St Patrick’s Day at The Design Center Atrium

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Photos by Richard Israel

 

Saint Patrick’s Day was celebrated a little differently this year at The Design Center Atrium in South End!

Best Impressions Caterers partnered with many Charlotte area vendors to put together a classically southern themed event. Guests marveled at Carey Roberts’ floral masterpieces as they entered the Design Center Atrium on Thursday, March 17th. The Atrium was illuminated by abstract hanging Edison bulbs by Wink Lighting.  Spark By Design’s custom made marquee letters commanded the room, which made for impactful branding design! Pieces exuding character and southern charm were placed throughout the venue by Old South Vintage Rentals  to compliment the AFR Events furnishings.  Party Reflections, VTG CLT, and Party Tables completed the classic southern look with one-of-a-kind vintage flatware, linens, and decor.

Our Vendors:

Carey Roberts

Spark by Design

Old South Vintage Rentals

AFR

Vintage Charlotte

Party Reflections

Party Tables

Wink Lighting

Artisan Ice

Richard Israel

Charlotte Caterers | Best Impressions
Photos by Richard Israel
Charlotte Catering| Best Impressions Caterers
Photos by Richard Israel

 

Here’s a taste of what we served:

~Butler Passed Hors d’oeuvres~

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Niman ranch bacon, toy box heirloom farm tomatoes

with roasted garlic aioli on toast focaccia

 

~Chef-Attended Composed Plate Stations~ 

Grilled Tenderloin of Beef 

sliced thin and drizzled with a red wine demi glaze,

 served with creamed collards, garnished with crispy parsnips 

 

~Dessert~

 Gourmet Brown Butter Ice Cream Station

topped with pecan praline crumbles, sweet tea reduction drizzle,

served in a crispy waffle cup


More photos by Richard Israel…

 

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Photo courtesy of Daniel Coston Photography

Butler Passed Hors D’oeuvres
Miniature Baked Brie En Croute with raspberry preserves
Braised Short Rib with lemon gremolata, shaved Brussels sprout slaw
Wood Grilled Maine Lobster with vanilla gougeres, fresh lemon & herb mascarpone, garnished with celery leaves
Ahi Tuna Lollipop – seared ahi tuna with pickled ginger & a sapporo wasabi glaze

Plated Dinner
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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with house made, bruleed ginger marshmallow
Traditional Crab Bisque dressed with a sherry vinaigrette, sliced chives & creme fraiche
Split Pea Soup with Benton’s slab bacon

– Entree Course –
Grilled Filet of Beef rubbed with kosher salt, cracked pepper & crushed garlic, served with a beurre rouge sauce & fresh arugula salad
Accompanied by Whipped Ricotta Gnocchi sautéed with butter & herbs & Spheres of Root Vegetables including roasted butternut squash, parsnips, rutabaga & purple turnip tops.

– Dessert Course –
Cassata Torte – A chocolate sponge cake soaked in amaretto, accented with lemon zest, a twist of honey tuile & warm salted caramel sauce served table side.

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And of course, we can’t write a blog post without posting the menu!

Butler Passed Hors D’oeuvres
Miniature Baked Brie En Croute with raspberry preserves
Seared Sea Scallops displayed on a tasting spoon with a citrus beurre blanc, topped with micro greens
Pulled Pork BBQ served on a wonton chip with warm brie cheese, a cherry gastrique & micro greens

Plated Dinner
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Traditional Caesar Salad with sliced romaine lettuce, Parmesan crisps, creamy Caesar dressing & brioche croutons

– Duet Entree Course –
Filet Mignon rubbed with kosher salt, black pepper & crushed garlic, grilled & served with a burgundy wine sauce
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Maryland-Style Crabcakes with jumbo lump crabmeat, sautéed & served with remoulade sauce

Accompanied by white truffle potato puree & marinated haricot vert bundles with sea salt & olive oil

– Dessert Course –
Cheesecake Bites:
Marble Cheesecake with an Oreo crust, topped with whipped cream
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with a graham cracker crust, white chocolate whipped cream & fresh strawberries

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Ceremony Venue: Design Center Atrium
Reception Venue: Byron’s South End
Photographer: Indigo Photography
Day-Of Coordinator: Ivy Honeycutt with The Silk Veil
Floral: Lily Greenthumb’s
DJ: Audio to Go
Cake: Cheesecake, Etc.

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Butler Passed Hors D’oeuvres
Miniature Baked Brie En Croute with raspberry preserves
Cherry Tomato Canape stuffed with fresh mozzarella, garlic, basil & extra virgin olive oil
Shrimp Cocktail Shooters with pepper vodka cocktail sauce
Charred Rare Tenderloin of Beef served open faced on a slice of French baguette with arugula & cool horseradish cream

Buffet Dinner
Classic Mixed Greens Salad with cucumber, plum tomatoes, julienne bell peppers & carrots with a variety of dressings
Chef-Attended Prime Rib Station cooked medium to medium rare with seasoned au jus
Herb Crusted Halibut with Panko breadcrumbs & fresh herbs
Classic Gnocchi with tomato cream, Parmesan & fresh basil
Twice Baked Potatoes
Medley of Grilled Seasonal Vegetables with fresh rosemary & coarse ground salt & pepper

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Selection of Local Cheeses & Charcuterie
Ashe County sharp cheddar, Carolina blue cheese, aged Bosky Acres goat cheese, seasonal fruit, local fig jam, honeycomb, crackers & toast points

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Sliced Tenderloin of Beef Au Poivre
served on a miniature brioche roll with cognac-horseradish cream

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Sauteed Mushroom Caps
stuffed with seasoned sausage

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Pomegranate Glazed Chicken Skewers
with an orange & fresh tarragon chutney

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Spinach & Walnut Ravioli
with pesto cream & diced red bell pepper

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Miniature Maryland-Style Crabcakes
served with cocktail & remoulade sauces

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Blueberry Lemonade
fresh lemonade stirred with Limoncello & blueberry vodka

Acai Berry Mojito
fresh acai berries muddled with sugar in the raw & mint, topped with Bacardi rum & club soda

Sounds delicious!

Lauren Rosenau was behind the camera for this one and the photos are amazing. Click here to see for yourself!

Here’s the rest of their menu:

Butler Passed Hors D’oeuvres
Cherry Tomato Canape stuffed with fresh mozzarella, garlic, basil & extra virgin olive oil
Cranberry & Brie Conpote served on puff pastry with walnuts & apple butter
Miniature Maryland-Style Crabcakes with whole grain mustard remoulade
Stuffed Baby New Potatoes with bacon & cheddar cheese

Buffet Dinner
Mixed Greens Salad with dried cranberries & chèvre cheese, drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette

London Broil marinated in red wine, herbs & spices, charcoal grilled & served with sautéed mushrooms in a port wine reduction
Chicken Florentine stuffed with feta cheese & spinach, topped with tarragon butter cream sauce
Primavera Marinara with broccoli, zucchini & squash tossed in a marinara sauce, served over cavatappi pasta

Homestyle Mac & Cheese topped with seasoned breadcrumbs
Grilled Asparagus
Freshly Baked Artisan Rolls with butter

Additional Vendors: New Creations Flower Company, The Wow Factor Cakes, ATG Entertainment

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