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.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Office Holiday Party Action Plan

Now is a good time, if you have not already done so, to lock down on your 2008 Holiday Party location, caterer, rental supplies and entertainment.

Many of the most popular locations might already be booked when you call to inquire about renting a party, banquet or meeting space in Tallahassee or the surrounding communities for a Saturday night during the month of December.

Don't stress! There are still options if all the favorite sites have already been snatched up.

Personally, I believe holiday parties in a private home are the way to go anyway. The warmth and intimacy of a beautiful home presents a festive backdrop for the most memorable of parties.

Think about it. The best parties are never in public places! The best parties are never in places where the meter is ticking away and there might be a 10:00 or 11:00 lights out policy!

Find someone on your staff that is thrilled by the prospect of hosting this year's party in their home. Everywhere I ever worked, all of us with that special gift for hospitality jostled for the honor. When I taught elementary school, I quickly learned that there was a "seniority thing" going on with who earned the privilege of opening their doors to the staff. Having the party at one's home was like a badge of honor. Hosting the Holiday Party was indeed a very, very special thing to do.

Action Plan

1. Ask around the office and see who is interested in hosting.

2. When you find this person - treat them like gold! Be willing to spring for flowers, housecleaning, yardwork, whatever! You get the idea. Perhaps you could allocate $250 or so to the host. Some people would love to have the party in their home, but they are intimidated by the thought that they need to make everything perfect. Help them to squash this fear!

3. Pick a couple of different potential dates for the party. Rank them 1, 2, 3....

4. Start checking out Tallahassee Holiday Catering Menus on google, call your favorite caterers and check on their availability, request menus and prices.

5. Pow-wow with your colleagues. Get feedback about what the staff wants. Do they want an elegant plated sit-down dinner, a casual buffet, or perhaps a fun theme?

6. Somewhere along the way you need to talk money with the boss. Some bosses tell you the budget upfront, others wait till they see what different things will cost and then make a decision as to what they are comfortable spending. Find out how your office works, then adapt to it!

7. Whenever you have a set budget... tell your caterer. Your caterer wants to help you to get the best possible party for your money.

My top pick for a holiday caterer in the Tallahassee area is Canopy Rose. They are absolutely awesome!

Food A+... Presentation A+ ... Creativity A+ .... Serving StaffA+... Versatility A+... Customer Service A+ ... should I go on? I could!

Ok... so maybe I'm just a bit biased! :) But, I do speak the truth! Canopy Rose is an outstanding catering firm with the expertise to handle just about any event under the Florida sun!

You can be sure that the food will be second to none. Whether or not you need staff or even set up and delivery, your experience will be a great one. I, personally, as the chef and owner of this great company give you my word. We can be reached at 850-539-7750 or visit us on the internet at where for your convenience we have posted our extensive list of offerings with prices.

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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.

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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.