The Children’s National Ball: An Evening to Benefit Children’s National Medical Center
It’s A Small World After All!
Over 800 guests attended this inspirational evening of dinner, dancing, an exciting live auction, and an after-hours lounge and dance party. Windows Catering Company was thrilled to be a part of such a fantastic cause for many children in need.
In recognition of Earth Day, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind our clients that as a green certified caterer Windows is constantly striving to improve our environmentally-friendly practices.
The Green Restaurant Association is a nationally recognized, non-profit organization that has set industry standards for restaurants and caterers to become more environmentally responsible.
In addition to being a GRA-certified “green” caterer, we are committed to supporting local purveyors, seasonally for our fruits, vegetables and proteins. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to planning many more “green” friendly events together.
In the latest issue of BizBash Magazine we talk catering ideas for company picnics . We featured our grilled corn on the cob with assorted toppings; roasted potato salad on chive sticks; watermelon cubes with feta and spinach; hot dog and hamburger macaroons and applie pie and smores parfaits.
You can read an online version of the feature here.
In the latest issue of Special Events Magazine we talk Wedding Receptions . The feature focuses on fusing many different cuisines, special requests, service style and wedding cakes. You can read an online version of the feature here.
Here are some quotes from Windows:
“As caterers, we welcome creating a menu that showcases the clients’ backgrounds, heritage, ethnicities, traditions and foods from hometowns,” says Brianna Alcorn, marketing director of Windows Catering, based in Alexandria, Va. “It’s their day—the food should be representative of the couple.”
“Fusion cuisines are still trending, with Latin American and Asian flavors being a popular combination,” Alcorn says. A recent wedding for a Malaysian couple combined Asian and Spanish influences, with dishes such as citrus ceviche in mini cones, potato-apple pancakes with Manchego cheese, and deep-fried pork Malaysian egg rolls rounding out the menu.”
On Tuesday, March 5, 2013, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) hosted its twenty-sixth annual Capital Awards gala at the National Building Museum. This event recognizes elected officials from both sides of the aisle who have shown a consistent commitment to promoting legislation and public policies that benefit Hispanic Americans among their constituencies and throughout the country. Windows Catering Company has been honored to cater the awards for the past several years.
On Saturday February 23rd Windows Catering Company catered the 13th Annual Heart Ball for the American Heart Association! The evening includes heart and stroke survivor celebrations, dinner, dancing, games, live band, and exceptional live and silent auctions. This year the event had a rustic, yet elegant feel with a family style dinner underneath bistro lights. Our event partners Amaryllis Floral and Event Design helped us create the perfect setting for the evening, with bistro lights, lanterns, wood farm tables and bright red florals.
This family style reception began with a plated salad of Artisanal Baby Lettuces with farm fresh micro greens in a cucumber vase with Red Hawk Point Reyes triple cream cheese, a roasted tomato vinaigrette and toasted date nut bread. Served family style was Grilled Filet of Beef with an English Horseradish Crust, Sea Bass Florentine with a lemon-chive sauce, Artichoke Risotto and Tuscany Grilled Vegetables. Below are some great photos from the evening.
In the latest issue of Engaged! Magazine Executive Pastry Chef Laurent Lhuillier is featured in the editorial spread – “Wedding Cakes and The Bakers Who Bake Them” Photo Courtesy of Engaged! Magazine, photo by: Greg Powers
We are thrilled for Jen & Jay that their wedding was featured in Southern Living Weddings. We worked with an amazing team of vendors including Event Planners and Designers Karson Butler Events. Photographer Abby Jiu captured their wonderful day and especially our cheesecake lollipops! Thanks to everyone we worked with on creating such a special day!
Windows Catering Company’s CEO Andrew Gerstel was featured in the December issue of SmartCeo. In an article titled “The A Team” local business executives talk about building their teams and what they learned in the process.
Time for Teamwork: As the company has grown, we had a good management team in place but looked internally for highly motivated, loyal employees with a passion for the catering industry and tried to match their skill set with leadership positions. By having a cohesive team, with all of us understanding division and focusing on customer service, providing a quality product and developing strong relationships with everyone from food purveyors to vendor partners and our customers, we are able to see growth.
Lessons learned: Good communicators are important. We have a lot of detail and we manage a lot of minutia, so we like people who are detail oriented and have good strategic minds. We try to expose new managers to every facet of our business so they understand their colleagues’ roles. Some cross-training is done in case they need to fill a secondary role. Each department is so dependent upon another that it’s important that they’re a cohesive team with a common vision.