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A Farm-to-Table Affair: A 5-Course Meal Using Local Farm Ingredients

image001The Pee Dee Land Trust celebrated their 5th annual Bountiful Brunch Benefit at Darlington, South Carolina’s beautiful Melea Manning House on Lowther’s Lake. We had the privilege of teaming up with local farms to create an incredible menu for their 230 guests.
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The quail roulade with an oyster mushroom ductile and a blueberry reduction was one of the passed menu items with ingredients coming from Manchester Farms and Rebecca Farms. Our cheese plate saw a variety of local ingredients, such as goat cheese, pecans, chicken and figs. One of our classic southern dishes and the third course of the day, the Parmesan Chive Grits Cake, was topped with the freshest shrimp from Independent Seafood and grits from Carolina Plantation Rice. The sweet potatoes for our biscuits came from Ratley Farm and were topped of with the most delicious jam that came from field to jar from Sallie’s Greatest Jams. Our main course, the fourth course of the day, was pork belly provided by Carolina Heritage Farms! Other farms and food sources included Cashua Coffee, Maypop Free Range Chickens, Ward Richardson Honey, Ivory Wilson, Young Pecans, and Kevin Gowdy!
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Tips for Hosting a Corporate Holiday Function

Halloween has come and gone, we have all set our clocks back an hour as Daylight Saving Time has ended for the year, and the holiday decorations are beginning to pop up everywhere you look. It’s that time of year again and if you’re thinking about celebrating the season with a holiday party, it’s time to start planning your event. To help you out, we’ve put together a few tips for you:

Hire a coordinator (if you’re not one!)
The first step to planning a truly wonderful event is to find that perfect person who can help bring your vision to life—event coordinators and planners are there to help you every step of the way. They can help you pull together all of the details, decorate your venue, and manage any vendors that you hire for the day.

Select a Venue
When selecting the best venue for your event, there are several factors that you’ll want to consider. What type of atmosphere do you want to have? What location is most convenient for your guests? Are you planning an intimate dinner party or a grand affair? Will you want to hold the entire event indoors or will you want to be able to mingle outside in a garden or by a pond?

Food & Drink
We might be biased, but we believe that the most important part of any soirée is the food and the drink that is served for your guests to enjoy. From heavy hors d’oeuvres and buffets to seated served dinners and signature drinks, you’re able to get extremely creative with your menu. We love working with clients on truly custom menus! The food and drink is often what people remember most about the events that they attend, so we’re here to help you give them something wonderful to talk about long after your event has ended.

Send Out Invitations
Once you have the major details finalized, it’s time to send out the invitation for the event. Your invitation is your guests’ first look and impression of what you’re putting together. Here, you can convey not just the who, what, when, and where, but you can include information such as the dress for the evening and directions to the venue. The invitation should reflect the overall vision that you have for your event. Don’t forget to include a way for guests to RSVP whether it’s through a card mailed back or through a reply via phone or email.

Have Entertainment
Tie your evening together by bringing music and entertainment to your event with a band or a DJ. Music is always appreciated at any event, and you can set the tone for the evening as guests walk through the door by the time of music that you have. Whether it’s a jazzy 3-piece or a DJ playing the best music for shag dancing, you can never go wrong with having music.

Finally, get ready to enjoy your event! At the end of the day, you’ve pulled together a wonderful gathering and you truly deserve to celebrate the year and the holiday season with your family, friends, and coworkers.

Game Day

The long, drawling, hot days of summer are slowly slipping away as the cool autumn has started to roll into town. The days are beginning to get shorter, the beach towels have been packed away for next summer’s vacation and both students and teachers alike are settling into daily routines in their classrooms.

At Southern Way Catering, we are knee deep in one of our favorite times of the year: football season!

Did you know?  We cater at all of the University of South Carolina home games in each of the suites. Our menu selection ranges from Deep Fried Chicken Tenders and Grilled Hamburger Bars to Sliced Beef Brisket and Shrimp and Grits Bars, along with an assortment of sweets and USC Themed Petit Fours.

You can dress up your tailgate with items from our menu, too. Our Good to Go Menu (http://thesouthernway.com/menu_category/good-to-go/) provides an assortment of cheeses, spreads and finger foods that go perfectly with a tailgate outside of Williams Brice. We offer tailgate staples like Pimento Cheese, Chicken Salad, Ham Biscuits and BBQ Pork. You can make your game day so much more convenient (and delicious!) with our Good to Go Menus.

Staying at home and hosting your friends to watch the big game? We can even help you out there! Here’s a recipe from Chef Michael Stuckey for you to enjoy on game day:

Spicy Honey Chicken Wings with Black Garlic Ranch
Ingredients:
5 pounds of chicken wings
1 pint of honey
1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes
3 cloves of black garlic
1 pint of ranch (either store bought or made from a mix)
Directions:
Boil chicken wings for 10 minutes and cool on a sheet pan in a refrigerator. While they are cooling, mix together the honey with the red pepper flakes to form the wing sauce. Combine the black garlic with the ranch in a food processor. Once the wings are cooled, cook in oven at 400 degrees until crispy (about 15 minutes). Toss crispy wings in the spicy honey sauce and serve with the black garlic ranch.

Happy Game Day!
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