The Importance of Setting a Budget

Budgeting for an event may not be easy, but it is a crucial part of all event planning. It helps when you set your budget before doing any other planning for an event. This way, you know and understand exactly where you need to spend money – as well as how much you have to…

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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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What to Expect When Hiring A Caterer

Portland Oregon event catering

Event attendees are most likely to anticipate – and remember – the food and drinks that are served than any other part of an event. Since most events are often defined by their menus, one of your most important activities for event planning involves hiring the right caterer. You may already have an idea of…

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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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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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Preparing for a Super Bowl Party

Are you gearing up for the “Big Game” this weekend? Many of us here in the Portland-Metro area are excited about the Seahawks playing in this year’s Super Bowl. And of course, we hope they pull off another win like last year! The Super Bowl is one of the biggest events of the year that’s…

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A Favorite Chef du Jour Recipe for the Holidays: Buche de Noel

We’re in a festive mood here at Chef du Jour Catering, especially since Christmas Day is this week! We have really enjoyed the season so far. The holiday events and parties have been delightful, along with the many seasonal festivities one can find all around the Portland area. And of course, we’ve enjoyed preparing and…

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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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