We can’t let 2012 come to a close without thanking everyone who chose Saint Germain Catering for their catering needs! Our clients are so important to us; we truly enjoy making each event down right delicious and delightful from top to bottom. It’s a privilege to serve you! Your loyalty and appreciation for our passionate pursuit of excellence has made this past year another extremely successful one.
Our passions extend beyond our catering business, and a main driver for us each day is that the success of our business enables us to support a number of organizations that do phenomenal work helping military families, children, K-9 medical research/detection dog training and more. Please read about these terrific groups in our spotlights below. They are full of talented, caring, passionate people who’ve made a tremendous difference in 2012, and will continue to do so in 2013 and beyond with our help, and others like you as well. From all of us at Saint Germain Catering, we wish you and yours a safe, successful and happy 2013!
OPERATION HOMEFRONT DC CHAPTER http://www.operationhomefront.net/dcmetro/
Saint Germain donated $25,000 to help military families
MISSION: Operation Home front provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.
VISION: Through generous, widespread public support and a collaborative team of exceptional staff and volunteers, we aspire to become the provider of choice for emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. Where there is a need we do not provide, we will partner with others for the benefit of our military families.
In 2011, OH has met 155,984 needs for military families, including active duty, Guard and Reserve members from all branches of service. Since its inception, Operation Homefront has provided more than $128 million dollars of funding to programs to benefit military families. Moreover, it has served more than 4,200 wounded warriors and their families.
NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (NICU) AT INOVA Children’s Hospital in Fairfax, VA
* Saint Germain sponsored an $8,000 event for the return of graduated children who had been born premature
The NICU at Inova Children’s Hospital is the first in the nation to receive The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for Prematurity. This certification represents the highest level of care for premature birth patients.
INOVA Children’s Hospital is home to the largest subspecialty neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Northern Virginia. Their 75-bed, level III NICU cares for high-risk infants requiring specialized care and observation.
PENN VET WORKING DOG CENTER http://pennvetwdc.org/
* Saint Germain made sizeable donations, to sponsor a year’s training for a new working/detection dog, to help conduct a study to drastically change how sick dogs are administered anesthetics, and for K-9 training products.
Established in 2007, the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, is part of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine and serves as a national research and development center for detection dogs.
With the U.S. national security under constant threat from attacks, detection dogs are still the best tool that we have to detect and mitigate potential threats. Search dogs are also critical for the detection of victims of natural and man-made disasters. Our goal is to increase collaborative research, scientific assessment, and shared knowledge and application of the newest scientific findings and veterinary expertise to optimize production of valuable detection dogs.
INTERVENTIONAL PAWS http://www.interventionalpaws.org/
Interventional Paws, founded by Saint Germain President Mina Ebrahimi, is a non-profit, 501C3, working to advance veterinary medicine while helping to improve the lives of pets everywhere. We work closely with the Animal Medical Center in New York City and the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary School at the University of Pennsylvania—home of the country’s first minimally invasive interventional radiology service— though our reach extends far beyond.
An established tool in human medicine, interventional radiology has tremendous potential for the treatment of serious maladies in pets. With expert veterinarians like Dr. Allyson Berent, the veterinary community is acquiring and refining similar procedures to those in human medicine to provide nonsurgical alternatives with decreased morbidity/mortality rates, minimal anesthesia time, shorter hospital stays, and lower costs.
Saint Germain Catering is a (certified) woman-owned business staffed with talented chefs who proudly use the freshest natural ingredients, and drivers who deliver exceptional service with a smile to Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Visit our homepage at www.saintgermaincatering.com. Call us at (703) 506-9396. Known as corporate catering specialists (Food That Means Business!), we exceptionally cater all events, large and small, full service or drop-off: weddings, bridal/baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries, Bar/Bat-Mitzvahs, graduations, funerals, BBQs, holiday parties and more.
Thanksgiving is such a special time of year for our Saint Germain Catering family, and not just because today is such a food-centric holiday (of course we do LOVE that part!). We love Thanksgiving because it brings us together with the special people in our lives – family and friends – and reminds us to be truly thankful for so many others that touch our lives in different ways.
We are so thankful for our clients. We consider you friends, and part of our Saint Germain Catering family. It’s a pleasure to serve you, and you make it easy for us to be passionate about what we do. We take great pride in what we do, and your trust in us helps keep us on track providing the absolute best food and catering service possible in the DC Metro area.
We’re also tremendously thankful for all of the men and women serving in our military, at home or abroad, making sacrifices each day so we have the freedom to live and work and love in the greatest country on the planet. We can only imagine what it’s like for families celebrating Thanksgiving today with an empty chair, because a loved one is in Afghanistan, Iraq, or some other far away place. Other chairs are permanently empty, because someone made the ultimate sacrifice. Our sacrifices pale each day compared to that, but we are passionate about making a difference, and doing all we can to support those serving our country.
We love partnering with organizations like Operation Homefront, Washington DC Metro Chapter, which provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. Did you know that November is Military Family Month? In this month that we celebrates Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, it’s appropriate to remember the family members that are the backbone of those serving in the military. When a Soldier or Marine or Airman or Sailor or Coast Guardsman serves, his or her family serves right with them, behind the scenes, making sacrifices each day as if they were wearing the uniform as well. We salute the families who serve, both in uniform, and at home, in support of their loved ones. Thank you!!!
Another of our passions is dogs. We love our dogs!! They are family, and we’ll go to the ends of the earth to care for them. We’re extremely thankful for organizations that help animals, dogs especially, and count the Penn Vet Working Dog Center among our dear friends. We’re so appreciative of the important work they do, providing cutting edge health care and training to detection dogs across the country. We also pour our time and treasure into a non-profit called Interventional Paws, which works to advance veterinary medicine while helping to improve the lives of pets everywhere. To the talented doctors who keep our furry family members healthy and happy, Thank You!!!!
We could go on and on, but want to keep this brief, because we know your time is precious with family and friends today. Enjoy the day…and remember, whether it be a holiday meal or life itself, remember to savor each moment, and leave room for dessert!
~ Mina, Sarah and the entire Saint Germain Catering staff & family
The Saint Germain Family loves their holidays, and Halloween is just around the corner! There’s still time to put together a memorable Halloween Party for your friends and family, so we wanted to offer up some food for thought!
Three components to a party we feel are ABSOLUTELY necessary for a good time:
A Costume Contest with Prizes:
Be sure to encourage your guests to dress for the occasion by offering a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize for best costume! Nothing expensive, just a fun way to be sure everyone comes in costume and to add a little friendly competition. Give each guest a decorated safety pin to pin onto their favorite costume and at a designated stopping point during the celebration, have each person count the pins that they have collected to see who has won! After all, we are a democratic society, right?
Games and Activities to Get Your Guests Mingling
Candy Bucket Bean Bag Toss
Bobbing for Poisoned Apples
Guess How Many Pieces of Candy Corn and Candy Pumpkins Fill the Jar
Creepy Cocktail Contest- Mad Scientist style bar set-up with liquors and mixers of various colors displayed in beakers and test tubes set the mood for this contest. Don’t forget the gross garnishes such as gummy worms and bugs, frozen grape eyeballs, and carefully handled dry ice chips to make a ghastly fog! Wilton even makes a silicon mold for frosty ice shot glasses: http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=85D6D9DF-1E0B-C910-EA6093482B8D9551
And of course, our favorite- Food and Drink in the Spirit of Scary
No Halloween party is complete without Spooky Food and Beverage. Some ideas to get you going are listed in the links below.
Claire Robinson’s Dark and Spooky Cocktail
Cheese Ball “Bat Bites”
Candy Corn Parfaits
Washington, DC is the place to be to celebrate the 4th of July! The National Mall, with Washington, DC’s monuments and the U. S. Capitol in the background, forms a beautiful and patriotic scenic backdrop to America’s Independence Day celebrations. The 4th of July celebrations in Washington, DC are among the most attended events of the year and many people arrive early to stake out a seat on the lawn for the spectacular display of fireworks over the Washington Monument.
Why not order some of our summer picnic boxes to-go to keep you company, and full, while you wait for the show? Try our Summer Jazz meal: boneless juicy chicken breast marinated in fresh rosemary and lemon grilled to perfection. Served with fresh berry salad, orzo pasta salad, a roll with butter and a scrumptious brownie.
Hosting a party? Not a problem! Simplify your life with our Summer Menu! Celebrate by ordering our Classic Red White & Blue meal: all-beef lean burgers, turkey burgers, black bean veggie burgers, all-beef franks, homemade brioche buns, French fry bar with sweet potato and Idaho French fries served with condiments and fixings. It also comes with fresh sweet local corn on the cob, juicy watermelon wedges and summer-themed iced cookies!
Barbecues, picnics, road trips with family and friends, outdoor games; there are so many fun ways to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend. Whether you’re hunting for the best sales at Tysons Corner or heading to downtown Washington, DC for the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally and the National Memorial Day Parade; Saint Germain provides the perfect Summer Picnic Basket To Go for each event.
Memorial Day is much more than overeating and having fun; it’s about remembrance. Memorial Day originally began as an honorable day of remembering the fallen of the Civil War. As our country aged, the definition of Memorial Day expanded to include all the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country. Every day, the military, police, and firefighters protect our country’s freedom and the safety of its citizens. This year’s National Memorial Day Parade will feature a tribute to the generation that served and sacrificed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, following the formal end of the war last December.
Recently Saint Germain was honored by being awarded a wonderful flag and letter for proudly serving the Wounded Warriors organization with an Ice Cream Social. We are committed to nurturing those who keep our liberties strong and will never take for granted our freedoms and rights or the people who protect them. We wish you a happy Memorial Day Weekend!