Omaha Catering Company Providing Creative Solutions

Our team at Patricia Catering and Cocktails prides ourselves on being flexible, adaptable and reactive. Events require detail-oriented planning, out of the box thinking, and sharing the vision of our customers. From the planning process to the execution of a successful event, the event itself requires creative solutions to unexpected situations that inevitably arise.

Because of the nature of this industry, we are adept to rise to the occasion of our current situation.

How We’re Responding

At this time, our kitchen and office remain open. Our healthy and limited staff are following all the precautions advised by the city, state, and CDC. We are taking delivery and pickup orders, and we are available to answer any questions regarding scheduled events and orders, as well as, the events you are just starting to plan.

How the Community Can Help

As other industry leaders have mentioned and brought to attention with the hashtag #SaveEvents, please consider rescheduling events before canceling if your specific circumstances allow. Not only will this give the events industry an opportunity to bounce back stronger, it will also give our community hope and relief that the celebrations will continue on as this passes.

Customized Catering Solutions

Flexibility is crucial for situations like this, and we are happy to help customize the details to create a solution for everyone.

Starting Monday, March 23rd we will have meals available for delivery and pick up. Menus will be posted the day before to help you plan. This service will be available between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for orders with a minimum of 5 people. Payment can be made with a credit card by phone.

To support our community, 10% of sales will be donated to local food banks and shelters.

We are proud to be part of the Greater Omaha community working together through a situation that is affecting all industries. Please remember this is temporary and will lift. Our hearts go out to all the bridal parties, families, venues, vendors and companies who are being impacted.

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Choosing a Caterer for Your Wedding

After winding down for the holidays, February is the start of preparations for wedding season! The  American Express Spending and Saving Tracker consumer report found that an estimated six million couples are likely to get engaged on Feb. 14. Combined with all of the Christmas and New Year’s engagements, February is the busiest time for couples searching for and booking vendors for their Big Day.

Find the Right Caterer for Your Omaha Wedding

As you book your venue, make sure to see if there are catering restrictions or recommendations. Your catering candidate list may get narrowed down to help you find the best fit. During your search, company websites are a great resource to learn more about the company. If pricing isn’t listed, email, or call to find out more information.

Choosing the Menu for Your Wedding

Start brainstorming what kind of food you want at your wedding and reach out to the catering companies that you think will fit your budget and the vision of your wedding reception.

Step 1: Make a list of the catering companies you are interested in checking out.

Keep the following in mind:

  • Your Budget
  • Style
  • Scope of services

Step 2: Set up a Tasting

  • What kind of tastings do they offer?
  • How much are the tastings?

Step 3: Choosing a Menu

A good catering company will take your budget, guests, and them into account when suggesting menu options. If you have your heart set on a particular menu but can’t afford it at full-service rates, the catering company may suggest a buffet style to offset the cost. There are many ways a catering company can guide you in making the best choice for your big day without breaking your budget.

Why Choose a Tasting?

A tasting gives you a great idea about the style and presentation of each caterer. It is also a good indication of the taste of their food. It is not necessary to taste everything on your menu, but feel welcome to ask your caterer all the questions you have. Keep in mind the season of your reception date and the season of your tasting. If they are not the same, then some items you are interested in may not be in season come your wedding day.

Looking for an Omaha Caterer for Your 2020 Wedding?

Finding the best caterer for your unique wedding takes time and patience.  Make your list with some online research, then pick up the phone and call each caterer on your list. You can learn a lot about a catering company with a short one-minute phone call. They should be friendly, professional, and be able to answer your questions.  If we made your list, call us today, we’d love to answer any question you have.

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The end of a decade

We wish you all happy holy and holly days.

As we are wrapping up the Christmas party season, our office elves delivered some holiday treats to our Avery Plaza neighbors. Delivering sweets always earns a few smiles!

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2019 recap

From Corporate Box Lunches to wedding receptions, 2019 was a year full of versatile events that all shared some common factors—delicious food, professional service, attention to detail and wonderful partnerships with customers.  Everything you might expect from an Omaha Catering Company.

Looking back, some events that highlight the delight of variety (whether in location, food or service required) stand out in our minds.

Redstone Advertising Business Party at Sozo Coffeehouse

Guests enjoyed a sophisticated Hors D’ Oeuvres buffet at the Downtown Omaha coffee shop.

Life Runners Benefit Banquet

The Pro-Life nonprofit’s benefit included a plated dinner with bite-size gourmet desserts and bar service.

Wedding Reception at Bellbrook Clubhouse

The Bride and Groom had an intimate Caribbean destination wedding, so they picked a color scheme of ocean blues. They treated their guests to Prime Rib carved on-premise and a Host bar of beer, wine, soda and a Blue Champagne signature drink.

Mayors Dinner

The annual Mayor’s Dinner is always a treat to plan with appetizers, a mocktail and summer buffet. China place settings add a lovely touch and the backdrop of the city’s summer festival adds to the fun.

Tree Rush

The Omaha area’s new attraction gives adventurers a different view of the forest’s beauty. We came up with some new menu ideas to best fit the catering needs for social and corporate events.

Camp Confidence

The fundraiser included cowboy-themed signature drink and appetizers: Smoked pulled pork tartines garnished with crispy slaw, radish and goat cheese tartines with fresh herb chiffonade, and locally grown butternut squash wrapped in praline bacon and a just as delicious-sounding themed dinner menu. Their signature Whiskey Mule had a kick!

Retirement Brunch and Reception at the Benny Davis at Offutt

Celebrating an impressive career, the retirement included a brunch, open house and reception. The brunch included all the breakfast favorites. Her open house included her favorite snacks for guests to munch on while visiting. The reception included a pasta and salad buffet.

Beardmore Subaru and Chevy

Beardmore Subaru and Chevy celebrated 100 years with a party at both neighboring locations. Two buffets that complimented the atmosphere of each building were decorated with beautiful ‘100’ ice sculptures by Muzzy’s Ice.

Rehearsal Dinner at the Durham Museum

As the wedding party and family trickled into the Swanson Gallery after the wedding rehearsal, they started the dinner with appetizers that were both at a station and passed. Once everyone arrived they enjoyed a plated meal with an adult and children option and coffee table service. Guests were welcomed to a host standard full bar that included beer, wine, soda, and liquor.

Harry Potter Event

Every year we look forward to providing the bar for Fontenelle Forest’s Night at the Forbidden Forest. This year we created a signature drink called a “Polyjuice Potion” that was a hit with all the Potter fans!

Looking forward to 2020

We are looking forward to the same variety booked for 2020 and all the events we have yet to plan. Thanks to the new decade, we forecast there will be lots of flapper dresses, 20’s themed parties and new trends that set the next 10 years apart.

Cheers!

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The Holiday Season is Soup Season

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Worries go down better with soup than without.” –Yiddish Proverb

As you can imagine, the holiday season gets busy for us as an Omaha Catering and Cocktail company. We find ourselves at many end of the year parties and events. One of our favorite things about this time of year is soup! Yes, the holiday season is soup season for us.

Soup is the answer to many corporate and social meal planning dilemmas. Our delicious soups are made from scratch and include locally sourced ingredients and non-GMO herbs from our garden. Each soup order includes our house-made croutons and crackers.

 Why Try Our Soup for the Holidays?

 

  • Versatile options: We offer 19 tasty selections to choose from.
  • A Meal in a Bowl: Use our formulas to order the correct amount of soup for your group.
  • Dietary Restrictions: Have dietary restrictions? Let us know, and we will recommend the best options for your group.
  • Matches the Season: Combat the cold with spoonfuls of warmth.

 Why You Should Make Soup Your Holiday Choice

 

  • Soup is Comforting – A bowl of thick soup is heartwarming. It keeps you comfortable when the cold weather strikes. It can actually increase your core body temperature.
  • It Satisfies Your Hunger – The high water content of soup satisfies your appetite and keeps you hydrated during the dry Winter season. When you’re well-hydrated, you’re less likely to overeat.
  • Soup is Healing – The Mayo Clinic states that chicken soup works as an anti-inflammatory and can help clear up mucus.
  • Helps Youngsters Tolerate Veggies – A study in the Netherlands found that toddlers who were given veggie and herb loaded soups for seven weeks had an improved tolerance for vegetables of all kinds compared to toddlers who didn’t eat soup.
  • Vitamins and Minerals Don’t Disappear – Soups retain the vitamins and minerals of cooked vegetables because you consume the soup base or broth – that’s where all the good stuff is.
  • Delightful Aroma – Is there anything better than the aroma of savory herbs and veggies filling your home in Winter? Nope.

 Don’t Miss Our  Soup Deal!

 

 With every gallon of soup you order, we give you a FREE  baguette!

Of soup and love, the first is best.” –Spanish proverb

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Tips for Planning Your Halloween Party

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With Pinterest and Google, the ideas for holiday parties are endless. Are you are looking for something easy to put together, or are you ready to tackle an intrinsic design? The internet can help you with both.  The holiday season gets busy for us as an Omaha Catering and Cocktail company, so we’re always searching for new twists and ideas to make our events stand out. So in case you’re busy too we’d like to share some tips for planning your Halloween party if you’re still looking for something.

Halloween Party Idea for Beginners

Hot dogs with puff pastry mummy wrappings. Don’t forget the blood—I mean ketchup.

Pro Tip when menu planning: Know your audience

  • Is the party for children, adults or a combination of the two?
  • As children are very visual, they may not be as adventurous and willing to eat food that looks too spooky or foods that are an abnormal color.

How Messy are the Creations?

The worry: Chocolate fingerprints on your furniture are never a pleasant surprise.

The solution: There are many creative ways you can incorporate your theme into some furniture covers. Just remember to put napkins on multiple services and stock up on sponges for day after cleaning.

The worry: Is it a formal party where guests will be conscious about their clothes and chatting with their mouth full?

The solution: Finger foods – easy bites to swallow between bits of conversation.

 

Halloween Cocktail Ideas

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Fall Cocktail

Autumn Sunset—A textured red cocktail that darkens at the bottom

  1. Fill glass with ice
  2. A shot of vodka
  3. Cranberry Juice
  4. A splash of bitters
  5. Top with Ginger Beer and garnish with a lime

Halloween Tricks

Make any of your favorite drinks spooky with these easy tricks

  1. Ice cube shapes: brains, skeletons, candy corn, ghosts…
  2. Cup choice: beaker, cauldron, or something from your collection
  3. Props! Gooey eyeballs, gummy worms, chocolate syrup designs, syringe shots
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Fall Comfort Foods

As Fall has fully announced its arrival, the types of food we take comfort in have shifted. That is seen in the orders we are taking and the event menus that are being planned. The menu has shifted from light, cool, and crisp culinary selections to warm, hot, and savory choices. Food availability and selection traditionally changed with the seasons, and we’re excited to see our Omaha catering kitchen menu changing now.

An Omaha Catering Company Party

For our annual company party, we had strong requests for hot dogs and brats cooked over a campfire. Accompanying them on the roasting sticks were marshmallows. Whether you like them barely touched by fire or completely black and gooey—no S’more is complete without the chocolate and graham cracker sandwich.

Some of Our Fall Favorites

Our Fall favorite menu items highlight the best ingredients the season has to offer.

  • Rosemary Chicken—a boneless breast with apple stuffing, seasoned with Fresh Rosemary and topped with Cider sauce
  • Sliced Roast Turkey—drizzled with savory juices fresh mushrooms
  • Meatloaf—studded with provolone cheese and topped with smoky bacon strips
  • Whipped potatoes—with chives, parmesan cheese and roasted garlic
  • Seasonal Vegetable Medley—whether it is grilled or roasted we love this veggie side that often incorporates squash this time of year.

Soup Season is Here!

Fan Favorite Soups:

  • Creamy Curry Butternut Squash
  • Tomato Basil Bisque
  • Traditional Con Carne Chili

All of our soups come with house-made croutons and oyster crackers.

Omaha Catering for Your Fall Event

Do you have an event this Fall? Would you like to give your guests some of these Fall comfort foods? This list is just the beginning of course. Give us a call or send a message telling us about your event and we’ll be happy to see if we can help make that much more delicious. Happy Fall!

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Your Catering Company’s Favorite Salsa Recipe

One of the condiments we find ourselves bringing to nearly every Omaha catering event is our homemade restaurant-style salsa. Homemade restaurant-style salsa is a hit with nearly everyone at any event we cater. Now we’re sharing our recipe with you so you can keep enjoying it at home. We’re also throwing in a bonus recipe for our roasted beets – another customer favorite.

PC and C Version of Restaurant Style Salsa

Ingredients

  • 8 pounds of ripe, meaty Roma Tomatoes
  • 3 jalapenos and 3 Hungarian hot banana peppers (leave the seeds in for a hot salsa—We do!)
  • 3 cups of chopped yellow onions
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 large minced garlic cloves
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Drop the tomatoes in the boiling water for 30 seconds then remove. Peel the tomato skins and chop in food processor.
  2. Place the tomatoes in a large stockpot along with the vinegar. Add all remaining ingredients. Stir to combine, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
  3. While the salsa is simmering, follow standard canning procedure to sterilize the jars and lids.
  4. Fill the hot jars with the hot salsa, leaving ¼ inch headspace. Wipe the jars and close the lids. Place the jars in boiling water for 15 minutes. Make sure the jars fully submerged underwater with several inches of water above them. Remove the jars and let them rest undisturbed for 24 hours before moving them.
  5. Store in a cool, dark place. It is best to use within a 6-month time frame, but it will keep up to a year.

Recipe makes 8 pints.

Roasted Beets

Ingredients

  • 12 beets
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
  • Juice of 1 large orange

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Remove the tops and the roots of the beets and peel each one with a vegetable peeler. Cut the beets into chunks.
  3. Place the cut beets on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil, thyme leaves and salt. Roast for about 30 minutes until the beets are tender. Remove from the oven and immediately toss with vinegar and orange juice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve warm.

These are great on by themselves or on a salad with some locally sourced goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.

Your local extension service is a great resource for planting and preserving your harvest.

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PC and C’s Summer Instant Replay

While we still have a few more weeks of summer, kids are going back to school and the season seems to be wrapping up.  As we look forward to Harvest season, we reflect on the fun we had this summer grilling at company picnics, delivering pre and post-game meals to the San Antonio Missions baseball team, and catering beautiful wedding receptions.

Popular Summer Menus in 2019

All American Picnic

Our All American Picnic was created to satisfy your grill out desires.

All Beef 1/3 Pound Burgers and Hot Dogs

Molasses Baked Beans, Country Potato Salad, Bakery Buns, Condiments, & Cookies

Passed and Station Hors D’ Oeuvres

Having a station of Hors D’ Oeuvres while some of the menu is passed, creates an inviting atmosphere. Ask your caterer which way each item is best served.

For a July engagement party we passed beef tenderloin tartines, bacon wrapped meatballs with bourbon glaze, bacon wrapped water chestnuts with teriyaki sauce and jumbo shrimp with cocktail sauce.

A fresh fruit platter, brie en croute with toasted almonds and apricot filling and an assortment of dessert bars were displayed at a station. The customer ordered a sushi boat to add to the fun!

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Mayors Dinner

For this outside event we started the evening passing Radish and Goat Cheese Canapes and a Mocktail created for the event.

Dinner Menu:

Chicken Skewers with Pineapple, Peppers, Onions, and Teriyaki Glaze

Sirloin Steak Skewers with Mushrooms, Zucchini, Tomatoes and a Roasted Red Pepper sauce

Roasted Sweet and russet Potato Medley seasoned with Garlic and Fresh Rosemary

Layered Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, and Basil Salad Drizzled with Pesto and garnished with Chopped Avocado and Bacon Crumbles

Christmas Salad topped with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Fresh Baked Rolls, Sliced Baguettes, and Butter

And for Dessert:

Snickerdoodle Dessert Bar with Caramel Sauce

 SA Missions

Our catering crew loves a new challenge. We learned about pre-game and post-game meal requirements by menu planning for a visiting baseball team.

Tailgate during CWS at the Slowdown

Guests enjoyed a beautiful tent, TV Screens with the CWS games, a summer breeze, sounds of baseball fans and tourists soaking in the downtown vibes while eating heavy Hors D’ Oeuvres.

The menu:

Seasonal Fresh Fruit Skewers

Mango Summer Salsa with Fresh Fried Tortilla Chips and Corn Chips

BBQ Sliders and Mini Burgers with relishes and condiments on the side

Potato Salad and Coleslaw cups

Antipasto Picks, Salad Wedge on a Stick and Fresh Vegetables and Herb Dip

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Wedding Reception at Falconwood Park

After the Spring’s devastating floods, the Falconwood Park crew was able to recreate the atmosphere couples have been falling in love with over the years just in time for some Spring and Summer weddings.

The Menu this couples said “I do” to:

Roast Beef au jus with and Horseradish Sauce on the Side

Demiglace for beef gravy on the side

Country Fried Chicken with hot sauce on the side

Pecan Encrusted Tilapia with Citrus Glaze

Mashed Potato Bake topped with Crispy Fried Onion Straws

Roasted Vegetable Medley of Carrots, Zucchini, Green Beans

Quinoa Salad (seasoning spices similar to tabbouleh)-with tomatoes, cucumber, basil chiffonade, and topped with crumbled feta cheese

Autumn Salad of greens with sliced apples and pears, shredded Havarti cheese, sugared walnuts, and topped with citrus vinaigrette

Fresh Baked Rolls, Sliced Baguettes, and butter

Favorite House Made Drinks

Signature drinks add a personal touch to your bar or beverage station. Signature drinks can tie in a theme or use a guest of honor’s favorite liquor. Whether it is adding a House Made Margarita to a taco bar birthday party or a Pina Colada to a Caribbean themed wedding.

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Watermelon Margaritas

Our House Made Margaritas with a summer twist of Watermelon

Raspberry Hard Lemonade

Looking to switch it up? Change your fruit of choice and don’t forget to add a fresh garnish!

Summer Sangria

House wines

Favorite juices – a great way to customize to your taste

A glug glug of Brandy

Cut up fresh Fruit

Stay tuned for our next blog where we will discuss our harvest of organic non GMO veggies and canning tips.

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Why Hire a Professional Full Service Catering Company for Your Next Event?

When you’re making plans for an event or special occasion, a lot of planning goes towards food and beverages.  At some point, you may ask yourself if you should hire a catering service to help out. It’s a good question. When you hire a catering service you’re getting more than just food and beverages. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways a full service catering operation can help make your next event memorable.

Enough Food & Beverages for Everyone

One of your biggest fears for your event is likely running out of food and drinks. Doing the calculations for how much food to have prepared can be a daunting task. When you hire a professional catering company you can rest assured knowing that the right amount of food and beverages will be prepared to satisfy all your guests for the duration of your event or party.

Time

Preparing food and beverages for everyone at your event will take time. A lot of time. It starts with planning the menu, buying ingredients, getting help with food prep, presentation, serving, and cleaning up. It’s a lot of work. When you hire a catering company it frees your time to focus on your guests and are actually able to enjoy your event.

Details Matter

Caterers do a lot more than just bring food and beverages to events. A professional catering company brings all the little details together help create a lovely atmosphere and great experience for everyone. From the way the napkins are folded to little garnishes in your guest’s drinks, it’s these little details that can turn an average event into an unforgettable one.

A Treat for Your Guest

When you hire a full service professional catering company you’re hiring their entire staff. This means you’ll have a fully staffed professional crew ready at all times. There will be people there to prepare and serve the food and beverages, make sure dirty dishes are cleaned up, and guests feel pampered and happy.

Hire a Professional Full Service Caterer for Your Next Event

Patricia Catering and Cocktails exists to make events and parties memorable and enjoyable for the host and the guests. If you’re planning a party or event and want to enjoy yourself rather than worry about the keeping guests fed and drinks filled, consider hiring a professional catering company.

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Our Personal Zero-Waste Transition

 

When Patricia Catering and Cocktails decided to participate in the Zero-Waste initiative, we knew it was important to embrace it at the office and at home. Like any major habit shift, the beginning was not easy. We had lots of questions about what goes where and how to best set up our office and homes to efficiently implement Zero-Waste into our lives. Although it’s been a challenge at times, it’s been a rewarding process, and keeps getting easier the more we learn.

How We’ve Changed

We didn’t become Zero-Waste overnight, but the transition was quicker than we imagined. Many little changes have helped us get closer to our goal. The key is to focus on one change at a time.  One of the first and easiest changes we made was bringing our own water bottles instead of using single-use plastics. Our head chef Beau started an herb garden using Hillside Solutions compost, instead of only buying from vendors. You can find most of our team members at local farmer’s markets on the weekend sourcing fresh local produce and other items.

Patricia (Founder & Owner)

Patricia is now buying compost from Hillside Solutions (our waste removal partner) bringing the cycle full circle. She uses the compost in her personal and company garden to grow farm to table herbs and vegetables. At home, she has incorporated recycling and composting and uses sustainable products instead of single-use plastics.

Beau (Head Chef)

Beau has started using Hillside Solutions compost to grow fresh non-GMO herbs to use in his cuisine. He also uses the compost at home in his personal garden. Beau has also incorporated the sustainable practice of seed collecting from the herbs he grows to plant out the next rotation – a completely self-contained system.

Sarah (Administrative & Marketing)

Sarah has incorporated recycling and composting at home. Instead of just throwing stuff away, she tries to think of ways to repurpose items and recycles what can’t be repurposed. In addition, Sarah has committed herself to using more sustainable products instead of single-use plastics.

Bree (Lead Server)

Bree has incorporated recycling at home. She bought recycling cans and labeled them to make it easy for her family to know where to put each item.

Emma (Lead Server)

Emma has become more conscious of what is trash and what is recyclable. She is educating and encouraging her family to pay more attention as well.

Chris (Dishwasher)

Chris lives in an apartment complex that doesn’t offer recycling and compost. But that hasn’t stopped him. He still separates his trash and brings his recyclables and compost to our facility.

Want to Join the Zero-Waste Initiative?

Incorporating Zero-Waste into our personal lives has been an empowering experience. We feel like we’re actively participating in helping make the world a better place. One person can’t change the world as a whole, but when you change your personal world, you’re making an impact.

We look forward to keeping you posted with our Zero-Waste journey, and hope to see you at your next event!

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