Pop Up Event with Chips & Salsa Bar!

Patricia Catering & Cocktails was pleased to serve another Pop Up Happy Hour event last night. This event was hosted by Heartland Family Service in conjunction with the annual Omaha Gives event. The Happy Hour was held at the SAC Federal Credit Union atrium on Hwy. 370 and 72nd Street.

There were four different wines by the glass to choose from and a variety of domestic and import beers, too. Mixed drinks with Call and Premium liquors were available and a Specialty Drink – a Mai Tai – was only $5 and it was amazing!

The biggest hit, however, was a build-your-own Chips and Salsa Bar with house-made flour and corn chips, a hot queso dip, a pineapple and fresh fruit salsa, traditional salsa, fresh house-made Guacamole and Pico de Gallo, served with fresh-cut limes and Jalapenos.  We received many compliments on the Hawaiian Pineapple Salsa that was served.  Muy Bueno!

If you are planning a summer event of any kind, we’d love to help you make it a success.  We highly recommend you try this Chips and Salsa Bar idea, as it was a huge hit with our event attendees last night!

Our  kitchen staff is the best at making the food for your event just what you envisioned, and our servers are eager to please.  We specialize in a number of Bar formats and will tailor one of them to meet YOUR needs.  Specialty drinks are a favorite with us, so keep us in mind for your next event!

Besides, who can resist warm chips and all those fresh goodies on a warm summer evening (by the pool, perhaps?)?!!  Did someone say, “Margarita – with salt!”?

What Makes PC&C Special

I have worked off and on for PC&C for many years and wanted to say a little about what makes this caterer so special.  First, the service is impeccable!  Ask a former customer – they all rave about the service.  And that doesn’t come by chance.  Patricia herself emphasizes that we are here to make the customer happy!  The amount of time put into planning and attention to detail is unbelievable!

Second of all, the food is always ample and delish!  Patricia’s comes up with some of the most wonderful dishes and they are always freshly-made and full of flavor.  As an example, the Antipasto skewers use fresh cherry tomatoes, small basil leaves (generally grown on site), and fresh Mozzarella balls – all on a small skewer and topped with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and seasonings – what could be fresher or tastier?

Last of all, this caterer is the most flexible!  We do breakfasts, appetizer bars, Nacho bars, chicken and waffles brunch … you name it!  Need an idea?  Just call and talk to one of the friendly and helpful staff.  Have an idea?  Give them a call and be surprised at what they can do!  — Sharon

Season your Spring!

All of us at Patricia Catering and Cocktails love Spring. It means good weather is coming, trees are budding, and gardeners are getting their indoor gardens ready for the last frost to pass. When Spring comes we love to get our hands dirty and start our herbs in fresh potting soil with organic non GMO seeds. Fresh herbs are key ingredients in our mouth watering foods, appetizers, and refreshing drinks. The sweet basil we grow is used in our signature Layered Herb Cheese and Pesto Torte. Fresh herbs can make a dish go from good to spectacular!

Some herbs that we start indoors include Summer Savory, Marjoram, Cilantro, Italian Parsley, Curly Parsley, and lemon grass. There are even edible flowers like Marigolds in out plant pots that we use to garnish our display! Our perennial plants that reseed themselves and come back every year are Mint, Dill, and Thyme.

Some advice from our Sous Chef is, “Don’t over water your plants and keep pinching back blossoms to encourage a bigger harvest.” And a few words from our very own Patricia, “My best advice is to experiment with new flavors to enhance your own dishes.” Wise words Patricia, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

Check out our next blog for a recipe using our very own herbs!

Your Very Own Vinaigrette!

When talking with our fellow peers, most of them are surprised that you can make your own salad dressing and that it doesn’t have to come from a store bought bottle. Vinaigrette is the most common dressing and starts with these two items as a base: Oil and Vinegar. If your new in a kitchen, the word emulsify can seem a little too scientific. Have no fear! All it means is to bring two ingredients together that normally wouldn’t mix. When whisking the the oil into the vinegar causes them to emulsify. When done gradually, they will combine what doesn’t mix. In an emulsified dressing the oil and vinegar doesn’t separate after it has been mixed.

You can use any vinegar, though White Vinegar and Balsamic Vinegar are most commonly used in kitchens. For your oil; a simple vegetable oil will have less flavor and color, olive oil has more flavor and a slightly darker color, extra virgin olive oil-which is a higher quality oil-has a more bold flavor and darker color.

Tools you will need is a bowl, whisk, and any additional herbs/seasonings you wish to add. Generally the ratio for this dressing is 3:1 oil to vinegar, but feel free to adjust to your tastes.
Start with your vinegar in a bowl, gradually add the oil in very small amounts, and whisk. For those of you that are more advanced, whisk while pouring a thin stream of oil into your vinegar. The vinaigrette should thicken as you gradually add the oil. Then feel free to add fresh herbs, garlic, and other seasonings.

Count it as a success and show off your new skill as you present them with a dressing that’s fresh and homemade!

Cheers! Anna and the Crew at Patricia Catering and Cocktails

Valentines Day Cocktails

With all the pressure of Valentines day it’s important to remember to spend quality time with your significant other. Why not take some time to relax at home with a specialty drink made by your own hands? Here are a few simple drink recipes for some one-on-one time for that special someone.

Soft Love 

3/4 oz. Creme de banana

3/4 oz Cherry Vodka

3/4 oz Heavy Whipping Cream

1 Tsp. Grenadine

Fill a shaker half way with ice and pour in all ingredients. Shake well and strain into a cordial glass. The berry-banana flavor is tied together with the whipping cream, though this drink is on the sweeter side, it pairs well with salty treats and snacks.

Blushing Lady

1 Oz Pama Pomegranate Liqueur

2 Oz. Vodka

1 Oz Pink Grapefruit Juice

Fill shaker with Ice and add all ingredients. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. This citrusy drink packs a punch, completed with a sweet/sour note from the pink grapefruit juice.

Share a picture of your valentines day drinks on our Facebook page, we would love to see your creations!

Cheers! Anna and the Crew at Patricia Catering and Cocktails

Photos and recipes from mixthatdrink.com and liquor.com

Pop Up Happy Hour! Bourbon Tasting

We had our first Pop Up Happy Hour! last night and its was a great success! Our guests had a lot of fun with the cozy atmosphere, delicious drinks, and interesting information about bourbon and whiskey. We had a distributor stop by and tell us a bit about four types of bourbon/whiskey–shout out to Republic National Distributing Company for educating us!

We had a chance to sample the following types of bourbon/whiskey; Teeling, Russell’s Reserve, Four Rose’s, and Templeton Rye. To complete our happy hour we paired select hors d’ oeuvres to accompany the drinks, as well as our house made Pub Snack Mix. Two of our most esteemed staffers helped take care of us for the evening, special thanks to Bree and Kristie!

We had so much fun that we will be continuing our Pop Up Happy Hour! The next one will held on Wednesday February 22nd. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for more information!

Cheers! Anna and the Crew at Patricia Catering and Cocktails

Top Picture: Patricia and Robert Bottom Picture: Kristie

Whats New at PC and C!

We are excited to share our most current news with you! Here’s what we’ve been up to…

On January 1, 2016 we re-branded from  Patricia Catering to Patricia Catering and Cocktails!

Expanding on our classy cocktails is an added focus for our team. We are creating popular cocktails and full service bars for weddings as well as for corporate events. We bring the bar to you! So convenient and easy for our customers.

Pop Up Happy Hours! is an addition to our bar offerings.

Adding a Pop Up Happy Hour! is a great way to make your next meeting or fundraiser more exciting. The sky is the limit for our Pop Up Happy Hours, it’s a great way to reward your employees for all that they do, grow support for  your favorite  charity, show your customers how much you appreciate them, network  for business connections, and  enhance your customer base.

The question isn’t why host a Pop Up Happy Hour, it’s why wouldn’t  you host a Pop Up Happy Hour?

Food and drinks have even been shown to keep your audience more involved and attentive, plus it makes for a memorable experience. Our professional and knowledgeable  staff will help make your event a success! Click here to contact us!

One of our latest events brought us to  The Big Event Omaha! Local charity events and  nonprofit organizations are the focus of this noteworthy event hosted at the Omaha Design Center.  We are honored to partner in this event. To learn more check it out here on Facebook. We used our creativity and expertise to create  the buffet table theme of a Blooming Buffet, and boy did we bloom! Take a look at our floral food garden display….lovely, colorful, and tasty.

Thanks for checking us out, we will have more news soon!

Cheers!  Anna and the Crew at Patricia Catering and Cocktails

Patricia Catering Shares Recipes and Tips with you

Patricia Catering is excited about the launch of our new site. One of our new features is tips, notes and recipes from our chef.

Through our blog, we will share with you the small tricks we’ve learned in the profession and some of our favorite recipes, for you to try at home.

We would love to hear your comments and suggestions, and would be more than willing to answer your top kitchen questions. Follow us to find out more!