Best Catered Event

Joy Baker, Mintahoe Hospitality Group, for The Container Store
Best Catered Event

For the grand opening of a retail organization-products store, the caterer used the client’s merchandise to enhance the food presentation. The event combined a live band, checkout counters serving as bars, butler-passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne, floral arrangements, and six appetizer stations. All the food was served in or presented with the client’s merchandise:

• Plastic lipstick holders displayed mini–Italian cones.

• Frames held open-faced Rueben bites.

• Plates and forks were set out in letter trays and acrylic pencil holders, and metal file drawers held backup flatware and napkins.

• Bamboo trash receptacles added height to the Asian food station. Moo shu wraps were presented in storage boxes, and Asian skewers were served in bamboo file trays.

• Wooden file holders were manipulated to serve as trays for mini burgers.

• Desk drawers lined with wheat grass displayed blue-cheese-and-scallion adult lollipops and other cheese appetizers.

• Desserts were served on brightly colored cork board trays and in box lids.

The client’s products served as vases for the floral arrangements, too. The Midwestern-inspired menu included locally grown produce and locally produced beer and wine.