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We Attended WeddingWire World 2016!

This year, we sent a member of our team to WeddingWire World. 

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 5.16.49 PMFrom February 9-11, 2016, one of Jimmy Duffy’s own (Sarah!) attended WeddingWire World outside of Washington D.C. at the Gaylord National Harbor Hotel. For those who aren’t familiar, the conference is for industry professionals who get to spend time learning from some of the best in the bridal and wedding business through lectures, breakout sessions and networking, which was fascinating because it made everyone aware of different trends by location.

Featured speakers such as Shawn Johnson, Bethenny Frankel and Monte Durham inspired attendees with their wisdom and insights into business, branding and shared humorous tales and stories of how they got to the top. Sarah said that she loved hearing the guest speakers because they were so inspiring.

Sarah was excited to report that there was an emphasis on same-sex marriage, and how the industry recognizes that there is a major market for it right now (yay!). **For other professionals who are interested in learning more, please consider visiting Gay Weddings‘ site – Kathryn Hamm was one of the amazing guest speakers.

Valentine's Day Cocktail and Dessert | Jimmy Duffy Catering

Valentine’s Day is meant to be shared, just like these tasty treats we’re filling you in on.

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Ah, love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and whether you’re planning on going out for dinner or spending a low-key evening at home, we have a couple of festive ideas to share with you to make your day a little bit sweeter. We’re big fans of dessert and signature cocktails, and so we’re bringing these concepts to you with a special Valentine’s Day twist.

For our “Mint To Be” cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

1/4 cup Mint-Infused Simple Syrup (plus a little extra for glass rim)

3 Chocolate Cookies, finely crushed (we recommend Nabisco Famous Wafers)

10 Raspberries 

1/4 Cup Vodka 

2 Tablespoons Cranberry Juice 

Ice 

Directions

  1. Fill a shallow dish with enough simple syrup to just cover the bottom. Place crushed cookies into a different shallow dish. Invert a martini glass into simple syrup, then immediately into crushed cookies to coat the rim of the glass.
  2. Place raspberries in a cocktail shaker; crush with a muddler. Add simple syrup and muddle again. Add vodka and cranberry juice; fill shaker with ice. Shake well until chilled. Strain into prepared martini glass. Serve (and enjoy!) immediately.

What’s a cocktail without a sweet treat to accompany it? Below, you’ll find our delicious brownie recipe.

Ingredients 

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter

8 ounces plus 6 ounces Hershey’s semisweet chocolate chips 

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate 

3 extra-large eggs

1 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee granules, such as Nescafe 

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 

5-6 ounces good caramel sauce, such as Fran’s 

2-3 teaspoons flaked sea salt, such as Maldon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9x12x1 1/2 in. baking pan.
  2. Melt the butter, 8 ounces of chocolate chips and the unsweetened chocolate together in a medium bowl (set over simmering water). Allow to cool for 15 min. In a large bowl, stir (do not beat) together the eggs, coffee, vanilla and sugar. Stir the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature (see note below).
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together 1/2 cup of the flour, baking powder and salt and add to the chocolate mixture. Toss the remaining 6 ounces of chocolate chips and remaining 2 tablespoons of flour in a medium bowl and add them to the chocolate mixture. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 35 min., until a toothpick comes out clean. Don’t over bake!
  5. As soon as the brownies are out of the oven, place the jar of caramel sauce without the lid in a microwave and heat just until it’s pourable. Stir until smooth. Drizzle the caramel evenly over the hot brownies and sprinkle with the sea salt. Cool completely and cut into 12 bars.
  6. For an added Valentine’s Day flair, use a small heart-shaped cutter, to serve bite-sized pieces. Place a toothpick through the heart-shaped brownie and rest over a shot of Yard’s Love Stout or a glass of your favorite bubbly.

** Note: You’ll want to find true caramel sauce rather than dulce de leche, which has a lot of milk or cream added. Fran’s can be ordered here. Also, it’s really important to let the batter cool completely before adding the chocolate chips, or the chips will melt and ruin the brownies. 

 

Jimmy Duffy Catering Named Exclusive Caterer for Historic Yellow Springs

For years, Jimmy Duffy Catering has been working with the Historic Yellow Springs team as a preferred caterer for their event venue, The Washington at Historic Yellow Springs. As of January 1st, 2016, we are pleased to announce that we have been named the exclusive caterer for the venue.

We are truly honored to have been selected and are eager to bring our passion for unparalleled food and event management to this secluded and historic gem in Chester County, PA.

Historic Yellow Springs‘ mission is “to share, preserve, and celebrate the unique living village of Yellow Springs. Focusing on history, arts, education, and the environment, Historic Yellow Springs enriches the lives of all who come here”. We look forward to bringing clients and guests alike to experience this venue for themselves as they celebrate and create new memories of their own, adding to the rich history of the village.

Craft Forms

We had the pleasure of working at the Wayne Art Center a few weeks ago. And we were fortunate enough to be a part of their 2015 Craft Forms gallery opening. When creating the menu for this event, we were asked to push the Wayne Art Center outside their comfort zones, along with our own. From the hors d’oeuvres to the main course, I think we exceeded everyone’s expectations. Below you will find a wonderful video created, to showcase the event. Enjoy!

Craft Forms 2015

 

Downton Abbey Special Event

We are very proud and honored to be a part of the final season of Downton Abbey. Partnered with Excelsior and WITF, we will be hosting a screening of the Downton Abbey series finale on March 6, 2016. Followed by a delicious themed meal, for ticket information please visit the WITF site.

2015 Event Season

Now that we are winding down with the 2015 season, I thought I’d share some of the highlights and major moments that our team help to create. It has truly been an honor and a privilege to share in these wonderful memories.

Carpenters Hall is always a beautiful place to work, the history alone make the space shine. But add in the talents of Michelle Lee Entertainment, paired with the brains of Jimmy Duffy Catering. And you have a stellar garden party.

From barns, historic landmarks to modern day buildings, to weddings, social events and corporate parties. We’ve covered them all this past year. And we look forward to what next year will bring.

 

We even got the chance to have a little play time. And create some new food shots, as well as stage a styled shoot for our new venue Excelsior. Looking back on all these wonderful moments, has been a real treat. 2015 was a great year for creativity and pushing our limits. We are looking forward to 2016 and to all the new challenges it may bring. Thank you to all who helped make this year happen.

 

 

Carpenters Hall

This month we are featuring the beautiful Carpenters Hall. Great for corporate events, and small gatherings. Our Sales Executive Sarah Blackwell, had the pleasure of chatting with Alicia Bono (Marketing Developer) to gain some insight on what it’s like to work at such an amazing venue.

 

1. My most memorable event to date was a recent celebration regarding achievements within the Sciences. The decor elements – color scheme, flowers, and locally sourced menu all combined to make an incredibly elegant (and delicious!) presentation which paired wonderfully with the Hall. The guests were scholars and supporters from all over the world, and they took an immense interest in The Carpenters’ Company’s antique book collection upstairs in the library. Lots of enthusiastic conversation ensued; they were a wonderful crowd to host and their enjoyment was apparent. Nights like that provide true job satisfaction.
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2. I really enjoy the stillness and quiet of the mornings in the nearly 250 year old Georgian building, before the hours of visitation. It’s surrounded by Independence National Historical Park, which is one of the most lovely urban national parks, so the Hall looks almost like a country estate in the heart of the city. Its interesting to imagine the known events that took place here: the delegates of the First Continental Congress deliberating, Ben Franklin lending out his books upstairs. I’m sure the Hall holds many secrets that will remain forever concealed within history.
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3. Fun Facts about Carpenters’ Hall – Constructed in 1774 by an early American trade guild of Master Builders known as The Carpenters’ Company, Carpenters’ Hall is one of the earliest and for some time was the largest rental venue in Philadelphia. What many people don’t know is that the Hall is still owned and operated by the The Carpenters’ Company today; they meet in the Hall 4 times each year, their priority being to preserve it for generations to come. They open the doors of the Hall to some 150,000 visitors yearly to share their unique role within American history, free of admission. The hall is still available for event rentals for corporations and non-profit organizations.
A few more facts should you have interest:
Carpenters’ Hall has hosted and been temporary home to many venerable organizations such as:
The First Continental Congress
Ben Franklin’s Library Company
The American Philosophical Society
The First War Department
The First Bank of the United States
The Second Bank of the United States
The Musical Fund Society
The Franklin Institute
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For information please contact ChristyThompson at 215.925.0167 or email christythompson@carpentershall.com

DCCA Spring Fundraiser

This years DCCA Spring Fundraiser was amazing! I mean you can’t go wrong with DogFish Head Beer paired with our food. But the event was an amazing collaboration of many minds and helped to raise a lot of money for the DCCA and all of the amazing 3D artists that were exhibiting. A special thank you to Suzanne Baker, for taking some amazing shot of the space, food and the art. I could go on and on about how amazing everything was, so why don’t I just show you…

 

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