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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Celebrate Autumn Canopy Rose Style

Autumn has arrived and we couldn't be happier! We've been busy, busy, busy hunting for some of the most fabulous food and entertaining ideas for autumn parties.

To see our exciting collection of finds for Autumn 2011... simply go to

A scrumptious photo of St. Tropez Chicken

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

Monday, September 26, 2011

How To Host A Dinner Party: When A Tallahassee Area Caterer Entertains In Her Own Home

Making Place Cards
Photo by Kathi Bess ~ Canopy Rose 
In today's post I'm taking you behind the scenes to one of my own little dinner parties that I hosted with my husband at our home on Saturday evening September 24, 2011.

Beginning with custom designed invitations a month before the party, every step of this party was a labor of love! Here are just a few random photos I snapped through the process.

The fabric leaves add a nice autumn touch.
Photo by Kathi Bess ~ Canopy Rose 

Setting up the dessert table.
Photo by Kathi Bess ~ Canopy Rose 

My dessert in this picture is a cross between Apple Bread and Ozark Pudding.
Photo by Kathi Bess ~ Canopy Rose 

I wanted each of the dining tables to look the same, yet didn't want to spend a king's ransom for matching place mats and napkins. My solution was to make place mats from orange felt. I've heard that felt place mats are very popular in Europe and sell for $$$$. I simply jaunted over to our local Hobby Lobby and asked for three yards of this popping orange felt. The cost of the 3 yards came to less than one of those chic European place mats!   The black and white napkins came from another shopping expedition to one of my favorite shops, I bought every one they had in stock.
Photo by Kathi Bess ~ Canopy Rose 
Photo by Kathi Bess ~ Canopy Rose 
For a whimsical touch, I taped some big autumn leaf cut outs to the windows. 
                                                                                  Photo by Kathi Bess ~ Canopy Rose 

The house smelled amazing all day as Home Made Apple Cider simmered on the stove.
Photo by Kathi Bess ~ Canopy Rose 

Each dining room gets its own buffet. Here is a picture of the salad I made for this party. This is very much like the salads I prepare for my catering clients. Basically it is a Canopy Rose Garden Party Salad, Autumn Style. Mixed Greens, Spinach, Almonds, Red Peppers, Yellow Peppers, Orange Grape Tomatoes, Cranberries and Blue Cheese and it's accompanied by the famous Canopy Rose Sweet and Jazzy Dressing!

Our entree was one of the wonderful Pasta Squares Casserole, like I make for my catering clients. For this soiree I whipped together Chicken, Spinach and Artichoke Pasta Squares and a Black Bean, Corn and Pepper Medley that was served hot from chafing dishes.

Food Styling and Photo By Kathi Bess and Canopy Rose

The appetizer table is set up on a glass coffee table in the living room.  It's a simple spread  of iced  shrimp,  cocktail sauce, and a collection of assorted  fine cheeses and crackers.
 Photo by Kathi Bess ~ Canopy Rose 
Our guests of honor!
Photo by Kathi Bess ~ Canopy Rose 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pink Mojitos for Tallahassee Weddings

Pink Mojitos! Cool, refreshing and simply a fabulous way to welcome your guests!

We think that it's brilliant to offer one signature cocktail  or mocktail at your wedding reception or special event.

Source: via Kathi on Pinterest

Canopy Rose provides bartenders, bartending services, party staff, full service catering, event planning and  the most fabulous tasting food for weddings and other special events.  

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

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Signature Wedding Cocktails & Bar Tending in Tallahassee

Canopy Rose loves the idea of signature wedding cocktails.

Check out the baseballs that were built into this display.

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

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Celebrate Autumn with Canopy Rose

Source: via Kathi on Pinterest

Celebrate the season with delicious ideas from Canopy Rose Catering! To hire Canopy Rose Catering as your Tallahassee, North Florida or South Georgia caterer, call 850-539-7750 for availability.

Toffee Crunch Cupcakes... A Delicious Idea

We are really liking the idea of Toffee Crunch Cupcakes for Autumn Catering in Tallahassee! To hire Canopy Rose Catering as your Tallahassee, North Florida or South Georgia caterer, call 850-539-7750 for availability.

Hunting for the Best Holiday Dessert

Wouldn't this look stunning on your holiday dessert table?

It's called Gianduia, and it's a tried and true best seller.Now imagine this... Myer's rum laced chocolate cake layers married with hazelnut buttercream, chocolate mousse and boysenberry preserves, Crushed pralines stud the exterior of this exquisite confection.
To hire Canopy Rose Catering as your Tallahassee, North Florida or South Georgia caterer, call 850-539-7750 for availability.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

How about some Fun Dessert Shish Kebabs At Your Party!

We love this idea! They are Dessert Shish Kebabs. Strawberries, Angel Food Cake and Tempered Dark Chocolate. Yum!!!

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

How About A Candy Station For Your Tallahassee Special Event?

We love Candy Stations and so do our brides and grooms! And you know what? We are not the only ones. Seems that just about everyone loves the sweet surprise of a festive candy buffet.

Whether it's a wedding reception, a black tie soiree, a sweet sixteen party, a Bar Mitzvah, an annual holiday party or a _________________________________ (you fill in the blank), Candy Stations are one sweet trend in catered events throughout America.

At Canopy Rose Catering, we are happy to offer our design services to our catering clients in the Greater Tallahassee Area  in creating just the perfect look to match the mood of your special event.

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

Source: via Kathi on Pinterest

Canopy Rose Also Offers Creative Vegan Catering in The Greater Tallahassee Area

Question: Where can I find a creative caterer in the Tallahassee area that will prepare vegan foods?

Answer: Canopy Rose Catering prepares fabulous and creative vegan foods by special request.

Here are a few favorites from our Vegan Catering Notebook:

Vegan Quinoa, Avocado and Sweet Potato Timbale with Roasted Tomatillo Dressing

Vegan Nachos

Vegan Potato Soup

Vegan Beer- Battered Tofu Sticks

Vegan BLT Salad

Vegan Pasta with Roasted Tomato Basil Pesto

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Vegan Buttercream Frosting

To consult with Canopy Rose Catering about your upcoming event in  Tallahassee, North Florida or South Georgia, please call 850-539-7750 to check on our availability.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Wedding Chair Covers That We Like

The pale pink is a really pretty look, especially for springtime garden weddings in Tallahassee when everything is abloom! Add a few pops of hot pink in your bouquets, then tame it with wedding white, ivory or champagne.  Wouldn't it be fun to have a Cotton Candy Station at this event?

We love this look! The Navy and White Stripe with jaunty ruffles. Make sure and ask to see how fab this blue and white looks with pops of apple green.

This look is exquisite!  If your budget is limited, why not just do magnificent chair covers for only the bride and groom. We have lots of ideas at Canopy Rose how you can have a fabulous look without spending a fortune!

It's simple and it's pretty! White on white with green chair ties.

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

A Sample Autumn Lunch / Dinner Menu from Canopy Rose Catering ~ Tallahassee

The change of seasons is always an opportunity for celebration. Whether at work or at play, catering from Canopy Rose is the way to go. Our exquisitely prepared foods can be pre-ordered well in advance and then custom-prepared for you and your group on the day of your event, then delivered to your office, home or other location. We can either drop your foods off in disposable pans or fancy decorative dishes. We can also stay and provide serving assistance and clean up. Simply check out our service options or visit with your Canopy Rose catering co-ordinator about which options would best meet your needs and budget. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you this season!

Chicken or Turkey Roulade is a beautiful and flavor popping option for a fall entree.  Since we custom create our entrees in our Tallahassee area catering kitchen, we can always customize the ingredients to match your taste preferences. When you place your catering order, make sure and chat with us about any special dietary requirements.

A Canopy Rose Bread of the Day Basket. We suggest adding an order of our famous Tuscany Cheese Spread to your order!

A Canopy Rose Garden Party Salad with our wonderful signature salad dressing - Canopy Rose Sweet and Jazzy.

Please see our extensive menu collections for more food options!

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

Stone Crab Catering in Tallahassee

Wow your guests this winter with this fabulous first course! The stone crabs... the hearts of palm...the honeyed orange slices and the tangle of julienne peppers crowning the dish make this one showstopping first course!

Stone crabs have a limited season.  Why not throw a party in November to welcome the annual stone crab season? Whether you choose to have Canopy Rose Catering create a complete stone crab menu for your soiree, or just include one exquisite dish starring stone crab, we're up to the task!

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

Thursday, September 1, 2011

It's never too early to book your Tallahassee area holiday catering

We see it every year, there are a handful of days in November and December that everyone seems to want for their catered holiday parties.

I've often said if we could redistribute those requests throughout the calendar year, our catering business would be booked solid every single day of the year.  Yikes! What would happen to our vacation? :) Fortunately, we get a few days off during the off season! :)

So what does this all mean to you? You're smart, or you wouldn 't even be on this website to begin with! I am so glad you are here, reading this right now because we would LOVE to visit with you about your upcoming event.

The first thing you'll want to do is check our availability, then if we're available and you want Canopy Rose to cater your function, which you would be crazy not to, tell us to pencil you into our calendar!  It's that easy!

While, I'm on the subject of  the holidays I wanted to share a few fun and festive possibilities for your holiday event.

Duckling, anyone?

Source: via Kathi on Pinterest

Individual Sweet Potato Souffles

Sumac and Turmeric Couscous Salad with Rocket and Cranberries
Source: via Kathi on Pinterest

And what holiday party is complete without a spectacular Iced or Marinated Seafood Display?

And for you Christmas gatherings, we just love these festive cookies! 

Source: via Kathi on Pinterest

What about these red and white cupcakes? Yummers!!

To hire 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.