Monday, April 28, 2014

Choux Storm of Delicious Inspiration #CSES2014 #muse


"In Greek Mythology, the Muses are nine goddesses, the daughters of Zeus, who have sparked creativity throughout history.

Cade Nagy and Dan Smith of Catering by Design, along with Rob Barber and Nate Scheffler of Atomic, have been touched by the Muses.  Their beauty, knowledge and passion have inspired the producers to create a celebratory masterpiece named in their honor: Muse."

The stated goal was to intoxicate the party revelers with "chic style, entertainment and food presentation"   They invited us to get lost in this "tantalizing menage à trois of food, drink and style with 9 unique stations"
and away we scroll...

Surface Grooves designed and fabricated 
all the fabulous signage featured throughout 

Marrakech Mule
absolut cilantro - lime - mint - cardamom - ginger ale

Welcome to MUSE !!

Grab a mule &
let's get started with a bit of shoe shopping...

famous quotes regarding shoes

Marilyn Monroe 

"They went into my closets looking for skeletons, 
but thank G-d, all they found were shoes, beautiful shoes."
Imelda Marcos

"Shoes are the exclaimation point at the
end of a fashion statement."
Laurie Schecter

"A woman carries her clothes.  But the shoe carries the woman."
Christian Louboutin

"One simply can never have too many Choux !"

"Who among us confesses to a Choux Fetish?"

We confess... WE did indeed indulge OUR choux fetish at MUSE
and by now - buzzies know well, if there are red HOT shoes involved,
wink, wink, nudge, nudge,  say no more!!
A choux for every taste and size
thousands of "choux boxes"
filled with 6 varieties of sweet + savory
produced by Donna Ford 
and her Sweet Memories Bakery team
were loaded and ready
for this innovative grab + go station
choux  = ˈʃu ... aka shoe

the shoe storeroom was filled with self service
 delectable edible choux

DSW has nothing on this store!

There were too many flavors at MUSE to choose just one choux!
choux fetish 
- campy impish wording - divine delicious offerings -

ranging from savory to sweet with a cross-dressed 
nuance in food, labeling and decor...

the "Lady in Red" live manequin with his size 13 stillettos
indulged his choux fetish - all night long...
proof that a new choux
can change your life

 The Choux Fetish- a  clever station setup 
utilizing glossy fire engine red bookcases
stacked with choux (shoe) boxes
where guests could utterly indulge their Choux Fetish.

so many choux but only two hands!

Donna Ford's beautifully packaged 
white cardboard choux boxes 
sported clever labeling 
with clean black writing 
on heavy white card stock, 
framed with red backings
 and attached with thin red satin ribbons.

Vellum paper
 encased each choux offering, 
mimicking the tissue paper 
one would find inside a shoe box.

When unveiled, a whimsically 
decorated choux pastry 
was revealed, 
readily devoured and enjoyed.

savory offerings included
Walking in My Choux
sour pork carnitas, 
avocado cilantro crèmechicharróne
blood orange habañero mustard jam 
with chocolate cinnamon chili glaze
Wingtip Choux
duck confit,

yuzu pickled radish/ fresno chili,

tamarind ginger BBQ sauce(savory)

Crossing over between savory and sweet 
on the road to dessert...

"If the Choux Fits" 
with notes of ginger, 
blue cheese and green apple.

"A choux in the hand is worth two or three bites !" social media network #cses2014 #muse

Each type of choux was presented 

encased in a different color vellum paper, 

which unlike tissue paper 

withstood the moisture from the choux box contents.
If the Choux Fits

crystal ginger sugar 

dusted green apple gelee

blue cheese mousse/ candied walnuts

balsamic caramel glaze(savory-sweet)

Blue Suede Choux  
Peanut butter feuillentine,
banana cream

toasted marshmallows

maple glaze + brown sugar bacon(savory-sweet)

Traditionally eclairs made from choux pastry 
house sweet fillings - 
thus these next two choux offerings 
aimed to please the sweet tooth.

You know what they say
"there is always room for more choux"

Red Hot and Smokin' !
Goody 2 Choux  
zesty lemon curd,
blueberry marmalade
bronze meringue
(sweet) social media network #cses2014 #muse
One Red Choux
key lime curd
coconut cream
caramelized pineapple flower
pink guava coulis

A most excellent choux party
since the choux fit - we enjoyed them all!

Special floral glass bulbs with clusters of rose accents
are attached to the chandeliers.
Avant-garde signage and lighting 
enhance the sexy modern classic look!

Table to Farm
an amusing play on words 
table to farm animal stations 
crafted by Master Carpenter
Ed Titus, By Design Event Decor
Moo- Here's the BEEF:  
large block roquefort short plate
offered with anise poached pear
hibiscus flower crystallized walnuts,
+ air dried pepper coriander jerky
which came first? the chicken or the egg?
egg-cellent:  smoked paprika deviled custard
in miniature ceramic egg 'shells'
"never meet a pig I didn't like"
getting ready for the crowds and
setting up behind the scenes 

surface grooves customized
these laser cut trays and risers 
the table to farm stations were designed to flip
to a late night milkshake offerings after 10pm

flavored with perfect puree 
Cow:  White Peach Milkshake/brown sugar streusel
Pig:  Smoked Chipotle Milkshake/chocolate bacon crumble
Chicken: Honey Green Apple Milkshake/frozen egg custard, fresh origins basil crystals
chairs by Chameleon Chair Collection +  lounge furniture by Totally Mod
blush market salad station #cses2014 #muse
Todd Coleman, Event Chef, 
Catering By Design, Denver

salads were tossed just before guests arrived 
and pre-plated for easy grab and go access.

modern white disposable wave contemplate by emi yoshi

fantastic tongue in cheek signage
and industrial chic decor elements.

Underbelly's "Niçoise Oscar" short plates served in 
miniature garbage cans by American Metalcraft
and echo the large metal garbage cans
used to prop up the station's table top. 
fantastic tongue in cheek signage 
Both the American Metalcraft vessel used for the shortplate, 
(called the Oscar
and nicoise oscar pay tribute to Oscar the Grouch 
who lived in a garbage can.
Over the Top Party Linens it and they will come....
master carpenter Ed Titus, 
by design event decor

Over the Top Party Linens
oblong white disposable wave contemplate by emi yoshi

skyline lighting

BEEHIVE/absolut citron, honey infused mojito, fresh lime
BOUFFANT/absolut kurant, yuzu luxe sour, lavender sprig
FRENCH BRAID/passionfruit, pomegranate, blood orange braid, absolut, lemon/lime sparkle
SHAG/absolut vanilla, thai basil black pepper sour, thai basil sprig
While some were getting their buzz-on, Bee-Actress
was buzzin' around behind the bar, beehive atop her head...
what you don't see above is...she also had one in each hand!
lights up - time to strike the props and go home folks
chairs by Chameleon Chair Collection +  lounge furniture by Totally Mod
the revolving digital slide shows offered both menu and design
attention retro chic white powder coated chafer fans
remember these retro chic beauties from last year's event
LOVE how they were repurposed this year!
verterra eco friendly plate
orange ya glad we fished around this station !?!

show some sponsor love
(see full list  with links at end of blog)
customized interlocking ying yang bowls - surface grooves

YES, you are seeing double
especially after one of those
speciality cocktails from S'Wig...
Gal pal bees take 

a wee rest before 
resuming their social (media) tasks...

Lighting by Skyline Lighting/  
+  lounge furniture by Totally Mod

many a Muse among these bevy of beauties 

mini iron look a like 
dutch pots + reflection forks by EMI YOSHI

eye candy galore - are those the mechanics ?

Over the Top Party Linens
Mecanique Lounge 
& Dance area
'Luzianna gal pal, Bee-Actress said 
the Country Homestyle Placemats 
curled her hair and took her back 
to that 50's diner kinda feeling!

cheers to the Catering by Design team
for yet another successful Catersource Monday night event!
Thanks for tuning into
the social media network
Hopefully you've enjoyed our coverage of
the Monday night Catersource MUSE event
as much as we enjoyed covering it it for y'all.
Animoto video of the event 

Didn't find yourself amongst these photos??
check out the caterBuzz social media blogpost 

for coverage of 
#CSES2013 Monday night event 
Harmony at the Hard Rock

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Blog Credits:
MUSE was 
Produced by 
Denver's Catering by Design Owner 
and Executive Producer Cade Nagy 
and Creative Director Dan Smith 
in conjunction with Catersource
at the 2014 Catersource Convention and Tradeshow

The Paris Hotel, Las Vegas Blogger Team:  
Lisa Teiger, QueenBee,
Dianne Evans, Bee-Actress,
   Owner, Best Catered EventsBaton Rouge, Louisiana
Andrew Alexander-Crossan, Ops Manager,
   Co-Owner, CuisinEtc Catering and Events NYC

Looking for the sources of these unique and creative products
provided by the Catersource sponsors for the MUSE event. 
Here you go....

Accent Decor
Vases and Accent Piece

American Beverage Marketers
all the mixers at the bar

Welcome Beverage: Moroccan  Tumbler: 
Table to Farm: Plates, stainless steel cups, pizza pans
Underbelly: Sauce pans, mini trash cans
Blush: Buffet
Choux Fetish: Triple tier trays
Fondue or Fondant:  La Pouche Chaud: Parchment liners
All bars: Martini shakers and muddlers
All stations: stanchion signs

French street scene in the Grand Salon

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly 
all wine

The Boston Beer Company
all beer at the beer stations
Mécanique: beer for braising

Welcome Beverage: Bulk beverage containers
Underbelly, Mécanique: Hot Box
La Pouche Chaude:  Camshelving
S'Wig: Bulk beverage containers


Greeters, living topiary
digital body paint photo booth

Table to Farm:  Seasonings
Duck + Bao, La Pouche Chaude: salts, 
Choux Fetish: colorings and seasonings
food pastes, glucose, sour
S'Wig:  Honey powder

Cigar Row
cigar station

Welcome Beverage: Cups
All bars:  Drinkware
Blush:  comtemPLATE
Mécanique:  Mini Dutch pots and forks
S'Wig, Water Station: Cups
Duck + Bao, Underbelly : forks
Fondue or Fondant: comtemPLATE tray and casserole

Table to Farm: mini forks + spoons

All flowers and floral arrangements

Fresh Origins
Edible flowers, microgreens, herbs and greens at all stations

Grill Pardners
Mécanique: Round Griddles

Key Artist Group
Crystal Siren - Living Fountain

Mercer Cutlery
Table to Farm, La Pouche Chaude: Knives and serviceware
Duck + Bao, Blush:  Serviceware

The Original Butt Sketch

Over the Top Party Linens
all table linens and chair covers

The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley
Choux Fetish, Table to Farm: Purees
Welcome drink, S'Wig:  Beverage Artistry Blends

Pernod Ricard
Absolut Vodka,  Jameson Whiskey, Malibu Rum, Beefeater Gin

Duck and Bao, Table to Farm, Fondue or Fondant, all bars:  Picks

Red Bird Farms
Mécanique,  Fondue or Fondant, La Pouche Chaude: chicken

all lighting

Duck and Bao, Mécanique: canned fuel
Fondue or Fondant: Chafers and fuel
Fuel for all stations

Welcome sign
Table to Farm:  Platters and elevation
Duck + Bao:   Custom bowls
Choux Fetish, La Pouche Chaude, S'Wig: Custom signs
Underbelly: Custom trays
Blush:  Custom bowls and signs
Mécanique:  Custom  display piece
Choux Fetish:  Eclairs

All lounge furniture

Duck + Bao:  Mini Trays
La Pouche Chaude: Plates


Susan said...

Love it! Some great, original menu and presentation ideas! Thanks for sharing, Lisa!

Elegant Touch said...

Great job lisa as usual, no one describe things better, feel like I was there, will be touching base since I was not there on few stations, for example grill partners and what that station was

Elegant Touch said...

great job on describing the party

Elegant Touch said...

great job

Hope said...

i so wish i could have been there with my Buzzies...and the bold way my great friends make what we do fun.