Tips from Steve

Some of the latest ideas for food include the following:

  • Small plates are more popular than ever
  • Food and beverage pairing stations
  • Roaming buffets
  • Miniature anything
  • Locavore menu planning – all items sourced locally
  • Late night snacks for weddings
  • Family style service
  • Carts & food trucks (DeAngelo’s Catering has options for your event)
  • Seasonal food choices
  • Eco friendly concepts
  • Salads served in jars
  • Restaurant style foods for catered events
  • Unique serving vessels for presentation
  • Dessert options rather than cake for weddings
  • Specialty cocktails made by professional mixologists
  • Stylish buffet stations with a theme
  • Boutique beers from true craft breweries
  • Liquor produced locally
  • Sustainable seafood choices
  • Locally raised meats
  • Produce from area farms
  • Gluten free menu items
  • Smaller protein portions
  • Slider stations


DeAngelo’s Catering and Events updates our menus seasonally and annually. We stay abreast of the newest ideas by attending national conferences, subscribing to publications and being a part of local and national organizations that track these trends on our customer’s behalf.  Call our offices at 503-620-9020 to speak to one of our event professionals.


DeAngelo’s Catering and Events offers the following advice for planning an affair to remember that stays within budget.

  • Plan outside of the normal season for savings (June through September).
  • If summer is your only choice – look beyond Saturdays – midweek weddings are more popular than ever and can allow for better pricing.
  • Consider daytime weddings and use a brunch or lunch style menu.
  • Hold the wedding at the home of a family member or private estate.
  • Plan ahead – premium dates go fast.
  • Review the catering deposit amount – DeAngelo’s Catering policy is just 10% of invoice total to “save the date”. Many caterers charge 50% of the invoice to secure services.
  • Understand the term “service fee or service charge” many times this is based on a variety of items and sometimes attached to the entire invoice- standard rates are now 15-25%. DeAngelo’s Catering charges an 18% service charge on food & beverage totals only.
  • Menu selection is critical to overall costs; consider these alternatives to “dinner style” menus: Brunch, Lunch, Garden Parties, and Afternoon Tea, Cocktail or Dessert only receptions.
  • Limit alcohol selections – Beer & Wine are less expensive than hard liquor.
  • Serve a “specialty cocktail” if hard liquor is a must as a first drink.
  • Choose menus that reflect seasonal choices.
  • Consider small plates, stations or reduce protein portion sizes.
  • Invite carefully – weddings are celebrations for close friends and family members. Caterers usually charge “per head”.
  • Children- If you are having them, track their ages- some instances this can result in cost savings. Also consider their food choices when menu planning.
  • Remember that cheaper isn’t better – do not settle for less than you expect
  • Create a realistic catering budget; a good starting point is to consider you are buying everyone in attendance a meal & drinks. Ask yourself how do you like to dine? And where?
  • Realize all the extras beyond food & beverages, linens, service ware, canopies, lighting, delivery fees, and servers are just a few of the normal items that affect overall event costs.
  • Eliminate alcohol altogether, serve upscale nonalcoholic beverages as an alternative.
  • Use price ranges when budgeting. Create a comfort zone that you can afford to spend.
  • Separate your needs from your wants when budgeting. Consider the must haves, the nice to haves, and the items you can eliminate.
  • Consider dessert alternatives to traditional cakes.
  • Use creative partners that offer bundled services or one stop shopping.

The following guidelines are designed to assist you in creating a memorable experience for you and your guests. Call the team of experts at DeAngelo’s Catering and Events at 503-620-9020 for a no obligation consultation.

Picnic Ideas

With companies all over the world cutting back on expenses, many are searching for unique ways to entertain for staff, associates and families for less. We here at DeAngelo’s Catering & Events offer these helpful ideas to assist our customers.

  1. Invite your clients as well as employees to the picnic as an alternative to more expensive events that may be held in off premise locations. Turn the event towards family oriented foods & activities
  2. Hold the event on your premise and show off your space to attendees. Offer plant or facility tours to families & guests. Use the parking lot, green space, entry lawn or a combination of your facilities. This option will assist in reducing expense and capture premium dates without sharing park space with other groups.
  3. Ask your vendors for raffle drawings or door prizes as a way to subsidize gift giving to attendees. Some of our clients have spent thousands of dollars on this portion of their event. Others go to their vendors whom they pay regularly and “ask” for contributions. Televisions, IPODS, notebook computers and Bar-be-queue equipment and gift cards are popular items to request.
  4. Create a “green team”. Step up recycling efforts, compost food waste. Use sustainable giveaways as gifts to attendees. Sustainability is the wave of the future as well as “greening events”. Let our staff show you how!
  5. Tie a “cause” to your event. All non profit agencies need assistance in these trying economic times. Support local shelters, food banks. Keep support local whenever possible. Put the boss in the dunk tank, donate the money to play to charity.
  6. Have the Ice Cream truck visit! Everyone loves ice cream!
  7. Use a station format with “concession style foods”. Think burgers or sliders, hot dogs & sausages, pizza by the slice, yaki soba noodle stir fry w/ chicken skewers,
  8. Another low cost menu suggestion is to provide “slider stations”. Pulled Pork, teriyaki chicken, burgers, mini subs, sausages and meatball sandwiches are all popular “mini versions”. Scale down the portions and increase the quantity served!
  9. Theme the event – we offer many “non traditional” menus for picnics. Try a Locavore menu, Italian bistro, Mexican Fiesta, or Tropical Theme to bring new concepts to your annual event. Add activities and color schemes that coincide.
  10. Offer child friendly services. Cookie decorating station, special seating, add fun menus with macaroni and cheese, mini corn dogs and healthy snacks as a starting point.

Five additional services we can offer for your event:

  1. Restroom and hand washing station rentals (including trailers with running water!)
  2. Garbage collection, recycling, composting services.
  3. Activities, games and entertainment for adults and children.
  4. Site survey analysis to “map out” your event space.
  5. One stop shopping ~ Food, beverages, entertainment, canopy rentals, tables, chairs, props, theme décor items, stages, sound systems, parking and transportation, and more! You name it; we can supply it for your event in most instances!


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A How to Guide

1. Buy foods in season & learn to enjoy!
2. Support & visit local farms – understand & learn about where your food comes from.
3. Check out farm stands & CSA’S (community supported agriculture) as well as consider joining buying clubs.
4. Become a local “hunter-gatherer” – learn the seasons on what is available when & where in your region. Pick your
5. Feast on locavore cuisine often – cook as much as you can locally & share with others!
6. Party on locally; focus on local foods for family gatherings, fundraisers, and community events. Hire a caterer who follows this mission as well when necessary.
7. Teach your children – engaging the next generations are most important for saving our planet Earth. Use your family, classroom & children’s sporting events as a starting point!
8. Search out local foods when dining out. Make choices to dine by local owned establishments that support foods that have a sustainable impact.
9. Start a garden – grow your own – it cost less and the rewards feel great. Raised beds, small plots, patio pots, windowsills and community gardens all count!
10. Volunteer – start or support your local farmers market, community gardens, and schools, – it shows you care!
11. Support your community – use your network to recycle, reuse & reduce wasted items by giving to local food pantry’s, community gardens, shelters, etc…Check out .
12. Eat & serve less meat – offer greater portions of vegetables & fruit – remember the food pyramid rule of thumb of 5-6 servings per day!
13. Give local foods as gifts from your home or region – homemade jams, cobblers, cookies, local beer & wines, herb gardens and lettuce bowls are gifts that are always appreciated!
14. Practice Agri tourism – research local foods from the region your visiting while away. Artisan cheeses, local charcuteries, wineries, farms, nurseries, bakeries, markets, candy factories, fruit stands, wineries & breweries are just a starting point!
15. Make a difference by sharing your new found treasures & passion with your community – friends, family, school, & community. Get others involved!

Call DeAngelo’s Catering & Events to serve local, seasonal, regional and sustainable cusine at your next event!

These are difficult times. Remember each who has passed was a mother, daughter,  father, son , sister, brother, relative, friend, co worker, or acquaintance to someone who may be in attendance to pay their last respects.

Frame the event as a celebration of this persons life. Share old photo’ s, awards, career achievements, love of hobbies and interests plus anything that will help us honor these individuals.

Locations to gather post service may be the funeral home, church hall, a rented facility, a loved ones home, parks, travel hotels, and a host of other facilities.

Plan foods and beverages according to time of day. Because many of these types of events are held early in the day; menus revolve around luncheons, snacks, brunch, appetizer and sweet style menus. When planning, consider the fact you as the planner can only use best estimates as to how many may be in attendance. Utilize food items that will offer latitude to accept extra guests should you have that demand. Offer a variety of beverages including alcohol when appropriate. Consider the ages of the attendees (from young to old in most instances).  Choices that allow something for everyone is best.

Thoughts about timing and coordination. If the family chooses to go graveside  after the event, you may not capture all the attendees who have come to pay last respects. A neighbor or family friend may be enlisted to unlock a facility or home as so your vendors may be prepared for early arriving guests.

Other suggestions to make an affair to remember include: memory note trees, multi media presentations, slide shows, honoring by inclusion of favorite foods or recipes,  and inclusion of  children and speakers.

DeAngelos’s  Catering and Events offers venue referral and booking services, audio visual services, food beverage, florals and staffing resources. Please call our sales office @ 503-620-9020 to talk with a sales professionals.