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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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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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Fresh Wedding Menu Ideas

Mar 18, 2019 2:54:11 PM / by Maison Culinaire posted in International Cuisine, Special Occaisions, Weddings, Event Catering, Advice, Tips, Venue, Fresh, Wedding Menu

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There’s no such thing as the boring wedding reception any more. Nowadays, guests are wowed by the creative and fresh menu ideas that are popping up throughout our region. If you’re looking for creative ideas for your Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington D.C. wedding, try some of these, or ask our team at Maison Culinaire for our suggestions. After all, our catering team is known for its artistic food presentations and out-of-the-box creativity.

 

Some of the freshest wedding menu ideas include:

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2019 Corporate Catering Menu

Mar 17, 2019 10:56:00 AM / by Maison Culinaire posted in International Cuisine, Corporate Catering, menu, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Breakfast, Reception

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We at Maison Culinaire understand that our Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. clients are busy professionals demanding high quality food and timely service. Which is why we use the freshest ingredients and prepare each menu item daily.

Every so often, we like to update our corporate catering menu available to local Washington DC area businesses.

We strive to be your first and only Corporate Catering choice. Click the link to view our collection of menus below and give us a call for your next corporate event!

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How to Pick the Best Wedding Venue in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.

Mar 6, 2019 1:48:39 PM / by Maison Culinaire posted in International Cuisine, Special Occaisions, Weddings, Event Catering, Advice, Tips, Venue

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At Maison Culinaire, we are often asked “what are your favorite wedding venues?” Having catered weddings for decades throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC, we have worked in all types of wedding venues, from the most elegant to the charmingly rustic, so we don’t have one favorite, but many!

 

Brides and grooms look for special and unique places to hold their weddings and knowing that we are a full-service wedding caterer, they request our advice or recommendations. As a full-service wedding caterer, Maison Culinaire can help you plan your entire wedding, from choosing the venue to selecting the ideal menu, and everything in between. We have recommendations for vendors we’ve worked with and trust, and can even provide you with an all-inclusive package. Here are some of our tips for choosing the right wedding venue:

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Recipes: Irish Favorites

Feb 28, 2019 2:55:00 PM / by Maison Culinaire posted in International Cuisine, Holidays, Recipes, Special Occaisions, Dinner Ideas, Event Catering, St. Patrick's Day, Irish Favorites, March

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Get an early start on your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with a bit of Irish cooking…one of the many International cuisine options from Maison Culinaire. Enjoy our recipes for your own meals at home, or have us cater all of your local Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. March celebrations!

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Keto & Paleo Diet Catering

Feb 22, 2019 8:47:28 AM / by Maison Culinaire posted in International Cuisine, Engagement Dinner, Rehearsal Dinner, Day After Brunch, Weddings, Cocktail Hour, Diet, Keto, Paleo, Event Catering, Washington D.C, Northern Virginia, Maryland, Local

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With the popularity of the weight-loss Keto Diet and Paleo Diet, you might be wondering if your local Washington D.C. catering company can accommodate these special requests.

Our simple answer at Maison Culinaire is…of course we can! One of the pleasures of working with a local caterer is that you can custom design the menu you want. Choose from our array of delicious and fresh International cuisines, or let us design a menu that is sure to please any gathering.

But first, let’s learn more about these two diet trends...

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