Puff 'n Stuff Catering Blog
Real Weddings | Christine + Scott | The Palmetto Club
January 24, 2012 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Today we are featuring Christine and Scott’s wedding held at The Palmetto Club. The couple’s elegant style and decor was a perfect fit for The Palmetto Club’s beautifully manicured gardens and gorgeous ballroom. From start to finish, their special day was impeccable!

Great weddings are all about thoughtful details that show the couple’s personality and their care for their guests. Christine and Scott surprised their guests by replacing traditional centerpieces with beautiful and differently flavored cakes. Their guests couldn’t wait to find out what flavor was at their table. Before the “big reveal,” guests made their way to the delicious buffet that Christine and Scott, with the help from our Special Event Planner Aymee Brace, hand-selected for their family and friends to indulge in. Another special element that we loved about this wedding is the way Christine and Scott integrated their children into the wedding ceremony; it was the perfect start for their new lives together. Christine and Scott’s wedding was stunning, and we’re so happy to have been a part of their special day!

Scott + Christine The Palmetto Club Wedding

Scott + Christine The Palmetto Club Wedding


Butler Passed Hors d’Oeuvres

Rustic Tomato & Mozzarella Bruschetta on grilled Italian bread

Miniature Beef Wellingtons served with Bearnaise sauce

Prosciutto Wrapped Figs stuffed with goat cheese


Dinner Buffet

Freshly Baked Artisan Breads

Baby Winter Greens with sun-dried cranberries, candied walnuts, crumbled bleu cheese & mandarin oranges finished with berry vinaigrette

Chicken Champagne with smoked Gouda & caramelized onions in a champagne cream sauce

Dry Rubbed Smoked Beef Brisket served with horseradish, raspberry chipotle sauce and smoky BBQ sauce

Gourmet Mashed Potato Bar with Yukon gold & red skin mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes topped & baked with marshmallows; presented in martini glasses & offered with a variety of toppings including crisp apple-wood smoked bacon, creme fraiche, caramelized Vidalia onions, roasted garlic, shredded cheeses, marshmallows, roasted pecans, whipped butter, chives & cinnamon sugar dust

Italian Zucchini & Summer Squash Medley with plum tomatoes

Penne a la Vodka with shredded Asiago cheese

Event Credits:

Venue: The Palmetto Club
Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Aymee Brace
Photographer: Carrie Wildes Potography
DJ: Frank Lebano & Co.
Florist: Events in Bloom
Decor: Events in Bloom
Lighting: Frank Lebano
Cake: Sweeties Delights

Real Weddings | Traci + Bo | The Lange Farm
January 3, 2012 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Today we are featuring Traci + Bo’s elegant southern wedding held at the Lange Farm in Dade City, Florida.  The Garden House at the Lange Farm offers picturesque rolling hills, acres of majestic oak trees, and a Garden House complete with a wrap-around porch, beautiful French doors, chandeliers, and an antique gazebo all working in concert to set the essence of true love and old fashioned romance.

When Traci and Bo’s family and friends arrived, they we’re greeted with tasty passed hors d’oeuvres including Asian beef sates seared with Thai spices & served with a scallion dipping sauce, bacon wrapped potato tots, spinach bouchees, and Key West conch fritters accompanied by a Cajon remoulade. Friends and family enjoyed the beauty of the Lange Farm, and shared the joy of Traci and Bo’s celebration. As guests found their escort cards and seats, they were welcomed to indulge in the much anticipated plated dinner featuring Puff ‘n Stuff Catering’s Champagne Chicken & Grilled Steaks accompanied by garlic smashed potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables. After dinner, Traci and Bo cut the cake, and basked in the sunset glow of their wedding day. Gorgeous from start to finish, Traci and Bo’s special day was flawless, and the perfect start to their new lives together.

Traci +Bo Lange Farm Wedding

Traci +Bo Lange Farm Wedding

Traci +Bo Lange Farm Wedding

Hors d’Oeuvres

Key West Conch Fritters with Cajon remoulade

Bacon-Wrapped Potato Tot with sour cream & a chive

Asian Beef Sate seared with Thai spices & served with scallion soy dipping sauce

Spinach Bouchee a puff pastry filled with a creamy Boursin spinach dip

Plated Dinner

Fresh Baked Artisan Breads

Mixed Green Salad with grape tomatoes, cucumbers, and purple onions served with ranch & champagne vinaigrette dressings

Chicken Champagne with smoked Gouda and caramelized onions in a champagne cream sauce

Grilled Chateau Steaks in a pinot noir demi glaze

Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Fresh Seasonal Vegetables in a lite lemon butter sauce


Event Credits:

Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Special Event Planner Aymee Brace
Venue: The Lange Farm
Photography: Carrie Wildes Photography
Cake: Chocolate Pi
Lighting: Wild Out Entertainment

Real Weddings | Kajal + Mark | T Pepin’s Hospitality Centre
December 20, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Today we are featuring Kajal and Mark’s wedding held at the T Pepin’s Hospitality Centre. T Pepin’s was the perfect venue to accommodate all of the unique, beautiful decor and festivities for this breath-taking day. This exotic wedding was absolutely stunning from start to finish, including both a Hindu and Christian Ceremony.

The grand celebration began in the ballroom with the Christian ceremony followed by the Hindu ceremony.  To further the guests enjoyment, Mango Lasi’s, a delicious mango drink, were served during the Hindu ceremony. After the ceremonies concluded, guests made their way into the foyer for cocktail hour where they were greeted by the Puff ‘n Stuff Catering staff  who butler passed a delicious selection of hors d’oeuvres. After mingling with friends and family, guests made their way back to the ballroom to join Kajal and Mark in the joy and excitement of their special day. Champagne was poured, and toasts were made in honor of the newly wed couple. The highly anticipated dinner buffet menu was an incredible specially fused menu featuring fare from both cultures. Following the exquisite dinner, Kajal and Mark cut the cake, and guests enjoyed authentic Indian desserts throughout the rest of the lively evening. Kajal and Mark’s wedding truly was remarkable in every detail and we were so thrilled to be a part of their celebration!


T Pepin's Hospitality Centre Wedding

T Pepin's Hospitality Centre Wedding

T Pepin's Hospitality Centre Wedding

Butler Passed Hors d’Oeuvres

Mango Lassi

Asian Vegetable Spring Rolls accompanied by a sweet chili sauce

Spinach Pakora served with white, brown & green chutney in a trio plate

American Corn Cheese Balls

Vegetarian Simosa Trio

Chili Rubbed Chicken


Dinner Buffet

Tropical Salad with mango, avocado, feta cheese, balsamic, & fresh seasonal fruit

Naan Bread

Papadum spiced crispy wafers

Malai Kofta stuffed potato dumplings, fried & cooked in a rich onion tomato curry

Vegetarian Pulav Basmati rice cooked with vegetables and spices

Chicken Kashmiri boneless chicken cooked with nuts & raisins in a creamy sauce

Paneer Makhani homemade cottage cheese cooked in a mildly spicy tomato & onion cream sauce

Dal Makhani black lentils simmered overnight with butter onions, tomatoes, and spices

Pulav, Papad, Raita flavored yogurts used as condiments

Mango Pickles tangy & spicy pickles made from mango & lime juices

Brown, White & Green Chutney


Dessert Station

Gajar Halwa fresh carrots cooked in milk and garnished with carrots

Ras Mali flattened paneer balls soaked in sweetened milk

Event Credits:

Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Aymee Brace
Photography: Victor’s Photojournalism
Planner: Weddings by Georgia, Georgia Watson
DJ: DJ Firoz
Florists: Suhaag Gardens

Real Weddings | Jessica + Jason | Barrington Hill Farm
November 3, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Today we’re featuring an elegant Southern Belle wedding that took place at the Barrington Hill Farm in Dade City, FL. This beautiful venue sits on 50 acres of lush rolling meadow and gives home to many stallions and racing horses. Barington Hill Farm is a unique venue, it’s home to horse shows and clinics, but what makes it really stand out and shine are the beautiful weddings it hosts.

Outside of the two story plantation house, guests crowded around the dance floor and enjoyed hors d’ouevres and cocktails provided by Puff ‘n Stuff Catering while they watched the Bride and Groom have their first dance. Proceeding the cocktail hour guests made their way into the main dining room of the farmhouse. The room was filled with natural wood chairs, floral designed linen and pastel blue mason jars on each table to hold a bouquet of flowers. Our team set up a hand crafted slider station and guests lined up to fill their stomachs with this scrumptious entree! The night ended sweetly as guests nibbled on our traditional key lime pie. A perfect ending to such a charming wedding.


Jessica + Jason | Barrington Hill Farm

Barrington Hill Farm Wedding

Barrington Hill Farm Wedding

Jessica + Jason | Barrington Hill Farm

Jessica & Jason Barrington Hill Wedding Trailer from Indie Atlantic Films on Vimeo.



Homey Hors D’ouevres

Lollipop Trio featuring goat cheese & mascarpone with sun-dried tomatoes, coated in pistachios; Saga blue & grapes covered in walnuts; and port wine
cheddar rolled in toasted almonds

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

Farmhouse Spread

Freshly Baked Artisan Breads

Mixed Green Salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and purple onions in sun-dried tomato vinaigrette

Slider Station
featuring an assortment of slider sandwiches on silver dollar rolls including miniature Black Angus cheeseburgers, and fried chicken with sausage gravy

Mashed Potato Bar
with creamy Yukon gold mashed potatoes, garlic smashed red skin potatoes, and sweet potatoes topped and baked with pecans and marshmallows, all presented in Cosmo glasses and offered with a variety of toppings including crisp applewood smoked bacon, sour cream, caramelized Vidalia onions, cheddar cheese, marshmallows, whipped butter, chives, and cinnamon sugar dust

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Dainty Dessert

Key Lime Cheesecake New York style cheesecake with key lime topping, whipped cream and fresh lime slices

Event Credits:

Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Special Event Planner Aymee Brace
Photographers: Divine Light Photography & Tina Sargeant Photography
Cinematographer: Indie Atlantic Films
DJ: Brown Sounds – Jason
Floral/Planning: 2 Sisters Events & Design
Invitations: A Fine Press
Venue: Barrington Hills Farm

A Mad Men Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot | Postcard Inn
June 21, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Here is a little ’60s infused inspiration for your Tuesday! We had fabulous opportunity to partner with Divine Light Photography and several other Tampa/St. Pete wedding pros to create this retro Mad Men inspired wedding at the Postcard Inn on St. Pete Beach.

Already featured on Style Me Pretty, this fanciful day will hopefully get your creative juices going and take you back to a cooler era. Check out the gorgeous images and video from the shoot, and read on for the details on our throwback comfort foods and clever treats.


Starting Off Right

Antipasto Kabobs

grape tomatos, fresh mozzarella balls, Kalamata olives, and artichoke hearts skewered ’60s style and served with aioli dip

Mini Monte Cristos “On the Rocks”

a classic indulgence served in a small rocks glass with layers of organic berry preserves and white powdered sugar

The Chicken & The Egg

even more sinful than mom’s deviled eggs and filled with spicy southern fried chicken

Smokin’ Dessert Cigars

classic crêpes rolled tightly, filled with chocolate mousse, dipped in chocolate and decorated to look like smoldering cigars

Mom’s Classics with a Twist

Classic Shrimp Cocktail

Chilled Small Shrimp served with cocktail sauce in a mini martini

Porthole Caesar Salad

fresh lettuce tossed with shaved parmesan cheese, an Asiago tuile and a classic Caesar dressing and tucked into a large crouton

Personal Beef Wellingtons

a retro entertaining staple stuffed with mushroom duxelles, wrapped in a puff pastry and served with Madeira wine sauce

Dutchess Potatoes

garlic smashed potatoes swirled and lightly browned

Green Bean Casserole

the original recipe served in a mini casserole dish


Thank you to the amazing vendors who made this inspiration shoot possible!

Photography: Divine Light Photography

Bar Service: Bella Bridesmaid

Cuisine: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering

Floral Design: Holly Nazario of Collective Creations

Linens: Jess Waldrop

Models: Raph Schwyter + Lili Rey + Kriss Pugh + Brianna Strum + Christina Kolosvary + Chris Dube

Venue: The Postcard Inn

Cake: Cakes By Nomeda

Wedding Gown: Anglo Couture

Real Weddings | Nikki + Chris | Tampa Bay Watch
June 13, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Happy Monday! Today we’re bringing you the beautiful spring wedding of Nikki and Chris at Tampa Bay Watch. Situated on the scenic shoreline of Cunningham Key, their ceremony was held on the venue’s spacious waterfront lawn set with palm trees, mangroves and crisp white chairs. The picture-perfect setting on the Gulf of Mexico created a gorgeous sunset backdrop as the couple said their “I do’s.”

Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed wine and classic hors d’oeuvres on the wrap-around terrace and a delicious family-style dinner inside the window-lined main hall. And to make the evening even more exciting – they were also celebrating the bride’s grandfather’s 90th birthday! To honor him, the couple requested a special cake table filled with hand-crafted decorative cakes just for the occasion. Read on to see pictures of their special day and beautiful menu!

Waterfront Hors d’Oeuvres
Coconut Chicken Brochettes skewered chicken breast coasted in coconut served with tropical salsa
Warm Phyllo Cups with Brie and Chef Jimmy’s house-made citrus honey
Smoked Chicken Cranberry with Caramelized Onion Bruschetta
Spinach Bouchée puff pastry filled with a creamy Boursin spinach dip

A Breezy Dinner
Freshly Baked Artisan Breads
Citrus Greens Salad frisée, arugula and baby spinach
with sliced Florida oranges, fennel, toasted almonds and a citrus vinaigrette
Glazed & Grilled Mahi Mahi Margarita
Jerk Marinated Chicken Breast
Seasonal Vegetables


Event Credits:

Catering/Linen/ Bar: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering

Flowers: Botanica Design Studio

Entertainment: Brace Entertainment

Photographer: Jerry McGaghey Photography

Venue: Tampa Bay Watch

Video: Chad Whelan Videographer

Real Weddings | Angie + Chris | Well-Designed Dinner
June 7, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Today’s featured event is the elegant wedding of Angie and Chris! The apple and ivory themed nuptials took place at a beautiful private residence in Bushnell, FL. The bride, a graphic designer by day, had a keen sense of style and a special vision for the look and feel of her wedding and the reception menu. The couple requested that all of the food would be small yet intricate, and each course was custom designed and displayed to match their vision.

The delicious designer meal began with a lively hors d’oeuvre reception followed by an elegant three course plated dinner. Let your eyes feast on the beautiful pictures, and read on to see the menu from their special day!


Designer Hors d’Oeuvres

Butternut Squash & Cranberry Tartlets with melted brie cheese
Baked Stuffed Mushroom Caps filled with artichokes & sun-dried tomatoes
Miniature Chicken Wellington (puff pastries filled with grilled chicken, Boursin cheese and cognac sauce)
Brie en Phyllo garnished with fresh fruit and filled with Raspberry Chambord

Elegance is Served

Course I

Asian Trio Plate with a California roll, avocado chicken tower and spring roll

Course II

Creamy Lobster Bisque
Artisan Breads

Course III

Chicken Champagne with smoked Gouda and caramelized onions drizzled in a champagne cream sauce
Petite Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes
Crisp Green Bean Bundles with lemon butter

Event Credits:

Band: Don Juceum (Full band)

Caterer: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Special Event Planner: Aymee Brace

Floral & Decor: Beyond Floral

Lighting & Rentals: uDream Events

Photographer: Andy Martin Photography

Planner: Nini Massey

Real Events | Tampa Bay Watch Showcase
May 16, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

In early April, we had the opportunity to team up with Tampa Bay Watch to host a showcase at their picturesque beachfront venue! Located at 3000 Pinellas Bayway South in Tierra Verde (near Tampa, FL), Tampa Bay Watch is a non-profit organization that trains and organizes community members to participate in environmental projects and educates the community about the fragility and importance of the environment. Perfect for those seeking a breathtaking outdoor venue or indoor event space with a beautiful view, the venue also offers guests engaging indoor aquariums and welcoming oceanfront style.

Many event professionals gathered to experience Tampa Bay Watch’s scenic vistas and enjoy relaxed Puff ‘n Stuff Catering fare. Check out the video to see Tampa Bay Watch and Puff ‘n Stuff Catering in action, and read on to see the event’s menu and photos!

Oceanside Snacks

Coconut Shrimp with mango chutney

Bacon-Wrapped Potato Tots with sour cream and chives

Whole Strawberries filled with sweet mascarpone cheese topped with toasted almonds

Sweet Corn & Ricotta Fritters

The Main Event

Churrascaria Chef Bar featuring a selection of delicious meats, marinated, skewered and chef grilled to perfection! Including New York strip, applewood bacon-wrapped chicken breast and lechon asado (dry-rubbed garlic pork loin), all served with mojo dipping sauce and mashed plantains.

A Sweet Ending

Mini Key Lime Pies



Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success!

Event Credits:

Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering

Photographer: Justin DeMutiis

Video: FH Weddings

Decor: Decorating Elves

Valet: Courtesy Valet

Real Events | The Roosevelt 2.0 | Corporate Showcase
March 9, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

The Puff ‘n Stuff Catering team was excited to cater the The Roosevelt 2.0 Showcase on February 1, 2011. Formerly the quarters for Theodore Roosevelt’s horses during times of war, The Roosevelt 2.0 has been transformed into a beautiful environmentally friendly venue with gorgeous displays of art and wildlife. The event was a showcase for approximately
75 event industry professionals to experience all that The Roosevelt 2.0 and Puff ‘n Stuff Catering have to offer.

To complement the eco-friendly theme of this event, we featured primarily vegetarian dishes, excluding a Rose Chicken Tower chef bar for non-vegetarian guests. Our delicious vegetarian creations included some of our favorite hors d’oeuvres:

Artisanal Cheese Presentation– with hand-picked seasonal cheese assortments from small independent farms complimented by dried fruits, nuts, and crackers; each plate features a well-rounded selection of cheeses that represent a variety of flavors, textures and milk types

Kabob Skewers– with grape tomato, fresh mozzarella ball, Kalamata olive, and artichoke heart with aioli dip

For the main course Puff ‘n Stuff Catering featured two Chef Bar stations filled with a plentiful amounts of organic gourmet food fit to please every guest at the party:

Smoked Rose Chicken Tower– including raspberry and chipotle chicken roulade served on a grilled corn, peach and poblano salad and accompanied with a jalapeno corn muffin topped with a peach and raspberry jam

Oriental Wok Station– cooked to order with bok choy, straw mushrooms, water chestnuts, bean sprouts, baby corn, bamboo shoots, shiitake mushrooms, savoy cabbage, stir-fried in a ginger-garlic sauce and served over house-made vegetable fried rice in pagoda pails with chopsticks

For the perfectly portioned dessert, guests enjoyed a selection of our “Little Luxuries” presented in a variety of glass stemware – fresh fruit compote layered with vanilla cream, silky chocolate mousse, carrot cake, dulce de leche cheesecake, tiramisu, key lime with crushed graham crackers, red velvet and cream cheese icing, peanut butter chocolate mousse, German chocolate cake, strawberry shortcake.


Caterer: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering

Photographer: Matthew Kent from Matthew R Photo

Entertainment: Stilt Walker (Provided by Roosevelt 2.0)

Real Events | Jannus Live | Corporate Celebration
February 28, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

It’s time to showcase another real client event! Today we are sharing a large corporate medical party held at Jannus Live on February 3rd.  Originally designed for public concerts, this was the first corporate event held at the Jannus Stadiums.

The theme for this event was “glow” in the dark; from tables to chairs, even the bar, everything was lit up with neon colors.  Neon chandeliers hung from the trees outside to add a retro feel to the event. The evening’s program included the company’s monthly agenda followed by a comedian and live band.

To complement the futuristic event theme, we decided to spice up the party and create four Chef Bars showcasing delicious meals such as:

  • Bastille Salad Station – displaying grilled hearts of romaine offered with a selection of toppings to include shaved cantaloupe, julienne prosciutto, grilled chicken, marinated artichoke hearts, diced tomato, pickled red onion with choice of red wine vinaigrette, ranch, honey mustard, balsamic vinaigrette
  • Slider Station – with an assortment of sliders on silver dollar rolls, to include: jumbo lump crab cake with Cajun rémoulade, fried chicken and sausage gravy, pulled pork slider served with shaved sweet potato fries and assorted condiments
  • Fresh Sashimi & Sushi Rolls – hand rolled from our freshest seafood including: spicy tuna, yellowtail, crab, sea bass, fresh or smoked salmon, scallops, or shrimp with wasabi, pickled ginger and soy sauce, accompanied by spicy mustard and eel sauce
  • Macaroni & Cheese Bar with Grilled Chicken – Chefs cook and assemble guests’ selection of traditional elbow macaroni with cheddar cheese or orecchiette with blended Italian cheeses then top it off with their choice of applewood-smoked bacon, grilled chicken strips, crispy fried onions, mushrooms, jalapenos, smoked ham bits, black olives and tomato salsa
  • Gourmet Petite Desserts – a selection of favorites: strawberry Frangipane cream tarts, chocolate cups filled with raspberry and chocolate mousse, chocolate pecan pies, chocolate éclairs, profiteroles, fruit tarts, sacher tortes, chocolate truffles, mocha cakes, French hazelnut cake, chocolate truffles, coconut macaroons, cream horns, chocolate-dipped strawberries and chocolate-dipped cheesecake lollipops coated with crunchy ground pistachio


Caterer: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Special Event Planner – Aymee Brace

Photographer: Aaron Lockwood Photography

Planner: Georgia Watson Events

Band: Will Erikson and the Local Roots

Comedian: Philly Plowden.

All Decor: IM Events

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

Real Events | Chen Wedding | Downtown Tampa
February 14, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Today’s featured event is a small, elegant wedding that took place in early January. The ceremony was held on the rooftop terrace at 220 West 7th in downtown Tampa as the couple and their guests overlooked a scenic waterfront vista. The romantic, chandelier-lit reception was held in a raw space on the building’s ground floor, which was opened specially for the couple’s wedding day. Their reception is quite unique – it was the first and will be the only to take place in the space. Once finished, it will be a private, commercial office. Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Special Event Planner, Aymee Brace, helped the bride find this unique space, and several vendors helped create a romantic ambiance in this edgy, industrial venue.

The “icing on the cake” of the menu was our reproduction of the bride’s favorite dish, Shanghai Style Grouper, from local restaurant, Mitchell’s Fish Market. The restaurant shared the recipe with our Chef and he produced the meal with our interpretation of the side dishes.

Hors d’Oeuvres

  • Maryland Crab Cake Towers – pan seared and served with a Cajun rémoulade
  • Mini Angus Cheeseburgers – served with tomato, pickle & mustard and served with a mini cone of sweet potato fries
  • “Soup & Sandwich” Bianco Panini – with mozzarella, sweet onion, fresh tomatoes, arugula, Gorgonzola, and e.v.o.o. grilled on focaccia and served with a tomato‑basil soup shooter

Chef Bars

  • Grouper Shanghai Style –  on a bed of white rice and spinach steamed with ginger infusion
  • Oak Grilled Vegetable Display – eggplant, summer squash, zucchini, asparagus, purple onion, Portobellos, bell peppers, artichoke hearts and other seasonal vegetables rubbed with balsamic and olive oil, then grilled over an oak fire served with a sunshine aioli dip
  • Mashed Potato Bar – with creamy Yukon gold mashed, garlic smashed, red skins, and sweet potatoes topped and baked with pecans and marshmallows,  presented in Cosmo glasses and offered with a variety of toppings including crisp applewood smoked bacon, sour cream, caramelized Vidalia onions, cheddar cheese, marshmallows, whipped butter, chives, and cinnamon sugar dust
  • Bowtie Pasta – with marinara or alfredo sauce and guest’s choice of applewood‑smoked bacon, crispy  fried onions, wild mushrooms or shaved Parmesan cheese
  • Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese – fresh Grana Padano cheese with lobster, prosciutto, petit pois, garnished with fried basil and a coral cheddar tuile accompanied with a small caesar salad served in a specialty glass with a focaccia breadstick

To conclude the evening, the couple wanted to leave the guests in awe with our decadent dessert displays:


  • Chef Attended Traditional Bananas Foster Flambé– warm butter & rum sautéed bananas served over vanilla bean ice cream with a cinnamon crisp


  • Gourmet Petite Desserts– including strawberry Frangipane cream tarts, chocolate cups filled with raspberry and chocolate mousse, chocolate pecan pies,  chocolate éclairs, profiteroles, fruit tarts, sacher tortes, chocolate truffles, mocha cakes, French hazelnut cake, chocolate truffles, coconut macaroons covered in Dark Chocolate, cream horns, chocolate‑dipped strawberries and chocolate‑dipped cheesecake lollipops coated with crunchy ground pistachio


Caterer: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Special Event Planner – Aymee Brace

Photographer: Divine Light Photography


DJ: Ben Grant Hemond & Associates

Florist: La Vie en Rose

Chandeliers: conceptBAIT

Lighting: Bay Stage Lighting

Planner: Anna Richardson at Lucia Paul Design

Real Events | An Evening with Dali | Salvador Dali Museum
February 9, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

At Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, we pride ourselves in delighting our clients and love to see them return to book additional events! Today’s featured event is our most recent event for JMC Properties, An Evening with Dali, which was held at the brand new Salvador Dali Museum in St.Petersburg, FL. JMC Properties was the first company to host a private event at this venue, which took place on January 26th.

The night began with a cocktail hour at Ovation, which is one of JMC’s newest properties. As guests arrived, they were served scrumptious butler passed-hors d’oeuvres including Fresh Fruit Brochettes with pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew & strawberries presented on bamboo skewers and served with a side of mango citrus dipping sauce, and our homemade Roasted Pepper Hummus with herbed pita chips.

Afterwards guests were shuttled to the Salvador Dali Museum where they enjoyed a private tour of the new facility and delicious Puff ‘n Stuff Catering creations such as:

•    Mini Grilled Beef Tenderloin Kabobs– with peppers and onions

•    Cheesy Onion Delight– blend of Asiago, parmesan and cream cheese with shallots and chives on brioche toast rounds

•    Baked Stuffed Mushroom Caps– filled with fresh spinach & feta

•    Pan-Seared Chicken & Artichoke Brochettes– in a chardonnay cream sauce

•    Spanish Paella Valencia – served from an authentic paella skillet with striped clams, saffron rice, shrimp, sea scallops,
 grilled chicken and chorizo sausage tossed with capers, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts and spring peas with Manchego cheese toast

•    Traditional Flan– topped with a creamy caramel sauce


Photographer:  Gina Leigh Photography

Caterer: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Special Event Planner – Aymee Brace

DJ: Live Spanish musician, Daryal Erdem

Planner: Anna Richardson, Lucia Paul Design

Bar: uDream Events

Real Events | The Regent VIP Opening | Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
February 7, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Puff ‘n Stuff catering was very pleased to be a part of the VIP Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of The Regent on January 14th, 2011. One of Tampa’s newest venues, the space can hold up to 1,400 reception guests or 650 guests at a plated dinner event. Wood floors, marble statues, and a gorgeous patio lined with white columns add to the beauty of this new facility. This event space is focused toward the use of the community and their needs and surprisingly the community was very involved and anxious for the opening of this venue. 150 guests attended the Friday evening VIP Event, and throngs of excited community residents also attended the Grand Opening the following day. All were eager to see what the Regent had to offer to this city.

Puff ‘n Stuff catering is one of eight preferred caterers for The Regent and was the exclusive caterer at the VIP Opening Event. The event started with delicious Hors d’Oeuvres including Chilled Gazpacho Shooters; Tomato, Chicken, and Avocado Costini’s; and our Maryland Crab Cake Towers, which are pan seared and served with a Cajun remoulade. The main courses for this event featured a combination of some of our Chef’s favorites:

  • Caesar Salad Chef Bar- Caesar salad made to order and plated by the Chef
  • Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese Chef Bar- fresh Grana Padano cheese with lobster, prosciutto, petit pois, garnished with fried basil and a coral cheddar tuile
  • Gourmet Mashed Potato Bar- guests choice of creamy Yukon gold mash, garlic smashed red skins and sweet potatoes topped and baked with pecans and marshmallows. The mashed potatoes are presented in Cosmo glasses and offered with a variety of toppings including crisp applewood smoked bacon, sour cream, caramelized Vidalia onions, cheddar cheese, marshmallows, whipped butter, chives, and cinnamon sugar dust
  • Mediterranean Sampler- hummus, tabouleh, Greek olives, baba ghanouj, and tzatziki sauce with crisp pita chips and flatbread crackers
  • Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella Skewers- marinated fresh mozzarella skewered with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil

The VIP Opening for The Regent was an exciting and successful event. Puff ‘n Stuff Catering was honored to participate and pleased to see the community so involved and enthusiastic about their new local venue. We look forward to many great events at The Regent!


Caterer: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Special Event Planner – Aymee Brace

Venue: The Regent

Photographer: Matthew R Photo (Matthew Kent)

Uplighting, Drape and Bars: Extravaganza Productions

Linen: Connie Duglin

Real Events | "Club NACE" | Tampa NACE Chapter
February 2, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

December is always a busy month at Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, and we love having the opportunity to cater holiday parties of all styles and sizes. One event in particular stood out as an incredibly successful and non-traditional style party – the Tampa Bay NACE (National Association of Catering Executives) December event.

The evening was a fun showcase with everything, from the cuisine and drinks to entertainment and photography, provided by local NACE members. As described in the January NACE Newsletter, the evening was a hit! “In true Tampa Bay NACE style, T Pepin’s Hospitality Centre was transformed into “ClubNACE” – a makeshift dance club complete with “bouncers” at the door, VIP wristbands, and roaming cocktail waitresses offering a progressive signature cocktail service beginning with champagne shooters with mint marshmallows.

Puff ‘n Stuff Catering provided both butler-passed and demonstration style, chef-attended hors d’oeuvres including duck ropa vieja wontons and lobster beignets.  In addition to the open bar, guests enjoyed five different signature drinks – one served every 45 minutes – throughout the nigh
t. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make this night AMAZING!”









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Event Credits:

Catering:  Puff ‘n Stuff Catering

Cocktail Waitresses: UDream Events

Coffee: Cafe Ala Carte

Draping & Dance Floor: conceptBAIT

DJ/ Entertainment: Marvelless Mark

Event Management: Sandy Rule Events

Flowers: Botanica International Design Studio

Furniture Rentals: Room Service

Lighting: Bay Stage Lighting

Photography: R. Joseph Photographics

Photo Booth: ShutterBooth

Linens/Rentals: Panache

Menu and Food Station Signage: A Fine Press

Valet: 2-4-1 Valet

Venue: T Pepin’s Hospitality Centre


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