The Toronto Catering Blog | Encore Catering

Toronto based event catering company. In this space we chronicle our events, our creations and give you a sneak peak behind the scenes of a busy caterer.

For more information about us visit our website:

http://www.encorecatering.com

© 2013 Encore Food with Elegance

No one wants to eat ingredients that sit in the freezer for months on end. That’s why at Encore Catering, we use fresh herbs daily so we can cater the most refreshing dishes to you and your guests. This morning, we received a fresh batch of basil that our chefs immediately started to use for their catering function this afternoon.

Here are a few tips for storing and preserving fresh basil:

  1. Keep your basil in room temperature so the leaves won’t frail in the cold.
  2. Make sure you keep your basil out of the direct sunlight. 
  3. Using basil as soon as possible is essential, since it only lasts for a few days.
  4. When washing, be sure to wash gently since basil can bruise easily.
  5. Best dishes for basil: Pesto Chicken Tart and Strawberry Basil Margaritas  

Sources:

www.realsimple.com

www.thekitchn.com 

 

What type of herbs do you like to cook with? Let us know in the comment section below! 

Encore Catering loves to cater strawberry inspired dishes because…

  1. Strawberries are sweet and oh so delicious 
  2. Strawberries inspired the tune “Strawberry Fields Forever” by The Beatles
  3. They are an exclusive member of the “Ontario Berry Growers Association”
  4. You can eat them with your hands or stick a fork in them ;)
  5. They are the perfect match for chocolate
  6. They match well with pudding, eggs, mint, rhubarb and vanilla 
  7. Strawberries are called the “Queen of Fruits”
  8. They prevent wrinkles and improve elasticity
  9. They provide a healthy aid in helping to boost fiber, with 2 grams per serving 
  10.  Strawberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C 

What do you love about strawberries? Share your favourite strawberry creations with us in the comment section below! 

Chocolate Chip Cookies are back in full swing! So, we wanted to throwback two of our delicious chocolate chip cookie creations that will really get your mouth watering!

The 1st  -Encore’s Delicious Cookie Shooter 

Earlier this year, we were inspired by Dominique Ansel, the man behind the Cronut, the Waffogatto and the Cookie Shooter. We presented our version of the Cookie Shooter, soaking up the milk inside to create one delicious evening dish! This Shooter looks fantastic and because you can eat it right after you drink the milk inside, it will leave your stomach satisfied and your taste buds inspired. 

The Cookie Shooter makes an excellent late night snack for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings and social events.

The 2nd - Our Delicious Colossal Chocolate Chip Cookies 

What more can be said about these fantastic Colossal Chocolate Chip Cookies? They’re sweet, decadent and will make you say: “Now that was a cookie!” This is more than just a chocolate chip cookie, it’s a celebration of elegance and pride in our kitchen that we have been cookin’ up since 1979. 

Whether it’s presented as a Cookie Shooter or a Colossal Cookie, we LOVE our Chocolate Chip Cookies!  

 

At Encore Catering, we love to cater sushi and many different types of foods that are authentic for any occasion. Rather than tell you the traditional story of how Encore Catering brings your event to life, we wanted to share a more artistic example with these inspiring sushi designs!

THE PLANNING

Windows XP Sushi 

Image Source: www.thrillest.com

Before we cater to any event, we need to know important information such as:

  • How many guests will be attending
  • Your budget
  • Your ideal menu 
  • The timing 

Our President and Vice President, Cary and David Silber review all emails sent to them and you can also fill out the form on our website at www.encorecatering.com. They will then meet with you and help plan your event.   

Encore Catering caters to all types of events including:

  • Weddings
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
  • Communions
  • Confirmations 
  • Baptisms
  • Small/Large Social Events
  • Corporate Events 
  • Rosh Hashanah
  • And Many More! 

THE MAGIC 

Harry Potter Sushi

Image Source: www.thrillest.com

Once you meet with Cary or David to iron out the details, we will connect you with one of our Senior Event Coordinators so they can work their magic! Planning a catered event can be a very intricate process, which is why our staff at Encore Catering is committed to providing you with experienced Event Coordinators to ensure your event runs smoothly.

THE EVENT

Dancing Pandas

Image Source: www.thrillest.com

Once a Senior Event Coordinator finishes planning for your event with the venue, staff and menu in mind, we can bring it to life! Now, you and your guests can dance the night away with inspiring food and conversations!

Do you need an experienced caterer for your next event? Encore Catering can help! :-) 

Try this simple step-by-step guide so you can make your very own Banana Boat Smores at home!

  1. Split the banana open, but only half way so the outer shell stays on
  2. Pack ¼ cup of caramel bits, chocolate chips and small marshmallows 
  3. Crumble one graham cracker into the banana
  4. Use an open fire to melt the inside of the banana filling
  5. Drizzle chocolate sauce for extra sweetness

Source: www.bettycrocker.com

Image Source: www.bettycrocker.com 

What do you love about Banana Boat Smores? Let us know in the comment section below!