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Real Events | Chris + Olivia | Purple + Gold Wedding
April 10, 2014 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Love is in the air at our Orlando commissary!
Two of Puff ‘n Stuff Catering’s own employees recently tied the knot at Cindy’s Dance Studio in Sanford, surrounded by 60 of their closest friends and family. Olivia, the Executive Administrative Assistant and Chris, a butcher on our award-winning culinary team met through mutual friends at a UCF football game back in 2008. Fast-forward five years later to their wedding day, March 1, 2014.

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When they began planning their wedding day, their priority was the location of the venue and creating a menu full of flavor. Cindy’s Dance Studio, formally an opera house, is a historic yet meaningful location to Olivia. It was this studio that she danced at for six years throughout high school and college. This three-story dance studio, with 100 year-old wooden floors was the perfect setting to exchange their “I Dos.”

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As two integral employees of Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, it was no surprise that they craved a menu that was going to impress. The Himalayan Sea Salt Potato Bar, an interactive chef-attended buffet station dazzled guests, as they were able to customize their own dishes with several flavor enhancements and toppings. A Puff ‘n Stuff Catering bestseller, the Seared Scallop on Corn Relish was especially significant to Chris. From working in the kitchen, he had produced this particular dish over a thousand times. After refining it and finally perfecting it, the rewarding moment came when it was served to the couple’s closest friends and family. Be sure to scroll down for the full catering menu!

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Décor was a portion of event planning that Chris and Olivia wanted to create on their own. Instead of choosing one specific color for the theme, they chose four hues of purple with gold accents. Selecting multiples shades was not only a budget conscious alternative, but also allowed them to have flexibility with their décor and a broader range of options since they weren’t tied down to one certain color. Their favorite part about creating the décor was getting to drink the wine from the bottles they decorated for their centerpieces.

Butler Passed Hors d’Oeuvres
Seared Scallop on Corn Relish – A perfectly seared, fresh scallop atop a blend of sweet corn, diced jalapeño, juicy tomato, avocado, lime juice, radish sticks then lightly drizzled with cilantro oil and topped with a crispy jalapeño chip.

Sunset Shrimp – A zesty cilantro lime shrimp sprinkled with chile verde sea salt and secured with a margarita pipette.

Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tapenade – Sliced mushrooms and goat cheese grilled on a rosemary baguette drizzled with a sweet balsamic drizzle.

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Warm Pear Salad – Baby artisan greens topped with Gorgonzola cheese and candied walnuts with a seared pear and a pear-infused balsamic vinaigrette.

Chef-Attended Action Buffet
Himalayan Sea Salt Potato Bar – Creamy Yukon gold mashed potatoes, prepared on a large Himalayan Salt Block, with flavor enhancements such as sour cream, truffle oil, or rosemary oil. Toppings include crisp apple wood smoked bacon, sour cream, caramelized Vidalia onions, cheddar cheese and chives.

Pan Seared Grouper – Seared grouper served with a creamy beurre blanc sauce and lemon gremolata.

Beef Tenderloin Wellington – Chef carved beef, stuffed with mushroom duxelles and wrapped in a flaky puff pastry; served with a cabernet demi glace and bleu cheese cream.

Creamed spinach with roasted garlic.

Steamed baby carrot, asparagus, a strip of red bell pepper tied with leek ribbon.



Venue Spotlight | Top 5 Unique Wedding Venues in Tampa Bay
March 17, 2014 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

With engagement season in full swing, many Tampa couples are starting to plan their special day. So, we thought it was the perfect time to share some of the best-kept secrets on where to tie the knot on Florida’s beautiful West Coast. Whether you’re looking for an intimate space or a one-of-a-kind venue, the location you choose sets the tone for your guest experience. That said, your wedding venue should reflect your story, one that matches your personalities and is synonymous with the wedding theme or concept.

The success of your wedding day depends heavily on the venue you choose.  Consider the following questions during your walk-through and don’t be shy about asking more.

  • Are any rentals included (tables, chairs, Wi-Fi, lighting, dance floor, etc.)?
  • What are the parking considerations for guests?
  • Security included?
  • Is there a noise ordinance and specific time limits?
  • Are there specific vendors to choose from?

For couples planning a wedding in the Tampa Bay area, we have compiled our top 5 unique wedding venues especially for you! To see comprehensive listings for over 100 venues visit the Puff ‘n Stuff Venue Guide.

 

The Palmetto Club at FishHawk Ranch

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Turn moments into memories at The Palmetto Club where charm meets modern opulence. Exchange vows on an enchanting half-acre of manicured gardens adorned with trickling water fountains, which doubles as a picture-perfect backdrop to your wedding day photos. The covered Veranda outside provides a divine setting for pre-reception cocktails before dining and dancing the night away under the many ornate crystal chandeliers found throughout the ballroom.

Lange Farm

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Feel tensions ease when the tangle of Tampa’s urban streets recedes in the rear view mirror as you approach the seclusion and charming setting of the Lange Farm. Embrace the country charm of their Antique Barn, which offers a rustic setting amidst timeless antiques and fresh air. Relish in the acres of panoramic views and be swept away by the Victorian architecture and multi-leveled terrace of the elegant Garden House.

Davis Islands Garden Club

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Only located a short five-minute drive from bustling downtown Tampa, the Davis Islands Garden Club offers a beautiful blank canvas with lush gardens and serene waterfront views. Perfect for those romantic, rustic or vintage inspired weddings, their grounds are ready for you to create your fairytale wedding. Florida’s typical rain showers won’t be a menace on your special day; this venue provides a covered veranda and a neutral-toned, open ballroom for up to 175 guests.

NOVA 535

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A renovated building from the 1920s with 7,000 sq. ft. of extraordinary event space, NOVA 535 offers a high-end yet warm welcoming atmosphere. Located in the heart of downtown St. Pete, their outdoor courtyard features 30-foot tall tropical bamboo plants, giving your wedding day the privacy it deserves. Upon walking into their Grande Event Space, you’ll be charmed by the building’s original, exposed clay brick walls and Brazilian wood floors that’s perfect for dancing the night away.

The Dali Museum

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Noted as one of the top buildings to see in your lifetime by AOL Travel News, The Dali Museum is unlike any other wedding venue in the Tampa Bay area. Featuring the iconic Novum glass structure, you and your guests will certainly be dazzled by the museum’s unique architecture. A winding, circular staircase is the focal point of the atrium and a spectacular setting to exchange your “I Dos” in front of your closest friends and family. Modern and sophisticated, this venue offers several possibilities for ceremonies and receptions.



Venue Spotlight | Top 5 Unique Wedding Venues in Orlando
March 6, 2014 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

With engagement season wrapping up and more and more couples planning their weddings, it is the perfect time to share some of the best spots to tie the knot in Central Florida. Whether a couple is looking for an intimate space or a unique environment, the venue they choose sets the tone to their once-in-a-lifetime event. That said, a venue should reflect the story of the couple, one that matches their personality and is synonymous with the wedding theme or concept.

How a couple’s wedding day goes is heavily dependent on the venue where a couple chooses to get married, what amenities are offered, and the quality of service that is provided. For couples planning a wedding in the Orlando area, we have put together this list especially for you! Visit our Venue Guide to see comprehensive listings on over 100 venues in Central Florida.

 

The Ballroom at Church Street

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The moment you step into the Ballroom at Church Street you’ll be captivated by the atrium’s floor to ceiling stained glass windows, exquisite chandeliers, and double grand staircases; setting an impressive backdrop to your wedding day festivities. Get a breath of fresh air outside in the charming courtyard and listen to the soothing sounds of water fountains. Host a reception in their versatile ballroom space, which can comfortably accommodate up to 550 guests or as little as 50.

 

Heaven Event Center

Featuring a blank canvas and open floor plan, your wedding will soar to new heights at the Heaven Event Center. Adorned in white satin drapes and Italian leather couches, their in-house LED lighting allows you to simply customize the event space to suit any color scheme. Don’t miss a breathtaking Florida sunset on your special day; view the rich hues of pink and orange from their 2,000 square foot lakefront terrace.

Featuring a blank canvas and open floor plan, your wedding will soar to new heights at the Heaven Event Center. Adorned in white satin drapes and Italian leather couches, their in-house LED lighting allows you to simply customize the event space to suit any color scheme. Don’t miss a breathtaking Florida sunset on your special day; view the rich hues of pink and orange from their 2,000 square foot lakefront terrace.

 

Orlando Science Center

Whether your wedding concept is rustic or modern, the Orlando Science Center offers several versatile and unique event spaces. Tie the knot under an old oak tree overlooking the serene Lake Formosa. Dine with the dinosaurs or dance under the stars on their outdoor terrace that provides stunning views of downtown Orlando’s glimmering skyline.

Whether your wedding concept is rustic or modern, the Orlando Science Center offers several versatile and unique event spaces. Tie the knot under an old oak tree overlooking the serene Lake Formosa. Dine with the dinosaurs or dance under the stars on their outdoor terrace that provides stunning views of downtown Orlando’s glimmering skyline.

 

Courtyard at Lake Lucerne

If you’ve always dreamed of exchanging “I Do’s” in an intimate garden setting then the Courtyard at Lake Lucerne is the idyllic venue. Conveniently located downtown Orlando, the Courtyard at Lake Lucerne not only provides romantic backdrops to your wedding day, but can also accommodate guests overnight in their four historic bed and breakfasts.

If you’ve always dreamed of exchanging “I Do’s” in an intimate garden setting then the Courtyard at Lake Lucerne is the idyllic venue. Conveniently located downtown Orlando, the Courtyard at Lake Lucerne not only provides romantic backdrops to your wedding day, but can also accommodate guests overnight in their four historic bed and breakfasts.

 

Winter Park Civic Center

Located on a beautiful lakefront property with several sites for ceremonies, the Winter Park Civic Center provides a blank canvas to let your creativity run wild. The open ballroom features tall, grand cathedral teak ceilings, which offers the flexibility to host up to 200 of your closest friends and family.

Located on a beautiful lakefront property with several sites for ceremonies, the Winter Park Civic Center provides a blank canvas to let your creativity run wild. The open ballroom features tall, grand cathedral teak ceilings, which offers the flexibility to host up to 200 of your closest friends and family

 

We’ve created thousands of amazing events at more than 200 spectacular locations in the Central Florida and West Coast regions. And because we know the ins and outs of each, we can help you select the one best suited for your budget and taste.

Explore our Venue Guide to find the location of your dreams or Contact one of our Special Event Planners to discuss your needs.



Real Events | Fresh from Florida | NACE III
February 5, 2014 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

For the last installment of our Fresh from Florida blog series, we’re revealing all the sweet confections from this unconventional NACE meeting. We invited chapter members to explore our entire Orlando commissary, from conferences rooms, and into the heart of our kitchen. With an 80-pound tuna being carved fresh in the walk-in cooler and White Rose providing dance tunes in our dry storage room, it was only fitting that all the decadent desserts were made fresh in our bakery. The name dessert actually comes from the French word “desservir” which means, “to clear away,” and that’s exactly what happened as these five delectable treats were presented.

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Citrus Trio

Florida is notorious for the many fruits that are grown locally. We highlighted these distinct flavors in our Citrus Trio, which featured a silky, smooth blood orange curd encrusted with crunchy almonds and caramelized sugar, a tangy lemon macaron and a rich dark chocolate, key lime truffle.

Maker's Mark Chocolate Cake

The Maker’s Mark featured a bourbon soaked genoise. The drenched sponge cake was then coated in a rich, decadent chocolate and encrusted with walnuts and brown sugar. The dessert was finished with a drizzle of silky caramel crème anglaise and a dusting of crushed pistachio enriched with the smooth oak flavor of the bourbon.

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Our mini Cx7 is exactly what the name indicates; chocolate prepared seven different ways, eloquently layered and composed. The layers included chocolate crémeux, chocolate almond sable, hazelnut chocolate gianduja, and a sea salt chocolate macadamia caramel.

Flan

Traditional flan prepared with a fruity, Floridian twist. This smooth coconut flavored dessert was drizzled in a citrus infused caramel sauce and complemented by chopped strawberries, juicy melon and a sprinkle of shaved, white chocolate.

Sea Salt Caramel Tartlets

These sea salt caramel tartlets will make you go bananas! The miniature treats were filled with a light chocolate mousse, topped in a fluffy chocolate ganache and finished off with a crisp banana chip.

 

We appreciate our partner vendors for contributing to the huge success of this event:

Guest chef: Sysco and Rational; Furniture: AFR Event Furnishings; Liquor: ABC Fine Wine and Spirits; Entertainment: White Rose Entertainment; Lighting: American Audio Visual; Team Building Program: Play with a Purpose; Floral and Decor: Raining Rose; Drape: Swag Décor; Rentals: Chair Affair; Photography: Christie’s Photographic Solutions and Sunshine Photographics; Cinematography: VH Video; Coffee: Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen; Cocktails: Monin



Real Events | Fresh from Florida | NACE II
January 17, 2014 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Today we’re debuting more rave worthy dishes, which were showcased at our Fresh from Florida NACE meeting at our Orlando commissary. Our goal was marrying locally sourced ingredients with exceptional décor to create an enriching regional food experience.

We started by partnering with quality purveyors to provide the freshest Florida based ingredients. We then took the science of deliciousness a step further, by expertly preparing and presenting the dishes in an unexpected way. During the event, our culinary team cooked the exquisite fare directly in front of our corporate meeting planner guests, and the finished dishes were offered fresh from the hot line. This gave attendees the opportunity to ‘walk the line’ and select from the five exciting surf and turf themed dishes below.

Hot Line Mega Action Station: Surf ‘n Turf

The Surf ‘n Turf Carpaccio was prepared with a filet of beef crudo, sliced paper thin and wrapped around an olive oil poached lobster tail. It was accompanied by mustard aioli, then topped with micro greens and shaved Parmesan to provide a perfectly balanced bite.

The Surf ‘n Turf Carpaccio was prepared with a filet of beef crudo, sliced paper thin and wrapped around an olive oil poached lobster tail. It was accompanied by mustard aioli, then topped with micro greens and shaved Parmesan to provide a perfectly balanced bite.

The beautiful blended of crunchy and soft took center stage in our snapper and scallop ceviche duo. The delicate flavors of the fresh seafood were enhanced with zesty lemon vinaigrette and paired with a thin slice of mild red onion, mango salsa and a wonderfully salty plantain chip.

The beautiful blended of crunchy and soft took center stage in our snapper and scallop ceviche duo. The delicate flavors of the fresh seafood were enhanced with zesty lemon vinaigrette and paired with a thin slice of mild red onion, mango salsa and a wonderfully salty plantain chip.

Expertly prepared Atlantic blue crab cake, seared to a crunchy golden brown. Served atop a bed of locally sourced greens, and finished with a drizzle of zesty chipotle remoulade.

Expertly prepared Atlantic blue crab cake, seared to a crunchy golden brown. Served atop a bed of locally sourced greens, and finished with a drizzle of zesty chipotle remoulade.

This perfectly sized, grilled mini pork shank was basted in a lip-smacking mojito BBQ glaze and served along side a sea salt-crusted fingerling potato.

This perfectly sized, grilled mini pork shank was basted in a lip-smacking mojito BBQ glaze and served along side a sea salt-crusted fingerling potato.

A pepper seared beef tenderloin served on a pillow of rich, flavorful shiitake mushrooms and tuxedo barley risotto completed with a fragrant balsamic truffle glaze.

A pepper seared beef tenderloin served on a pillow of rich, flavorful shiitake mushrooms and tuxedo barley risotto completed with a fragrant balsamic truffle glaze.

Alongside our mega action station located in the heart of the Puff ‘n Stuff Catering kitchen was a custom designed bar using 6’ ivy walls created by the award-winning designers at Raining Roses productions. Hanging from the oversized ivy wall were lush bunches of fresh grapes, which provided the perfect backdrop to the pinots and merlots being served by ABC Liquors.

Alongside our mega action station located in the heart of the Puff ‘n Stuff Catering kitchen was a custom designed bar using 6’ ivy walls created by the award-winning designers at Raining Roses Productions. Hanging from the oversized ivy wall were lush bunches of fresh grapes, which provided the perfect backdrop to the pinots and merlots being served by ABC Liquors.

Be sure to look for our last installment of the Fresh from Florida blog post series. We appreciate our partner vendors for contributing to the huge success of this event:

Guest chef: Sysco and Rational; Furniture: AFR Event Furnishings; Liquor: ABC Fine Wine and Spirits; Entertainment: White Rose Entertainment; Lighting: American Audio Visual; Team Building Program: Play with a Purpose; Floral and Decor: Raining Rose; Drape: Swag Décor; Rentals: Chair Affair; Photography: Christie’s Photographic Solutions and Sunshine Photographics; Cinematography: VH Video; Coffee: Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen; Cocktails: Monin

 



Real Event | Fresh from Florida | NACE
November 13, 2013 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

 

At Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, we always have a reason to celebrate! For the most recent occasion, we opened our commissary doors to create an unconventional meeting for our Orlando NACE chapter and corporate meeting planners.

After being welcomed with a refreshing citrus Marga-tini, guests were encouraged to wander the halls and sample dishes inspired by Florida’s freshest ingredients. Design powerhouse, Raining Roses Productions transformed our large conference room into the swampy Everglades with a water feature hidden among lush grasses and moss. The open house continued into our 5,000 square foot kitchen, where our culinary team was cooking up creative cuisine in every corner. Things heated up as White Rose Entertainment hosted our very own white party against a backdrop of all-white paper flowers in the dry storage room, while our award-winning team served savory seafood, inside of the -10 degree, walk-in cooler.

Thanks to the help of many brilliant vendors, we successfully transported the fresh, locally grown flavors of Florida to the refined palates of our distinguished guests. With so many diverse dishes, we are unveiling the science behind all the deliciousness in a three-part blog series. Images courtesy of Sunshine Photographics.

Station I | Tuna, Tuna, Tuna on Ice

Orlando's Best Caterer

The star of this station was a whole, 70-pound tuna displayed on a mountain of ice, which was offered to guests in three different options.

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Option 1, was a Tartare with perfectly balanced, contrasting flavors. The tuna was delicately sliced and drizzled with a salty soy and a tangy sweetened, fresh ginger dressing.

In option 2, the fish was a Seared over a screaming hot cast iron skillet, finished with a Tomato Shallot Mirin Vinaigrette.

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Option 3 featured the tuna coated in a zesty, blackened seasoning, complimented by a peppery golden crust. Accompanied by greens and a touch of mustard aioli with pickled mustard seeds for the perfect bite.

Also inside the walk-in cooler, sweet and tender King Crab legs that were paired with a tart, Key lime remoulade and avocado cocktail sauce.

Also inside the walk-in cooler, sweet and tender King Crab legs that were paired with a tart, Key lime remoulade and avocado cocktail sauce.

Station II | Artisanal Cheese Station

Spreads of assorted handpicked cheeses

Spreads of assorted handpicked cheeses from small, independent farms were paired with honey and fresh arrangements of juicy fruit, which was synonymous with the “Fresh from Florida” theme.


The swamps of Florida never looked so good! Be sure to look for our next installment of the Fresh from Florida blog post series.

We appreciate our partner vendors for contributing to the huge success of this event:

Guest chef: Sysco and Rational; Furniture: AFR Event Furnishings; Liquor: ABC Fine Wine and Spirits; Entertainment: White Rose Entertainment; Lighting: American Audio Visual; Team Building Program: Play with a Purpose; Floral and Decor: Raining Rose; Drape: Swag Décor; Rentals: Chair Affair; Photography: Christie’s Photographic Solutions and Sunshine Photographics; Cinematography: VH Video; Coffee: Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen; Cocktails: Monin



Real Weddings | Amanda + Thomas | Winthrop Barn Theatre
August 6, 2013 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

The Winthrop Barn Theatre is a departure from the average barn, and it was the ideal venue for Amanda and Thomas’ romantic spring wedding! Nestled in the town of Brandon, just outside of Tampa, the Winthrop Barn Theatre is spacious and absolutely charming.

Amanda and Thomas’ big day was nothing short of perfection – delicious food, great company, and a picturesque setting made the night one to remember by all. The barn’s ceiling lights twinkled down on the wedding festivities, and the décor’s subtle hues and clean lines were effortlessly elegant.

The evening began with savory butler-passed hors d’oeuvres including spring rolls, hot asiago stuffed fried olives, and mini soft pretzel nuggets complete with porter cheese queso. Amanda and Thomas offered a delicious, casual dinner spread of fun food stations including Quesadillas, Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese, and  Mini Sliders & Dogs. With fresh movie popcorn and mini vanilla ice cream cones, the night truly ended in a sweet way!

Thank you to this sweet couple for allowing us to be a part of their big day. Continue reading to explore their gorgeous photos and scrumptious menu!

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Butler Passed Hors d’Oeuvres
Fresh Asian Vegetable Spring Roll accompanied by a sweet Thai chili sauce

Cuban Cigar spring roll with roasted pork, pickle and ham bites with mayo-mustard dip

Hot Asiago Stuffed Fried Olives with a Parmesan aioli dip

Mini Soft Pretzel Nuggets in a Porter Cheese Queso served in a white paper cone

Station 1
Chef Attended Slider and Dog Station French Dip Slider with Shaved Roast Beef, Horseradish Cream and Au Jus, & Hebrew National Hot Dogs served with shaved shoe string fries

Station 2
Chef Attended Quesadilla Station with mojo roasted pulled pork, chipotle grilled chicken, grilled slices of steak, balsamic roasted vegetables, pepper jack and cheddar cheeses, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, sour cream, and guacamole made to order and grilled up fresh with Tri Colored Tortillas and Hot Queso

Station 3
Buffalo Chicken Macaroni & Cheese

Butler Passed Dessert
Rich Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream in mini waffle cones

Hot Buttered Movie Style Popcorn freshly popped

Thank you to all of the wonderful event professionals who contributed to their special day.
Wedding Planner | UNIQUE Event Design
Bartender | Acropolis Taverna
Wedding Cake | Chantilly Cakes
Groom’s Cake | Marcia [family friend]
Caterer | Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
Hair | Asonipse Salon & Spa
Linens | Connie Duglin Linen
Make-up | M.A.C Cosmetics
Entertainment | DJ by CJ
Photographer | Jason Mize Photography
Rentals | Modern Day Events
Transportation | 1st Class Limo
Tuxedo Rental | MW Tux
Valet | VIP Valet & Limousine
Ceremony Venue | Nativity Catholic Church
Reception Venue | Winthrop Pole Barn



Real Events | VIP Grand Opening | The Container Store Orlando
July 23, 2013 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Today, we’re inviting you behind the scenes at the recent VIP Grand Opening of The Container Store in Orlando near the Mall at Millenia! The Container Store is a national staple celebrating 35 years of business, and the Puff ‘n Stuff Catering team was honored to assist with the Grand Opening of their 60th store.

At Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, we are passionate about working with corporate clients because we love bringing brands and their stories to life through creative cuisine and presentation. To highlight The Container Store’s creative wares, we designed six food stations exclusively using products that can be purchased at The Container Store. As guests browsed aisles of amazing products, they were also able to satisfy their appetites.

The result? Engaging and beautiful displays that enticed guests to explore every corner of the brand new store!

Ready for your VIP tour? Explore the video, photos and menu below to experience the VIP Grand Opening of The Container Store Orlando!

 

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Event Menu

Butler Passed Hors d’Oeuvres
Whole Strawberries filled with sweet mascarpone cheese and topped with toasted almonds

Asian Vegetable Spring Rolls with sweet Thai chile relish

Chicken Potato Salad served in a phyllo cup

Sharp Cheddar and Horseradish Savory Beignet

 

STATION 1 | A Touch of Citrus
Crab and Orange Savory Scone crowned with crème fraîche


Seafood Cocktail Cups with shrimp, bay scallops, sweet corn, red onion cilantro and a chipotle cocktail sauce

Mini Lobster Quiche topped with blood orange crème fraiche

 

STATION 2 | South of the Keys
Arepas (Small Cornmeal Cakes) stuffed with spicy chicken and shredded iceberg lettuce, and drizzled with creamy avocado sauce

Mini Ropa Vieja Empanadas

Manchego and Chorizo Empanadas stuffed with onions, peppers and green olives

Candied Bacon Churros caramelized bacon mixed into Churro batter and tossed with a light coating of cinnamon-sugar

 

STATION 3 | Going Green
Fresh Vegetable Crudités served with ranch cream cheese

Spinach Tortellini Pasta Salad

Cheddar and Chutney Crostini topped with shredded green apple

 

STATION 4 | Made in America
Pimento Burger Slider premium grass fed beef burger topped with pimento cheese and a fried pickle

Mini Corn Dog served with grain mustard aioli

House-made Potato Chips served with truffled salt

 

STATION 5 |
 The Orient

Thai Noodle Salad Udon noodles tossed with ginger soy sauce and topped with fresh bean sprouts and chopped peanuts

Banh Mi Sandwhich served on a Vietnamese hoagie topped with sweet and tangy marmalade

Assorted Dim Sum served with a sweet and sour glaze

 

STATION 6 | The Sweet Attack

Mini Upside Down Pineapple Cupcakes

Colorful Macaroons

Little Luxuries Miniature Desserts including fresh fruit compote layered with vanilla cream, silky chocolate mousse, carrot cake, dulce de leche cheesecake, tiramisu, key lime with crushed graham crackers, and red velvet cake with cream cheese icing

Butler Passed Desserts
Homemade Cookies
with Mini Milk Shooters

 

Event Credits:
Venue: The Container Store Orlando
Catering:  Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
Video: VHVIDEO.COM
Entertainment: The Headliners



Holiday Spotlight | Fourth of July
June 27, 2013 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

America is turning 237 years old this year! With the Fourth of July coming up, don’t wait until the last minute to finalize your holiday plans. Instead of heading to the nearest overcrowded beach, simply host an intimate backyard BBQ.

What better way to show off your patriotic spirit than by gathering with close friends and family for a fun and festive Fourth of July party? Woo your guests with a spread of All-American dishes – juicy burgers, savory hot dogs, and delightful red, white, and blue desserts, just to name a few.

Don’t fret; we’ve got you covered from delicious menu selections to décor and DIYs. Fire up the grill and get inspired by our recommendations that will have your guests seeing fireworks!

Puff 'n Stuff Catering, 4th of July

Featured:  

Mini Made in USA Parfaits – layered with red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting, and then topped off with festive sprinkles. Put your own twist on these parfaits by using a combination of assorted berries, colored icing, or make it a healthy snack by incorporating yogurt.

Berry Patriotic Strawberries – dipped in melted white chocolate chips and blue tinted sugar crystals. Your guests are guaranteed to rave over this sweet and simple treat.

For more creative and unique ideas, check out our 4th of July board on Pinterest.

Festive ideas for Fourth of July

Still need more help? Skip the work and give us a call at Puff ‘n Stuff Catering. Our Tampa and Orlando offices are here to assist with your next celebration, large or small!



Art of Celebration Southern Style | Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Featured in New Events eBook
May 30, 2013 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

If you love discovering charming and extravagant southern-style events, we have a treat for you!

Puff ‘n Stuff Catering is featured in the newly released events book, Art of Celebration Southern Style (pages 24-29), showcasing some of our favorite dishes and events. Read on and explore this digital gem for yourself! We hope you feel inspired…and hungry!

Art of Celebration Southern Style
Inspiration and Ideas From Top Event Professionals Event planners, designers, caterers, pastry chefs, floral artists, performers, lighting experts, and other specialists reveal their best party planning tips and tricks in Art of Celebration Southern Style. Each affair is accompanied by lighthearted editorial, providing a behind-the-scenes look at an array of high-end private parties, corporate events, and charity galas. The high-end events presented will leave you breathless! The level of creativity at work in the vibrant American South is something to behold.

Credit: Panache Publishing Partners



Signature Cocktails | Smokey Mountain Morning
April 10, 2013 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

When life gives you lemons, grab some whiskey and make it a Smokey Mountain Lemonade! This refreshing mixture is perfect for a summer time fling, an evening at the Cheyenne Saloon or for an intimate gathering in your own backyard. Whatever reason you find, we’d like to passionately celebrate with you! So hats off, we’re raising our Mason Jars to you!

Smokey Mountain Morning

  • 1.5 oz of Jack Daniels
  • 0.5 oz of Grand Marnier
  • Light squeeze of simple syrup
  • Fresh squeezed lemonade, we recommend our Signature Rosemary Infused Lemonade

Looking for more unique libation ideas for your next event? We have two Beverage Managers on our team with a vast portfolio in creative beverage development & management. Developing a specialty cocktail, bar, or welcome drink is just one of the many ways we can help you to create a lasting impression for your special event. From selecting ingredients that match your event theme all the way down to selecting the perfect vessel, we’ve got you covered!



Venue Spotlight | Cross Creek Ranch | Tampa
March 25, 2013 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Say hello to the newest addition to the Puff ‘n Stuff Catering family, the Cross Creek Ranch in Tampa! This charming venue sits on ten beautifully landscaped acres with a winding stream, charming wooden bridge, and breathtaking ancient oak trees. This rustic, yet elegant venue really has so much to offer. Not only is it gorgeous in every way, it also has several unique amenities and resources including a phenomenal team of professionals.

One of our favorite things about this site is the Chapel. So much love and care was put into constructing it, from the pews all the way down to the floor which came all the way from Georgia! We won’t give away all of the details, so check out their venue page on our website and be sure to stop by and see for yourself why we love the Cross Creek Ranch!

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Holiday Spotlight | St. Patrick’s Day
March 17, 2013 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Happy St. Patricks Day

St. Patrick’s Day, also know as the Feast of Saint Patrick, was originally a day dedicated to celebrating the arrival of Christianity in Ireland; Whether you’re sticking to your roots or celebrating the Irish-American culture that so many proudly claim, we’d like to celebrate with you!

Chicago gets festive each year by dying their river emerald green, but why let the folks in Chicago have all the fun? Passionately Perfecting Life’s Celebrations isn’t just our tagline, it’s our way of life! And we’re bringing the luck of the Irish to you, so gather your friends and join us in celebrating with some brews & bites!

Green Beer | St. Patrick's Day Catering | St. Patrick's Day Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Chef Paul created a Deconstructed Corned Beef Slider that’s so good, all the leprechauns in town are trading in their pots of gold just to try it! So cheers, or slainte as the Irish would say, to a lively day & all of the friends that we’ll share it with! Don’t forget to give your favorite special event planner a call today to try our newest culinary creation!

Corned Beef Slider | St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Corned Beef & Cabbage Slider sliced corned beef and dijon mustard topped with North Carolina coleslaw and served on a potato roll
 

Irish Pride Cocktail Puff 'n Stuff Catering

Indulge With Our Signature Irish Pride

  • 1 ounce of Apple Pucker Schnapps
  • 1 ounce Melon Liquor
  • 1 ounce of Irish Whiskey
  • Fill Remainder of Mug with Sour Mix

Build the ingredients in an Irish Coffee Mug, stir well, add a garnish of choice and enjoy with good company!

View Our Irish Inspiration On Pinterest

St. Patricks Day Pinterest Inspiration

 

We searched high & low for all things St. Patrick’s Day! From creative cuisine to drinks, decor, and even green attire for this special occasion. Be sure to check out our St. Patrick’s Day board, and while you’re there follow us for more for inspiration, fresh ideas, and all kinds of event fun! Click here to visit us on Pinterest!

Featured Photography:
Thank you Misty Miotto and S&S Photography for allowing us to feature your photographs.



Real Events | 10th Anniversary Celebration | Fantasy of Flight
February 26, 2013 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Passionately Perfecting Life’s Celebrations is more than just our tagline- it’s our way of life. So when a Chicago based Destination Management Company, On The Scene, contacted us we were thrilled to lend our creative hands in producing an evening to remember! This wasn’t just any celebration, this was the 10th anniversary celebration for a high-profile corporate client.

This special event was held at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, which was the perfect space for the unique, custom design elements that were needed to host such a magnificent event. With airplanes at the entrance and inside the venue, bone-chilling lighting, elegant table settings, lively entertainment, and creative cuisine the scene was set for a one-of-a-kind event that attendees would rave on and on about!

In reminiscing with the sweet photos from John Unrue Photography, you can tell it was a spectacular affair. However, one of the things you may not be able to see is the logistics, energy, and attention-to-detail that went into serving extravagantly plated dishes for 600 people within 15 minutes. One of the things that sets us apart from others is our team. We have an incredibly talented team of professionals who are up for any challenge; and rest assured that when we accept a challenge, we do it- and we do it very well. So take a peak below at the stunning images & video and then scroll some more to see the tantalizing menu:

 

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Puff ‘n Stuff at Fantasy of Flight from VHVIDEO.COM on Vimeo.

 

Butler Passed Hors d’Oeuvres

Bacon Wrapped Potato Tot with sour cream and a chive

Braised Short Rib on Corn Cakes with fried shallots, chives and sour cream

Ahi Tuna with mango salsa, pomegranate seed and served on a lotus root chip

Mini Stilton Cheesecakes savory Stilton blue cheesecake with butternut squash purée

 

Plated First Course

Freshly Baked Artisan Breads with whipped butter, e.v.o.o., aged balsamic & finishing salt

Fresh Maine Lobster and Seared Scallop on Corn Relish fresh corn, diced jalapeno, tomato, avocado, lime juice, radish sticks with a jalapeno chip and cilantro oil with baby greens

Cucumber Ring Salad filled with mesclun greens, pickled beets, red onion, shaved Parmesan, Asiago chips & champagne vinaigrette

 

Plated Second Course

Hot off the Grill Center Cut Filet Mignon with maitre d’hotel citrus butter

Crab Crusted Chilean Sea Bass with lemon cream sauce on a bed of baby spinach

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes seasoned with sea salt and fresh herbs

Baby Carrots with tops in thyme butter

Savory Mushroom Polenta Cake served over baby greens with balsamic dressing

 

Plated Dessert

Cake Makers Mark chocolate walnut brown sugar crust, bourbon soaked genoise cake and Kentucky bourbon caramel sauce with a decorative company logo on top

 

Butler Passed Desserts Snacks

Mini Beef Burgers with caramelized onions and brie cheese served with French fries

Dessert Cigars crêpes decorated to look like smoldering cigars filled with assorted mousses and dipped in chocolate


Dessert Action Station

Blazing Donuts glazed donuts sautéed in butter and flambéed with brandy and rum served warm and topped with coffee ice cream

Gourmet Coffee and Tea Stations Columbian regular & decaf coffee, traditional and herbal teas, cream and assorted sweeteners plus additional toppings with tastes and accents of rock candy, biscotti, cinnamon whipped cream, flavored syrups and chocolate curls

Event Credits:

Venue: Fantasy of Flight
Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
Photographer: John Unrue Photography
Video: VHVideo
Event Planner/DMC: On The Scene
Entertainment: Magnificent Events Chicago
Lighting: Frost Lighting



Real Events | The Ballroom at Church Street | I Do Downtown Bridal Crawl
February 12, 2013 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

We’re so proud to have participated in the 4th annual I Do Downtown Bridal Crawl. One of the things we cherish most about this event is that it isn’t your usual wedding show where you are bombarded by vendors and booths filled with sheets & diagrams. Instead you get the opportunity to visit eight of Downtown Orlando’s well-established venues in a wedding showcase that includes delicious catering, exotic honeymoon destinations, photographers & videographers, reliable transportation, glorious flowers, dramatic music, and anything else you could dream up for your wedding! As the name suggests, you start at one venue and work your way around downtown; whether it be by foot or by the Redi Pedi Cab company who so generously sponsored their services for the day.

This was our fourth year participating in this extravagant event, and each year we transform The Ballroom at Church Street with a fresh new theme. This year we went bold with orange and purple hues. The Ballroom truly looked stunning, dressed with linens from BBJ Linen and event furniture from AFR Event furnishings that complimented each other so well it was the perfect fusion. We had two florists team up, Fairbanks Florists and Lee Forrest Designs who are truly an incredible duo. Together they created exquisite arrangements full of life and detail, from the rich and earthy succulents for the farm fresh table to the dramatic draping of roses for the gorgeous ceremony site designed by Occasions by Shangri-la. Guests were moving to the beats provided by Atomic Entertainment and Junction 88 Productions on the dance floor by Letz Dance On It- talk about the perfect trio! But the fun didn’t stop there. Guests were able to gather advice from some of the industry’s finest event professionals such as Sharon from Good Life Travel & Events- a Sandals and Caribbean honeymoon expert, as well as Imprint Cinema, Simpliche, The Sugar Suite, Sweet Maralyn’s Chocolates, A Chair Affair, Michele Butler Events and Nicole Squared.

Of course we wouldn’t let this show go on without delightful bites! Our well-seasoned service staff butler-passed champagne and a delicious assortment of hors d’oeurves including our Fire Roasted Humus Cornet, Smoked Chicken Cornet, Ahi Tuna on a Lotus Chip, Italian Summer Wrap, and Bacon Wrapped Potato Tot. We debuted our new flatbreads including the Buffalo Chicken & Bleu and Brocolini Tartine. Did we mention we also had our famous Seared Scallop on Corn Relish Chef Action Station and Chicken Roulade & Orzo Chef Action Station? It was quite the delicious affair! Scroll below to see some of the images captured by Art Faulkner photography along with a list of the amazing vendors who participated:

 Puff 'n Stuff Catering The Ballroom at Church Street

I Do Downtown Bridal Crawl- Puff 'n Stuff Catering

The Ballroom at Church Street- Puff 'n Stuff Catering

Butler Passed Hor d’Oeurves

Caprese Summer Roll napa cabbage, fire roasted tomato, pesto and fresh mozzarella rolled in rice paper with a balsamic reduction drizzle

Bacon-Wrapped Potato Tot with sour cream and a chive

Ahi Tuna with mango salsa, a pomegranate seed and served on a lotus root chip

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Cornet with tzatziki in a savory cornet

Smoked Chicken & Caramelized Onion Cornet with red onion crème fraîche in a savory cornet

Cuban Cigar spring roll with roasted pork, pickle and ham bites with mayo-mustard dip

Chef Attended Action Stations

Seared Scallop on Corn Relish fresh corn, diced jalapeno, tomato, avocado, lime juice, radish sticks with jalapeno chip and cilantro oil

Chicken Caprese Roulade served on herbed orzo with fried basil leaf

Tartine Station fresh baked open-faced bread topped with the following: Shredded Buffalo celery & blue cheese smear and topped with a crumbled Gorgonzola; Brocollini and Proscuito toasted pine nuts, creamy ricotta & asiago cheese, and a wild mushroom sautee with scallions, thyme and herb cream cheese

Goat Cheese Pear Flatbread roasted pears, candied pecans and apricot fig jam

Thank you to all of the extraordinary professionals who participated:

Venue | The Ballroom at Church Street

Catering | Puff ‘n Stuff Catering

Chiavari Chairs | A Chair Affair

Event Furniture Rental | AFR Event Furnishings

Photography | Art Faulkner Photography

DJ | Atomic Entertainment

Linen | BBJ Linen

Jewelery | Designs By Sandi

Florist | Fairbanks Florists

Honeymoon & Travel Agent | Good Life Travel & Events

Videography| Imprint Cinema

DJ & Lighting | Junction 88 Productions

Florists | Lee Forrest Design

Dance Floor | Letz Dance On It

Wedding Planner | Michele Butler Events

Wedding Planner | Nicole Squared

Design & Decor | Occasions by Shangri-la

Photobooth | Photobooth Rocks

Calligraphy | Pretty in Print/ Simpliche

Artisan Chocolate | Sweet Maralyn’s Chocolates

Cake | The Sugar Suite



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Puff 'n Stuff Catering is a full service wedding, corporate & holiday event caterer and planner serving the greater Orlando Area and all of Central Florida including Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Volusia and Lake counties. Puff 'n Stuff Catering has catered simple meals to buffets to gourmet dinners for private & public functions in areas such as Downtown Orlando, Winter Park, Maitland, Windermere, Lake Mary, Bay Hill, Belle Isle, Oviedo, Clermont, Heathrow, Thornton Park, Lake Nona, Isleworth, Delaney Park and Lake Buena Vista. Our experienced catering staff has worked in office buildings, private homes, convention centers, conference rooms, meeting halls, churches and almost every other place more then two people gather. Puff 'n Stuff Catering offers Vegan, Vegetarian and Eco Friendly Catering. If you are looking for the best caterer in Orlando that can fit your event budget, contact Orlando Caterer, Puff 'n Stuff Catering today.