How-To

6 Tips to get the Perfect Corporate Retreat Catering

With the start of a new year, many companies plan a corporate retreat to talk about the changes they will make throughout the upcoming quarters. These retreats can range from day-long, in-office planning sessions to full weekend or even week-long off-site getaways. The one thing that all corporate retreats have in common? Everyone has to [...]

How to Tell the Difference Between Herbs & Spices

For the non-cook, the difference between herbs & spices may not mean much, but to the professional caterer or home chef, the use of them is essential in flavoring the perfect dish. We couldn’t imagine a Caprese salad without the taste of sweet basil, or gingerbread without ginger! Do you know the difference between an herb [...]

5 Ways to Find the Best Caterer

When you need to hire a caterer for your special event in Maryland, Washington DC or Northern Virginia, you want to hire the best.  But just how do you find the best caterer who can handle your event within your budget? Read on to find out! #1. Ask for Referrals The best way to find [...]

Maison Culinaire’s Winter Guide to the Plethora of Potatoes

Fall and winter are prime times to think about potatoes, a hearty food that can be prepared in so many ways. Did you know that there are more than 200 potato varieties available in the United States? Here’s a primer on potato basics from Maison Culinaire. Potatoes fall into seven variety categories: russet, white, yellow, [...]

Catering Lingo You Need to Know BEFORE It’s Too Late!

When working with your caterer, or negotiating a catering deal, it can be helpful to know some of the terminology, or common words, that caterers use. And you’d be surprised just how many of these come from the French language. Just look at this list! Here is some of the catering lingo you need to [...]

8 Tips to Take Your Child’s Birthday Party from Average to Awesome!

Kids love birthday parties! What’s not to love about any event with cake, ice cream and presents! Even before they’re quite old enough to understand what a birthday means, children certainly enjoy the celebratory aspects of all the attention from their friends and loved ones. Hosting a child’s birthday party can be exhausting at the [...]

5 Tips for a Tropical or Beach-Themed Wedding

Are you thinking about having a tropical or beach theme for your wedding? It’s easy with these tips—even if you’re not near the beach! #1. Pick a waterfront location There are plenty of waterfront venues where you can throw a fabulous tropical-themed wedding. With the number of riverfront, lakefront and Bay-front venues in the Washington DC [...]

5 Summer Farmer’s Market Must-Haves

In summer, you can find a farmer’s market just about any day of the week. That’s where area farmers and local producers bring their wares into central locations to offer convenient shopping fresh from the farm. As you walk past the booths, you can be overwhelmed by the colors, aromas and variety of foods available. [...]

How to Stay Cool by the Pool with Summer Salads, Ceviches and Sips

Summer brings sweltering days, but it also offers respite from the high temperatures in the refreshing waters of the pool. Cool off with a delightful summer picnic poolside, with our ideas for salads, ceviches and sips to beat the heat. Cool Summer Salads Salads can be favorite additions to a summertime picnic or a main-course [...]

How to Plan an Eco-Friendly Wedding

Thinking About an Eco-Friendly Wedding? Here’s How to Pull it Off! With all the focus on green living and sustainability, a number of couples are looking at carrying that theme into their wedding. Having an eco-friendly wedding is easy with these tips: Recycle a Wedding Dress It used to be popular to pass down a [...]