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!
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 |
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
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
Real Events | Erin + Matt | Orlando Science Center
Today we’re sharing a wedding that’s very dear to our hearts, a wedding between our very own Erin and Matt. From such a dynamic duo we expected a grand celebration to remember, and they didn’t let us down! We can’t just tell you the theme without sharing the charming story behind it. Every year Erin and Matt have hosted a Food & Wine themed party and its become something that they and their friends look forward to – so this year they threw a Food & Wine party to go down in history & the hearts of all who attended.
With an eye for design, Erin designed & created much of their wedding materials such as invitations, menus, and even the delicate place mat you can see below. Working with Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Senior Special Event Planner, Heidi Brice, they choose action stations well suited to their theme. Each station was paired perfectly with either a wine or specialty drink. This sweet affair had a dessert table that dazzled all from their beautiful and delicious Amaretto Wedding Cake from The Sugar Suite, to mini Yum Yum Cupcakes, mini doughnut holes, and iced vanilla lattes shots.
Picking out our favorite moments from this night is near impossible, this really was a stunning celebration that we will gladly share and remember forever. Take a look below and see for yourself why Erin + Matt will always have a place in our hearts:
Butler Passed Hors d’Oeuvres
Specialty Cocktail Tequila Sunrise
Bacon Wrapped Potato Tot with sour cream and a chive
Butternut Squash & Cranberry Tartlet with melted brie cheese
Citrus Grilled Shrimp with a sunset margarita pipette
Hors d’Oeuvres Display
Artisanal Cheese Presentation hand-picked and displayed on a wooden cart including Bleu, Black wax Cheddar, Smoked Gouda and Gloucaster Walnut cheese complimented by dried fruits, nuts, breads, and crackers
Wine Pairing Paladin Pino Grigio Delle Venezie 2010
Chef Attended Pasta Station featuring two signature creations:
Goat Cheese Roasted Red Pepper & Corn Ravioli in roasted red pepper coulis
Penne with Black Olives, Spicy Sausage & Garlic Marinara with shaved parmesan on the side and tossed in Grada Padana Cheese wheels
Featured Drink Asian Pear Mojito
Asian Trio Plate with edemame, inside out California rolls, and shrimp summer rolls presented through our Bento Box
Noodle Salad with mushrooms, scallions, enoki mushrooms, and ginger in a white pagoda box
Seared Tuna & Pineapple Cube with soy ponzo ginger mouse
Wine Pairing Piedmonte Tempranillo- Garnacha 2009
Chimichurri Marinated Flank Steak with sauce Vierge
“Mashed Your Way” Chive & Roasted Garlic Potatoes
Featured Drink Mythos beer
Greek Marinated Chicken Kabob
Mint & Rosemary Lamb Kabobs grilled lamb tenderloin accompanied by Dijon mint demi with a white wine dipping sauce
Herbed CousCous finished with feta, pine nuts, and tomato
Amaretto Wedding Cake with cherry filling and cream cheese frosting
Assorted Mini Yum Yum Cupcakes
Mini Donut Holes with chocolate, caramel, and raspberry sauces
Iced Vanilla Latte Shots housemade vanilla iced latte served in shot glasses and garnished with whipped cream
Venue: The Orlando Science Center
Photographer: Scott Watt Photography
Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Special Event Planner Heidi Brice
Day of Coordinator: Good Life Travel and Events
Wedding Cake: The Sugar Suite
Cup Cakes: Yum Yum Cupcake Truck
Entertainment: Dueling Pianos, Rob Volpe
DJ & Lighting : Our DJ Rocks
Floral Design: Lauren Balden
Wedding Stories | Jessica + Ian | Week 3: The Big Day | Orlando Science Center
We are so excited to share the grand finale to Jessica and Ian’s wedding story with you today! After three meetings and plenty of fluid communication with Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Special Event Planner, Heidi Brice, Jessica and Ian were ready to step out and enjoy their magical wedding day. A spectacular wedding like this one is produced by a collection of talented wedding pros working together to bring the couple’s vision and dreams to life. A special thank you to the Orlando Science Center, Encore Creations, VHVIDEO.COM, Chic Event Furniture, Harps Unlimited, The Redcoats, and Kristin Mizo Photography for your incredible contributions to Jessica and Ian’s special day.
Join us and watch the Curry-Garlic wedding day unfold!
Thank you for following Jessica and Ian’s wedding story with us for the last three weeks! We hope their journey inspired you and got you excited to begin planning your own special event. If you have questions or are ready to get started, just give us a call!
Wedding Stories | Jessica + Ian | Week 2: The Tasting | Orlando Science Center
Happy Tuesday and welcome to week two of Jessica Curry and Ian Garlic’s wedding story! If you missed last week’s post, be sure to catch up. Today, we are joining the happy couple just a few months before their big day as they taste the primary dishes in their wedding reception menu. The tasting is every couple’s favorite wedding planning meeting, and it’s ours too!
The cuisine is especially important to Jessica and Ian because cooking together, trying new foods, and discovering unique restaurants truly are a few of their favorite things. And if you haven’t noticed their “spicy surnames” yet, take a moment to think about their incredible fortune to find each other and fall into delicious foody love!
Jessica and Ian have chosen an Action Station menu that will offer their guests a variety of unique dishes prepared live by our chefs and presented as small plates. To learn more about Action Stations, click here!
Please join us as Jessica and Ian enjoy one of the things that set Puff ‘n Stuff Catering weddings apart – their complimentary, personal tasting!
If you watched closely, you caught a sneak peak of the custom dish incorporating both curry and garlic designed by our Executive Chef Paul Lorrain, exclusively for Jessica and Ian’s big day!
Again, thank you to our talented friends at VHVIDEO.COM for capturing this wedding story. Join us next week for the big reveal – Jessica and Ian’s wedding reception!
Real Weddings | Lindsay + Matt | The Ballroom at Church Street
The Ballroom at Church Street is downtown Orlando’s most distinguished and trusted venue renowned for its charm, beauty, and elegance – in short, the perfect site for Lindsay and Matt’s wedding.
Navy, white, and marigold hues set the tone for this dazzling wedding. The Ballroom at Church Street was dressed to the nines with chic draping, exquisite lighting, and luxurious seating arrangements all contributing to the liveliness of the night.
From the time they arrived, guests were dazzled with delicious butler passed hors d’oeuvres accompanied by sparkling flutes of champagne. As the night progressed, friends and family enjoyed a dual-entree plated dinner followed by lively music and festivities. The stylish decor and furniture gave the ballroom a truly unique and vogue ambiance that brought out the best onto the dance floor! Relishing through out the evening, guests couldn’t resist the all-American late night snacks including mini pies a la mode and of course their smooth, white three-tier wedding cake with berry filling.
Lindsay and Matt’s special day was filled with glamor and extravagance from their grand entrance to their stylish exit, it truly was a night to remember forever.
Passed Hors D’ouevres
Bianco Panini with mozzarella, sweet onions, fresh tomatoes, arugula, Gorgonzola, and extra virgin olive oil on focaccia bread
Grilled Chicken Salad Bouchee with grapes
Sweet Corn & Ricotta Fritters
Freshly Baked Artisan Breads
Jumbo Lump Crab Timbale with mango relish & avocado atop a cantaloupe and pineapple puree and finished with micro cilantro on baby greens
Dual Entree Plated Dinner
Lemon Basil Risotto Cake
Summer Vegetable Bundle
Pasta with Seasonal Vegetables
Glazed & Grilled Smoked Raspberry & Chipotle Chicken drizzled with peach and raspberry jam and topped with corn and peach pablano relish
Coconut Crusted Grouper with a tropical salsa
Mini Pies: Cherry, Peach, & Apple offered a la mode
Three Tier Cake with a multi- berry filling & smooth white icing
Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
Venue: The Ballroom at Church
Event Planner: Wonderful Weddings – Susie Weiss
Photography: Damon Tucci Photography
Furniture Rental: Room Service Rentals
Floral: Botanica International Design Studio
Decor: Design Elements
Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting
Rental Chairs: A Chair Affair
Wedding Cake: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
Groom’s Cake: Party Flavors
Transportation: Rick’s Classic Cars
Real Events | MD 20/20 | Melissa’s 40th Birthday | Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Commissary
Lights, entertainment, and action! MD 20/20 was a celebration like none other that filled the Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Commissary with gold and white glamour. For this elegant birthday party, our team transformed a large commercial kitchen into an elaborate, private chef’s dining experience for 60, and decked out a quiet storage space into a vivacious nightclub for this star-studded event.
Starting off with floor-to-ceiling draping and adding in exquisite elements such as elegant Chiavari chairs and lounge furniture, gorgeous crystal candle sticks and table accents, all the way down to the details such as pearl bracelets as napkin rings – Melissa’s 20th anniversary of her 20th birthday was quite stunning!
The transformation involved a dazzling culinary show where the cuisine was the artwork, and the drinks were delicately crafted as well. Upon their grand entrance, guests were welcomed with champagne, in addition to a full bar featuring our Dragon Berry Mojito – a stunning concoction of fresh fruit & Dragon Berry rum garnished with fresh fruit. Every piece of the show was well executed to perfection from the butler passed d’oeuvres to The Cake Makers Mark dessert.
Once the culinary show had simmered down, after dinner snacks were passed to add to the next big hit of the night – the entertainment, featuring the birthday gal’s favorite things. Tables of fun items, nightclub lighting, and a DJ spinning the music set the mood for a glamorous evening. There’s no doubt that MD 20/20 was an award winning celebration!
Potato Crisp Napoleon with red onion marmalade & Meyer lemon creme fraiche
Beet Cured Salmon Carpaccio & Fruit Summer Roll with a spicy cilantro-lime sauce
Goat Cheese Stuffed Tempura Zucchini Blossom
King Crab Merus with grapefruit pearls, tangerine gastrique, and lemon grass foam
Pepperberry Crusted Lamb Chops with sweet potato curls, leeks & rich black cherry demi
Yin Yang Crudo of Hamachi & Salmon with Nuoc Cham sauce, shiso & hackleback caviar
Paired with Schramsburg Blanc de Blanc
Study in Heirlooms garden wedge with heirloom tomato, sun gold, snow white and sugar snack baby
heirlooms, virtual egg, Australian Murray River flake salt, micro basil, Piccardo & Savore unfiltered e.v.o.o. & B. R. Cohn 12 year white balsamic dressing with basil foam
Freshly Baked Artisan Breads with Pulugra butter discs and flake salt
Paired with Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc
Pulugra Butter Poached Halibut atop Low-Carb-o-nara diver scallop stuffed zucchini blossom with fava bean puree,
served with saffron infused whipped potato and topped with a potato wafter & fried arugula
Paired with Laetitia Pinot Noir
France Billat Savarin
served with wild strawberry and balsamic jam, green tomato relish, natural honeycomb, fresh mission figs, & medjool dates
Paired with Chateau de Fesles Chelin Blanc
The Cake Maker’s Mark bourbon soaked genoise cake in a chocolate walnut brown sugar crust & drizzled with Kentucky bourbon caramel sauce
Paired with Chateau de Fesles Chelin Blanc
After Dinner Snacks
White Truffle Popcorn
Mini Monte Cristo served with organic berry preserves and dusted with powder sugar
Gruyere Cheese Sticks
Bacon-Wrapped Potato Tot topped with sour cream and a chive
Planner: Warren Dietel & Dione Bazile
Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
Photography: Chris Gillyard Photography
Venue: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Commissary
Drape: Design Elements
Entertainment: White Rose Entertainment
Lighting: PTE Productions
Floral: Botanica International Design Studio
Linen: Party Tables
Furniture: AFR Event Furnishings
Chivari Chairs: Fun Factory Party Rentals
Photobooth: Absolute Amusements
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Corporate Cost Effective Lunch Options
Needing lunch catered for you while under a tight budget?
Puff ‘n Stuff has the solution for all of your corporate catering needs. Need to provide meals for your staff that will agree with varying dietary needs? Puff ‘n Stuff can provide solutions for a great corporate lunch for your entire staff. They have seasonal menus to try and can also provide daily lunch specials at $10.95 a person or will work with you to meet your specific budget. Puff ‘n Stuff Catering does corporate lunch catering in West Orlando, throughout Central Florida and the Tampa Bay Area.
Large Corporate Event Catering
What size corporate events does Puff ‘n Stuff cater? We can go as small as just a couple of people, if that is what the client wants. We can also go as large as 6,000-7,000 people. We did a grand opening to Target, it was a back to school for UCF. What we did is that we partnered with Target, while they provided the food, we prepared it on-site. It was a nice spin on what we normally do, but we can cater for corporate events as large as the client would like.
Inside Puff 'n Stuff: Raul, Director of Catering Operations
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.
Types of Cuisine Offered
At Puff ‘n Stuff, we specialize in a different variety of cuisines. We don’t try to pigeon-hole ourselves into just one, we try to make sure there is something there for just about everyone. We work with a lot of family recipes. We have customers that come to us from time to time and have an “Aunt Erma’s Special Cookie” that they’ve done. We have a lot of ethnic dishes that people come to us for and we certainly take a lot of time to work through those things and put a special twist or special twist for them and of course we give them an opportunity to taste it in advance. [The cuisine choices] are extremely diverse; we really try to do just about everything. We have traditional American Cuisine as well as a wide variety of different ethnic cultures. We are now getting into the Kosher side of the world as well, working within Kosher cuisine as well as our Indian Brides as well. We are beginning to see a pretty big influx of indian business and we are working with that community to try and develop some great things.
Average Wedding Size
The average wedding is probably 100 people. I am finding that the trend for 2010-2011 is a smaller guest list, so they have a little more money to spend on the food which is kind of nice. But we do as large as 500 people and as small as 25 people.
What Size Weddings Do You Cater?
We cater weddings of all sizes. A lot of the venues that we work with lend themselves to great, small intimate affairs, and others for large gala functions. We really pride ourselves in working with all gambits, we really don’t have a restriction or minimum guest count. A lot of the times, the smaller the group, the more important the group. WE try to look at each thing individually. Sometimes, during the year, it is not really conducive to bring very small groups in because it is exceptionally busy. But for the most part we will cater weddings of all different sizes, of all different magnitudes, of all different ethnicities, in all different reasons. We cater primarily in Orlando, Tampa, but obviously everything in between. We are going into the East Coast a tremendous amount–working into Jacksonville, FL, Daytona Beach, St. Augustine, and Ormond Beach.
Selecting Food, Caterer, and a Venue with Puff 'n Stuff | Corporate Events | Puff 'n Stuff Catering
I think with Corporate Executives, I give them what is going to work well with their clients, especially if they don’t know the group of people that are coming in. They don’t know if they have dietary restrictions, etc.
What I try to do is say this menu works really well and ease them into it. If there are dietary restrictions we can talk about menus that work well for them. I can also do site visits and walk them through how the event is going to go, to help ease their mind. I think that gives them a sense of calm. Once we do a lunch delivery, and we bring repeat business, we have it, they feel comfortable with us. If they set a new location, we go and walk it to make sure we understand the location.
We are flexible, if you don’t have tables and access to your meeting requires going up five flights of stairs, we will accommodate your request to make your event the best possible.
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