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Maison Culinaire

A luxury catering firm for weddings, special events and corporate events, in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County, Maryland.

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5 Ways to Save Money on Wedding Catering

May 20, 2019 1:15:46 PM / by Maison Culinaire posted in International Cuisine, Catering, Weddings, Fresh, Washington D.C, Northern Virginia, Maryland, Artistry, Special Events, Food, Service, Ingredients

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One of the largest expenses you have with a wedding is the catering. You want to provide an excellent reception for your guests, but you also need to make sure you stay within your budget. Here are 5 ways to save money on wedding catering.

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Are Fresh Ingredients Really Better for Catering?

May 20, 2019 1:15:11 PM / by Maison Culinaire posted in International Cuisine, Catering, Corporate Catering, Weddings, Fresh, Washington D.C, Northern Virginia, Maryland, Artistry, Special Events, Food, Service, Community, Clean Eating, Ingredients

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When we say our food is fresh, you can believe it is as fresh as if we picked it that morning. The brightness of flavor and colorful appearance can only come from the freshest ingredients. If we can’t grow it ourselves, we work with local vendors known for the highest-quality ingredients. Are fresh ingredients better for catering? You bet!

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Catering Ideas for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

May 10, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Maison Culinaire posted in International Cuisine, Catering, Holidays, Corporate Catering, Weddings, Washington D.C, Northern Virginia, Maryland, Artistry, Special Events, Food, Service, Mother's Day, Family, Father's Day

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Back to back, in the months of May and June, dates are set aside to celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. They are a time to reflect on the love and sacrifices your parents and grandparents gave to ensure that you had a good life. They are also a time to gather the family together for a celebration of life.

 

Rather than have mom spend the day at the stove, or dad at the grill (not to stereotype!), why not spoil them a little bit and cater your Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebrations. Here are some great ideas that will get your imagination flowing.

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Our International Community in Washington D.C Wants International Cuisine

May 6, 2019 2:14:01 PM / by Maison Culinaire posted in International Cuisine, Catering, Corporate Catering, Weddings, Washington D.C, Northern Virginia, Maryland, Artistry, Special Events, Food, Service, Community

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Living and working here in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, we are surrounded by people from different cultures. Between the job opportunities and the DC Embassies, you are likely to hear a number of different accents, and delight in the various styles of our varied cultures. One thing this international community wants is international cuisine—which is a specialty of Maison Culinaire.

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Catering Plus from Maison Culinaire

Apr 22, 2019 10:09:00 AM / by Maison Culinaire posted in Catering, Corporate Catering, Weddings, Washington D.C, Northern Virginia, Maryland, Artistry, Special Events, Food, Service

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Maison Culinaire has built up a solid reputation as a caterer for weddings, corporate, and special events. We are known for our International cuisine, impeccable food, artistry and flawless service, but did you know that Maison Culinaire also goes the extra mile to provide everything you might need for your special event? It’s Catering Plus—your one-stop resource.

There are so many elements to pulling off a memorable affair and the details of hiring, coordinating and arranging things like tables and chairs, flower arrangements and entertainment can be overwhelming. That’s why we offer assistance in providing some of these extra services ourselves, and arranging and recommending vendors.

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5 Ways to Spice up your Corporate Catered Lunch Menu

Apr 17, 2019 9:59:20 AM / by Maison Culinaire posted in Corporate Catering, Boxed Lunches, Tips, menu, Lunch, Fresh, Favorite Recipes, business, corporate

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Tired of the same old sandwich choices? Don’t have time to go out for lunch? Need to feed a team quickly and efficiently? Then why not cater in a corporate lunch?!

There are many reasons and ways to hold a corporate catered lunch, ranging from the ultra-casual to an impressive formal affair for clients. Many corporate lunches are provided so that your office team can keep working through a meeting or event without having to leave the premises. We’ll present those ideas in this post. There are many options available.

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Easter Morning Menu Must Haves

Apr 8, 2019 10:04:00 AM / by Maison Culinaire posted in Special Occaisions, Tips, menu, Breakfast, Fresh, Spring Catering, Favorite Recipes, Spring, Brunch, Easter

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Easter is often one of those holidays where family and friends gather together to celebrate not only the religious aspects of the day, but the fun generated by the Easter bunny. There are sure to be brightly-colored eggs and chocolate bunnies in the mix.

Whatever you’re planning, the get-together is sure to revolve around the meal. That’s why we at Maison Culinaire thought we’d offer up some Easter brunch menu ideas.

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How to Order the Perfect Amount of Food for Your Locally Catered Event

Apr 5, 2019 9:46:54 AM / by Maison Culinaire posted in Catering, Corporate Catering, Special Occaisions, Event Catering, Advice, Tips, Spring Catering

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When you host a special event, wedding or corporate event you want to make sure that you have enough food for everyone you’re expecting. There’s nothing worse than running out of food mid-way through. Working with a professional, local caterer like Maison Culinaire makes this job easier because we are used to catering large events and work with a formula guaranteed to supply enough food for all.

Here’s how to determine how much food you need for your catered event.

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Colleen & Chandler's Special Fall Wedding

Mar 26, 2019 10:30:48 AM / by Maison Culinaire posted in Event Catering

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We could describe all the steps it takes for a great caterer to create the perfect wedding, but while we’ve done it hundreds of times, the reality is that like creating great food, there is a special alchemy that happens when the special couple connects with their special caterer.

What follows is the true story of a wedding that began in the Spring of 2018, and culminated in a glorious Fall wedding at a scenic winery in the quaint Northern Virginia town of Lovettsville, between Washington, D.C., and Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.
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Our Favorite Spring Catering Recipes

Mar 26, 2019 10:29:28 AM / by Maison Culinaire posted in International Cuisine, Special Occaisions, Event Catering, Tips, Fresh, Spring Catering, Favorite Recipes, Spring

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Now that winter is past and the days are longer and warmer, our thoughts turn to the spring harvest. Even this time of year there are plenty of fresh ingredients we can use to create our delicious catering foods here at Maison Culinaire.

 

Foods that can be harvested in the spring include: kale, rhubarb, asparagus, spring cabbage, parsnips, leeks, spring onions, spinach, onions and radishes. Let’s look at a few of our favorite recipes (sized for home use) that use these ingredients.

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