1. Catering Contracts: What to Look For

    When you tell friends you’re on the hunt for event catering options, how many of them immediately frown or burst forth with catering horror stories? Wedding planning discussion boards are often filled with stories about caterers who over-promised and under-delivered or who showed up after the celebration with a sizeable—and unexpected—bill. Any caterer worth the title will find those behavi…Read More

  2. Food Allergies Bite: Catering for Allergies

    Stop and take a mental tally: how many people do you know who are gluten intolerant or have Celiacs Disease? Who are lactose intolerant? Who swell up horribly if they eat nuts or shellfish? Or, worst of all, who are allergic to chocolate? Then, add in the folks who are vegetarian or vegan for health or medical reasons and you may run out of fingers and toes on which to add up your numbers. These …Read More

  3. Catering: Plated Meal or Buffet?

    If you’re just sitting down to plan an event, the piles and stacks of details to contend with probably feel pretty overwhelming. At this point, even the lists you compiled to make planning easier seem so overwhelming you can’t complete them! So, what do you do? What you must, of course: get organized and get going! For some of you, that may mean color coding and creating a timeline while, for…Read More

  4. Treat Mom to a Steakhouse Dinner for Mother’s Day!

    How many years in a row now have you given your mom that same standard bouquet of Gerbera daisies and carnations? Or another jeweled link for her customizable bracelet? Sure, she probably loves those gifts, but if you’ve given your mom the same gift year after year, it might be time to shake things up a bit and try something new. Instead of focusing on which gift will make Mom happiest, give yo…Read More

  5. Catering Contracts – What You Should Ask

    Finding catering can feel like a fun adventure for some and an overwhelming and onerous responsibility for others. Whether you need to plan a business lunch for a small group or host a full wedding reception, the food and locale can go a long way towards creating a great setting or make your event an unfortunate disaster. This is why it’s so important to know what you need and know what to ask …Read More

  6. Enjoy Easter at Elevation

    Easter is one of the most hopeful holidays for a lot of reasons. By the time it rolls ‘round every year, spring has definitely sprung, everything is getting brighter and more colorful, and the kids are probably enjoying a long weekend (as they count down the days until summer vacation). Given the lovely weather and the beauty abounding outdoors, it’s only natural that we all want to make the …Read More

  7. Safe Seafood for Pregnant Women

    In recent years, there have been several articles and studies released about the health and safety of eating fish while pregnant or nursing and, as news tends to do, has become twisted around and a bit blown out of proportion. Like a schoolyard game of telephone, those reports got so twisted that the common conception is to avoid fish if you’re pregnant or nursing. That’s not actually the cas…Read More

  8. The Truth About Raw Steak

    There are about a million ways to cook a cut of beef. You can slow roast it in a Dutch oven so it bastes in its own fat and juices. You can ground it up, smother it in ketchup, and bake it into a loaf. You can even pound it thin, batter it, and deep fry it. But a simple and well-prepared steak, the kind that has a nice crisp sear on the outside but is still juicy and tender all the way through, i…Read More

  9. Celebrate St. Patty’s Day in Style

    For all that it’s known as a staunchly Irish holiday, it wasn’t until late in the 20th century that St. Patrick’s Day even became as widely celebrated in Ireland as it has been in America. Largely, this is the case because of the mass amounts of Irish immigrants that left the mother country for places like New York in the 1800s because of the great famine. Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day st…Read More

  10. Event Planning: You Don’t Need an Event Hall

    Do you ever feel like every week is exactly the same as the one before, almost down to the shirts you wear? So often, between work, school, the kids’ activities, and your own social obligations, it can feel like life has just fallen into a deep rut of routine. In elementary school, lessons often tie in to the next upcoming holiday, and they’ve got the right idea! Finding reasons to celebrate …Read More