The Fabulous Foods of Canopy Rose Catering

Beautiful...Fresh...Delicious Food ...Popping with Pizzazz!

So what is it that sets the catering and event design of Canopy Rose apart from other Tallahassee area caterers? Is it passion, culinary creativity, extraordinary experience? What is that special something that makes Canopy Rose Catering stand head and shoulders above the crowd of caterers? We cordially invite you to scroll, scroll, scroll through all our deliciousness and taste our fabulousness for yourself.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Learn The Art of Food Styling with Kathi Dameron

Learn the Art of Food Styling this Spring from food stylist, special event designer and caterer Kathi Dameron.

The Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company will be the setting of a series of classes in Spring 2008 demonstrating Kathi's artistic techniques, strategies and secrets for Creating The Wow!

For more information contact the Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company at 850-539-7750 and request information specifically on upcoming food styling classes by Kathi Dameron.

Florida-Based Food Stylist For Hire

Looking for a creative food stylist to create compelling artistic creations for your upcoming project? Kathi Dameron is a freelance Florida-based food stylist offering food styling, food writing and food publicity for cookbooks, magazines, newspapers, film, television, video and internet media. Will travel.

For portfolio contact:

Chef Kathi at canopyrose@aol.com or at 850-539-7750

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Holiday Gift Certificates For Private Cooking Classes With Tallahassee Area Chef Kathi Dameron

When you give someone a meal, they eat for a day. But when you teach someone how to cook a meal, they eat for a lifetime. It is this philosophy that has led to the creation of the Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company, an exciting unique new food adventure in Havana, Florida.

This holiday season why not give the gift of cooking classes to a special friend, loved one or even yourself?

Holiday Gift Certificates For Private Cooking Classes with Tallahassee area chef, caterer, event designer, food stylist and food writer Kathi Dameron are available through Kathi Dameron & Associates.

Classes include:

1.) One-on-one instruction

2.) Recipe hand-outs to take home

3.) One pan of what is prepared during the lesson to take home

Gift Certificate Price: $225.00 (This price is based on Kathi's regular consulting rate of $75 per hour. This includes 1 hour class, 1.5 hour lesson planning and preparation, ingredients and materials.)

For further information contact Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company at 850-539-7750.

Special note: If you offer a business product or service and found us through an Internet search, did you know that we can provide blog postings and links that will lead customers to your website. Kathi Dameron and Associates provides blogging services for a dazzling array of services from gourmet products to healing rehabs.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Catering For Special Events in Florida's Capital Region

Shopping for party vendors for a special event in the Capital City region of North Florida or South Georgia?

Don't let the orchestration of planning an event, legislative function or wedding bring on a migraine - call on the Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company to help you!

We offer full event orchestration and catering services. For customized menus designed especially for your event and budget, call Tallahassee area event designer Kathi Dameron at 850-539-7750.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

What's Hot In Catered Christmas Parties in 2007?


The hottest news in catered Christmas Parties in North Florida and South Georgia for 2007 is that long-time Tallahassee caterer and event designer, Kathi Dameron is opening the exciting Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company just in time for the holiday season.

For a customized menu designed exclusively for your event contact Kathi at canopyrose@aol.com.

The new Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company is located at 101 West Seventh Avenue in downtown Havana, Florida.

We serve the Florida Capital Region, North Florida and South Georgia.
Photo Credit: Kilian Zsuzsanna (Budapest, Hungary)

Elegant Catering For Formal Occasions In North Florida & South Georgia

Elegant Customized Catering For The Most Special Days of Your Life!

Sweet Sixteen Birthday Parties
Graduation Celebrations
Junior - Senior Prom
Debutante Balls
Homecoming
Black Tie Dinners
Romantic Wedding Proposal Dinners
Engagement Parties
Wedding Rehearsal Dinners
Wedding Receptions
Anniversary Parties
Christening Luncheons
Quincenera Celebrations
Bar & Bat Mitzvahs
Holiday Open Houses
Grand Openings
Social, Political, Legislative and Corporate Catering With Great Style and Pizzazz By Chef Kathi Dameron.

Caterer:

Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company
101 West Seventh Avenue
Havana, Florida 32333
canopyrose@aol.com

We are located in a historic old bank building in the quaint village of Havana, Florida.

Canopy Rose caters elegant events at your location or ours.

Canopy Rose serves the communities of Tallahassee, Havana, Quincy, Bainbridge, Thomasville, Quitman, Moultrie, Monticello, Crawfordville, Panacea, St. George Island, and other nearby North Florida and South Georgia cities and towns.

Photo Credit: Jan Sundstedt (Linkoping, Ostergotland, Sweden)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Give The Gift of Private or Small Group Cooking Classes

Looking for a holiday, wedding or special occasion gift for a loved one that won't rust away or gather dust?

Why not give the gift of private or small group cooking classes with Chef Kathi Dameron of the exciting new Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company!

The gift of recreational culinary instruction will surely be one of the most delicious and smart gifts you could possibly give.

We offer Custom-Tailored Gift Certificates for the Coolest Christmas Present of 2007, located in the quaint town of Havana, Florida we are centrally located to serve North Florida and South Georgia.

Contact Kathi Dameron at 850-539-7750

Creative Holiday Catering In The Tallahassee Area

Delight your guests taste buds this holiday season with the delicious foods of Chef Kathi Dameron.

For a unique customized menu based on exquisite food and designed with great style and pizzazz, call Kathi at 850-539-7750.

Kathi Dameron was a long-time Tallahassee, Florida area caterer who owned Canopy Rose Catering. A few years ago she shuttered her business so that she could concentrate her energies on other creative pursuits.

In the autumn of 2007 she discovered a wonderful business location in the quaint town of Havana, Florida and began implementing a business plan to open the exciting new Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company.

In addition to offering exclusive, high-end catering and special event orchestration, this new business will offer an exciting menu of fabulous food-related services. The culinary studio will serve as the setting for cooking classes, make and take workshops, special food events, private tasting parties, photo styling, cookbook writing collaborations, public relations, marketing and advertising.

We have several local food personalities who are very interested in coming in to teach cooking classes. We are currently putting together our 2008 class schedule. We would love your input on classes you might enjoy taking!

Our chief objective with this business is to be a collaborative community pursuit with a delicious food-related flavor. We believe in a win-win-win philosophy. While we have decided to add catering into the mix of our services because we have such a solid foundation in the area of catered functions, we are not at all interested in being the biggest or busiest caterer in the North Florida - South Georgia region. Been there, done that! Therefore, we are happy to promote other capital area caterers and food purveyors who also set high standards for culinary excellence.

The new Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company is also a great place to learn the art of catering through our How To Open A Catering Business Seminar Series.

As you can see, there are many exciting things a-coming!

Exciting New Tallahassee Area Food Business To Open For The Holidays

Tallahassee food publicist, newspaper columnist, caterer and chef-instructor Kathi Dameron is opening an exciting new food business.

Business Name: Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio & Catering Company

Location: 101 West Seventh Avenue, Havana Florida

Services: Catering, Special Events, Dream Wedding Receptions, Cooking Classes, Workshops, Guest Chef Culinary Demonstrations, Food Events, Tasting Parties, Cookbook Collaborations, Food Writing, Photo Styling, Food Tourism, Culinary Adventures, Public Relations, Marketing and Advertising.

Phone 850-422-3599 (Tallahassee number)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Holiday parties, holiday parties, and more holiday parties! On this blog you will find information on a wealth of information both related and unrelated to the topic of catering a party in the Tallahassee, Florida area.

You will also find links to resources like online spots for buying wholesale flowers for your special events.
"It's terribly amusing how many different climates of feeling one can go through in a day." ~ Ann Morrow Lindbergh

Becoming aware of circumstantial personal weather patterns is indeed a big key to knowing and understanding oneself.

During this season of tall expectations when the world paints Norman Rockwell visions of perfection and yet somehow no matter how hard we try we recognize that our lives fall short and don't quite measure up...

Just lighten up and change the things you can and accept the things you can't. Don't waste the holidays stressed over the things that are not! All of our lives are overflowing with beautiful blessings of which to be grateful for!
At this time of year, creating pinecone decorations is a wonderful way to get your home and hearth in the spirit for the holidays.

Why not brew up a pot of hot spiced cider, whip up a nice little snack to nosh on, fill the room with some Christmas music and indulge your creativity in making some festive holiday decorations?

Be sure and check out our list of upcoming classes for the new year, too!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Thanksgiving Flowers

In this season of Thanksgiving, the gift of flowers and food to those who have given to us in special ways over the year, is a wonderful way to show our hearfelt appreciation.

wholesale flowers

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Elegant Wedding Catering, Cooking Classes & More In The Tallahassee Area


In early December 2007, local food personality & caterer, Kathi Dameron will be opening the brand new home for Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company in a beautiful old, historic bank building, a short baguette toss from Florida's Capital City. Located on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Hwy 27 in a quaint community that has received the designation of: Florida's Friendliest Town.

This new venture will feature high-end wedding and special event catering and event design throughout the communities of North Florida and South Georgia. Tallahassee, Havana, Quincy, St. George Island, Panacea, St. Marks, Crawfordville, Wakulla, Apalachicola, Thomasville, Bainbridge, Moultrie, Hartsfield and other neighboring communities will be served.

Cooking classes, make and take culinary workshops, evenings of dialogue, guest chef collaborations, team building events, food writing, food styling, cookbook collaborations, food publicity, food tourism and international jaunts to cooking schools in other countries are among the other services that will be offered at the Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio.



Elegant Dream Wedding Receptions By Chef Kathi Dameron


Creating Beautiful and Delicious Culinary Artistry Experiences For Brides and Grooms With Discriminating Palates

Wonderfully Unique Menus Custom Created Especially For Your Event

CRCA Studio Trained Staff

Licensed and Insured

Private Candlelight Bride and Groom Tasting Parties

Full Wedding Reception Orchestration

For more information contact Kathi at:

Tallahassee 850-422-3599
or
Havana 850-539-7750 (after Thanksgiving 2007)

Photo Credits: Mark Nikellis ( Argos, Argolis, Greece) & Rob Darby (Altaville, California, USA)

Sunday, November 4, 2007

A Spicy Cajun Christmas Celebration By Chef Kathi Dameron 850-539-7750


My mind is always popping with different menus. Tonight while preparing dinner, the following ideas danced across my tastebuds for a Spicy Cajun Christmas Celebration.

Imagine playing homage to the festive holiday colors of red and green with an outrageous Cajun twist. I'm thinking big ruffly collard greens, artistically hollowed out cabbages filled with delicious dips and surrounded by boldly colored fresh vegetables. Of course. there will be several other designer touches- but I'm not going to spill all my secrets, here. Nope! You'll just have to wait till the party to discover the rest of the surprises!

A sample menu for catering a Cajun-themed party might include:

Oysters Rockefeller

Spicy Cajun Shrimp, Crabs and Crawfish

Assorted Crostini and Bruschetta

Muffuletta Wedges

Holiday Smoked Turkey Platter with Condiments and Specialty Breads

Golden Macaroni and Cheese Beignets

Jambalaya Served In Roasted Red and Green Pepper Shells

Festive Holiday Salad Trio ~ Your Choice of 3 of our Signature Salads

Banana Foster Bread Pudding

Praline Cheesecake

A Dazzling Display of Chocolate Candy Confections

This menu is available for private catered events from Chef Kathi Dameron of the Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio.

Serving North Florida and South Georgia, Tallahassee, Thomasville, Havana, Bainbridge, Quincy, Crawfordville, Panacea, St. George Island, Leon County, Gadsden, Franklin, Wakulla, Thomas...

Need a place to hold your party? We have a beautiful facility 12 miles from Tallahassee in the quaint historic town of Havana.

Whether at your place or ours... we can provide all the special services that will turn your corporate office luncheon, business or social brunch, dinner party, reception, political, club or charity fundraiser into an event that will long be remembered for style, pizzazz and exquisite taste.

Call Kathi at 850-539-7750 to book your party.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Holiday Event Planning In North Florida & South Georgia 850-422-3599



Kathi Dameron & Associates ~
Ala Carte or Complete Holiday Event Planning Services For North Florida & South Georgia

Call Kathi for a customized party quote at 850-539-7750.

Back by Popular Demand - Canopy Rose Chef/Owner To Open An Exciting New Catering and Food Business For The 2007 Holiday Season

Thirty Years Experience In Creating The Wow In Special Events and Catered Parties

Beautiful Artistic Presentations

Absolutely Delicious Food

Innovative Customized Menus

Original Themes and Fabulous Food Stations

Full or Partial Event Design Coordination

Catering Service

Serving Staff

Entertainment

Bartending Services

Linens & Chair Covers

At Your Location or at Ours!

If you don't see it on one of our many different menus- JUST ASK!

Serving home and corporate / office breakfast, lunch and dinner hour catered functions and receptions with your choice of traditional, trendy or gourmet specialty fare in the communities of Tallahassee, Thomasville, Monticello, Bainbridge, Quincy, Havana and other North Florida and South Georgia communities. Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson, Wakulla, Franklin, Thomas County.

Would you like to get a story with photos of your party submitted to Southern Living Magazine, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Southern Accents or another food and entertaining publication?

In addition to being a chef, caterer, event designer and culinary arts instructor; food publicist Kathi Dameron is a food writer whose recipes and/or stories have appeared in international, national, regional and local magazines, newspapers, cookbooks and internet media. Kathi writes a regular food and entertaining column in The Northeast Chronicle, a publication of the Tallahassee Democrat. The column is called Entertaining with Kathi.

Call Kathi today at 850-539-7750 to discuss your party plans and see if she is available to help you with your event.
Thanksgiving 2007 Sampler

Thanksgiving Morning Breakfast:

Old Fashioned Home-Made Cinnamon Rolls

Sweet Potato Muffins

Fresh Apple Pound Cake

Pumpkin Streusel Bread

Pumpkin Corn Griddle Cakes with Apple-Quince Syrup

Bradley's Sausage with Cheddar Cheese Grits

Pumpkin Spiced Granola, Fruit and Yogurt Martinis

Pumpkin, Apple and Pecan Scones

Broiled Indian River GrapefruitIndian Medley Frittata

Snacks:

Artichoke Nibbles

Armenian Pinwheel Sandwiches

Barley Sticks

Indian Snack Mix

Spiced Pecans

Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Baskets of Peppery Sage Popcorn

Chunky Guacamole & Fire Roasted Salsa with Blue Corn Chips

Chili Cheese Corn Squares

Mushroom and Oyster Crostini

Sherried Oyster Crostini

Oysters Rockefeller

Southern Boiled Peanuts

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Side Dishes:

Sweet Potato Casserole Topped with Candied Pecan Brittle

Baby Carrots with Candied Pecans

Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Sausage, Pecan and Mushroom Stuffing

Old Fashioned Cornbread Stuffing

Wild Rice and Oyster Stuffing

Harvest Vegetable Platter

Squash CasseroleCornmeal Sage Biscuits

Hot and Smoky Peppered Corn Bread

Cranberry-Orange-Jalapeno Salsa

Roasted Stuffed Onions

Gratin of Butternut Squash and Yams

Parsnip PureeMaple-Glazed Acorn Squash

Potato Nests with Shitake Mushrooms

Amaretto Pecan Cornbread Stuffing

Salads:

Mixed Greens with Apple, Gorgonzola Cheese and Maple-Walnut Vinaigrette

Mixed Greens with Peppered Pears, Blue Cheese and Pumpkin Seed Vinaigrette

Baby Greens with Seasonal Fresh & Dried Fruits and Florida Tangerine Vinaigrette


Field Greens with Crispy Fried Appalachicola Oysters and Chili-Spiked Tupelo Honey Vinaigrette

Entree:

Traditional Roasted Turkey

Truffle-Scented Rock Cornish Game Hens with Mushroom, Pecan and Bacon Stuffing

Charcoal-Grilled Quail with Cranberry Glaze and Sausage Hazelnut Stuffing & Madeira Gravy

Crispy Roast Duck Bourguignonne

Curried Turkey in Phyllo Envelopes with Apple Chutney and Bourbon-Plumped Raisins

Maple-Cured Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Autumn Dried Fruits, Peppered Pancetta, & Apple Cider Jus

Desserts:

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Praline Cheesecake

Creme Brulee Cheesecake

Baklava Cheesecake

Pumpkin Roll with Maple Cream and Chocolate Ganache Drizzles

Apricot Brandy Poundcake

Pumpkin Rum Custard Baked in Miniature Pumpkins

Lacquered Pears

Bourbon Pecan Bars

Apple Crisp with Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

New Orleans Bread Pudding Served Warm in A Stemmed Goblet

Cranberry, Almond & Pear Frangipani Tart

Pumpkin Pecan Fudge Squares

Pumpkin Tortelli Trifle

Soups:

Autumn Corn Chowder

Old Fashioned Corn and Oyster Chowder

Butternut Squash SoupTurkey, Vegetable and Noodle Soup

Cheddar Cheese Soup

Smoky Pumpkin Bisque

Roasted Gazpacho

Buttermilk Cornbread Soup

Soupe De Coquilles

Wild Mushroom Soup

Beverages:

Hot Spiced Cider

Cranberry & Sherbet Slush

Customized Menu Design and Catering Services Available Through Kathi Dameron and Associates

For The Best & Ultimate In Catered Parties, Receptions, Brunches, Luncheons and Dinners Contact Kathi at 850-539-7750.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Special Event, Workshop and Meeting Space In The Tallahassee Area 850-422-3599


Are you looking for the ideal venue for your upcoming seminar, class, workshop, special event, training event, small reception, wedding rehearsal dinner, theatre-style special event, political campaign gathering, victory celebration, 2008 GOP republican / democratic / libertarian presidential election fundraiser, business meeting away from the office, legislative luncheon, fashion show, wine and cheese event, cocktail party, art show, recital, book launch, holiday or Christmas company party?

Looking for the perfect place to stage an Evening of Dialogue in a delightful setting? Is The Governor's Club, 22nd Floor, Old Capitol, Brokaw-Mc Dougal House, Maclay Gardens, Dorothy B.Oven Park, Los Robles Women's Club, Golden Eagle Country Club, Killearn CC, Goodwood Plantation and Gardens, Pebblehill Plantation or your church fellowship hall already booked on the date you plan to hold your special event?
Call Kathi Dameron and Associates at 850-422-3599 to get your event listed on our calendar.

We have a new rental facility with the following features:

Beautiful light-filled contemporary reception / conference room with complete privacy

Commercial catering kitchen
Coffee service
Customized menus

Available for a one-time event

Available also for an ongoing series of events

Reasonable hourly / day rates

Special pricing for ongoing events
ASL intrepreter for the Deaf and hard of hearing with experience using Florida Relay Service

Walking distance to this area's most unique downtown shopping experience
Plenty of free parking nearby
Wheel chair accessibility
Located a short drive away from Florida's capitol city

Located a short drive from Thomasville, Bainbridge Georgia
Located near Leon County in Gadsden County
Meeting planning, event coordination, event pr & publicity available on request
(Need a press release, internet promotion, story and pictures of your event submitted to the press? Before and after your event, we can provide the media with information, sound bites, compelling photos and viral marketing strategies to give you and your cause maximum exposure.) Need a videographer to record your meeting? Why not leverage your meeting by also turning it into a video?
To arrange an appointment to view this facility or to book an event contact:

Kathi Dameron & Associates ~ Tallahassee / Havana Florida
850-422-3599
Photo Credit: Hilde Vanstraelen (Hasselt, Limburg, Belgium) & SXC

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Popular Tallahassee Florida Chicken Luncheon Menus 850-539-7750599


Some Popular Chicken Luncheon Entrees
Prepared & Catered By Chef Kathi Dameron

From An Archived Menu
of
Canopy Rose Catering
Tallahassee, Florida

Chicken Tetrazinni Pasta Squares Casserole

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Squares Casserole

Chicken Florentine Pasta Squares Casserole

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Squares Casserole

California Pasta with Grilled Chicken, Broccoli, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Capers

Yellow Rice with Grilled Chicken, Black Beans and Tropical Salsa

Chicken, Pecan and Wild Rice Casserole

Basmati Rice with Chicken, Vegetable Medley and Peanuts

Jack Daniels Marinated Chicken Breast with Carmelized Mushrooms and Onions

Campfire BBQ Chicken

Greek Marinated Lemon Chicken

Grilled Chicken Shish Kebabs with Rice Pilaf or Couscous

Tropical Chicken and Fruit Kebabs

Pecan Crusted Chicken with Fruit Salsa

Apricot Walnut Chicken

Chicken Paella

Chicken Jambalaya

Chicken Pot Pie

Lemon and Herb Roasted Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots

Chicken Bruschetta with Capers

Kathi Dameron's Grand Prize Winning Chicken Rio

Brazilian Chicken in Banana Leaves

Roasted Honey Pecan Chicken

Grilled Walnut Chicken with Garlic Rigatoni
Heavenly Honey Sesame Chicken
Chicken has always been a popular main ingredient on the corporate catering menu with clients seeking lighter fare for their company lunch meetings.
Luncheons were generally served with a signature salad that included a crisp variety of mixed greens, fresh fruits, spiced and candied nut meats and generous drizzles of Sweet and Jazzy Dressing, Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing or a Light and Spritzy Florida Citrus Vinaigrette.

Homemade Tea Breads, Yeast Breads, Beer Breads, European Artisan Breads, Garlic Bread, Stuffed Bread Sticks were standard accompaniments to the meal.l

Clients often requested an order of Tuscany Cheese Spread to accompany their bread basket.

Sampler trays of miniature decadent dessert bars, pastries and other confections were also popular for catered office, legislative and social luncheons.

Menu provided by Kathi Dameron & Associates

We have banquet & meeting space for rent in a beautiful new party venue. Now renting for the 2007 -2008 holiday season!

Looking for a great place to hold your class, seminar, workshop, luncheon, dinner, office holiday party, wedding rehearsal dinner, club meeting? We have several time slots available for rent in the Tallahassee area's newest and most exciting party rental facility.

Call Kathi at 850-539-7750 for more information. Catering available, too!

www.kathidameron.com/

Photo Credit: SXC





Lunch and Learn Cooking Series In Tallahassee Area


In this one hour lunch time series, Tallahassee food writer, former caterer and chef-instructor Kathi Dameron serves up a lesson in cooking a fabulous luncheon meal all in one hour.

Price: $45.00 per person and includes class, recipes and samples.

Lessons include popular archived menus from Canopy Rose Catering with a mix of deliciously new regionally-inspired culinary creations.

Some Sample Menus Include:

1. Chicken Tetrazinni Pasta Squares Casserole, Mixed Greens with Apple, Gorgonzola and Walnuts with Autumn Harvest Vinaigrette, Pesto Phyllo Straws

2. Chicken Cordon Blue Pasta Squares, Mixed Greens with Fresh Seasonal Fruits and Sweet and Jazzy Dressing, French Bread with Tuscany Cheese Spread

3. Spanish Paella, Mixed Greens with Peppered Oranges and Sugared Almonds with Florida Tangerine Vinaigrette, Beer Bread

4. Greek Moussaka, Greek Islands Salad with Home-Made Potato Salad, Kalamata Olive Bread

5. Moroccan Bisteeya, Casablanca Mixed Greens with Dried Fruit Jewels and Raspberry Champagne Vinaigrette, Lemon Streusel Bread

For more menus and/ or information about food events, holiday party special event venue rental, cooking classes, guest chef collaborations, photo styling, cooking class parties, foreign and domestic cooking tours, hospitality staff development, team building events for your office and more visit www.kathidameron.com

Kathi Dameron and Associates 850-422-3599
askkathidameron@aol.com
Photo Credit: Toni Kaloianova & SXC

Do You Want To Write A Cookbook?


Do you have dreams of writing your own cookbook?

Perhaps you are a wonderfully creative chef, caterer or restauranteur with dreams of creating your own cookbook that you could sell in your restaurant, catering business, cafe or on your website?

But like any great culinary artist your plate is probably already overflowing. Wouldn't it be great to leverage some of your creativity into a published manuscript?

Maybe you are afraid that you don't have the time or writing talent to engage in this sort of project, even though you recognize the exposure such a book would bring would launch you and your business to a whole new level.

Florida food writer, photo stylist and food publicist, Kathi Dameron can help you to get your cookbook into print and maybe even onto the New York Times Best Seller List. How awesome would that be?!

We will help with everything from full cookbook creation (Concept development, organization, writing, recipe testing, photo styling, etc) to orchestrating the publicity blitz once the book is in print.

Cookbooks are a great PR tool for building brand awareness, growing a business and generating additional revenue.

To discuss the possibility of collaborating on a cookbook and/or other food-related projects contact Kathi directly at 850-422-3599 or at askkathidameron@aol.com

To learn more about our unique collection of food-related services visit our blog at www.kathidameron.com
Photo Credit: Suzanne Delaine & SXC

Monday, October 22, 2007

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Facility Near Tallahassee


Former caterer and special event designer Kathi Dameron is opening up a beautiful rental venue near Tallahassee, in the quaint and historic town of Havana, Florida.

This special event facility is perfect for wedding rehearsal dinners, small wedding receptions, engagement parties, bridal showers, office Christmas parties, annual corporate holiday soirees, meetings, classes, seminars and workshops.

There is even a commercial kitchen on the premises that can be rented for an additional fee.

Need catering, rental, entertainment and party planning services. We have over thirty years experience and can point you in all the right directions to not only get the special day of your dreams, but to get great bang for your buck at the same time.

Contact Kathi Dameron and Associates at 850-422-3599 or at askkathidameron@aol.com
Photo Credit: Valeria Obregon ( Argentina) & SXC

Company Christmas Party Venue Just Outside Tallahassee


Looking for a special place to hold your company Christmas Party this year?

Your group can be one of the very first groups in our geographic area to christen this new special event gathering facility just minutes outside of Tallahassee, in the quaint and historic town of Havana, Florida.

We have a beautiful and unique space that is opening just in time for the holidays. This rental venue is perfectly suited for classes, workshops, seminars, meetings, engagement parties, wedding rehearsal dinners, company office holiday parties, anniversary dinners, birthday parties, graduation parties, showers, fashion shows, cooking class parties and more.

Contact Kathi Dameron and Associates at 850-422-3599 or at askkathidameron@aol.com to learn more about this exciting new venue with a beautiful large meeting room suitable for a wide range of special events.

We currently have several openings for the 2007 Holiday Season that are sure to fill up fast when the word gets out about this new party venue.

This facility also has a commercial kitchen that can be rented for a small additional fee.

Catering and event planning services available on request.
Photo Credit: Rachel Spaulding (Providence, RI United States) & SXC
Office luncheons for Raleigh accident lawyers.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Dieting and Looking Great In Tallahassee

Last year around this time I started a diet program at Winner's Weightloss. As difficult as it is to stay on a long-term weight loss regime, through the help I've received from Lori and Ruth, I've actually lost close to 90 pounds.

I can't say I've been the best patient, though. The truth is it has been very difficult for me. When I get stressed, I find comfort in food. This is an old pattern for me that can be traced back to my earliest memories. Fortunately, as a child I was very active and developed quite a bit of muscle.

The word obesity didn't even register on my radar until recent years when I decided to take my head out of the sand and do something about my out-of-control weight problem.

People are constantly saying, "Wow Kathi! You look great! What are you doing?"

Here is my response:
1. Pray
2. Cook differently
3. Follow the Winner's Weight Loss Program
4. Use the treadmill

Cooking Party Classes In The Tallahassee Area


Cooking Party Classes are fun, fun, fun! Why not gather your friends for a "Girls Night Out" with a twist. This is a great party idea for birthday celebrations, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, golf or football widows weekends, Monday night football alternative, family gatherings, client bonding, corporate team building or office holiday parties.

Chef-Instructor Kathi Dameron will demonstrate the secrets, strategies and techniques used in cooking up a delicious ethnic meal from some far-flung region of the world.

Cooking Party Menus are completely customized for your group based on your groups taste preferences.

Everything is hands-on and the class culminates with a dinner party!

Great Idea For:
Bachelorette Parties
Girls Night Out
Monday Night Football Alternative
Small Family Gatherings
Client Bonding
Corporate Team Building
Office Holiday Party
Learning to cook was never this much fun!
To begin the process in the Tallahassee Florida area contact Kathi Dameron and Associates at 850-422-3599. Photo Credit: Lolo Kurka & SXC

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Tallahassee Thanksgiving Menu


Tallahassee Florida Thanksgiving Menu Ideas From The Archives of Canopy Rose Catering and Special Events

Here you will find a few of the ideas that were popular for Thanksgiving events catered by Chef Owner Kathi Dameron.

Interested in knowing more about these items or in having a special menu custom designed for your special event? Contact Kathi directly at 850-422-3599 or at askkathidameron@aol.com

We work with businesses and private individuals in all areas of food-related consulting. From helping restaurants create more wow to assisting party-givers in the creation of memorable and delicious menus for their most special events.

Thanksgiving Morning Breakfast:
Old Fashioned Home-Made Cinnamon Rolls
Sweet Potato Muffins
Fresh Apple Pound Cake
Pumpkin Streusel Bread
Pumpkin Corn Griddle Cakes with Apple-Quince Syrup
Bradley's Sausage with Cheddar Cheese Grits
Pumpkin Spiced Granola, Fruit and Yogurt Martinis
Pumpkin, Apple and Pecan Scones
Broiled Indian River Grapefruit
Indian Medley Frittata

Snacks:
Artichoke Nibbles
Armenian Pinwheel Sandwiches
Barley Sticks
Indian Snack Mix
Spiced Pecans
Pumpkin Seed Brittle
Baskets of Peppery Sage Popcorn
Chunky Guacamole & Fire Roasted Salsa with Blue Corn Chips
Chili Cheese Corn Squares
Mushroom and Oyster Crostini
Sherried Oyster Crostini
Oysters Rockefeller
Boiled Peanuts
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Side Dishes:
Sweet Potato Casserole Topped with Candied Pecan Brittle
Baby Carrots with Candied Pecans
Garlic Smashed Potatoes
Sausage, Pecan and Mushroom Stuffing
Old Fashioned Cornbread Stuffing
Wild Rice and Oyster Stuffing
Harvest Vegetable Platter
Squash Casserole
Cornmeal Sage Biscuits
Hot and Smoky Peppered Corn Bread
Cranberry-Orange-Jalapeno Salsa
Roasted Stuffed Onions
Gratin of Butternut Squash and Yams
Parsnip Puree
Maple-Glazed Acorn Squash
Potato Nests with Shitake Mushrooms
Amaretto Pecan Cornbread Stuffing

Salads:
Mixed Greens with Apple, Gorgonzola Cheese and Maple-Walnut Vinaigrette
Mixed Greens with Peppered Pears, Blue Cheese and Pumpkin Seed Vinaigrette
Baby Greens with Seasonal Fresh & Dried Fruits and Florida Tangerine Vinaigrette
Field Greens with Crispy Fried Appalachicola Oysters and Chili-Spiked Tupelo Honey Vinaigrette

Entree:
Traditional Roasted Turkey
Truffle-Scented Rock Cornish Game Hens with Mushroom, Pecan and Bacon Stuffing
Charcoal-Grilled Quail with Cranberry Glaze and Sausage Hazelnut Stuffing & Madeira Gravy
Crispy Roast Duck Bourguignonne
Curried Turkey in Phyllo Envelopes with Apple Chutney and Bourbon-Plumped Raisins
Maple-Cured Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Autumn Dried Fruits, Peppered Pancetta, & Apple Cider Jus


Desserts:
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Praline Cheesecake
Creme Brulee Cheesecake
Baklava Cheesecake
Pumpkin Roll with Maple Cream and Chocolate Ganache Drizzles
Apricot Brandy Poundcake
Pumpkin Rum Custard Baked in Miniature Pumpkins
Lacquered Pears
Bourbon Pecan Bars
Apple Crisp with Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
New Orleans Bread Pudding Served Warm in A Stemmed Goblet
Cranberryy, Almond & Pear Frangipani Tart
Pumpkin Pecan Fudge Squares
Pumpkin Tortelli Trifle


Soups:
Autumn Corn Chowder
Old Fashioned Corn and Oyster Chowder
Butternut Squash Soup
Turkey, Vegetable and Noodle Soup
Cheddar Cheese Soup
Smoky Pumpkin Bisque
Roasted Gazpacho
Buttermilk Cornbread Soup
Soupe De Coquilles
Wild Mushroom Soup

Beverages:
Hot Spiced Cider
Cranberry & Sherbet Slush

Customized Menu Design Available Through Kathi Dameron and Associates
Photo Credit: Chris Dickson & SXC

Tallahassee Holiday Party Menus ~


Tallahassee Holiday Party Menus From The Archives of Canopy Rose Catering & Special Events

Here is a partial collection of premiere holiday entertaining meal ideas from Chef Kathi Dameron. For customized meal design contact Kathi directly at 850-539-7750 or at canopyrose@aol.com Also visit us at http://www.kathidameron.com/

Beef Entree:
Beef Tenderloin with Champagne Dijon Sauce
Garlic Crusted Beef with Au Jus and Horseradish Cream
Classic Beef Wellington
Flaming Steak Diane
Steak Au Poivre
Jack Daniel's Glazed Steak
Sweet and Spicy Calypso Steak
Beef Bourguinnon Cobbler
Greek Pastitsio
Spaghetti Pie with Beef
Beef and Potato Shepherd's Pie
Classic Beef Lasagna
Classic Cuban Picadillo
Beef Burgundy
President Reagan's Favorite Beef Stew
Beef Stroganoff with Dutch Poppy Seed Noodles
French Christmas Cassoulet
Filet of Beef With Shrimp Scampi
Ask About Other Options


Pork Entree:
Winter Stuffed Pork Loin with Sun Dried Cranberries and Walnuts
Marinated Pork Tenderloin Medallians with Cranberry-Orange Salsa
Peppered Ham with Gourmet Mustard Assortment and Fresh Baked Rolls


Fish & Seafood Entree:
Seared Salmon Filets with Sesame Ginger Glaze
Salmon Wellington
Trio of Salmon, Scallops & Shrimp

Canopy Rose Catering Salads:
Mixed Greens with Fresh Fruit and Sweet and Jazzy Dressing
Classic Greek Salad with Greens, Veggies, Feta, Potato Salad, Olives
Orange Tarragon Grilled Chicken Salad
Middle Eastern Tabouli
Mixed Greens with Gorgonzola and Walnuts
Tortellini Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Pesto and Roasted Veggies
Gulf Coast Seafood Salad
Chicken and Wild Rice Salad
Tallahassee Junior League Paella Salad
Chicken Nicoise
Grilled Chicken Caesar
Thai Noodle with Peanut Sauce
Broccoli and Sunflower Seed Salad
Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Bananas and Raspberry Poppyseed Drizzle
Classic Cobb Salad
Citrus Marinated Hearts of Palm Salad
Raspberry Pecan Salad
Lentil and Walnut Salad
Mediterranean Chicken Salad
Black Raspberry Grilled Chicken Salad
Strawberry Pretzel Christmas Salad

Special Events:
Thanksgiving
Christmas
Annual Office Holiday Parties
New Years Eve
New Years Day
Epiphany
Twelfth Night
Super Bowl
Valentine's Day
St. Patricks Day
Easter
Passover
Spring Weddings
Cinco de Mayo
Mother's Day
Father's Day
Graduations
Birthday Parties
Memorial Day
Schools Out For Summer
Pool Party
Bastille Day
Independence Day
Fourth of July
St. George Island Beach Parties
Back To School
Labor Day
Autumn
Tailgating, tailgate, tailgait, football parties, sports parties
Winter
Bridal, Baby, Grandmother Showers
Bridesmaid Luncheons
Engagement Parties
Wedding Receptions
Rehearsal Dinners
Elegant Soirees
Southern Plantation
Grand Opening Gala
Open Houses
Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
House Warming Parties
Realtor and Builder Culinary Incentive Gifts
Fundraisers
V.I.P. Parties
Legislative Luncheons
Florida Legislative Day
Day At The Hill
Bill Signing Celebration
Victory Parties
Political Fundraisers
Grand Old Party Gatherings
Romney For President Events
Cocktail Parties
Anniversary
Retirement
Photo Credit: Dan Brady & SXC

Delicious Tallahassee Holiday Party Menus

Looking for a delicious and innovative holiday party menu for your Tallahassee Florida social or company celebration?

We custom create menus drawing on cuisines from the distant corners of the world. Looking for something closer to home such as a downhome Southern Christmas Soiree... have we got the perfect fare for you!

Fabulous holiday party menus... cooking classes and so much more!

Contact Kathi Dameron & Associates at 850-422-3599 or at askkathidameron@aol.com

www.kathidameron.com

A Savvy Hosts Strategy For Catering Holiday Parties In Tallahassee

Here is a novel idea from the keyboard of a Tallahassee caterer turned food writer and cooking teacher.

Chef-instructor, Kathi Dameron is offering a fun strategy for holiday parties this year.

She's launching the double-dip cooking classes where participants not only learn her secrets, strategies and techniques honed during her tenure as the chef, owner and event designer of Canopy Rose Catering, but participants also get to create the food for their holiday / Christmas parties while in the class.

Preparing for your annual party never tasted so good!

Contact Kathi Dameron & Associates at 850-422-3599 or at askkathidameron@aol.com

Surf on over and check out some of our offerings at http://www.kathidameron.com/

Want a customized menu for your event? We will be happy to create a customized menu just for you, your club, organization, office and/ or non-profit group.

Indulge In Private Cooking Lessons In Tallahassee

Have you ever dreamed of having the proficiency in the kitchen that would allow you to whip up fabulous tasting food every single day?

What if you could learn side-by-side with one of Tallahassee's best chefs?

Learn the techniques, secrets and strategies of a former caterer and this priceless knowledge will be yours for a lifetime of exquisite eating.

More information about the cooking classes by food columnist and culinary arts professional, Kathi Dameron, can be accessed at www.kathidameron.com

Contact Information: Kathi Dameron and Associates

Phone: 850-422-3599

E-mail: askkathidameron@aol.com

Double-Dip Holiday Classes: Here is a really great idea. The double-dip holiday classes allow you to not only learn from a former caterer how to create fabulous party dishes for your holiday party, but to actually make enough in the class to serve at your next party!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Where Can I Rent A Party Venue Around Tallahassee Florida?

Question: We are looking for a nice venue to hold our company Christmas Party in the Tallahasssee, Florida area. We have been to all the usual places in past years, and are interested in going somewhere different. Can you suggest someplace for us? We will have a group of about 25.

Answer: Call Kathi Dameron and Associates at 850-422-3599 or at askkathidameron@aol.com Kathi is the former chef, owner and event designer of Canopy Rose Catering. She has the solution for a wonderful party venue in a beautiful historic building where she will be creating her new cooking school. The space is available for a limited number of special event rentals during the 2007 holiday season.

Tallahassee Area Christmas Party Venue

Looking for a venue to rent for your 2007 Tallahassee Area Office Christmas Party?

We have several dates currently available during the months of November and December 2007.

This is in a newly acquired facility in a beautiful historic building that will be used for special events, classes, seminars and workshops.

The space can be rented for your party with or without the other services.

We can also assist you with catering, staffing, event planning, rental and entertainment.

For more information contact Kathi Dameron at 850-539-7750.


Saturday, September 8, 2007

Crazy Water In The Stockpot

Bouillabaisse without rouille is like Marseille without sunshine! I think just about any time of the year- summer, fall, winter or spring is the perfect season for cooking up a big pot of bouillabaisse.

There is a bouillabaisse-style recipe that is great fun to brew for a special occasion. Have you heard of a Capri dish known as 'Crazy Water'?

Just start with a good stockpot.  Schedule permitting a Crazy Water story might be in the stockpot sometime in the next year in the Entertaining with Kathi newspaper column or maybe I'll save the story for one of my books.

Who knows maybe a cookware company will hire me to be their food publicist!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

The Semi-Catered Strategy ~ A Taste of The Carribean

Caribbean Nachos with Island Mango Salsa on Crispy SunDried Tomato Flour Triangles sounds like a delicious introduction to a Caribbean-flavored soiree.

Whether going island-hopping through the Caribbean on your sailboat, cruising the nearby Gulf of Mexico or simply chilling out at home, this island-style appetizer is sure to kick your menu off with panache.

This appetizer is available from The Main Ingredient, a Tallahassee Florida restaurant, bar, and catering company located at 1710 W. Tharpe Street.

Make sure to tell The Main Ingredient that Kathi Dameron sent you!

Need a customized menu for an upcoming shindig? Call Kathi Dameron at 850-422-3599

Kathi Dameron is a food writer, culinary artist, newspaper columnist (Entertaining with Kathi) and former caterer who is cooking up culinary collaborations throughout Florida's capital region.

Let's Entertain, Tallahassee: The Semi-Catered Strategy

Entertaining at any time of the year in Tallahassee can be a breeze with some Semi-Catered Strategies from food writer and caterer, Kathi Dameron.

If you are like me, the thought of firing up the oven, in the sizzling days of summer isn't high on your list of priorities.

The good news is we don't have to! With a little culinary collaboration and a bit of community support we can do our part to help keep our local businesses in the black during the dead days of summer.

So in the spirit of community and collaboration, I will be showcasing some delicious Semi-Catered Strategies. These are things that you can order to go from local restaurants, caterers and food purveyors to add a touch of edible pizzazz to your Tallahassee entertaining.

If you need help creating a Semi-Catered Menu or think that a certain business should be featured, call Kathi at 850-422-3599.

Watch this blog for featured foods that can be bought-to-go in Florida's capital region.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Culinary Options In Tallahassee

Imagine opening your freezer to discover a gourmet collection of custom-prepared appetizers, soups, entrees and desserts.

Fabulous and infinitely interesting foods that were prepared with the finest and freshest of ingredients right in your own kitchen by one of Tallahassee's Favorite Chefs.

Sounds like a dream? This summer food writer, former caterer and Personal Chef Extraordinaire Kathi Dameron is returning to a few select Tallahassee kitchens to create culinary wow.

The lucky few will end up with a freezer cache of gourmet treats that will rival the secret stashes of the rich and famous.

Pick Your Bread & Spread

Bread of the Day 1.00

French Bread Baguette Rounds 1.00

Garlic Bread 1.25

Pita Bread 1.50

Corn Bread with Green Chilies and Cheese 2.95

Honey-Jalapeno Corn Bread 2.95

Salsa and Cheese Bread Ole! 2.95

French Bread with Chevre, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Chives 2.95

Strawberry Streusel Muffins 3.95

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins 3.95

Prize Winning Caraway Onion Puffs 3.95

Phyllo Cheese Straws with Pesto 4.95

French Bread w/ Pesto, Feta Cheese, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Olives 4.95

Bohemian Oyster French Bread Loaf 7.95

Butter .25

Herbal Butter .75

Tuscany Cheese Spread 2.95

Hummus 2.95

Spinach Dip 3.95

Catering Menus and Price Lists

Ask about our K.I.S. Catering Specials Starting at $14.95 per person (the perfect option for the budget savvy.)


Our extensive mix and match catering menus follow. Simply click on each category on the top right side of the website, to pull up a list of options.


For those seeking a turn-key catering solution.... our catering packages for receptions, banquets and holidays are simply perfect. These catering packages are also listed along the right side of the website.

For those looking for a highly original menu and theme for their event- Canopy Rose Catering's creativity and ability to create the WOW Factor is legendary! Don't miss the section on our unique catering stations for a taste of the fun of having a Canopy Rose Catered Event!

Weddings and Special Events By Canopy Rose

We really enjoy custom designing your catering for each different event and prefer to talk over the phone, communicate by e-mail or meet in person over a cup of coffee. Please make an appointment with Kathi Bess to discuss your Party and Catering needs. Call 850-539-7750 or email us at canopyrose@aol.com.

Monthly Catering Special

Make sure and ask us about any catering specials we are running for the month.

The specials are a great way to treat your office, family and friends to the delicious foods of Canopy Rose.

Our catering specials are also a delicious solution for shoestring budgets! They include an entree, salad, crackers or bread. $10.00 p/p light portion / $15.00 p/p hearty portion

Have a big group and a small budget? Don't hesitate to ask us to help you. Canopy Rose is very creative in providing affordable, cost-effective catering solutions.

Kathi Wins Writing Award

Canopy Rose owner, Kathi Dameron has won the 2nd Place Award in the Newspaper Article Category at the 2008 Southern Christian Writer's Conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for her article, Simple Act of Sharing Food Can Truly Bring People Together. This article appeared in the Northeast Chronicle - Tallahassee Democrat during the spring of 2008 in the Entertaining with Kathi column.

Grand Prize Winner In Cooking Contest

The year was 1987 when Kathi Dameron, a passionate gourmet cook who spent her days teaching 32 second graders, and her weekends hosting fun parties for her circle of friends at her waterfront home on Florida's North Hutchinson Island, won two prizes in the first cooking contest she ever entered. One of these prizes was the coveted Grand Prize. At that moment Kathi knew that one day in the not too distant future her special dream to launch her very own catering company would be realized. Seven years later that day arrived with the birth of Canopy Rose in Florida's Capital City in 1994.

What's Cooking At Canopy Rose?

More fabulous ideas from Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company. We invite you to read on...

Canopy Rose Booking Information

We are delighted that you are interested in booking the services of Canopy Rose! The process is very simple!

Simply call 850-539-7750 (office) or 850-228-0583 (cellular)
(If you should get the voice mail, please leave a message and we will return your call asap.) or send us an e-mail to canopyrose@aol.com

In order to best serve you we will need to know the following details:

1. The date, time and location of your event

2. The number of anticipated guests

3. The type of event (ie: office luncheon, wedding reception, holiday party, small private dinner party in your home, legislative cocktail party, etc.)

4. A description of the food, services and catering budget you have in mind.