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Real Weddings | Amanda + Thomas | Winthrop Barn Theatre
August 6, 2013 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

The Winthrop Barn Theatre is a departure from the average barn, and it was the ideal venue for Amanda and Thomas’ romantic spring wedding! Nestled in the town of Brandon, just outside of Tampa, the Winthrop Barn Theatre is spacious and absolutely charming.

Amanda and Thomas’ big day was nothing short of perfection – delicious food, great company, and a picturesque setting made the night one to remember by all. The barn’s ceiling lights twinkled down on the wedding festivities, and the décor’s subtle hues and clean lines were effortlessly elegant.

The evening began with savory butler-passed hors d’oeuvres including spring rolls, hot asiago stuffed fried olives, and mini soft pretzel nuggets complete with porter cheese queso. Amanda and Thomas offered a delicious, casual dinner spread of fun food stations including Quesadillas, Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese, and  Mini Sliders & Dogs. With fresh movie popcorn and mini vanilla ice cream cones, the night truly ended in a sweet way!

Thank you to this sweet couple for allowing us to be a part of their big day. Continue reading to explore their gorgeous photos and scrumptious menu!

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Butler Passed Hors d’Oeuvres
Fresh Asian Vegetable Spring Roll accompanied by a sweet Thai chili sauce

Cuban Cigar spring roll with roasted pork, pickle and ham bites with mayo-mustard dip

Hot Asiago Stuffed Fried Olives with a Parmesan aioli dip

Mini Soft Pretzel Nuggets in a Porter Cheese Queso served in a white paper cone

Station 1
Chef Attended Slider and Dog Station French Dip Slider with Shaved Roast Beef, Horseradish Cream and Au Jus, & Hebrew National Hot Dogs served with shaved shoe string fries

Station 2
Chef Attended Quesadilla Station with mojo roasted pulled pork, chipotle grilled chicken, grilled slices of steak, balsamic roasted vegetables, pepper jack and cheddar cheeses, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, sour cream, and guacamole made to order and grilled up fresh with Tri Colored Tortillas and Hot Queso

Station 3
Buffalo Chicken Macaroni & Cheese

Butler Passed Dessert
Rich Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream in mini waffle cones

Hot Buttered Movie Style Popcorn freshly popped

Thank you to all of the wonderful event professionals who contributed to their special day.
Wedding Planner | UNIQUE Event Design
Bartender | Acropolis Taverna
Wedding Cake | Chantilly Cakes
Groom’s Cake | Marcia [family friend]
Caterer | Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
Hair | Asonipse Salon & Spa
Linens | Connie Duglin Linen
Make-up | M.A.C Cosmetics
Entertainment | DJ by CJ
Photographer | Jason Mize Photography
Rentals | Modern Day Events
Transportation | 1st Class Limo
Tuxedo Rental | MW Tux
Valet | VIP Valet & Limousine
Ceremony Venue | Nativity Catholic Church
Reception Venue | Winthrop Pole Barn



Real Weddings | Karina + VJ | The Salvador Dali Museum
January 15, 2013 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

The first thing that comes to mind with Karina + VJ is WOW! They’re a match made in heaven who knew how to wed in style! Their color scheme of eggplant and burnt orange popped so perfectly at The Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg- it really was a stunning affair. They met with their personal Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Special Event Planner, Lauren Balden, to handcraft a menu that would showcase their style and personality; and boy did they knock it out of the park! With delicious items such as mini waffles topped with hazelnut butter and pecan crusted chicken drizzled with old fashion syrup to Jumbo Prawns stuffed with fresh lump crab meat & finished with lime buerre blanc guests were raving all night long. Scroll below to see the rest of their mouthwatering menu and photos from the evening of Amore Dulce.

Puff 'n Stuff Catering The Dali Museum Wedding

Puff 'n Stuff Catering at The Salvador Dali Museum Wedding

Puff 'n Stuff Catering Tampa The Salvador Dali Museum Wedding

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Butler Passed Hors d’Oeuvres

Arugula & Pesto Crostini

Smoked Chicken, Cranberry & Caramelized Onion Bruschetta

Chicken & Waffles mini waffles topped with hazelnut butter and pecan crusted chicken drizzled with old fashion syrup

Maryland Crab Cake Towers seared and served with a Cajun rémoulade

Bacon-Wrapped Potato Tot with sour cream and chive

Plated Dinner

First Course

Freshly Baked Artisan Breads with whipped butter, e.v.o.o., aged balsamic & finishing salt

Baby Winter Greens with sun-dried cranberries, candied walnuts, crumbled blue cheese, and mandarin oranges finished with a berry vinaigrette

Second Course Duet

Jumbo Prawns stuffed with fresh lump crab meat & finished with lime buerre blanc

Chicken Caprese Tower Sous Vide-Tower marinated chicken breast on a eggplant crouton with tomato ragout and basil chiffonade then topped with fried basil

Cheesy Potato Gratin

Balsamic Grilled Asparagus Spears with roasted red and yellow peppers

Dessert

Butter Cream Wedding Cake
Top Layer: Lemon Raspberry
Middle Layer: Red Velvet
Bottom layer: Chocolate Amaretto


Event Credits:
Venue: The Salvador Dali Museum
Photographer: Carrie Wildes Photography
Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
Cake: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
Wedding Planner: Simply Divine Events
Floral: Floral Events by Joanne
DJ: Rhythm of the Night
Chivari Chairs: Signature Events by Design
Flamenco Dancers: Sombras Flamencas



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

Glazer Childrens Museum

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

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

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

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



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 Events | TSE Gala | Restaurant 20.12
May 15, 2012 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Today we are featuring an event so big, it took over part of Downtown Tampa! The Special Event Gala Awards have been held every year since 1986 to honor the biggest stars in the special events industry. This year, a team led by Mark Wells of Hello Florida took The Special Event to the next level with “Restaurant 20.12.” The event team, including Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, worked together to concept and design an evening centered around unique and fresh cuisine served in a fully-functioning “pop-up” restaurant. Preparation for the event included setting up development plans with the City of Tampa, and working with some great vendors to construct Restaurant 20.12 in Cotanchobee Fort Brook Park adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center.  This completely unique and temporary venue was a two-story enclosed tent that housed two kitchens, a stage for the band, as well as accommodations for 580 guests. The interior of Restaurant 20.12 showcased chic decor, beautiful floral arrangements, cool lighting, very modern tables and chairs, and amazing talents that entertained the guests from the center stage.

Catering to the special events industry is no small order, and Puff ‘n Stuff Catering provided five courses with multiple table-side selections for guests to indulge in! Superb plates on the restaurant menu included Classic Cioppino Fresh Seafood Stew, Sweet Pumpkin Ravioli, and Wild Mushroom Rissotto with a Roasted Marrow Bone, just to name a few. After the entrees, upscale cheese plates were served to tables followed by a delicious Maker’s Mark cake for dessert!

The Special Event Gala Awards was an exciting and successful event, and it took seven full days to build the restaurant and bring everything together! Throughout the night, guests were treated to live music performances, exotic dancing, and some truly uncommon spectacles…this night would have made the Rat Pack glad to attend! Scroll below to see some pictures from the night, the full menu, and an exciting video chronicling the steps that made Restaurant 20.12 come to life!

 

TSE Gala Catering

Amuse Bouche

 Mediterranean Sampler Hummus, Cucumber Raita and Greek olives, with crisp pita chips and flat bread crackers

Savory Marcona Almonds

 

Course I: Butler Passed Hors D’oevres

Cognac and Brown Butter Seared Foie Gras Served atop a Foccacia Crsip, Brandied Apricot butter, and a candied nut garnish

Pepper Berry Crusted Baby Lamb Chops with crimson reduction and seasonal micro greens

Leek Cheesecake on a Cracker Spoon Savory Leek Cheesecake with arugula pesto, carmelized onions, sweet grape tomato and served on a pesto cracker spoon

Seared Ahi on green papaya salad

 

Course II: Small Plates

A Study in Heirlooms  Chef’s garden wedge heirloom tomato, sun gold, snow white and sugar snack baby heirlooms, Australian Murray River flake salt, micro basil, Piccardo & Savore unfiltered EVOO and B. R. Cohn 12 year white balsamic with basil foam.

Seafood Marriage a scallop and salmon stack, eloquently combined and served with a white balsamic glaze, epic mache greens salad, and citrus supremes

Noodle Bowl  Miso sarachi broth, Thai Chicken, bean thread noodles, snow peas, scallions, enoki, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, napa, bok choy and bean sprouts

Wild Mushroom Rissotto with a roasted marrow bone

 

Course III: Entree

Lamb Three Ways – Osso bucco with fried arugula; ragu over polenta; seared loin with cherry demi and mustard greens

Sweet Pumpkin Ravioli in sage brown butter with candied brussel sprouts, oyster mushrooms, and crushed candied nuts

Classic Cioppino Fresh Seafood Stew with Scallop, Clams, Mussels, and white fish in a saffron seafood brodo with herbed orzo served with a grilled crostini

Coffee and Chili Rubbed Sliced Black Angus Cowboy Steak served with shallot butter and accompanied by creamed spinach and Yukon gold smashed potatoes

 

Cheese Course

Cheese Presentation   France: Billat Savarin & Morbier, Italy: Telaggio accompanied by
wild strawberry and balsamic jam, green tomato relish, natural honeycomb, fresh mission figs, medjool dates, cheese sticks, crackers and flat breads

Dessert

The Cake Makers Mark Chocolate, walnut, and brown sugar crust topped with bourbon soaked genoise cake and Kentucky bourbon caramel sauce

Event Credits:

Caterer: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering

Hello Florida, Inc.

AFR Event Furnishings

American Turf and Carpet

Angela Beasley’s Puppet People

Beat Creative

Chic Event Furniture

Dazian Creative Fabric Environments

Dorene Collier’s Event Show Productions

Eklectico

Hertz Energy Services/ Hertz Entertainment

Island Breeze Affiliates, Inc.

Karl’s Event Services

Key Artist Group

Marriott Waterside

Metropolis Productions

MK Shannon Awards and Rewards, Inc.

Panache a Classic Party Rental Company

Party Guys

PTE Productions

Pyrotecnico

Totally Mod Furniture

TS Productions

United Site Services, Inc.

VHVIDEO.COM

Virginia Toy and Novelty

Wire-Free LED



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 Events | Justin’s Barnyard Bash! | Private Residence
December 27, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Justin turned two, and to celebrate his mother organized this amazing themed birthday party! Justin’s birthday had everything a two-year old could ever want – a petting zoo, balloon maker, a swimming pool, and a birthday buffet of his dreams. And to ensure everyone had something to enjoy, this shindig featured two buffets: one for the kids and one for the adults.

The kids feasted on their favorites such as animal-shaped grilled cheese’s sandwiches; and the adult’s had their own decadent buffet with goat cheese lollipops, farmer’s bread bowls,  pulled pork sliders, and racks of succulent BBQ ribs.  In keeping with the theme, the food was displayed in a barnyard style! The fresh seasonal fruit salad was served in an adorable watermelon bowl carved as a pig, food was served out of pails and baskets, and to top it off they even drank out of boot shaped glasses! Justin loved his Barnyard Birthday cake with mini animal cupcakes, and a pasture of cake pop cows and chickens in wheat grass. Look below for more barnyard fun!

Justin's Barnyard Bash - Children's Birthday Party

Justin's Barnyard Bash - Children's Birthday Party

Justin's Barnyard Bash - Children's Birthday Party

Justin turns 2 from VHVIDEO.COM

Children’s Buffet

Fresh Corn on the Cob with drawn butter

Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad tossed in mango dressing and displayed in a watermelon bowl carved out like a pig

Large Corn Dogs served with mustard dipping sauce

Sweet Potato Fries presented in mini pales and placed around the table

Chicken Tender Strips served with honey mustard dipping sauce

Traditional Grilled Cheese cut in shapes of farm animals

 

Adult’s Buffet

Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad tossed in mango dressing and displayed in a watermelon bowl carved out like a pig

Chicken in the Egg deviled eggs filled with spicy southern fried chicken

Farmer’s Bread Bowl fresh seasonal vegetables accompanied by chilled Mediterranean spinach dip & presented in a large bread round with artisan bread cubes

Goat Cheese Lollipops whipped goat cheese mixed with mascarpone, sun-dried tomatoes & seasonings then coated with toasted almond & pistachio nuts

Sweet Potato Fries presented in larger pales

Mini Pulled Pork Slider with pico de gallo, Monterrey jack & sliced avocado on a Hawaiian roll

Racks of Succulent BBQ Pork Ribs with zesty sauce

 

Dessert Station

Cake Pops decorated like chicken & pigs displayed on trays of wheat grass

Barnyard Cake

Event Credits:

Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Special Event Planner Lauren Balden
Event Planner: Table 6 Productions
Cake:Cakes by Nomeda
The Lighting and Decor:ConceptBAIT
Photographers: Gina Leigh Photography
Videographers: VHVIDEO.COM
Entertainment: Petting Zoo and Cowgirl Balloon Artist provided by Blair 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



Real Events | Michael + Laura’s Rehearsal Dinner | Salvador Dali Museum
September 15, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Buenos Dias! And welcome to the Puff ‘n Stuff Catering blog! Today, we are showcasing a fun-filled Latin-themed wedding rehearsal dinner at the Dali Museum in St.Petersburg, Florida.

To kick off this event guests enjoyed an over-the-top cocktail hour with Puff ‘n Stuff Catering’s custom mojito and sangria bar.  Signature cocktails including mangos mojito and sparkling black cherry mojitos were displayed buffet style in large glass cocktail dispensers, pre-mixed for instant satisfaction. Cuban-themed hors d’ouevres were butler-passed by our team, who were all wearing large handlebar mustaches in honor of the museum’s namesake. They had a blast sporting the Dali mustaches and dressing to the theme, as did the guests who were also invited to join in the fun.

Following the cocktail hour, guests enjoyed our Classic Caprese Salad and delicious Paella Valencia served at chef attended stations from authentic paella pans. The exciting meal was brought to a fun conclusion as guests sipped freshly brewed Cuban coffee and enjoyed our café con leche flan, complete with a Chocolate Dali mustache to tie this clever theme together!

Rehearsal Dinner at the Dali from VHVIDEO.COM on Vimeo.

Puff 'n Stuff Catering Staff

 

Dali Hors d’Ouevres

Shrimp and Grits Mascarpone infused grits topped with Spicy Shrimp

“Soup & Cuban Sandwich” Shooters sliced roast pork, ham, swiss, and pickles, grilled on cuban bread and served with a gazpacho soup shooter

Miniature Chicken Wellingtons puff pastries filled with grilled chicken, Boursin cheese and cognac sauce

Braised Short Rib on Corn Cakes with fried shallots, chives and sour cream

Mini Ropa Vieja Empanadas offered with tomatillo dipping sauce

Goat Cheese Lollipops whipped goat cheese mixed with mascarpone, sun-dried tomatoes and seasonings, coated with toasted almond and pistachio nuts

Hot Asiago Stuffed Fried Olives with parmesan aioli dip

Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto de Parma with truffle cream cheese

Tapenade Trio

Cha, Cha, Cha Dinner Buffet

Freshly Baked Artisan Breads

Chopped Classic Caprese Salad Chopped beefsteak tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil drizzled with aged balsamic vinaigrette and extra virgin olive oil and garnished with a plantain crisp

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

Cafe Con Leche Flan

 

Event Credits:

Catering:Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Special Event Planner – Lauren Balden

Lighting: RJ Vida

Linens: Connie Duglin Linen

Photo & Video: VHVIDEO.COM, David Hohenthaner & Maureen Taylor

Venue: The Salvador Dali Museum



Real Weddings | Kelsey + Greg | Bayshore Boulevard Estate
August 23, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Today’s real event is the romantic vintage-inspired wedding of Kelsey & Greg! The bride chose to hold her wedding and reception in the very place where she grew up. Filled with memories of her family, their special day created countless new memories with her newly expanded family and added character that no other venue could duplicate. The ceremony took place on the back lawn of the estate accented by pink floral arches lining the aisle, a waterfront view of the Gulf of Mexico, and a perfect sunset backdrop while the couple wed.

Following the ceremony, guests were escorted into the tented reception space which was beautifully adorned with floral vines and sparkling lights running up the walls and lining the tent ceiling. Large floral chandeliers filled the room with candlelight as Puff ‘n Stuff Catering served signature rosemary-infused lemonade and elegant hors d’oeuvres.

Soon after, a live band took the stage and got the party started! Guests were given silly glasses, stick on mustaches, glow in the dark wands, and other fun favors to make for an interesting night. After dancing up a storm, guests settled down to enjoy some of Puff ‘n Stuff Catering’s newest creations presented in fanciful chef bars. Following dinner the couple cut into their cakes and had a sweet ending to their fairytale day.

Kelsey +Greg Bayshore Boulevard Estate Wedding

Kelsey +Greg Bayshore Boulevard Estate Wedding

Kelsey +Greg Bayshore Boulevard Estate Wedding

Kelsey +Greg Bayshore Boulevard Estate Wedding

Kelsey +Greg Bayshore Boulevard Estate Wedding

Happily-Ever-After Hors d’Oeuvres:

Eggplant Croutons with honey roasted tomatoes, kalamata olives and pine nut tapanade with Feta cheese

Whole Strawberries filled with sweet mascarpone cheese and topped with toasted almonds

Maryland Crab Cake Towers seared and served with a Cajun rémoulade

Duck Ropa Vieja Wontons with calabaza squash, napa cabbage, and a rioja demi sauce

Beef Nagamaki with a ginger soy mousse

North Carolina Stack A three bean bake sautéed with apples and onions and served with 4 Rivers house smoked beef brisket and Carolina coleslaw

Garden Dinner Action Stations:

Quesadillas Mojo roasted pork, chipotle grilled chicken, grilled hanger steak, balsamic roasted vegetables, pepper jack and cheddar cheeses, and all the trimmings

Tenderloin Chimichurri Chef carved beef tenderloin topped with chimichurri, frizzled leeks, pink peppercorns, and drizzled olive oil over white truffle mashed potatoes

Rose Chicken Tower Smoked 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

King Crab with Pink Grapefruit Lump king crab served on peeled grapefruit slices finished with a tangerine gastrique and lemon foam

Asian Trio Plate Beet-cured salmon sashimi, inside out California roll and summer vegetable spring roll with a thai peanut sauce

Tropical Tuna Ceviche Shot with a brunoise of tropical fruit

Zellwood Sweet Corn & Ricotta Fritters

Chef Paul’s Old South Seafood Stew A variety of the freshest seafood and shellfish served from an oversized pan into large mugs over orzo pasta and topped with peasant croutons

Tomato, Avocado & Goat Cheese Crostini

Pepper Berry Crusted Lamb Chops with crimson reduction

Mini Monte Cristo served with organic berry preserves and dusted with powder sugar

Delectable Desserts

S’mores Outdoors Crunchy graham crackers held by an old fashioned wooden clothespin, dipped in decadent melted chocolate then swirled in creamy marshmallows and finished by being flame-toasted before your eyes

Mignardises (by Chocolate Pi)

Event Credits:

Event Styling/Coordination: Zoe Gallina, Inc., Zoe Gallina

Photographer: Rayn Joseph Photographs, Ryan Joseph

Décor & Floral: Botanica Design Studio, Ian Prosser

Food and Beverage: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, Special Event Planner: Aymee Brace

Quartet: Dillingham Quartet, David Dillingham

Cocktail Trio/Band: Simply Irresistible, Susan Criner

Videographer: Voila Cinematic, Jocelyn Karas

Rentals: U.S. Tent Rental, Steve Bruenner

Lounge Furniture: Room Service Rentals, Sarah Florio

Tent Draping: Design Elements, Shane Myers

Lighting: Baystage Lighting, Nicole Carballa

Wedding Cakes: Chocolate Pi, Kim Yelvington

Bride Hair/Make Up: Elena Joseph, Elena Joseph

Bridal Party Hair: Cimino Salon, Michael Cimino

Shuttle Buses: Skyline Limousines, Mark Anthony

Valet: 717 Parking, Lauren Ruiz

Getaway Car: Cole’s Classic Cars, Darrel Cole



Destination Wedding Venues in Your Own Backyard
June 27, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

Have you dreaming about planning a romantic wedding in Tuscany or a glamorous affair in New York, but woken up to a local wedding reality? Well, we’re happy to share that you can have a fabulous wedding in your hometown that feels like it’s in a land far-far-away…without breaking the bank!

Central Florida and the Tampa-St. Pete areas are home to numerous venues that lend a destination vibe without the destination price tag. Local venues not only reduce travel expenses for you and your guests, they can reduced your stress level and be perfectly transformed to resemble the exact destination that you wished for. Today we would like to share some of our favorite local “destination” venues in hopes they can make your wedding vision come true!

The Big City
With Broadway lights and stunning glamour, New York has a place in everyone’s heart. The Mezz, a Downtown Orlando venue, has the bright lights, chic design and city-scaped floor-to-ceiling windows to bring a New York themed event come to life!

 

Las Vegas, NV
Adventurous and modern, Heaven Events Center is the perfect venue for a Las Vegas style event. Filled with glitz and state of the art technology like LED lighting and HD TVs, this locale close to Central Florida’s attractions is sure to keep guests thrilled just like the fast city of Vegas!

 

Travel Back in Time
The Ballroom at Church Street offers elegant Victorian style in the heart of Downtown Orlando with large detailed stain glass windows, double grand staircases, and spacious ballrooms. If you yearn to celebrate in classic style, this space can be decked to fit any fairytale wedding!

 

Tuscany, Italy
Couples longing to venture into Italian wine country for their big day need only to travel to Sarasota’s Powel Crosley Estate. This large stone mansion is surrounded by beautiful gardens setting the scene for a breathtakingly charming and romantic wedding.

 

Tropical Paradise
Paradise Cove offers a lush, tropical backdrop for a scenic waterfront wedding. Nestled near Disney’s Lake Buena Vista area, Paradise Cove’s thatched-roof and open-air patio, beach front bars and sandy shores will make you feel like you’re miles away from the city!

 

Latin Locales
If you seek venue rich in cultural history with a latin flare, The Cuban Club in Ybor City is a must-see. With its large ballrooms, theaters and open-air space, this space can transform a party into an exciting, fun-filled fiesta!



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



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