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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



News | Announcing the Tampa Bay NACE Board of 2013- 2014!
January 1, 2013 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Glazer Childrens Museum

We’re so proud to announce the Tampa Bay NACE Board for 2013-2014! We’re absolutely thrilled for our very own Special Event Planner, Kelly McVeigh, who has been awarded the prestigious secretary position! NACE is the oldest and largest professional society that addresses all aspects of the catering industry.

From practical tips that you can use to provide better service to clients, to recognition and marketing programs that enhance the credibility and professionalism of the field, NACE is on the cutting edge. From educational programs to standards, to ethics, to legislative monitoring, NACE leads the way.

Congrats to the entire Tampa Bay NACE Board of 2013-2014:

Chapter President: Aymee Brace, CPCE, Sun-n-Fun Fly-In Inc.
VP of Membership: Alan Skipper, Isla Del Sol Yacht Club
VP of Programs and Locations:  Samantha Vanelentin, Signature Events
Treasurer: Sandy Rule, Sandy Rule Events
Secretary: Kelly McVeigh, Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
Event Professional: Amanda Harter, Tech Data Corporation



Real Events | March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction| The Ballroom at Church Street
December 11, 2012 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

We love to have a good time, especially when its for a great cause! We had the honor of participating in the March of Dimes Signature Chef Event held at the Ballroom at Church Street. Our very own Chef Paul Lorrain was the Host Chef of the night and created the ultimate dining experience of fine cuisine and beverage pairings along with other top local chefs. Guests had a phenomenal time as they ate and drank their way around the ballroom while enjoying various live entrainment. Each attendee was given a ticket, and after they tasted their favorite plate they dropped their ticket in the appropriate bowl to determine the Fresh Point Flavor Award Winner of the evening. The unique assortment of silent auction items was a huge hit, and of course how can you not love it when it’s for such a fabulous cause! The night ended sweetly with a white chocolate mouse cornucopias accompanied with fresh fruits of the season and the announcement of the Fresh Point Flavor Winner…. and the award went to our very own Chef Paul Lorrain!

March of Dimes Signature Chef Event Catering

March of Dimes Signature Chef Fundraiser Event

Puff 'n Stuff Catering March of Dimes Signature Chef Funddraiser Event

Signature Chefs:

• Host Chef Paul Lorrain of Puff ‘n Stuff Catering

• Chef Raul Bosh of Foodie Catering

• Chef Matt Arbuthnot of Maggiano’s Little Italy

• Chefs Chip Pacilio & Ricardo Osborne of Collins Catering

• Chef Alessandro Lozzi of Bice Ristorante

• Chef Mike Cruz of Bloodhound Brew

• Senor Frog’s

• Hurricane Dockside Grill



Venue Spotlight | Glazer Chilldren’s Museum | Tampa
September 18, 2012 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Allow us to introduce the newest addition to the Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Family – The Glazer Children’s Museum in Downtown Tampa! This Puff ‘n Stuff Catering exclusive venue has a prime location, situated in the heart of downtown Tampa and overlooking the Tampa skyline. Believe us – it’s a view you have to experience for yourself! This new and modern cultural attraction has 53,000 square feet of unique and beautiful space that is available for weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, cocktail parties, and any other event your heart can dream up.

Whether you’re stopping by to check out the private third floor, outdoor terrace overlooking the Tampa Skyline, or just want to experience the entire venue, be sure to say hello to our Special Event Planner, Kelly McVeigh – she’s incredible! Kelly says, “My number one favorite thing about the Museum is the view. When you are standing in the event space, you can see all of Downtown Tampa, the river, and the University of Tampa which are pretty spectacular sites. The event space here is a pristine blank canvas, so clients can decorate however they desire.”

For more information on the Glazer Children’s Museum, check them out on our Venue Guide here!

Glazer Children's Museum & Puff 'n Stuff Catering Tampa

 



Party Like a Pro | Summer Hurricane Party
July 20, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Party Like a Pro Hurricane Party with Puff 'n Stuff Catering and Free Hurricanes

Not that you need an excuse to party this summer, but if you do…we’ve got a great one. After all, it is hurricane season and the perfect time to throw a party featuring New Orleans-style hurricanes that are oh so sweet and tasty! So round up those beads, brush up on your Cajun and prepare to let the good times roll! And if you could use a little help partying like a pro, you know who to call. Who dat? Why, the pros at Puff ’n Stuff Catering. But to get you started, check out these ideas for decorating, favors, and, of course, delicious ‘Nola eats.

CENTER OF ATTENTION

Need a cool centerpiece idea? How ironic. We’ve got one right here! Simply gather up some hurricane drink glasses, fill them with crushed pink tissue paper and clear rocks, then top them off with little orange and red flowers. What you’ll end up with are centerpieces that look good enough to drink. (But don’t.)

For a fun and affordable party favor, just add beads. Toss them to your guests as they arrive, as they leave, or as they party. If and how they’re required to earn them is strictly between you and your krewe!

SAVOR THE SUMMER

Authentic N’awlins-style food is a must when throwing a party like this. So check out these traditional taste temptations.
• Summer Jambalaya
• Muffalettas
• Creamy Cheese Grits, Andouille Sausage & Red-Eye Gravy

BONUS: Purchase a name-brand bar package for your party and receive FREE hurricanes…the kind you drink, of course…that’ll blow your guests away. Offer valid for events taking place from July 5 – August 31, 2011.

We’ve thrown more parties than Bourbon Street itself, so if you want more Big & Easy ideas give us a call! We’ve got everything you need to get the party started from Mardi Gras colored linens to décor and more!

Ready to party? Call one of our 
Special Event Planners at 407.629.7833 today and LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!

 



Meet Puff 'n Stuff Catering This Sunday!
June 9, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Special Event Planners will be available to answer your wedding questions this Sunday at the Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show at the Hilton Orlando Hotel from noon until 4 p.m. Stop by our booth for inspiration, special offers and to taste our cuisine.

While you’re there, register to win your choice of a free champagne toast or butler-passed hors d’oeuvre at your wedding catered by Puff ‘n Stuff Catering!

You can even use this coupon to purchase buy one get one free tickets for you and a guest!

Orlando Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show June 12, 2011



Puff 'n Stuff 2011 ACE Award Winner
March 25, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Every year Catersource, an industry leader who provides education and resources for the professional caterer, holds the its annual Catersource Achievement in Catering Excellence (ACE) Awards. The ACE Award recognizes catering companies who have shown outstanding achievement in the catering industry. Finalists are chosen to represent the premier caterers in five regions: Midwest, South, East, West and International.

We are proud to announce that Puff ‘n Stuff has been selected as the WINNER in the South region. The award winners were announced at the Catersource Conference & Tradeshow in Las Vegas.



Winter Park Bridal Stroll | Sunday, February 20, 2011 | Winter Park, FL
February 23, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

On Sunday, February 20th, the Puff ‘n Stuff Catering wedding team participated in the first annual Winter Park Bridal Stroll on beautiful Park Avenue! Brides and friends, thanks for visiting us at Be On Park. Couples had the opportunity to mingle with Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Special Event Planners and sample hors d’oeuvres including:

  • Polenta Cubes with Parmesan aioli, fire-roasted tomatoes, capers, and shaved Parmesan cheese
  • Tomato Mozzarella Caprese Cornets with fire-roasted tomato crème fraîche
  • Salmon Carpaccio and Fruit Summer Rolls with a Spicy Cilantro-Lime Sauce
  • Ahi Tuna with mango and pomegranate salsa and served on a lotus root chips

Numerous other Park Avenue venues, vendors and shops also showcased their wedding specialties for over 150 brides.

Stroll Stops included: Be on Park & The Villa, Casa Feliz, The Collection, Maureen Hall, Park Plaza Gardens, 310 Park South, Women’s Club of Winter Park, Scott Laurent Gallery, John Craig, Fenice, Claret Cosmetics and Studio Cara.



Press Release | Puff 'n Stuff Catering Acquires Catering by Design | Orlando & Tampa, FL
February 22, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Puff ʻn Stuff Catering Acquires Tampa-Based Catering by Design

Central Floridaʼs Largest Catering Company Intensifies its Expansion to Floridaʼs West Coast

ORLANDO & TAMPA, Fla. – February 22, 2011 – Puff ʻn Stuff Catering President & Owner Warren Dietel announced his companyʼs acquisition of Tampa-based Catering by Design, effective April 1, 2011. Founded in Central Florida in 1980, Puff ʻn Stuff Catering formally began operations in Tampa on July 1, 2010 as the exclusive caterer at TPepinʼs Hospitality Centre.

“This opportunity was presented at the perfect time to complement our expansion into the Tampa Bay market. Puff ʻn Stuff Catering will reach several key milestones in Tampa this year including opening a dedicated local office space, catering all local off-premise events from our kitchen at TPepinʼs Hospitality Centre, and fully staffing these events with local service teams. We are delighted to welcome Catering by Designʼs President, Lauren Balden, onto our special event planning team,” said Warren Dietel. He continued, “Both of our businesses were built on a shared commitment to providing restaurant-quality cuisine, superior client service and creating unique, custom events. Together, we will further our mission to passionately perfect our clientsʼ celebrations!”

Catering by Design will continue all regular operations through March 31, 2011, after which Lauren Balden and other Catering by Design employees will become part of the Puff ʻn Stuff Catering team. “Joining Puff ʻn Stuff Catering is an exciting move for myself, my team members and most importantly, my clients,” explained Mrs. Balden. “As part of one of the largest and most respected catering companies in Florida, my clients will benefit greatly from Puff ʻn Stuff Cateringʼs resources, infrastructure and experience, while receiving the impeccable service and creative menus that are hallmarks of both of our businesses.”

Puff ʻn Stuff Catering Tampa operations currently include General Manager/Special Event Planner Kenneth Heidt, and celebrated Special Event Planner Aymee Brace. Together, they have 30 years of experience in the special event industry and have produced over 100 events in the Tampa area since beginning operations last year. The Puff ʻn Stuff Catering team was both honored and humbled to be recognized with two awards from the Tampa Bay National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) chapter at the associationʼs most recent meeting on February 15, 2011. Aymee Brace was installed for her third term as Chapter Vice President of Membership and recognized as Member/Caterer of the Year. The company also won a joint award for “Event of the Year” for catering the associationʼs non-traditional holiday party, Club NACE, in December 2010. In 2010, Puff ʻn Stuff Catering was recognized by the Orlando Business Journal as the largest catering company in Central Florida with over 200 full and part-time employees.

For more information, please contact Erin Watson at 407.629.7833 or erin [at] puffnstuff [dot] com.

About Puff ʻn Stuff Catering

Puff ʼn Stuff Catering has been a premier catering and full-service event planning company for over 30 years, and is now one of the largest of its kind in Florida. Catering to affairs of all sizes, including corporate, social, gala and fundraising events and weddings, the company provides professional service with a personal touch. Puff ‘n Stuff Catering offers gourmet, kosher, vegan, vegetarian, ethnic and eco-friendly cuisine, as well as full-service beverage, delivery, production, linen and décor services, and professional service and bar staff. Serving Central Florida and Florida’s West Coast, Puff ‘n Stuff Catering produces events in over 200 venues and has offices in Orlando and Tampa, Florida. Puff ʻn Stuff Catering – Passionately perfecting lifeʼs celebrations! For more information, please visit www.puffnstuff.com.

About Catering by Design
Catering by Design was established in 2002 in Tampa, Florida as a catering and special event planning company, with a mission to create unique events centered on excellent food. As a small, exclusive catering firm, Catering by Design has orchestrated everything from small, intimate dinner parties and elegant weddings to large corporate events. Recognized for creativity, innovative cuisine and flawless execution, Catering by design built its reputation on the referrals of satisfied clients.

About TPepinʼs Hospitality Centre
TPepinʼs Hospitality Centre (founded by Tom Pepin) is “Tampa Bayʼs premier event facility.” Located at 4121 N. 50th Street in Tampa, FL, the facility boasts 18,863-square feet of event space and features a cascading waterfall, HD plasma screens, a 468-square foot stage, a show kitchen and customizable wall pictorials. Partnering with Puff N’ Stuff Catering, TPepinʼs Hospitality Centre provides cutting edge menus, lighting, sound, video and architecture designed by acclaimed leaders in their discipline.

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Tampa Bay NACE | Chapter Awards | Tampa, FL
February 17, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Extra, extra!

Several members of the Puff ‘n Stuff Catering team attended the Tampa Bay NACE (National Association of Catering Executives) meeting on Tuesday evening. This was a special gathering to install the 2011 Board Members and present the annual chapter awards. We’re honored and humbled to say that after operating in the Tampa Bay area for less than a year, we were recognized in both of these areas.

Aymee Brace, a Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Special Event Planner, was installed for her third term as Chapter Vice President of Membership and recognized as Member/Caterer of the Year. We’re so proud of Aymee and her dedication to serving her clients, community and industry! We are also delighted to win a joint award for “Event of the Year” for the non-traditional holiday party, Club NACE, in December 2010. If you missed it, click here to read more about Club NACE.

Thank you to our clients, community and staff members who made these honored events possible!

About NACE

NACE is the oldest and largest professional society that addresses all aspects of the catering industry. Through the collective efforts of members, local chapters, committees and the Foundation of NACE, NACE is at the forefront of the issues that directly affect the catering and hospitality industries.

Host: Tampa Bay NACE

Venue: Embassy Suites, Downtown Tampa

Photographer: The Gallery Studios

Menu Cards: URBANCoast



Inside Puff 'n Stuff: Raul, Director of Catering Operations
January 5, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

I am Director of Catering Operations. Everything reports back up to me. I oversee the logistics department, the kitchen operations, the service department, fleet management, it all comes back up to my responsibility. Most of the operations and behind the scenes, we just make it happen. Whatever the client wants, we make it happen. Puff ‘n Stuff is really diverse in many different ways. There are so many different things, for example, the challenges [I face] every single day, you never know what surprises may come up, so it is always exciting!

The attention to detail is what makes Puff ‘n Stuff different. Our motto: “Passionately Perfecting Life’s Celebrations” is what everyone who works here, lives by. Everyone here makes sure that everything is done exactly the way the client would like it to happen. Client satisfaction is my number one priority.



8 Last-Minute Ideas for Holiday Parties in Orlando | Puff 'n Stuff Catering | BizBash Magazine
December 1, 2010 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

If you’re looking for last-minute inspiration to plan your holiday party, check out this quick article at BizBash. Whether you’re planning a corporate holiday party or a private social soiree, Puff ‘n Stuff Catering can help you pull all of the details together quickly, easily and on budget…and make you look like a pro!

“As we enter the thick of the corporate holiday party season, here are some ideas and resources to keep a group entertained, fed, and rewarded.

Puff 'n Stuff Lobster Mac 'n Cheese

6. Puff ‘n Stuff Catering and Events is offering a twist on classic comfort food—lobster mac-and-cheese. The dish is made with Maine lobster, crisp prosciutto, Grana Padano cheese, and a pinch of nutmeg, served on a cheddar cheese tuile. Servings range from $6 to $20 per person, depending on portion size and how it is presented (chef-attended station, butler-passed, part of a plated meal).”

Click here to read the full article!



Best Caterer Orlando | WOW Awards | Event Solutions Caterer of The Year | Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
October 26, 2010 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments
“We’ve won a number of awards and the first really was in 2006, we were a finalist for the Event Solutions Caterer of the Year Award.  We look at that as really the Holy Grail of the industry for us because it encompasses not only catering, but event production, design, entertainment, and all facets of the entertainment industry.  We weren’t happy with just being a finalist and a year later in 2007, we resubmitted once again and we were given the award.  It’s really a great thing, there are only 9 Caterers in the world that have received this award.  We’ve won a number of local awards, we’ve been recognized by the Knot, by Brights.com for a lot of excellence within the event and wedding industry, and most recently the Orlando WOW Awards.  We were just honored as both the caterer of the year and for a catering event.  When I think about the awards and what that should really mean to our clients, I think that should more than anything else, it leands credibility to us.  I think that helps them understand that they are coming to a company that has a reputation, that is recognized.  You can come to us and depends on us.  You can lean on us for your event.  It takes a tremendous amount of time to pull together these awards and submissions for these awards.  But actually being recognized and receiving the award is quite prestigious and we are very very proud of that.”


Chef Paul on Orlando's Fox 35 Morning Show | Lobster Mac 'n Cheese | March of Dimes Signature Chefs
October 20, 2010 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Puff ‘n Stuff Catering’s Executive Chef, Paul Lorrain, visited Orlando’s Fox 35 Morning Show today to demonstrate an “at home” version of our popular Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese, and help promote the March of Dimes 2010 Signature Chefs event.

Hosted by anchor Heidi Hatch, Chef Paul taught viewers how to make Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese, as well as a beautiful Cheddar Cheese Tuile to garnish this tasty dish. We were excited for the opportunity to share a fun recipe, while helping spread the word about the March of Dimes’ annual gala fundraiser, Signature Chefs.

Chef Paul and 11 other top executive chefs from Central Florida will be paired with local community celebrities to prepare a gourmet feast for a fun-filled evening.  Participants are invited to bid in a live and silent auction that will include priceless dining and travel packages. Guests experience an amazing evening filled with delicious foods and wine pairings and the feeling that comes with philanthropic compassion, since proceeds benefit the March of Dimes.

The event is Thursday, October 21st at The Ballroom at Church Street and tickets ($195) are still available by calling 407-599-5077.

If you missed the Fox 35 Morning Show today, you can watch Chef Paul’s video right here.

The Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese recipe is also included, and we encourage you to try it at home soon!

Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese
Demonstrated by Chef Paul Lorrain – “Not your momma’s mac ‘n cheese!”
Serves 4

Ingredients
1 Cup Lobster meat, fresh
1 Cup Peas
½ Cup Prosciutto, chopped or thinly sliced
2 TBSP Extra virgin olive oil
2 Cups Pasta, cooked
2 Cups Heavy cream
1 Cup Grana Padana cheese, grated
1 Pinch Nutmeg
½ TSP White pepper
½ lb Butter
2 Egg yolks
1 Cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
6 Basil leaves
1 Cup Vegetable oil

In a saucepan, heat the heavy cream, beaten egg yolks, nutmeg and white pepper. Stir and bring to a simmer. Add the grated Grana Padana cheese and butter, mixing well.

In a large, greased saucepan, sprinkle the cheddar cheese into four piles, and melt over medium heat. Lift the cheese out of the saucepan with a spatula, and drape over a small upside-down bowl to form a semi-cup. Allow cheese to cool and harden.

Heat the vegetable oil in a small saucepan. Drop in the whole basil leaves, frying them until they cease bubbling. Remove and place on a paper towel to drain.

In a large saucepan, sauté the prosciutto in the extra virgin olive oil. Add the peas, pasta and Grana Padana cheese sauce. Warm all ingredients through, and add the lobster meat, stirring until it is completely cooked. Season to taste.

Place the cheese tuile cup on a plate, scoop pasta into the cup, and allow it to flow onto the plate. Garnish with fried basil leaf and serve.



2010 Caterer of the Year Award | Orlando Magazine | Central Florida Catering
September 23, 2010 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Thank you everyone in Orlando and Central Florida that have voted us the 2010 Caterer of the Year in the Orlando Magazine.

Votes are collected, counted, and the winner is determined by your votes and opinions.  We always strive to provide you with exceptional service, detailed planning, and delicious dishes.  We will continue to do so. Thank you for your votes!



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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.