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, August 23, 2011

Rustic Weddings

There is a certain irresistible charm to a rustic country wedding. Barns woods juxtaposed with wedding whites.  Here are two favorite photos where the bride and groom chose a wonderful rustic setting for their wedding day festivities.

I love, love, love the picture of these two little boys entrusted with the job of a carrying a wooden, "Here comes the bride" sign.  Precious!

Are you looking for some fun touches to personalize your special day? Through our work, we come across so many fabulous ideas... plus we have oodles of original ideas of our own, too!

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

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Chocolate Ruffles- Oh my!

A Chocolate Lovers Fantasy! Edible dark chocolate ruffles crown this decadent chocolate confectionary masterpiece, while a glorious edible rose of white chocolate and milk chocolate gild the lilly. Fabulous!
We can see this as the centerpiece of a Dessert Buffet. Can you say, "Death-By-Chocolate"

For catered dessert buffets in Tallahassee, North Florida or South Georgia call Canopy Rose at 850-539-7750.

We Love Wedding Signs!

Wedding signs are great. They show the way with style.

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

The Ice Cream Social Wedding Reception

Fabulous! Fun! Frugal! The Ice Cream Social Wedding Reception is one cool idea! Your guests and your wedding budget will love, love, love this idea!

To hire Canopy Rose Catering for your Ice Cream Social Wedding Reception Catering in the Tallahassee, North Florida or South Georgia area, call 850-539-7750 for availability.

Southern Plantation Weddings

Southern Plantations are one of the most elegant venues for contemporary wedding receptions. PebbleHill Plantation in nearby Thomasville, Georgia is one of our favorite wedding locations.  Canopy Rose loves the whimsical chinese umbrellas and ribbons in this photo that sway over the dancing bride and groom, from the ancient limb of a spanish moss-draped old live oak tree. Exquisite detailing!

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

An Exquisite Setting Under A Canopy

Magical! Dreamy! Enchanting! Canopy Rose absolutely loves this exquisite table setting under a canopy. Such an exquisite way to showcase the bridal party at the wedding reception! Of course, canopies just like this could also be assembled through the outdoor dining area.

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

Fabulous, Fun and Frugal Party Setting

Canopy Rose loves the fabulous, fun and frugal simplicity of this look! The crisp lines, the bold  navy blue  and white nautical stripes, the lanterns you could easily craft yourself and that apple green that simply pops! Now all we need to do is design the perfect menu!

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

A Party Popping with Pizzazz

 Fun, fun, fun! Canopy Rose really likes this look! Who could ever forget this party? The black and white zebra stripes, with pops of hot pink is a fabulous look for all sorts of soirees...take your pick: Bat Mitzvah, Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party, Sorority Formal, Engagement Party, Milestone Birthday Bash, or ________________!  You fill in the blank and we'll bring the food! :)

To hire Canopy Rose Catering as your Tallahassee, North Florida or South Georgia caterer, call 850-539-7750 to check on available dates.

Rustic Elegance

Canopy Rose loves the rustic elegance of this table arrangement. We think this look is perfect for Summer Weddings and Special Events.

                                                                  Source: via Kathi on Pinterest

For help planning your special event in Tallahassee, North Florida or South Georgia call Canopy Rose Catering at 850-539-7750 to check on availability and reserve your date.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Barn Wedding Reception Ideas

We love the rustic charm of Barn Wedding Receptions.

Source: via Kathi on Pinterest

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

They are Figalicious!

Here are a few of our favorite figalicious dishes!

Fresh black figs with crisp prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella and beetroot puree


Grilled Lamb Porterhouse with Fig-Cascabel Sauce.

Fig and Chile-Glazed Pork Tenderloin.

One of the fabulous fig appetizers from Canopy Rose Catering. Goat cheese, walnuts, figs, kalamata olives and thyme. YUMMERS!

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

Treat your staff to some Canopy Rose Cilantro Shrimp at your next office luncheon

Turn your next office luncheon into a memorable event with some Canopy Rose Cilantro Shrimp.

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

We're Always Researching and Recipe Testing at Canopy Rose

At Canopy Rose Catering, we spend alot of time researching and playing with fabulous new food ideas to keep us on the cutting edge and at the top of our game.

Through our research and recipe testing we discover so much! We discover innovative twists that we really like. Naturally, we can't share everything. But the real synergy of great ideas happens when we marry innovative ideas to the context of a particular event. It is then that the magic happens.

Take for example, Bruschetta. At Canopy Rose we've been serving great-tasting Bruschetta and Crostini for as long as we've been in business. We've served our Bruschetta in just about every creative application we could think about. We've served  it on chicken, fish and even tofu. We've set up Bruschetta Bar Action Stations at Wedding Receptions for hundreds and as a Magnificent Mediterranean Shrimp Display for thousands at a high end corporate FSU Tailgate party.

Well today, I came across an awesome looking Roasted Red Pepper Artichoke Bruschetta in a Sesame Seed Bread Cup that was gorgeous. Perhaps, it's time for a taste test. 

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

Gourmet Lolly Pops

They are flavor-popping and fabulous! Gourmet Lolly Pops is a tasty trend we are seeing popping up more and more on wedding reception menus. Why not wow your guests at your next event with some custom designed gourmet lolly pops from Canopy Rose Catering.  The Goat Cheese Pops with Herbs, Pecans, & Bacon, pictured above, is just one example of the sort of pops we can create for your event.  The possibilities are unlimited. 

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Making Garlic and Herb Ruffled Potatoes In the Canopy Rose Kitchen

Our Garlic and Herb Ruffled Potatoes are a wonderful side dish for your catered dinner party. In this photo, Canopy Rose Catering  is prepping the potatoes. These are great with beef, chicken, fish, seafood or lamb dinners. They are available through Canopy Rose for both catered functions and parties-to-go.

                Food Photography by Kathi Bess, Canopy Rose Catering

Friday, August 5, 2011

Have You Thought About Serving Beef Wellington At Your Event

We think that Beef Wellington is a fabulous fancy entree for special celebrations! In this version, the Beef Wellington is served in individual purses. Beef Wellington is also available from Canopy Rose Catering as Petite Cocktail Bites or at a Canopy Rose Meat Carving Action Station.

Source: via Kathi on Pinterest

Should We Have A Cake Tasting Party?

Canopy Rose is intrigued by this recipe for an Iced Honey Mascarpone and Almond Cake with Fig Salad. Who wants to join us for a taste test when I bake it? I'm thinking... Dessert Party at the Canopy Rose Culinary Arts Studio! 

Style Scouting Services Available On Request With or Without Catering

Style Scouting is one of my many passions. Once upon a time, my greatest passion was fashion. In fact my love for the stylish and fashionable was so great, that my dad searched out the best fashion school in the country for me to attend. As a result, I had the wonderful opportunity to live and study design in New York City.

As the Chief Yum Officer and Artistic Director of Canopy Rose, the stylish and fashionable have always been a BIG part of what we do.

We absolutely love to make your events look fabulous and are happy to assist you in styling for your special event.

Our Style Scouting Services are additional.   To pow wow about how we might possibly work together (with and/or without food) on your upcoming event contact Kathi Bess at 850-539-7750.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Watermelon Ying-Yang Salad

Watermelon Ying-Yang Salad
Food Styling and Photography by Kathi Bess  

This salad pops with a yummy ying-yang of flavors. Flavor wise it's quite unusual, or perhaps I should say that this particular combination of ingredients is unusual to the part of the world where we live. However, that is not the case in  Mediterranean countries where compositions such as this are far more common.

Look at the ingredients I used: Kalamata olives, pine nuts, feta cheese, fresh mint, olive oil, fresh ground pepper and then a true North Florida staple: watermelon. Who would think it would be so good with a taste sensation that really grows on you? Not me and I am usually one who can spot the recipes in a cookbook that are the keepers.

Lately I'd been seeing more and more versions of this sort of salad popping up in cookbooks and food blogs. So I was pretty curious about how something like this would taste.  Since a friend was coming to our house for dinner tonight, I decided to try it out. This friend is a happy guinea pig, in all things culinary. So I knew if it ended up being a flavor flop, I could blame it all on being part of a taste test and if it was a hit, well then I'd have an intriguing new salad to offer to my dear catering clients. Sounded like a true win-win to me.

The preparation was so simple. Quite literally all you do is chop up some chunks of watermelon, top with fresh mint, sprinkle with feta cheese and pine nuts, stud with kalamata olives that have been sliced in half, drizzle with a bit of olive oil and dust with fresh ground pepper.  It's that easy!

Discover The Canopy Rose Style on Pinterest

The Canopy Rose Style is legendary among many of Florida and Georgia's top hosts. Located in the Greater Tallahassee Area, Canopy Rose Catering has had the wonderful privilege of  creating the wow at posh parties since 1994. Before opening my catering and special event business in 1994, I threw hundreds of my own  private soirees.  I lived to entertain, designing everything from Sunday brunches by the pool, boating regattas, ladies luncheons, dinner parties, tailgate picnics, engagement parties, showers and fabulous theme parties. It was as though I was in training for my dream career.          

In the springtime of 1994 as a flowering explosion of beautiful blooms sprang to life in the beautiful southern city of Tallahassee, Florida; my dream business - Canopy Rose bloomed into existence.                        

A  long-cherished dream had came true for me! We soon began cooking for a clientele list that read like the Who's Who of Florida.  During the last 17 years, Canopy Rose has cooked for presidents, governors,  supreme court justices, legislators, celebrities, athletes, movers and shakers, doctors, lawyers and Indian chiefs. We've cooked for brides and grooms, graduates, retirees and just everyday folks like you and me.

Sometimes our services are simple and streamlined, as in the case of our popular drop-off business luncheons. The food is fabulous, sans the frills.

Sometimes our services are over the top, exquisite, as in  the case of a dream wedding reception.

Sometimes our services are just somewhere in between, as in the case of  working within the parameters of a certain budget.  

And while I would love, love, love to unleash my passion for design on all our jobs... it's just not realistic. Creating an enchanting environment for entertaining is pricey.

But not to worry because for the first time ever our dear friends and fans can catch a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes passion that goes into the Canopy Rose Style. I'm always scouting out great ideas in food and entertaining and now I've discovered a place to pin up some the things I like!  You won't find everything here, after all there are still those proprietary secrets, you know. :) But I bet you'll love seeing the things that I do post on Pinterest!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Weddings on St. George Island

Are you planning a wedding at the beach?

We invite you to visit our St. George Island Weddings Board on Pinterest for a few of our favorite finds!

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

We're on Pinterest!

Hi everyone! I'm sharing some of my favorite things  at

Do you know about Pinterest?

Pinterest is an Invitation Only Virtual Bulletin Board that is perfect for sharing ideas. I see it as a perfect vehicle for working with my catering and special events clients on creating their perfect event. Design concepts and resources come alive in very exciting ways!

My different boards include all sorts of great ideas that I love! There are party ideas, fab designs, recipes, and a whole lot more!

When you book Canopy Rose Catering to cater your wedding or other special event, you'll have the option of having us custom create a board just for you!
To hire Kathi Bess 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.