A Balanced Menu That Fits Everyone

Have you ever noticed that nearly every event you attend includes a variety of foods? Serving a variety of foods at your event may not always be practical, but it is always a good idea. For one thing, you want to make sure each guest has enough to eat. An important reason for providing a…

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What Should I Look For in a Caterer?

One of the most important decisions you’ll probably have to make when planning an event is deciding whether to hire a caterer. As we mentioned in one of our earlier posts, there are several good reasons for hiring a caterer to help make your event successful: Saves you time and stress Keeps everything organized and…

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Matching Your Food to Your Event

Are you currently planning an event? Whether it’s a black tie wedding or a backyard barbecue – or anything in between – your event planning almost always involves planning what foods to serve. And, without a doubt, choosing the right foods for your event can be a little stressful. Why? Well because, regardless of the…

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5 Must-Have Seasonal Menu Items at Your Summer Event

Although the first official day of summer is still a couple of weeks away, it feels like it’s already arrived here in Portland. We are definitely enjoying the warmer temperatures and beautiful weather, and looking forward to a gorgeous summer. Summertime is such a fun season for events and we’re excited about the opportunities that…

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A Favorite Chef du Jour Recipe: Cedar Plank Salmon

Are you a salmon fan? If so, then you will definitely enjoy the Chef du Jour recipe below. Although diners can find and enjoy salmon throughout the year, the month of May is the start of wild salmon season in Portland. The optimum time for catching wild salmon in this part of Oregon goes from…

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Gluten-Free Recipes: Menu Ideas for Weddings and Parties

Without a doubt, planning that “just-right” menu for your wedding or party is often challenging. From deciding which foods complement one another to making sure you have enough food for everyone, it may seem overwhelming. When either you or any of your guests has gluten sensitivity, then you have entirely different challenges when planning the…

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6 Tips for Choosing a Venue

Choosing a venue for an event can easily become an overwhelming task, especially when you have many options to choose from. A venue can very well end up making or breaking your event, so selecting the right place is crucial. You can make your venue selection process go smoothly by researching and understanding your options…

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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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8 Ways to Add Character to Your Next Event

Everyone wants their event to stand out from the rest; but what makes some events more outstanding than others? We at Chef du Jour Catering feel a lot of the most memorable events are the ones with character. Are you currently in the process of planning an event? Whether your plans are for a large…

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