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Thursday, February 25, 2010

From The February 24, 2010 "Entertaining with Kathi" Newspaper Column

In addition to teaching cooking classes and catering weddings, luncheons, parties, and other special events Canopy Rose owner, Kathi Bess also writes a regular newspaper column in the Northeast Chronicle / Tallahasssee Democrat newspaper. The "Entertaining with Kathi" column has been running for almost 4 years now! The inspiration for today's column came from Ernest Hemmingway's Parisian Literary Salons of the Twenties and Thirties.  Enjoy!

What about a salon dinner party?
By Kathi Bess • Entertaining with Kathi •

February 24, 2010

"Join us for an intimate, invitation only Salon Dinner Party and the opportunity to meet the New York Time's Best Selling Author " the elegant engraved invitation read.

My interest was piqued.

This wasn't your standard post-modern invitation. For one thing the invitation didn't come by way of  Facebook or e-mail, or even e-vite. No, this invitation was delivered the old fashioned way — by letter carrier. With it came the promise of something more, something grander.

Now don't try to Google the term "Tallahassee salon" because chances are you won't find the sort of salon I'm referring to in this article. No, I am not talking about a place where one goes to get one's hair cut, colored or curled. But on the other hand, the discourse served just might curl your hair with delight, as it does mine. I have always been fascinated by the very concept of a salon gathering where important ideas are exchanged. Popular back in the 17th, 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, these gatherings of the intellectual, social, political and cultural elites of their day fell out of favor. In recent years, one's knowledge about salons came by way of books, literature, art, history and the politics of these long-gone eras. The French Literary Salons of Hemingway's day sounded downright delicious to this writer, as did the Washington DC Political Salons of Pamela Harriman's day. I love the very idea of this social and literary alchemy, and it looks like I'm in good company.

I keep stumbling on telltale signs that suggest a renaissance is brewing. Salons are springing up in Paris, London, Baghdad, New York and even the mountains of North Carolina. Are the intellectual salons of a bygone era really experiencing a rebirth? Oh, I sure hope so!

I'd love to see one in the Tallahassee/Havana area similar to the one held monthly at the Soho House in London, where writers gather together once a month to share works-in-progress and inspire, goad and cajole one another. On my Bucket List for the next time I'm in North Carolina, I'm booking reservations at a country inn that is patterning Sunday afternoons after the famous international salons of the past.

I wish to encourage you to show your commitment to good conversation by hosting a salon this spring!

Simply pick a subject, select a guest speaker, draw up your invitation list, and create a dazzling menu that complements the theme of your salon. There is nothing more fun than a menu that creatively matches a special event.

Let's begin with a fiery icebreaker.

Fiery French Brie Cheese

1 wheel of Brie cheese

Chipotle Red Pepper Jelly


Place cheese on a serving platter. Top with jelly. Garnish with fresh herbs, red grapes, and Florida strawberries.

•Kathi Bess is a caterer, food writer and teacher of cooking classes. Visit her online at

To hire Kathi Bess (formerly Dameron) & Canopy Rose Catering as your Tallahassee, North Florida or South Georgia caterer, call 850-539-7750 for availability.

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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.