Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Reflecting on an exhausting and exhilarating week working with one of the most gracious and loving families ever. I was honored to participate in a 3 day Indian wedding celebration at the home of the bride's parents in Sherman, TX; complete with stunningly beautiful bride and gorgeous groom, blessed by pretty spring weather and one of the most talented team of professionals. I am grateful to be surrounded by THE BEST culinary and service team - led respectively by Executive Chef John Maas and Event Manager Extraordinaire Darlene Cope. Indebted to our sister company, City place Conference Hospitality Group - led by Phil Willis and Lauro Echeverria who gave us the boost to assure we could take it to the next level and successfully serve over 1440 happy guests over three days!

The A-Team who made it happen:
Tom Addis Productions
Social by Dana Carroll
DJ Sameer
Cuvee / Absolute Entertainment
Joseph Mark Photography
Gold Crown Valet

Monday, February 22, 2010

Two Teams-Two Cultures-OneHeart

On Thursday, February 18th, In Any Event Event Creation Specialists, orchestrated a promotional reception that Wynnwood Special Events had the honor of catering, for the very special movie, OneHeart. OneHeart is the moving, true story of two very different football teams who come together for one amazing night.

Gainesville State School's Tornadoes, the football team at the Texas state-run maximum security facility for 12-19 year olds, meets Grapevine Faith Christian School's Lions in the last game of the season. Thanks to all involved, the match-up became magic!

As game day approached, Grapevine Christian School's Coach Kris Hogan sent a mass email to the entire Faith community, asking them to participate in his wild join together and give the Gainesville boys their very first home team experience, complete with their own cheerleaders, band, spirit line and loud fans. What came as a bonus, was how the Gainesville boys experienced unconditional love, unparalleled sportsmanship and true acceptance for perhaps the first time in their lives, as well. Since this game was such an overwhelmingly positive success for all involved, the match-up, dubbed the OneHeart Bowl, is now held annually.

Everyone involved with that game, both on the field and off, had their lives changed that night. Check out the website and make plans to see this film. Your life will be changed, too!

The "heart and football stadium" inspired menu was creatively crafted by Executive Chef, John Maas.

Passed Canapes

Kobe Beef Sliders with Smoked Cheddar,
Ripe Tomato, Shredded Lettuce, and Cracked Peppercorn Mayo

Crispy Buttermilk Chicken Sliders with Honey Mustard, Swiss Cheese, and Caramelized Onions

Tater tots Dusted with Roasted Garlic Salt, Served in Paper Cones

Smoked Pork, Black Bean, and Baby Corn Quesadilla with Lime Crème Fraiche

Popcorn Bar
Truffle-Sea SaltCinnamon-Cocoa-SugarParmesan-Ancho Popcorn

Heart-Shaped Lemon Bars, Cookies, and Chocolate Fudge

Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentine Journey to Asia

The exotic and imperial Crow Asian Art Museum hosted a Valentine Journey to Asia, with Curator, Dr. Anne Blomberg speaking on the Kama Sutra by exploring the ancient arts of India. Jennifer Harris of Wynnwood Special Events presented an inspired "edible aphrodisiac" menu created by Executive Chef, John Maas and puncuated by the signature cocktail of the evening, Love Potion No. 9!

edible aphrodisiacs

liquid love

love potion no. 9
vodka, lemon honey simple syrup
garnished with candied ginger

stimulating strollers

Ahi Tuna Tartare Spoon
Vanilla-Pineapple Coulis and Crispy Basil

Saffron Poached Fingerling Potato
with Crème Fraîche and Caviar

titillating buffet

Malpeque Oysters on Ice
with a Trio of Mignonettes: Tangerine, Ponzu, and Champagne

Display of Artisanal Cheeses
with Preserved Fig, Roasted Banana Compote, and Parmesan Lavosh

Coriander Cured Beef Tenderloin
with Truffle Aioli and Herb Foccacia Rolls

Roasted Fennel and Arugula Quiche
with Roasted Tomato-Garlic Confit

Poached Asparagus with Balsamic Honey Vinaigrette and Shaved Carrot

Those providing sensual showcases relating to the topic, was Peace, Love & Wax and Sacred Art Thai Massge who through Thai bodywork and Esoteric Astrology, focuses on using innate healing and awareness of personality traits to help develop spiritual values and release stress.

Chocolate Secrets was on hand to share their incredibly beautiful hand-made chocolates crafted by their two in-house chocolatiers. Almost too pretty to eat, they are miniature jewels! Featured at the event were their glistening purple and white Japanese Plum Wine Chocolates, brilliant white and orange Thai Coconut Curry Chocolates and Wasabi-Lime Chocolates which are mirrored black with green swirls and white specks. Bursts of spectacular flavor in a bite size art piece!

Newly enlightened and armed with some new Valentine's day ideas, the JADE group got home just in time for the Dallas winter snow event of the century! What better time to be snowed in and cozy than Valentine's weekend?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

NACE 2010

Dallas' Catering Finest gathered at the hip, cocktail-paired NACE dinner at the elegant & sexy venue, The Apartment on February 3rd, 2010. Hosts Jennifer Harris of Wynnwood Special Events & multi-talented Mixologist, Sly Cosmopoulos of Republic National Distributing Company, kept the menu (artfully designed and sculpted by Executive Chef, John Maas) fresh and exciting and the uniquely-paired cocktails flowing. Throughout the event, Sly revealed the new cocktail trends, that are bringing us back to this time-honored tradition, yet with a new breath of intrigue, such as bringing spices, herbs, and even Cocoa Puffs cereal into the mix!

Try the Coo-Coo for Cocoa Puffs Martini!
A reminiscent grown-up cocktail for the kid in all of us!
Step 1: Take 750 ml Bottle ABSOLUT Vanilia and 750 Bottle Kahlua – Add I Box CoCoa Puffs Cereal. Let Soak for 2 Hours.

Step 2: Strain the Liquor and Pour Into Bottle. Put Puffs In Oven and Cook Until Dry. Store In Container.

Individual Recipe:
3 oz Infused Liquor
2 oz Milk
Shake Over Ice – Strain Into Martini Glass
Garnish with Floating Infused Cocoa Puffs

The Apartment was the epitome of cool sophistication featuring floral arrangements by Todd Event Design and chairs and tables provided by Ducky Bob's Rentals.
As always, we so appreciate our exceptional vendor friends for partnering with us on this very special evening of mingling, cocktails, and fun!