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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Some Like It Spicy

A Sweet and Spicy Party Dip!

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

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Candied Roses For Your Elegant Soiree

For generations, flower confections have been served at elegant soirees around the world.

They are perfect for wedding events, ladies luncheons and teas, and at any fancy gathering where you may want to create the wow!

With a name like Canopy Rose Catering, we are happy to create luscious edible flower recipes for our clients.

The garnishing glory of candied rose petals can be added to a variety of foods. If you would like to add Candied Roses to your catering order, please place your reservation well in advance.

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

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

How much will a Tallahassee Wedding Cost?

The biggest question that I hear from brides-to-be is, " How much does a wedding reception cost?"

According to national statistics, the average wedding today costs $23,657. Please keep in mind that this figure does not include the engagment ring or the honeymoon. A separate wedding budget should be set up for those. This figure is only an average. We talk with brides whose total wedding budgets are several times over the national average and also several times under the national average.

So the real value of the following list for any bride, regardless of their bottom line budget is the percentage. 46% of your overall budget should be allotted for your wedding reception.

So where does the money go?  Based on the average American budget of $23,657.00

46% of the average wedding budget will go for your Reception at $10,120

12% of the average wedding budget goes for Photo/Video at $2,640

10% of the average wedding budget goes for Attire at $2,200

8% of the average wedding budget will go for fowers at $1,760

 6% of the average wedding budget will go for music at $1,320

5% of the average wedding budget will go for Tips/Taxes/Overages  $1,100

3% of the average wedding budget will go for the Ceremony  $660

3% of the average wedding budget will go for stationery  at $660 

3% of the average wedding budget will go for Wedding Rings  $660

 2% of the average wedding budget will go for Gifts $440

2% of the average wedding budget will go for Transportation  $440

To talk with Canopy Rose Catering about the possibility of catering your Tallahassee, North Florida or South Georgia wedding, call 850-539-7750 and ask to speak with Kathi.

Kathi's Saturday Night Dinner Party Menus

It's fun! It's different! And it's absolutely delicious!

What am I talking about? I'm talking about my new Saturday Night Dinner Party!

It's a great way to enjoy some of our delicious food, without having to host a fully catered soiree. (Of course, we are always happy to do that, too! Afterall, catering for weddings, birthday parties and office luncheons is our main bread and butter!)

But as you'll see these parties are a little different. This is how it works...

Each Saturday Night Dinner Party Menu/ Theme will be based on one of our delicious main dish entrees, either from our catering website, a new inspiration from our kitchen, a classic-tried-and- true favorite from our catering menu/ recipe archives, our cookbook library or from some other inspired source.

Someone asked a really good question. They wanted to know if they could select the entree of their choice. The answer is... OF COURSE, you can, providing that we are available to prepare the dish.
Say for example, you are planning on having 6 for dinner on a certain Saturday night in July. We suggest that you go ahead and contact us and book your dinner reservations. With enough advance notice, we would be honored to create our Saturday Night Dinner Party Menu for that night based on your taste preferences.

Bookings should be made EARLY! Your food will be prepared, packaged and available for pick-up on Saturday afternoon. All you'll have to do is take your food home, refrigerate and/ or gently reheat at dinner time.

It's like the best of all worlds... our incredible food....available in any number of servings and enjoyed in the comfort of your own home.  We cook, you pick-it up and rake in the compliments. We won't tell anyone who did the cooking! Your secret is safe with us!

Here is a sample listing of some of our Saturday Night Dinner Party Entrees:

Week 1 :  Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Nectarine Blueberry Salsa
Week 2:   Marinated Flank Steak with Carmelized Onions
Week 3:  Honey Pecan Salmon
Week 4: Tequila Lime Chicken
Week 5: Chicken Breasts with Potato Stuffing
Week 6: Chicken with Sausage, Pecan and Wine Sauce
Week 7: Osso Bucco
Week 8: Pecan Crusted Chicken with Banana Salsa
Week 9: Country Scalloped Potatoes and Ham Casserole
Week 10: Crab Stuffed Pompano
Week 11: Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf
Week 12: Peking Roast
Week 13: Oven Fried Chicken
Week 14: Seafood a Capitano over Pasta
Week 15: Beef Wellington
Week 16: Lobster Cakes with Tomato Tartar Sauce
Week 17: Greek Lamb and Cheese Strudel
Week 18: Shepherds Pie
Week 19: Linguini with Shrimp Scampi
Week 20: Baked White Fish with Pesto Sauce
Week 21: Crawfish Lasagna
Week 22: Veal Meatloaf
Week 23: Low Country Shrimp and Grits
Week 24: Spanish Paella
Week 25: Thyme Roasted Chicken

Each Dinner Party Package comes with:
A Specialty Appetizer Plate
A Specialty Salad
A Specialty Side Dish
A Specialty Dessert

To hire Kathi Bessand Canopy Rose Catering as your Tallahassee, North Florida or South Georgia caterer, call 850-539-7750 for availability.

I think I've met my next BEST FRIEND!

Tucked between the typical email junk in my AOL inbox, was one keeper! In fact the words delighted me so much that I've cut and pasted a portion of the message on my catering website.

We all need to hear a kind encouraging word and here was mine today:
Hello Kathi, (...) I looked at your web site and cannot come up with the words to describe it. Wonderful, Exotic, Indescribable don't even begin to say it. To say you are talented is an understatement. WOW! (...)
See what I mean? I think I've met my next best friend!

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

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

When was last time you had a Girl's Night Out Party?

Some of best times I've had in my life were at parties with the girls! Going all the way back to my childhood, I remember the incredible fun that was shared at birthday parties, slumber parties; then oh my, what would I have done without my sorority sisters?   As a young adult my favorite parties were ladies luncheons, showers and teas where fancy food was appreciated! Now, even more than ever I savor those special times and special foods shared in a setting of all girls. Whether it's a Chocolate Tasting Party, A Fundraising Tea, A Club Salad Luncheon, A Fashion Show Planning Committee Meeting, A Weekend at the Beach or Margaritas on Mondays... Girl Time is akin to breathing!

I received the following in an email. The message is so true!  Enjoy!!!

A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, drinking iced tea and visiting with her mother. As they talked about life, about marriage, about the responsibilities of life and the obligations of  adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter.

'Don't forget your sisters,' she advised, swirling the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. 'They'll
be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need sisters. Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them.' 'Remember that 'sisters' means ALL the women... your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other women relatives too. 'You'll need other women. Women
always do.'

What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman thought. Haven't I just gotten married? Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely my husband and the family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!'

But she listened to her mother. She kept contact with her sisters and made more women friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her mother really
knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, sisters are the mainstays of her life. After more than 50 years of living in this world,
here is what I've learned:


Time passes.
Life happens.
Distance separates.
Children grow up.
Jobs come and go.
Love waxes and wanes.
Men don't do what they're supposed to do.
Hearts break.
Parents die.
Colleagues forget favors.
Careers end.
Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you. A girl friend is never farther away than needing her can reach. When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley's end. Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you....Or come in and carry you out.

Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, Mothers,
Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended family: all bless our life! The world wouldn't be the same without women, and neither would I. When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we would need each other.
For help planning a GREAT Girl's Night Out Party contact Canopy Rose Catering at 850-539-7750.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Tapas Plate from Canopy Rose

This tapas plate has fire roasted eggplant, sun dried tomatoes, olives, artichoke
hearts, cheese and pita bread.

Mexican Wedding Cakes for a sweet melt-in-your-mouth finale to any special event

Tallahassee brides often ask for us to make these for their wedding receptions. But these fabulous treats are not just for wedding day festivities, we've been asked to prepare them for graduation parties, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, fundraising soirees, office luncheons and holiday gatherings.  This summer I'll be traveling to a family wedding and plan to bake up a couple tins to share at a pre-wedding backyard barbecue.

They are called, Mexican Wedding Cakes and so in celebration of Cinco de Mayo today, I wanted to share this recipe with you!  There are several versions for these yummy melt-in-your mouth cookies, but this is one of the simplest. Enjoy!!!

Mexican Wedding Cakes

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar, divided
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 cup pecans, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat butter, 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar and the vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour and pecans, beating on low speed after each addition until well blended.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place, 1-1/2 inches apart, on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake 14 to 15 min. or until bottoms of cookies are lightly browned. Cool 5 min. on baking sheets. Roll warm cookies in remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar until evenly coated; place on wire racks. Cool completely. Store in tightly covered container at room temperature.

To hire Canopy Rose Catering as your Tallahassee, North Florida or South Georgia caterer, call 850-539-7750 for availability.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Exquisite Catering Menus in Tallahassee

Designing exquisite menus for dinner parties has always been one of my passions. Occasionally, we get the opportunity to pull out all the stops for a special event. 

My client, the beautiful wife of a prominent politician had asked for an indulgent menu that would embrace her guest's senses in uncommonly delicious ways. 

There was one hitch.

The menu needed to be based on meat and potatoes.

"How can we elegantly elevate meat and potatoes?" She asked.

What do you think? Did we accomplish the goal?

In a gorgeous garden setting, guests dined on:

~ Salad ~

Sophisticated Mesclun with Walnut-Crusted Goat Cheese Medallions,  Fresh Berries, Frizzled Leeks and Citrus Vinaigrette

~ Entree ~

Grilled Filet Mignon with Crab-Stuffed Maine Lobster

Grilled Vegetable Medley with Garlic Spiked Olive Oil

Truffled Mashed Potatoes

Bread Baskets with Sausage Bread, Spicy Tasso and Cheese Cornbread, Roasted Garlic Bread Rolls

~ Dessert ~

Grilled Figs with Cinnamon Whipped Cream and Bourbon Pound Cake

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

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.