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Bar Mitzvahs (when a 13 year old boy becomes a man) and Bat Mitzvahs, (when a 13 year old girl becomes a woman) are celebrations that hold a significant meaning in the Jewish culture. So, we wanted to share some insight into how Encore Catering caters to Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs.

Encore’s Tip #1: Keep it kid-friendly, with innovative food selections.

Children seek inspiration everyday and they expect to be excited and thrilled at their Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah. That’s why keeping the food selections on a kid-friendly level will make the celebration so much more meaningful to them.

Encore’s Tip #2: Sit Down Meals are Key

Children can become restless at events, so Encore Catering engages them through food stations as opposed to sit-down meals. That way, children feel valued throughout the celebration from the choices that they are provided with. 

Encore’s Tip #3: Functionality and Playfulness are very important

Keep the catering meals functional and playful, with food stations such as the Mac and Cheese bar, the Quesadilla station, the Taco Station and the Sushi Station.

Check out some of the delicious food choices we had for the Bar Mitzvah that we catered to at Evergreen Brickwoods. 

Do you need an experienced caterer for your son’s Bar Mitzvah or your daughter’s Bat Mitzvah? Let us know in the comment section below!

Summer brings fun, excitement and delicious food at so many different catering events. But with those events comes food with carbs, leaving you feeling bloated and regretting the food choices you made. So, we rounded up the top 5 foods that are not only low in carbs, but also high in protein!

1. Peanut Butter and Celery Sticks

Peanut butter and celery sticks are an excellent pre and post workout snack. They are also a hit at Weddings! 

2. Devilled Eggs

Deviled eggs are high in protein and you can combine them with anything! Bacon, garlic, cheese or mustard will make these deviled eggs taste heavenly!

3. Salad with Broccoli and Cauliflower

You can’t go wrong with a salad when you’re trying to stay away from the carbs. A salad with broccoli and cauliflower will make you feel energized and healthy!

4. Roasted Salmon

With only 1 gram of carbs and 68 grams of protein, roasted salmon is an extremely healthy choice for your low carb summer diet.

5. Garlic Beef

If you’re looking for a filling, but healthy meat dish with low carbs, Garlic Beef is the perfect choice. Add 4 Tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 6 garlic cloves and 1 tablespoon of black peppercorn for the ultimate Garlic Beef dish. 


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We cater any type of event and would love to see these dishes in action :-) Which low carb dish is your favourite? Let us know in the comment section below! 

We all know Monday mornings can be a struggle…especially after a delicious catering party on the weekend. So, we wanted to explore some healthy morning alternatives to the usual eggs, toast and cereal. Check them out below!

Colour Your Oatmeal! 

Oatmeal mixed with raisins, chopped strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.

A perfect start to the morning. Calories: 297

Inspire Your Yogurt Parfait!

Mix dried fruit, flaxseed, nuts and whole grain cereal chunks for a dish that will benefit your blood sugar levels. Calories: 387  

Enrich Your Pudding!

A very healthy and creative Coconut Rice Pudding with raspberries. Calories: 170 


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On July 31st, Encore Catering had the pleasure of catering for Nike Canada at the Elgin Mills Winter Garden Theatre. At 9:30 AM, we served a breakfast for over 300 guests with a specialty coffee service. The guests were treated to breakfast items that included Micro Muffins, Fresh Fruit Skewers, Yogurt Parfaits and Rugelach. 

The healthy “Yogurt Parfait.” (More fruit would soon join the party!) 

When Lunch came, we knew this corporate catering function for Nike Canada would be packed with more delicious foodie stars. They did not disappoint, as the guests indulged in fresh salad, Mac and Cheese and Mini Sandwiches.

The Salad Stars:

  • Encore’s Gourmet Salad

With mixed greens, Julienne of Mango, Strawberries, Sliced Mushrooms, Red and Yellow Peppers, Brown Sugar and Chili Croutons drizzled with Raspberry Vinaigrette.

  • Cesar Salad

With Romaine Lettuce, Croutons, Sliced Mushrooms, Sundried Tomatoes, Tossed in a Creamy Garlic Dressing with Grated Parmesan Cheese

  • Encore’s Spinach Salad

Spinach with Cabbage, Jicama & Roasted Edamame with Cashew-Sesame & Sriracha Dressing

Encore’s Refreshing Spinach Salad

The Entrée Stars:

  • The Truffled Macaroni and Cheese

Topped with a Panko Crust

Our “Truffle Mac and Cheese” was a very popular choice!

  • The Room Temperature Herbed Sliced Chicken Breasts

Served with a Honey Mustard Glaze

Ready Made Sandwiches:

  • Ahi Tuna BLT with Avocado and Tomato 
  • Demi Strip Sandwich
  • Grilled Portobello and Eggplant with Red Pepper Tapenade
  • Chevre & Artichoke with Sundried Tomato Paste

The Dessert Stars:

For anyone with a sweet tooth, we featured:

  • Tiramisu Squares
  • Lemon Tarts 
  • Mini Strawberry Shortcakes

Do you need an experienced caterer for your social or corporate catering function? With over 30 years of experience, Encore Catering is the perfect choice! 

Today, we celebrated the birthday of Shirley, our very dedicated Assistant Kitchen Manager. 

Many of us at Encore call Shirley “The Everything Girl” because she has worked in many different positions since she first joined Encore’s dedicated team in 2008. Shirley loves Encore Catering because of the family unity involved in prepping and coordinating any kind of catering event.  

She’s also a passionate foodie at heart, with a real sweet tooth! It’s why we just had to make her this delicious Chocolate and Vanilla Mousse Cake. Yum! 

Want to wish Shirley a Happy Birthday? Let her know in the comment section below! :-)