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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 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

 

 



Real Weddings | Natalie + Donnie | Orlando Museum of Art
November 8, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff | comments

“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” – Paul Cezanne

The Orlando Museum of Art is a unique romantic setting for a wedding. Filled with exquisite paintings and sculptures, it’s challenging to find another venue that compares to it’s elegant and artistic setting.

Today we are featuring Natalie and Donnie’s picture-perfect wedding reception held in the Grand Galley at the Orlando Museum of Art. Guests were welcomed through the museum’s Rotunda to a plethora of delectable butler-passed hors d’oeuvres, and a bar featuring our specialty Pear Mojito and Gingered Pomegranate Martinis with a splash of candied ginger. Soon after, the couple had their first dance, which of course called for a champagne toast in their honor!

Following the toasts, guests took their seats to enjoy the inventive plated dinner designed by Puff n’ Stuff Catering exclusively for Natalie and Donnie’s wedding. Two artistically crafted courses were served garnished with pink and green flowers, playing on the theme of the night.  To conclude the evening, a large assortment of dessert trays were displayed and guests helped themselves to a variety of luxurious sweets including cheesecake lollipops, macaroons, and strawberry cheesecake topped with white chocolate mousse, all to complement their delicious wedding cake.  It was such an exquisite evening in the picturesque space of The Orlando Museum of Art!

Natalie + Donnie | Orlando Museum of Art WeddingNatalie + Donnie | Orlando Museum of Art wedding

 

 

Picture-Perfect Hors d’Ouevres

Tomato Mozzarella Caprese Cornet with fire-roasted tomato crème fraîche

Baby Artichoke Hearts topped with goat cheese, olive tapenade, and sun-dried tomatoes

Maryland Crab Cake Towers seared and served with a cajun rémoulade

Trio Sushi Mini Plate Inside out California roll served with wasabi oil, Summer roll with peanut sauce, and Sashimi presented on a small three compartment plate

 

Stroke of Genius Plated Dinner

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

Poached Pear and Spinach Salad baby spinach, blue cheese, and caramelized onions served over a poached pear and garnished with pink
peppercorns with a Champagne Vinaigrette dressing

Grilled Filet Mignon with a wild mushroom cabernet-thyme reduction sauce

Broiled Grouper with Lemon Brodetto broiled grouper in a lemon-mint sauce, served atop mint and pea puree

Chicken Caprese Tower Sous-Vide dual towers of marinated chicken breast on eggplant croutons with tomato ragout and basil chiffonade topped with fried basil

Vegetable Strudel fresh sauteed seasonal vegetables with fontina cheese in a flakey puff pastry served atop dueling purees of fennel and asparagus

Lemon Basil Risotto Cake

Wild Mushroom Risotto

Matchstick Vegetable Bundles

 

Work of Art Desserts

Gourmet Petite Desserts  Strawberry Frangipane cream
tarts, Chocolate cups filled with raspberry and mint chocolate mousse, Profiteroles and French Macaroons

Chef’s Choice of Little Luxuries Strawberry Cheesecake with white chocolate mousse & Keylime Pie with crushed graham cracker uniquely presented in a shot glass

Assorted Gourmet Cheesecake Lollipops house made cheesecake dipped in white chocolate

Traditional Coffee Station

Event Credits:
Caterer: Puff ‘n Stuff Catering,
Photographer:Misty Miotto
Cinematographer:
Visions Media
Venue: The Orlando Museum of Art
Church: The Cathedral Church of St. Luke
Event Coordinator: Blush by Brandee Gaar -Anna Inman
Florist: Lee James
DJ: White Rose Entertainment
Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting





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.