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Event Catering

Catering is the professional preparation and serving of food and beverages. Event planners find it a convenient method of advancing their guest’s hospitality needs. The business is booming – and why not – the hospitality industry has upped its game. But what does event catering entail? What are the expected industry minimum standards? Well, like all businesses, it requires professionalism and meticulous planning. Without a good team, event catering will be a bad experience for the person organizing it.

A great example of an event where you can find a wide variety of catering for events in Miami is The South Beach Wine and Food Festival. The Wine and Food Festival is four day culinary extravaganza that features wine and cuisine from all over the planet.

Below are the various stages of an event catering process.

Cooking and Delivery

To be successful at event catering, caterers need to be adept at food preparation and cooking. To be a professional cook or chef, you need to have under gone at least 3 years training in a food and hospitality college. Hygiene when cooking food cannot be gainsaid. The most successful event catering business is the one that observes personal hygiene almost to the level of eccentricity. You need to have the necessary cooking utensils such as cooking pots, cooking pans, cooking sticks etc. Good cooking is one thing, delivering the food in a hygienic and professional manner is another. Food delivery is a nightmare if you do not have the right equipment. You need to have automobiles that are sanitized, good packaging utensils and crockery, and refrigerated vans for perishable vegetables and drinks. You need to be able to deliver the food in time, serve in time and clear out the event venue in time. Event catering is a time conscious business.

Staffing Logistics

Event catering should be an organized affair. You will need to have the kitchen staff, the transportation staff, the waiting staff, managers, suppliers of food materials to the kitchen, event decorators as well as cleaning staff. As an owner of an event catering business, you will be expected to handle this staffing logistics with ease. Before taking up an event catering job, this entire staff must be in place. Failure to have the necessary staff is planning to fail.

Event Venue Preparation and Serving

Most companies that outsource event catering services expect the catering firm to decorate and arrange the venue as well as serve the guests. From event themes and colors to table arrangement and fixing a temporary bar and kitchen, a manager at a catering firm is expected to have the event venue ready. Note that event catering is not a business for the faint hearted or the disorganized. It is a business for people with excellent planning capabilities. To handle the large number of people and logistics, you need to have management skills and high emotional quotient. You will need to be able to balance competing egos with your business agenda. From arrival times of the various event guests to meal times and beverages servings, a caterer will have his hands full. Always remember to ask what kind of guests will be attending the event. You do not want to be caught off guard by having guests that are vegetarians, teetotalers, or those that are restricted by their religions from taking certain foods. Event catering is a highly complex and demanding business, yet being involved in it is both exhilarating and involving.

Deering Seafood Festival

What better way to extol South Florida’s incredible setting and regional cuisine than at the Annual Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay held every spring  from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you’ll find yourself immersed in lively, communal, gourmet celebration events. A dizzying array of restaurants and caterers - Black Point Ocean Grill, Paella Party, Golden Rule Seafood, and many others serve up an equally head-spinning menu of delectable seafood, from conch to lobsters. You’ll be able to stare at the riffled waters of Biscayne Bay (on which pontoon-boat tour run for the event) while tasting the ocean with every bite.

Culinary Instruction

This festival is not just about savoring fabulous seafood plates; it’s also an opportunity to learn how to prepare some of these delectable dishes for yourself. A formidable assemblage of some of South Florida’s leading executive chefs - including Samir Canaan of Truluck’s Seafood Steak & Crab House and Kareem Anguin of The Oceanaire Seafood Room in Miami, as well as Key Largo’s Damian Gilchrist of the Ocean Reef Club - will be leading cooking demonstrations. They will answer questions, provide samples, and everyone in the audience will come away with the recipe for the dish in focus. You’ll also get the opportunity to bone up on food and wine pairings through expert instruction from Crown Wine & Spirits.


Throughout the festivities, you are immersed in the richly varied music of South Florida and the West Indies. From the culture-drenched energy of Bahamian Junkanoo performances to bands such as Caribbean Crew, Code Red, and the Mosquito Heads, your gustatory revelry will enjoy a vibrant soundtrack.

Don’t worry about the kids being bored, either: The Deering Seafood Festival has its own fun, educational component perfectly complementing its focus. Through the “Five Oceans of the World” experience at Deering Discovery Cove, younger attendees will receive a hands-on crash course in marine biology. They’ll also love the play space and age-specific fare.

The Deering Seafood Festival is one of the Miami area’s can’t-miss celebrations.

Miami Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival

With all the flavor that Miami has to offer, the Miami Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival appeals to foodies and wine connoisseurs alike. The event is scheduled as a two day gathering in the Miami Circle area. The event's festivities happen on March 23rd and 24th. The event features live concerts with artists playing music from around the world. Additionally, there will be selections of fine wine and spirits to enjoy, as well as, a diverse assortment of arts and crafts from local artists.

If the cultural aspects of the festival don't do it for you, there are many other attractions at the Annual Miami Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival. Such attractions include a classic and exotic automobile showcase and kids play area. The two day event will provide a safe place for kids to have fun and for adults to enjoy themselves as well. In fact, the event is located at one of the best party venues Miami has to offer. It will be filled with vendors offering free samples of food and wine from many different local restaurants. There will also be cooking demos on many of the delicious dishes.

The event is held at an event space Miami that offers public enjoyment. There is always many of the area's fine restaurants on hand offering tasty cuisine. Some of the Brickell restaurants include China Grill, Taverna Opa, and many others. It is close to the Wynwood District where you can check art in anticipation for Art Basel Miami. There is  always at least one photography studio Miami has to offer.

Each day the festival is held from 12 pm to 10 pm. Admission is $10 and $15 if you buy tickets for both days. Furthermore, food and beverage vouchers are selling for anywhere from $1 to $8. There is also VIP tickets available for $125 for one day and $200 for both, with some of the money going to charity.

Miami Beach Food Truck and Music Festival

It’s time to make plans to attend the Miami Beach Food Truck and Music Festival at the newly renovated North Shore Bandshell on 7275 Collins Ave. in beautiful Miami Beach, FL.


A snapshot from when the food trucks visited Soho Studios...

Held every fourth Wednesday of the month, Miami Beach Food Truck and Music Festival is rapidly becoming one of Miami’s premiere events with thousands in attendance. The North Shore Bandshell is one of artistic symmetry and excellent acoustics situated on Collins Ave. Beachside.

Event times are between 5 and 10 PM. Live entertainment consisting of various artists and a host of food trucks offering a cuisine from around the globe translate into a great night out.

The smorgasbord of food trucks includes: Coffee Break, Boba Station, Sugar Yummy, Mushaboom, Dolci Pecati, Moty’s, The Mexican, Gastropod, Arepa Box, Garcia Brothers, Latin Burger, Sakaya, Catered Bliss, Health Nut and Ms Cheezious and many more local favorites.

The food trucks are a bit hit in South Florida and they are excited to have the opportunity to provide their cuisine to the local residents and tourists alike.

The offerings are Latin flavored dishes from burgers to ethnic and more. Acting Assistant City Manager Max Sklar states that “We’re looking forward to people enjoying good food, music and the charm of our beautiful beaches.”

The North Shore section of Miami is a popular tourist destination as well. There are 48 restaurants within a few blocks of the North Shore Bandshell, and a multitude of motels as well.

Another plus to attending the Miami Beach Food Truck and Music Fest, is its proximity to the beach. Enjoy a day of fun and relaxation with beach activities before the Food Truck and Music Fest. Miami’s beaches are well known for their fine sand beaches. Play volleyball on the beach or just lay in the sun and watch the crowd.

Five bars and clubs are also within walking distance of North Shore Bandshell on Collins Ave.

Soho Studios is another great place for entertainment-located 2136 NW 1st Ave., the Wynwood District of Miami. Call or check their website @ for event dates and times. Soho Studios is a gigantic 65,000 sqft convention center suitable for anything from Auto Shows to national conventions.

Due to the magnitude of their events, it is an important source of revenue for the surrounding businesses.