Changing Up the Menu for Your Wedding Reception

Are you planning your wedding? Do you want to serve food at your reception that is not often served at weddings? So many brides choose from the same old menu and serve the same foods as they have seen at weddings in the past. If you want to serve your guests something that they will walk away talking about, it is time to consider changing things up a bit. To get a few new ideas about what a caterer can prepare for your wedding reception, visit my website. There, you will find examples of delicious dinners that are not often served at weddings.

Enjoying Chinese Hotpot At Home: The 3 Best Cuts Of Meat To Have On The Table

If you haven’t tried it yet, you haven’t lived until you’ve tried Chinese hotpot at home. The concept behind Chinese hotpot is simple: you cook seafood, vegetables and slices of meat in a simmering broth on a portable burner placed in the middle of the table. It’s similar to fondue. You can use just about any type of broth you’d like. Chicken or pork broth are extremely popular options. While the type of broth is important, the type of meat you have on the table will make or break your experience. Hotpot meat should be cut into paper-thin slices. While you can try almost any cut of meat, here are 3 of the most popular types to have on the table. Paper-Thin Slices of Rib-Eye for Its Delicious Tenderness As far as beef goes, rib-eye is generally considered to be the fattiest cut, as a 6 ounce cut contains approximately 37.6 grams of fat. Upon cooking each slice in the broth to the desired doneness, you’ll truly be able to appreciate the marbling of the meat, as it excellently captures the flavor of the beef, so you won’t need a lot of dipping sauce. This cut is very tender and, as a result, will cook easily. Each slice will simply melt in your mouth. You can easily get a cut of rib-eye from a nearby butcher shop. Some butcher shops will even slice the rib-eye for you. Pork Neck Meat for Its Texture While pork neck meat isn’t exactly a popular cut, it’s simply delicious for hotpot purposes. Pork neck meat should not be cut paper-thin. Because you’ll want to...

Great Tips For A Fantastic 16th Birthday Party

Are you the parent or guardian of a child who is about to turn 16? Do you want to make sure that they have an epic party to commemorate the occasion? If you’re not in the habit of planning large parties, planning one for your child can seem overwhelming at first. Making a great party doesn’t have to be impossible, especially if you follow a few simple rules. Here are some tips to making sure that your child gets the best birthday party possible: Food: While it can be difficult for a parent to think about, a child who is turning 16 is almost an adult. Now they’ll be able to get their driver’s license and drive themselves and their friends around. Although you could celebrate this fact with home cooked food or fast food, few things say grown up party quite like having the food catered. A good catering service will be able to give you a list of options that teenagers will love. Not all teenagers would appreciate lemongrass chicken or beef Bourguignon, but there are plenty of dishes that they would like. When you talk to the catering service, make sure that your child gets to be in on the decision-making process. He or she will know best what his or her friends would like to eat, meaning that you won’t be paying for food that doesn’t get eaten. Fun: You might think that things like bouncy castles and foam dart gun battles are still fun, but your child probably wants something to show his or her friends that he or she isn’t a little child anymore. One fun...

Grilling Barbecue Tofu So Good That Anyone Will Love It

You’re a vegetarian, but you want to host barbecues in the back yard this summer. How can you and other vegetarian friends of yours enjoy the delicious taste of barbecue without giving up your vegetarian beliefs? By mastering the subtle art of grilling barbecue tofu. Tools And Ingredients Before beginning, it’s worth gathering up all of your tools and ingredients. There don’t need very many, which is one of the best things about this recipe. All you need are: Cutting board Paper towels Large bowl Heavy can Container of tofu Barbecue sauce Flavoring you want to add to the sauce Cooking knife Grill Vegetables you plan on cooking with the tofu Press The Tofu After you buy medium-to-highly firm tofu, you’re going to want to press it to eliminate the water. This is necessary for cooking any successful tofu meal. Start by folding a paper towel in half and placing it on your cutting board. Put the tofu on the towels and then add another layer of towels on top of the tofu. Placing your bowl on top of the tofu, you place your heavy can in the bowl to press it down. Let the tofu sit in this way for 15 minutes and then slice into thick strips that are easy to handle and marinade. If you like, you can cube the strips for easier grilling. Marinating It In Sauce After pressing your tofu, you are ready to marinate it in your sauce to give it a nice kick. Marinating tofu differs very little from marinating meats and requires the following steps: Pour your barbecue sauce in your...

Wedding Happy Hour — 3 Steps For A Great Cocktail Hour

Are you looking for a way to transition your wedding guests from the ceremony to the reception? Or do you need the reception festivities to wait while you change, take photos or greet family members? Then you should consider a cocktail hour. What is a cocktail hour? It’s a planned pre-reception socializing period at your venue before guests enter the actual reception location, providing the wedding party with time to handle matters like wardrobe adjustments, reception snafus or picture-taking. But if done right, a cocktail hour can be a great way to entertain your guests without them even noticing how time passes.  Here are 3 must-haves for a successful cocktail hour.  Great Drinks Cocktail hour is, of course, primarily all about the cocktails. So do have some fun with them, and don’t waste the opportunity. First, design a signature cocktail for your wedding. Your signature drink should reflect the bride and groom’s personality by including favorite alcohols, either a fun or classy vibe and a creative name. This is a chance to set the mood for your wedding, so have fun with it. Besides your signature cocktail, you should also provide an open bar so your guests can enjoy themselves (and happily wait while you attend to wedding business). If budget is a consideration, it’s okay to stick with beer and wine. But whatever you offer, be sure to include non-alcoholic options. Cocktail hour should be fun for everyone, so make it inclusive. If your venue is large enough and your budget supports it, consider having more than one type of bar station. You may provide a wine station,...

3 Ways To Determine Whether Your Business’s Customers Like Your Food

If you own a business that sells a lot of food, the satisfaction of your customers is an important thing to maintain. Even if your business is something like a movie theater that has a main focus apart from food, it doesn’t always take much to drive your customers away to your competitors. To help you with determining what your business’s customers think about your food, try these three ways. Set Up An Anonymous Feedback Box While most customers won’t bother to put a message into an anonymous feedback box, it’s a good way to gauge extreme opinions. The more disgruntled a particular customer is because of your food, the greater chance of you getting a message in the box. Conversely, customers who are very impressed by your food and service will likely want to encourage the practice through a message. If you decide to set up a feedback box, always keep it anonymous. If you don’t consciously exclude a line for a name on your customer feedback cards, many people will be discouraged from saying their opinion due to privacy concerns. Ask Customers About Their Experience Right As They’re About To Leave If you ask customers about your food just as they’re eating it, many will feel pressured to say more positive things than they otherwise would to appease you. On the other hand, if you save asking direct questions until your customers are just about to leave your business, candid feedback will be more frequent. This is because your customers will have an easy out after the conversation. No one wants to sit in a restaurant or...

How To Save Oil And The Environment With Your Fryer

Fryers are energy-intensive devices, and people also tend to use a lot of resources when cooking with them. As a result, it’s useful to find ways to make your fryer more eco-friendly wherever you can. If you’re looking for ways to have a more environmentally friendly fryer in your kitchen, here are a few of your options. Oil Quality Sensor This is a part you can get for a fryer, such as a Frymaster. It can be used in either an electric or a gas fryer, and it has a number of benefits, especially for the environment. This part continually monitors oil in the machine to confirm what its current level of quality is. Specifically, it measures something called total polar materials, which is a way of telling how used up and old your cooking oil is. If the oil becomes too used up and old, your fryer will become highly inefficient. It will take more electricity or gas to produce the same results. This is wasteful and damaging to the environment. However, with an oil quality sensor you will know exactly when it’s time to replace the oil. Additionally, you won’t throw the old oil away too soon when it’s still good, which would also be wasteful. “Oil-Free” Fryer Another approach to making your frying more eco-friendly is to use an oil-free “air fryer.” This type of fryer doesn’t use absolutely zero oil, but it uses an incredibly small amount. Most of the work is done using electricity and a powerful fan. Essentially it uses the same process that a convection oven uses. The difference is that this...