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

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