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Make ahead and freeze for easier holiday meals

If you are reluctant to cut out those time-consuming details that make your holiday meals special, consider than many of these key dishes are easy to make ahead and freeze, with the result just as tasty as if you had spent the entire day in the kitchen. Lessen the work, reduce the stress and enjoy holiday dinners by doing the prepping well ahead of the big day.

A bit of planning is all you need to freeze multiple dishes or just a few. Be sure you have freezer space and containers that you will not need prior to the holiday. Then follow a few tips for a delicious, low-stress meal.

Main dishes

Turkey – Brine the breast before you roast and freeze for a moist bird full of flavor that you can thaw, slice and reheat.

Ham – An easy meal since they are fully cooked and can be served room temperature or heated. For a touch sweetness, try adding a simple honey glaze or brown sugar coating and plan for a little extra time for heating.

Lasagna – Loaded with beef, sausage or cheese, lasagna makes a great main dish for a holiday gathering and it freezes and reheats easily.

Side dishes

Green bean casserole – You don’t have to give up the tradition because this staple freezes well. Be sure to hold the french fried onions to be added when you are ready to reheat.

Cheesy potato casserole – Any cheesy, creamy potato casserole is easy to make ahead. Be sure to use store-bought hash browns rather than fresh potatoes for the best results.

Mashed potatoes – If fresh potatoes are a must, go for mashed—they freeze well as long as you use plenty of butter and cream.

Sweet potatoes – Roasted and pureed into a creamy casserole, they freeze well and are delicious reheated with a topping of chopped pecans or scallions.

Mac and cheese – Along with any other cheesy and veggie casserole, these dishes are easy to make, freeze and reheat, with the addition of crunchy toppings when you are ready to reheat.

Stuffing – Don’t stuff the turkey! Most stuffing recipes can be assembled with bread or cornbread, veggies and/or sausage ahead of time and baked the day of. Follow directions to partially prep, then freeze.

Rolls – Treat your guests to homemade rolls by baking to 75% completion before freezing. You can finish baking the day of with a bit of melted butter brushed on top.


Fruit pies – Yes, you can make your secret family recipe and freeze it before baking to get that fresh-baked taste. You will want to use a metal or disposable aluminum pan and don’t overfill your pie to ensure the center bakes evenly without burning the crust. Be sure to make vent holes before freezing and place your pie in a plastic freezer bag.

Short on freezer space? Choose a couple of key dishes to prepare ahead and freeze for your holiday feast and cater to the rest. Special Moments Catering specializes in preparing tasty holiday staples that your family will love so you can relax and enjoy the festivities. With reasonable rates and multiple choices of dishes that will satisfy the pickiest of eaters, you can count on a memorable meal and celebration. Call today for menu options and availability.

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

Boost office morale with a cozy fall mixer

Getting your office staff back on track after the casual pace of summer can be a challenge, especially if you have some new members on your team. A fall gathering can be the perfect way to bring your group together and springboard them toward a successful fall and winter. We suggest keeping it simple, with fall-themed food arranged in an office lunchroom or conference room.

Simple fall decorations can set the mood without a lot of fuss. Cover overhead lighting with sheets of crepe paper in fall oranges and tans to create a cozy atmosphere. Add a sprinkling of silk fall hued leaves over warm yellow tablecloths to convert your office meeting space into a cozy, festive party room. Complete your setting with a fall scented candle or jars of cinnamon and clove.

Whether your gathering is an extended lunch, after work hors d’oeuvres or a casual dinner, the Special Moments team is available to plan, create and serve top quality food and beverages that enhance your theme. From small sandwiches to popcorn balls, donuts to apple dumplings, we handle the work so you and your staff can mingle. Consider fall favorites in beverages, including mulled cider or wine or a coffee bar complete with spiced selections, whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

A fall office mixer is a great way to learn more about your team and get them involved. Ask members of your staff for their favorite fall meal, dessert or snack and our professionals will build your menu using their suggestions. Ask each attendee to share their story behind their favorite as your team enjoys sampling excellent food and drinks.

Let Special Moments help make your office mixer the perfect opportunity for your team to relax, get acquainted and recharge. We deliver your selections and everything you need for your party. Call today for details on our catering services for your office party.

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

This fall skip the harvest and throw a party

Not so many years ago the fall harvest was one of the biggest gathering times of the year. Fields that had been nurtured all summer yielded an abundance of food, and families gathered after days of back-breaking work to share in the bounty and celebrate.

Times may have changed, but you don’t need a farm or a harvest to throw a harvest party this fall. The end of warm summer evenings and a return to the school and work routine are reason enough to gather with friends for one last outdoor party. Build yours around simple fall decorations, a cozy campfire and some traditional foods and beverages, with a few twists thrown in.

Decorations are easy, from pumpkins to hay bales to fall flowers and paper lanterns. Don’t skimp on the fall colors for everything from napkins to tablecloths and gather some fall leaves from your yard and a few candles from your house for homemade centerpieces.

Keep it rustic, using wooden step ladders and metal buckets to put out food, beverages and decorations. An old door set securely over blocks makes a fine vintage buffet table.

Beverages are a great opportunity to add to your theme. Craft beer is huge in Northeast Ohio, and every brewery has seasonal selections. A metal tub packed with ice and a variety of fall beers in IPAs, lagers, and ales, along with some hard ciders is the perfect addition to your fall celebration. If you anticipate cooler temperatures, include mulled cider or mulled wine on your beverage list, and consider adding a stack of throws on a nearby wooden crate for your guests to use as the sunsets.

A bonfire of any size is a must for your fall harvest party, but why not keep it small enough to allow for some marshmallow roasting? Or skip the s’mores and, for a unique twist, provide skewered donut holes to lightly roast and dip in chocolate or caramel sauce.

Speaking of food, let our team of experts provide all the fall favorites, from the barbecue and grilled bratwurst to ox roast or a clam bake complete with chowder. Thinking warm and cozy on a cool day? Soups and chili are great additions to your main course.

We also can provide beautiful fall-themed appetizers and quick and easy desserts, so you can relax and enjoy your guests.

Contact our experts today for all the ideas you need for the perfect outdoor party.

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

End-of-the-summer celebrations are perfect parties

Summer may be winding down but there’s plenty of time for a party. Focus on summer favorites and keep it simple, and your season’s end celebration will come together easily, with friends and family simply enjoying the last of those lazy summer weekends.

The perfect end of summer party should include grilled entrees, fresh fruits and vegetables, and cool drinks and desserts. From hamburgers to ribs, consider barbecue with summer staples of baked beans and potato salad. Package these with trays of fresh fruits with homemade dip and veggies, either raw or grilled. Your party is the opportunity to celebrate the fresh foods we can’t get in the winter.

Complete the menu with cool desserts that beat the heat, such as popsicles and ice cream. Keep the cool flowing with drinks that are fruity and frozen.

Fill the afternoon and evening with a cornhole or volleyball tournament just for fun. End the perfect party with a bonfire and s’mores

Whether your guest list is family or friends, young adults or young kids, focusing on what defines summer will make your party a success without a ton of work. For an afternoon kids party have water balloons on hand. For an evening adult party light tiki torches for atmosphere.

Worried about the preparations? Wondering if your grill is big enough to handle the volume? Prefer to pass on the potluck idea?

Call the professionals at Special Moments Catering and have the perfect summer barbecue ready to eat without the fuss. Check out our menu options and design an end-of-the-summer feast that perfectly suits your guests. Or choose our barbecue entrees and add your own finishing touches.

Celebrate your summer with Special Moments.

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

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.