As we enter the loveliness that is the autumn, Nola's Catering would like to thank a recent order from the Welcome Road Winery that is based in West Seattle. It was very close to home and was such a welcoming experience to have with such kind people. Not only were they willing to share their stories and our food with such vigor but their wine is also quite excellent. They also have a winery in Bellingham. If any interested parties would enjoy a very fulfilling tasting complete with great wine and welcoming smiles, this winery is surely the place for you! And again, a very grateful thanks we give to our friends in West Seattle. We are so glad that you enjoyed our food!
Below is a link to the winery's information.
Welcome Road Winery
Welcome to the fall, everyone!
What a crazy season it has been! There have been so many exciting and beautiful venues we've visited and had the honor of serving customers happily. As the summer winds down, we like to reflect on how much we have learned together and grown together to create events that are simultaneously satisfying and exciting. Although the summer is slowly dying down with the heat, that does not mean the partying is over. We are so excited to pair our food with the glorious red, orange, and yellow leaves of the next season! Thank you to everyone we worked with this summer, it was such a pleasure. We will see you all in the fall!
As the summer of 2022 started, our kitchen and event staff were so delighted to start working many more clients. Funnily enough, all of our clients from our events thus far have been claiming summer to be hors d'oeurves season and they are absolutely right! Why not pair the fresh and warm sunshine with our light, spicy, summery mango and kiwi salsa and rich shrimp skewers? Maybe the sweet and salty nectarine flatbread with balsamic glaze to whet your appetite, and the old American classic, the pulled pork sliders with subtly sweet cole slaw? Or the crunchy and cold crudités vegetable platters with the dark blue waters of the Pacific Northwest? We have had a blast working our events in West Seattle this summer and we can't wait for more! Thank you to all of our clients who have made our experiences so worthwhile this summer!
Now, more than ever, we look forward to being with our loved ones. No matter the Holiday you celebrate, each and every one of us has had to miss an important day, an important moment or an important person due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. This winter, with vaccines widely available and booster shots on the way, we can once again welcome people into our homes. The season we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived! We gather our friends and family to celebrate the good times and the long years during the Holidays. We want to help make your Holiday Party a truly special occasion. With so many seasonal appetizers and platters to choose from, our team takes the trouble off your plate! Allowing you to spend more quality time with your loved ones, while we prep, clean, and serve your guests right at home. Looking for a dish to make everyone feel merry and bright? How about a fruity take on Bruschetta with Dried Cherries, Pecans & Gorgonzola? We’ve got a Blackberry Pastry Wrapped Baked Brie Platter with Candied Pecans & Seasonal Fresh & Dried Fruits, that will be sure to raise everyone’s spirits! Speaking of spirits, we’ve crafted house-made Holiday drink recipes that are sure to keep you full of cheer this winter, such as a spiced Ginger Gimlet or a tart Cranberry Manhattan (that we call the Cranhattan). Picture yourself entertaining this year, with no mess and no stress! Our team takes care of the details, with the care and attention that only a boutique catering company can provide. From us at Nola’s Events to you and yours, we wish you a very, merry Holiday Season and an even better New Year!
This year, we’re going to gather our closest friends and family into our homes and celebrate together. Now, what does every good gathering need? Plenty of laughter, warm lighting, and a charcuterie cheese board that is as delicious as it is beautiful. The holidays are the best time to show off your creativity! Let’s talk about the elements that make for a show stopping combination, starting with the main attraction: the cheese. I try to include as many different kinds as I can and the more they vary in taste, texture, and appearance, the better. As an example, when you have a tart, peppery and soft goat cheese add a hard, smoky yet mild gouda to the mix for a tasty contrast! Adding slices of preserved meats add an element of salty umami to your board in the form of thinly sliced prosciutto, salami or a spicy pepperoni. Folding the pieces into small triangles makes for perfect presentation and easy to layer on crackers. The elements to play with are the nuts and fruits, don’t be afraid to really work with the seasonal flavors, such as a winter fig spread with nutmeg spiced nuts. The final element you don’t want to forget is a special Zing! There's no other way to describe this category. This is where I recommend putting strongly flavored tidbits on your board. Anything from mixed olive tapenade to homemade pickles. You need something with a serious flavor pop! What makes a charcuterie cheese board so enticing are the different elements and flavors coming together in harmony, salt, fat, acid, heat and just a little bit of sweetness. Keep this in mind when building your board! My favorite way to spruce up a charcuterie is adding flora and fauna, sprigs of lavender add a special pop of color and a sweet scent to the presentation. Roses, edible pansies, rosemary, or festive holly give any cheese board a wow-factor (not to mention a pretty pop of color). They say we eat with our eyes first! This is such a satisfying dish to create and share with the ones you love, just don't forget the fancy crackers.