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Champagne Bar by Jordan Caterers

Elizabeth Feeney and Don Garrett along with their Wedding Professionals

Elizabeth Feeney and Don Garrett along with their Wedding Team

This may or may not be Bruce Plotkin and His “Blondterage”

This week we joined forces with other wedding professionals in our community to host a Holiday Party for our clients , friends and colleagues.  It was a pleasure to work with Fresh Lime Events, Jordan Caterers and our Host The Plumed Serpent Lush Floral Design provided the decor , Bruce Plotkin and Karen Hill captured the night in film and The Cake Boutique provided amazing cupcakes and cookies.

I firmly believe in the strength of community and the success of our party was proof positive as to what we can achieve when we work together.  We are so very lucky in Connecticut to have amazing event professionals- even luckier to have some unbelievable clients that we are all proud to now call friends.  Enjoy the images and next year- won’t you join us?  Happy Holidays!


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Sweet Sally's

TRE friend ” Sweet Sally’s ” recently launched their online website. The baked goods are absolutely amazing. They make great holiday, hostess and client gifts! My favorite item is the Big Apple Crackle , it’s addicting.

Big Apple Crackle

To find out how to get yours, visit Sweet Sally’s website here.

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DCA Meadowlands

Last week I was very happy to attend the networking event at The Darien Community Center hosted by Roe and Bill of Festivities Catering. Festivities is the exclusive caterer at The DCA. Over 300 people attended. It was fabulous to see so many dear friends but to meet new colleagues as well. A big congratulations to the team at Festivities for a very successful event.

I snapped a few photo’s with my blackberry but must admit I did not get very many great shots. I will post the professional images when they are available.

Justin Marantz and Christopher [ I loved the Hat!! ]

Cole Slaw from The Fish and Chips Station

Jennifer Braga, Jerome Braga , Megan Dey and Robert Norman [ The Photog. Crew ]

Lindsey from Fresh Lime Events, DD Nickel – Beauty Queen, Lindsey from Sixpence and Jennifer Braga- photographer

Bosco and Roe thanking everyone for attending

This was a “must show” for me. DD Nickel was sporting this great vintage bag. It had a loop on the back of it that she wore on her wrist. I was dying over it !!

Alison from The Plumed Serpent, Jamie from Jamie Collins Photography and Your Truly – Special Votive lighting provided by Jerome Braga.

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Join some of our favorite Connecticut Caterers and Restaurants: including [ Watson’s Catering , DaPietro, Ginger Man, Sweet Lisa’s, and many more …] as they support this great event!

Thursday, June 18
6-9 pm
Hilton Stamford Hotel
Stamford, Connecticut

Tickets and more information are available on the Lower Fairfield County Food Bank Site

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We are pleased to announce that The Plumed Serpent is hosting
a Bridal Gown Sample Sale
Wednesday May 6th-Sunday May 10th

Bridal Gowns are featured at 30-80% off of retail pricing

featuring : Anne Barge, Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang, Rosa Clara,
Rivini and many more!

Ring a Stylist for your Personal Appointment| 203.226.9868
All Brides are entered into a drawing to win a complimentary veil and headpiece!

The Plumed Serpent
295 Post Road East
Westport , Connecticut

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Last month I blogged about a past ARAMARK colleague and friend Chris Santos who now is Executive Chef and Owner of Stanton Social on the lower east side in NYC.

Today I want to introduce you to another colleague who worked with us at ARAMARK and is also a graduate of the same Hospitality School I attended ; The University of Massachusetts, at Amherst.

Jeff Benjamin

Jeff has always stood out in my mind as a consummate professional with a refined taste and passion for fine service, food and wine. He also devotes a great deal of time and energy towards philanthropic pursuits.

 I once organized a holiday celebration for impoverished children in Brooklyn, NY and Jeff was one of the first people who said he would attend and assist in this effort. Our Brooklyn event was more than 10 years ago and I will never forget Jeff’s generosity. I will also never forget him introducing me to “Jack on Ice”, which I still enjoy today [wink].

Jeff pictured above at an Alex’s Lemonade Stand event which he generously supports

Jeff enjoyed a successful career at ARAMARK and has continued to excel since leaving . He is now  co-owner of two of the best restaurants in Philadelphia. Vetri and Osteria

” Probably the best Italian Restaurant in America” 
-Alan Richman, Bon Appetit 2005
When visiting Vetri make sure to try the Spinach Gnocchi , which are like little pillows of spinach and ricotta in brown butter.  Vetri is an intimate restaurant that offers the Chef’s Grand Tasting on weekends.  Venture for a fabulous bottle of wine – there are more than 5,000 bottles in their wine cellar .  A great choice for a romantic dinner or intimate gathering of friends and family.

James Beard Nominated BEST NEW RESTAURANT 2008
The Wood Burning Stove is the stand out at Osteria.  I will be visiting Osteria the first weekend in May and can not wait to try the Classic Margherita Pizza. They are also known for their Wood Grilled Octopus, which I am hoping my girlfriends will enjoy.  All of the Pasta is of course homemade and with enough notice you can request a seat at the Kitchen table which seats 14 for a special Private Dining Experience.
Congratulations on all of your success Jeff – Cheers!
For Reservations and Catering Inquiries
Vetri  | 1312 Spruce Street | 215.732.3478
Osteria | 640 North Broad Street |215.763.0920

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Banchet Flowers

Julie , Alex and I were thrilled to attend a recent Soiree at Banchet Flowers in New York City. It was a great night that highlighted many of our favorite wedding professionals including Ron Ben-Israel, Shiraz Catering, and Something Different Party Rental.

Banchet Jaigla is not only an extremely talented floral designer in the city but she also has an amazing space to host events. With over 18,000 square feet of modular space it is ideal for : fashion shows, weddings, photo shoots, private parties and so much more.

Erik Ekroth, from Erik Ekroth Photography captured the highlights of the event and was kind enough to share the photographs included in this blog. Erik is a new friend to TRE having just met this past Fall at a Bridal Fashion Show he was shooting in the city. We look forward to working with Erik in the future.

It was a great party, thank you for inviting us!

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