The Fabulous Foods of Canopy Rose Catering

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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.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Ten Tips For Selecting a Caterer In Tallahassee For Your Annual Company Party

Ten Tips For Selecting A Caterer For Your Annual Company Holiday Party or Picnic

1. Book Your Venue and Caterer Early
The best caterer's calendars fill up early and this is especially true for the busy holiday season. Don't wait till the last minute! It is not uncommon for some companies to book their caterer a year in advance.

By booking early, not only will you save on the stress often associated with finding a caterer at the last minute, you may also save hundreds of dollars off the cost of the catering bill. Caterers will generally give you a better price when you book during their slower seasons.

2. Keep your Menus Fresh and Exciting
Don't just go with the same ole' same ole. The last thing you want to do is bore everyone to death with the expected. Find a caterer that will help bring your party to life with innovative food selections.

3. Stay current about local happenings in the culinary field- Google it!
By staying up-to-date and in-the-know, you 'll be in a better position to provide an exciting solution for your annual party. Is there a caterer in the community who is cooking up innovative and dynamic creations? Grab her! This passion alone for the culinary arts will make your event sizzle!

4. Think Outside The Box
Try something new for a change! A passionate caterer can give you all sorts of innovative ideas from menu options to themes you might never have thought about.

5. Choose A Caterer Based On More than Just Price
We get what we pay for! A creative caterer can help you get the most bang for your buck, but don't expect her to give it to you for free. Be willing to pay for her expertise.

6. Determine A Set of Criteria For Selecting Your Caterer
Determine what is most important to you about the catering and let the caterers you are interviewing know! Be proactive in the process.

7. Select A Caterer that is DBPR Licensed and Insured
Does the caterer have a current license? Does the caterer carry product liability insurance to cover you and your guests in the event of a food-borne illness?

8. Select A Caterer Who Is Hands-On
Find a caterer that will give you individualized attention and not treat your event like a cookie-cutter party. Does the caterer lead her team?

9. Make Your Decision In A Reasonable Amount of Time
Set up a timeline for obtaining catering quotes and procurement and stick to it. Let your prospective caterers know what this timeline is. It helps everyone if they are on the same page.

10. Pay Your Deposits On Time and Send A Thank You Note
Caterers and venues generally require that deposits be paid at the time of booking. Final balances are usually due a week or two before the event. Be proactive in getting checks cut for the caterer in a timely manner. By all means send your caterer a thank you note after the event.
If you chose the right caterer, she has put her heart and soul into creating a fabulous event for you. She will appreciate the kindness of a hand-written note acknowledging a job well done.

While this posting is written for businesses in the Tallahassee Florida area, the information applies to offices anywhere that are investigating how to find a good caterer for their yearly Christmas party.

Caterer of Note:
For a noteworthy capital area caterer call Kathi Dameron of Canopy Rose at 850-539-7750.
Tell Kathi you heard about her on the internet.

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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

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

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.