Flavor of the Week

August 17, 2015. Category: trends

Many of our clients consider themselves “foodies” so we often try to incorporate new food trends into our weddings and events.  These are a few new hot foods, that you should think about too!

Broths

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Broth (sometimes called stock or bouillon) is, essentially, water that’s simmered for long periods of time with a marrow-filled bone. Broths are usually meat-based, but chefs are getting creative, adding all sorts of vegetables and herbs. If this sounds simple, it is! In fact, broths have been around for as long as the restaurant industry has, but they are recently becoming more and more popular. Why? Maybe it’s the potential health benefits of consuming all those nutrients, maybe it’s a desire to return to simpler foods. Either way, it’s delicious.

Smokey Flavors 

Adding a smokey flavor to more than just meat is becoming more and more popular year round. Chefs and even at home cooks are turning up the heat on their proteins, vegetables, butters, and even cocktails. But how exactly does smoking work? Smoking is a way of cooking using wood smoke to indirectly heat the food at a lower temperature. Below are two recipes from Today.com you might not expect to be smokey, but that taste great!

Smoked coconut cheesecake

Courtesy of chef Ian Chalermkittichai, Spot Dessert Bar

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3 8–oz. packages cream cheese
1 cup ground chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
¾ cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream, chilled
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 egg yolk
½ cup coconut milk
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
2 oz. white chocolate, shaved

1. Place a Thai incense candle in a 3–inch-wide bowl; place within a larger bowl containing cheese. Light candle; cover bowl with foil. Smoke for 30 minutes. Uncover bowl; set aside.

2. Heat oven to 300 degrees. Mix crumbs and butter in a bowl; press into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan wrapped in foil. Bake until set, about 15 minutes; cool. Process cheese and sugar in a food processor until smooth. Add 1 cup cream, salt, vanilla, eggs and yolk; process until smooth. Pour cream cheese custard over cooled crust; bake until cheesecake jiggles slightly in center, about 1 hour, 15 minutes. Cool, and chill for 4 hours.

3. Whisk remaining cream, coconut milk, and confectioners’ sugar until stiff peaks form; spread over cake. Sprinkle with chocolate to garnish.

Sun tea 

Courtesy of Tim Byres, “Smoke: New Firewood Cooking”

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1 (750-milliliter bottle tequila or bourbon)
1 (2-by-7-inch) cedar or maple wood plank

In a large glass container with a lid, submerge the wood in the spirit and allow it to soak for 2 days. If you are making this with tequila, use the cedar wood; if with bourbon, the maple. When you are ready to use, pass the spirit through a fine-mesh strainer and reserve in clean and dry jars. You can drink this straight or use in mixed drinks.

Kalettes

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Kalettes are a vegetable hybrid between kale and Brussels sprouts. Don’t worry though, they’re not genetically modified! Tozer Seeds bred them through cross-pollination (like Broccolini or cherry tomatoes). These new veggies are extremely nutritious, taste nutty and sweet, and, are cute-looking too. One Huffington Post writer suggests serving them sautéed with garlic, chile, Parmigiano and almonds. See a Domenica Marchetti’s recipe for this here.

Teff

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This ancient Ethiopian grain has become extremely popular recently in health stores worldwide. Why? Tiny though Teff’s seeds may be (they’re about the size of a poppy seed, making them one of the smallest grains in the world), they are extremely nutritional. They are extremely high in protein and contain eight essential amino acids. They are also naturally gluten free! Teff is commonly ground up into flour to make one of Ethiopia’s most beloved foods, Injera, a spongy flatbread, but it seems like it can be incorporated into almost anything! Hella Wella directs you to a ton of great recipes for Teff, ranging from a Teff Burger to a Teff Polenta! Or check out  Ashley Neese‘s recipe for Sweet Potato Teff Pancakes.

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Congratulations Danielle and Brian!

August 14, 2015. Category: anniversary
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Congratulations Julie and Jordan!

August 10, 2015. Category: anniversary
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Fall 2015 Event Planning Internships

August 10, 2015. Category: experience, internship

UPDATE: A. Dominick Events has filled all of our Fall internship positions. We will be posting the Spring internship later this Fall.

Are you obsessed with events, especially weddings? Do your plan your friend’s birthdays and love looking at Pinterest and event planning blogs? A. Dominick Events, based in Chevy Chase DC, is one of the premier event planning companies in the area and can teach you how to turn that passion into a profession. With more than 30 events per year, we are one of the busiest planning firms in the Mid-Atlantic.

Photo by: Bonnie Sen

A. Dominick Events has a fast paced work environment and we seek talented interns who crave learning new skills and aren’t afraid to tackle big projects.  As an intern you will get to work with our staff, while working on real projects that will teach you what event planning is really about.

Our ideal candidate is someone who is friendly and professional, someone who is obsessed with event planning and is creative and thoughtful when approaching assignments. He or she should also be ready to take great notes and open to learning the intricacies of planning high-end events.

What You Will Learn:

•    To create a high-end event from start to finish
•    To balance client expectations and budget constraints
•    To create and present a scale floor plan using Social Tables software
•    To brainstorm event details and design including creating inspiration boards
•    To build relationship with our online community by maintaining Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blog and other media accounts.
•    To create proposals for prospective clients
•    To dress professionally and interact as an adult in a workplace
•    To design and set up a sample table presentation
•    Plenty of additional opportunities in related projects.

Format for Learning and Future Benefits:
Our firm prides itself on the quality of its internship program and many of our former interns are now working in influential positions in event planning roles in Washington DC and beyond. Our introductions and recommendations have helped our former interns to secure position at many companies including: The Ritz Carlton, The Hay-Adams Hotel, Elan Artists, Amaryllis Inc, our own firm and many others.

We begin our internship with a full day of intensive training and provide each intern a comprehensive full training manual.  Each day, interns are provided with varied tasks that are discussed in detail and overseen by their direct supervisor. At the conclusion of each day, the intern is required to recap their progress providing opportunity for supervisor feedback and learning.

At the mid-point of the semester a quiz and review are given to assess each interns’ progress and to establish a dialog to ensure that the intern’s goals are being reached.

At the conclusion of the semester, a final review is conducted to access the progress of the intern and to discuss the intern’s goals beyond the internship.  At this time career advice, resume review and if appropriate, recommendations and introductions are made to possible future employers.

Details:
The office internship program runs from mid-August to mid-December and you are expected to work 15 hours a week in the A. Dominick Events office.

Class or work schedule preventing you from committing to 15 hours per week? A. Dominick Events offers a day of event internship to accommodate interns’ schedules. These interns work more limited office hours (approx. 8 hours per week) and assist the A. Dominick Events staff at all off-site events (typically 4 to 5 hours on evenings or weekends). The day of event internship allows you the opportunity to experience first hand what all of the planning results in and learn to manage high end events.

Qualifications:

•    Background/studies in Event Planning, Marketing, Communication, Management or other related discipline is preferred but not require
•    Strong communication skills (both written and oral).
•    Proficiency in Word and Excel
•    Organized candidates with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments
•    Creativity and flexibility
•    Strong problem solving skills
•    Familiarity with social networking sites desired, but we will also train.

Questions?
For more information or to apply please contact Cindy Bastron (cindy@ffd.9fd.myftpupload.com or 202.216.9557).

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Cheree Berry, Founder of Cheree Berry Paper

August 07, 2015. Category: Invitations, printed materials, Spotlight Series, weddings

Cheree Berry, Founder of Cheree Berry Paper.

We are excited to kick off our Spotlight Series with one of our favorite paper guru’s Cheree Berry, the founder of Cheree Berry Paper.

We love all things beautiful and when it comes to paper there is no one that does it quite like Cheree Berry Paper. Her unexpected elements of surprise, bright colors and whimsical touches make her paper one of the most sought out in the industry.

Where it all began:

A. Dominick Events: Before you started Cheree Berry Paper you worked both at Kate Spade in New York City and the premier design firm, Pentagram. Did either of these companies inspire you when you decided to start your own company?

Cheree Berry: Both Pentagram and kate spade helped shape me as a graphic designer. At Pentagram, I learned how a top-notch graphic design firm operates and was inspired by the work happening around me, as well as the print design projects I worked on. At kate spade, I was the lead designer and art director on the company’s stationery line—a collaboration with Crane & Co. My love for paper and correspondence really started as a child (thank you, Hello Kitty and Griffin and Sabine books) but yes, my work experience was very inspirational and gave me the skill set and confidence to go on my own.

A. Dominick Events: What was your greatest influence when you decided to design your own wedding paper, from the save the date to the invitations, and all the other whimsical elements you incorporated into your wedding day?

Cheree Berry: Nostalgia and color. I love to surprise people. I wanted to have fun and provide the same for my guests. For me, the save the date and invitation are the critical link to an amazing event, it’s what gets people excited and sets the tone for what an occasion will be.

Behind the Business of Cheree Berry Paper:

A. Dominick Events: Your paper is known for its unexpected elements of surprise. Where do you find your inspiration?

Cheree Berry: I find inspiration everywhere, in nature, vintage ephemera, my kids, my travels and especially clients with their individual stories. So look for hidden creatures, clever copy, retro references and playful designs in our work.

A. Dominick Events: Tell us a little about your studio in St. Louis and the process.

Cheree Berry: The studio is located in St. Louis, but our clients are located all across the country and abroad! Most of the design process can be completed long distance, although we do travel to monthly meetings in NYC and have a satellite office in Chicago. As for process, we make the most of every client meeting. We ask lots of questions. And from there we approach each project with attention to detail and enthusiasm. We love to brainstorm! We also know the importance of timelines and budgets and always add that to our planning.

A. Dominick Events: What is a typical day at the CBP office?

Cheree Berry: CBP is always in GO mode. So many brides, so many ideas (and so much fun). A typical day is meeting to discuss new projects, brainstorming, sketching, watching timelines, talking with clients, touching and feeling the printed pieces that arrive, packing and shipping, etc.. No day is the same, and we love that!

A. Dominick Events: Are there any current projects you are currently working on that you are excited about or anything new in paper for 2015 that you are incorporating in your designs?

Cheree Berry: We are always looking for new ways to use paper. Paper flowers are in the queue right now. We’ve been exploring paper in the third dimension.

Advice for Brides on their printed materials (Save the Date, Invitations…)

A. Dominick Events: What advice would you give to a bride who is starting to think about their printed materials for her wedding? Save the Date/Invitations/Day of items?

Cheree Berry: We suggest looking at our website (of course) to see our selection of previously designed save the dates and wedding invitations – what we call “Collection.” From there we learn what the couple likes in terms of type, style, size, format, pattern, etc. Some brides like our Collection designs “as is” and other brides want to make some minimal to significant design alterations. Depending on where a bride falls in the spectrum, we’ll ask lots of questions to gain knowledge before executing the designs – Where’s the venue, how did you meet, what is your engagement story, etc.? And then we’ll have plenty of logistic questions – when do you want to mail, what information do you need to tell your guests, quantity… After invitations are decided we talk day of items, or sooner, if need be. The invitation provides the jumping off point for so many fun pieces from menus to programs, chargers to signage.

A. Dominick Events: What is your advice on the use of calligraphy for invitations?

Cheree Berry: Use it! We love calligraphy. It’s a great addition to the design of an invitation. Calligraphy makes opening your mail that much more exciting. It’s really an art. And there are so many styles available from modern to traditional to whimsical.

A. Dominick Events: You offer a range of options for brides from Collections, Semi-Custom Invitations and Custom Invitations. What is the process for each of these and how to you determine what is right for each client?

Cheree Berry: Collections are previously designed pieces that can be changed using color and new wording. Semi-custom is using parts of previously designed pieces, but more new ideas can be added. Custom is starting new– really a blank slate for us. Budget will most likely drive the decision to select one of these three categories, but we are happy to work with brides to find the best option to create the look they love.

A. Dominick Events: If you hadn’t created Cheree Berry Paper what would you be doing instead?

Cheree Berry: I love paper, can’t imagine working without it, but if I could chose a career in another life – show me the way to Broadway!

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A few of our recent beautiful collaborations with Cheree Berry Paper.

Left and Right Photos by: Abby Jiu | Middle Photo by: Love Life Images

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