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Get to his heart through his stomach on Father’s Day

They may all be different, but if you have a dad in your home, it’s probably safe to assume he loves a grilled dinner, from burgers to filet mignon. We’ll also bet the grilling is usually his job.

It’s hard to say where the trend began, but certainly in American homes, the kitchen tends to be the women’s territory and, if any portion of the feast is being grilled, the patio or deck becomes the men’s territory. Women gather in the kitchen with cocktails while men congregate around the grill with beers.

If this seems to be the case in your home, Father’s Day may be the day you take up the job of grilling the meal so he can relax. But time in front of the grill can detract from those opportunities to relax together. Maybe a quiet afternoon in the sun with immediate family sounds like the perfect day. Your man may long to entertain your extended family or friends with yard games or to gather with you and the kids around the television for a baseball game.

If quality family time on Father’s Day sounds like best way to please the dads in your life, consider skipping the grilling, but not the grilled meal.

Special Moments Catering has the answer for men who love barbecue, with a multitude of choices on our barbecue catering menu. Your catered barbecue is prepared and cooked to your specifications using the highest quality meats. Your main dish is accompanied by delicious, freshly prepared sides of your choice.

Whether you are feeding a group or just a few, choose from one-third pound hamburgers, jumbo quarter pound all-beef hot dogs, grilled chicken breast, St. Louis-style ribs, and steaks, including ribeye, strip or filet. Your complete meal provides the man in the house with a day off, you with quality family time, and everyone with the best in barbecue.

Consider what the fathers in your life would most like for their special day and call Special Moments today.

As the premier catering service in North East Ohio,
Special Moments will handle all the details

This St. Patrick’s Day think spring, green and fresh…

Or a little Irish

There’s more than one way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but no matter what you do, it’s sure to be fun and memorable when you throw in a few creative additions with the traditional activities.

If your guests are going to expect green beer and a crock of corned beef and cabbage, don’t disappoint. Serve up both, but consider a couple additional food choices that broaden their expectations. How about corned beef tacos with a spread of green veggies and green chilis to top them? Another unexpected and healthy option is deviled eggs prepared with avocado and green chili hot sauce to green up the yolks.

For drinks that cater to guests who prefer cocktails to beer, keeping with the green theme is no problem. Mix your Bloody Mary using yellow tomatoes, cucumbers and tomatillo’s and add a dash of green tabasco sauce. Serve Mojito’s with a bit of Crème de Menthe added to the swirl of mint leaves. For the best variety in creative drinks, hire a mixologist and request several themed drinks to highlight the Irish festivities. For a simple tribute to the Irish on this festive day, break out the Jameson Irish whiskey and the Guinness stout.

For those leaning towards an elegant feel for their celebration, or to add some spring freshness or a bit o’ Irish to a March wedding or anniversary party, consider the sparkle of gold with a touch of green. Choose centerpieces of gold candlesticks and vases finished with green candles, foliage and green carnations. Add lush green planters on tables and in corners, or complete seating with custom pillows in green and gold.

Table favors can finish your theme, with gold and green foiled chocolates or champagne in a green bottle with gold foil.

For a variety of St. Patrick’s Day ideas from food to decorations, or to plan any themed gathering this spring, consult the experts at Special Moments catering. Let us handle the details so you can relax and enjoy your party.

As the premier catering service in North East Ohio,
Special Moments will handle all the details

Beating the winter blues in Northeast Ohio

With the holidays behind us and winter setting in, you may be looking for a reason to get out, mingle with friends and kick your heels up a bit. This is a tough time of year in Northeast Ohio. Short days, cold temperatures, and snow and ice can take their toll on even the hardiest Midwesterner.

Why not plan a February “Beat the Blues” party to help pass the time? Venues are generally available and costs reasonable during this slower time of year for entertaining. Theme ideas can range from snow activities to warm getaways, and everything in between. Or simply focus on a distraction from the winter blahs with games and good food.

Some creative ideas:

  • Do you and your friends have a favorite television show or movie? Plan a viewing party complete with themed food and beverages.

  • Organize a game night with a variety of game choices, or choose one favorite game (board game, cards, dice) and plan a tournament. Choose a themed prize for the winner.

  • Murder mystery parties are coming back and easy to plan, with complete kits readily available. Guests are assigned a role and dress for their part.

  • Carnival is celebrated in many countries at this time of year, but best known are the Mardi Gras balls of New Orleans. Plan your own—just add masks, beads, jambalaya and hurricanes.

When it comes to themed parties, the planning is half the fun. Once you’ve decided what your guests will experience at your party, consider venue options. Be sure it supports your theme – big enough, but not too big. For example, a television watch party may be best suited to your home, but a Mardi Gras ball may need a small party room.

Next, dig into the details:

  • Carry your theme into every corner, with decorations and color on walls, tables and furniture.

  • Choose themed names for appetizers, main dishes and desserts.

  • Invent a couple creative drinks just for your party.

  • Don’t forget the music to set the perfect atmosphere—island music, cold weather lyrics, carnival tunes, game show jingles.

Here at Special Moments Catering, our professional planners are ready to set the details for your “Beat the Blues” party. We’ll help with ideas, suggest great food and drink options, provide top notch service and take care of the clean-up. All you have to do is bring guests and enjoy.

As the premier catering service in North East Ohio,
Special Moments will handle all the details

Thanksgiving 2018 – Get Creative with side dishes

The typical Thanksgiving feast in most American homes will include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn, and cranberry sauce. Of course, there are variations of these dishes, but you get the idea. This year, why not shake things up a bit with a unique side dish?

If your guests are adventurous, there are a host of options you can consider. Better yet, if you have been tasked with supplying a side dish for someone else’s feast, ask the host how creative you may be. Most guests love the chance to try unique variations on the expected or something completely unexpected.

When you are asked to bring…

A vegetable side:

  • Choose any winter squash and roast it. Serve as is, or add mushrooms and greens for a salad dish.

  • Consider artichokes prepared in a cheesy casserole or spiced up.

  • Collard greens or spinach sautéed in a skillet with bacon, crushed red pepper and broth pair perfectly with turkey.

  • Brussels sprouts sautéed, roasted, or steamed are becoming a holiday delicacy. Prepare with bacon, garlic, shallots or melted butter—your choice.

  • Cold weather means root vegetables. Consider cooking with parsnips, turnips, beets and rutabagas.

  • If corn or green beans are a must, consider a corn pudding or adding crushed red pepper or chopped chilis to your traditional green beans and mushrooms or green bean casserole for an added kick.

A salad of greens:

  • Skip the iceberg lettuce in favor of mixed greens and add some crunchy nuts and pumpkin seeds to your selection of chopped veggies.

  • Choose less greens and fill in with chopped apples or pears for some crunch and pomegranate or cranberries for color and a touch of the exotic.

  • For a small group, arrange plates of greens topped with roasted squash and citrus slices

  • Saute a variety of course greens for a warm salad option.


  • Choose a fresh crusty bread from the local bakery for a nice change from standard rolls.

  • Prepare home baked corn bread with some southern spices, or add rosemary or sage for a new flavor.

Many suggestions for new food ideas and recipes are readily available through search engines and social media. Or check with your local caterer if you are looking for ways to shake up your traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

As the premier catering service in North East Ohio,
Special Moments will handle all the details

Fall Events made easy and fun

Here at Special Moments Catering, our specialty is making your event special. Don’t stress as you anticipate the fall and holiday season. Let our experts plan your event for family, friends, or business associates. We handle the planning, the set-up and the clean-up.

Cooler weather and brilliant foliage mean fall festivals, gatherings around a fire and holiday events. Whatever your reason for celebrating, your options are endless with Special Moments Catering.

Themed parties are still one of the most popular trends this fall, especially in the weeks both before and after Halloween. Our team will customize your party for your guests, with fun decorations and foods geared to the neighborhood children, or smoking cocktails for adult parties. From a costume contest to fall hoedown, We cover the details down to special fall punch and S’mores around a bonfire. Have your heart set on a haunted house? Our professionals can do that too, including bringing a team of monsters to populate your garage, patio or yard.

Murder Mystery parties are again taking center stage as a fun gathering activity right up through the holidays. We plan the mystery and the dinner to go along with it, then help with all the decorations and preparations. You provide your most enthusiastic, mystery-solving guests, and let the fun begin.

Looking for the best way to show your appreciation to your co-workers or employees? Sometimes it’s just keeping it simple. Let the professionals at Special Moments bring it all to your office with a complete Thanksgiving lunch, including turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, a green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and homemade pies. We’ll even provide the decorations to set the perfect mood for the people you rely on to keep things running.

Call Special Moments today to get plans in motion for your fall and holiday season of gatherings, parties and special events. It’s not too late to plan the perfect party.


As the premier catering service in North East Ohio,
Special Moments will handle all the details

Fall events demand food and fun

Summer is wrapping up and school is back in session. Maybe you are already thinking about the holidays, but don’t let fall pass you by! Cooler weather themes are the perfect backdrop for reunions, company ice breakers and school meet and greets.

Hiring a professional party planner is your ticket to the best event possible, getting you the help you need to cover the details from themed decorating to unique menu items that will delight your family and friends. At Special Moments catering, our experts can suggest healthy menu items that appeal to all the latest diet trends for everyone on your guest list, from vegan dishes to high protein specialties.

Ask our staff about fall and cool weather themed beverages that perfectly set the mood.

Is your event a meet and greet for the school dance team or the new fall crew at your company? Consider grab and go options that allow for mingling, and let the decorating experts at Special Moments help you create an atmosphere that encourages lingering over snacks and beverages.

Fall is the time to plan that long-anticipated clambake or Oktoberfest party, but providing quality food and authentic dishes can be intimidating. At Special Moments we provide the freshest food items, fully prepared to perfection so you can relax and enjoy.

Looking for an opportunity to celebrate fall sports? If your family or friends are football fans, consider catering the upcoming Big Game.

School activities quickly kick into high gear once those doors open. Have you been tasked with the fall fundraiser? A catered event is ideal for treating your supporters. Special Moments Catering has extensive experience planning fundraisers that pamper your supporters and bring in big profits. Let us partner with you to plan a menu that impresses your guests and raises maximum dollars for your school, team or organization.

Call today for the best in party planning.

As the premier catering service in North East Ohio,
Special Moments will handle all the details

Cater to graduate when planning party

Planning for graduation parties is in full swing, as high schools wrap up senior projects and end-of-the-year festivities. If you haven’t considered details for your graduate’s big celebration, call on an expert to help get things rolling. But first, talk to your graduate!

Picking a theme and menu for a graduation party is easy when you consider the personality of your graduate. Is he or she organized, a planner, or spontaneous? Does he like pizza on the go? Does she enjoy sit-down dinners? Is the graduate going to major in art or accounting? Build your party around the personality and preferences of the graduate, and your road map is set for you.

For the spontaneous, consider quick and easy choices that guests can grab and go. Your graduate and special guests will likely be on the move, circulating among friends and relatives, so pizza squares, wings, compact hors d’oeuvres, cheese and veggie trays, are all simple choices that can move with them. Keep decorations clean and at a minimum, with a memorabilia table and a color scheme that highlights the high school, college or both. Simple desserts, such as cookies or small cakes finish the design perfectly.

For a more traditional affair, choose meal options such as chicken parm and pasta or roast beef with vegetable choices that move your guests easily from food tables to seating. Limit your offerings, including choices for vegetarian, and your party is simple to organize and enjoyable for all, with plenty of opportunity to gather and relax. A themed cake is a perfect dessert option. Be sure to have enough tables and chairs to accommodate your anticipated guest list.

If your guest list is long enough to make seating everyone a bit challenging, talk to your caterer about meal options that are satisfying and still somewhat portable. Your caterer also can help you with creative settings that can seat more people without using large tables. The layout and décor can make the celebration, so be sure to use these services to make your graduate’s party memorable.

For the detail-oriented decorator, talk to your caterer about themed desserts to truly complete the theme. Graduation comes once in a lifetime, so make your celebration the best it can be. The experts at Special Moments Catering are available to help you get the planning started and build the perfect party.

As the premier catering service in North East Ohio,
Special Moments will handle all the details

Healthy choices, presentation are trends for spring events

Planning a spring gathering, graduation party, business meeting, wedding or family reunion? Whatever your event and whoever is on your guest list, consider healthy and aesthetically pleasing offerings and you will be the hit of the season.
Current trends have more and more people turning to garden fresh choices and simply prepared foods. Recommendations from keto and paleo diets are consistent with these trends, so including more greens and veggies, along with grain and protein options, is an excellent choice when working with your caterer. Add a modern twist to the classic veggie tray by serving a healthy hummus instead of traditional veggie dip. Offer a station for guests to build their own Buddha bowl using vibrant veggies and flavorful meats.
Stations, in fact, are ideal for most gatherings this spring, as more people are interested in seeing how their food is prepared. Presentation is key, with fresh foods displayed for guests to see. Consider a taco station that fits the health food craze by taking it beyond a purely Mexican option. Today shrimp tacos and soft shells stuffed with blackened mahi mahi are popular meal choices.
Dinner choices aren’t the only items influenced by the veggie trend. Check with your bartender about refreshing warm weather cocktails that incorporate veggies as more than a garnish. The spring trend is to create unique drinks using carrots, radishes, squash and beets that are as beautiful visually as they are tasty.
Finally, think outside the norm when it comes to dessert, especially if you are planning a wedding. Health conscious guests are looking for small and simple desserts, and many this spring are influenced by those summer treats enjoyed as kids. Instead of a tiered cake, consider an ice cream sundae bar, adult ice cream shakes, s’mores round a “campfire,” or a spread of homemade cookies like grandma used to make.
Be sure to focus on the visual for your spring event. Trends continue to find guests posting their food and drink choices on social media and your party can be the hit of the season. Contact the experts at Special Moments Catering for ideas for your spring event.

As the premier catering service in North East Ohio,
Special Moments will handle all the details

Winter business gatherings growing in NE Ohio

Planning a winter business meeting or gathering? Northeast Ohio has become a popular location for business meetings, conventions and entertainment, even in the winter. Cleveland caterers are available to make your planning easier, from choosing a venue, determining themes and a menu, through wrapping it up with the perfect entertainment.
Throughout Cleveland and Akron, many unique venues offer a variety of options for constructive meetings, followed by creative dining and great indoor and outdoor entertainment.
Consider Northeast Ohio’s popular Boston Mills and Brandywine ski resorts for team building sessions and ski packages. Venues in Downtown Cleveland range from sporting events to music or museum venues, where your brainstorming session can lead to an exciting and stimulating evening. Try the classy Severance Hall, the expansive Geneva wine country or the casual Akron Zoo for truly unique experiences for your business team.
Cleveland caterers can help you create the perfect atmosphere to make your winter meeting a great event without the high cost and inconvenience of travel. From hors d’oeuvres to multi-course meals, your caterer can craft a fully themed event that perfectly fits your unique venue.
This winter, talk to a Cleveland caterer about creative venues to host your business meetings, team building sessions or brainstorming gatherings. Let your caterer help make your meeting constructive, fulfilling and memorable.

As the premier catering service in North East Ohio,
Special Moments will handle all the details

Holiday party planning for the procrastinator

It’s not too late to plan that holiday gathering at your home for your closest friends. Whether your group ranges from three or four couples to 10 or 15, the key is to keep it simple. This fits in perfectly with today’s trends!

Holiday revelers in 2017 are looking for social gatherings that allow for more mingling than sitting, so don’t spend the extra time trying to organize a formal dinner. Your guests will appreciate the freedom to make a plate and cocktail and roam. A buffet of substantial hors d’oeuvres is the perfect addition to your small or medium-sized event.

Since you have already put the planning off a bit longer than you should have, there are a couple of things to consider if you are to make this party possible with the least amount of stress for you, the host.

First, don’t be picky about the date. Sure, we all like to have weekend parties, but that’s the problem. Your guests will already have other obligations on their calendar, including that annual company party that takes a spot on everyone’s December calendar, so choose a date that is less likely to be booked, such as a Monday. If your guest list is small, you may want to take a few minutes to check with them. Believe it or not, Fridays are not as popular for parties as you may think.

Second, hors d’oeuvres may seem simple enough to make yourself, but since time is short, let your favorite caterer do the work. Even gatherings that seem rather large to you are simple for the experts. Your caterer can also recommend selections that fit your casual theme and accommodate any dietary restrictions your guests may have.

Remember to keep that interactive trend in mind as you consider food and drink options for your party. A fondue bar is an excellent centerpiece for your buffet, encouraging guests to gather around and partake. Consider adding something unique to your selections, such as a dish that represents your heritage, or several that reflect the various seasonal celebrations—Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa and others. You may also consider serving food and cocktails on carts, allowing refreshments to roam along with your guests. Your caterer can help with creative ways to do this.

If dinner simply must be part of your celebration, a family style, pass-the-plate format is a much better fit for today’s social trends. Another option is to set your buffet alongside your table seating and incorporate a narrow table for eating rather than the standard dining table. By keeping your candles and table décor low profile, a narrow will table allow for easier conversation over dinner.

Third, let social media get the word out quickly, so that your last-minute gathering makes it to your guests’ calendars as quickly as possible. Electronic invitations are today’s simple, cost effective and environmentally friendly way to reach those most important to you, so there is no need to create more work for yourself with those glitter-covered paper invitations.

Finally, consider attire. The latest trends are toward more dressy celebrations, but no one knows your guests better than you do. You will want to take a moment to determine how the most special people in your life will want to celebrate. Whether you lean toward black tie or ugly Christmas sweater, the best party is the one where you, your family, and your friends can be most at ease.

Happy Holidays!