04/27/2015 

Popular Connecticut Wedding Trends of 2015 – Greenwich, CT

Popular Connecticut Wedding Trends of 2015 - Greenwich, CTAt Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, our goal is to generate an extraordinary experience for your family and guests. Whether it’s a corporate event for 50 guests or a seated wedding dinner for over 500, our Connecticut wedding catering team brings together all of the elements to produce a successful event. Whether are already in the process of performing your wedding preparations, or you are simply not even sure where to begin, if you are tying the knot this year, Fitzgerald’s can work with you to create a wedding day that will create beautiful memories to last a lifetime. We have put together a list of popular wedding trends of 2015, which we hope will assist you and provide direction in planning your big day!

A growing trend in the year of 2015 is adding a more personalized experience to the wedding invitation process, which include:

Utilizing social media. You can set up a social media account that is dedicated to your wedding day and invite your guests to like or follow the page. This way, they can share with you the voyage from pre-wedding preparations, to post-wedding reminiscencing.

Request shared photos from your guests. You can ask your guests to bring with them a photo of a time that you shared together to be displayed at the wedding reception.

Rustic wedding invitation cards. A popular trend for many wedding invitations are cards that are influenced by watercolors and pastel hues, that are light brown and green colored. The invitations can be cut into into unique contours and poster styles, are other ideas to contemplate if you’re looking to construct a very original wedding invitation.

Gluten free menu options

Gluten-free menu options has been steadily gaining popularity for Connecticut weddings over the recent years. Because of the growing popularity, our clients have been increasingly requesting that ingredients such as wheat, barley, rye are left off the menu. These replacement gluten free grains are more nutritious than wheat-based flours and will satisfy the growing health conscience population of guests at your party.

Connecticut Wedding Reception Venues

The natural aesthetics of your Connecticut wedding reception venue is a very important trend for weddings in 2015. Nothing embodies this trend more than natural settings full of ocean or professionally landscaped lawns. You will have no issues with impressing your guests at any of the following Connecticut wedding venues with their striking backdrops and scenery.

Lighthouse Point – New Haven, Connecticut: Lighthouse Point in New Haven is widely known for its beautiful location on the Long Island Sound and providing soothing sea breezes as well as breathtaking ocean views. It is considered a historical building and will provide plenty of space for your wedding reception. The property also includes a historic lighthouse, beaches, and a unique carousel which was built in 1916 and restored to its current state of magnificence in the 1980′s.

Gallaher Mansion at Cranbury Park – Norwalk, Connecticut: The Gallaher Mansion was built in 1930 by the acclaimed industrialist Edward Beach Gallaher. The spacious mansion has many details throughout its interior including custom woodworking, stained glassed windows, and walnut veneer paneling, which seamlessly extends from the wall to the ceiling. There is an extended garden terrace and flourishing garden that creates a beautiful natural atmosphere for entertaining outdoor guests

Waveny House – New Canaan, Connecticut: The Waveny house the perfect venue to host your wedding reception. Waveny House is a beautiful Tudor style mansion that is located within the serene and expansive Waveny Town Park and is managed by the New Canaan Recreation Department. The mansion was originally built in 1912 and is composed of a grand hall, library, sitting room, dining room, breakfast room, billiard room, large commercial kitchen, and an extensive patio, which provides a perfect view of the magnificent park.

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering of Black Rock, Connecticut performs catering services for Weddings, Corporate Events, Private Party, Birthday, Bar/Batmitzvah, Holiday, BBQ/Picnic, Brunch, Showers, Memorials Fund Raiser, Clam Bake, Our service area includes the following towns in Connecticut and surrounding areas; Fairfield, Southport, Westport, East Norwalk, South Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Ridgefield, New Canaan, Bridgeport, Easton, Weston, Trumbull, Monroe, Danbury, Brookfield, New Haven, Hartford, New London, Madison, Middletown and beyond!



04/13/2015 

Catering – Wedding Caterers – Event & Party Catering – Connecticut

 

Catering - Wedding Caterers - Event & Party Catering - ConnecticutFitzgerald’s Fine Catering is one of Connecticut’s premier wedding and special event catering companies with over 30 years of experience, catering award-winning special events including weddings, corporate and non-profit functions, Bar/Batmitzvahs, and private parties. A descendant of a family-owned catering business that began operations in 1948, Nicholas Shope continues the legacy with the goal to provide his clients with everything they need to make their special day a huge success, to deliver innovative cuisine, and to achieve excellence in all aspects of event catering.

Based in Bridgeport, Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering is a full-service Connecticut caterer specializing in wedding and corporate catering in the Fairfield County area and beyond. We have the capabilities to handle almost every aspect of your most important day from the planning stages to completion. Our years of experience has allowed us to host almost every type of wedding from casual to elegant across countless wedding reception venues throughout the state of Connecticut and New York and beyond.

We understand that preparing and serving meals and pouring drinks are not the only aspects of catering for your party. Our experienced and qualified catering staff will delight you with great service and our attention to detail. They will assist you in arranging your tables and chairs, decorations, cleaning up, and all other services and logistics associated with making your wedding day go off without a hitch. We have established relationships with vendors and facilities throughout the state of Connecticut, which will allow us to assist you in making the best choices an minimize your costs.

Fitzgerld’s Fine Catering is dedicated to providing you with distinguished service, delicious cuisine, and peace of mind knowing that every aspect of your party will be handled in a professional and efficient manner. We don’t take short-cuts and we will make it our objective to make you feel as if you are a guest at your own party. We understand that hosting a paramount affair such as a wedding reception, a holiday party or corporate party is an enormous endevour. The planning stages can become very overwhelming and seem extremely daunting. There are countless aspects that must be dealt with, and it is a great deal of work. At Fitzgerald’s, from our years of experience, we already know all of the proper questions to ask you in order to ensure that every catering aspect is attended to and nothing is overlooked. We can also offer you creative ideas to give your event more of a distinctive feel that will incorporate your styles and tastes.

You can contact the owner Nicholas Shope today at (800) 368-1823 for a free consultation. We offer free private food tasting for all potential clients in our tasting/showroom, so that you can experience the quality and service first hand and greater understand what you can expect for your party.

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering of Black Rock, Connecticut performs catering services for Weddings, Corporate Events, Private Party, Birthday, Bar/Batmitzvah, Holiday, BBQ/Picnic, Brunch, Showers, Memorials Fund Raiser, Clam Bake, Our service area includes the following towns in Connecticut and surrounding areas; Fairfield, Southport, Westport, East Norwalk, South Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Ridgefield, New Canaan, Bridgeport, Easton, Weston, Trumbull, Monroe, Danbury, Brookfield, New Haven, Hartford, New London, Madison, Middletown and beyond!



03/26/2015 

Barbecue Party Catering Services – Greenwich, Connecticut

As the long and cold Connecticut winter season is slowly drawing to a close and the warmer weather approaches, it a great time to start thinking about hosting a back-yard barbecue or picnic party! Hosting a party can be an excellent way to get all of your friends and family together to enjoy a beautiful day and create memories. However, depending on the scope of the party, it can also become a somewhat stressful and daunting endeavor. The Connecticut caterers at Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering have performed our catering services for countless private parties throughout Connecticut over the years, and can offer some advice and ideas that can help ensure that your summer party is going to be a worry-free and joyous occasion for yourself, your family and friends.

You number one priority when planning your party should deciding what type of food will be served. If you are hosting an outdoor party, it is highly recommended that you have a grill set up, so you can offer your guests a variety of grilled meat, fish and vegetables options. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering offers a party package that includes a high quality grill, all staffing, china, glassware, linens, silver, bar service as well as complete setup and cleanup services. We offer a variety of hor d’deovres including Cucumber cups with Gorgonzola, Smoked salmon canapés, Crab puffs, Chicken sate with peanut sauce, Beef teriyaki , Black bean quesadillas, Stuffed mushrooms with sausage & black olive, Bacon & scallops. Some of our grilled items include; Beef Tenderloin, Grilled Petit Filets, Marinated Grilled Beef Flank Steak, Veal Chop, New York Strip Steak, Chicken Kabobs with Seasonal Vegetables, Swordfish Steaks with Peppercorn Glaze, Boneless Salmon Steak, Maine Lobster Tails and much more.

Besides having an abundance of delicious food available for your guests, your next priority should be to have a large selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available, so that they can remain hydrated and refreshed throughout the party. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering can fulfill all of your bar services needs. Our bar service packages include the providing and setting up the bar, all necessary equipment, glassware or plastic cups, napkins, ice, various juices and sodas, bottled and sparkling water, all types of mixers, garnish, friendly and knowledgeable bartenders, and bar trash removal & recycling.

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering can help you plan a fabulous party whether its a private party, company luncheon, cocktail party, picnic, or family reunion. We have an extensive variety of menu options available to choose from for any type of event you wish to cater. You can head over to our Menu Suggestions page to view all of the choices available. We are a full-service Connecticut catering company that specializes in preparing delicious food, elegant decor, and quality customer service for our clients. Contact us today for a free consultation!

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering of Black Rock, Connecticut performs catering services for Weddings, Corporate Events, Private Party, Birthday, Bar/Batmitzvah, Holiday, BBQ/Picnic, Brunch, Showers, Memorials Fund Raiser, Clam Bake, Our service area includes the following towns in Connecticut and surrounding areas; Fairfield, Southport, Westport, East Norwalk, South Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Ridgefield, New Canaan, Bridgeport, Easton, Weston, Trumbull, Monroe, Danbury, Brookfield, New Haven, Hartford, New London, Madison, Middletown and beyond!



03/15/2015 

Connecticut Wedding Catering – Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering Service

Connecticut Wedding Catering - Fitzgerald's Fine Catering ServiceIf you are recently engaged to be married, congratulations! Planning your wedding can be one of the greatest experiences of your life for you and your partner. We want you to know that Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering is available for Connecticut wedding catering services and will take great pride in assisting you with making your most important day a great success! We are a full-service and award-winning wedding caterer that has the experience and capabilities to handle many different facets of your wedding.

Our years of performing wedding catering services throughout Fairfield and New Haven Counties in Connecticut and beyond has earned us a reputation for setting the standard of excellence in the region. Whether your wedding reception is occurring at Lighthouse Point in New Haven or Waveny House in New Canaan, we can help you to create a beautiful wedding celebration that will fully display your tastes and preferences.

We pride ourselves for our emphasis in the quality of our food and level of professional service. Our team of professional culinary chefs have the skills and experience to provide the highest quality of food preparation techniques to ensure that your food will be cooked properly and taste delicious. We employ a service staff team that are presentable and trained to ensure that your wedding party will be run in an efficient manner. We understand the importance of preparing great tasting food and providing exceptional customer service for your wedding day and we strive to provide the best possible wedding catering experience for that is possible.

We offer many different customized wedding catering packages and services and have performed our wedding catering services at a variety of locations throughout the region such as large banquet halls, beach fronts, private homes, and even cruise boats. We specialize in Connecticut wedding catering, however we also cater to Bat Mitzvahs, Bar Mitzvahs, corporate events, social events, graduations, communion parties, special occasions, picnics and BBQs and all off-site events. Contact Fitzgerald’s Fine Caterting today for a free consultation and allow us to help you design a wedding party that you, your family and friends will revere for the rest of your lives. We can provide the elegant settings, delicious tasting food, and professional service that will make you feel like a guest at your own party!

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering of Black Rock, Connecticut performs catering services for Weddings, Corporate Events, Private Party, Birthday, Bar/Batmitzvah, Holiday, BBQ/Picnic, Brunch, Showers, Memorials Fund Raiser, Clam Bake, Our service area includes the following towns in Connecticut and surrounding areas; Fairfield, Southport, Westport, East Norwalk, South Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Ridgefield, New Canaan, Bridgeport, Easton, Weston, Trumbull, Monroe, Danbury, Brookfield, New Haven, Hartford, New London, Madison, Middletown and beyond!



02/26/2015 

Hiring a Wedding or Event Party Bartender | New Haven, Fairfield County, Connecticut

Hiring a Wedding or Event Party Bartender | New Haven, Fairfield County, Connecticut Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering employees a team of professional Connecticut wedding and event bartenders, which have many years of experience serving beverages for Weddings, Birthdays, Corporate and Private Parties, Bar/Batmitzvah, Holiday parties and much more throughout the Fairfield and New Haven County area and beyond! Each of our bartenders are certified in the state of Connecticut and professional trained to administer any types of alcohol that you provide for your event. Our bartenders are very experienced at controlling the amount of alcohol, which is consumed by each of your guests and are able to circumvent over-serving your guests, which can possibly lead to problems such as sickness and liability issues.

The bartenders of Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering pride themselves on being very creative and precise when preparing their drinks and possess a strong knowledge of all types of wine, beer, and liquors. They are trained to be very personable and social with your Connecticut wedding or party guests, while at the same time preserving a high level of professionalism. Your bartenders will arrive well before the party begins to setup the bar in an organized and presentable fashion and prepare any pre-made specialty drinks you may have requested. Once the party has come to an end, your bartenders will meticulously clean up the bartending area, organize your remaining alcohol, and assist you in packing it away in your vehicles. Our team of bartenders work very hard to ensure that you and your guests have the best possible experience for your event.

Our bartenders take great pride in their work and instill the following qualities one each of their jobs:

Knowledgeable About Mixing Drinks: Our bartenders posess the mixology skills that allow them to not only know how the make the most typical drinks, but can also create the more difficult unique drinks as well. They will also offer recomendations if a guest seems to be indecisive.

Strong Customer Service Skills: Our bartenders possess very strong customer service skills. They will almost always have a smile on their face and are constantly attentive and very personable with guests. They possess a professional appearance with friendly personalities that allow them to connect with your guests.

Sustains a High Level of Cleanliness: We understand the importance of cleanliness and maintaining a well kept and organized bar. Pouring drinks that are clean and sanitary are of utmost importance.

Possess a Strong Memory: Through the years of experience, our bartenders understand the importance of remembering your guests names and drink preferences. They have are knowledgeable of numerous types of drinks and extensive details of wine, beer, and liquor memorized.

The Ability to Serve Responsibly: Our bartenders understand when your guests are on the brink of having too much to drink, and will gauge the amount of alcohol consumed by your guests throughout the evening. They also will check IDs to be certain that no under-age guests will be consuming any alcoholic beverages during your party.

At Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, we understand that being a great bartender does not just involve simply knowing how to create a great tasting cocktail and possess knowledge of wine and beer. We understand that the importance of providing a great bar service for your Connecticut wedding or party involves providing excellent customer service and possessing a positive attitude. By providing a professional service with a positive attitude, our bartender’s personalities will be projected onto your party and contribute to the overall success of your event. Our previous customers throughout Fairfield and New Haven County Connecticut and beyond, understand that when they hire Fitzgerald’s, they will receive undivided attention to detail and quality. Our singular goal is to build trust with our customers that our wedding caterer services will be just as they imagined or better. Contact us today for your next wedding, private or corporate party or special event. Our goal is to make you feel like a guest at your own party!



02/15/2015 

3 Great Spring Event Catering Suggestions | Greenwich, CT

3 Great Spring Event Catering Suggestions | Greenwich, CTIf you are like the majority of Connecticut residents, you are ready to put this long and frigid winter season behind you and start thinking about a spring season party. If you are planning on getting married, holding a corporate or private party, a birthday party, or another type of event, you can turn to the Connecticut catering professionals at Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering to make your celebratory event a special and memorable occasion. We have been performing catering services for wedding receptions and parties across Fairfield County and beyond for over thirty years and have consistently maintained our focus on making you a guest at your own party. We have compiled a list of some magnificent catering ideas for your spring season event.

Beverage ideas for your event

After an extensive and cold winter season, your guests are going to be in the mood to enjoy a glowing and refreshing atmosphere for your event. If your event involves a wedding reception, corporate event, or holiday party, you will want to begin planning your party by selecting some tasty beverages for the occasion. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering offers an extensive selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for your guests. We employ a skilled and experienced bartending crew, that can mix up any kind of drink that you can think of to perfection. If you have a specialty drink that you would like to serve at your event, feel free to contact us with any suggestions you may have and we will accommodate you. We were hired for a college graduation party last spring in Greenwich, CT and we served a very popular and refreshing mixed drink called a Pimms Cup, which consisted of 1 1/2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1 Cup, lemonade (or ginger ale or lemon-lime soda),, lemon slices, cucumber slices, fresh borage and/or mint leaves, and strawberry. It was a big hit at the party!

Hors D’oeuvres ideas for your event

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering offers an extensive Hors D’oeuvres menu that can satisfy any type of event. We have had a few recent requests for a full vegetarian appetizer menu, which we were happy to satisfy. A cocktail hour with beverage and hors d’oeuvres is a great way to loosen up the party and allow your guests to move around the venue and converse with other guests. For your spring time event, we recommend some of our more popular items such as Asparagus & Prosciutto Wraps with Garlic Goat Cheese, Smoked Salmon Canapés, Lemon & Tarragon Chicken Canapés or Bacon & Scallops, Sun Dried Tomatoes with Smoked Provolone Brochettes, Roasted Pepper & Goat Cheese Brochettes. You can click here to view our full menu. If you have any additional menu item ideas, feel free to let us know and we will accommodate your suggestions.

Dinner Entrees for your event

One of the greatest things about the long and seemingly endless Connecticut winters coming to an end is, the local farmer’s market begins to open up shop and there are a wide variety of local home-grown fresh and organic foods available. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering utilizes local gardeners to provide fresh flavors for our dinner entrees. Our dinner entrees include a variety of high quality beef such as Beef Tenderloin (Pepper Crusted, Garlic Rub, Etc.), Grilled Petit Filets, Prime Rib au Jus as well as Poultry & Seafood options which include, Baked Stuffed Chicken Breast with Fruit & Nuts, Chicken Breast with Herbes de Provence & Wild Mushrooms, Grilled Chicken Kabobs with Seasonal Vegetables,
Grilled Swordfish Steaks with Peppercorn Glaze and many more options. You can click here to view more of the dinner entrees that we have available.

If you hire the Connecticut catering professionals at Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering to cater your event this spring, you can rest assured that your food will be fresh and taste amazing. A menu to excite your palate, experienced personnel, polished silver and china, rich linens and elegant serving accessories. We put a lot of effort into our food preparation and we take pride in providing the best possible overall experience for our clients. With over 30 years of experience in the catering industry, our knowledge and capabilities allow us to make your Connecticut wedding or any affair one to remember. Contact us today for a free tasting and consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering Since 1948, the name in catering synonymous with style and elegance. For over sixty years families and corporations have come to know that when they hire Fitzgerald’s, they will receive undivided attention to detail and quality. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, located in Black Rock, CT, provides everything you need. A menu to excite your palate, experienced personnel, polished silver and china, rich linens and elegant serving accessories. Our commitment is to truly “make you a guest at your own party”. Contact us today for a FREE Consultation!



01/30/2015 

Unique Connecticut Wedding Reception Ideas

Unique Connecticut Wedding Reception Ideas If you are planning a Connecticut wedding, it will help you to have an assortment of event planning expertise and concepts to work from. Wedding planners are responsible for such things as handling invitations, purchasing the cake, choosing the catering company, hiring the music entertainment and so on. The wedding planner will work closely with the bride and groom and assist them in choosing the best wedding venue, layout and themes for the wedding.

Every bride and groom would like a wedding that is unique and will create an unforgettable day for their family and guests. There are many different ideas that can create an exciting and original wedding that will differentiate your wedding reception from the typical cookie-cutter wedding. As a wedding planner, you should try to fabricate a wedding that is creative and will posses individuality. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering has catered all types of weddings throughout Connecticut and beyond, and throughout the years we have often see the same ideas, themes and styles utilized over and over again. If you are looking for something that is going to make your wedding reception stand out from the others, please take a look at this list we have compiled of unique ideas that we have seen, which have created an extraordinary atmosphere.

Creating a theme with your wedding bar: Serving hard lemonade in Mason jars to create an old-fashion country wedding atmosphere will add charm to the cocktail hour.

Creating a keepsake booklet: You can have your table numbers double as a small booklet where guests at each table can write a note to the bride and groom. A collection of all the booklets makes for a great keepsake.

Have a bouquet that is made of fabric: As apposed to fresh flowers, a beatific bouquet made of fabric will not fade or die and can be kept as a memento of your wedding for many years to come.

Hire an artist to paint your wedding ceremony: A live event artist will capture your wedding day on canvas, as it unfolds. When your wedding day is finished, you will go home with a memorable keepsake of your wedding.

Serve your food family style: This method of wedding dining is becoming a popular trend for Connecticut wedding receptions because of it creates a cozy and intimate feel and a budget friendly price tag.

On your wedding day, you will be much too occupied preparing yourself and posing for photos to worry about whether or not your guests are enjoying themselves. You should plan ahead and come up with unique and interesting ways to entertain your guests. There are many online resources available that will give you ideas such as creating wedding reception games, photo-booths, interesting decor and other unique touches to keep guests each of your guests happy.

You can contact Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering of Connecticut at (800) 368-1823 with any questions you may have regarding creating a unique and fun atmosphere for your wedding guests. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering is an award-winning catering company renowned for exceptional cuisine using fresh ingredients, delivered with professional service throughout weddings and events in Fairfield County and beyond. We offer free tasting sessions which will allow allow you to gain an understanding of the the quality, style and presentation of our menu and it will allow you the opportunity to explore how your own ideas can be worked into our existing menus.

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering Since 1948, the name in catering synonymous with style and elegance. For over sixty years families and corporations have come to know that when they hire Fitzgerald’s, they will receive undivided attention to detail and quality. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, located in Black Rock, CT, provides everything you need. A menu to excite your palate, experienced personnel, polished silver and china, rich linens and elegant serving accessories. Our commitment is to truly “make you a guest at your own party”. Contact us today for a FREE Consultation!



01/15/2015 

Connecticut Wedding Catering Styles – Sit-Down versus Buffet Dinner

Connecticut Wedding Catering Styles – Sit-Down versus Buffet DinnerThere are some important factors to take into consideration when deciding whether to offer your wedding guests a sit-down dinner or a buffet style dinner. You want to give your guests the best dining experience possible, but at the same time you will want to stay within your budget. For most of you, this is your first experience planning a wedding and there is a lot to learn about having such a momentous affair properly catered. You must realize that the Connecticut catering service will be one of the largest expenses for your wedding and will be responsible for providing all aspects of your dining experience such as the food, deserts, wedding cake, hor dourves, beverages, silverware, linens, and the list goes on. Your wedding caterer will play a crucial role in the level of satisfaction that you and guests will endure, so you must consider all of the options that you have for your wedding event.

When determining whether you would like a plated sit-down or buffet dining experience, the basic rule of thumb is that if you are having a more formal wedding event, with guests expected to wear jackets, ties, or gowns, then you would be better suited to have a plated dinner with table service. Another decisive factor is the amount of guests will be attending the wedding. The more guests involved in a wedding, will make a buffet style dinner more inconvenient. We at Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering will frequently establish a double-sided buffet line, which will typically accommodate one-hundred and fifty guests within 30 minutes. If you are expecting a much larger amount of guests, additional lanes can be created, which can cause issues with congestion and traffic flow.

The other major determining factor in the decision of wedding dinner meal formats is the size of the event. The practicality of a buffet decreases as the guest list grows. The average double-sided buffet line can serve approximately 100 guests in 30 to 40 minutes. Thus, you will need to add another line for every 100 guests that register. At some point there will not be enough space in the room to accommodate both the buffet lines and the aisle space needed to allow sufficient traffic flow.

The advantages of having a sit-down plated meal.

A customary plated dinner meal is when your wedding guests will stay seated at their tables while servers bring out the meals guests had previously ordered. In our experience of catering weddings throughout Connecticut over the years, the majority of wedding guests would prefer to have their meals served at their tables, contrary to walking to a buffet table and standing in line. Sit-down meals will allow guests to have more time to converse amongst themselves, as they are seated and waiting for food to arrive. It also allows for a consistent time-frame of food arriving to their tables. If your Connecticut wedding reception venue is in a confined space, it can be very difficult for guests to navigate through the various tables and chairs that could possibly be in their path. Plated meals will typically allow a much more relaxed atmosphere during diner time.

The advantages of a buffet style meal.

There are two popular advantages to having a buffet style wedding. The first being that you will have the option to offer additional main coarse options. If you or your wedding planner is not sure of the nutritive habits of your guests, you can layout additional menu options on the buffet table and allow them to choose their meals on the spot. This will substantially increase your odds of satisfying the appetite for the majority of your guests.

The second popular advantage to using a buffet is that it will typically be less costly. Buffets are considered by many wedding planners to be the best option if you are interested in creating a less formal atmosphere. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering can help you create a beautiful buffet layout with multiple carving blocks and stations and charming arrangements. It’s become a popular wedding trend to plan a buffet wedding reception, since the menu options can be diverse, and quickly replenished allowing your wedding guests to eat at their desired pace and come up to enjoy a second helping.

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering Since 1948, the name in catering synonymous with style and elegance. For over sixty years families and corporations have come to know that when they hire Fitzgerald’s, they will receive undivided attention to detail and quality. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, located in Black Rock, CT, provides everything you need. A menu to excite your palate, experienced personnel, polished silver and china, rich linens and elegant serving accessories. Our commitment is to truly “make you a guest at your own party”. Contact us today for a FREE Consultation!



12/15/2014 

Connecticut Wedding Hors D’oeuvres and Appetizers – Greenwich, CT

 

The appetizer and hors d’oeuvres section of your wedding menu is often considered one of the most least stressful areas of the menu that you will need to be concerned with during your Connecticut wedding. Connecticut Wedding Hors D'oeuvres and Appetizers - Greenwich, CTYour wedding hors d’oeuvres are typically served during the wedding reception hours of 2pm to 6pm and you want to give your guests the impression that they are eating more food than they actually are. In order to achieve this, we will serve your appetizers and hors d’oeuvres on smaller plates or request that our bartenders add more ice into the drinks, which will create the illusion that they are consuming larger amounts of food and drink. This simple maneuver will give your guests the impression that they are quenched and fulfilled until the point when the main coarse is served during the dinner hour.

You should always try to emulate the style of your wedding in the variety of hors d’oeuvres that you are serving. If you are having a casual style wedding, you can serve cheese puffs, mini-hot dogs, or Swedish meatballs. If you are having a more formal wedding, you can serve Mini Pan Seared Maryland Crab Cakes with Remoulade, Potato Pancakes with Crème Fraiche & Caviar, or Sun Dried Tomatoes with Smoked Provolone Brochettes. It is recommended that you serve enough of each hors d’oeuvres to satisfy double the amount of guests foresee attending.

A few of our more popular Hors D’oeuvres include:

Asparagus & Prosciutto Wraps with Garlic Goat Cheese
Connecticut Wedding Hors D'oeuvres and Appetizers - Greenwich, CTAsparagus wrapped in Prosciutto and herbed Goat Cheese is a delicious and will certainly make a great addition to the hors d’oeuvres menu of your wedding. After trimming the asparagus woody tips, we cook them in salted boiling water for 5 minutes and then plunge into ice bath to shock and stop cooking. We mix the Goat Cheese with salt, pepper, garlic and any fresh minced herbs you may recommend. We then spread over a thin slice of Prosciutto that has been sliced crosswise and Asparagus into a bundle to serve to your guests.

Bacon & Scallops
Bacon is a very popular menu item that always seems to find a way to make it into the majority of our Connecticut wedding menus. We wrap each carefully prepared scallop with a half strip of bacon, and secure it with a wooden toothpick. We will apply some sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and broil the bacon until it has sizzled into its crispy-state.

Smoked Salmon Canapés
One of our long-standing favorite canapé recipes is smoked salmon on little toast rounds. We typically spread the bread with just a bit of cultured butter, then layer on the cold-smoked salmon, crème fraîche or Greek yogurt, and dill or chives. We can also add some arugula leaves, sprouts, or sprigs of mesclun, which could add some color and crunch.

Baked Artichoke Squares
Connecticut Wedding Hors D'oeuvres and Appetizers - Greenwich, CTWe utilize a very meticulous and tasty recipe when preparing our baked artichoke squares. They have always been a popular item at each of our wedding events and we typically do not have one square left-over. We have had many guests request the recipe, which includes adding fresh mushrooms, celery and garlic and Sauté until celery is tender. We stir in artichoke hearts, green onion, marjoram, oregano and cayenne and then cheeses and eggs.

Choosing from our extensive appetizer and hors d’oeuvres menu will leave your wedding party feeling satisfied and fulfilled. Our menu provides for a meal you won’t forget, with a variety that offers something for everyone at your wedding event, whether its a casual or formal affair. You can contact us for a free tasting appointment, which is included with wedding catering and for wedding receptions at Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering. You can view our appetizers on our hors d’oeuvres menu page, we can also provide additional hors d’oeuvres by request.

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering Since 1948, the name in catering synonymous with style and elegance. For over sixty years families and corporations have come to know that when they hire Fitzgerald’s, they will receive undivided attention to detail and quality. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, located in Black Rock, CT, provides everything you need. A menu to excite your palate, experienced personnel, polished silver and china, rich linens and elegant serving accessories. Our commitment is to truly “make you a guest at your own party”. Contact us today for a FREE Consultation!



12/01/2014 

Choosing the Right Caterer for your Connecticut Wedding | Fairfield, New Haven County, CT

Choosing the right Connecticut wedding caterer for your wedding is one of the most important aspects involved with the planning out of the logistics of your wedding. When deciding on the details of your menu, it is important to understand what will fit into your budget and will you have enough food to satisfy all of your guests. There are many details that will go into choosing a the right professional catering service, so don’t be afraid to ask as as many questions that you require during the consultation.

Over the years, Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering have performed catering services for thousands of weddings and events throughout the Connecticut and New York area. We have complied a list of the most common asked questions that we encounter when couples are inquiring about our services for their wedding reception. The following questions will assist you in gaining a stronger understanding in choosing the correct catering company that is ideal for your style, palate, and budget. Please feel free to print out the following list and contact us for a free consultation.

Are you available on this specific date?

How many weddings do you typically perform a year in Connecticut, and how long have you been in business?

Are you licensed by the state of Connecticut? Are you licensed to serve alcohol?

Given my budget, guest count and event style, what food choices would you recommend? Do you specialize in certain cuisines?

What décor do you provide for appetizer stations or buffet tables?

Do you provide free food tastings or is there an extra charge for this?

What is the ratio of servers to guests?

What is your payment policy? Do you accept credit cards?

Are there any fees that won’t be included in the proposal that we should be aware of?

What is your refund or cancellation policy?

Hiring a wedding caterer is an important early step in your Connecticut wedding planning. Your wedding should show your friends and family the strong bond between you and your partner and the catering service will inevitably be an important component of that! To assist in narrowing down your selection of caterers, you can look online for reviews and ratings of local Connecticut caterers. If you would like to read reviews from some of Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, you can click the following links:

Customer Lobby
https://www.customerlobby.com/reviews/4156/fitzgeralds-fine-catering/

Martha Stewart Weddings
http://tools.marthastewartweddings.com/reviews/fitzgeralds-fine-catering-since-1948-bridgeport/d030104fc426cf6c.html

Google+ Reviews
https://plus.google.com/111157755086126476255/about

We hope the information in this article will put you in the right direction to finding the right caterer for your special day. No matter how large your wedding is, or what wedding venue you plan to hold it at, Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering provides everything you need for your Connecticut wedding reception or event party. Our personalized menus and unobtrusive service will make your wedding reception or any affair one to remember. Contact us today for a free tasting and consultation!

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering Since 1948, the name in catering synonymous with style and elegance. For over sixty years families and corporations have come to know that when they hire Fitzgerald’s, they will receive undivided attention to detail and quality. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, located in Black Rock, CT, provides everything you need. A menu to excite your palate, experienced personnel, polished silver and china, rich linens and elegant serving accessories. Our commitment is to truly “make you a guest at your own party”. Contact us today for a FREE Consultation!