Happy Cinco De Mayo

May 05, 2017. Category: caterering, cinco de mayo, recipes

Is there anything better than really good guacamole and a great margarita?!

 Cinco De Mayo is the perfect day to indulge and we have two easy recipes from Design Cuisine that are quick, easy and most importantly delicious!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Guacamole Recipe:

2 ripe avocados

1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

1 Tbsp of fresh lime juice or lemon juice

2 Tbsp to 1/4 cup of minced red onion or thinly sliced green onion

1-2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced

2 tablespoons cilantro (leaves and tender stems), finely chopped

A dash of freshly grated black pepper

1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped

Cut the avocados in half. Remove seed. Score the inside of the avocado with a blunt knife and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Mash with a  fork, roughly mash the avocado. The guacamole should be a little chunky. Add salt, lime juice, and the rest: Sprinkle with salt and lime (or lemon) juice. The acid in the lime juice will provide some balance to the richness of the avocado and will help delay the avocados from turning brown.

Add the chopped onion, cilantro, black pepper, and chiles. Chili peppers vary individually in their hotness. So, start with a half of one chili pepper and add to the guacamole to your desired degree of hotness.

Ginger- Lime Margarita Recipe for a crowd:

1 qt Lime juice

2qt Tequilla

1 1/2 qt Water

1 1/2 Simple syrup

1 cup Ginger

1/2 bunch mint

6 limes, the zest

Mix all ingredients, pour over ice and Enjoy!

Photography: Bonnie Sen

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Shaken not Stirred

November 14, 2016. Category: bar, caterering, cocktail hour, details, real wedding, trends, wedding planner

We are big fans of cocktail hour especially at weddings as it is a great way to kick off the celebration and add a few personalized touches.

From a grand custom built bar in a ballroom, a nod to southern hospitality with a bourbon bar, to signature cocktails matching the couples personalities, the possibilities are endless.

Here are a few of our favorite cocktail hour ideas that you may want to try at your next soirée.

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Bourbon Bar  Photography: Abby Jiu

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Personalized napkins  Photography: Bonnie Sen

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Signature cocktails  Photography: Bonnie Sen

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Custom built bar  Photography: Abby Jiu

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This Little Piggy

March 02, 2011. Category: caterering, trends
As an event planner, I am often asked what the new wedding trend will be. While colors and flower ideas are usually what people are expecting, I sometimes see something less predictable on the horizon.  So it is with the seeming overwhelming obsession people have with bacon.  It is everywhere! And I mean everywhere.
From the unexpected yet safe items like Bacon Marmalade for a favor…
…to  Vosage‘s Bacon Chocolate bar.  I’ve had it and it is A-MAZ-ING!
And not to be outdone, bacon flavored vodka.  I’m not kidding.  It’s real and it makes fantastic bloody mary’s and a few crazy concoctions.  Check out  Bakon Vodka recipes here.
Maybe it’s not your mom’s idea of a wedding theme, but I bet your groom will love it.
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A moveable feast

March 10, 2010. Category: caterering, uncategorized


My favorite new event trend is the food truck. Not only is it a great surprise for your guests it is so easy to arrange. Just call the Fojol Brothers (known for their yummy Indian food and crazy uniforms) or Berliner (for classic Good Humor ice cream in a vintage truck) and they will come to your party, serve your guests and leave you with no clean up. Now that is the way to eat and run!

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I’ll drink to that

November 20, 2009. Category: caterering



It’s getting so that specialty drinks aren’t really special anymore- they are expected, even required. If you are looking for a way to set your big day apart think about dressing up that specialty cocktail. We found a few fun options from fancy straws to edible flowers and cocktail charms. Go ahead, shake things up!

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