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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



Real Events | Erin + Matt | Orlando Science Center
October 23, 2012 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

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:

Erin + Matt | Puff 'n Stuff Catering | Orlando Science Center | Epcot Themed Wedding

Erin + Matt | Puff 'n Stuff Catering | Orlando Science Center | Epcot Themed Wedding

Erin + Matt | Puff 'n Stuff Catering | Orlando Science Center | Epcot Themed Wedding

Erin + Matt | Puff 'n Stuff Catering | Orlando Science Center | Food & Wine Festival Themed Wedding

Erin + Matt | Puff 'n Stuff Catering | Orlando Science Center | Epcot Themed Wedding

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

Italy Station

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

Asian Station

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

Spain Station

Wine Pairing Piedmonte Tempranillo- Garnacha 2009

Chimichurri Marinated Flank Steak with sauce Vierge

“Mashed Your Way” Chive & Roasted Garlic Potatoes

Sweet Plantains

Greece Station

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

Desserts

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

Event Credits

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
May 1, 2012 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

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
April 24, 2012 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

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
December 13, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

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.

 

Lindsay+ Matt at The Ballroom at Church Street

Lindsay+ Matt at The Ballroom at Church Street

Lindsay+ Matt at The Ballroom at Church Street

Lindsay+ Matt at The Ballroom at Church Street

The Ballroom at Church Street 07.03.2011 from VHVIDEO.COM

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

 

First Course

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

 

Desserts

Mini Pies: Cherry, Peach, & Apple offered a la mode

Whole Pies

Three Tier Cake with a multi- berry filling & smooth white icing

Event Credits:

Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
Venue: The Ballroom at Church
Event Planner: Wonderful Weddings – Susie Weiss
Photography: Damon Tucci Photography
Cinematography: VHVIDEO.COM
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
Entertainment: Metropolis
Transportation: Rick’s Classic Cars



Real Events | MD 20/20 | Melissa’s 40th Birthday | Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Commissary
December 1, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

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!

Melissa's 40th birthday party.

Melissa's 40th birthday party.

Melissa's 40th birthday party.

Melissa's 40th birthday party.

Night at the Commissary from VHVIDEO.COM on Vimeo.

 

 

Hors d’Oeuvres

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

Amuse Bouche

    Yin Yang Crudo of Hamachi & Salmon with Nuoc Cham sauce, shiso & hackleback caviar
Paired with Schramsburg Blanc de Blanc

 

Salad

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

Plated Dinner

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

 

Cheese Presentation

France Billat Savarin

Italy Telaggio

France Morbier

served with wild strawberry and balsamic jam, green tomato relish, natural honeycomb, fresh mission figs, & medjool dates


Paired with
Chateau de Fesles Chelin Blanc

 

Dessert

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

Event Credits:

Planner: Warren Dietel & Dione Bazile
Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
Photography: Chris Gillyard Photography
Video: VHVIDEO.COM
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

 

 



Inside Look at Puff 'n Stuff!
June 3, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Have you been to PuffnStuff.com lately?  We have rolled out a whole NEW WEBSITE!



Corporate Cost Effective Lunch Options
January 27, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

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
January 12, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

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
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.



Types of Cuisine Offered
December 30, 2010 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

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
December 22, 2010 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

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?
December 1, 2010 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

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
November 21, 2010 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

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.



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.”


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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.