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, June 27, 2008

Canopy Rose Caters the Metzger, Grossman, Furlow and Bayo Tented Cocktail Reception on Thursday, June 26, 2008

MGFB knows how to throw a great party!

The Tallahassee Florida law firm of Metzger, Grossman, Furlow and Bayo, under the efficient coordination of firm administrator, Yolanda Boynton, hosted an elegant outdoor tented cocktail reception for 100 guests on Thursday evening June 26, 2008.

The Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company, from neighboring Havana, had the wonderful privilege of catering the food for this special occasion.

The delicious menu of hors d' oeuvres included:

Iced Gulf Coast Jumbo Shrimp Display with Fancy Dipping Sauce

Miniature Maryland Crab Cakes

Brazilian Beef Brochettes Grilled On Location By Chef / Owner Kathi Dameron

Ropa Viejo Bites With Spiked Mango Salsa

Tuscan Sunset Bruschetta Chicken Pinwheels

Art Deco Spinach Florentine Phyllo Shells

A Cascading Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Display

Cheese and Cracker Display
Canopy Rose caters corporate, legislative and philanthropic soirees, annual company holiday parties, Florida State University FSU Seminole / UF Gator pre-game tailgate parties, political fundraisers, victory celebrations, Gulf Coast seaside beach parties, wedding rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, open houses, staff or volunteer appreciation events and, of course our mainstay, catered office luncheons.

Do you have an event coming up in the Florida Capital Region, North Florida or South Georgia?

While we do not accept every job opportunity that comes along, we do accept creative catering and special event projects that are a good fit for all parties concerned where culinary and special event excellence pops with pizzazz. Our goal is to exceed expectations, dazzle tastebuds and facilitate our hosts and hostesses in creating a delicious and memorable event.

One of the highest compliments we receive is when our client and/or some of their guests book a future party with us.

We were thrilled to be asked to cater the MGFB Christmas Party in December!

Catering Contact: Canopy Rose 850-539-7750 or

Monday, June 23, 2008

Breakfast, Anyone?

Canopy Rose custom- creates, cooks and caters corporate, legislative and social breakfasts, too!

This is a picture of Chef Kathi Dameron's Mediterranean Omelet Ole'

This fluffy station-cooked 2-egg omelet is enhanced with sun dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, chevre goat cheese and fresh herbs. To serve it we top it with a mildly spicy southwestern salsa.

A chiffonade of collard greens brings it home and gives it a North Florida relevance.

This delightful breakfast is served with fresh seasonal fruits and baskets of morning pastries.

For more information on how to have Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company cater your business or social function in the Tallahassee area... please call Kathi at 850-539-7750 or send us an e-mail at

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Fancy Party Foods In The Tallahassee / Havana Area

Everyone needs a secret resource for fabulous tasting party food. In the Tallahassee / Havana / North Florida / South Georgia / Gulf Coast Beach area... This secret resource is Canopy Rose.

Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company creates innovative and classic favorites. Whether you are in need of just a few spectacular gourmet treats or need to feed humdreds or thousands, Canopy Rose can help you!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Transport Your Guests To A Tropical Island With This Menu

Razzle dazzle your guests with this classic, tried and true soiree. The tropical luau theme is perfect for " A Love Is In The Air" Engagement Party, A Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary, A Birthday Celebration or just about any festive special occasion!

We begin this tropical luau with orchid leis, colossal coconut shrimp and a festive frozen drink station.

A few menu suggestions include:

Tahitian Crabmeat Dip

Tropical Fruit Display with Island Dipping Sauce

Haute and Spicy Barbecued Shrimp with Mango Chutney

Mixed Greens with Tropical Fruits

Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers

Shrimp Curry

Chicken / Pork Luau

Macadamia Nut Hot Fudge Sundaes

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Peek Inside The Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio

Curious about what the inside looks like?
In late 2007, we moved into our beautiful new headquarters in a quaint and historic old Tobacco town, minutes from Tallahassee, Florida.
Many local area residents fondly remember this site as the home of the old Havana Bank. Present day visitors are awed by the presence of the amazing old bank safe, the mouthwatering aromas and the businesses unique concept.
We are generally open by appointment only. The reason for this is that we are frequently engaged in catering, consulting or writing projects that require undivided attention.
Periodically we swing open our doors for public cooking classes and special foodie events.
Naturally, we would be happy to meet with you. Please contact us in advance by phone at 850-539-7750 to schedule an appointment.

Canopy Rose Cooks Moroccan Menu For RedFish Village Near Destin

Hillary and Briane of Monark Events in Destin, Florida performed an amazing party space transformation for this Moroccan themed soiree on Friday June 6, 2008 on the beautiful grounds at RedFish Village.

This was the first time I've worked with Monark Events and I was very impressed with their creative attention to detail. It was also my first visit to RedFish Village. RedFish Village is a wonderful Gulf Coast retreat!

I'm looking forward to returning to the Destin area later this summer to work with this team on another great special event. (The next one I'll be cooking for is an Indian Soiree on August 8.)

Here is the Moroccan-Style Tapas Menu I prepared:

Kasbah Garbanzo Garlic Bites

Hot Spiced Almonds with Abdul's Secret Spice Mix

Casablanca Spiced Green Olives

Moroccan Date Cake

Hummus with Pita Wedges

Fig, Kalamata Olive and Walnut Tapenade over Goat Cheese with Flatbreads


To gear up and get in the mood for theme cooking it is fun to stage a related event. Several days prior to this event I threw a Casablanca Night For Two. From the Leon County Library, I checked out the Casablanca video.

During the film, we dined on sweet and savory bites of Bisteya and a lovely mixed greens salad with spinach, kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles and at the request of my guest, drizzles of the Canopy Rose Sweet and Jazzy Dressing. For dessert, we splurged on chocolate mocha tiramisu ice cream sundaes served in long-stemmed crystal goblets.

Canopy Rose Is Regionally Recognized

Canopy Rose is a regionally recognized, full-service catering company that serves Florida's Capitol Region, Greater Tallahassee, the Gulf Coast Beaches, North Florida and South Georgia.

Founded in 1994, Canopy Rose became well-known for providing fresh innovative menus, beautiful presentations and outstanding customer service.

In 2008, a new Canopy Rose concept was launched when chef/ owner Kathi Dameron opened Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company in a historic Florida bank building.

In addition to catering Canopy Rose offers an eclectic blend of cooking classes, food writing, food styling, culinary consulting, cookbook collaborations, team building events, food tourism and custom-designed culinary entertainment.

For more information please contact Kathi Dameron at 850-539-7750,

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

An Evening of Culinary Entertainment

There is catering.

There is special event design.

Then there is culinary entertainment.

At Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company, we offer all three!

First let's look at your objectives for your event. Once we have a clear vision of what you wish to accomplish and we believe that there is a compatible fit between your goals and our organizational mission, we can begin designing the most delicious program possible for you.

If we do not feel that this is a good fit for all parties, we will be happy to suggest another caterer or food solution that might work for you.

While Canopy Rose offers everything from parties-to-go that can be picked up at our beautiful facility in the historic district of downtown Havana, Florida to elaborate full-service events with professional serving staff, on site chef attendants, food stylists, event designers, etc. ... we are quite selective in the projects that we take on.

If you are shopping for a budget caterer and the bottom-line dollar amount is your primary concern please look elsewhere. You should be able to find some suitable solutions.

However; if you are shopping for exquisite quality, extensive experience, culinary excellence and artistry- Canopy Rose is the premier caterer in Florida's capital region and the surrounding North Florida, South Georgia and Gulf Coast beach and waterfront communities.

For the ultimate .... may we suggest An evening of Culinary Entertainment?

Culinary Entertainment is a hot, hot, hot trend! Think food show meets special event. Your guests will go positively wild with the fun ideas cooked up by Florida food writer, caterer and special event designer Kathi Dameron.

Now don't expect us to spill our secret strategies and intriguing ideas for free!

Culinary Entertainment proposals begin at $150.00

To see if your event could be a potential candidate for An Evening of Culinary Entertainment ~ contact Canopy Rose at 850-539-7750.

Culinary Entertainment requests should be placed at least three months prior to your event.

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.

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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.