The Fabulous Foods of Canopy Rose Catering

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Friday, September 12, 2008

In The News - Thursday, September 11, 2008

Since May 2006, Canopy Rose owner, Kathi Dameron has been writing a regular food and entertaining column (Entertaining with Kathi) in the Northeast Chronicle / Tallahassee Democrat newspaper.

"Letting Politics Dictate What's For Dinner Tonight" was the title the editorial staff gave to the 9/11/2008 article by Kathi that ties food and McCain - Palin and Obama - Biden together with a delicious, flavor-popping and bi-partisan twist. Looking for a unique menu? Read on...

"Letting Politics Dictate What's For Dinner Tonight"
By Kathi Dameron

What sort of curious marriage of flavors are the vintage cuisine of the 30’s and 40’s with a Panamanian twist paired with endangered moose burgers and Baked Alaska meets Hawaiian luau fare and dreamy Delaware delights?

They are the bold and imaginative essence of a menu inspired by current American politics.

Throughout the history of the world, the creative arts have frequently depicted the current society in thought provoking ways. Why can’t culinary art do the same?

So for today’s column, I spin the globe right back to our own nation and even to our own backyard with this Election 2008 Party Menu.

“Don’t talk politics! Don’t talk religion!” Boy, oh boy if I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that aphorism in my life, I could spend a week salmon fishing and moose hunting in Alaska or Island Hopping in Hawaii.

Really now, who can resist the temptation not to engage in conversation about the very future of our nation? For my friends and I, politics and religion are always the BIG topics of conversation when we gather.

It is during election years that I especially love to host parties in my home. The conversations are smart, thought-provoking and as a hostess I don’t get the least bit intimidated about how I’m going to entertain my guests since I know the conversation will speak for itself!

Opportunities for election season parties include convention watching gatherings, debate-night dinners, political salons, discuss the issues suppers and, of course, the big election night result’s watching parties.

With most of these events on weeknights, quick-fix expediency might be the perfect ticket.

Why not set up a Cheesy Grits Bar or Mashed Potatoes Station with some unbelievable toppings?

For a sophisticated crew, let the guests build their dish in a fancy stemmed martini glass.

For a more country crew, perhaps some big, deep-dish soup bowls would be more appropriate.

Start by cooking up a big, bubbling pot of stone ground grits, mashed potatoes, risotto, couscous, creamed corn, Hawaiian poi or autumn squash for your base.

Then have a little fun selecting and preparing the toppings. Delaware Blue Crab, Skewered Southwestern Bites of Grilled Chicken and Grand Canyon Rattlesnake, Kalua Fire Roasted Pork, Last Frontier Grilled Wild Salmon, Crumbled Moose Burger, Chopped Macadamia Nuts…you get the idea.

For Dessert, how about a Macadamia Nut Hot Fudge Sundae or a Vintage-Lovin’ Baked Alaska. You decide!

For more fun food and party ideas visit

Kathi Dameron is a caterer and event designer with a bold imagination for dreaming up original parties. She owns Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio and Catering Company and would love to cater your next event. Contact her at 850-539-7750 or at

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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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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.