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Graduation Party Planning Tips

Graduation parties are a great way to celebrate a recent graduate’s achievements with friends and family, but planning the celebration on your own can prove difficult. Depending on the size of your child’s graduating class, it’s likely that more than one person will be having their graduation party on the same day, causing lots of traffic to and from your home, which can dictate the type of party you’ll want to have to keep guests comfortable and entertained.

Follow these tips for graduation planning and you’ll be sure to give your son or daughter another memorable senior year memory:

Aim for a casual get-together—Consider getting together with other parents and organizing a joint graduation party. This will save people the trouble of traveling to more than one party and also save you money! By splitting the cost three or four ways, you might actually end up reducing expenses, and can often go bigger when it comes to food and/or entertainment choice. If the party is being held outdoors, consider renting a tent. The weather isn’t always going to cooperate, and large party tents are perfect for keeping your guests dry rather than going through the hassle of rescheduling. Even if you end up with a beautiful day, a tent is the perfect supplier of shade to help you cool off and relax with friends.

When it comes to serving food, a buffet setup is usually the best way to feed a large group of people. Work with your catering service to make sure you have a wide variety of foods suitable to your guests. Appetizer foods, such as salad and finger sandwiches are easy to eat on the run and not too filling so guests can keep coming back for more, or fill up on their way to another party. Browse through some of our graduation day menu ideas to get an idea of what Saint Germain Catering can provide, or to gather inspiration for a do-it-yourself party.

Be sure you’re fully stocked up on supplies like utensils, cups and plates. An open-house party creates the kind of atmosphere where guests may put down a plate or cup they were using and forget to pick it up when they want a refill. Make sure your caterer has plenty of extra cups, plates, napkins etc. for all of your guests and then some.

Add a little character to the festivities. Displaying school colors or incorporating the school mascot into the event design is a popular graduation party trend. If your graduate is heading off to college, why not tailor the catering menu to their school of choice? For example if they are going to the University of Maryland, perhaps an Eastern Shore themed menu with  Crab cakes! With a little imagination, your graduation party can be unique and memorable.

 Interested in hearing more of our graduation party ideas? Contact us to discuss with our staff. We would love to help you celebrate this significant stepping stone in your child’s life.

Need Help Planning Your Staff Appreciation Meals for April?

 

 

When planning an employee appreciation event for your company, keeping a caterer in mind is one of the most important aspects to consider.  It is important to find a caterer who will not only deliver the best and gourmet food available for catering employee appreciation events in Washington DC and Northern Virginia, but one that will also meet all your specific needs and desires. The menu your potential caterer provides is important, but it is whether or not they can work cohesively with you and in a professional manner that is most important.

Keeping your budget in mind is also something that needs to be factored into your potential catering service.  Sure, the caterer of your dreams may have all the menu options you desire, but can you and your company afford it?  If you don’t do the proper research and ask questions when talking to potential caterers, you may find yourself paying a lot more than you were willing to.

Considering the specifics for your event is necessary, too.  Certain restaurants and/or catering services may require a minimum amount of guests for food preparation purposes, and depending on whether or not you plan on keeping your employee appreciation event small and intimate or a large gathering; this may cross a lot of caterers off of your list.

Lastly, when you finally decide on the perfect caterer for your event, make sure you meet up with them, taste the food samples, and ensure they can deliver exactly what you want when.If the food satisfies your guests, you are already on the right track towards a successful event, and your employees will be hoping for leftovers in the company break room!

However, you do not need to look any further when trying to find a caterer because the team at Saint Germain Catering has everything you need when planning the menu for your employee appreciation event.  The food menu selection is beyond exceptional and the experts are not only great to work with but are extremely professional.  Corporate Executive Our sales team and culinary team works closely with the client to ensure the menu is exquisite and personalized for the event.  Saint Germain only uses the finest quality ingredients and their culinary expertise with international cuisine guarantees satisfaction in all areas.  The purpose of your event is to show appreciation towards your employees, but with Saint Germain Catering in charge, your employees will be appreciating you! Need some menu ideas, we have helped put together some packages for you at http://www.saintgermaincatering.com/items.

Saint Germain Catering Offers Tips on How to Reduce Catering Costs

Need to come up with fresh, creative menus for your next office meeting or event? Need something nicer than pizza but still working on a limited budget?  Saint Germain Catering offers attractive catered meals for business customers that need to work within a limited budget. Menus such coffee and pastries for a breakfast meeting; gourmet sandwiches, sales, desserts for a working lunch; and hot and cold appetizers for an early evening reception or happy hour.

Food accounts for just a slice of the total cost of an event. Other cost components include venue rental, set-up and decoration; food presentation; food and beverage service; and clean up after the event. You may need to handle these details yourself, make assignments to your employees.

A perfectly catered meal makes a simple meal an event. The food should  inspire people, lift spirits in the office, and get people excited and talking about it. When you want to make a good impression on your customers, Saint Germain Catering can save the day.

How do businesses and companies affordcatering in tough economic times? One word….Flexibility.

Businesses are working with smaller budgets than they have been in the past. The flexibility that Saint Germain’s offers our clients by working with them during these times,  will keepthem coming back. We can customize a menu that will fit within your budget.

Here are a few ideasthat people are requesting:

  • Having the main part of the meal catered, while the employees/guest bring desserts to share
  • Having employees set up the event, decorations, tables, chairs, table cloths and place settings. The caterer brings the food and displays it, and then employees help with serving.
  • Ordering less food or cutting portions during office functions.
  • Ordering less expensive food, not as much seafood and higher priced items
  • Scheduling office meetings later in the morning/late afternoon and provide a variety of snack items

Company President Mina Ebrahimi Wins National Award in Business

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.

 

Saint Germain Catering Loves Our Corporate Clients

Saint Germain Catering has been recognized as one of the top corporate catering companies in the Washington DC metro area.  Not sure of the difference between corporate catering and social catering?  The term corporate catering mean catering on a corporate level or catering to businesses and companies.

A company does not have to be an actual corporation to utilize corporate catering services. Corporate catering services are designed with employers in mind. Corporate caterers prepare, deliver, and present various types of meals including breakfast, lunches, snacks, dinners and receptions for groups of employees or clients. The events could be for a lunch meeting, in-house workshop or product launch.

Saint Germain Catering offers delivery services up to 40-plus miles from our facility in Northern Virginia. Delivery always includes setup at no additional charge for corporate clients. The idea is to make the meal as easy and stress-free as possible.

In general, it is a good idea to contact  your caterer at least 24 hours  prior to the event. The caterer can assist with what items to order and how much to order.Additionally we offer last minute services. Orders can then be placed via telephone or through our online website. Payment arrangements typically require  full payment for the order upfront. Your company may requestfor a direct billing account to be established as well. Payment methods that are accepted usually include company check, cash, or credit card.

Corporte Catering perfect for small meetings or large groups. By using a corporate caterer, team leaders and managers can focus on more important things such as their employees and production. Contact Saint Germain Catering today to learn more about there services at info@saintgermaincatering.com.

 

A Day In The Life of an Event Planner/Caterer

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Corporate Catering In The DC Metro Area

 

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.

Saint Germain Catering – A Perfect Balance of Corporate and Social Catering

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.

Boxed Lunches

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.

 

Hot Lunches

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.

Winter Party Ideas For The Office

Snowflake Macaroons by Saint Germain CateringDuring 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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We’ve Got Low-Carb Catering Options!

Call it whatever you want: Atkins, Paleo, South Beach, Ideal Protein, or just a plain old, low-carb diet. Let’s not get too hung up on the details of who owns the simple concept of cutting back on bread in order to lose weight or promote overall health.  What matters is that you have an event to plan, or a meeting to hold, and you know that there are going to be people in attendance who follow this diet and take it quite seriously.

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Chicken Cacciatore: A Wonderful Low-Carb Selection

For some, this could even be a health imperative, so you definitely want to make sure that you not disregard these requests in every case.

If you have this problem hanging over your head, we’ve got some good news for you: You can relax. Saint Germain’s Catering has a full menu with a wide array of options available which focuses exclusively on low-carb options. The best part is that you can mix and match across multiple menus, so if you have a big wedding to plan, and know half of the guests are on a low-carb diet, you can provide for their needs without forcing the entire party to be low-carb for a night. Everybody gets exactly what they want!

Just because your menu includes low-carb options doesn’t mean that you have to pay an arm and a leg for that service. We strive to make all of our menu items, including our low-carb options, as cost-friendly as possible for our customers, so you can provide excellent food to all of your guests, without compromising their dietary needs—or your wallet.

A wide range of options are available, with egg dishes, chicken dishes, steak dishes, and sausage dishes. We even have a low-carb variant of our burger bar available! It’s a hearty assortment of food sure to entice even the pickiest of appetites and satisfy every stomach. One of our favorites is the chicken cacciotore. With perfectly cooked, all-white meat chicken in a tomato and mushroom sauce, beautiful grilled asparagus, and fresh Cesar salad, it’s a little taste of the Mediterranean that is sure to impress.

Do you have a favorite low-carb dish? Make a comment and let us know.

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Saint Germain Catering is a (certified) woman-owned business staffed with talented chefs who proudly use the freshest natural ingredients, and drivers/staff who deliver exceptional service with a smile to Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia. If you’re in the area, we want to cook for your next event or corporate meeting. Call us at (703) 506-9396 or submit an online event inquiry here to get started.

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