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Real Weddings | Samantha + Michael | The Ballroom at Church Street
December 4, 2012 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Oh how we just love everything about Samantha + Michael’s special day! Not only were they a match made in heaven, but they also chose an incredible venue, The Ballroom at Church Street, had a spectacular menu packed with delicious items, and every last detail was tended to exquisitely- all while in the loving company of their closest friends and family. We’re so honored to have been part of such a spectacular day. Their guests were delighted with the custom menu Samantha + Michael designed with their Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Special Event Planner, Sandy George. With tasty items like butler passed Baked Stuffed Mushroom Caps filled with Crab Mornay to the Chef Attended Churrascaria Station there was plenty of eating, drinking, and being merry to be found! Scroll down to see some of our favorite captured moments by Rhodes Studios Photography followed my the mouthwatering menu:

Puff 'n Stuff Catering

Puff 'n Stuff Catering

Puff 'n Stuff Catering

Puff 'n Stuff Catering

Butler Passes Hors d’Oeuvres

Assorted Pinwheel Sandwiches turkey & provolone, ham & Swiss, and grilled vegetarian with herbed cream cheese and rolled in assorted tortillas

Brie en Phyllo garnished with fresh fruit and filled with Raspberry Chambord

Fresh Fruit Brochettes pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew & strawberries presented on bamboo skewers and served with mango citrus dipping sauce

Baked Stuffed Mushroom Cap* filled with crab mornay

Rustic Tomato & Mozzarella Bruschetta on grilled Italian bread

Dinner Buffet

Salad Station

Traditional Waldorf Salad apples, celery, raisins and walnuts tossed in a sour cream-mayonnaise dressing

Caesar Salad fresh lettuce tossed with house-made parmesan croutons, fresh grated parmesan cheese and a classic Caesar dressing

Piña Colada Salad mixed greens topped with toasted coconut, pineapple, and macadamia nuts with piña colada vinaigrette

Station 1

Chef Attended Gourmet Mashed Potato and Mac and Cheese Bar with creamy Yukon gold and red skin mashed potatoes, and sweet potatoes topped and baked with marshmallows; presented in martini glasses and offered with a variety of toppings to include crisp apple-wood smoked bacon, crème fraîche, caramelized Vidalia onions, roasted garlic, shredded cheeses, marshmallows, roasted pecans whipped butter, chives, and cinnamon sugar dust and creamy mac and cheese

Station 2

Chef Attended Churrascaria Station featuring a selection of meats including New York strip, applewood bacon-wrapped chicken breast, and lechon asado (dry-rubbed garlic pork loin), marinated, skewered, grilled, and served with mojo dipping sauce and candied plantains

Station 3

Penne a la Vodka penne pasta tossed in a creamy vodka-tomato sauce offered with shredded Asiago cheese

Freshly Baked Artisan Breads with whipped butter

Event Credits:
Photographer: Rhodes Studios
Venue: The Ballroom at Church Street
Caterer:Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
DJ: Atomic Entertainment
Florists: Colonial Florists
Photobooth: Just 4 U



Our Bakery | Themed Cakes | An Enchanted Halloween
October 30, 2012 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Passionately Perfecting Life’s Celebrations – it’s not just our tagline, it’s our way of life. So when a client called us needing a cake on the fly, the Puff ‘n Stuff Catering bakery team dreamed up and created this delicious work of art all within twelve hours. With layers of chocolate, vanilla & red velvet cake and various pastry techniques this fun, spooktacular cake was on it’s way to our clients home. Our talented cake designer, Cassandra, thought out every sugary inch of this supernatural cake from top to bottom layer all the way down to the faces on the thrilling little bats. Whether you’re looking for buttercream frosting, ganache, or fondant- we’ve got you covered every step of the way.

Halloween Themed Cake Puff 'n Stuff Catering & Events

Halloween Themed Cake Puff 'n Stuff Catering & Events

Halloween Themed Cake Puff 'n Stuff Catering & Events

 



Trends | Chevron | ‘Tis the Season
October 9, 2012 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Chevron, also called Cheveron in older documents, is an inverted V shaped pattern that has been making a huge scene in this season’s wedding & events. Although we’ve recently come to love this hot, new chevron in events- it’s actually a senior pattern that’s been around since ancient times dating back to 1800 BC in early pottery & rock carvings.

We’re seeing this charming pattern dance it’s way into all aspects of events, from the finishing details such as napkins, favors, table runners, linens, napkins, and even cake designs to largely incorporated into the theme via photo backdrops, stationary & invitations, and even entire tablescapes. With so many variations of hues and colors, this lovely pattern is the perfect finishing touch to any event.

Chevron Wedding Trends

Chevron- Puff 'n Stuff Catering & Events Wedding Trends

Chevron- Puff 'n Stuff Catering & Events Wedding Trends

Photo Credits

Collage 1:
Left: Pinterest
Right Top: Bash, Please
Right Bottom: Alison Events

Collage 2:
Left Top: She Finds
Left Bottom: Amy Atlas
Right: Pinterest

Collage 3:
Left Top: Alchemy Events & Invitations
Left Bottom: Peter Callahan
Right: Sweet & Saucy Shop



Real Events | One Conference Opening Reception | Orlando Museum of Art
October 2, 2012 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

There’s nothing like a night at the Museum, especially when it’s a cultural arts showcase at the Orlando Museum of Art! From the moment guests arrived on the scene, the creativity was abundantly flowing. At the bus drop off point there were two large 5 x 10 gilded frames from which out stepped musicians and authentic Shakespeare actors. From there guests were greeted by a formal line-up of bright-eyed Puff ‘n Stuff Catering waiters who stepped forward to present each guest with a fluke of champagne.

The theme carried on with large gold frames identifying each of the participating arts organizations. Guests could spot contemporary dancers entertaining guests from various nooks and crannies of the event. Lively Actors posed like living statues, mingled with guests, then returned to a statuesque state. The art-tainment continued into the night with a culinary show that left guests applauding for more. Menu items were selected to represent the various schools of visual arts form Asian Impressionism and American Realism to French Impressionism. Our Bento Box displaying delightful hors d’Oeuvres such as Fresh Sashimi & Sushi Rolls, Chilled Shrimp Cocktails, Tenderloin & Orzo Timbale with a Grain Mustard Vinaigrette and many more tempting items were a masterpiece evoking the crowd all evening. This sweet night ended with our famous Chef Attended Miniature Creme Brulee & S’mores Indoors Stations and the actors taking the stage and bringing to life one of Shakespeare’s most famous scenes, “Good night, good night! Parting is such a sweet sorrow, that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.”

Puff 'n Stuff Catering Orlando Art

Puff 'n Stuff Catering - Orlando Museum of Art

 

 Butler Passed Hors D’oevres

Miniature Chicken Wellington puff pastry filled with grilled chicken, Boursin cheese and topped with a cognac sauce

Maryland Crab Cake Towers seared and served with a Cajun remoulade

North Carolina Stack cheese grits topped with smoked beef brisket and three baked beans sauteed with apples & onions and served with Carolina coleslaw on a mini plate

Butternut Squash & Cranberry Tartlet with melted brie cheese

Asian Impressionism Hors D’oeuvres Display

Fresh Sashimi & Sushi Rolls spicy tuna, yellowtail, crab, sea bass, fresh & smoked salmon, scallops, and shrimp served with wasabi, pickled ginger and soy sauce

Smoked Chicken, Cranberry & Caramelized Onion Bruschetta

Tenderloin and Orzo Timbale with a Grain Mustard Vinaigrette

Curried Mango over Chevre with a Plantain Chip

Salmon Carpaccio and Fruit Summer Roll with a Spicy Cilantro-Lime Sauce

Chilled Shrimp Cocktail displayed in a mini martini glass with cocktail sauce

Monet’s Garden Artisanal Buffet

Antipasto Presentation sliced Italian meats, white bean salad, fire roasted tomatoes and peppers, marinated and grilled vegetables, Italian cheeses and grilled Tuscan rounds

Freshly Baked Artisan Breads

American Realism Chef Action Station

Chef Carved Pepper Berry Crusted Rack of Lamb with crimson reduction

Abstract Expressions Bento Box Desert Display

Chef Attended Miniature Creme Brulee a delicious assortment of traditional, amaretto, and chocolate

Chef Attended S’mores Indoors crunchy graham crackers held by an old fashioned wooden clothespin, dipped in decadent melted chocolate then swirled in creamy marshmallows and finished by a Chef with a flame-toasting

 

Event Credits:

Venue: Orlando Museum of Art

Catering and Linens: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering

Photographer: Richmond Gibbs

Decor: Max King Events

Chiavari Chairs: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals

Arts & Cultural Alliance: Autumn Ames

 

 



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

 



Real Weddings | Charity + Peter | Orlange County Regional History Center
September 11, 2012 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Charity and Peter’s wedding began like many others with months of planning, a delicious customized menu, family, friends, love, happiness…. and then Florida showers tried to rain on their outdoor ceremony. What could have easily been a little girl’s worst nightmare turned out to be one of the most lovely affairs we’ve ever had the pleasure to be a part of! Thankfully, Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Special Event Planner Nicole Gerardi was on the scene, and she spent many months with Charity and Peter, taking the time to really get to know their taste and vision. Nicole was able to move the ceremony inside the Orange County Regional History Center to a room that has never before hosted a wedding ceremony. Asian inspiration, hanging crystals, and orchids were the key ingredients to the beautiful transformation.

The night continued on blissfully with butler passed hors d’oeuvres such as Rustic Tomato & Mozzarella Bruschetta, Ahi Tartare, Smoked Tea Duck Breast, and Fresh Asian Spring Rolls. But the happiness didn’t end there – it continued on through their plated first course, dinner buffet, and on to the very last delicious dessert! Charity and Peter could not have been happier as they ate, danced, and laughed the night away with their closest friends and family. Thank you Charity and Peter for allowing us to be a part of your special day! Keep scrolling to see the delightful designed menu below:

Wedding catering at the Orange County Regional History Center

Wedding catering at the Orange County Regional History Center