3 Food Points to Consider for Your Next Event

3 Food Points to Consider for Your Next Event

Does the catering aspect of planning a big event have you overwhelmed? We sat down with Emma Roberts, Owner of Capers Catering, to get her take on how to determine the menu and current food trends they’re seeing. According to Emma, there are several things to consider when figuring out the food for your next event:

1 – Local, seasonal ingredients produce the most delicious outcomes. By partnering with local dairy and produce farmers, artisan cheeses makers, brewers, fish mongers, poultry and livestock farmers, bee keepers and others, Capers excels in creating seasonal dishes and believes that is the secret to catering success. According to Emma, “Customers who are flexible with their choices are the ones that we have the most success in making delicious menus for. We try to make our dishes as seasonal as possible, right down to fish that are available that day from suppliers.”

Seasonal meal by Capers Catering. Photo by David Tucker Photography

2 – Be sure to consider those with allergies. With food allergies more prominent today than ever, chefs must be able to accommodate those with dietary restrictions. When planning out the menu, be sure to have vegetarian, gluten-free, non-dairy and nut-free selections available to your guests. Better yet, surveying guests to learn of any allergies or dietary needs in advance is ideal when working with the caterer to determine the menu.

Amazing seasonal appetizers by Capers Catering, photo by Mandy Nelson Photography

3 – In addition to the food being delicious, it is also important to consider current trends and how the food will be presented. Emma explains that some of the latest ideas include serving a variety of small-plate entrées or making food interactive by presenting it in a non-traditional way. She says, “We’ve done pretzel and donut walls, had food hanging on chains for guests to pick from and even made a rolling bookshelf! Food should also be fun!” We couldn’t agree more!

What about a fun “Donut Wall”? Photo by Channing Johnson Photography

Offering delicious food options at your event is so important, but it is also about the attendees’ experience, so don’t forget to be creative with the presentation and offerings!

Contact us today to hear more about what to consider when planning your next corporate event.

Cover image: Sarah Bastille Photography

Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

Hiring a photographer for your next business event is an important decision, but before you go looking for the perfect professional, you have some homework to do according to Leah LaRiccia.

“You have to be clear on how these photos are going to be used after the event.  Is it for social media? Part of printed materials like a brochure or magazine?” Leah recommends key people in the organization meet to brainstorm how to capture the event and go over the following points:

  • Who are the key people you would like the photographer to focus on?
  • What are some of the key moments that need to be captured?
  • What feelings should the photos convey?  Causal? Formal?
  • Are you capturing specific aspects of the venue, food or on-site branding?

It’s about using the photographer to shoot your business event in a way that conveys “….what you want to say about your business.” says Leah  “The photographer is making your business look its best!” Going over these points well before the big day is important to ensure that expectations are met. Depending on what your answers are, it may influence what professional you hire based on their specialty or portfolio.

AIER hosting a curriculum workshop for teachers wanted photographs for use on social media and to showcase the students interacting with one another. By Leah LaRiccia Photography


AIER workshop by Leah LaRiccia Photography

“I had one client that wanted to show that they were fun and had a casual atmosphere versus another that wanted serious photos that would be used in their annual report to stockholders. I approached these two events very differently.”  explains Leah.

“[This] client wanted images for their website that would fit in seamlessly with their rebranding efforts. After meeting with members of the organization prior to the event, it became clear that they wanted images highlighting the important individuals presenting at the event. They also wanted to focus on interactions between event attendees in order to showcase the friendly and approachable nature of the firm.”

G20 by Leah LaRiccia Photography


G20 by Leah LaRiccia Photography


G20 by Leah LaRiccia Photography


Having an Event Planner available before and during the event is also extremely helpful for the other professionals working on the event – especially the photographer!  Great Event Planners can point out important people to photograph, help troubleshoot any issues as they arise and be familiar with the flow of the evening.

Our warmest thanks to Leah for her time and points to keep in mind when engaging a photographer.

Keep Swank Events in mind when planning your next event!

The Great Gatsby!

The Great Gatsby!

What an amazing event theme for a great company!  We had so much fun planning this holiday event for Vestmark!  Special thanks to Kristen Renneker Photography for capturing the roaring 20’s theme perfectly in these photos!

Using a consistent tone-on-tone color scheme not only worked with the hotel décor, but also had an elegant feeling to it with the different metal tones called out in the linen and centerpieces, contributing to the overall look.

The flower arrangements have the personality of a 1920’s flapper with the beads, feathers and fringe!  This layered look with simple gold balls in the vase give the centerpiece a sense of grander without using a lot of flowers.

The 20’s glamour comes to life with the centerpiece and table setting

Events with a theme that lends itself to other activities – such as gambling – are fun to work with! In this case, we collaborated with Casino Productions to rent gaming tables, chips and dealers, creating an authentic experience for the guests. Offering prizes for the top winners at your event is a great way to encourage everyone to have fun while at the tables!

Employees got to try their luck with the dice!


Gambling in good fun at the venue!

Recalling the feeling of Prohibition, simple mason jars holding condiments (and not “bathtub gin”) is another whimsical touch to the evening.  You can customize menu options to serve items popular in the 20’s – which might include a Waldorf salad!

Buffet table at the event decked out with lights

When not eating, enjoying 1920’s mixed drinks or playing at gaming tables, guests participated in photo booth fun! An array of hats, feather boas and 1920’s era props were offered as another way to get attendees into the theme of the evening.

Everyone had fun with the Great Gatsby theme!

We had a blast planning this one and it was clear that the attendees enjoyed themselves, too! Check out the rest of the gallery below!  Contact us today for some unique theme ideas for your next big event!

Swank Events 2017 in Review!

Swank Events 2017 in Review!

What an amazing and busy year we’ve had!  We wanted to take a moment to not only thank all of the wonderful clients we have had this year, but to also express our heartfelt appreciation to all of the professionals we’ve collaborated with this year: florists, photographers, venues, entertainers, chefs and all of the fantastic people who helped make each occasion memorable!

Swank Events is looking forward to a brilliant 2018!

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Big News from Swank Events!

Big News from Swank Events!

We’ve got some big news and wanted you to be the first to hear it!

After almost ten years of planning mostly weddings, we have decided to officially shift the focus of Swank Events to Corporate Event Planning.

This means you can count on us for all your corporate planning needs: summer outings, holiday parties, team building events, conferences and so much more!

To celebrate our new focus, we’ve updated our look and website. Be sure to connect with us on social media to keep up with the latest Swank news.

We look forward to working with you on your next corporate event!


The Swank Team