Incredibly, Kosher!

By Deanne Moskowitz

Some of the best events now are farm-to-table, interactive, fun and—surprise!—kosher

The staff of the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Calif., watched in awe as Los Angeles-based 5 Star Kosher Catering (a division of Someone’s in the Kitchen) unloaded hors d’oeuvre trays for a glatt kosher wedding. Continue reading »

What’s Cooking?

By Sara Perez Webber

Caterers share menu items that are winning raves, and the culinary techniques that are rocking their worlds. For Catering Magazine’s annual food-and-beverage issue, we wanted to find out what caterers are serving on their menus that have guests cheering, and the techniques that chefs are favoring now to get clients talking—and keep them coming back for more. Continue reading »

Grow your Share of the Off-Premise Catering Market

At first glance a catering business would seem relatively easy to get off the ground. All you need is a working kitchen and a talent for cooking, right? As anyone who’s ever attempted to become a caterer knows, however, the reality is far more complicated. Competition is fierce, and the rate of failure is astronomically high. Even a proven restaurant concept can struggle after foraying … Continue reading »

Meet the Millennials

The biggest generation since the Boomers, the Millennial generation is changing how events are planned and executed By Deanne Moskowitz Representing the third generation of his family’s more than 30-year-old catering business, Keegan Gosik says he does his job very differently than his predecessor. That’s partly because Sensational Host Caterers in Maple Shade, N.J., now requires a full-time business development director, but is largely a … Continue reading »

OUTSIDE the BOX

Successful off-premise strategies helped these four caterers boost business and raise their profiles   By Sara Perez Webber   Often, it pays to take a leap of faith. Just ask the four companies profiled here. All branched out from the norm to build their businesses and establish their reputations—from serving dinners outside on area farms to buying a food truck or a food cart to … Continue reading »

Takin’ it to the streets

Roaming Hunger’s CEO Ross Resnick has positioned his company as the go-to source for food truck catering When Ross Resnick was a college student studying abroad in Hong Kong, he fell in love with street food. “I ate my way through the streets of Southeast Asia,” he says. A few years after returning to the States, he noticed food trucks popping up in San Francisco … Continue reading »

Hot Products

Event rental and sales companies reveal their most popular items—and why they’re flying off the shelves What’s trending at event rental and sales companies? To find out, we asked some of the industry’s major players which products are most popular and up-and-coming with their catering and event-planning clients. They clued us in to what’s hot, and explained the trends they reflect. A-1 Tablecloth Company a1tablecloth.com … Continue reading »

Only in New York

The city provides the perfect backdrop for a show that brings together thousands of foodservice professionals with exhibitors from across the globe Business was booming in the Big Apple during the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, which took place March 8-10 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. More than 21,000 industry professionals attended the show—a 10% increase over 2014—including more than 500 … Continue reading »

The Sky’s the Limit

As event pros know too well, the risks are high with outdoor events—but so are the rewards By Sara Perez Webber There’s something about the open air that energizes an event, giving it an intangible quality that can’t be matched in an indoor setting. Yet outdoor events come fraught with logistical challenges, not least of which is the weather. Nevertheless, caterers and event planners take … Continue reading »

Facebook marketing primer

Tips for getting started and being productive on the most popular social networking site Are you using any social media channels to market your business? And if not, why not? One of the biggest social media marketing challenges we hear about is the fear of using Facebook. Many foodservice businesses say that the platform is just too social and not serious enough for them to … Continue reading »