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19 Jan

Should I Offer Vegetarian and Vegan Options at My Catering Event?

In Catering by Crave Culinaire / January 19, 2018 / 0 Comments

Vegan and vegetarian diets are on the rise. More and more people are turning to these eating styles to become healthier and lose weight, and party guests are more health conscious than ever before. 2018 will be about going above and beyond offering vegetarian, organic, and all-natural options and including more vegan, raw, and plant-based plates. People want to find ways to incorporate proteins without eating meats. Let’s break down why you should consider offering more plant-based meals at your event.

Vegetarian and Vegan Meals

When people picture catering, they see traditional meals being served; appetizers, main courses, side dishes and desserts. Typically the entrée is meat with a choice of sides. People’s stance on this way of traditional eating is being influenced. Vegan and vegetarian popularity is growing rapidly today. Vegetarian restaurants and catering companies are popping up everywhere as a growing number of Americans are discovering the health benefits of eating green.

With a growing fan base for vegetarian diets. Vegetables are becoming the stars of the kitchen. Veggies are now the ‘cool’ thing to eat, and it’s our job to dress them up and present them to guests in the most appetizing way. You will see this in leading restaurants and it’s no stranger to the catering world. The variety of fun vegetables, as well as the unique ways chefs are preparing them, is going to inspire more meals with vegetables as the focal point rather than protein.

With a vegetarian or vegan menu, you may think that your menu options are limited, but this is completely untrue! Talented chefs like Chef Brian and the Crave Culinaire team have the ability to present familiar flavors and foods, but do so on an all plant-based pallet.

Offering vegan options means you’re opening the door to a whole new crowd, reaching out to people you would have never connected with when serving typical food.

Benefits

If you’re curious about the benefits of having your event catered with vegan and vegetarian options, then keep reading. You will benefit from our flexibility and creativity. We can construct delicious food that your guests will love and want to come back for more. More benefits include:

  • Vegetarian foods are high in vitamins and proteins, and have no downsides such as trans-fats.
  • Vegan or vegetarian menus can cater to guests with a variety of special dietary needs.
  • Most people have never had the experience of eating a vegetarian meal. We can create a unique dining experience for them centered on vegetarian plates.

 

Crave Culinaire is known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to dining. We can work with you when catering your event to provide you vegan or vegetarian options, pair them with drinks, and present them beautifully. Consider vegan and vegetarian options when planning your next event with Crave Culinaire to appeal to the masses and bring some diversity to your plate.

To learn more about our menus and catering, call (239) 292-1529 or visit our website at https://www.craveculinaire.com/

 

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28 Nov

New Executive Chef, David Robbins, Appointed at Crave Culinaire

In Uncategorized by Crave Culinaire / November 28, 2017 / 0 Comments

Naples, Florida, November 28th, 2017 Crave Culinaire, a gourmet catering company in North Naples has just announced that Chef David Robbins has been appointed as the new Executive Chef. Crave Culinaire is founded by Chef Brian Roland and provides immaculate culinary presentations to residents of Southwest Florida.

Robbins joins the Crave team with over 15 years of culinary and hospitality experience including the Naples Grande Resort and Fiddler’s Creek Club and Spa, Naples, FL as executive chef.

Robbins, who was born and raised in Waimea, Hawaii developed a strong passion for local ecology while working on his family’s flower and lei business – Kauai Pikake and on their all-natural produce farm. After moving to Florida as a teenager, he pursued a degree in Cultural Ecology at Florida Gulf Coast University. He then began to hone his skills in the kitchen with The Bonita Bay Group and Fiddlesticks Country Club before taking on a leadership role at the Naples Grande Resort – Waldorf Astoria Collection in 2006.  More recently, he accepted a leadership position at The W Hotel & Residences, South Beach and The Dutch Miami.

Robbins returned to Naples from Miami, at the end of 2016 to pursue new opportunities and to have more time with his son Micah and wife Arianna. Since, he has privately consulted on a range of projects including working with private Country Clubs, Yacht Clubs, and multiple restaurant openings.  As a strong advocate of lifelong learning, he has been a stagiaire at restaurants ranging from Blue Hill -Stone Barn Farms (#11 in the world 2016 – Chef Dan Barber – Pocantico Hills, NY) to Malabar (#7 Latin America 2012 – Chef Pedro Miguel Schiffiano – Lima, Peru)

Chef Robbins states “Culinary Arts are just that, an art. It is about so much more than producing great tasting food. There’s a ‘magic’ to it, that when done right it creates unforgettable experiences that touch the lives of our guests and community.”  He further remarks “It’s awesome, humbling, and inspiring to be part the Crave team.  I’m honored to have a role in shaping the new fabric of Naples’ culinary culture.”

Chef David joined Crave Culinaire and Venue Naples in mid-2017 and has taken over culinary operations with Chef Brian Roland.

“We are delighted to welcome Chef David Robbins to Crave Culinaire and Venue Naples,” said owner Chef Brian Roland, “Team Crave has never been as strong and is continuing to build its presence in the community and beyond.”

 

About Crave Culinaire:

Crave Culinaire was founded by Chef Brian Roland, Owner and Executive Chef. Chef Brian and his team specialize in creating an exclusive culinary experience through in-home dining, private and public events, cooking classes, customized catering, food and wine pairings and showcasing immaculate culinary delights. Crave Culinaire is driven by their passion for food, and focuses on incorporating fresh and local ingredients. Crave Culinaire is also paired with the fully customizable space of Venue Naples. Venue Naples is a multi-use event space and art gallery incorporating fine dining and exquisite service.

20 Nov

Champagne 101: Your Guide to the Bubbly

In Dinner Parties by Crave Culinaire / November 20, 2017 / 0 Comments

A glass of champagne is a spectacular way to celebrate the holidays, special occasions or… who are we kidding, any occasion really. With the many different varieties of champagne, food pairings, and cocktail options out there, we decided to assemble a 101 guide to help you navigate the bubbly. Here is Crave’s Champagne 101:

 

Champagne Glossary:

 

  • BLANC DE BLANCS

 

Champagne made exclusively from white grapes; true French champagne

 

  • DOSAGE

 

Sugar that is added to champagne to counteract acidity

    

  • BLANC DE NOIR

 

Literally translation: white from blacks. These are white champagnes made from the skins of darker colored grapes.

 

  • BRUT

 

Or “Dry,” meaning that the dosage added to the bottle contains little sugar.

 

  • EXTRA DRY

 

As a popular sparkling white in the United States, “Extra Dry” actually has a mildly sweet taste to it, as it contains a dosage with a small amount of sugar.

About Champagne:

All true Champagnes are made in the Champagne region of France, and are acclaimed as some of the best sparkling wine in the world. When there is a celebration, someone is usually bringing out the champagne. Champagnes are sparkling wines, usually made from a blend of grapes. They range from dry to sweet, and different producers have various flavors and styles. Price range varies widely depending on the champagne.

Fun Cocktails:

Whether you are getting ready for New Year’s or Sunday Brunch – there are plenty of delicious cocktail creations you can make with a bottle of bubbly. Try these recipes, and feel free to get creative with your own special touch!

 

Passion Fruit Mimosa: The mimosa is the tried and true beverage for Mother’s Day, Easter, or any brunch! Put a twist on this classic by subbing the OJ for some Passion Fruit Juice.

  • 1 Cup Chilled Champagne
  • ½ Cup Passion Fruit Juice
  • 1 Strawberry (optional garnish)

 

Pomegranate Royale: This is a fun and festival holiday cocktail. The red pomegranate seeds add a beautiful color to this drink.

  • 5 Pomegranate Seeds
  • 1 oz. Pomegranate Liqueur
  • 4 oz. chilled champagne

 

Classic Champagne Cocktail: If you want to keep it classic and classy, this is the perfect go-to.

  • 1 Cube Sugar
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Chilled Champagne to Your Taste
  • Lemon Twist

 

Great Pairings:

 There’s nothing better than a glass of champagne that just goes perfectly with a delightful meal. We picked out some of our favorite champagne pairings for you to try! 

 

Oyster Rockefeller: We had to pay homage to this New Orleans classic. It’s no secret that champagne goes fabulously with oysters. Get the full recipe here.

 

Bagels and Lox with Cream Cheese: This is great for breakfast, brunch, or lunch to pair with your Passion Fruit Mimosa! You can get creative with your bread and opt for an English muffin or baguette instead of the bagel!

 

Seared Pork with Roasted Grapes: This is an entre that would pair perfectly with brut champagne.

 

Champagne is an elegant and tasty beverage option to bring out in times of celebration and get-togethers. If you need help finding the perfect bottle, or creating and serving cocktails, Crave Culinaire offers personalized private and large-event catering services. Visit www.craveculinaire.com for more food and beverage inspiration.

“Too much of anything is bad. But too much champagne is just right” – F. Scott Fitzgerald.

 

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26 Sep

Top 5 Fall Catering Trends

In Dinner Parties by Crave Culinaire / September 26, 2017 / 0 Comments

As summer begins to fade into fall, we are so excited for all of the new autumn ingredients, flavors, colors, and themes. Whether you are planning a wedding, corporate event, social gala, Bat/Bar Mitzvah, or dinner party, fall is a beautiful time of the year to come together with loved ones to celebrate. Here are our top five fall catering trends to keep in mind as you are planning your fall event:

Cozy Appetizers and Starters

Now that the weather is becoming cooler, you may want to skip the light summer salad and opt for more hearty and warm appetizers. Roasted corn and crab bisque are delicious ways to warm up guests. You may also want to incorporate seasonal ingredients such as nuts, pumpkin seeds, figs, and squash.

Food and Wine Pairings

As autumn brings a variety of new flavors, food and wine pairings are great ways to impress and entertain guests. Here are some of our favorite flavor combinations:

  • Pumpkin

->  Viognier or Barrel-Aged Port

  • Apples                             

-> Gewürztraminer or Vouvray

  • Pears               

->  Sauternes

  • Figs                            

-> Tawny Porto

  • Wild Game

-> Red Bordeaux, Barbaresco, or Barolo

  • Butternut Squash

-> Dolcetto or Prosecco

  • Brussels Sprouts

-> Sauvignon Blanc

For entrees, we are all about incorporating the cozy classics such as: roasted chicken, rack of lamb, filet, and Shepherd’s Pie. After you have selected a main dish, choose seasonal vegetables to use as garnishes and sides such as mushrooms, carrots, and gourds.

Bonus Tip: These are hearty meals, serve smaller portions so guests can enjoy their parings and still be comfortable for dessert; this will also provide you with higher yields.

Get Creative with Your Venue 

Fall is a special time of year where you can host your event both indoors and outdoors comfortably. Whichever you choose, there are many fun fall-inspired design options. Decorate with jewel tones such as gold, silver, rose, and floral to bring out rich fall colors. Provide cozy-seating options such as couches and chairs with pillows and throws that have a mix of cool autumn tones. Weddings can be absolutely stunning in the fall. Take a look at some fall wedding inspiration.

Delectable Desserts

Desserts are an exciting way to showcase the sweet flavors of fall. Consider a dessert trio to give guests a variety of options. Ginger spice cookies, coffee cake, caramel apples, and apple pie are all great examples of delicious fall desserts.

Bonus Tip: Serve hot coffee and apple cider to warm up guests if the evening is expected to be especially chilly.

Interactive Table

The hottest upcoming trend for fall events is farm-to-table food. Including an interactive demo or display table is a creative way to get guests out of their seats and mingling. Take a look at this Everglades table inspired by local ingredients that was created by Crave Culinaire:

Fall is such a magical time of the year to come together with friends and family to make memories that will last a lifetime. If you need help planning your fall event, Crave Culinaire offers fully customizable menus, interactive display tables, hors d’oeuvres, and themed catering. Visit www.craveculinaire.com for more fall event inspiration and to begin planning!

 

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17 Jul

Why a Professional Caterer Will Be Your Best Friend at Your Event

In Dinner Parties,Uncategorized by Crave Culinaire / July 17, 2017 / 0 Comments

You’ve got a lot on your plate when planning an event…literally! From the guest list to the décor to one of the most important aspects, the food, it may seem like your to-do list is never-ending. At some point, you may realize that you can’t do it all on your own and choose to hire a professional caterer to help you with one of the most important tasks on your list. During this revelation, you may also find that your caterer may just become your best friend at your event. Allow us to explain…

Crowd Control

You may have had experience cooking for a small dinner party before, but nothing can prepare you for preparing a meal for a large group. Serving a large group takes a great deal of planning and organization, and your professional caterer has the experience needed to ensure that all of your guests are happy and enjoying a delicious meal. Your caterer makes sure that all food is prepped accordingly, and they also prepare for any obstacles that may arise. They also ensure that all guests are served a hot meal at the same time. There’s nothing worse than half of your group being served earlier than the other half. This makes for grumpy guests at your event.

Professional Experience

Your caterer employs a team of professionals who are well-versed in serving groups. This includes cook and wait staff, who ensure that all guests are cared for from the start of your event until the very end. You can rest assured that your event will run smoothly when a team of professionals are taking care of one of the most important aspects of the day.

Stress Reducer

You’ve got enough to deal with during your event, and while your caterer can’t quite help you with the guest list or some of the other items on your list, you can limit your stress by knowing that they’re handling what they’re good at, and your guests will thank you for it later. Delegating this task to a professional can give you the energy to tackle the next item on the list and helps you to enjoy the event more.

Idea Assistant

Your professional caterer has seen an event or two in their lifetime, and this is why it’s a good idea to bounce your ideas off of them. They may be able to provide some insight on what foods to serve and help you to nail down a theme for your event. Your caterer may give you ideas that you’ve never thought of before, based on an event that they’ve catered in the past.

Enjoying Your Event

At the end of the day, you want to be able to enjoy your own event with the people who are important to you. Being responsible for prepping and cooking all of the food severely limits the time you will get to spend with them, whether your event is big or small. Hiring a professional caterer can ensure that you’re free from this responsibility, so you can get out on the dancefloor with your guests and dance the night away!

Remembering these key points will help your event run smoothly. To recap:

  • Professional caterers have experience serving large groups, ensuring that all guests are served in a timely manner and are enjoying their meal.
  • Your caterer can serve as a stress reducer, helping you to deal with the other items on your to-do list.
  • They can help with ideas and assist in choosing the appropriate food for your event.
  • You’re free to enjoy your event and focus on your guests.

Don’t try to go it alone! Enjoy your event and your guests by choosing to hire a professional caterer. They could prove to be your best friend at your next event. The professionals at Crave Culinaire are ready to help! Give us a call at (239) 292-1529 or visit www.craveculinaire.com to get started with our team.

 

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13 Jun

“An Evening with Matty Jollie” Hosted By: Venue Naples & Crave Culinaire

In Uncategorized by Crave Culinaire / June 13, 2017 / 0 Comments

Back by popular demand, Venue Naples is proud to once again welcome local celebrity musician Matty Jollie for an evening of dinner and dancing on Tuesday, June 20th at 7:00 PM.

Performing since the age of four, and involved in theatre productions since age seven, Matty Jollie has always had a passion for the stage. His experiences as a young boy helped to forge his great love of performance. After turning professional at age 21, Matty quickly became one of Naples’ fastest “rising stars.”

Continuing to strive for the best as a solo musician, Matty is currently performing with The Powerhouse Band, one of the most premier touring corporate acts in the country. His “Evolution of Music” show will take you on a journey; beginning in the 1960s, Matty will transport you through time, and back to the here and now, as he performs your favorite hits decade-by-decade.

Driven by the pursuit of excellence, immaculate presentation and breaking boundaries, Venue Naples is a fully customizable, multi-use event space, incorporating fine dining and above-and-beyond service. This unique concept allows clients to create a multitude of events within an easy to design backdrop; this is then paired with the food, wine and service of Chef Brian Roland’s Crave Culinaire to create the ultimate dining experience.

In addition to the sweet, sweet sounds of Matty Jollie’s “Evolution of Music,” local celebrity Chef Brian Roland’s Crave Culinaire will excite your other senses with an exquisite 3-Course dinner, complimentary glass of champagne and cash bar. 
Tickets are $65/EACH and are selling fast! Visit www.venuenaples.com/tickets to reserve your spot today!

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23 May

Crave Culinaire by Chef Brian Roland Wins at Best of the Gulfshore 2017

In Uncategorized by Crave Culinaire / May 23, 2017 / 0 Comments

Dear Friends,

Woo hoo! Thank you, thank you, thank you! We are extremely grateful to all of our friends, family and supporters for receiving the award for Best Caterer at The Best of the Gulfshore 2017. Each year, teams from all facets of business from arts and entertainment to health and beauty are recognized for their innovative work, unique approach and unparalleled talent. This year, Crave Culinaire by Chef Brian Roland brought home the Best Caterer title for the fourth year in a row. For that, we are beyond humbled and dedicate this honor to our faithful supporters.

Crave Culinaire began as a vision by myself and my team and quickly evolved into a culinary experience for all to enjoy. Specializing in customized event catering, food and wine pairings and in-home dining experiences, we take catering to a new level. Attention to detail, a personal approach and an energy that’s unmatched by any competition, Crave Culinaire seeks to revolutionize the guest experience.

It’s been an honor to work with so many remarkable clients in the area and we’re looking forward to a future filled with opportunity, creativity and fun. Thank you again for voting for us!

Sincerely,

Chef Brian Roland & the team at Crave Culinaire

19 Jul

Lunch and Learn in the Paradise Lounge!

In Uncategorized by Crave Culinaire / July 19, 2016 / 0 Comments

Do you love cooking classes? Do you enjoy drinking great wine?! How about doing both this Thursday at our first ever “Lunch and Learn” in the Paradise Lounge! Details below, limited space and tickets are selling fast!

 

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