Thursday, December 31, 2009
I hope that you all have been able to relax and enjoy family and friends during this holiday season.
We are grateful to our wonderful staff who have worked hard to create so many fabulous parties and weddings this past year. We also appreciate our families who have been so tolerent of our catering craziness!
We have enjoyed meeting our fabulous clients who continue to inspire us.
We look forward to keeping our creative juices flowing in 2010!
Happy, Healthy 2010 full of Great Taste,
Monday, December 28, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Style Me Pretty has just announced the latest in their Inspiration to Reality Challenge and we are thrilled to be a part of it! Followers submit design boards for consideration at http://www.circle.stylemepretty.com/. Then our team, along with Abby, creator of Style me Pretty, selects the winning board and it is turned into a real life photo shoot!
We are excited to collaborate with some of the best creative minds in the area!
FASHION: White Dress by the Shore
PHOTOGRAPHER: Steve DePino
INVITATIONS: Stonington Paperie
MAKEUP: Dana Bartone
FLORAL: Jessica’s Country Flowers
CATERER/EVENT PLANNER: A Thyme to Cook
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Buzz Media
The winning board will be chosen this Friday, December 18th from the winner's circle on Style me Pretty. If you'd like to submit an Inspiration Board, you can get the details here, just make sure your board is labeled "Inspiration to Reality Challenge #8."
If you haven't seen the Style Me Pretty website yet, what are you waiting for?
Monday, December 14, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
We were excited to provide an array of local resourced foods to fit the "green theme". Chef Bill's famous "Pretzel" Rolls were "Hot on the Rocks" and a huge wooden bookcase held a variety of "Club Plates".
"Live Tree People" wandered throughout blending into the natural ambiance.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
A Thyme to Cook took center stage at The Katharine Heburn Cultural Arts Center with a dramatic pre-opera Brunch at The "Kate" in Old Saybrook.
The four-course brunch began with a fabulous house made cheddar, apple, cranberry turnover; and finished with an almond bavaroise with brandied white chocolate hollandaise. After brunch, guests took in the Metropolitan Opera's Turnadot on the big screen.
The recently renovated Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center is truly a wonderful addition to Southeastern Connecticut. Check out there website for upcoming shows and events!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
After cocktails guests were guided inside the Mystic Art Center where the festivities continued with a wonderful meal, cake and dancing.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Just as you should start each day with breakfast, our fashion show began with a little snap, crackle and pop modeled by our own, Lexi. Her ensemble of "Breakfast" was made with a variety of cereal; colorful fruit loops and kix, and was accented with a blueberry necklace. "Careful with that milk Lexi".
A queen with a three carrot tiara. A fresh harvest of kale provided the base of the dress for Holly, who modeled "Lunch". Her outfit featured radishes, cucumbers, carrots and fresh red pepper flowers as part of its accessories.
Mia was sporting the "Dinner" look, an Au Couture of green and saffron rice, clam shells and New Zealand Mussels. Mia was heard saying "who knew Paella was an Asian Dish!".
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Special thanks to our friend, photographer Robert Norman for the beautiful pictures!!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
We are part of a great article in the July/August edition of Special Events Magazine: Cool Dessert Ideas for Summer.
The article featured treats from frozen to fruity. Our sweets are highlighted along with confections from two other caterers - Bar Tartine in San Francisco and Grace in Los Angeles.
Check it out by going to: http://specialevents.com/caterers/cool-dessert-ideas-for-summer-special-events/
Thursday, August 6, 2009
And last but not least, how can you go to Louisville, Kentucky and not take a trip to the Makers Mark distillery! We were treated to a lesson on mixology which confirmed how good kentucky bourbon can be.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Guests were greeted with a "Raspberry Sparkler," named in honor of the couples 4th of July proposal. Some highlights of cocktail hour include Demitasse Cups of Lobster Bisque with Fresh Chervil, Lotus Root Chips with Seared Tuna and Wakami and a Mediterranean Station. A served meal followed with a paired plate of Seared Local Bomster Scallops with Cucumber, Scallion, Chili Ginger Salsa and Sarawak Pepper Crusted Medallion of Beef Tenderloin with Black Olive Vinaigrette. After dinner, a cheese sampler was presented featuring local Cato Corner Farms cheeses and local honey. The square tiered wedding cake was elegantly dressed with black satin ribbon around each tier and scattered orchids. As a late night treat, a made to order Pizza Station was brought out on the terrace. The Scotch and Cigar Bar was a big hit as guests finished the evening under the stars.
A Thyme to Cook was happy to work with the following collaborative team:
Tent and Table Rental - Liberty Rentals
China and Chair Rental - Rentals Unlimited
Bar Beverages - Cask & Keg
DJ - Power Posse Productions
Photographer - Ken LePardo
Florist - Adam's Garden of Eden
Wedding Cake - Torra Dolce
Friday, May 29, 2009
How cool is this....eco-friendly alcohol!
We are excited to offer this new "green" liquor
from TRU Organic Spirits.
Some of what makes TRU "green" include:
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Shades of Green #1
Minimize your consumption of bottled water. Save your money!
Always drink tap water at home. Get your water tested and install a filter if necessary.
Eliminate all bottled water. Purchase and carry a reusable bottle filled with tap water.
Get Active....sign up for Clean Water Action's email activist list at www.cleanwateraction.org and check out www.cleanwaternetwork.org for updates and opportunities for taking action to help your water supply.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Gina: I would pick Italian…..well, “Americanized” Italian (I don’t like rabbit that much!). Give me pasta any day, although I would probably have a year of heartburn with all the tomato sauce!
Lori: Hors d’oeuvres – A year of snacking…mmmmm
Alicia: Definitely Italian – pasta and bread, how can you go wrong??? But there’s so much more to Italian than that…antipasto, braciole, roasted peppers – too many things to name…yum!!!
Emily: ….I would have to pick Thai cuisine – yum! The stir-fry possibilities are endless, but I am definitely partial to Pad See Ew. There is something about the rice noodles, garlic, and sweet soy sauce that I can’t pass up!
Chef Shawn: Bacon—it makes everything taste better!
Chef Bill: Lean Cuisines. Love it!
Joe: American. I live on hamburgers.
Jesus: Mexican, Yo lo como todo el tiempo de todos modos!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Just returned from the Eastern CT Chamber of Commerce's Business After Hours at the Coast Guard Alumni Center. A very pretty site for events overlooking the Thames River - too bad it was raining tonight!
As one of the participating caterers, and in honor of April Fool's Day, we thought we'd bring out our "Head Table" for the night.
Brian, our featured head for the evening, welcomed guests as they realized things aren't always as they seem.....
Other caterers sharing their nibbles included: Flanders Fish Market, who had yummy bruschetta and seafood tortillas; Mike from Aspen Restaurant with Seared Tuna on a Wonton Crisp with Micro Greens and Wasabi and Peppercorn Turkey and Boursin wrapped Asparagus; and Cloud Nine with Honey Mustard Kielbasa and Pumpkin Bread with Mango Cream Cheese (delish - I had 2!) Chef Tim Grills from Catering to You was cooking up a loaded Pasta Bar to order; and Tim from Gourmet Galley was serving up Shrimp and Grits...he has to work on his southern accent a bit, but the Sweet Southern Tea made up for it with the shot of Southern Comfort!
Thank you to the Chamber and Sue Fage at the Alumni Center for letting us participate!
Friday, March 27, 2009
We were very excited to collaborate with White Dress by the Shore and Stonington Design + Paperie for a special book signing reception on March 21st.
Acclaimed author and event designer Michelle Rago's new book, Signature Weddings, was featured as the beginning of an ongoing event , "Be Engaged - a series of conversations with wedding experts," hosted by The White Dress by the Shore. The kick-off event was attended by vendors and event planners from Connecticut to New York.
To really WOW everyone, we put our creative heads together and put our thinking caps on......which are made of food, of course! We literally made hats out of fresh produce for our staff to wear. It was a bit of trial and error...which was fun. (The kale looked like a hairstyle from the 70's!) Here are the three that made the cut: Radishes; Artichokes; and Key Limes.
We also thought outside of the box for the uniforms. A list of hors d'oeuvres was printed on the front of t-shirts and a little "Eat Me" button moved up and down to show what was being served.
We can't wait to enter this event in the 2009 CATIE Awards as part of the Best use of Food as Decor Category.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The top two cakes flavors selected were Chocolate Mocha with Chocolate Ganache and Kahlua/Amaretto Marble with Chocolate Filling. Red Velvet and Butter Almond were a close 3rd and 4th.
We have some very creative brides! Most of the cakes will be original masterpieces designed by the bride & groom. The perfect way to add a personal touch to their wedding day.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen to it at any time at https://www.cpbn.org/program/faith-middleton-show, scroll to the bottom and click on the 3/4/09 Episode: The Food Schmooze: Fantastic flavor combinations for your next meal!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Everyone is headed back to CT tomorrow.....can't wait to share all the creative ideas!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
With educational sessions, ICA roundtables, interactive events and a huge tradeshow....we always come back with hip, new, creative ideas to pass along to our clients. Plus this year, Linda is part of an ICA panel of speakers presenting a seminar: "Must Know Industry Trends."
A Thyme to Cook is excited to be a two-time finalist for the 2008 International Catering Association's Catered Arts Through Innovative Excellence Award (CATIE). Both nominees in the Most Innovative Mixology category to be announced on Wednesday evening.
Also - A Thyme to Cook is a 2009 finalist for an Achievement in Catering Excellence (ACE) award. The ACE awards showcase the best caterers from across the US and internationally for their innovative ideas and contributions to the catering industry.
What happens in Vegas will NOT stay in Vegas! We can't wait to share everything with you!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
As part of our new "look," we have added a blog to our website. It's about time we became part of the cyberspace scene!
We are excited to have this resource to post featured events, interesting recipes and news from the Cookery.
Keep checking back for weekly updates!
The A Thyme to Cook Team