I recently received a newsletter Jazz Notes from Standard Issue. What to my wondering eyes should I see at the end of the newsletter? Just 459 songs from the Great American Songbook! I knew right away I'd have to share this with you all. Thanks, Standard Issue for the list!Read More
A huge part of the wedding planning process involves the question of who will cater the affair? If you're not from Maine, or even if you are, you probably want to know about the best caterers in Maine. I'm here to help!
Check out this list of the best catering companies in Maine!
Trillium Caterers Belfast, Maine
Dandelion Catering Portland, Maine
Stone Cove Catering Bristol Mills, Maine
Black Tie Company Portland, Maine
Swan's Way Catering Camden, Maine
Fire and Company Portland, Maine
Blue Elephant Events Saco, Maine
111 Maine Brunswick, Maine
Laura Cabot Catering Waldoboro, Maine
Kitchen Chicks Catering Kennebunk, Maine
Good Food Store Bethel, Maine
Bread and Butter Catering Company Portland, Maine
MANE Catering Gray, Maine
Harvest Moon Waldoboro, Maine
Black Betty Bistro Portland, Maine
Above and Beyond Catering Sanford, Maine
The White Apron Seascoast, New Hampshire
Bar Harbor Catering Company Bar Harbor, Maine
Cafe Miranda Rockland, Maine
Salvage BBQ Portland, Maine
I've either had direct contact with these caterers or they come recommended by vendors I trust. Have you had an excellent experience with a Maine catering company which is not on this list? Leave the name in the comments.
The Caribbean Cocktail Revolution
One of the hippest trends in weddings right now is signature cocktails. Michelle Pino has contributed this recipe based on the knowledge and trends she has learned while working at Skana Spa in Upstate NY. When Michelle isn’t working you will find her baking, crafting, reading a magazine or catching up on her favorite TV shows. Below, she shares her experience with signature cocktails.
I was at a wedding a few months ago and aside from the obvious happy family memories being made, I'll confess: my favorite part of any wedding is the chance to indulge in fancy, signature wedding cocktails. I've always felt they were too much work to make at home, so I leave the heavy lifting to a trusty bartender with a professional blender and cocktail shaker!
It was a really fun wedding theme - island tropics - and everyone who worked it wore Hawaiian shirts and cute island print dresses. They couple had a small destination wedding, but then had a larger reception back at home for everyone to attend. By far my favorite “themed” treat was something the bartender called the “Signature Drink” of the wedding: the Caribbean Cocktail. Yum!
It was so easy! I couldn't believe I'd been avoiding such a small amount of work and planning that would satisfy me at parties, not to mention impress my guests. Visions of cocktail nights with the girls, theme nights - tropic, like the wedding, or a thousand others I suddenly couldn't wait to attempt.
The day after the wedding, I gathered my supplies (I didn't bother with the fancy cocktail shaker – I read that any jar with a good, tight lid would work the same) and got right to work. With only a couple of bad batches, I soon got the hang of it and produced a perfect wedding cocktail in my own kitchen. There are lots of recipes available for great signature cocktails on the internet, but here is one taken from the experts of the Turning Stone Resort, a Central New York wedding venue. I hope everyone reading enjoys this recipe and throws a Tiki party of their own!
1/2 ounce unflavored vodka (any brand will do: personal preference)
1/2 ounce melon flavored liqueur (Midori all the way!)
1/2 ounce peach schnapps (It's a girly drink!)
1/2 ounce blue curacao (Did I not mention this drink is a fun aqua color?)
1/2 ounce pineapple juice (Use fresh if possible; otherwise, a can is fine!)
1 dash carbonated lemon-lime beverage (This sweetens it a lot, which I enjoy, but if you don't, you can use club soda or sparkling water)
1 Fruit wedge (lime, lemon, pineapple, etc.)
2 Maraschino cherries
Pop all the ingredients except for the garnishes and carbonated liquid in your jar or cocktail mixer and shake it like a Polaroid picture. Serve over ice and pour in soda a dash at a time until your taste buds soar. Garnish as desired - I also endorse cute paper umbrellas and plastic swords!