As a client of Catering By Robert /Event Concepts. FL, you are invited to attend multiple group tastings which focus on our diverse menu offerings.
Since we do not need to know clients' final menu selections until two weeks prior to their events, these open house tastings are excellent opportunities to sample a variety of options prepared for 50 or more attendees.
Our host for our fall open house and food tasting was the incredible Southern Plantation Oasis specializing in wedding weekend packages.
Since private mansion/vacation rental settings make up 50% of our annual events, we welcomed our current clients to experience the hospitality we provide in this unique and often challenging outdoor atmosphere.
This expansive estate is conveniently located just minutes off the Veteran's Expressway/Suncoast Parkway in the Lutz area of Hillsborough County. While the house resembles a plantation house, the centerpiece of the property focuses around a large tropical pool area complete with waterfall and lagoon. Just about any theme goes here.
Our theme for this event was "Ports of Call" which featured cuisine from around the world.
Because rain was expected, we located guest tables under the first breezeway adjoining the house with a garage area (where we do much of our prep work). Food was served mostly on the back covered veranda. We utilized the adorable Tiki Bar for complimentary Blue Hawaiins and other beverages for our guests.
We chose a color palette of silver, rose, and various shades of blue ranging from baby blue to wedgewood to royal.
While acquiring a tent for the guest seating area is a plus, we demonstrated that clients holding all outdoor events at Southern Plantation Oasis, have some options for inclement weather. We were able to accommodate up to 60 guests under the first breezeway which connected to other covered areas where sign-in, gift table, bar, and food tables could be located.
Even though SPO is located near lots of natural preserves and woodlands, it gets its fair share of tropical breezes which can be a challenge for guest table settings. Napkin folds that are secured over our in-house charger plates, are one of the best ways to make sure settings stay in place. Lower centerpieces anchored by water have less chance of tipping over.
The expansive wrap around porch offers cover and shade for welcoming guests.
Social hour hors d'oeuvres are one of the first impressions guests receive. Our talented on-site culinary staff takes special time to make sure these tidbits look appealing and interesting.
Venetian Salami Coronets with Garlic
Proscuitto-Buffalo Cheese Pinwheels
Memphis Bourbon Drunkin Dogs
Key West Coconut Shrimp with Rasberry-Marmelade Dipping Sauce
Singapore Spring Rolls
Cucumber Rounds with Garlic Pate
Southern France Mini Quiche
Mumbai Curried Chicken Salad Tartlets
Our buffet and stations featured our chafing dishes inside wood crates protecting the heat from the wind.
One of our station features was an Italian favorite, Chicken Frangelica. Tender chicken medallions were sautéed in heavy cream with shallots and red and green peppers, and then flamed with Frangelica liquer. Toasted hazelnuts provided the finishing touches.
Hand-Torched Montreal Maple Glazed Salmon
over Wild Rice
Our carved feature was Hawaiian Honey Glazed Ham served with Pineapple Salsa and Hawaiin Rolls.
Our displayed salad was Mandarin Orange with Toasted Coconut, Red Onion, and a Citrus Viniagrette Dressing.
Many thanks to Southern Plantation Oasis and West Coast Events and Rentals for being a part of this event.