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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

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.

 

4 Creative Wedding Reception Menu Ideas

Wedding party catering can sometimes seem like a rerun. Caterers are capable of making some amazing delicacies, but too often it follows the same simple formal dinner setup. More and more, couples seek to make their reception stand out as something memorable and unique; and, hopefully, as a truly fun experience for everyone invited. Sometimes, that means going off the beaten path and trying something just a little bit different.

There are lots of ways to plan your reception menu without falling into the doldrums. Here are four of our favorite suggestions to leave your friends and family talking about your wedding for years.

1. Themed food stations. Going with a buffet-style wedding reception is a great way to save on cost and to encourage your guests to circulate and mingle. However, that doesn’t mean it has to make the meal less exciting. Consider having several different stations around the reception area, each dispensing different kinds of food, each with their own theme. For example, you could have a fondue station where guests get to try out different bites with different dips, or a Spanish station with an assortment of tapas to try.

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Wedding Receptions to be Remembered

2. Mingle-friendly food. Life is more fun when you can not only eat, but socialize. Not all food is easy to eat while walking about the room, or to move from table to table. Let your guests be more mobile by using small, disposable plates and offering bite size foods. You can go beyond normal hors d’oeuvres and provide sushi, mini shrimp cocktail glasses and a variety of sliders. When guests can wander and interact, the buzz in the room really picks up.

3. Dazzling display. Sometimes it’s not just how the food tastes, it’s the experience of seeing it made. Exhibition stations at a wedding reception are an instant hit. Consider having a station where a chef hand-tosses pizza and bakes it on the spot, or a Mongolian barbeque station. You can also make this idea work with drinks if you have a flair bartender who can toss bottles, juggle mixers and pour multiple drinks at once as part of his stunts.

4. Unique dessert. Dessert can easily depart from the classic wedding cake. Multi-tiered displays of gourmet donuts can be far less expensive than a multi-tiered wedding cake, and they give guests the excitement of choosing which ones they want to try. In general, more assortment is the key to more fun with any dessert, whether it’s an ice cream cone bar, a chocolate dipping station or hot chocolate shooters. If you want to keep the cake cutting ceremony, you can use a smaller wedding cake alongside your unique desserts.

These are just a few of the ways that an experienced caterer can help you make your wedding reception menu stand apart. Do you want help making your reception memorable? If you’re in the Northern VA or Washington, DC area, you can’t go wrong with Saint Germain Catering. Saint Germain has been in the business for years and has made hundreds of wedding dreams come true.

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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.

Food: The Language of Love!

It is as true a statement as you can make to say that food – the sight, smell, thought and description of it – has a uniquely powerful way of igniting the senses, making a fast and furious impression, and bridging any language or communication gaps between people. You may not speak Spanish, but I bet you speak fajitas. You may not have tried our Fried Chicken Waffle Cone yet (see here), but see it on Facebook, and your’ ‘Gotta Have It!’ siren will likely start to wail. So when it comes to holidays, it’s important to understand food’s magical place in each special occasion, and how to leverage that to your advantage. Enter Valentines Day.

Valentines Cookie Assortment from Saint Germain Catering

Ahhh, the day of love. And day of chocolate, flowers,  Hallmark cards, dinner outand with the explosion of the Social Web…E-cards, Facebook and Twitter messages galore. In some Latin American countries Valentine’s Day is known as “Día del Amor y la Amistad” (Day of Love and Friendship). It’s common for people to perform “acts of appreciation” for their friends, which is a growing trend here in the States as well. But don’t let that overwhelm you. Relax. The important people in our lives – spouses, girl/boyfriends, children, friends, colleagues – aren’t grading us like the defiant Olympic judge from the former Soviet Union. It IS the thought that counts. Especially if you put some simple, creative thinking into the mix.

Valentines Day ranks near the top when it comes to food-oriented holidays. The only days that are as busy for restaurants are Mother’s Day and New Year’s Eve. And when it comes to sweets, chocolate and other treats are never more popular than around this February holiday, save for Halloween. Nothing says “I Love You” like a heartfelt V-day card AND an assortment of deeply delicious chocolate, cookies and other sweets. Take that same train of thought if you want to surprise colleagues, staff, students or extended family and friends. Nothing says “just thinking of you”, or “I love your work and dedication” or “I appreciate your friendship” like special, surprise treats that induce smiles at the mere sight of them.

The thought of using a professional caterer for Valentines Day or other holidays may never have entered your mind. But think of us as the gift and happiness provider at your service, on wheels, able to lovingly craft any number of heart-pounding, mouthwatering food items that will please any palate, and make any special occasion a creative smash. A flower van  pulling up is nice. A Saint Germain delivery van arriving with fully prepared, tastebud exploding meals and V-day dessert specials for the family or office, is spectacular!

When we first posted the assorted cookie image on Facebook about two weeks ago, the response was fast and furious: “Almost immediately, we got a bunch of orders for five or more dozens of cookies per order,” says Sarah Miller, Vice President of Saint Germain Catering. A simple image, triggering ‘A-Ha’ moments of glee. No more worries and stress over what to do, what to order, where to go, etc. Let the pros do all the work! But we want you to take all the credit. We think we make a pretty good team, no?

See some of our carefully crafted Valentines-oriented dessert goodies here here here and here. Call us at (703) 506-9396, or email us at info@saintgermaincatering.com.

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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. Visit our homepage at www.saintgermaincatering.com. Call us at (703) 506-9396, or submit an online event inquiry here.  Known as corporate catering specialists (Food That Means Business!), we exceptionally cater events of all size: weddings, bridal/baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries, Bar/Bat-Mitzvahs, graduations, wakes, BBQs, holiday parties and more.

The Boxed Lunch: Giving Business A Boost

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Gourmet Sandwich, Bursting With Flavor, From Saint Germain Catering

If you’ve ever enjoyed a delicious, catered boxed-lunch, you know the feeling you get when spotting an array of choice, boxed food offerings on an office or conference room table. It’s a feeling of child-like glee, similar to the days you discovered mom went over-the-top with your bag lunch at school, slipping a Twinkie (squeal!) and bag of your favorite chips in to accompany the sandwich, and balance the ever present apple.  Nothing takes a humble business lunch meeting mood up several notches like a well catered boxed lunch, custom ordered to your liking. In fact, don’t power point presentations scream for a good meal?

At Saint Germain Catering, we simply love delivering box lunches (and breakfast, and buffet-style meals!) to our business clients each day in the DC Metro region. We love playing a small but important part in someone’s work day, and really love getting feedback after a catered office event like “Dude, they went all out on this sandwich”, and “It’s like eating at a gourmet restaurant in our Conference Room” (comments on our Facebook page). Our slogan is Food That Means Business, and for good reason. We’re the premier corporate caterer in DC, MD and NoVA, and our staff knows how to give each meeting and office gathering a subtle, yet all important boost. Like a gourmet cookie you find nestled next to the tastebud-blowing sandwich when you open your delightful box from Saint Germain.

When companies are looking to feed everyone attending a lunch meeting, a key thing those in charge look for are meals that meet a variety of tastes and diet requirements, and that everyone can easily eat over a lengthy period of time (here comes the power point presentation!). It could mean a deli-type sandwich, stacked high with carved meat, some chips (our hand made Parm chips, it’s said, are amazing) and another tasty side, like pasta salad. It could mean one of our delicious salads, like Chicken Ceasar or Chicken Cobb, or another offering from Gourmet Box Lunches menu, like a Mesquite Beef Box, with sliced strips of mesquite beef marinated in fresh herbs and peppercorns, served with a horseradish cream sauce…including a side scoop of Yukon Gold potato salad and steamed vegetables. Mouth watering yet??

A huge benefit of boxed-lunch catering over, for example, delivery from a restaurant, is individualization of each meal. Our online ordering system is custom built to make ordering for 10, or 200, a snap, with a variety of specially crafted boxed offerings – full of the freshest ingredients – to please any palate. Our boxed lunches provide an extremely wholesome meal that’s more likely to leave your colleagues feeling refreshed and satisfied throughout the meeting. And that, friend, is important. Because we all know that keeping everyone smiling, and focused, and happy…is good for the bottom line. So give your business a big boost. Order boxed lunches for your next meeting, from Saint Germain Catering! It’s Food That Means Business, for your business!

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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 DC, MD and Northern VA. Visit our homepage at www.saintgermaincatering.com. See our Gourmet Box Lunch menu here. Call us at (703) 506-9396, or submit an online event inquiry here.  Known as corporate catering specialists (Food That Means Business!), we exceptionally cater any event, large or small: weddings, bridal/baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries, Bar/Bat-Mitzvahs, graduations, wakes, BBQs, holiday parties and more.

Plan a Healthier Meal for Your Team


Every day we cater delicious meals to Washington, DC-area businesses and offices. Whether it’s breakfast or lunch, meetings or celebrations, you always need your team to be focused, healthy and full of energy. This week we are going to help you with planning a healthy meal for your team to keep them going strong!

Healthy Breakfast! Having a healthy breakfast is a great way to start your day; a nutritious start can prevent overeating and snacking later in the day. Try our Epicurean Breakfast with farm-fresh scrambled eggs blended with spinach and mushrooms and served with sliced vine-ripened tomatoes, turkey sausage links, SGC breakfast potatoes and a seasonal fruit platter.

Healthy Lunch! Treat the office to lunch. Our Gourmet Organic Cookout includes fresh apple pecan walnut salad, grass-fed beef burgers and organic grilled chicken served with cinnamon sugar baked beans, grilled asparagus and sweet potato salad.

Healthy Dinner! Is the team staying late in the office? Not a problem, fuel up with our Heart Healthy Balsamic Chicken, with delicious herb-roasted chicken breast, fresh garden salad with balsamic dressing, steamed green beans, roasted new potatoes, and wheat and grain dinner rolls!

Have any suggestions for a healthy meal for your team? Share it with us! Let us know and respond in the comments below, tweet us at @SGCatering or post on our Facebook Fan Page! (Image from foodswings.)

SGC is ServSafe Certified!

Have we told you lately how much we love catering? Whether we are hosting a corporate catering event or a wedding event, one thing is certain — we’re having tons of fun helping our clients throw the perfect event. While it may look like all fun and games, we’re extremely serious and cautious about food safety and handling. Did you know Saint Germain Catering is one of the few ServSafe certified catering companies in the area?

 

ServSafe is a food safety training and certificate program administered by the National Restaurant Association. The program is accredited by ANSI and the Conference for Food Protection. Every employee at Saint Germain Catering is ServSafe certified to ensure the best service and top quality food for our clients. The courses our employees take to become certified discuss foodborne illnesses, including information on specific foodborne pathogens and biological toxins such as shellfish poisoning, contamination, and food allergens. Prevention is also covered, with information regarding purchasing and receiving guidelines, food preparation, holding and serving guidelines, food safety management systems, sanitation guidelines for facilities and equipment, and integrated pest control, as well as food safety regulations and employee training. In fact, we have a ServSafe administrator that completes monthly walk-throughs with our staff, helping guide them throughout the kitchens to ensure best practice standards.

Try one of our many delicious August Monthly Specials handled careful in SafeServ standards!

Have any safety tips? Let us know and respond in the comments below, tweet us at @SGCatering or post on our Facebook Fan Page!

Showing your Team USA Pride with SGC!

 

USA! USA! USA! The Olympics are finally here, and we couldn’t be more excited! While we all gather around our TVs with our families cheering on Team USA, what better of a way to celebrate than with a few traditional All-American dishes? Here are a few dishes the SGC Team from the Summer Barbeque & Picnic menu for inspiration for all your Olympic themed events.

Western BBQ Buffet: Tangy BBQ chicken quarters, pulled BBQ pork with baked potatoes served with fixings. Sweet corn on the cob, wholesome cornbread muffins and fresh summer pasta salad!

All American Picnic: Juicy grilled 1/3 burgers, bratwurst, and hot dogs served in freshly baked buns and rolls along with a condiments station. Also comes with delicious baked beans and a summer picnic potato salad with creamy coleslaw.

Classic Red, White & Blue:  Delicious all-beef lean burgers, turkey burgers, black bean veggie burgers as well as all-beef franks, all served in homemade brioche buns with a French fry bar with choice of sweet potato and Idaho French fries along with condiments and fixings. Fresh sweet local corn on the cob with juicy seedless watermelon wedges and summer themed iced cookies!

Want to spruce something up yourself? Here is an interesting recipe we loved that we found online for Stars & Stripes in fruit & cheese form from Brit.co.

What other meals will be eating as you support Team USA in the Olympics? Let us know and respond in the comments below, tweet us at @SGCatering or post on our Facebook Fan Page! (Image from brit.co)

Creative Summer Treats

At Saint Germain we like to have fun when we cook for our friends and family and this usually means lots of delicious experimenting. We are very passionate about pushing the boundaries of conventional dishes with our creativity.  You may recognize some of these inspired dishes if you are one of our amazing Facebook fans; we love to frequently showcase them. Here are of our recent creations:

Sometimes we find interesting inspirations online like these watermelon grilled cheese bites from the Brit.co.

 Ingredients

  • 1/4 watermelon, seedless
  • 8 ounces halloumi cheese (firm, Greek cheese found at gourmet supermarkets)
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil to coat grill racks
  • Special Equipment: Grill

 Directions

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high. Toss arugula with balsamic vinegar.
  2. Cut off sides and ends of the watermelon to create a rectangular cube; slice into thin pieces, about 1 centimeter in width.
  3. Trim your block of halloumi to match the size of your watermelon slices.
  4. Then slice halloumi to match the width of the watermelon slices.
  5. Line a plate with paper towels to catch the juices of the watermelon after grilling. Place the watermelon slices on the grill and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Turn slices over and add the halloumi to the grill. Flip halloumi after 1 minute. Cook for 1 more minute and then remove both watermelon and halloumi slices from the grill, and place on the plate lined with paper towels.
  7. Now it’s time to assemble! Place halloumi slices on half of the watermelon slices. Top halloumi with arugula and then another watermelon slice. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Have any creative inspirations you would like to share? Let us know and respond in the comments below, tweet us at @SGCatering or post on our Facebook Fan Page! (Image and recipe from brit.co)

 

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