Smokin’ the Competition
By Connie Jeske Crane
For the last few years, barbecue enthusiasts have been happily patting their bellies as a barbecue boom sweeps the nation. While the roots of American barbecue go long and deep in our nation’s history, the latest resurgence is changing things up in several ways. First there are the impressive numbers. In 2014, for example, Chicago-based market research firm Technomic reported that U.S. barbecue restaurant sales grew by 7.2 percent to $2.9 billion—double the overall industry rate—and the number of barbecue restaurants increased by 8 percent. Continue reading »
Take It Outside
Last September, Riverdale, Md.-based Geppetto Catering pulled off a “Lavender-to-Table Dinner” that was such a success, it’s now a summer series.
The event was a fundraiser for Soleado Lavender Farm, a family-run farm at the foot of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Montgomery County, Md., that grows several varieties of French and English lavender. Geppetto’s menu was inspired by the French countryside and infused with light touches of the lavender harvested from the farm. Continue reading »
How to Get the Best Rentals for Your Outdoor Event
By Tracy Johannsen, American Rental Association
Successful production of an outdoor event is a multi-faceted challenge for catering professionals. When it comes to equipment, every event has its own unique demands, depending on size and scope, décor elements and guest expectations. Fortunately, a professional event rental company can help create an outdoor environment that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
For tips on how to get the best rentals for an outdoor event, we turned to Dan Hooks, president and CEO of Party Reflections, an American Rental Association (ARA) member rental provider with four locations in North Carolina and South Carolina. Continue reading »