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David Tutera’s Insider Wedding Tips

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Star of We tv‘s “My Fair Wedding,” (which chez vous Catering has been featured on) David Tutera is spilling some of his expert secrets and tips in this month’s Bazaar magazine.

Here are 10 of his top tips for planning the perfect wedding:

1. Before jumping into the details, take the time to envision the end result.

2. Remember, less can be more. All you have to do is stay thrifty with the money you have available to you.

3. All the details count when it comes to invitations. They should set a tone of excitement for the entire affair.

4. Ask for several correlating designs for your centerpieces. Doing so should cut costs and add depth to the aesthetic.

5. Pick a dress that compliments your body type. Know what works best for you to find a dress that truly is a “perfect fit.”

6. Hire enough makeup artists for your wedding and predetermine the order of appointments.

7. The food should convey your personality. Create a menu that is inspired by places and things enjoyed by you and your loved one.

8. Do something new every 30 minutes. A new drink, food item, lighting change; whatever it is, it will help to keep things fresh and your guests eagerly anticipating your next move.

9. Be sure to show appreciation by letting your guests know how much it means to you that they are all there to join you on your special day.

10. Enjoy every step of the way. Wedding planning should feel like an exciting series of events leading up to a grand finale.

More about My Fair Wedding & David Tutera

More about chez vous’ involvement with My Fair Wedding

The North Shore Restaurant Crawl Participating Restaurants

On Thursday night, chez vous caterers hosted the North Shore Business Association Restaurant Crawl Kickoff event. Event organizer, Ettore Mazzei combined the event with his monthly showcase tasting when bride’s & groom’s come sample house favorites.

Ettore assembled seven of the participating restaurants for the crawl to serve delectable delights. Gatsby’s on the Bay served a plum & crumbled goat cheese salad along with a mushroom pot pie. Owner Silva was on hand from Vida serving roasted vegetable cous cous. Vida is celebrating the Chopped win of their chef Sarah Pouzar.

New to the island, Toppings served a shrimp po boy and chef Warren from Daisy Duke Catering served up a slow cooked pulled pork. Tapas restaurant serve their house favorite paella & shrimp ajillo. Dock street was on hand with mini versions of old fashioned favorites, chicken & waffles served with southern gravy & grilled cheese with tomato & red pepper shooters. chez vous served hors d’oeuvres to include mini leek & red pepper empanadas, eggplant parmigiana, filet mignon on toast served with a horseradish mayo. Renowned cake designer Jackie Scaglione, who was featured on the Rachel Ray show,  provided delicious cake bites. Mango martini’s and banana colada martini’s were mixed with event sponsor Drink King Beverages.

All participating restaurants are excited to showcase their talents at this years crawl on Sunday April 6th 1pm to 5pm. There are 26 restaurants that foodies will crawl to, to taste their house favorite. Even Zagat Rated Beso, Bayou & Da Noi will be on hand serving their house favorites. To purchase tickets in advance for $15 visit  northshorecrawl.eventbrite.com. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the event at Edgewater Hall and Allstate 60 Bay Street starting at 11am for $20.

This year all of last years participating restaurants are coming back in addition to new comers Toppings, Pronto Pizza, Fire Grilled Burgers , Bay Street Soda Shoppe serving an old fashion egg creams and Daisy Duke’s BBQ among others.

Continue to check back for updates!

North Shore Restaurant Crawl Participating Restaurants 

 Restaurants are subjected to change. The final list will be provided on the day of the crawl.

Da Noi   138 Fingerboard Road   (718) 720 1650Untitled

The Phunky Elephant  1271 Bay Street   (718) 448 4282

Rosebank tavern 1258 Bay Street  718 447 9423

Bayou 1072 Bay Street (718) 273 4383

Bin 5   1223 Bay Street   (718) 448 7275

Bay Street Luncheonette & Soda Shop 1189 Bay Street (718) 720 0922

Dock Street Bar & Grill   691 Bay Street   (718) 727 dock

Gatsby’s on the Bay   695 Bay Street   (718) 4 Gatsbys

Tapas   661 Bay Street   (718) 448-5800

Wazobia 611 bay street (718) 682 1781

Vida 381 Van Duzer Street (718) 720 1501

120 Bay Café 120 Bay Street   (718) 273 7770

Pier76   76 Bay Street  (718) 447-7437

Karl’s Klipper  40 Bay Street  (718) 720 4442

Beso  11 Schuyler Street  (718) 816-8162

Ruddy & Dean  44 Richmond Terrace  (718) 816 4400

Jimmie Steiny’s Pub 3 hyatt street (718) 442 9526

Blue 1115 Richmond terrace  10301  (718) 273 7777

Pronto Pizza 1088 Bay Street (718) 442 3535

Jerry’s 637 Diner  637 Bay Street (718) 876 7685

Fire Grilled Burgers  1077 Bay Street (718) 816 1740

Toppings 704 Bay Street (347) 825 2697

Daisy Duke BBQ 691 Bay Street (718) 440 5205

Jackies Cake Boutique  1084 Bay Street (718) 477 1770

chez vous teams up with David Tutera for Monte Carlo inspired wedding

chez vous teams up with David Tutera for Monte Carlo inspired wedding

Melissa Mazzei & the staff of chez vous caterers teamed up with celebrity party planner David Tutera to cater Nicole & Dwayne’s Monte Carlo inspired wedding at the Prince George Ballroom in New York City.

What better way to celebrate a Monte Carlo themed wedding than by having chez vous ,a French catering company owed by an Italian family cater the wedding.

chez vous is French for, at your home or as we say in catering, at your location of choice. For over 28 years chez vous has been catering to the hip & stylish when celebrating their weddings and important events.

Monte Carlo lies in the French Riviera on the Mediterrean Sea coastline in the south east corner of France. It neighbors with Italy.

When creating a Monte Carlo menu, elegance and royalty are what comes to mind. What better than to start the meal with white gold, better know as Belgian Endive or French Endive.

Any Monte Carlo inspired menu would include the freshest fish from the region, a Wild Salmon will be served accompanied with side dishes from their Italian neighbor.

Dessert could have been none other than Crème Brulee topped with Italian Biscotti & Fresh Raspberries.

Nicole & Dwayne’s

Monte Carlo inspired menu
Cocktail Hour
Shrimp Cocktail on Endive
Lobster & Crab Voul au vent
Grilled Baby Lamb Chops Mint Demi Glace
Skewered Sesame Chicken Sauce Poivrade
Asparagus Flaky French Pastry Maltese Sauce
Filet Mignon on toast horseradish mayonnaise

ENDIVES AU BLEU
Endive, Blue Cheese, Candied Walnuts, Pears,
Lemon Orange Vinaigrette

GRILLED WILD SALMON
Processo Basil Butter Sauce
Pommes Anna, Broccoli Rabe

CREME BRULEE

Fresh Raspberries Almond Biscotti

BAR SERVICE

A Selection of French & Italian Wines
American Beer Sparkling & Flat Water

chez vous caterers Host North Shore Business Association Restaurant Crawl kickoff

chez vous caterers Host North Shore Business Association Restaurant Crawl kickoff 

Last night chez vous caterers hosted the North Shore Business Association Restaurant Crawl kickoff event. Event organizer Ettore Mazzei combined the event with his monthly showcase and dinner tasting  where potential customers enjoy an evening of sampling house favorites.

North Shore Business Association Restaurant Crawl

Ettore assembled seven of the participating restaurants for the crawl to serve delectable delights. Gatsby’s on the Bay served a plum & crumbled goat cheese salad along with a mushroom pot pie. Owner Silva was on hand from Vida serving roasted vegetable cous cous. Vida is celebrating the Chopped win of their chef Sarah Pouzar.

North Shore Business Association Restaurant Crawl

New to the island, Toppings served a shrimp po boy and chef Warren from Daisy Duke Catering served up a slow cooked pulled pork. Tapas restaurant serve their house favorite paella & shrimp ajillo. Dock street was on hand with mini versions of old fashioned favorites, chicken & waffles served with southern gravy & grilled cheese with tomato & red pepper shooters. chez vous served hors d’oeuvres to include mini leek & red pepper empanadas, eggplant parmigiana, filet mignon on toast served with a horseradish mayo. Reowned cake designer Jackie Scaglione, who was featured on the Rachel Ray show,  provided delicious cake bites. Mango martini’s and banana colada martini’s were mixed with event sponsor Drink King Beverages.

North Shore Business Association Restaurant Crawl

 

All participating restaurants are excited to showcase their talents at this years crawl on Sunday April 6th 1pm to 7pm. We have a various of restaurants that foodies will be able to taste from. Even Zagat Rated ones like Beso. To purchase tickets in advance for $15 visit http://northshorecrawl.eventbrite.com/?aff=estw

Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the event at Edgewater Hall starting at 11am for $20.

As featured on David Tutera’s My Fair Wedding chez vous caterers is proud to cater any wedding, baby shower, cock tail party etc. with elegant catering at inspiring prices. For details, please e-mail us at cvparties@gmail.com or call (718)-729-0900.

Catch Chez Vous at 2014 GLBT Expo Held at the Jacob Javit Center

Planning your  upcoming wedding and looking for elegant catering at inspiring prices?
Come visit chez vous caterers at the 21st Annual GLBT Expo on March 22-23,014 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

This is your opportunity to meet with chez vous representatives and have all of your questions answered.
All weddings and events booked at the expo will receive at 15% Off Discount! 

Catch Chez Vous at 2014 GLBT Expo Held at the Jacob Javit Center
38th & 11th Aves | New York City
Noon – 6PM
For more details please visit
www.OriginalGBLTExpo.com

chez vous caterers would like to congratulate Kevin and Miguel on their marriage. The couple sent over a touching thank you note to our staff for their efforts on their special day.

Dear Ettore,

Before the year comes to an end, we want to express our thanks to you for helping make 2011 an incredible year for us. We thank you for the wonderful food you provided for our reception. The work your staff put into servicing our guests was professional and attentive. Everyone commented on how much they loved everything that was served! Know that you will always be part of our fairy tale. We wish you a wonderful holiday season and the best in 2012. Please remember to believe in the magic of your dreams. They can come true.

Love,
Kevin and Miguel

Remember, chez vous catering and party rental is here for YOU! When it’s time to celebrate your special day, let us help you in planning out a wedding that will delight even the most-discerning of tastes. We’ll create the atmosphere you desire in your home, office, under a tent, or you may choose from one of our exclusive party spaces.

For more details on Chez Vous and Edgewater Hall
give us a call at (718)-720-0901 to schedule an appointment or book your next event.

Everything Is Cuter When Its Bitesized

Wouldn’t agree that when anything about food is miniature it most certainly is cuter. For example a pie will serve on estimate of eight people. Now shrink the full-size pie down so that’s small enough for guests to easily pop into their mouths in one or two bites. The same can be done with a variety of dishes such as burgers and French fries, tacos and even macaroni and cheese. Serving a miniature portion of a dish can turn something like a simple grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup into a fancy appetizer.

mini_burgers_and_fries1Cheese Burgers Sliders and Fries

mini-grilled-cheese (1)Miniature Grill Cheese

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mini-mac-n-cheeseMini Macaroni and Cheese

Miniature foods allow guests to sample an array of dishes, without spoiling their appetites. The bite-sized foods also mean less mess for guests and hosts. It is easy to see why the miniature food trend has caught on so quickly. Just make sure not to forget to downsize your desserts too.

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Bite Sized Mini Pies.

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Miniature Ice-Cream Cones

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Miniature Sugar Donuts

Wedding Season, Here Are Your 2014 Wedding Trends

2014 Wedding Trends

Engagement season is upon us. With the ball dropping on New Years Eve and with Valentines Day approaching, why not start considering the lavish details of your wedding.

1. Gold Is In: Adding a hint of gold to your wedding theme will increase the experience of any wedding. Always consider to follow the same wedding theme patter from  the wedding invitations, to the cake to your menu. Gold will be a nice added touch for any color scheme idea.

Wedding Invitation
Wedding Invitations

Wedding Cake
Gold Lined Wedding Cake

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Table placement

Mason Jars
Gold Mason Jar Center Piece

Wedding Reception

Gold Themed Reception Hall

2. Be A Kid Again: Allow your guests to have fun. Let your wedding be an experience where it allows them to some what be a kid again. Have different types of indulging stations to have a more festive effect.

Dessert Topping Bar

Dessert Topping Bar

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Rice Krispy Desert Bar

S'more
S’more Bar

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Ice Drink Bar

3. Food Centerpieces: Yes, we know. It may sound a bit different by why not? A great added touch to add uniqueness to your wedding experience. 

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4. Favorable Food Trends:

Margarita Shrimp with Jalepeno Lime Sorbet

Margarita Shrimp with Jalepeno Lime Sorbet

Mini Short Rib Tacos

Seasoned Short Rib Tacos

Baby Lamb Chops Stuffed With Crab

Baby Lamb Chops Stuffed With Crab

Apple Pie Pops

Apple Pie Pops

Chez Vous Aids In Casting For Award-Winning Local Film

This past Sunday, the local film “17 To Midnight” took home the award for Best Local Film at the Staten Island Film Festival.

The casting for which was done at our own chez vous catering hall/Edgewater Hall.

As well, the folks at NY1 came by chez vous to film a profile on some of the crew involved including Director Nick Caccese, Producer Gabriella Loutfi, and Executive Producer Carlo Montagnino.

chez vous offers their space for casting sessions, meetings, filming locals, as well as the more-traditional parties, gatherings, and weddings along with a full catering service.

Click Here to get started booking chez vous for your next big event.