Flavors of Fall – Choosing A Seasonal Menu

Fall has arrived! And with it, come many savory and warm flavors. Choosing seasonal ingredients for your event will help design a menu that is fresh, full-flavored and nutritious! Take a look at this eclectic fall menu, which embraces the season with delicious and fresh ingredients, along with some year-round favorites.

Butler Passed Hors d’oeuvres

Chevre Cheese Grapes
rolled in crushed pistachios

Fall Beggar’s Purse
crispy phyllo dough, filled with roasted butternut squash, toasted pecans & aged goat cheese

Gorgonolza Cheese, Pear & Fig Crostini
on a sourdough round

Charred Tenderloin of Beef
served on ficelle with Maytag bleu cheese butter

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Displayed Hors d’oeuvre Stations

Lite Fare

Late Harvest Vegetables
heirloom cauliflower, broccolini, green top carrots, breakfast radish,
with Asher blue cheese dip & Sriracha ranch dip
Assortment of Artisan Cheeses
displayed with assorted flatbreads, lavash,
dried fruits, nuts, assorted chutneys
Wild Mushroom Ravioli
served with porcini and pancetta cream sauce

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~Flatbread Station~

Spinach & Artichoke Flatbread
crispy flatbread with spinach and artichoke hearts and
with a blend of herbs & imported cheeses
Roasted Fig and Prosciutto Flatbread
crispy flatbread topped with whipped goat cheese, caramelized figs
and shaved prosciutto, garnished with baby arugula

~Low Country Shrimp & Grits Station~
jumbo gulf shrimp sautéed on site, accompanied by stone ground grits with tasso ham gravy,
applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and spring onions

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Midnight Snack

Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup
served in a demi-tasse cup
with a miniature grilled pimento cheese sandwich

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Roasted Pumpkin Swiss Roll
Spiced pumpkin cake rolled with a light cream cheese & vanilla frosting
Topped with candied pumpkin seeds
Bourbon Pecan Squares
dipped in Belgian chocolate

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The Pink Of Perfection – Adding Charm With Specialty Linens

Whether you’re planning a wedding or corporate event, there are several ways you can enhance the look of your special occasion! Using speciality linens can be a perfect way to tie your event’s theme together with elegance and charm. Using speciality linens on accent tables such as gift, cake & place card tables can be a cost effective way of utilizing these linens without the cost of having them on your guest seating tables.

With the help of Favor Me Events, one of our recent couples ‘took the cake’ with their use of linens. The couple’s ceremony was held in The Design Center Atrium, located in Charlotte’s South End. They incorporated a beautiful Antique Rose Linen for their Unity Sand Ceremony.

South End Wedding Ceremony | Atrium | Best Impressions Caterers
Photos by Kristin Byrum Photography

The couple also used the Antique Rose Linens for their gift and cake tables at their reception at Byron’s South End. We loved how they chose to use this unique linen to tie the theme of their ceremony and reception together. And look at how perfectly it coordinates with their wedding cake, made by For Goodness Cakes!

Best Impressions Caterers | Specialty Linens
Photos by Kristin Byrum Photography


Who says you can’t have more than one? Choosing two or three specialty linens can also amplify the look of your event! Our couple chose a Pink Sequin Linen for their cocktail tables. These tables were spread throughout The Courtyard for their cocktail hour at Byron’s South End. The exquisite pink sequins shimmered in the natural light of their cocktail hour, and later dazzled under the market lights!

Best Impressions Caterers | Pink Sequin Linens
Photos by Kristin Byrum Photography
Cocktail Hour at Byron's South End | Best Impressions Caterers
Photo by Kristin Byrum Photography


Our couple balanced out their speciality linens by using Ivory Poly Cotton Linens for their guest seating tables. And take a peek at how they ‘charged’ their presentation with Gold Medallion Chargers! The pink and rose tones along with the elegant golds created a breathtaking reception in Byron’s South End.

Byron's South End Wedding Reception | Gold Chargers
Photos by Kristin Byrum Photograpahy


Byron's South End | Wedding Reception Venue
Photo by Kirstin Byrum Photography



Special thanks to the amazing vendors who worked with us to create this one of a kind reception at Byron’s South End:

Planner: Favor Me Events

Florist: The Place for Flowers

Photography: Kristin Byrum

Music: In The Pocket Band & Elegant Ensembles 

Videography: Crown Alley

Cake: For Goodness Cakes

Photo Booth: TapSnap

Linen Rentals: Party Reflections

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St Patrick’s Day at The Design Center Atrium

Charlotte Caterer | Southend Design Center

Best Impressions Catering | Sub Zero Wolf Charlotte
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


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~


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 



 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…


Byron's South End

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THE Networking Event 2015

This past week, Best Impressions had the opportunity to be a sponsor at THE Networking Event!  Our team had a wonderful time seeing some of our favorite vendor friends and meeting some new faces within the industry. Our culinary team was also able to showcase some of their favorite dishes. Thank you Cristey Rowe, Stunning and Brilliant Events, and Foundation For The Carolinas for having us. Also, special thanks to BlueSky by Cass Bradley for some of these great photos!






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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Wedding Showcase

Our team had a wonderful time at The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Wedding Showcase this past weekend! We enjoyed the opportunity to meet so many newly engaged couples and speak to them about their upcoming weddings. Special thanks to Party Reflections and Carey Roberts Design Co. for their collaborative efforts in creating such unique tablescapes to present at the show. We hope everyone had a chance to stop by our food stations to try some of the food that our chefs were firing up! Our chefs also prepared a number of different show plates for the event. Thanks to Critsey Rowe for capturing so many great shots throughout the event! DSBG Bridal Showcase 2015 DSBG Bridal Showcase 2015 DSBG Bridal Showcase 2015 DSBG Bridal Showcase 2015 DSBG Bridal Showcase 2015 DSBG Bridal Showcase 2015 DSBG Bridal Showcase 2015 DSBG Bridal Showcase 2015 DSBG Bridal Showcase 2015

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Best Impressions Gears Up for The Annual Lupus Foundation Gala

Executive Chef, James Fox had a great time cooking up some crawfish mac & cheese with Wilson on WCCB Charlotte this morning! Our team is looking forward to being a part of the 9th Annual Lupus Mardi Gras Gala next week at CenterStage at NoDa!

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Bechtler Museum’s 5th Anniversary Gala

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is celebrating their 5th anniversary and we were excited to be a part of the gala a few weeks ago! Everyone was dressed to the nines, so of course our food had to match! For the first course we served a trio of soups and designed a card to fit on the plate with the names of the soups, which you can see below! To see more photos, click here to go to the Charlotte Observer’s website. See below for the menu!


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
– First Course: Trio of Soups –
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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Event at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Last night we had the opportunity to cater an event at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery! We loved the exposed brick and the relaxed feel of the room and wanted to share a few pictures with you! The space would be perfect for a rehearsal dinner or networking event. Check out the pictures below!

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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
– Salad Course –
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
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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Ashton & Mike

Back in October we had the honor of catering Ashton & Mike’s beautiful wedding! They had their ceremony at the Design Center Atrium & their reception a few steps up the sidewalk at Byron’s South End. Here are a few pictures from Indigo Photography!

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.






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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