Puff 'n Stuff Catering Blog
Plan Your Holiday Party with Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
August 26, 2009 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

It’s almost that time of year again. Time to get together. Time to celebrate. And, of course, time to eat, drink and be very merry! There will be no Bah Humbug this year with Puff ‘n Stuff Catering’s new menus freshened up for this coming holiday season.

We have added some great new affordable hors d’oeuvres and Chef Attended Actions Stations that have been designed to suit your unique taste and budget. Some of our new items include a fabulous selection of savory butler-passed coronets. These little cones are filled with a variety of flavors — from Wine-Poached Chicken with Applewood-Smoked Bacon Crème Fraîche to Ginger-Soy Ahi Tuna Tartare with Five-Spiced Wasabi Crème Fraîche — and are sure to please your holiday guests.

The new Shabu Shabu Mongoglian Hot Pot Station is both vegetarian and meat-lover friendly and includes a variety of ingredients like napa cabbage, bok choy, shiitake and enoki mushrooms, carrots, onions, bean sprouts, snow peas, scallions and tofu – you can also add shrimp, pork chicken or sirloin.

As always, we have fantastic desserts to finish off any holiday gathering with some new pastries across the board and a new “S’mores Indoors” action station. And of course, our Executive Pastry Chef, Bruno Ponsot, has incorporated some of his traditional French favorites such as “Bouche de Noël”.

So this Holiday Season, don’t let the economic grinch spoil your holiday plans. We here at Puff ‘n Stuff Catering will create a menu to custom-fit all of your needs. Give your guests the gift of a holiday party they’ll never forget—and do it with the help of the elves here at Puff ’n Stuff Catering.

Retaining Your Talent in Economic Hardships
August 18, 2009 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Many believe people are a company’s greatest asset, but I believe the culture created by the people working for you is your greatest asset. Culture defines who you are and aids in making hiring decisions. With the right culture, you can cultivate skills and encourage employee loyalty, and in the end, your business will come through stronger and much more efficient than before.

Though it is impossible to guarantee that your great employees will stay through the hardships, there are some measures you can take the greatly increase your chances.

Clearly define your Mission, Vision, and Values. Make sure you have developed a picture of today, tomorrow and what governs your decisions. An employee that understands where you are, where you’re going, and why, feels much more secure in their future.

Develop an Ownership Mentality. Empower your staff to give suggestions and ideas – from part time server to the Director of Sales. When your staff walks through your building or an event, you want them to think “How can I make this better? Can we do this more efficiently?” And reward these ideas. With a little encouragement, you’d be amazed at some of the things your employees at all levels think of.

Encourage Team Building & Communication. Send out a monthly newsletter. Announce birthdays, positive client feedback and new employees. As an off-premise caterer, many of our employees rarely step foot into the building, but they are valued too. Have your staff vote for an employee of the month, and reward that employee, even if it’s just a designated parking spot or a $20 gift card to Starbucks.

When your employees feel valued, when they feel like it’s their company too, they’ll work with you to create solutions and will understand that though things may be hard right now, they will get better.

As my good friend Simon T. Bailey says, “Losers look at what they are going through. Champions look at what we are going to do.” And it is your responsibility to create a culture of Champions.

Warren Dietel, Owner/President

Great Reviews from Brides
August 13, 2009 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments
We love to see all of the wonderful things that brides are writing about us. We are so appreciative when a previous client takes the time to share their experiences.

If you are in the process of making your catering decision, then check out these testimonials from previous brides on Wedding Wire.

Thank you to all of our clients who take the time to write in about your events!

An Unrivaled Venue for Your Reception
August 5, 2009 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

The Ballroom at Church Street is Central Florida’s most elegant and distinguished venue. Located in the heart of downtown Orlando, it boasts over ten thousand square feet, a stunning stained glass atrium and enchanting brick courtyards. And whether you’re looking to host an intimate upscale reception or a celebration for over a thousand guests, this unique location can accommodate it all.

It’s easy to see why The Ballroom at Church Street has quickly become Orlando’s “hot spot” for wedding receptions. Winter, spring and summer weekends are filling up fast, so if you’re looking for a spectacular venue for your upcoming wedding reception (or ANY event!), contact us soon so you don’t miss out.

You’ve always dreamt of the perfect wedding held in the perfect place. You should expect no less when it comes to your reception. And no place is better suited than The Ballroom at Church Street.

Sandy George, Special Event Planner
407.478.5831 | sandy@puffnstuff.com