Cute Cookies

A new local vendor is baking up some super cute cookies that will be perfect for dessert or wedding favors. We have ordered a batch to do a taste test, can't wait!! Custom designed cookies make unique party favors weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties and corporate events.  

These ones wold make a perfect dessert for our Mexican Fiesta Themed rehearsal dinner menu!!

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She also has some great ideas for decor details for cake pops and I love these boozy Nassau rum shot cupcakes.

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For more information contact Caribbean Catering or visit their Facebook page.

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Tastings with Caribbean Catering

For many clients one of the best parts of planning your event is a tasting! Of course it is an important step in the process to make sure that the food you will be serving is in line with your tastes. It usually doesn't take too much convincing on our part, since our chef does such a good job! Below are some things to consider when coming in to visit us for a tasting.

Food

For the tasting, we ask that our couples select up to 4 appetizers, 1 salad, 2 entrees and 2 sides. A tasting is meant to give you an idea of the quality of our food and the presentation style. We ask you to narrow down some choices so that you will have the opportunity to taste items that you are interested in serving at your event. At your tasting, we will usually make most of the final decisions on your menu. So be honest and tell us what you like and be sure to come hungry! You will be served full sized portions.

Scheduling

We are available for tastings Mon-Fri between 10 AM and 2 PM. We don't usually have time to do tastings on the weekends since we are likely doing other events. We can sometimes make acceptions but be sure to contact us in advance. We would prefer at least a weeks notice to so we have everything prepared and scheduled with the chef. Tastings are held in our main kitchen and meeting space located at:

80925 Overseas Highway Islamorada, FL 33036

Contracts

Caribbean Catering is happy to offer tastings to all of our clients. Once you have booked your date a tasting is complimentary for the wedding couple. You are welcome to do a tasting before booking however we do charge $100.00 and require that you already have your local venue reserved. If you are bringing additional guests they are all welcome to taste the dishes with you but you will be served portions for two.

Decor

When you sit with us for your tasting it is also a great opportunity to look at our available rentals and make some decisions about your design as well. We will discuss the specifics of your entire event during your tasting, including the timeline. Even if final decisions are not made at the tasting it will give us a good idea of what outstanding items to discuss with you and decide upon in the future.

No one wants to turn down the opportunity to taste some delicious food! So come on down to Islamorada and see us.

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Check out our new Cuban Themed Menu

Our new Cuban themed menu is perfect for an Islamorada event. With the Caribbean influences in this part of the country it is a perfect match. Not only is the food delicious but there are many possibilities for decor with in this theme as well. Colorful, fun and tropical are perfect decor elements for a wedding or event here in Islamorada.

The Look

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This event that we did recently totally captured the look. White linen, rattan chargers, bamboo chairs and bright multicolored napkins. Square tables give a regal feel with the extra space they provide. Centerpieces consist of cigar boxes filled with tropical stems and greens, and vintage tequila bottles used to serve cold water. Brightly colored and tropical yet still classy and elegant.

The Menu

Our Cuban themed menu consists of the following delicious dishes:

Mojo pulled pork - The pork is slow cooked until it is fall apart tender and marinated in garlic, olive oil and citrus juices. A wonderful combination of tangy and savory flavors.

Tostones - Twice fried and pounded plantain chips, that are crispy and golden brown, served with a citrus garlic dipping sauce.

Avocado and tomato salad - Sweet ripe tomatoes and creamy avocado slices dressed in a light vinaigrette, salt and pepper.

Rice and black beans - A Cuban classic and tasty combination of savory black beans paired with perfectly cooked white rice.

At the bar serve some traditional Cuban cocktails. The Mojito, it's combination of sweetness, refreshing citrus, and mint flavors is intended to complement the potent kick of the rum, and has made it a perfect summer drink. The Cuba Libre, a highball made of cola, lime, and dark or light rum. The Havana Club Daiquiri, ingredients are rum, citrus (typically lime juice), and sugar. Again light and refreshing and decidedly Cuban, the drink is named for a small beach village in Cuba.

Entertainment

Consider hiring a cigar roller. To provide cigars and roll cigars in person for all of your guests. We often work with Rodriguez Cigars out of Key West.  They do a great job and have a beautiful display for events.

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Contact Caribbean Catering to book your next event and we can help you with more menu and theme ideas like this one!

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Menu Planning

menu planningEven if you're a master planner and a genius in the kitchen, planning a catering menu can be quite the challenge for a beginner. You must consider both your guests taste preferences as well as dietary restrictions, practicality and portion sizes. Covering all of your bases will improve the likelihood that your guests will be satisfied with your menu. menu planning

First, determine if there are foods that you absolutely do or do not want at your event. You know your guests best, so take into consideration what you know about their background and tastes. Make a list of menu requirements.

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You should always consider some dietary restrictions when menu planning. Meatless dishes are a good place to start as they accommodate some religious restrictions as well as the restrictions of vegetarians and vegans. Grain, nut, sugar and dairy-free dishes help avoid allergies as well as people suffering from diabetes and other medical conditions. Offering dishes that fit these requirements will ensure that guests with allergies or restrictions can still enjoy the meal.

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Not everyone enjoys the same range of flavors, so it's important to select menu items with a wide range of flavor variety. A balance of sweet, spicy and savory dishes is a good place to start. Additionally, offer both rich and light dishes. This helps ensure that each guest enjoys at least one item on the catering menu. Contact Caribbean catering for more help with menu planning.

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Talk About Full Service Catering!

[video width="480" height="360" webm="http://www.islamoradaweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/PortlyIdenticalDodobird.webm" loop="true" autoplay="true"][/video] When planning an Islamorada wedding or event there are so many decisions to make and the wedding industry down here is booming so there are more and more options popping up all over. The choices can be overwhelming at times.  The first choices to make is finding your planner, venue, caterer and rentals. Our service at Caribbean Catering covers all of these aspects and more.

We have been doing Florida Keys weddings and events for nearly 15 years. This wealth of experience gives us the local knowledge and relationships to help you through the entire process of planning your special event. We have relationships with so many local vendors and knowledge of all the best wedding locations available in the upper keys. From the very early stages of planning we can help you find the perfect venue for you based on your guest count, style and budget. Working with in your budget we can use our local resources to recommend photographers, musicians, offciants, florists, planners, hair and make-up and specialty vendors like cigar rollers, photo booths, espresso bar or a food truck.

Caribbean Catering also has all of the rentals you will need for your event; tables, chairs, linens, decor items, glassware, silverware, dinner china, charger plates, napkin rings, cake stands ect. Our catering and rental packages always include all of the set up. Many rental vendors do not include set-up in their rental quote, only drop off. The last thing you need to worry about on your big day is getting your guests to set up tables and chairs in the heat! We are on site early in the morning to set up every detail exactly as we have discussed in planning. We also offer for our rentals a day early at no extra charge for clients who would like to do a rehearsal dinner with us.

In addition we have a professional staff that has been working with us for many years. They are familiar with the flow of a wedding and the layouts of the locations that we work with. Our staff is knowledgeable about our menus and familiar with beer, wine, liquor and cocktails. We expect our staff to always be on time and to be friendly and personable.

Our service will also include making sure that all trash and recycling  is cleared before we leave at the end of the event.  We arrive in the morning to clear any remaining trash from the after party and breakdown all of the rentals. We will also ensure any items you provided, like centerpieces are set aside for you to take home.

We would love to help you plan your wedding or event. Contact us for more information on our full service catering and get a free quote!

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Signature Drinks

signature drink islamorada weddings Your reception menu is set and the cake design is picked. It's time to focus on drinks. Add a personal touch to your bar menu by choosing a signature cocktail. Pick a drink that stars your favorite liquor, matches your color scheme, or just sounds delicious. Signature Drinks are a a fun way to incorporate you and your grooms unique flavor into your bar. As a bonus, it is also a great way to save some money on your bar tab. You can consider doing a beer and wine bar with a signature drink rather than a full bar. At most venues this is and affordable option and even if you are supplying the booze yourself you will only need to supply one type of liquor. Passing signature drinks upon guests arrival or following the ceremony is a nice touch, especially on a bright sunny day. Which is often for our Islamorada weddings! Passing the signature drink and having them available self serve is also a great way to take pressure off the bar and keep the lines down.

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Signature Drink Ideas

Pink Manther

Ingredients

1 strawberry

2 ounces vodka

1 ounce blended fresh blueberries

1/4 ounce aloe vera juice

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

1/2 ounce ginger water

1/4 ounce agave nectar

Blueberries, for garnish

Directions

Place strawberry into a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add ice and remaining ingredients to shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with blueberries.

Coconut Castaway Cocktail

Ingredients

1 ounce vodka

1 ounce juice from a watermelon

1/2 ounce coconut water

1/2 ounce prickly pear puree

1/2 ounce lime juice

1/4 ounce agave nectar

Champagne, chilled

Lemon peel, for garnish

Directions

Place ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain shaker contents into a flute. Top with the Champagne and garnish with a lemon peel.

Rosemary-Citrus Punch

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar

1 large rosemary sprig

1 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 12 lemons)

3 cups London dry gin

1 cup orange juice

Orange slices, for garnish

Rosemary sprigs, for garnish

Directions

Bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add rosemary sprig and let steep for 2 hours; remove sprig. Refrigerate simple syrup up to 2 weeks. Combine lemon juice, gin, orange juice, and simple syrup in a punch bowl. Garnish bowl and glasses with orange slices and rosemary sprigs, if desired. Add ice cubes as needed to keep chilled.

Watermelon Margarita

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

3 wide strips orange zest

12 ounces watermelon cubes (about 2 cups)

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

3/4 cup white or silver tequila

Lime wedges

Directions

In a small saucepan, bring sugar, water, and orange zest to a boil over high. Reduce to a simmer and cook until sugar dissolves, 3 minutes. Let syrup cool in a bowl. In a blender, puree watermelon cubes until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on solids, into a pitcher (you should have about 1 cup juice). Stir in syrup, lime juice, and tequila. Fill salt-rimmed glasses with ice, then pour margarita mixture over top. Garnish with lime wedges.

Starlight Royale

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups freshly squeezed lime juice (or 1 1/2 ounces per shaker), plus more for rims

1 1/2 cups gin (or 2 ounces per shaker)

1/2 cup superfine sugar (or 2 teaspoons per shaker)

1 bottle brut Champagne or sparkling wine (or 4 ounces per shaker)

Fine sanding sugar, for rims

Grenadine

Directions

Mix lime juice, gin, and superfine sugar in a 2-quart pitcher; chill until ready to serve, several hours. To serve, dip rims of glasses in lime juice, then sanding sugar, to coat with 1-inch-wide band. Measure 4 ounces Champagne into cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add 3 1/2 ounces lime juice-and-gin mixture, and shake; strain into 2 glasses, and add 2 to 3 drops of grenadine to each. Repeat.

Lavender Whiskey Sour

Ingredients

Ice cubes

2 ounces whiskey

1 tablespoon Lavender Sour Syrup

Fresh lavender sprig, for garnish

 Directions

Fill an 8-ounce glass with ice; pour over whiskey. Fill with lavender sour syrup; stir to combine. Garnish with lavender sprig and serve immediately.

Cucumber-Mint Gimlet

 Ingredients

4 1/2 cups Cucumber Gin (or 2 oz.), how-to follows

2 1/4 cups fresh lime juice (or 1 oz.)

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Mint Simple Syrup (or 1/2 oz.), how-to follows

Cucumber peels, for garnish

Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish

CUCUMBER GIN

Steep 2 1/2 cups diced, peeled cucumber in 4 1/2 cups gin, covered and chilled, 8 hours to 4 days (or 1/2 cup cucumber in 1 cup gin). Strain; store indefinitely in the refrigerator.

MINT SIMPLE SYRUP

Heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water over medium-high heat, stirring until dissolved. Add 1 cup mint leaves; remove from heat. Cover; steep 30 minutes to 1 hour. Strain; discard mint. Refrigerate up to 2 months.

Directions

In a 2-quart pitcher, stir gin, lime juice, and syrup. Refrigerate. To serve, pour into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously, and divide among ice-filled 10-ounce glasses. (For a single drink, mix in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake.) Garnish each with cucumber peel and mint.

Grapefruit and Mint Mojito

Ingredients

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish

1 ruby-red grapefruit

3/4 cup white rum

3 cups ice

1 cup seltzer

Directions

Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, and add mint leaves. Let steep 10 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve into a small bowl, and discard mint. Let cool.

Using a vegetable peeler, remove zest from grapefruit in long, wide strips. Place in a large glass, and add rum. Cover, and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve into a large glass measure, and discard zest.

Cut away remaining pith from grapefruit. Cut between membranes to release segments. For each drink, place 2 to 3 segments in a glass. Top with 3/4 cup ice. Stir 3 tablespoons infused rum, 2 tablespoons mint syrup, and 1/4 cup seltzer in a glass measure, and pour over ice. Garnish with mint sprigs.

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Consider doing a signature drink for your next event. Contact Caribbean Catering for more ideas for your party.

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New Wedding Venue

grassy3 We have recently scouted a new wedding venue here in the Keys. I am super excited about this new wedding venue and cannot wait to do some events here! Not only is this an idillic location for a florida keys wedding, with 5 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms you and your close family or friends can enjoy this beautiful home and property for the whole week of your wedding!

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Not only does this new wedding venue have a gorgeous beach with plenty of room for a tent, it also has an amazing lounge area and pool undercover of the house with plenty of space for covered dinning there as well.

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Heres the specifics:

It is a brand new dream home, gated and set far back and elevated, acre plus private beach front, 2 hours from MIA AND 1-1/4 hours from Key West. A grass motor court leads to the stunning Coral stone-clad minimalist contemporary, with the glass entrance flanked by illuminated reflection pools with shooting water arcs. Designed to maximize beach and sunrise views, and oriented to catch prevailing ocean and bay breezes. The spacious, luminous reception area, with walls of glass for breathtaking ocean and garden views, features a floating staircase and a wine room with glass doors. Downstairs guest quarters or bedroom suites with recreation/meditation room. Spacious terrace and fully equipped summer kitchen with a large island/bar featuring a raw-bar or chilling trough and mirrored back splash for ocean views. Heated spa and infinity edge pool with swim-in place feature. Indonesian 'Bali' tiki on beach. Wake up to sunrise views from the upstairs master suie with walls of windows and glass doors open to the upstairs terrace, framed by the sea and sky. The fabulous bath and dressing suite includes 2 walk-in closets. Three additional upstairs bedroom suites hav eversatile folding walls for privacy or open plan. Large upstairs terrace floats above pool and overlooks beach. Dramatic illumination and water features and limestone floors throughout, marble and granite custom designed sinks and countertops. Top of the line appliances. Two-car garage, laundry/utility area. 4-zone AC.

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This new wedding venue trully has it all! Contact us at Caribbean Catering for more information on this and other locations.

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