Christmas Traditions: December 24 to January 7 and in Between!

The second of the December Festivals of Light this month is Christmas on December 25; in Orthodox Christianity it’s celebrated on January 7, observing Christ’s birth according to the Julian calendar. But, did you know that in many cultures, Christmas Eve is a celebratory holiday as well, complete with unique foods and traditions? For all […]

Hanukkah: the Menorah, Sufganiyot and a Potato Pancake

The first of the December Festivals of Light to be celebrated this year is Hanukkah, which begins on December 22. I was familiar with the story of Judah Maccabee and the menorah that burned for 8 nights but not why two traditional foods: sufganiyot and latkes, are eaten during this festival. Hanukkah, known as the […]

Celebrating the Season of Festivals of Light

During the month of December, we’ll be featuring posts about four Festivals of Light: Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza and New Year’s Eve, celebrated in the United States and around the world this month. Each week we’ll focus on one holiday and talk about the origins, celebrations and, of course, the food! This year, Hanukkah begins on […]

Budgeting for Your Event

You have the Vision for your upcoming event. And you know that following our blog 5 steps: budget; date, time & location; guest list and invitations; food & beverages; and entertainment, will guarantee that your party is a success. Our best and most successful budgeting tip? Set a realistic amount first and use a spreadsheet! […]

Hosting a Tasting Party – Tips, Tricks and Ideas

Try something different and unique for your next get-together – a tasting party! Jean hosts an annual holiday party for friends & relatives and a few years back she changed it up by having a Cocktails and Cupcakes party.  She made Josh’s recipe for Champagne Cupcakes and 3 other dessert varieties including these chocolate ganache […]