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Nonprofit Event Catering

Dev Wizard | August 23, 2016

As we move out of wedding season, another season will soon be sweeping in: gala season. Fall is the time of year when nonprofits kick back into action and the gala invitations start fluttering into our mailboxes. If you’ve ever been on a fundraising committee, you know the goal is to keep costs down so…

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The Power of Social Media for Caterers

Dev Wizard | August 15, 2016

Pop quiz: What is the business tool as old as business itself? If you said “referrals,” you’re right! The best business tool has always been referrals from past clients and this is still true today. Past clients are always your best resource for gaining new clients. Instagram, Facebook, and Google Plus have made past client…

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The Importance of Customer Service for Caterers

Dev Wizard | July 14, 2016

Customers are the backbone of every company. Without them, there would be no success. No employees, and potentially a discontinued product. With this being said, we strive to make our customers feel treated as the highest priority! It’s our job to listen to them, learn about their likes and dislikes, and make them feel like…

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The Cruise Ship Galley – Feeding the Thousands

Dev Wizard | June 22, 2016

When it comes to preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 4,248 people every single day (day after day) you better know what you’re doing. It almost seems unfathomable from the outside looking in that it can be done. I always had a curiosity of HOW a cruise ship kitchen crew could feed that many people so…

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5 Tips for Changing Your Seasonal Catering Menu

Dev Wizard | April 8, 2016

If you haven’t already, now is a great time to rebrand your event menus and packages for spring with these 5 tips for changing your seasonal catering menu! (Or even if you have, don’t be afraid to take some of these ideas and give your menu one more little tweak!) Even if you’re a dependable,…

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Election Season Etiquette: 10 Strategies for Catering in an Election Year

Dev Wizard | March 9, 2016

“Isn’t working with the public fabulous? Especially when people start talking about politics! Everyone is so respectful of each other’s viewpoints and stays polite – even when they disagree!” –Said no one ever who works with the public That’s why today, we’re going to talk about conversation etiquette and election season etiquette: 10 strategies for…

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Just Like Mom Used to Make: Why Caterers Are Sneaking Extra Nutrition into Their Food and How They Do It

Dev Wizard | February 21, 2016

One of the things I hear moms talk about a lot is the sneaky ways they add extra nutrition to their food – right under the noses of their picky eaters. I’ve heard of everything from grating carrots into marinara sauce to pureeing veggies and adding them to cupcakes – anything to get a little…

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A Cultural Gem for Bahamian Dining in Nassau

Dev Wizard | January 24, 2016

It was recently on a cruise with my family when I discovered a real gem in Nassau, Bahamas. It’s called the Lukka Kairi.

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Can Zero Waste Initiatives Be Profitable for Caterers? Part 3

Dev Wizard | January 12, 2016

In part 1 and part 2 of “Can Zero Waste Initiatives Be Profitable for Caterers?”, Total Party Planner has taken a look at the problems of food waste, food packaging waste, and other kinds of material waste in the food industry. We’ve also talked to two caterers, Chowgirls Killer Catering in Minneapolis and Saucy By…

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Your New Winter Catering Menu: New Twists to Favorite Seasonal Food

Dev Wizard | December 9, 2015

Ready for some new twists to traditional winter food after our piece on fall foods and catering? We’ve got your new winter catering menu with new twists to favorite seasonal food. Some people can’t get enough of #PumpkinEverything in the fall and winter! But if you aren’t one of the people in that category, cooking…

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