry, Saint Germain’s has been known for our competitive pricing and personable Owner, Mina Ebrahimi and her staff. But we also have taken on the goal of being one of the DC Metro Area’s Premier Wedding Caterers. And although we are not complaining about such a great honor (Confirmed Wedding Wire as a 2013 Pick!) and reputation, we feel it’s important to show how much more there is to us than just weddings and events!
Corporate & Office Catering
What do you think we do all week? Wait for the weekend to show up so we can spoil another bride or throw a huge party? Our weeks are full of Hot and Cold meals speeding out the back door as our kitchen is buzzing with the sound of chopping knives, whisking sauces and much more. The chefs at Saint Germain Catering are constantly on the go as they accept another pop up order or last minute lunch from the a client down the street, but hey it’s what we love to do. It’s what we live for. It’s the world of corporate catering.
Browsing our website and social media venues (follow us on Facebook or Twitter) you might get a certain vibe. Our elegant appetizers on petite ceramic spoons are a delicious treat, but maybe not the best option for feeding the office on a Monday afternoon. So, we have put together a great Boxed Lunch option for all of our Corporate Clients to choose from. Easy to eat and mess free. Say you host a monthly meeting or a weekly training class on a small budget. Then checking out our Boxed Sandwiches complete with a bag of chips, side salad and fruit, would be a great idea. Worried the boxed sandwiches may not match your guests standard or hunger? No problem! We also offer great Boxed Salads and Executive Sandwich options as well. You can choose from a nice Chicken Croissant Sandwich or Asian Chicken Salad for the more health conscious members in your meeting. Or you can offer a hearty Philly Steak and Cheese or Around the World Sliders for the hungry men.
Often there are times when a salad or sandwich simply won’t do it. Are you in charge to plan the annual Office Holiday party at a local venue or the office? One of our sales associates can help you plan from our Corporate Menu, as well as options to rent Tables, Linens, Chair, Utensils, Glassware, etc… From there you can choose from our tasty Italian, Asian, or Grilled American menu selections. A diverse guest list also includes a variety of dietary restrictions and allergies that all planners need to be aware of. So over the years we have compiled a great menu of select Vegetarian options, Gluten Free choices, and Vegan options. What ever it is that you need, we can help you – just ask!
So why force the office to order another greasy Pizza or stale Taco during the week? Pick up the phone and Saint Germain Catering a call.
During the winter, many employees start to get cabin fever from working at their desks too much. The days are getting shorter and more employees are getting restless in offices across the country. Be the boss that takes the winter blues away with a catered winter office party! Although the holidays are drawing near, once the holiday season passes there’s still snow and freezing temperatures to deal with, and these can do a number on employee morale. Or, maybe you’d like to do a late “holiday” party but are worried about offending any number of different backgrounds and religious affiliations in your office. This is easily solved by a winter office part too.
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