Friday, August 20, 2010

caterArts 2010 -opening night party "the art of food" for catering chefs by catering chefs

the International Catering Association
held the 4th annual
CaterArts Master Culinary Catering Conference
in Louisville, Kentucky on August 8-11, 2010.

This conference is for catering chefs by catering chefs
and the opening night party
"the art of food"
was a collaboration of chefs from coast to coast

tray passed

crispy shrimp diablo with frizzled scallions
Chef Ron Rando
Thomas Preti Catering, NYC

pulled pork mini tacos with
mango salsa + micro cilantro
Chef Jason Mezrano
Kathy G Company, Birmingham, Alabama

pork belly corn dogs
heirloom tomato ketchup + chipotle honey mustard
Chef Mark Baldwin
Blue Ridge Catering, Roanoke, Virginia

red pepper shallot tart tartin
Chef Joanne Purnell,
Good Gracious, Los Angeles
Chef Ken Barrett
Different Tastes, Boston

Chef Mark Baldwin, Blue Ridge Catering
showing off his pork belly corndog
the servers wore t-shirts exclaiming the dish on the front
and the chef creator(s) on the back
pulled pork mini tacos with
mango salsa and micro cilantro
by Chef Jason Mezrano,
Kathy G Company, Birmingham, Alabama
grilled vegetable tower
created by Joanne Purnell and Ken Barrett
included grilled polenta cake, sauteed spinach
grilled eggplant, tomato jam,
mushroom duxelle,
fresh mozzarella + basil pesto
a great pairing of traditional flavors...

Chef Mark Baldwin offered up this fun
Asian Surf n Turf shortplate
Peanut Butter Captain Crunch Crab Cake
and Black Garlic Petit Filet
with Wasabi Mash + Edamame Succotash

clothes pin smores
those ice cream pops brought out the kid in all of us!!!
Chefs enjoy eating other Chef's Creations
Joanne Purnell and Adam Gooch
marvel over the pork belly corndogs

following the cocktail hour,
caterarts attendees
were offered
a selection of short plates
by the talented catering chefs,
and performance desserts by
Pastry Chef James Plocharsky,
Michaels on East, Sarasota, Florida

fire it up  Pastry Chef James Plocharsky,
clothes pin smores

just a few of the myriad of delicious desserts offered

 sticky toffee pudding

Chef Ron Rando, Thomas Preti Catering, NYC, 
explaining  Pan Seared Scallops
with Pickled Watermelon and Crispy Panchetta

lamb three ways

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

come home to Kentucky with caterBuzz!!!

When caterBuzz put out the call to buzzie members that we would be blogging in the Kentucky area for the ICA caterArts 2010 culinary learning experience we got a more than a few responses from members wanting to share their catering expertise with the caterBuzz community – but none more welcoming than the email from Regina Niece of 4 Star Catering
in Appalachian Mountains in Red Fox, Kentucky, urging us to “hurry home”. 

With a warm and inviting invitation like that, who could resist?

 the lake at 4 Star Catering, Red Fox, Kentucky

Regina and husband Jimmy have an 80 acre spread in the beautiful Kentucky Mountains, with a commercial commissary kitchen built right next door to their lovely home, complete with wrap around porches and countless rocking chairs, hammocks and swings.  The property includes a fully stocked catch and release pond that can host family re-unions, weddings and corporate get-togethers, as well as a pumpkin patch area where local school children look forward to the pumpkin party jack-lantern delights yearly.

In addition to events on their own property,  4 Star Catering (named for their 4 sons) provides off site catering in 3 states – Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.

Hi, I'm Lisa Teiger, co-founder of caterBuzz, owner of CuisinEtc Catering and Special Events,  a boutique NYC catering concern, a food stylist, culinary fashionista and roving caterBuzz catering reporter, coming to you from NYC but always going beyond !!!  

We hope that you will consider caterBuzz as your traveling eye for the inquisitive professional catering guys and gals around the globe.  Sharing and learning from each others as only like minded professional caterers can do, through pictures, stories, questions and answers, available here on and also on our facebook caterBuzz group page, a private forum for the catering community.

This caterBuzz  feature highlights a lovely wedding 4 Star Catering produced two hours from their home base commissary at the Allandale Mansion in Kingsport, Tennessee.

some of the prettiest chair coverings we've ever seen

The lovely wedding of Jasmine and Marcus was celebrated with a sprawling southern style finger food reception included seven food stations ranging from Ice Tea and Lemonade to Fruit and Cheese the 4 Star Catering way, to Southern Fried Catfish Tacos, Shrimp Fountain, Bruchetta Station, Meatballs and more...

that was some chunk of cheese!!

the Allandale Mansion provided a great backdrop
for the Beautiful Offerings by
4 Star Catering, Red Fox, Kentucky

owner, Regina Niece, of 4 Star Catering
proudly serves her bride and groom

Judging from the smiles that never stopped from the bride and groom, as well as their guests, the 4 Star Catering Team completed another successful event (one of 4 that day)...The food was abundant and beautifully displayed and the guests enjoyed it all – graciously commenting the delicious and sumptuous the offerings by 4 Star Catering.  

caterBuzz can happily say, we have yet another HOME!!!