Menu Planning

Easter Inspired Meals & Treats

With Easter Sunday just a few days away, you may have already planned out your Easter menu. In last week’s post, we shared a few suggestions and recipes for “must-have” menu items for spring events. Many of those recipes would also work out nicely for an Easter feast, regardless of how many guests you are…

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5 Must Have Menu Items at Your Spring Event

At Chef du Jour Catering, we are definitely excited that spring is finally here. For one thing, we have beautiful weather this time of year, making it a perfect season for events and special occasions. We also have three major holidays that occur in the spring: Easter, Passover, and Mother’s Day. And of course, the…

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This Goes With That: Food Pairings – Spring Edition

Are you getting excited about spring? We certainly are – spring is a beautiful time of year here in Portland! With warmer temperatures and flowers blooming, what’s not to love? Spring is also a wonderful time for hosting events. Keep in mind that the food and drinks served this time of year tend to be…

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How Much Food is Too Much?

There is more to food planning than simply deciding upon which foods you think your guests will enjoy eating. One of the most common problems with hosting an event often centers on deciding how much food you should serve while staying within your budget. Of course, you want plenty of food on hand for your…

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Balancing Your Event Menu

We have all been to events and/or parties where there was too little variety or a lack of balance with the food choices on the menu. Maybe the host served only veggies…or no veggies. Whenever you bring a group together, regardless of size, each person attending your event has at least slightly different menu preferences.…

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Accommodating Your Guests' Dietary Needs

Food is such an important part of many events, and when it comes to menus, no one should ever feel excluded. Various food allergies, lactose-intolerance and gluten-free dietary requirements are all extremely common though. Special dietary needs can make menu planning a bit more difficult, but not impossible. When choosing a caterer, event planners should…

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This Goes With That: Food Pairings for Your Holiday Party

The holiday season is in full swing here in the Portland area. Look around and you’ll see the natural beauty of winter, along with the hundreds of holiday lights and decorations we proudly display in our neighborhoods and city streets. It’s also fun this time of year as many people have begun hosting and attending…

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5 Must-Have Menu Items at Your Winter Event

When it comes to winter foods, many of us have our favorite seasonal menu items we typically associate with this time of year. The colder weather of the winter season tends to enhance our cravings for “comfort” foods. These include any of the foods and/or drinks that warm us up when it’s cold outside. At…

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Drinks for the Holidays: Say, “Cheers” with These Holiday Drinks!

The holidays are getting closer – are you ready? You may start receiving invitations to holiday parties soon, if you haven’t already. Perhaps you’re planning your own festivities. Whether your plans involve a simple dinner at home or a huge gala (or somewhere in between), seasonal drinks are always fun to serve to your guests.…

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5 Must-Have Menu Items at Your Fall Event

Portland is turning the corner to the crisp, beautiful days of fall. While temps are still high, the cool morning air and slowly dropping leaves give us a yearning for comfort food. If you are planning a fall event, here are 5 must-haves for your menu – they are sure to satisfy! Alternative Grains: Say…

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